Tennessee State alumni chapter makes its start in Wilson County

Tennessee State University graduates have the opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni thanks to the creation of a new Wilson County chapter of the TSU alumni association.
Apr 24, 2014
(Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat) Pictured at the Tennessee State University Wilson County Alumni Chapter’s April meeting are (seated, from left) Virgileen Seay, Carlena Hamlin, Linda Tapley-Barber, Audrey Stradford, Ann Tapley-Irvin, (standing, from left) Russell Irvin, Evelyn McGregor, Emma Tapley- Stafford, Aniece McClure, Terry Barksdale and Robert Moxley.

 

Tennessee State University graduates have the opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni thanks to the creation of a new Wilson County chapter of the TSU alumni association.

Emma Tapley-Stafford, one of the founders of the local chapter, said the committee that was formed to establish the chapter found through research there are more than 700 graduates of the school from Wilson County.

“There are graduates in every major,” she said, “nurses, band, engineering, all of the majors. There are 300 that graduated from the old Wilson County High School.”

Wilson County High School was a predominately black school that closed in 1969.

Not only are students from the old Wilson County High School being recruited, anyone interested in the cause of the chapter can also become an associate member.

The committee has established a scholarship program for Wilson County students interested in attending TSU. Tapley-Stafford said the chapter wants to “offer an incentive for others to attend the school.”

The chapter is also trying to engage students who may not know anything about the university. One of the committee’s goals is to recruit “any and all students interested to learn more and to attend TSU.”

The committee is working toward raising funds to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student who will be attending the university. Students who maintain a 2.5 or better grade-point average would be eligible for the scholarship.

The chapter officers include president Robert Wade Moxley Sr.; vice president Ann Tapley-Irvin; treasurer Evelyn McGregor; and secretary Linda Tapley-Barber. J.W. McGuire serves as the chapter’s parliamentarian.

The Wilson County Chapter of the TSU alumni association will hold its Real Fathers - Real Men fundraiser June 13 at 6 p.m. at Lebanon Golf and Country Club’s Chop House on the Green.

The committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Lebanon Premium Outlets food court. For more information, call Moxley at 615-415-3109, Tapley-Stafford at 615-453-1402 or Tapley-Irvin at 615-218-1032.

 

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