Representative Bennie Thompson ‘68 Chairs the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Thompson is the first ever elected official from Mississippi to preside over the Democratic National Convention. His job as permanent chair was to moderate all official convention business.
As the DNC Permanent Convention Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., presided over all official business at the Democratic National Convention hosted mostly virtually from the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee from Aug. 17 to 20.
Thompson is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the State of Mississippi and the lone Democrat in the Mississippi Congressional Delegation. A champion for civil rights, the congressman has also served on the Agriculture, Budget, and Small Business Committees to level the playing field, according to his official biography on the House of Representative website.
Tougaloo College President Carmen Walters announced the Mississippi Democratic delegate votes for the party's nomination for president during the DNC on August 18, 2020. To view the video, go to: https://tcnaa.org/tab/virtual.
Meet Trey Baker ‘06, National Director of African American Engagement for the Biden Presidential Campaign
Trey was featured in the recent issue of Changing the Future, Impacting the World. The publication is “dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of notable Tougaloo College Alumni.” It can be viewed and downloaded here at https://instantflipbook.com/flipbooks/e323ce2f3d/?page=1.
Attorney Shirlethia Franklin ‘04 Joins the Biden-Harris Agency Review Team
Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One. These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government. The teams have been crafted to ensure they not only reflect the values and priorities of the incoming administration, but reflect the diversity of perspectives crucial for addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.
Some individuals are volunteering for the Transition in their personal capacity. For these team members, their current or most recent employer is listed (for informational purposes only), and their source of funding is listed as “Volunteer.” Visit the Team’s website at: https://buildbackbetter.com/the-transition/agency-review-teams/.
Greetings Tougaloo College Family,
Extended Family, and Friends:
I have served as president of this great institution for one full year, and I couldn’t be more optimistic. As I reflect on what has undoubtedly been the most unusual semester of my career, I am immensely proud of our students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends for everything we have accomplished together. I am so pleased and delighted to share some of our accomplishments.
The spring semester begins in almost 75 days, and more than ever, we are looking forward to welcoming our students back to the campus in January 2021. Our ability to reopen is due to our faculty and staff’s diligent work, who have established and implemented necessary safety protocols and created built-in flexibility for our programs. Every decision made is informed through active coordination with our COVID Task Forces with state and local public health officials and guidance from the CDC. We are committed to protecting students, faculty, and staff’s health and safety when we come back together this spring. For more COVID-19 updates, visit the College’s website at www.tougaloo.edu/health-wellness-center-updates. [READ MORE]
Dr. Walters Presents New STEM Scholarship
Dr. Carmen J. Walters presents $50,000 to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./Educational Advancement Foundation to establish the Hawkins-Walters Endowed Scholarship for students seeking a major in STEM fields at Tougaloo College. The video presentation can be viewed at: https://tcnaa.org/tab/stem
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Awards Tougaloo College $50,000 HBCU Endowment
Tougaloo College was one of several institutions of higher education to receive a $50,000 2020 HBCU Endowment presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. during the month of September. This is one of the sorority’s special initiatives to give back to HBCUs throughout the country. Other institutions receiving $50,000 contributions at the same time as Tougaloo were Allen University, Benedict College, and a special $10,000 contribution to Lawson State Community College.
The sorority also awarded an additional $160,000 in endowments to four more Historically Black Colleges and Universities during a successful HBCU Week where $1.3 Million was raised in 1 Day! #AKA1908 #AKA1MillionIn1Day #HBCUForLife. To view Dr. Walters’ response to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President and CEO, Dr. Glenda Glover, and the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation, please click the following link. https://www.facebook.com/akasorority1908/videos/392310091761892/
Tougaloo College Receives $4 Million Gift to Establish the Dr. Beverly Hogan Endowed Scholarship
Tougaloo, Miss., October 15, 2020 – Tougaloo College has announced the establishment of a $4 million scholarship endowment in honor of Beverly Wade Hogan, Ph.D., president emerita of Tougaloo College. The generous gift was given by philanthropist and noted astronomers, Drs. Julie Lutz and George Wallerstein. The $4 million endowed scholarship is the single largest gift from an individual donor in the history of Tougaloo College.
“Dr. George Wallerstein and his wife, Dr. Julie Lutz, are long-time friends and sustained donors of Tougaloo College. They were such integral participants throughout my presidency and it has been my special privilege to know them and have them as part of our circle of friends and supporters. I am humbled and grateful for their gift to Tougaloo College to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of my presidency and legacy, with scholarship recipients bearing the name of Hogan Scholars,” said Hogan. “I am absolutely ecstatic for Tougaloo, and what this gift offers the college. It provides a significant infusion of scholarship opportunities for students who want a Tougaloo education. Also, this gift provides the college a more competitive edge in attracting students and is certainly a call to others to invest in Tougaloo.”
The Fellow Tougalooians:
Tougaloo Alumni Community has shown that we are a strong body that goes above and beyond in supporting our beloved Alma Mater, Tougaloo College! Our level of commitment in our financial and voluntary support has helped to sustain our institution over the years and most importantly during these perilous times.
Please know that TCNAA does not take your support for granted, as COVID-19 has affected many of us personally, as well as financially. Our sacrifices have helped the College, which is enrollment and tuition-driven. And it is important to remember that our student body is primarily dependent on scholarships and financial aid to attend this historical institution.
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TCNAA ELECTION RESULTS
TCNAA Alumnus of the Year
Doris Carolyn Griffith Bridgeman ’69, is a lifelong, active member of Cade Chapel M.B. Church and has been employed by Tougaloo College as Director of Alumni Relations, Executive Director of the National Alumni Association and serves as advisor to the Pre-Alumni Council for the past 13 years. She began her first tour of duty in 1973 in the Tougaloo College Development Office and served as Office Manager and Assistant to the Director, respectively. Prior to returning to Tougaloo College, after 28 years, Doris served as Director of Youth Programs and Volunteer Services for United Way of the Capital Area for 23 years, where she involved youth and adults in community service and service-learning activities on a year-round basis. During her tenure, she developed youth programs that have been replicated in other United Ways across the country and in South Africa. Since 1983, she has worked with faculty, staff and students of Tougaloo College to engage them in Service Learning and Volunteer Services.
With a commitment to servant-leadership, Doris has affiliations with several community organizations and continues to facilitate various workshops and serve as speaker for many churches, schools and community organizations.
Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year
Kisa Kianna Harris is a 2015 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tougaloo College where she received the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. In 2016, Kisa received the Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, Kisa is a second-year student in the Population Health Science doctoral program in the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Kisa holds memberships in several organizations including: the Clinton (MS) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; the Clinton Chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the Jackson-Tougaloo Alumni Chapter; the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association; the American Public Health Association; the American Heart Association; the Mississippi Public Health Association the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science; the American Evaluation Association; and Girl Scouts of America.
Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees (2020 – 2023)
Dr. Brigetta Kay Turner, Class of 1982, with a B.S. in Biology was elected Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Alumna of the year in 2019. She was recently inducted into the 2020 UNCF Hall of Honors as an Outstanding Alumnus. Brigetta is a TCNAA Life Member and is presently the Secretary of TCNAA. She was inducted into the TCNAA Hall of Fame in 2008 and has served as the Chair of the Committee for three (3) years ensuring a profit during each alumni weekend. She is currently the Chaplain of the Jackson Tougaloo Alumni Chapter and serves on the recruitment and special projects committees. In addition, as a campus minister, she assists the College Chaplain at two Sunday Services.
Dr. Turner graduated with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been in private practice in Jackson, Mississippi for over 30 years and currently practices dentistry at the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center on the campus of Tougaloo College. [READ MORE]
Congratulation to the Newly Inducted TCNAA Hall of Fame Member
The Class of 2020
Peggy Johnson Wells Howard, MD
Peggy Johnson Wells Howard has always had indelible clarity regarding her career goal and the pathway to its attainment. Peggy first entered the hallowed gates of Tougaloo College in the summer of 1965 for participation in the Summer Science Program. Upon graduation, with honors, from Simmons High School in Hollandale, MS the following year, she returned to Tougaloo in August 1966 to begin her journey to becoming a medical doctor and specifically, a pediatrician. In 1970, Peggy graduated from Tougaloo with honors and enrolled in the University of Mississippi (UM) School of Medicine. She entered the annals of history as the first African-American female graduate of the UM School of Medicine.
Upon graduation from medical school and with completion of a pediatric residency at the Mississippi Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wells and Dr. Mangrem were recruited to Clarksdale, MS to provide newborn high-risk care. This resulted in the establishment of the Children’s Clinic of Clarksdale, the first bi-racial medical practice in the state of Mississippi at that time. Four decades later, this clinic is thriving as the primary pediatric healthcare provider in the northwest region of Mississippi. Further, for the past five years, Dr. Wells has been the singular medical practitioner. [READ MORE]
Candice Love Jackson, PhD
Dr. Candice Love Jackson has brought an abundance of positive effects to the humanities in the state of Mississippi. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, during the post-Civil Rights Movement, she has valiantly carried forth the tradition of academic excellence instilled in her at Tougaloo College. During her tenure as a scholar, she has consistently positioned the preservation and promotion of academic pursuits as an underpinning for her every move as a professional. Holding forth a passion for the disenfranchised and dedicated to uncovering the mystique of the non-mainstreamed, Dr. Jackson has focused upon such areas in America as Popular Culture, Black Speculative Fiction, African American theater, and Hip-Hop and popular culture.
Dr. Jackson received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Tougaloo College in 1997, under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry W. Ward, where she was selected as a UNCF/Mellon Fellow.
Wroten McQuirter, Jr., MD
Wroten McQuirter, Jr. graduated from Sumner Hill High School in 1965 as a straight “A” student and was class president. In high school, he entered chemistry competitions at the state level under the direction of his chemistry teacher, Mr. James Ratton who encouraged him to conduct experiments. McQuirter made distilled and purified alcohol as well as matches from white phosphorus. His experiments with white phosphorus took him to the Mississippi State Science Fair.
McQuirter graduated from Tougaloo College in 1969 with a BS in Chemistry. At Tougaloo, he became a student research assistant while studying Chemistry under Dr. Al Schlueter. McQuirter tutored chemistry students and worked with a research team that published Semi Empirical Molecular Orbital Calculation papers and presented the findings at the Southern Chemistry Society conference. There, McQuirter was exposed to complex topics including “molecular orbital calculations.” [READ MORE]
Mrs. Emleigh Mitchell
Emleigh is the daughter of Marilyn E. Smith, a now retired school teacher of 31 years from the Harrison County School District in Mississippi. Her hometown, Bay Saint Louis, which is affectionately known as “The Bay,” is located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is a 1996 graduate of Our Lady Academy. During her high school years, she and her peers created and executed a social action group named Minorities Take Action. This youth-led group was known for traveling along the Mississippi Gulf Coast educating communities about Kwanzaa, cultural awareness, and self-pride. Growing up in Bay Saint Louis, Emleigh learned to be a champion for her community. She understood that community service is fundamental and is grounded in the importance of giving back to those most vulnerable.
It was her senior year in high school when Emleigh made the intentional decision to attend Tougaloo College. Her English teacher issued an assignment to research an influential person. Emleigh chose Alice Walker because she had written the book, “The Color Purple,” the same title as of one of her favorite movies. [READ MORE]
Founder’s Day Reviews
Missed an event from Founders’ Week? No worries. Watch them now on channeltougaloo – YouTube at https://bit.ly/3dutYHY
The following events are available:
- 151st Founders Convocation
- The Coronation Ceremony of Mister and Mr. Tougaloo College
- Presidential Lecture Series
- SGA Installation Ceremony
- JPS and Tougaloo Signing Ceremony
- Forum on Social and Political Justice
- Addressing Minority Health Challenges in the Era of COVID-19
- Unveiling of the Coach Lafayette Stribling Gymnasium Floor
- Dedication of the Dr. James C. Coleman Athletics Complex Entrance Sign
- “The Journey of A Thousand Miles” Alumni Panel
- Tougaloo-UCLA Partnership Signing
- 151st Founders’ Celebration Kick-Off
FROM THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
“Alumni Participation Matters – Tougaloo’s focus remains clear: to provide students
with a transformative educational experience!”
2020-2021 Financial Goal: $1,226,200
Goal for # of Donors: 1,500
“Every Gift Counts!”
Alumni Financial Update – July 1, 2020 – November 2, 2020
1869 Annual Fund: $ 47,360.76
Designated Restricted: 10,451.99
General/Designated Scholarships: 26,405.00
Total Raised to Date: $ 100,149.79
Percentage of Goal: 8.17%
Total # of Alumni Donors to Date: 196
Percentage of Donors Goal: 13%
2020 Home Depot Retool Your School
Fifty-four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) competed to win $50,000 in campus improvement grants through the annual Home Depot ‘Retool Your School’ competition. We are excited to announce Tougaloo College as the 2020 winner.
The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s HBCUs as they have so generously given to their communities a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character.
Since 2009, the Retool Your School Program has provided over 2.6 million dollars in campus improvement grants that allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.
In 2019, to celebrate the Retool Your School Program’s 10-year anniversary, Home Depot increased its support to HBCUs by offering ten $50,000 campus improvement grants.
Upcoming 2021 TCNAA Election
Elections will be held for TCNAA President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and one of the two Alumni Representatives to the College Trustee Board in 2021. In accordance with the current bylaws these officers will be elected by a plurality of votes casted by the active TCNAA members.
The nomination and election shall proceed as follows:
- Nominations may be made by any currently active TCNAA member (dues paid by January 30) or by any active TCNAA local chapter.
- Nominee must be a currently active TCNAA member.
- Nomination forms to be sent on or before February 1, 2021. Forms must be returned on or before February 28, 2021.
- Nomination forms are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nominees that meet all criteria will be added to the ballot and sent to all active TCNAA members (dues paid by March 30, 2021). Ballots will be sent to the address on file with TCNAA.
- Ballots are to be returned per accompanying instructions prior to April 30, 2021.
- Nominees must submit a short biography (including name, class year, or last year of attendance, occupation, prior offices held in TCNAA (if any), chapter affiliation (if any) and a minimum of two methods of contact (email plus one other). Biography shall be included with the election ballot.
- Nominees are encouraged to submit a headshot.
- The Nomination Committee will meet on a predetermined date for the purpose of tallying election ballots. All ballots will remain in the Tougaloo Post Office until the tallying date at which time the ballots will be secured by the Committee and the Director of Alumni Affairs for tallying. Nominees may have a representative present during the counting of the ballots.
- The results of the tally will be presented to the TCNAA Board of Directors at the May Board meeting
as well as all nominees will be notified of the outcome.
- All Officers shall be elected for a three (3) year term, which shall begin July 1, 2021. None may be re-
elected to hold a position for longer than six (6) consecutive years.
- A member is eligible to vote if she or he is in good standing financially with the National Association
(Current Annual, Subscribing Life or Life Member).
- An Honorary Member shall have voting rights and privileges, except the holding of national office.
- Qualifications—A member is eligible to run for office if she/he meets the following criteria:
- Must be a graduate or former student of Tougaloo College of Southern
- Must be a regular contributor to Tougaloo College financially or in-kind;
- Must be an active member of a chapter when a chapter exists in her/his area; and
- Must be a current dues-paying member of the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association.
- Must be a graduate or former student of Tougaloo College of Southern
Please go to the TCNAA website at:
https://tcnaa.org/membership-status-request/ to obtain access to update your membership status and contact information, or contact email@example.com for TCNAA membership assistance. DONOT contact the Tougaloo College or the Office of Alumni Affairs as that may delay the process and result in you NOT receiving a Nomination Form OR Ballot!
Register today to vote in the 2021 TCNAA Elections! How? Be sure that your membership status is “ACTIVE.”
- All members, confirm and update your contact information. Request access to your record via the TCNAA website at https://tcnaa.org/membership-status-request/. Your “Private Link” will be emailed to your email address on file or contact the TCNAA web administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New and renewing Annual members must have dues paid by February 1, 2021 to receive a nomination form and by March 30, 2021 in order to receive a ballot. For new member sign-up go to https://tcnaa.org/sign-up.
2019 - 2020 TCNAA Chapter Awards
1) The Dr. Walter Washington Award (Chapter Donation)
Presented to the Chapters contributing the highest total combined financial and In-kind amount to Tougaloo College.
3rd Place Chicago Chapter, Mr. Willie Lewis, Jr. $5,700
2nd Place Jackson Chapter, Dr. James Smith $6,550
1st Place Washington, DC Chapter, Ms. Kathy Mosley $27,657.51
2) The Honorable Corneal A. Davis Award (Chapter Members Donating)
Presented to the Chapters whose chapter members donate the highest combined amount to the Tougaloo College Annual Fund.
3rd Place Tougaloo Community Chapter, Dr. Beverly Williams $20,823
2nd Place Jackson/Tougaloo Chapter, Dr. James Smith $22,916
1st Place Washington, DC Area Chapter, Ms. Kathy Mosley $23,792
3) The Julia A. Bender Award (Highest Percent of Members Donating)
Presented to the Chapters having the highest percentage of its chapter members donating to the Tougaloo College Annual Fund.
3rd Place Jackson Chapter, Dr. James Smith 38%
3rd Place Memphis Chapter, Ms. Sylvia Gray 38%
2nd Place New Orleans, Dr. Malessia Payton 44%
2nd Place Greater New York Chapter, Dr. Courtni Newsome 44%
1st Place MS Gulf Coast Chapter, Mrs. Gloria Grace 100%
4) The Lucille M. Fraser Award (Highest Percentage of TCNAA Members)
Presented to the Chapters having the highest percentage of members who are dues-paying members of TCNAA.
3rd Place Jackson Chapter, Dr. James Smith 66%
2nd Place Houston Chapter, Mrs. Emleigh Mitchell 91%
1st Place Chicago Chapter, Mr. Willie Lewis 100%
1st Place Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter, Mr. Pearlie Magee 100%
1st Place Detroit Chapter, Mr. Herbie Banks 100%
1st Place Memphis Chapter, Ms. Sylvia Gray 100%
1st Place New Orleans Chapter, Dr. A. Malessia Payton 100%
5) The Dr. Naomi Townsend Award (Recruiting)
Presented to the Chapters recruiting the highest percentage of students attending Tougaloo College during a current term. Fifty-six (56) students were recruited by active chapters.
3rd Place New Orleans Tougaloo Chapter, Dr. A. Malessia Payton 14%@8 recruits
2nd Place Jackson Tougaloo Chapter, Dr. James Smith 23%@13 recruits
1st Place Chicago Tougaloo Chapter, Mr. Willie Lewis, Jr. 32%@18 recruits
6) The H. M. Thompson Award (In-Kind Contributions)
Presented to the Chapter contributing the highest In-Kind valued amount to Tougaloo College and/or Tougaloo National Alumni Association; reported to the Division of Institutional Advancement.
1st Place Washington, DC Area Chapter, Ms. Kathy Mosley $3,490.51
Congratulations to these outstanding TCNAA chapters!
Special Recognition – The First 2019-2020 “Beyond the Call of Duty” Alumni Director’s Award – Office of Alumni Relations
Mr. John Page ’64, Corresponding Secretary, Washington, DC Area Alumni Chapter
Chicago Tougaloo Alumni Association
Willie L. Lewis, Jr. ’72, President
The Chicago Tougaloo Alumni Association was extremely busy this summer planning its first virtual event, “Crowns of Glory,” which was held Sunday, August 23, 2020. Participants included President Walters, who wore a fantastic hat as did Chaplain Maxine Bolden. Trustee Blondean Davis represented the Board of Trustees and gave an update on the college and the need for alumni to be active partners. We also honored two alumni who passed away, Addie Armstrong Hudson’70 and Bobbie Easterling Gray’68, who were faithful supporters of the alumni association and the college.
Our chapter had eight participants in the showcase: Ms. Evelyn Birdsong, Ms. Bertha Brown Richardson, Dr. Candice Burke, Ms. Cheryl Rutherford, Mr. Jerome Foster, Dr. Diana Grant Burke, Judge Lewis Nixon and Dr. Wale Morafa and Mrs. Dupe Morafa.. All prize money was donated back to the college by the four winners. Thanks to the committee headed by Dr. Diana Grant Burke, Rose Small Ramey, LaToya Fountain Washington, Evon Nixon, Jessica Switzer for spearheading this event.
We have two announcements: First, Dr. Diana Grant Burke is the new system-wide Chief Medical Officer for Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Georgia. We will miss her enthusiasm and dedication to the college and the Chicago Tougaloo Alumni Association. Secondly, we also congratulate Mr. Thomas Gray, one of our former chapter presidents, a TCNAA National President, and a Hall of Fame Inductee, on his well-deserved retirement.
We had our own team in the UNCF 2020 Virtual Walk for Education. Lastly, we are honored to have been recognized by the Alumni Affairs Office in October at the virtual TCNAA Board Meeting.
Houston Area Alumni Chapter Hosts First-Ever Virtual A Night of Jazz Event
Emleigh Mitchell ‘00, President
The Houston Area Alumni Chapter presented its 28th Annual Night of Jazz and a Touch of R&B event on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7pm via Facebook Live. The chapter would like to express their sincerest thank you to everyone that supported the Virtual Edition of the 28th Annual Night of Jazz and Touch of R&B. Your participation, as well as, the participation of your family and friends helped to make the Chapter’s annual scholarship event a HUGE success.
It’s always the goal of the Chapter to help support our young Tougalooians on their journey of pursuing a higher education. During the event, the Chapter highlighted its 2020 scholarship recipients, Ms. Taylor Collins and Ms. Haylee Blalock. They were awarded the Annell Thompson Jones Scholarships named in honor of 1987 alumna Beverly Caruthers’ mother. The evening was filled with great music by DJ Hi C from 97.9 THE BOXX, generous donations, guest appearances by Dr. Carmen Walters, Michael Diallo McLendon, Kelvin Gates, alums young and old, and how about the emcee for the evening, Mr. Karl ‘The Motivator’ Mayes?!?! Everyone was jamming in their seats. All we can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
Again, the Houston Chapter would like to express that your support and financial donations helped to make our Night of Jazz and Touch of R&B a wonderful success!! We look forward to your participation next year for our 29th celebration.
JTAC Annual Thelma Sanders Scholarship Dance Goes Virtual
James Curtis Smith, Ph.D ‘76, President
For over half a century, the Jackson Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (JTAC) has sponsored the Thelma Sanders Scholarship Dance (TSSD). For many years the dance was considered the “social event” of the holiday season. The dance provided an opportunity for alumni, friends, family and those who returned to Jackson for the holidays to gather and reconnect with old acquaintances while supporting a worthy cause.
Traditionally held during the Christmas season, the dance was the brainchild of the late Thelma Sander, a prominent Jackson business woman and civic leader who graduated from Tougaloo College in 1946.
You don’t want to miss this LIVE event! Join in for the fun and enjoy hits through the ages, comedy by Rita Brent, and chances to win amazing door prizes…including the Grand Prize of $2,020!!! If you joined the TSSD last year at the Hilton, you know the excitement we all had when we added the DRAW DOWN! Well, it’s the same thing this year. Every $25 ticket you purchase to the event enters you for a chance to win. The last ticket in the barrel WINS the grand prize. This year’s event will feature a Virtual Watch Party *Draw Down* $2,020 Grand Prize.
To sign up for your ticket and read more go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6wnk5qDPZouHUWOX3ixVuOpwQQx2UVV2zBxj2aipMLdpqcA/viewform and our new website at https://jtac.tcnaa.org
MATAC’s Impact and Commitment
Sylvia Gray ’ 86, President
The Memphis Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (MATAC) pledges to continue to exhibit the highest level of commitment to Tougaloo College! We invite all Memphis Area Alumni to get INVOLVED, VOLUNTEER and SUPPORT the CHAPTER!
Check out MATAC’s Happenings.
Currently, we have 10 paid chapter members for 2020-2021.
MATAC partnered with the Washington Area Alumni Chapter to provide a series of discussions during the current environment of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. The panelists participating in the discussions were Tougaloo Alumni and Staff.
The third panel discussion, held on July 11, 2020, focused on current medical updates and the economic impact of Covid-19 on the African American Community. Panelists included Dr. LaTonya Washington, Dr. Terralon Knight, Dr. Princess Cry-Parker, Mr. Gregory Johnson and Mr. Alfred Applewhite.
Staying true to our commitment of giving back to the college and students, MATAC will present its 2nd Annual Virtual Talent Show Competition, “The Loo’s Got Talent,” on February 20-21, 2021. The event is billed to be a fun and engaging way to get Tougaloo alumni and friends to showcase their talents while raising funds for our Dear Eagle Queen!
The Greater New York Tougaloo Alumni Chapter Auction
Courtni Newsome ‘04, President
The Greater New York Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (NYTAC)* will be hosting an online auction to raise funds for our beloved Eagle Queen. All monies raised from this event will be donated to the Tougaloo College Annual Fund.
A variety of items and experiences, each donated by members of our chapter, will be available for bidding beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST, Saturday, November 21, 2020, and ending at midnight EST, Saturday, December 12, 2020.
The items can be viewed and bids placed by visiting our website at https://nytac.tcnaa.org.
Bidding will commence at 12:00 (midnight) on November 21, 2020 and end at 11:59:59 on December 12, 2020.
Registration is required in order to place a bid. Go to nytac.tcnaa.org and select “My Account” to setup a customer account.
Go to “Live Auction” and start bidding on November the 21st. Bid on as many items as desired except items that you donated. An email will be sent to your registered email address for each accepted bid by all bidders.
Winning bidders will be notified via email at the conclusion of the auction with payment instructions. The email will contain a link to the invoice and payment gateway (PayPal). Accepted payment method will be by credit or debit card only.
If payment is not received within five (5) days from the date of the notice, the item will be relisted for the current or a future auction.
Items will be shipped to the shipping address on the bidder’s (customer) account after payment confirmation. NYTAC will ship all items within five (5) business days of receipt of payment, however, it cannot guarantee or specify a delivery time. Tracking information will be provided for all shipping.
Auction owners (contributors/donors) are not allowed to bid on their donated items, administrators are not allowed to bid on any item .
Each item has a reserve price (minimum bid) that must be met in order to declare a winner. Some items may have a “Buy Now” option.
Proxy Bidding (also known as Automatic Bidding) will be allowed – Our automatic bidding system makes bidding convenient so you don’t have to keep coming back to re-bid every time someone places another bid. When you place a bid, you enter the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for the item. The seller and other bidders don’t know your maximum bid. We’ll place bids on your behalf using the automatic bid increment amount, which is based on the current high bid. We’ll bid only as much as necessary to make sure that you remain the high bidder, or to meet the reserve price, up to your maximum amount.
For additional information, please contact us at email@example.com.
*The Greater New York Tougaloo Alumni Chapter does not have 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS.
The WATAC Report - October 2020
Kathy Mosley ‘72, President
At the intersection of social justice, unconditional love and committed dedication emerges leadership. Leadership has long been the hallmark of the Washington Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (WATAC). So, it is with deep appreciation to the WATAC ancestors* and to the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association that we receive the 2020 acknowledgements of:
- The H.M. Thompson Award
- The Corneal Davis Award and
- The Walter Washington Award
We also want to acknowledge the first-time award of the Beyond the Call of Duty Award given to WATAC Corresponding Secretary, John Page for his unwavering service to the Tougaloo Nation. Truer words were never spoken…beyond the call of duty!
Our leadership continues to shine most recently with the stellar first-time virtual 2020 Hall of Fame Event chaired by Ro’chelle Williams. Several WATAC members hold active participation on the TCNAA’s Board of Directors: Cornell Lynch (Vice-President); Torrance Brown (Regional Representative); Ro’chelle Williams (Secretary); and Kathy Mosley (Chapter President). Attorney Shirlethia Franklin previously served as TCNAA’s Alumni Representative to the college’s Board of Trustees and has been recently appointed to serve on the college’s Board of Trustees. Torrance Brown, the Northeast Regional Representative, is currently developing a strategic plan to support the chapters of the Northeast region. WATAC has agreed to be the pilot chapter. Initially, a survey will be distributed to collect data providing a baseline for future protocols. [READ MORE]
98th Year Birthday Salute to Dr. H.T. Drake 1922 Was A Very Good Year!!!
Happy Birthday to our TCNAA President Emeritus! We applaud your support to the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Incorporated as its first President, Hall of Fame Honoree, and Alumnus of the Year. Thank you for your loyalty in word and deed. We acknowledge the establishment of the Henry T. & Maggie Burkhead Drake Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1992 to assist students in current and future educational endeavors. Thank you for encouraging donations to this scholarship fund as your yearly birthday present. This effort has been a huge success over the years. GET FIRED UP!!!!
TCNAA COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP CALL TO ACTION
TCNAA is calling all officers and members to volunteer to serve on one of our Standing and/or Ad Hoc Committees. The descriptions of these committees are outlined below. Please know that most of the programmatic work associated with the Association is done on the committee level and not on the Board level. If any alumnus wishes to volunteer for participation on one of the Committees, please feel free to reach out to Ro’chelle Williams, the TCNAA Board Secretary. Ro’chelle can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your participation.
ARTICLE IX (Standing Committees)
Standing Committees of the Association shall be as follows and their terms shall be the same as elected officials. Common to all include requirements for transition of files and process from outgoing committee to incoming committee. [Read More]
TCNAA MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE UPDATE
Your continued commitment to the mission of the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association, as we work collaboratively in our efforts to support the College, our President, her cabinet, and most importantly our students, is unparalleled. Our local alumni chapters, under the direction of phenomenal leaders, have allowed us to continue to grow our membership, increase our alumni involvement, and our alumni giving….
To date, TCNAA has a total of 553 active members. This includes 395 Life Members, 114 Subscribing Life members and 44 Annual members. We all know that the number of alumni donors, not the amount of the contribution, makes the difference when we reach out to foundations and corporations for donations. The annual membership fee is only twenty-five dollars ($25), and it includes a 10% discount at the bookstore, an opportunity to vote in all of TCNAA elections, and an opportunity to work with a group of alumni that are dedicated and committed to the viability and sustainability of our beloved Tougaloo College.
Welcome New TCNAA Members
New Life Members
Mrs. Leona Richards Bishop ‘1993, Jackson Chapter
Mrs. Lynda Woods Cleary ‘1972 Greater New York Chapter
Dr. Vicki Patterson-Davidson ‘1997, NA
Atty. Sherry L. Davis ‘1973, NA
Dr. Bettye Ward Fletcher ‘1970, NA
Mr. Larry Foster ‘1986, NA
Ms. Shana S. Harper ‘2001, Jackson Chapter
Ms. Kristi Kirkwood ‘2010, NA
Mr. Charles Douglas Lewis ‘1976, NA
Ms. Amanda S. Mims ‘2007, Washington Area Chapter
Ms. LaWanda Weatherspoon Parks ‘1992, NA
Ms. Phoebe Penamon ‘2010, NA
Ms. Linda Faye Prowell ‘1985, Jackson -Tougaloo Chapter
Dr. Frankie Southerland Ragland ‘1971, Chicago Chapter
Mr. Larry Small ‘1981, Leflore County Chapter
Mrs. Amanda Green Alexander Taylor ‘1998, Jackson Chapter
Mr. Frederick Lewis Washington ‘1979, NA
Dr. Dana D. West ‘2002, NA
New Subscribing Life Members
Mr. Cornelius D. Beasley ‘2008, Jackson Chapter
Ms. Linda Slater Clark ‘1981, Gulf Coast Chapter
Mr. Michael J. Cleveland ‘2017, Atlanta Chapter
Mr. Turry M. Flucker ‘1997, New Orleans Chapter
Atty. RaToya Janae Gilmer ‘2010, NA
Mrs. Emleigh Marilyn Mitchell ‘2000, Houston Area Chapter
Mr. Lemond Carrell Mitchell ‘2003, Houston Area Alumni Chapter
Ms. Margaret Elaine Saffold ‘1991, NA
Dr. Shawonda Smith ‘2001, Atlanta Chapter
Dr. Candace Carroll Wicks ‘2005, NA
Dr. Thea Hayes Williams-Black ‘1997, Houston Area Chapter
New Annual Members
Dr. Tanya Y. Bartee ‘1996, Memphis Chapter
Mr. Willie L. Bridgeman, Jr. ‘1971, Jackson Chapter
Ms. Amy Burkhead ‘2001, NA
Rev. Alvin C. Carter ‘2003, NA
Mrs. Deloris Coleman ‘1972, Greater New York Chapter
Mrs. Kimblyn Johnson Creese ‘1990, NA
Dr. Shahara Venece Dente ‘2006, NA
Mrs. Danielle Maurie Irma Donnelly ‘2018, NA
Mr. Brian Wesley Harrington ‘2015, Jackson Chapter
Ms. LaDonna Harrell Harris ‘1988, Houston Area Chapter
Mrs. Valerie Robinson Hill ‘2000, NA
Mr. Eric Donovan Horn ‘1987, NA
Rev. Dr. Brian Anthony Jemmott ‘1982, Atlanta Chapter
Mr. Felix Stephen Lawson ‘1994, Atlanta Chapter
Ms. April Simone Love ‘2015, Gulf Coast Chapter
Ms. Harriet Michelle Martin ‘2007, NA
Ms. PaQuita S. McCray ‘1999, NA
Ms. Chineka McGee ‘2011, NA
Ms. Preamiller McKinney ‘2000 , NA
Mrs Janice Lathan Mitchell ‘1988, NA
Mrs. Nikita Nicholson ‘2011, NA
Ms. Shanna S. Pegues ‘1998, Gulf Coast Chapter
Dr. Teresa Mixon Perkins ‘1977, Tougaloo Community Chapter
Mrs. Ametra Brent Pleas ‘1996, NA
Mrs. Sondra Joan Custard Powell ‘1956, Jackson Chapter
Mrs. Juandalynn Lymon Rhodes ‘1992, NA
Ms. Ericka Rice Hillard ‘2001, NA
Rev. Cassius L. Rudolph ‘2014, Greater New York Chapter
Ms. Natalie Thompson Shepherd ‘1985, NA
Mr. Andrew Louvell Smith ‘1989, NA
Mrs. Lucille Coleman Smith ‘1981, NA
Mr. Houston Gabriel Sneed ‘2020, NA
Mrs. Jermesha Haywood Spiller ‘2010, Jackson Chapter
Ms. Markeita D. Stubbs ‘2006, NA
Ms. Melanie Harvey Sudduth ‘2007, NA
Mrs. Laquita Monique Davis Taylor ‘1990, NA
Mrs. Danese Frazier Turner ‘1985, Atlanta Chapter
Ms. Marnise Alyssia Webb ‘2012, NA
Dr. Hazel Lee White ‘1972, NA
Mr. Darren Lydell Whitehead ‘1990, Nashville Chapter
Ms. Andrea Wilkins ‘2009, NA
Mrs. Beverly Haywood Williams ‘1981, Tougaloo Community Chapter
Ms. Charlotte Reddix Williams ‘1991, NA
Mrs. Elisa Carmichael Wilson ‘2008, NA
Mr. Jonas Elbert “Bo” Bender ‘48
Mrs. Marvel Jenkins Lindsey ’52
Mr. Samuel Lamar Rhone '59
Mrs. Barbara Ann Wolfe Wardlow ’60
Mrs. Rose Knowles White ’61
Mrs. Maxine Turner ’63
Mrs. Dorothy Camille Wilburn McKey ‘64
Mr. Albert Holman Williams ’67
Mrs. Annette Jacobs-Henderson ‘70
Mr. Marvin Ducksworth ’71
Rev. Dr. Elijah Earl McGee ’71
Mr. Tommie McNeill ’74
Mr. Michael Jerone Brown ’75
Mrs. Debra Casey Paige ’75
Ms. Sallie Coleman Thornton ‘75
Ms. Deborah Varnado ‘77
Ms. Rosie Kinzey ’80
Mrs. Tela Wilson Collins '80
Mr. Odie Eugene “Zeke” Cannon ‘90
Mr. Bradley Anthony Smith, Jr. ’15
Ms. Valerie Chambers, former Tougaloo College employee
David Williams Russell, Former Tougaloo College Chief Financial Officer
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
TOUGALOO COLLEGE | TAX TIPS | TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Tougaloo College accepts three types of contributions: cash, noncash, and in-kind
Cash contributions include payments made by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, online payment service, debit card, credit card, payroll deduction, or transfer of a gift card redeemable for cash;
Noncash contributions are property with no restriction placed on them. This includes publicly traded stock, clothing, wine collections, art, jewelry, antiques, collectible, automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, and even your home. The amount of your deduction is generally the donated property’s “fair market value”. The job of determining worth is the responsibility of the donor;
In-kind contributions are gifts of tangible goods or services that alleviate costs to Tougaloo College. Examples of in-kind gifts include:
- Goods like computers, software, furniture, and office equipment.
- Services such as meeting space, photocopy and mail services, and administrative/financial support.
- Expertise like legal, tax, or business advice, marketing and website development, and strategic planning.
TOUGALOO COLLEGE | TAX TIPS | IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS
What is or is not an in-kind gift to the College can be a point of confusion.
In-kind contributions are gifts of tangible goods or services that alleviate costs to Tougaloo College and can be used to advance Tougaloo’s mission.
Examples of in-kind gifts include:
- Goods like computers, software, furniture, and office equipment;
- Services such as meeting space, photocopy and mail services, an administrative/financial support;
- Expertise like legal, tax, or business advice, marketing and website development, and strategic planning.
Please note that such contributed services cannot be counted as a gift and do not qualify as a charitable tax deduction to the donor. However, a donor of services may be able to deduct expenses incurred while performing said services. In such cases, please consult with a trusted tax advisor. [READ MORE]
TCNAA Branded Items - Non-Medical Face Masks Are Available Now
TCNAA – TOUGALOO FACE MASK by Riddell
Non-medical, made of 100% Polyester XD200 fabric, 2 ply construction with a pocket to insert a filter. One size: MD/LG, available in red or blue, these adorable masks have a soft and breathable feel we appreciate. They fully cover the nose and mouth while the ear loops keep the protective material comfortably close to the face. Will fit different ages and face surfaces. Just wash by hand, air dry, and wear again.
Note: These masks are not medical grade and are not to take the place of the N95 masks. They are not suitable for use in a surgical or clinical setting or where there would be significant exposure to liquid bodily or other hazardous fluids, or use in the presence of high intensity heat source or flammable gas.
Order Here >>https://tcnaa.org/product/tougaloo-face-mask/
$10.00 each plus shipping and handling
TCNAA-TOUGALOO COLLEGE COMMEMORATIVE LUGGAGE TAG
Description: Lenticular printed (dual images on the front of the tag, contact information space on the back), 4.25 inch x 2.5 inch, plastic luggage tag. The tag comes with a 5.75 inch loop strap. The tag’s distinctive design makes it ideal for identifying your luggage, gym bag, brief case, backpack, laptop bag, golf bag and many more personal items. Order online at https://tcnaa.org/product/luggage-tag
$10.00 each, free shipping.
May peace and plenty be the first
To lift the latch at your door
And happiness be guided to your home
By the candles of Christmas.
During the upcoming holiday season may you, your families and friends experience the abundance of God’s blessings. Be safe and enjoy time with loved ones.
Happy New Year!