02nd Sep2011

Tiasha Jones – Clafin University

by Staff

“Claflin University initially acquired my attention because of its state-of-the-art science programs offered.”

Major: Middle Grades Education

C/O 2012

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How did you decide to become a student at Claflin University?

Claflin University initially acquired my attention because of its state-of-the-art science programs offered. I applied and was accepted, and then Claflin University challenged me to apply to its rigorous Honors program, where I too was accepted. I felt that if a college could challenge me before I even walk through the doors, then it was the right school for me!

A Picture of the Claflin University Mascot the Mighty Black PantherThank you to the Claflin University “Class of 1955” for The Beautiful and Majestic Black Panther Adorning the Great Campus of Claflin University, now the place where Nubian Queen Tiasha Jones obtains a wealth of knoweldge and guidance on how to lead the next generation!; Image Courtesy of College Prowler


What professors at Claflin University are leaving or have left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

All of my professors have left meaningful impressions on my life as a woman and student. All of my English professors have been awesome! They have pushed me to pursue writing in my leisure, as well as helped me to find my passion—helping others—which led to a major change. Because of my English professors’ belief in me, I have been able to lead our University Writing Center and host various forms of civic education opportunities on campus. (Click the image below to visit Claflin’s English Department)

Claflin University Students in Ecuador Courtesy of Claflin University“A group of Claflin University students traveled and studied in Ecuador under the guidance of Ms. Clarissa Williams, Instructor of Spanish, during the summer of 2008.” Image Courtesy of Claflin University

Meet Nubian Queen and Dean Ratliff is a tenured Professor of English and Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (which includes the English Dept) FYI Dean Ratliff obtained her bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University and her Doctorate (Ph.D) from Howard University! Image Courtesy of Claflin University

Additionally, the staff of the Honors program have helped mold my life as they have taught me to believe in myself and others. My research advisor, too, impacts my life daily as I work hard on producing scholarly research in the field of education. Her support and passion mirrors my own, and she encourages me to continue through all the rough patches and to work hard.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Claflin University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

From the beginning, Claflin has been motivating me to push myself and to go beyond the barriers I had previously set for myself. It started June 8, 2008, when I began taking courses at Claflin having had only 3 days since my high school graduation. The year 2008 was a year of tremendous change.

Image of Clafin University's Tingley Memorial Hall featured in Tiasha Jones InterviewAn Image of the Great and Historic Tingley Memorial Hall erected in 1908 on Claflin University’s Beautiful and Lush Campus(Any AKA’s reading this?); Image Courtesy of Black College TV

The night President Barack Obama was elected will forever remain etched in my heart and being, as I felt proud to be a part of my generation, of this country, of my Black race, of history, and to be a proud Claflinite. Additionally, the opportunities given to give back to the community adds to the ultimate college experience. As a college student, I felt a part of Claflin, not of Orangeburg. Sure, I shop in the stores and frequent the restaurants; however, the large number of community service allowed me to become a part of Orangeburg and the state of South Carolina.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Claflin University?

The day I was initiated into Gamma Nu chapter of THE Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. That was the day when I took a second step (the first being a college student) in creating a legacy for my family.

My cousin (who graduated high school with me in 2008 and attends Winthrop University) and I are the first in our family to attend four-year schools, and we are also the first Greeks in our family. We were initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha within days of each other! (Congratulations to being the first in your family to attend a 4 year school, much respect to that! We are proud of and for you both!!!!)

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

🙂 That information is top-secret. Haha! There are parks around town.

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

Claflin University Restaurant The Brown Derby Bar B Q featured in Tiasha Jones MyHBCUInterview
Does anyone have a taste for some chicken or soul food? Image Courtesy of Yelp!

Off campus: For soul food, I would recommend The Brown Derby (above). The chicken is great! Also, everyone loves the convenient IHOP with their all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Claflin University Restaurant Jazzmans Cafe featured in Tiasha Jones My HBCU InterviewAnyone else hungry? Image Courtesy of Prepared Pantry


On-campus: We have a coffee shop, Jazzman’s. My favorite things are a brownie cookie and an iced white chocolate mocha.

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

We are the Panthers from Panthertown, and it takes a Panther to knock us down. If you don’t like our apples, then don’t shake our trees, ‘cause we are the Panthers from C-U! (Visit Claflin’s Sports Site)

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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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