JUNE 13, 2020
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to feature the Division of Social Sciences and its commitment to academic excellence and shaping the next generation of Tougalooians and global change agents. Dr. Meherun Laiju, Dean of Social Sciences, the faculty and staff are proud to highlight its graduates and scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to the Division of Social Sciences Class of 2020!

The Division of Social Sciences, which has the largest number of graduates for 2020, would like to congratulate all graduates in Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Job well done!

Look for a spotlight of students, faculty and staff from the other Tougaloo divisions in future issues of the Touglaoo This Week eNewsletter.
Students’ work published in The Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences
Psychology major Di’Maya Randle is one of many Tougaloo scholars and faculty whose work is now published in The Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (ISSN 0076-9436,vol 65, #1). In addition to having her work published, Randle, along with Courtney Thomas (Sociology) and Nakia Hill (Psychology), had the opportunity to present their research during the 84th Annual MAS Meeting in Biloxi, MS earlier this year. All three students are enrolled in Tougaloo’s Homeland Security’s Disaster Coastal Studies (DCS) Program. Click here to read abstracts for work published from Tougaloo students and professors.
The Spotlight continues.
Commencement Speaker Invests In Tougaloo
Tougaloo College is proud to announce Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd​ U.S. Attorney General and Tougaloo Commencement speaker for Sunday, August 2, 2020 has committed to donating $10,000 to the College's newly established the Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General Endowment, which will fund public policy scholarships.

As the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. Currently, he serves as partner with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.

Tougaloo is calling on all alumni, lawyers and friends to help us meet and exceed our goal to raise a minimum of $250,000 for this endowment. Contact Ms. Sanette Langston, Director of Development, at 601-977-7907 or email regarding giving opportunities.
Confirm Your Participation
Holder will address the Class of 2020 virtually on the campus green in front of the Historic Woodworth Chapel. Graduates who plan to attend and participate in Commencement should complete the required reservation form by July 15, 2020.
We Salute Reunion Classes
 The Eagle Queen plans to acknowledge the Golden Class, the Silver Class, and all reunion classes during Commencement Weekend. All reunion classes are asked to participate in Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies remotely via live stream. The link will be shared prior to Commencement Weekend.
As a result of the blatant killing of George Floyd and many other African Americans, Tougaloo College is establishing the Reuben V. Anderson Institute for Social Justice. The Institute will equip Tougaloo’s scholars, community partners and other constituents for lifelong engagement on social justice issues through theory, practice and initiatives that build skills and knowledge in the areas of Pre-Law, Public Policy, Leadership Development, and Social Activism and Justice. The Institute will be a catalyst for greater understanding of people, solving challenges that hinder equal rights and justice for all people, and influencing policy. Students will be introduced to national speakers, experts, and guest lecturers including alumni U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of the second congressional district in Mississippi and Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and National NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. The Institute, named after the first African American to hold a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, Justice Reuben V. Anderson, a Tougaloo alumnus and well-respected attorney and leader in Jackson, MS who provided funding to create the Institute, will carry on Justice Anderson’s extensive work, legacy and lifelong commitment to eradicating racism, injustice and inequality. Plans for establishing the Institute were first included in the Tougaloo College Position Statement on George Floyd.
The Brown-Tougaloo Partnership, founded in 1964, produces another impactful program for students. The Brown University School of Public Health and Tougaloo College announce the launch of the Health Equity Scholars . The need to focus on equity has become a primary focus with the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color. The combination of systemic racism, the coronavirus pandemic and disproportionate economic devastation serves as the inspiration for the Scholars program. The program seeks to expand the voices in public health and change the makeup of public health leadership to address racism as a public health problem. This is the first of many steps both institutions are taking to ensure the next generation of public health leaders are more representative of America’s diverse populations.
Two Million Dollar Gift to Tougaloo College
The Eagle Queen salutes Dr. George Wallerstein, an astronomer and a Tougaloo honorary degree recipient, and his wife and astronomer Dr. Julie Lutz, for making a gift of 2 million dollars to the College. The 2 million dollars is half of the couple's 4 million dollar gift over a two year period to fund the Beverly Wade Hogan Endowment, honoring the former Tougaloo president, that will support general scholarships for students.

Dr. Wallerstein is a leadership donor and for many years has given large gifts to Tougaloo annually on behalf of the Pryor Foundation. Many thanks to Dr. Wallerstein and Dr. Lutz and all Tougaloo College donors! Your support is greatly appreciated and needed. 

When you establish an endowment fund, you create a permanent legacy of support for Tougaloo. To learn how you can give back to Tougaloo, contact Sanette Langston, Director of Development, at 601-977-7870 or email.
Tougaloo has recently been awarded scholarship grants
  • The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation - $209,000
  • The United Church of Christ (The Daniel Hand Fund) - $60,785.72
  • The Robert Hearin Support Foundation - $15,000
After Ashley N. King ‘15 earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tougaloo College, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in 2017. She initially started her career as a Jackson Heart Study (JHS) student, completing all three years of the Summer Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) program during high school. Her understanding of the goals of the program enhanced her desire to become a JHS scholar while at Tougaloo. 
After obtaining her degrees, King started her nursing career in Atlanta, GA, within Psychiatric Acute Care at Peachford Hospital. While at Peachford, she worked in several departments, including Electroconvulsive Therapy, Alcohol & Drug Detox and Youth Services. She is currently a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Neuroscience department at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. To fulfill her passion for assisting youth with mental health challenges, she also works as an RN at Hillside Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. She is a proud initiate of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
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Lady Bulldogs Sign Mccorvey
Athletic Director and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Keith Barnes adds a new recruit to his roster for the 2020-2021 season. Gabrielle McCorvey, a native of Maple Heights, OH, is a
5-7 forward from Maple Heights High School. McCorvey brings a wealth of talent and knowledge to the Lady Bulldogs Basketball team. Congratulations Gabrielle McCorvey; welcome to the Bulldog family!
Men’s Basketball Add Three JUCO Standouts
Men’s Basketball Head Coach Thomas Billups adds three new recruits to his roster for the 2020-2021 season. Those added are Jaylen Lester, Antwan Beans and Tyler Berryhill.
Jaylen Lester, a 6-foot sophomore guard at Holmes Community College, shot 44% from the field and from beyond the arc while at Holmes. He's a dynamic shooter who brings great talent and a great work ethic to the Bulldog program. Lester, a native of Durant, MS, is a product of Canton High School.
Antwan Beans, a 5-11 sophomore guard at Jackson State Community College averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 assists per game and shot 42% from the field and 82% from the charity stripe. He's a talented and true point guard who will bring a great deal of experience and knowledge of the game to the Bulldog program. Beans, a native of Memphis, TN, is a product of Ridgeway High School.
Antwan Beans
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Tyler Berryhill, a 5-10 sophomore guard at Coahoma Community College, shot 43% from the field during his stint at Coahoma . He's a quick and very skilled combo guard who will bring plenty of experience, hard work and dedication to the Bulldog program. Berryhill, a native of Webb, MS, is a product of West Tallahatchie High School, where he was very instrumental in the Choctaws winning the 2016 MHSAA 2A Boys State Championship.
Congratulations to all three of these young men; welcome to the Bulldog family!
Fall semester is two short months away, but there is still time to contact your advisor and register. Click here for complete registration information. To select courses, view the course schedule for Fall 2020.

Prospective students can still apply to Tougaloo using the Common Black College Application or visiting Tougaloo’s website.
There is still time to reserve your room on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. Complete the Office of Residence Life's Room Selection Form. Mail your $50 Housing Reservation Fee (include your name, phone number and Tougaloo ID number) to: Tougaloo College, Office of Residence Life, 500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174.
The Memphis Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter is hosting a virtual fundraiser, The Loo’s Got Talent Show Saturday, June 20th 6 - 8 p.m (CST). Several alumni are showcasing their talent on the Chapter’s website, where you can donate $5 per vote for your favorite performer at the click of a button. Witness live performances by the SoulTones of Oxford, MS during this fundraiser June 20th 6 - 8 p.m. Cast your vote before noon (CST) Sunday, June 21st. Winners will be announced Monday, June 22nd. Click here to cast your vote or Text TCtalent to 41444.
Coined Mississippi’s winningest and best dressed coach, Lafayette Stribling is a legendary basketball coach, whose stellar career spans more than five decades. After serving as college basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and Tougaloo College for 29 years and 26 years on the high school level, Stribling has been branded as one of the state’s most accomplished basketball coaches.
Beginning at 8 a.m. (CST), Saturday, July 11th on Facebook Live and Instagram Live , you will have the opportunity to support the Tougaloo College athletic program while witnessing testimonials of students and coaches who have been positively impacted by Coach Stribling and Tougaloo College. Beginning at 6 p.m. (CST) on Tougaloo’s WLOO-TV35 as well as Facebook Live and Instagram Live , watch Lafayette Stribling: Life on the Full Court, a tribute to Coach Stribling and virtual fundraiser, benefiting Tougaloo College athletic programs and scholarships.
Give your gift to Tougaloo in honor of Coach Stribling by texting STRIBLING to 41444. Click here to learn more.
During a time when Tougaloo prepares to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, Tougaloo College President Carmen J. Walters and other Mississippi HBCU presidents remind constituents to practice preventative safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in a radio ad. Click here to listen.
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