23rd Dec2013

Jeremiah Barringer – Lincoln University of Missouri ’12

by Staff

Jeremiah Barringer, a proud graduate of Lincoln University of Missouri (class of 2012) takes us on a great journey about his HBCU Experience and the life lessons therein.

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HBCU Alum, Jeremiah Barringer of Lincoln University of Missouri c/o ’12 | Image Credit: Jeremiah Barringer

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

Hayti, MO. I heard about LINCOLN UNIVERITY when I was a Freshman High School. I was involved in Kids Beat and Youth Government. Which was a program Lincoln helped sponsor all across Missouri for youth to meet and speak with others across MO.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Majority of the people I knew went to PWI but when I spoke with some that went to a HBCU, and they told me about their experience.

They talked about how they became student leaders and learned their history. I did research and found out alot of HBCU were found in the 1900’s. HBCU are the conerstone for African Americans.

How did you decide to become a student at Lincoln University of Missouri?

I became a student at a HBCU because my brother and sister went to an University close to my home but they dropped out. So I decided to go to a school that was further away from home.

I witnessed them and others I knew from High School coming back every weekend. I felt as if they were not getting the college experience because they were less than a hour away and always wanted to come home.

What professors at Lincoln University of Missouri 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?

Its a lot of people who has impacted my life and career while attending Lincoln. I thank my advisor Terry Moore and Professor Mathews for teaching and aiding me to learn all that I could before entering the real world.

They both provided me with quality information about the Criminal Justice System. They still to this day allow me to use them as references. They helped me stay focused and taught me to not give up on my dreams because of others, not even family.

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

HBCU they told me about their experience and instill important information in about why Lincoln came about in 1866 by the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantry Soldiers. Lincoln was founded by these war veterans who took there last to help African American get a quality education. I feel as if I could benefit from going to a HBCU.

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A Historic View of Lincoln University of Missouri ; Image Credit – lincolnu.edu

I feel my experience is part of what Learned. I learned how to dress for success and how to be professional. I learned how manage my time and be more responsible. Lincoln taught me how to hold a meeting and what Roberts Rule of ORDER WAS. I learned how to network and present myself to others in a respectful manner.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Lincoln is one of the most diverse HBCU. Lincoln is 46% African Americans 13% other and 41%white. Lincoln allowed you to learn from others culture when they host their International Week .

This week consisted of many events and workshops to learn about what others do in their country. Lincoln is very inclusive with all events the campus/student body host.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

All the career fairs Lincoln provided. Lincoln provided resume writing workshops, practice interviews and intern opportunities.

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

Library steps but really the lounge and each other room during visitation.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Starbucks on campus and their Bagels w/ Steawberry Creme Cheese.

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

I love my H in front of my B, my B in front of my C, my C in front of my U….I love my HBCU…LU

LLLL…..UUUU….

Who was your College crush?

Miss Lincoln University Sarah Westbrooks

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

By getting involved in campus activities and meet people of all different backgrounds.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Criminal Justice. I feel like being secure and help others was my calling. I love to motivare and encourge others to do better and learn.

What was your proudest moment @  Lincoln University of Missouri?

Becoming the President of My Organization. Mentoring students and teaching them how balance having fun and school work.

What was your saddest moment @ Lincoln University of Missouri?

When one of my Organization Advisors Jessica passed away.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

No, because the fraternity I wanted to pledge got kick off campus before i was eligible to pledge.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

SGA, Campus Activity Board, Student Alumni Association, Orientation Leader Board, Student Support Services and Royal Connection.

Where was the “yard” located?

In from of the Cafe and the library steps.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

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Soldiers Memorial on the Campus of Lincoln University of Missouri; Image Credit: lincolnu.edu

The library, greek hill, memormial hall and Soldiers Memorial.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Yes, the 4th floor in Anthony Hall .

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

First love, First time spending the night with someone. First time being giving a speech.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I have came along way in life but I have a long way to go to be successful. Thanks or everything you done becuse you will always live within me. Love you!!!

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Transmit what every you are doing or are trying to do, to those who come after you greater and better than anyone every did to you. Be confident and have a little pride when it comes to your character and morals.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into manhood?

When i had to feel out my FAFSA all by myself. When I learned how to grocery shop and manage my time and money.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

Trail and error. I believe I havent totally figured it out yet, and I’m only 24. I have a passion for alot of things so it would be hard to pick one.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

Band and Track. I felt as if I could benefit and others could benefit from me being apart of that partucular organization.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Remember that you are now embarking up on a path to become more profound in your character. Never let anyone limit your success, you have to think like you’re limitless. Believe that you will conquer if you have faith. *Remember each and everybody will teach you something but its up to you to get it and apply it.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I just remember that not everyone going to like you in this world, sometimes because your race. I believe you can only deal with it if you understand that you are who you are and accept yourself.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

I believe I can do all things when I plan and execute it. I believe That everyone needs a blue print for life and their goals.

Questions about HBCU Life? Completing your college application? Respectfully contact Jeremiah!

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09th Dec2013

Jonathan Ellis – Fort Valley State University ’12

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Jonathan Ellis takes us on a journey about his unique HBCU Experience at Fort Valley State University, Class of 2012. Take heed to his wise words!

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Jonathan Ellis, a strong and proud graduate of Fort Valley State University ’12 | Image Credit: Jonathan Ellis

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I’m from Atlanta GA specifically the Ashview heights community located near Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Spelman College. I heard of HBCUs by applying for college and learning how they have historically been important in educating black people.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I received a scholarship for FVSU and that sealed the deal for me.

How did you decide to become a student at Fort Valley State University?

The scholarship but then after being there for a while I met so many good friends and faculty I knew it was a good place.

What professors at Fort Valley State University 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?

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Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts | Image Credit: fvsu.edu

Most of my professors have and I hope I don’t miss any names but Dr. Clarke, Lutz, Hatesveldt, Smith, Dubuya, Bumpass, Pitts, Wyce and everyone in the Social Sciences.

Everything they thought me helped me understand the world and prepare me for my future career in education. Their teaching styles were all diverse and allowed me to learn from different types of people.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Fort Valley State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience was mixed.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

It didn’t give me a sense of diversity but taught me black unity and it’s importance in a world of racism.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

I’m not currently working right now but my HBCU aided me in preparing for teaching by providing me with diverse perspectives of how to communicate to students.

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

Haha no comment.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Basically the Chinese place. Don’t remember the name. We also had a Chic Fila and Papa John’s on campus. I mostly enjoyed Pepperoni Pizza for Papa Johns. The cafe food was not very appetizing and that’s all I can say about that. But the omelets were great.

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

Didn’t really go to sporting events.

Who was your College crush?

She knows who she is. Intelligent young woman. I admire her academic achievements.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was actually never nervous. I’m rarely nervous about much. Learned to be calm in all situations at a young age.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

History. I chose history after I realized it fit what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I had already taken classes with many of the professors before so it was a perfect fit.

What was your saddest moment @ Fort Valley State University ?

It was afterwards but a friend of mine died in a car accident not too long after I graduated.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

No. Never had any interest.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

Not as much as I should of been but my last years there I did join the History club and the Marketing club.

Where was the “yard” located?

Near the commons.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Almost everywhere because the school is so historical.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Not that I’m aware of.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I did receive my first failing grade in college and I didn’t appreciate it. It was for a class I didn’t even need.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would say “I love and miss you. May your souls rest in peace”.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Be attentive to what’s going on the world; apathy is dangerous.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into woman or manhood?

Being by myself at school made me realize that I would have to become an individual.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered my passion in high school by being in history class and really enjoying learning about it.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

No sports but I was on the chess team.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Look for as many scholarships as possible. UNCF is a great resource as well as Google. Also ask your counselor for waivers on application fees.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I’d address it upfront and challenge it.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Live life not in the pursuit of selfishness but help those around you.

Questions about college? Need help completing your application? Contact Jonathan!

Email Address: jonathanellis2003@yahoo.com
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23rd Nov2013

Sherie Phillips – Harris-Stowe State University 2012

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Sheri Phillips, a 2012 graduate of Famed HBCU Harris-Stowe State University takes us on a wonderful journey about her experience in college.

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Nubian Queen Sherie Phillips (c/o 2012) of the Great HBCU, Harris-Stowe State University | Image Credit: Sherie Phillips

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Actually, I didn’t. My freshman year was spent at a PWI and when my scholarship ran out, my academic advisor encouraged me to look into Harris-Stowe because of my major and my finances.

It was the best suggestion he could have had.

Initially, I was unsure but when he told me that his daughter was even at a different institution because the debt wasn’t worth the inconsistency of financial aid, I was sold. I’m sure if my finances were different, his suggestion would have been different.

Where are you from? When you were younger who introduced you to the greatness that is HBCUs?

I am from Saint Louis, Missouri.

I had never been properly introduced to an HBCU.

But our college advisers in high school gave me information about the different types of colleges and minority scholarships. So all the information that I had gained was independent knowledge. I had applied to three HBCUs and three PWIs.

How did you decide to become a student at Harris-Stowe State University?

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

Harris-Stowe was the most highly recommended, affordable, quality education in Saint Louis. And I wasn’t ready to leave home; especially in the middle of the school year. But I didn’t want to sit out neither. It was just the right thing to do at the time which turned out to be the best decision I could have made!

Which professors at Harris-Stowe State University left the most impression upon your academic and personal life? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Professor Elsesser of history and Dr. Johnson of entrepreneurship. They were both great assets to my academic career and very supportive during the semesters I spent in their classes. I experienced a lot and with their own reasoning, they encouraged me to continue moving forward.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Harris-Stowe State University?

My HBCU experience came with so much. I learned about BGLO’s, fell in love, pledged a sorority, became a road tripper, and so much more!

I met friends that I know I will have forever, built so many networks… I mean I could go on and on!

The moment I knew my HBCU was a place of love and family was when I could accidentally not have my ID when going into offices for assistance and they didn’t need my ID. They know you by name, remember your situations, and work and love you anyway!

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

My HBCU had a diverse student body so preparing for a diverse workplace was an easy transition. My high school was the complete opposite of my college, so it was not difficult to transition or adapt to any environment.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

My HBCU actually introduced me to the careers workforce by the many career fairs on campus and by allowing graduates to still attend.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was business administration but after meeting with the on-campus counselor, I changed it to communications and fine arts. She gave me a few assessments and we figured out what I was good at and what I could potentially see me doing in the future. It was again, another great decision because it dramatically increased my GPA.

How did you overcome your nervousness that first year?

There was a step team audition that turned out to be for a fraternity’s non-greek stroll off. The captain and all parties involved were very welcoming and soon I felt like a part of the family, not just part of a step team.

What were the chants heard most often at sporting events?

I love my H! I love my S! I love my S! I love my U! I love my H-S-S-U!!!

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Favorite dishes?

Pappy’s and Sweetie Pies! Pappy’s was literally one step off of campus and some of the best barbecue ever! And Sweetie Pies became a Sunday ritual for me and my chapter! It was the closest thing to a home cooked meal for some of us.

Who was your college crush? Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle?

My college crush was an upperclassman of another local university (a PWI). I won’t say his name but he was a sight to see!

Any campus Sports events and Kiener Plaza downtown were all good cuddle spots. You always wanted to show your “boo” off without making a scene!

How were you positively active on your college campus? What about in high school?

I was very active on campus! I was a cheerleader, Girl Talks Mentor, chair of the Homecoming Committee, chair of Welcome Week, Student Government Association, and so much more.

High school was pretty much the same. I was a member of the dance squad as well as the step team, Red Cross volunteer, young ladies of elegance, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, ran track and racial dialog.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Do not let money be your deterrent! There is a lot of unclaimed money that is here for your education! And don’t hesitate to do campus visits! Don’t wait until you’re in college to take the assessments for your future. You don’t want to waste time trying to get to know yourself.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Do not take anything for granted! Cherish and enjoy each and every moment that is placed in front you you because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

College questions? Need help completing your online form? Contact Sherie!!

Email: sphillipsbd@gmail.com
Social Network Contacts: LinkedIn , FaceBook

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22nd Aug2013

Sherman Hawkins – Johnson C. Smith University ’12

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Born into the HBCU Legacy, thanks to loving and successful parents, Sherman Hawkins shares with us why he chose Johnson C. Smith University and more.

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Sherman doing his part for the Global Majority community as a member of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity | Image Credit: Sherman Hawkins

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I am from a small town called Halifax in the state of Virginia. I have known about HBCU’s my whole entire life because both my parents attended an HBCU (St. Paul’s College)

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Many reasons like I was in marching band and when I went to HBCU homecomings I would always picture myself breaking it down on the field during Half-time and also because I wanted to experience how it would feel like to be at a HBCU.

How did you decide to become a student at Johnson C. Smith University?

I decided to attended Johnson C. Smith University because of the band, the location which is in the heart of Charlotte,NC., I liked how JCSU set up their classrooms and how the professor would know your name and that you are not like a number. And also because JCSU provided their students with laptops to help with their studies.

What professors at Johnson C. Smith University 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?

This is a hard question to answer because all of my professor helped shaped me into the person I am today but if I had to pick it would be Dr. Davenport because I remember back in my freshmen year I was slacking off and she pulled me to the side and told me this:”You need to get it together before I call your mama because you slacking off”.

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English Professor, Dr. Davenport of Johnson C. Smith University | Image Credit: flickr.com

I’m forever grateful for Dr. D for doing that because if I didn’t get myself together I probably would had failed out of college.

Today Dr. Davenport is still a professor at Johnson C. Smith University and when I come visit the campus I make sure I at least try to stop by to say hello and she still gives me wisdom on life and encourages me to continue to work hard and succeed in my life.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Johnson C. Smith University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience was Wonderful. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it in the world. I went to my HBCU for 4 years, Did Marching band and concert band for all 4 years. I pledged into a fraternity my junior year (Iota Phi Theta). Made outstanding friends and learned a lot about myself as a black man and as a future leader in my community.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

By giving me the knowledge that I would need in order to go into the field I desired, showing me how to network with people.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

By the internship opportunities that were offered and given. Workshops like helping to work on resumes and interviews.

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

Hmm it was the benches near the tennis court where you can sit and watch the beautiful city of Charlotte skyline….but the benches are gone now. 🙁

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Cookout!!! I would always get the chicken tender tray with hush puppies and fries with a Huge Sweet Tea with BBQ Sauce.

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The walk up at Cookout in the evening | Image Credit: Joyce G.

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

When the Band started them at the football and basketball games!!!

Who was your College crush?

Can’t tell you that….she might be reading this :-).

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

When me and my good college friend Bishop Walker started a group on Facebook called Johnson C. Smith University class of 2012 group in which all the students that were coming in at the same time as us we all could connect and get to know each other….that kinda help cut down my nervousness when I got there Fall 2008

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was Criminology. It was close to Criminal justice and it was something about the study of the Criminal mind that I’ve always found interesting since I was 8 years old. (More Criminal Justice Majors)

What was your proudest moment @  Johnson C. Smith University?

When I crossed those burning sandz by myself (SOLO) with no LB’s from the beginning to the end into my frat. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. in Spring 2011.

What was your saddest moment @  Johnson C. Smith University?

I would have to say getting dumped by the woman I really cared about.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I pledged Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. from the Beta Theta Chapter in Spring 2011 and you ask why…well because I wanted to build a tradition, not rest upon one and also the brothers there before I joined showed me how they fellowship together and even invited me to events/cookouts so I knew it was something I wanted to be apart of my sophomore year. And I also saw them do a lot of community service off and on campus.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

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Sherman focused on representing the JCSU Marching Band to the fullest during a football game | Image Credit: Sherman Hawkins & Littlejohn Media

I was in marching band all for 4 years so that took up most of my time and on my senior year I was the president of the Iota’s so I was just busy busy busy…..no free time and I loved it.

Where was the “yard” located?

In my opinion it was on the Block or “The Plaza” (that’s what it is called now)

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Some of the dorms like Carter Hall, Duke Hall, but the greatest historical place on campus was and still is Biddle Hall!!!

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Yea, They said a woman hung herself in the bell section of Biddle Hall and at a certain time of night you can see her….but I didn’t see her.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

To many firsts to name 🙂

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would tell them that I love them and that I hope that I am making each and every one of you proud.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Go to school and stay focused with your studies. Always strive for your dreams because you can make them happen.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into woman or manhood?

When I started to pay my own bills like student loans, rent, car payments, ect.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

When I was 8 years old. And by watching family members that were in law enforcement and I was like I want to be just like or better than that family member.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

For a short time I ran track because I loved to run epically the 800. And also I was in Marching, and Concert Band in high school and I just loved music.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Don’t go to college just to party. Go get that education because your parents, tax payers, and ect. are paying for you to succeed in life so make us all proud.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I just ignore it when I’m out in pubic because I believe in GOD and I believe he does not like ugly so I would let him fight that battle for me but if I was in any physical danger well that is a different story.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

This quote: “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― C.S. Lewis

If you have any questions about JCSU campus life, getting involved in the band, or completing your college application contact Sherman !

fB ~ EMail: shermanhawkins3[AT]yahoo.com

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28th May2013

Shannon Edgerson – Southern University ’01- Jackson State University ’12

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A double HBCU Graduate of both Southern University and A&M College, Class of 2001 (Bachelors) and Jackson State University, Class of 2012 (Masters);

Shannon Edgerson shares with us his unique HBCU Experience as well as words of wisdom useful for any and all.

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I am from Mandeville, Louisiana and I first heard about HBCU’s when I was in the 5th grade. My older family members attended HBCU’s, so they told me about the experiences they had when they were students. The Bayou Classic was the most talked about event in my family because I have family members who are both Southern and Grambling alumni.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I felt that I would have more support at an HBCU and the whole college atmosphere would be so exciting with the football games and marching bands.

Coming from a High School that was a little over 10% African-American, I felt that I needed a different atmosphere as well as making more friends that were the same ethnicity as myself who had the same or similar goals as far as accomplishing a Bachelor’s degree.

How did you decide to become a student at Southern University and Jackson State University?

I decided to become a student at Southern University and A&M College by attending College Night during my Senior year of high school.

Besides family tradition, all of the information that was presented to me at College Night seemed very interesting and the recruiter seemed very enthusiastic about getting students to attend the University.

On the graduate level, the program that was available captured my attention. It still felt good to retain my education in the SWAC Conference and at an HBCU.

What professors at Southern University and Jackson State University 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?

I would say on the undergraduate level at Southern University and A&M college, it would have been Mr. Marcelle and Dr. Yigletu because they were down to earth and made sure that we were on top of our game when it came down to our coursework.

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Ashagre Yigletu, Ph.D. Professor of Economics Associate Dean and MBA Director | Credit: Subr.edu

At Jackson State University on the graduate level, it would have been Dr. Wesley, Dr. Kumar, and Dr. Gobar (LinkedIn) because they taught me the fundamentals of how to become an effective urban planner in the real world. I am now using the references from my Urban and Regional Planning classes and incorporating them into my practices as a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Assistant.

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Director of the Human Capital Development Division and adjunct faculty, Department of Urban & Regional Planning at Jackson State University | Credit: srabc.org

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Southern University and Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I was happy that the departments where I earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at were accredited by its respective boards, so that meant both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees meant something once I graduated.

In addition, also knowing that there were great athletes who played sports at both Southern and Jackson State Universities. Lou Brock (Southern), Rickie Weeks (Southern), Avery Johnson (Southern), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Lindsay Hunter (Jackson State).

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

At most HBCU’s, the highest floor of the library in a designated area would be a great spot as well as a secluded spot near the river or on the plaza.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

The cafeteria had decent food and there was always Popeyes, Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Wingstop (Jackson State).

At Jackson State, there was this place called Stamps burgers that a lot of people went to, but I never got a chance to go there.

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A delicious Double Turkey w/ Cheddar and Bacon from Stamps Super Burgers | Credit: Darius M.

As far as dishes at Southern University, I loved the Red Beans and Rice with Fried Chicken on Mondays for lunch as well as the Jambalaya with Shrimp and Sausage and the Hamburgers and Cajun Fries.

At Jackson State, I love the Fried Chicken and Rice as well as the Hamburgers and Fries and sometimes the Chicken Patties.

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

SU, SSSSSSSU repeatedly or “Fire it up SU, Fire it up.”

At JSU, it was basically “Fire it up JSU”

Who was your College crush?

I had several college crushes, but it turned out the opposite of what I wanted because other dudes were more aggressive than me and actually got the female I wanted or the female already had a boyfriend.

My college crushes during my undergraduate years included: Crystalyn LaGarde, Najee Haney, Meredith Parker, Katecia Jackson, Shadonna Bonner, Crystal Butler and June Williams. During my graduate years, my crushes included: Mahogany Mitchell, Abrianna Brown, Gwendolyne Ballard, Tiffany Murray,Denise Clark and Bianca Cook.

There were a few others I seen around campus often, but never got a chance to ask their names or talk to them.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I overcame my nervousness by bringing items that were from home, which reminded me the reason why I am here at college.

I became familiar with my roommates and also seeing those fine, sexy ladies walking across campus, that eliminated my homesickness.

Also, once the professor started teaching, the material that was presented was like a review of the things we learned in high school. The beginning of college was like a smooth transition from high school.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major at Southern University and A&M College as a undergraduate student was Business Economics and I chose that major because it taught me the principles of how money can be a factor in the economy.

My major at Jackson State University as a graduate student was Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development and Housing.

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Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development and Housing at Jackson State University | Credit: .jsums.edu

I chose this major and concentration because it had something to do with Economics and Geography, which Geography is one of my favorite subjects.

I love to see neighborhoods look better and I love to see how people feel about their community, I love to see their reactions.

What was your proudest moment @ Southern University and Jackson State University?

My overall proudest moments was when I walked across that stage to receive my degrees at both Southern and Jackson State with my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees respectively.

What was your saddest moment @ Southern University and Jackson State University?

My saddest moments were when my grandmother passed away and didn’t get a chance to see me walk across that stage to earn my Bachelor’s degree as well as my uncle who passed away and didn’t get a chance to see me earn my Master’s degree.

Also, when my mom had to go to the hospital twice due to major health problems when I was in graduate school. Finally, when students got killed near the campus during the times I was in both undergrad and grad schools.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I did not pledge because I didn’t want to be a part of an organization who competed against others. Some of these people had personal “beef” because of the organizations. I had love for individuals, regardless of who they were.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I was part of the Economics and Finance club at Southern University in my undergraduate years. At Jackson State, I was part of the Student Planning Association and the Graduate Student Association.

Where was the “yard” located?

At Southern University, the “yard” was basically the whole campus and at Jackson State University, the referred to the yard as the “plaza.”

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The President’s House -Southern University

Ayer Hall – Jackson State University

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Historic Ayer Hall @ Jackson State University | Credit: SoulofAmerica.com

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

I never wanted to hear about anything like that.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I had several firsts that included the good and the bad. I had my first kiss while in college, my first time to other parts of Louisiana such as Assumption Parish, Thibodaux, Houma, New Iberia and unfortunately, it was my first time repeating classes.

In graduate school, it was my first time going to Memphis, TN and traveling through the northern parts of Mississippi as well as attending conferences.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would say thank you for everything you have done to improve my life.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

1. Stay in school, get your education.
2. Go to college, so you have a better chance of getting a higher paid job.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into  manhood?

Once I had to accept more responsibilities such as paying bills.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

Once I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be educated and have a job that mostly required sitting behind a desk with minimal outside work.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

In High School, I was in the marching band in which I was in the percussion section.

The percussion section enabled me to learn the fundamentals of how to use a drumstick properly as well as learning drum cadences and being able to play them with enthusiasm at pep rallies, football games, and some basketball games.

I also enjoyed learning cadences from Grambling State University even though I still considered it a rival University when I was in high school.

Honestly, I played in the band to keep myself from being bored and it provided me traveling opportunities during football season, it took me places that I wouldn’t normally go on a daily basis.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I didn’t deal with any major racism while in school. I only dealt with minimal racism in the work world, all I could do was try my best at my task or duties. In the present, if I was to deal with any type of major racism, I would approach that person and ask him or her why don’t you like me, is there anything we could do to solve that problem on a positive note.

Also there is racism among African-Americans and the same goes for that issue as well.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

My take on life is that I use the acronym “YOLO”, which means You Only Live Once and by using that acronym, make the best out of your life which includes making wise choices, but at the same time be wild and adventurous within your comfort level.

Also obtain as much education and knowledge as you can handle, be able to communicate effectively with other people. Finally, live life to the fullest.

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Shannon Edgerson, BArch, MArch | Credit: Shannon Edgerson

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06th May2013

Roderick Brown – Lane College c/o ’12

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We were delighted to receive words of wisdom from Mr. Roderick Brown, an alumnus of Lane College (class of 2012) regarding his HBCU Experience.

Being from Bessemer, Alabama he informed us that he chose Lane College because it “felt like home”.

What better place to advance your mind than a campus where you can feel comfortable and wholly accepted. Take heed to his words, for they are unique unto him.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Because I felt that I needed to learn more about my black culture, although PWI would of been able to teach me to be more diverse. But nevertheless, an HBCU has taught me overall on how to be well-rounded, as well as blending in with various races

Where are you from? When you were younger who introduced you to the greatness that is HBCUs?

From Bessemer, AL…a small city 20 minutes from Birmingham

How did you decide to become a student at Lane College?

Felt Like Home

Which professors at Lane College left the most impression upon your academic and personal life? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

I would have to say Dr. Londino, who was my Calculus professor as well as at that time, my Computer Science advisor. He pretty much made me realize that there is more to explore in the world, as far as obtaining more knowledge & experience

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was Computer Science & the reason why I chose that major is because I wanted to challenge myself. Many times I’ve tried to drop my major for something else, because the courses have gotten harder, but I stayed focus & aimed for greatness.

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Mr. Roderick Brown looking very dapper at his residence; Photo Credit: Roderick Brown

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Stay in school & always keep God first!

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23rd Apr2013

@_WhoIsROD c/o ’12 lets us know why he chose to attend HBCU Lane College in Tennessee

by Staff

We just recently had a great conversation with @_WhoIsROD and as usual we wanted to know why he chose his HBCU.

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Reasons you should consider regarding attending Lane College

Lane College = “welcoming, home-like & different” You will not feel alone nor like an outcast

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The legacy/history of Lane College

“In 1882, Lane College, then the “C.M.E. High School,”was founded by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Looking to the establishment of this enterprise as early as November 1878, Reverend J.K. Daniels presented a resolution to establish a school at the Tennessee Annual Conference held in the old Capers Chapel C.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and presided over by Bishop William H. Miles, the first Bishop of the C.M.E. Church. The resolution was adopted amid much applause. The Conference at once appointed a committee to solicit means with which to purchase grounds and to inaugurate plans to carry forward the proposed work. Reverends C.H. Lee, J.H. Ridley, Sandy Rivers, and J.K. Daniels constituted this committee. Owing to the great yellow fever epidemic of 1878, thecommittee was handicapped and did not accomplishvery much. Meanwhile, Bishop Isaac Lane came totake charge of the Tennessee Conference aspresiding Bishop. The institution began its first session in November1882, as the “C.M.E. High School,” with Miss Jennie E. Lane, daughter of the Founder, as the first teacher.” – Full History of Lane College

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