Tigers Day Out


About National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to prepare our neighborhoods for disasters and emergencies. Together, we are making that happen. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and first responders while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring first responders and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. National Night Out is generally held the first week of August. (https://natw.org/about)

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About Tigers Day Out

Tennessee State University’s Office of Emergency Management held its first National Night Out in 2015 and called it Tigers Night Out. Because Tennessee State students are not on campus during the time of the national event, it was determined to hold the University’s event when students have returned to campus, in late August or early September. This event brings participants from local governmental agencies across the Nashville area to help students understand the need for emergency preparedness and to promote community partnerships. In September 2017, the event was held during peak daytime hours (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) and called Tigers Day Out. 

The Office of Emergency Management is pleased to continue President Glover’s ongoing campus initiative by hosting Tigers Day Out. The event, which has grown into a collaboration with the Office of Student Activities and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, is held on the University's Administrative Lawn.

Tigers Day Out provides an opportunity for Tennessee State to join our community partners in the Nashville area to promote emergency preparedness and build solid community relationships to help prepare our students for unexpected disasters or crises. Local community and non-profit organizations participate and assist our students by providing service learning and volunteer opportunities. Our student organizations participate so new students will be informed about what is available to them.

We invite you to partner with Tennessee State University by joining us. We will provide a table and two chairs for you and ask that you bring your own table covering to identify your organization. Due to the possibility of extreme heat, you are welcome to bring your own tent covering. Please set up a fun activity that reinforces emergency preparedness and awareness on a college campus. As a participant, you will receive one refreshment ticket.

The event is generally held on the Administrative Lawn, however 2020 has proven to be an unprecedented year and TDO was held virtually for the first time. Thank you to the most wonderful hosts - Eddie Cribbs, Kristin Gray, and Marlteze Saffold; and to the best IT team possible - John Burgher and Sterlin Sanders. Congratulations to our student winners - Juliet Bernard and Autumn Joyner. Those participating, either live or by video, are listed below:

  • President Glenda Glover and Dr. Curtis Johnson
  • Thomas Graham and Hendrell Remus - Office of Emergency Management
  • Dr. Erik Schmeller, Shirley Nix-Davis, and Allison Hotz - Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement
  • Director Patrick Sheehan - Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  • Mike Russell - Nashville Office of Emergency Management
  • Krissy Hurley - National Weather Service (Nashville)
  • Jordan Owens - Sexual Assault Center
  • Marlene Sweda - American Red Cross
  • Tori Griffin - The Equity Alliance
  • Dr. Katherine Brown - Meharry Medical College
  • Director Chief William Swann - Nashville Fire Department
  • Officer Steven Jones - Metro Police CSI/Forensics Unit
  • Dr. Reginald McDonald
  • Chief Gregory Robinson
  • Yvonne Sanders
  • Charnequa Kennedy






If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 615.963.1489 or by email at pjones26@tnstate.edu.