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Displays of University Excellence, Innovation, Speeches Mark 7th Annual TSU Day At Capitol

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NASHVILLE,
Tenn.
 (TSU News Service) – State
lawmakers got a taste of Tennessee State University’s excellence at the annual
TSU Day at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Visitors to the TSU Day on the Capitol check out displays at the daylong event. (Photo by TSU Media Relations)

More than 150 TSU
students, administrators, faculty, staff and others packed a conference
room on the 8th flor of the Cordell Hull Building to hear TSU
President Glenda Glover kick-off the event. Before the official kick-off,
lawmakers saw displays of the university’s diverse research and academic
offerings, including robotics and giveaways like White Dogwood trees grown on
the university farm, that has become a prized and highly requested staple
during the annual visits.

“I am so pleased to
see our lawmakers, along with our students, our faculty our staff, our alumni
and friends. Thank you for joining us,” Glover said. “This is our seventh
annual TSU Day at the Capitol. This event has become one of the institution’s
most successful outreach programs. We take this opportunity to share with the
lawmakers the great things that are going on at TSU, and to share with them our
needs, as we continue the proud legacy
of training and nurturing out future – our students.”

Before the kick-off,
President Glover made courtesy visits to the offices of Lt. Gov. Randy McNally
(R-Crossville) and several key members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Student ambassadors also used the time to deliver packages of TSU mementos to
the offices of lawmakers, as tokens of appreciation from the university.

Displays of University Excellence, Innovation, Speeches Mark 7th Annual TSU Day At Capitol
Among many displays at the TSU Day at the Capitol, researchers in the College of Health Sciences demonstrate the use of the Vest Airway Clearance System, a therapy designed to assist patients who have thick secretions, such as in cystic fibrosis. (Photo by TSU Media Relations)

In her speech, Glover told the lawmakers that past and future appropriations have allowed TSU to maintain its longstanding legacy of “providing education for our students.”

“Thank
you for being a part of this day and for money you have given us,” she said.
“However, we have some tremendous needs. So, we are here asking you to help us
meet those needs. We want to improve our campus’ age-old infrastructure, we
need scholarships for students, we need to make sure that electricity is in
order for next year.”

Several
of the lawmakers followed Glover with greetings and congratulations to TSU and
its leaders for the “great work going
on at TSU.”

“I appreciate you all being here today,” House Speaker Cameron Sexton said. “We are going to work well to make sure that we move Tennessee forward and keep doing the things we can agree on, such as education.”

TSU alums Sen.
Brenda Gilmore, and Rep. Harold M. Love, Jr., two strong supporters of the
university, promised to keep TSU at the top of the agenda.

“I am so happy to
see you all up here. It means the world to me,” Gilmore said. “As you
(students) walk these halls and meet the legislators, tell them about your
studies and what you plan to do when you graduate. That helps us as we work
hard to get your rightful funding.”

Love
added: “It does our heart well to see our students, faculty, staff and alumni
here with us on Capitol Hill. We need your voice to move TSU. So, I encourage
you to keep telling us what needs to be changed in policy.”

In an
oratorical presentation, Mr. TSU Damyr Moore moved lawmakers with a call for
proportionate funding for HBCUs, arguing that the matrix used to determine
funding, such as retention, enrollment and on-time degree completion, are not the
best indicators by which to measure HBCUs.

“I
propose proportionate funding for HBCUs and PWIs, or predominantly white
institutions, alike, as well as increase funding for scholarships and funding
for pre-college summer bridge programs,” said Moore, a senior mass communication
major from Atlanta.

Also making remarks was Katelyn Thompson, president of the TSU Student Government Association. Among other lawmakers who spoke at the ceremony were Reps. Antonio Parkinson (District 98) and Barbara Cooper (District 86), a TSU alum.

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only public university, and is a  premier, historically black university
and land-grant institution offering 39 bachelor’s degree programs, 24 master’s
degree programs, and seven doctoral degrees.  TSU is a comprehensive
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graduate school on its downtown Avon Williams Campus, along with the Otis Floyd
Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tennessee.  With a commitment to
excellence, Tennessee State University provides students  with a quality
education in a nurturing and innovative environment that prepares them as
alumni to be global leaders in every facet of society. Visit the
University online at tnstate.edu.

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