Upward Bound Alumni Spotlight

Calvin L. Payne, Jr.

Years in Upward Bound: 1996-1998?


Since the Upward Bound Program...
  • May 2002 - I graduated from Talladega College with a B.A. degree in music performance voice with a minor in education
  • September 2002 - I became the Choral Director at my old high school, Booker T. Washington where I was music instructor for two years
  • August 2004-06 - I moved to Atlanta, worked for Verizon Wireless  briefly while pursuing music as a Singer/Songwriter (www.calvinpayne.com)
  • 2006 - my first album was released titled CALVIN PAYNE: Better Man  which is currently being sold at www.cdbaby.com/calvinpayne
  • 2008 - I made my first national television debut on BET's 106 & Park  Wild Out Wednesdays performing a song I wrote from my first album
  • 2008-2011 - I began working in the banking industry with Guaranty Financial  where I was employed for three years as a manager before moving to SunTrust Bank
  • 2011 - I moved to SunTrust  which is where I am currently employed as a Client Service Specialist II
  • July 2011 - I started my own artist management and development company NIVLAC Production Company (www.nivlacproductioncompany.com)
  • 2012 - I enrolled at Strayer University to get my Master's in Human Resource Management with a concentration in Human Resource-Generalist

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
What I remember most are the opportunities it gave me as a singer. I remember still to this day how Mrs. Woodson asked me to sing the national anthem at TRiO Day. I was always so afraid of being in front of people, and here I was surrounded by thousands of people and faced with a chance of a lifetime. I am very thankful for that moment and the other chances I had to display my talent. Mrs. Woodson, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Isom, Mrs. Tarver, and last but not least, Mr. Bernard Cadle (R.I.P.) all taught me how to believe in myself. That anything I wanted was possible and having a degree would make those dreams more tangible. I will forever be grateful for being in the Upward Bound Program and what it brought to a little black boy from Tuskegee's life.  Thank You, THANK YOU !!!!!!! 
 

Kwastina S. Jackson

Years in Upward Bound: 2000-2004


Since the Upward Bound Program...
I am a high school math teacher at Leeds High School. I received my B.S. in Mathematics/Mathematics Education from Miles College and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction K-12 Mathematics from Concordia University.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
Upward Bound helped me to cultivate my independent spirit which really aided in my success collegiately.  They also gave me tools that helped me throughout life in general.
 
 

C.J. Battle

Years in Upward Bound: 1994-1999


Since the Upward Bound Program...
Through the UB Bridge program, I had a much easier transition to becoming a student at Tuskegee University. While there, I gained experience in Material Science research, Systems Engineering, leadership, diplomacy and graduated with a B.S. in Physics and minors in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration. After graduating, I took a Leave-of-Absence from engineering to teach Mathematics at Booker T. Washington High School. Afterwards, I returned to work in my current role as a Systems Engineer for an Aerospace and Defense Company in Arizona. As an individual and a member of several organizations, I am also highly involved in local and national civic issues.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
The program and staff reinforced my desire to attend college and even showed me how to get there; because I certainly did not know. They helped me realize the potential that I had within me. Upward Bound also played an integral role in helping me develop my social skills. When I first joined UB, I would only speak when spoken to. It helped that the staff encouraged me to interact more with students from other schools, to become engaged with tour guides on field trips and it helped that our teachers were so nice. Now, I am a known strategist and sought out for my networking skills as well as my technical skills. For these reasons and more, I am forever grateful for the Upward Bound program and staff. 
 

LaQuinta Patterson

Years in Upward Bound: 1996-1998


Since the Upward Bound Program...
I joined the military where I have served 12 years, went on 2 combat tours to Iraq and Kuwait. I have completed college with a degree in education. I currently teach at a Christian academy in Phenix City, AL where I live. I have a 7-yr old son and another one due any day now.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
The summer program was epic. It provided a home away from home with the ultimate mother in Mrs. Woodson.
 
 

Teyei Datiri

Years in Upward Bound: 1997-2000


Since the Upward Bound Program...
After Upward Bound I attended Tuskegee University and was able to graduate from TU with a degree in Biology. With my degree I had the opportunity to work in the field of science in the areas of of research, education, and safety. Currently I am work at Auburn University under the department of Risk Management and Safety where I am a Lab Safety Technician. I am also enrolled at Troy University where I am working on my masters in Post-Secondary Education with a concentration in Instruction Technology.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
My past experience is more like advice. No matter how good you are as a person, how well you perform academically, or in any other area, do not fall into the pressure of your peers. If you just so happen to do so, learn your lesson and do better! You will never achieve in being better if you never attempt to do better. I am grateful for Upward Bound because it taught me various life lessons while exposing me to so many educational experiences. Thank you Mrs. Woodson and Upward Bound!

 

Tamara Hall

Years in Upward Bound: 2002-2005


Since the Upward Bound Program...
I was commissioned into the military in May 2009 and was recently promoted to captain. One deployment to Iraq to close down bases. A member of the last brigade combat team in Iraq (Operation New Dawn), Camp Buehring Kuwait serving as strategic reserve (Operation Spartan Shield). Deployed out of Fort Hood Texas. I am currently at the Captains Career Course at Fort Lee Virginia.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
I met some of my best friends via Upward Bound. I make it a priority to visit the program whenever I’m back in Tuskegee and I’m very grateful for the experiences I've learned from Upward Bound.

 

Lashauna Crayton

Years in Upward Bound: 2007-2008


Since the Upward Bound Program...
I graduated from Tuskegee with a degree in Social Work. I am married and have been for three years now. I am currently a stay at home mother.

What I remember most about Upward Bound...
I enjoyed the summer program the most. I was so excited that we had the opportunity to experience a college student's way of living. The staff is amazing and the program is excellent.
 
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