Inside The Class of 2015
Inside The Class of 2015

Tamika Shields graduated from Wiley College in May with a degree in biology.  This former Miss Wiley is now making plans to attend dental school.  This summer, however, she is engaged in volunteer work  in San Antonio helping underserved youth through the "Project Transformation" ministry. Enjoy this Q and A with Ms. Shields!

Where I’m From: I was born in Los Angeles, California, but I was raised in Memphis, Tennessee

My Major: I have now received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Living the Wiley Life: During my time at Wiley College, I was involved in copious amounts of programs including  singing in the renowned A Cappella Choir and serving in the Student Government Association and Student National Medical Association

My Aspirations:  I aspire to attend Meharry College of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, to become a world-renowned dentist specializing in orthodontics.

Family Ties: My parents are Cassandra Shields and Johnny Shields Sr.  I have four sisters and two brothers.  

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 16:3…...Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

What I am most proud of: I am most proud of my cultural growth and my ability to think open-mindedly because of my decision to step outside of my comfort zone.

I can do all things because: God enables me to do anything that I choose to put my mind to because He makes all things possible for me through Him.

My Summer Plans:  I am working as an interns with Project Transformation. This involves me committing myself to giving back to  under-served children in the community through entertainment and most importantly education.

Favorite spot on campus: I love sitting on the yard right in front of Thirkield Hall.

Words to Inspire Wiley students: Wiley Wildcats, this is the time for you to learn from mistakes and grow from them so you do not repeat the cycle. You will reap the harvest by being more mature and focused, and by being an  example to others on  how to overcome those very same  mistakes and obstacles.  We don’t  overcome trials alone but with and through the strength that God gives generously.
What difference has Wiley made in your life? I can most definitely see the difference  between who I was four years ago and  who I am now  as a graduate because I have grown in every area of life thanks to my experiences here at Wiley College. Wiley has taught me how to endure and overcome. Wiley has also taught me how to sacrifice, prioritize, and feel good about making good decisions in the end. Wiley has taught  me  I can achieve my goals by putting God first,  staying focused and by  persisting to attain those goals.  I have learned that we must all  encourage one another and uplift one another along the way.

Wiley In the News
March 14, 2017Wiley students kick off founders observance with day of serviceMarshall News Messenger
March 9, 2017Wiley College BenefitKTBS 3 ABC
March 2, 2017Wiley College choir performs at state Capitol, school leader meets with Trump in D.C.Marshall News Messenger
February 19, 2017Wiley College to observe Men of Strength WeekMarshall News Messenger
February 19, 2017A tale of two voices - the inspired and the unsungE-PAO Now The World Knows
February 19, 2017Ponders to host Wiley College fundraiser in MarshallMarshall News Messenger
February 18, 2017Wiley College club honors local achievers for Black History MonthMarshall News Messenger
February 16, 2017Advertise with us Wiley College play focuses on the Underground RailroadMarshall News Messenger
February 10, 2017Non-violent protests 'critical,' civil rights leader says at Wiley CollegeMarshall News Messenger
February 10, 2017Civil rights leader talks to Wiley College students on importance of non-violent protestsLongview News Journal
February 9, 2017 Pioneer Civil Rights Leader James Lawson speaks at Wiley CollegeKTBS 3 ABC
February 9, 2017Civil Rights icon James Lawson speaks at Wiley CollegeArkLaTex Homepage
February 9, 2017Civil Rights leader Dr. James Lawson speaks at Wiley CollegeCBS 19 KYTX
February 2, 2017Wiley College holds dedication and opening ceremonyKTBS 3 ABC
February 1, 2017Wiley College opens student center in MarshallMarshall News Messenger
January 26, 2017Special mission schools see pros and cons in community college articulation agreementsEducation Dive
January 24, 2017Private Colleges Court Community-College StudentsThe Wall Street Journal
January 7, 2017PBHS students visit HBCU fair, tour Little Rock 9 exhibitPine Bluff The Commercial
December 26, 2016UNCF Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball Breaks 33-Year Record, Raising $1.3 MillionElectronic Urban Report
December 13, 2016Wiley College Selected for $ 1 Million Grant from UNCF to Improve Job Outcomes of GraduatesThe Dallas Weekly
December 9, 2016Wiley College In Marshall, Texas To Receive $1 Million GrantRed River Radio
December 7, 2016Wiley Receives $1 Million Grant To Improve Job Outcomes Of GraduatesHBCU Buzz
December 7, 2016Winter graduation ceremonies begin at East Texas collegesLongview News Journal
December 6, 2016Wiley College awarded $1 million grantArkLaTex Homepage
December 6, 2016Former teacher, county judge selected 2017 Unity honoreesLongview News Journal
November 23, 2016Wiley College club hosts Thanksgiving dinner in honor of girls' group homeMarshall News Messenger
November 8, 2016Part of new student center opened at Wiley CollegeLongview News Journal
November 4, 2016Wiley College undergoes major transformationArkLaTex Homepage
November 3, 2016Wiley College to hold dedication of student union and dining hallArkLaTex Homepage
October 29, 2016Wiley College set to observe Homecoming WeekMarshall News Messenger
October 24, 2016Obama Administration Investments in Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesU.S. Department of Education
October 7, 2016Movie featuring Wiley choir will be shown after action is takenArkLaTex Homepage
October 7, 2016Wiley College choir adds to 'Birth of a Nation' soundtrackKLTV News 7
October 4, 2016Wiley College's choir has special role in filmArkLaTex Homepage
September 24, 2016Hayes legacy lives at Wiley as Christian lecture series continuesMarshall News Messenger
September 23, 2016Marshall middle school principal to keynote leadership forum at WileyMarshall News Messenger
September 21, 2016A Cappella Choir Of Wiley College To Sing At Hollywood Premiere Of “Birth Of A Nation”The Tom Joyner Foundation
September 21, 2016Wiley College Choir heads to HollywoodCBS 19 KYTX
September 14, 2016Wiley College welcomes new students at convocationMarshall News Messenger
September 8, 2016'Celebrating the Church' kicks off slate of events at Wiley CollegeMarshall News Messenger
September 8, 2016Diverse Conversations: How Black Colleges Can Win Against Tough CompetitionDiverse
September 3, 2016Wiley College Campus Ministry to fundraise for mission trip to KenyaMarshall Messenger
August 10, 2016Wiley College awarded $325,000 grantThe Undefeated
August 3, 2016Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
August 2, 2016Wiley College Awarded $350,000 GrantHBCU Buzz
July 30, 2016Wiley College receives grant to enhance college completion rates Marshall News Messenger
July 24, 2016Editorial: ETBU, Wiley reaching out to help up Marshall News Messenger
July 23, 2016Students learn theology at Wiley summer program in MarshallMarshall News Messenger
July 21, 2016Wiley College to offer inmate degrees as part of federal pilot programMarshall News Messenger
July 20, 2016Second Chance Pell Program, Wiley College Officials in D.C.KLTV News 7
July 19, 2016Wiley College To Attend Inaugural Convening Of Second Chance Pell Pilot ProgramHBCU Buzz
July 19, 2016Wiley College officials travel to D.C. to discuss program to teach inmatesKLTV News 7
July 18, 2016Nate Parker Summer Film Institute Launched at Wiley CollegeHBCU Lifestyle
July 16, 2016Wiley College program preps freshmen for college, lifeMarshall News Messenger
July 15, 2016Wiley College Film Production Seminar Promotes Diversity in Film Industry Red River Radio
July 14, 2016Red Carpet coming to Wiley College on SaturdayLongview News Journal
July 14, 2016Nate Parker Summer Film Institute Launched At Wiley CollegeHBCU Buzz
July 14, 2016Nate Parker Film InstituteKSLA News 12
July 14, 2016Students learn movie-making at Wiley College's Nate Parker Film Institute Marshall News Messenger
July 13, 2016Wiley College to offer degree programs to inmatesKLTV News 7
July 13, 2016East Texas film school gets closer to becoming a realityKLTV News 7
July 13, 2016Dallas-Fort Worth Area Students Selected to Participate in Prestigious Nate Parker Summer Film InstiDallas Weekly
July 8, 2016Nate Parker Summer Film InstituteCounty Line Magazine
May 28, 2016Wiley College awarded endowment to encourage theology studyMarshall News Messenger
February 26, 2016First Lady of Republic of South African speaks at Wiley CollegeKSLA News 12
February 25, 2016Scholarship program today at Wiley CollegeThe Marshall News Messenger
February 25, 2016First Lady of South Africa speaks at Wiley College in MarshallThe Marshall News Messenger
February 24, 2016Wiley College keeps Miss National UNCF crownThe Marshall News Messenger
February 23, 2016South African first lady to speak WednesdayThe Marshall News Messenger
February 21, 2016The legacy of Divine Nine historically black fraternities, sororities; Wiley boasts all nineThe Marshall News Messenger
February 12, 2016Wiley dedicates Coker Field in MarshallKSLA News 12
February 2, 2016Alumni win over students in debate in MarshallThe Marshall News Messenger
January 31, 2016Marshall native named Wiley College's Miss UNCFThe Marshall News Messenger
October 13, 2015Wiley College speaker joins Hispanic Heritage CelebrationMarshall News Messenger
October 1, 2015Wiley College prepares for annual run/walkMarshall News Messenger
September 15, 2015HIgher Education grants of interest to African AmericansJournal of Blacks in Higher Education
September 15, 2015Wiley College students encouraged to follow GodMarshall News Messenger
September 15, 2015Wiley College to celebrate area churches, Hear from College leaderMarshall News Messenger
September 3, 2015Wiley College awarded $1.2 million grant to continue Student Support Services Program Tom Joyner Foundation
September 3, 2015Wiley gets $1.2 million for student programMarshall News Messenger
August 30, 2015Wiley student in Marshall named White House HBCU All-StarMarshall News Messenger
August 28, 2015White House Names HBCU All-StarsBlack Enterprise Magazine Online
August 28, 2015Wiley College recognized for AffordabilityMarshall News Messenger
August 27, 2015Schools Differ on Birth Control MandateLongview News Journal
July 6, 201550 Most Affordable Colleges for Hospitality andTourism Administration Degrees DegreesBest Hospitality Degrees
June 21, 2015Wiley College hosts IT WorkshopMarshall News Messenger
June 16, 2015Under The Big Top Summer Reading Program at Wiley Marshall News Messenger
May 20, 2015Higher Education Grants of Interest to African AmericansJournal of Blacks in Higher Education
May 15, 2015Wiley College Division of Sciences receives $500,000 grantTom Joyner Foundation HBCU News
May 13, 2015Wiley College lands National Science Foundation GrantRed River Radio/Local NPR
May 3, 2015Wiley College Graduates Largest ClassMarshall News Messenger
April 29, 2015Wiley College Choir BanquetMarshall News Messenger
April 21, 2015Jeremy Mays named UNCF/Mellon Mays FellowHBCU Buzz
April 16, 2015Wiley College to host open house for new studentsTyler Morning Telegraph
April 1, 2015Experts: HBCUs powered Baseball's Negro Leagues Diverse Issues in Higher Education