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.
The search for the next presidents of Alcorn State University and Jackson State University continues to move forward and will include the first round of interviews later this month. Board of Trustees President Dr. Bettye Neely appointed Board Search Committees to spearhead the process earlier this year.
“Since being appointed, the Board Search Committees have held listening sessions on each of the campuses,” said Dr. Neely. “The listening sessions enabled the committees to hear the voices of those representing every facet of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and civic, community and business leaders.”
In addition, the Board Search Committees formed Campus Search Advisory Committees on each campus. Members, who were nominated or volunteered to serve, also represent each constituency group.
The Campus Search Advisory Committees, with approximately 30 members on each campus, play an integral role in the search process. They have carefully read and rated each application. In addition, several members, representing the various constituency groups, will participate in the interview process along with the Board Search Committee.
“The Board of Trustees has the Constitutional responsibility to select the presidents for Mississippi’s eight public universities,” said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education. “While the Mississippi Constitution gives the Board the authority to select university leaders without input from anyone, the Board believes an inclusive process that includes hearing the ideas and concerns of the campus community will result in appointing the best possible candidates to lead the universities now and in the years to come.”
The Board of Trustees, including Board Search Committee members, and the members of the Campus Search Advisory Committees keep the names of the applicants confidential throughout the process to protect the privacy of those applying.
The Board Search Committees are in the process of reviewing the ratings assigned to each candidate by each member of the Campus Search Advisory Committee. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Committees will invite a small number of candidates to the first round of interviews, which will be held October 20-22, 2010.
Progress on the search is available on the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Web site at http://www.mississippi.edu/ihl. The site lists each step of the 20-step process with a graph indicating where the search stands now.
“I am glad the Board of Trustees has made sure that students have been represented in the process,” said Andross K. Milteer, president of the Jackson State University Student Government Association and a member of the JSU Campus Search Advisory Committee. “I encourage everyone to remain faithful and patient with the process, so that the Board can find the best candidate for all constituency groups, including the students. After all, students will be most affected by the decision.”
After two rounds of interviews, a preferred candidate for each campus will be announced. The preferred candidate will meet with representatives from various constituency groups, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and civic, community and business leaders in a visit to the campus in late fall. At the end of the campus visit, the Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on campus and announce either that a new president has been named or that the search continues.
The largest private real estate development west Jackson has seen in 30 years has recently opened just steps away from the campus of Jackson State University.
Called One University Place, the $18 million building includes 78 luxury apartments above 22,000 square feet of prime retail space on the corner of Dalton and John R. Lynch streets. Residents began moving into the one- and two-bedroom apartments in mid-September, and the first commercial space has been leased to a dry cleaning business. Other retailers expected to come include a day spa, a print shop, a Greek apparel store, an art gallery, a bakery/coffee shop and other restaurant offerings.
“One University Place is the next major step in the west Jackson renaissance,” said Kimberly Hilliard, director of JSU’s Center for University-Based Development, which has been instrumental in launching the development.
To celebrate the opening of this major west Jackson development, local and state leaders will gather with Jackson State officials at One University Place for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15.
The space, which compliments JSU’s architecture, was designed using new urbanist and green design principals. Residents enjoy easy access to the intellectual and cultural life of Jackson State University, including live theater and sporting events, and discounts at the campus book store, dining facility and fitness center.
“This is the best offering for close to downtown living,” said project manager Tim McCarty of UniDev LLC. “It has the most amenities immediately available.”
To help boost the building’s profile, new residents are being offered $200 off their first month rent.
The opening of the building marks the completion of phase one of the University Place of Jackson development, which is expected to transform and connect the 50-acre community between JSU’s campus and downtown Jackson. Upon completion, the $150 million development area will include 300 for-sale homes and 50,000 square feet of retail space.
For more information about One University Place, call 877-261-5198 or visit: http://www.universityplaceofjackson.com.