by Taki S. Raton
The Second Annual Tennessee State University Milwaukee Alumni Chapter Scholarship Dinner is planned for Sunday, October 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Brown Deer.
This year’s keynote speaker is MPS Community Engagement Project Coordinator Tyrone P. Dumas. He served as Project Manager for Design and Construction for the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Neighborhood Schools Initiative (NSI) form 2002 thru 2004 and Project Manager from 2005 to 2007 for the MPS school closing process development and implementation initiative.
Dumas is a 1970 graduate of Milwaukee’s West Division High School, a 1975 graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) where he received an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology and his B.A. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1977.
He has held both public and private sector positions in such post as MPS Director of Career Technical & Trade Education, Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works, with the City of Milwaukee as Assistant Superintendent of Bridges and Buildings, four years with Snap-On-Tools Corporation as a facilities engineer and as a corporate engineer with Miller Brewing Company.
Awards and recognition include the 2009 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Trailblazer Award, the Benedict Center Philip Lerman Heart of Justice Award in 2007, Alpha Phi Alpha’s 2005 Community Service Award, the Links-Edith Finlayson Community Service Award in 2003, the 2002 Metro Milwaukee Black School Educators Community Service Award, and the MATC Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996.
Scholarships to Tennessee State will be awarded to select area students at this October affair. Greg Williams, president of the local Tennessee State University National Alumni Milwaukee Chapter says that “we have among the largest contingency of students on campus in the country numbering upwards of 1000 from Milwaukee and the surrounding area.”
Founded in 1912, the 500-acre TSU campus is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university with more than 65 buildings in Nashville, Tennessee. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees.
The campus was organized in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School and began serving students on June 19, 1912. TSU grew to the status of a four-year teachers’ college in 1922 and was elevated to a full-fledged land-grant university by the Tennessee State Board of Education in 1958.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in his recent welcome letter to the TSU scholarship dinner attendees says:
“I commend Tennessee State University and the Alumni Association for their work in helping students develop professional skills in countless fields and for encouraging graduates of TSU to apply their creative skills towards community volunteer projects and scholarship programs.”
For additional information on the upcoming Tennessee State University Milwaukee Alumni Chapter dinner, please contact TSUNAMC president Williams at (414) 841-2036.
by Taki S. Raton