JUNE 25, 2020
It is our priority to keep our constituents informed of campus news. As we prepare to transition to the fall semester, beginning August 7, 2020, the first Friday of each month, the Office of Communications will begin distributing a monthly e-newsletter to keep you informed about the many exciting, challenging, innovative and wonderful things happening throughout the College.

Great Day Eagle Community,

It is with great joy that we welcome our new and returning students to campus this fall. Over the last several weeks our world suddenly changed and the Tougaloo College family has pulled together in ways that have showcased our resilience and strength. Our staff and faculty have stepped up during this most difficult time and we remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping our students, faculty and staff safe. We remain committed in our efforts to provide our students with the excellence in education for which Tougaloo is known and expected to give as we continue to navigate our way through this global pandemic. We thank you for your patience and continued cooperation while we continue to navigate this new landscape, being guided by science and incorporating public health best practices, while abiding by local and state guidelines.

Together we will navigate the next steps of safeguards that are necessary to keep classrooms, dining areas and additional portions of our campus safe for all. We are here with you and for you during this time.

We are working to finalize our plans for a safe and productive fall semester. We have been diligently working on several projects around campus to enhance our college. Some of those projects include:

● Began a complete renovation of the basement level of Galloway Hall ( Click here to view photos)
● Relocation of the Campus Mailroom from the Blackmon Building to Warren Hall
● Complete sanitation in all classrooms and residence halls
● Installed a brand new boiler in Warren Hall
● Repair and restoration of the bleachers in our gymnasium
● Relocation of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
● Relocation of the Early College High School and updates in Holmes Hall
● Progression in the timeline of The Robert O. Wilder Building (The Mansion) project

Now is the time for us to ensure that our beloved Tougaloo College continues to remain a thriving institution that has been making our community, city and our world a better place since 1869. We understand the uncertainty that has been placed before us and we are grateful for how everyone is working here together.

Great things are happening every day at Tougaloo College! We are excited to have you as a part of the Tougaloo College family as we continue to provide an environment of academic excellence.


Archie L. Bouie, II, Ed.D.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Chief Financial Officer Division of Finance and Administration

The Office of Academic Affairs, along with President Carmen J. Walters and the Tougaloo College family, announces plans to celebrate the Class of 2020. With careful planning guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Commencement Exercises will be held as a drive-through ceremony in front of the Historic Woodworth Chapel Sunday, August 2nd at 8:00 a.m. Tougaloo College is proud to announce The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82 U.S. Attorney General, as the virtual speaker for this time honored celebration. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be held inside Kroger Gymnasium. Graduates who plan to participate in the ceremony are asked to RSVP by July 15th.

Tougaloo College takes the position that we must and will protect the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and all members of the Tougaloo College family at this time. Because there will be a limit on the number of guests each graduate is allowed to invite and the number of people allowed on the campus, Commencement 2020 will be a closed event and not open to the general public. We, however, invite you to watch via livestream to share in this special occasion. Further information will be shared as plans unfold for this event.

As we embark on a new tradition, this year we are honoring the commencement speaker with the establishment of an endowed scholarship, The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, in honor of his love and respect for public policy. The endowment will provide scholarships to educate and train our scholars to be the policy leaders and social advocates needed to create a more just and humane society. We are asking you to join us in supporting The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. Please click here to give. For more information, please contact Ms. Sanette Langston at (601) 977-7871 in the Office of Institutional Advancement.
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to feature the Division of Education and its commitment to academic excellence and shaping the next generation of Tougalooians and global change agents. Dr. Thea Williams-Black, Dean of Education, Supervision and Instruction, notes that the faculty and staff in the Division are proud to highlight its scholars, graduates, and collaborative efforts for the 2019-2020 academic year.
In 2019, The Petters Education Merit Scholarship was established with a transformational gift of $100,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Michael Petters of the Petters Family Foundation to provide merit-based scholarships to Tougaloo students in the field of Elementary Education. The purpose of this scholarship is to aid in increasing the number of highly qualified educators teaching children in our region and beyond. After meeting specific criteria, the following Elementary Education majors are the Division’s first recipients of this prestigious scholarship:
  • Jamon Dawson
  • Brandi Winters
  • Aniya Laster
  • Raydreonia Davis
  • Joslynn Robinson
  • Jaquaveon Payton
The Spotlight continues.
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 staff at the L. Zenobia Coleman Library is providing remote reference services to our students and faculty. Students are encouraged to continue accessing library resources throughout the summer. Click here to view easy access instructions. If you need personal assistance, call 601-977-7706 to speak with a reference librarian or send an email.
Did you know? Tougaloo’s Archives include The Civil Rights Collection, which contains personal papers, oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia of individuals who were active in the Movement including: Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Rev. Ed King, Ernst Borinski, the Lawyers Commission Desegregation Records, White Citizen Council Literature, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) Files and the Mississippi NAACP Records. Click here to learn more about Tougaloo’s Archives and the Tougaloo News article.
As Tougaloo concludes its 150th anniversary celebration, the College is preparing to transition from the usage of the Sesquicentennial logo in campus-related email signatures to the use of the Tougaloo tagline, Where History Meets the Future. Beginning July 1, 2020, College employees are asked to begin using the tagline, which can be downloaded here. Also, click here to view an email signature example and instructions for making the change.
Melvin L. Smith Jr., ‘14 serves as an Information Technology Supervisor at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Seattle Central College in Seattle, Washington. Smith started his career as a Jackson Heart Study (JHS) student, completing all three years of the Summer Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) program during high school. His understanding of the goals of the program inspired him to become a JHS Scholar.

Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tougaloo College. In 2014, he was awarded a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Diversity Supplement for his research on the “Impact of Routine Care Among African Americans with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in the Jackson Heart Study.” In 2016, Smith earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Brown University. Upon receiving his MPH, Smith represented the Hospital Association of Rhode Island as a Government Relations Manager advocating for healthcare reform in Rhode Island and Washington D.C.  

Smith is a proud initiate of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Dallas Craven, a 5-11 senior guard at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, TX, is coming to Tougaloo College for the 2020-2021 season. At Wilmer-Hutchins, Craven averaged per game, 11.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals. He was also named the “District 12-4A Newcomer of the Year” after transferring from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, TX. He's a very talented point guard who will bring energy and dedication to the Bulldog program.
Tougaloo College, in collaboration with the Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club, is pleased to announce a day-long celebration and fundraiser honoring Coach Lafayette Stribling on Saturday, July 11, 2020.   From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram, 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. And, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tougaloo’s WLOO-TV35 as well as Facebook and Instagram, watch the premiere of  Lafayette Stribling: Life on the Full Court, a tribute to Coach Stribling and virtual fundraiser benefiting Tougaloo College athletic programs and scholarships.

Branded as one of Mississippi’s most accomplished basketball coaches, Coach Lafayette Stribling’s stellar career spans more than five decades, with historic winning records among high school and collegiate teams. The Stribling portfolio is an unparalleled resume of twenty-nine combined years of basketball coaching at Tougaloo College and Mississippi Valley State University. Heralded nationally for his winning record in Mississippi history, Coach Lafayette Stribling has been dubbed as one of Mississippi’s best basketball minds with inductions into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.   

Give your gift in honor of Coach Stribling by texting STRIBLING to 41444. Contact Ms. Sanette L. Langston, Director for Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement, at 601-977-7871.
All members of the Tougaloo College Campus Community are encouraged to continue participating in the virtual prayer hour, Let’s Pray Together, with Chaplain Maxine Bolden Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10 a.m. (CST). Attorney Julian D. Miller, Dr. Charles Holmes and Ms. Ida Guice of the College’s Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Program will serve as guests. To call in, dial 701-802-546
5 and use access code 800331#. If you need additional words of encouragement, call College Chaplain Maxine Bolden at 601-977-7758 or send an email.
We are Tougaloo!