Diamond Anniversary

Celebrating 60 Years!

Diamond (60th) Anniversary

In September 1948, the Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial (Tennessee A&I) College in Nashville, Tennessee established a program in engineering education when funds were appropriated by the Tennessee State Legislature and approved by then Governor Jim Nance McCord upon the recommendation of the Commissioner of Education. Substantial leadership in the establishment of the engineering school was provided by Dr. Walter S. Davis, Second President of Tennessee A&I, and Calvin McKissack, a prominent local architect.

In 1951, that engineering education program was elevated to the status of a School of Engineering when Tennessee A & I State College achieved University status. For the last 60 years, the Tennessee State University College of Engineering has provided quality education with a mission to increase the diversity of tomorrow's technical workforce while nurturing the desire of students to discover, serve and soar.

The TSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellowship, Tiger Pride, is having its biennial honors event and celebrating the Diamond (60th) Anniversary of the founding of the College of Engineering. In recognition of the achievement, we have a weekend of events planned for College of Engineering alumni, family and friends:


September 2, 2011

A gala at the Loews Vanderbilt on West End honoring engineering achievement.
Tickets are $150 per person with $100 tax deductible/$1500 per table.
The pre-event reception starts at 6:00 PM followed by the gala at 7:00 PM.
This year’s honorees are:

  • Posthumously, Dr. Walter S. Davis and Mr. Calvin L. McKissack, TSU College of Engineering founders
  • Mrs. Hazel P. and Mr. Walter L. Fields, II, engineering school parents and community supporters
  • Dr. William Gittens, former Director of the TSU Cooperative Education & Career Planning and alumnus of TSU
  • Dr. Edward Isibor, retired Dean of the TSU College of Engineering
  • Mrs. Leatrice McKissack, McKissack & McKissack (architecture & engineering firm) and alumnus of TSU
  • Mr. Walter Vincent, TSU College of Engineering Alumnus and retired professor of TSU College of Engineering

Saturday at 8:00 AM
September 3, 2011

College of Engineering Tiger Pride Alumni Fellowship Golf Tournament at the Ted Rhodes Golf Course located at 1901 Ed Temple Boulevard in Nashville.
Shot gun start at 8:00 AM. Player fee is $100 per golfer or $375 per four person team.
Player fee includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast and post play lunch.
Join the fun and come show your game.

Saturday Evening
September 3, 2011

John Merritt Classic Football game where our Big Blue TSU Tigers host the Southern University Jaguars.
Join us at the Tiger Pride Engineering Alumni Fellowship tailgating tent in the M lot at L-P Field (Titans Stadium) 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213 starting at 3:00 PM until gametime.


All funds raised from these events provide scholarship to students attending the College of Engineering via the TSU Foundation.  For additional information, email tsutigerpride@bellsouth.net .

 Diamond (60th) Anniversary

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The TSU College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science (College of Engineering)