Homecoming is easily one of the most exciting times of the year. The campus is busy with activity as students take a short break from studying and old classmates reminisce about their college years.
I want to extend an official welcome to alumni who have returned to campus for this celebration. I’m sure things have changed a great deal since you’ve been away, but the spirit of Jackson State has remained unchanged. JSU is the great institution of higher learning you remember.
While you are here, visit your professors. I’m sure they would love to see you again. Take some time to shop at the bookstore in the new Student Center and enjoy the delicious food at the Legacy. And as you walk around campus, enjoy the immense pride that comes from being a graduate of Jackson State University.
Whatever your plans, enjoy JSU Homecoming 2010: A Celebration of Tiger Nation. We’re happy to have you back home. JSU is truly a bridge to a brighter tomorrow.
On October 7th, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) visited Jackson State University to present a donation of $40,000 in support of the company’s long-standing relationship with the university .
In September 2001, UPRR and Jackson State began formulating a strategy to increase overall student awareness/interest in career opportunities with UPRR. Working in close coordination, qualified students were successfully identified, interviewed and hired by Union Pacific for both internships and full-time positions. Additionally, the College of Business’s Career Management and Placement Center is named after Union Pacific Railroad.
Opportunities for all disciplines were sought by Union Pacific Railroad including Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, and Engineering. JSU is able to offer a diverse pool of minority candidates from all over the country including Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, MO, TX, and Mississippi.
Currently, there are 29 Jackson State University graduates employed in various departments within Union Pacific Railroad. Due to the strength of the relationship between Jackson State and UP and the success of collaborative efforts, Jackson State has been recently named as a Tier 1 school for recruiting at Union Pacific. Union Pacific currently recruits at 23 major universities and colleges and the Tier 1 status that Jackson State has attained allows for funding to be provided to recruit across various academic disciplines, provide scholarships, and support curriculum development.
Kamesha Hill, contracts compliance specialist in the Jackson State University Office of Contractual Services, was recently honored for being the 2009-2010 “fastest artwork reviewer” affiliated with Strategic Marketing Affiliates (SMA).
SMA is a collegiate licensing company that partners with Jackson State to generate revenue from the licensing of the university’s logo, image and brand. Jackson State has partnered with the company for the past three years.
Last year, JSU generated about $70,000 through the program.
Hill, who has held her position for five years, said the award was special because it “means I’m doing my job.”
On average, Jackson State has about 95 licensed vendors who regularly submit artwork for approval to adorn various products ranging from t-shirts and caps to socks and area rugs.
“The vendors submit their designs to SMA and once the company reviews it, they submit it to me for final approval,” she said.
The average turnaround time for vendors to get approval through the program is six hours. Hill’s average is three hours.
“I’ve reviewed more than 900 pieces of artwork within a year,” she said. “It’s important for me to do a good job because I am an alum of Jackson State, I love Jackson State and if I don’t approve the artwork quickly, Jackson State doesn’t make money. When I approve it, the merchandise is able to get out on the market.”
For more information on the JSU licensing program, visit smaworks.com
** Please note that the JSU vs Southern game will be re-broadcast on JSU-TV (Comcast Channel 14), Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. For those who don’t have Comcast Cable, the game will also be streamed on the JSU website, www.jsums.edu.**
I would like to congratulate the JSU Tigers on their extraordinary victory over Southern University this past Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson. The Tigers not only beat the Jaguars 49-45, but played one of the most exhilarating games Tiger fans have possibly ever seen. Our team also provided us with a lesson we can take to the classroom: Never give up.
With 19 seconds left on the clock, the Southern Jaguars scored what many thought was the game-winning touchdown. Despite having only seconds to reverse course, the Tigers remained confident and determined to win. With 9 seconds left in the game, Tigers receiver Rico Richardson raced down the field, caught a pass from quarterback Casey Therriault and scored a touchdown with 2 seconds to spare.
I congratulate all of the coaches and players on their victory and thank them for showing us what happens when you never give up. I would also like to challenge our students, faculty and staff to keep up that same can-do attitude in their work on campus and beyond. Believe you will succeed and you will succeed. Together at Jackson State University, we can create a bridge to a brighter tomorrow.
Posed a question about his final hurrah of an extraordinary afternoon Saturday, Anthony Mayes had to pause and think.
What? You expect the Jackson State receiver to remember all three of his touchdowns?
“Hmmm,” Mayes said, scratching his face in thought. “Let me see … the last one …”
Yep, it was just that kind of day for Mayes – and the rest of JSU’s Air Raid offense, too.
Mayes hauled in three scoring passes and quarterback Casey Therriault again sliced easily through an opponent’s secondary as Jackson State beat Alabama A&M 30-14, picking up a victory that might just send the Tigers back to Birmingham.
For the last four seasons, the winner of the A&M-JSU game has won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division and advanced to Birmingham for the league title game.
“It’s super big,” coach Rick Comegy said afterward.
Said Mayes: “We’re riding high.”
He should be. The small – 5 feet 9, 180 pounds – but quick Mayes racked up 115 yards receiving on five grabs. The last of his TD catches came with about 13 minutes left in a game that had all of the sudden drawn close………..
You can and will succeed at Jackson State University if you manage your time wisely, and make studying a priority. Your success as a JSU Student is important to all of us, and we want to see you do your very best in each one of your classes. As you are aware, mid-term examinations are scheduled next week, and I strongly encourage you to make sure you do your part in preparing for the exams. Remember, your goal should be to make the President’s List each semester.
I want you to enjoy your college experience and have a great time during your matriculation at the University. If you develop your mind, body and spirit, I promise these will be some of the most memorable years of your life. However, to make the most of your college experience, you must work hard and take your studies seriously. I encourage you to spend some extra time studying this weekend to prepare for your mid-term exams. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Get the rest you need, eat properly, focus and study hard. I believe we will all be pleased with the results.
Again, best wishes to each of you for a successful academic career at Jackson State University.