JSU to remain closed through Labor Day holiday

JSU power outage update:

In the interest of safety and concern for all, Jackson State University will close on Friday, Aug. 31, and resume all operations after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home.

Residential students are encouraged to go home if possible.

Temporary housing is being provided for those who cannot go home, as the power outage has affected all residence halls except one.

Students remaining on campus should see their community director for transfer to the temporary housing facility on campus. Meals will be provided at the JSU Student Center.

Be careful.

 

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Canceled: JSU’s 15th Annual Tiger Bash scheduled for Aug. 30


Due to Hurricane Isaac, Jackson State University’s 15th annual Blue and White Tiger Bash scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center, has been canceled. 

Check http://www.jsums.edu for updates about possible rescheduling. 

The Blue and White Tiger Bash provides the momentum for the kickoff of JSU’s football season by igniting school unity and pride within the JSU community.

The JSU Tigers will play their first game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

For more information, call Lori Jackson-Stewart in the Division of Student Life at 601-979-4224, or Wesley Peterson in Athletic Media Relations at 601-979-5899.

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by Monica Atkins

JSU to remain closed through Labor Day holiday

JSU power outage update:

In the interest of safety and concern for all, Jackson State University will close on Friday, Aug. 31, and resume all operations after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home.

Residential students are encouraged to go home if possible.

Temporary housing is being provided for those who cannot go home, as the power outage has affected all residence halls except one.

Students remaining on campus should see their community director for transfer to the temporary housing facility on campus. Meals will be provided at the JSU Student Center.

Be careful.

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JSU Alumni Association president to receive national award

Terry L. Woodard

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Terry L. Woodard, Jackson State University National Alumni Association president, has been chosen to receive the inaugural Legacy of Leaders National Alumni President of the Year Award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

Woodard is a 1988 graduate of Jackson State. He will receive the national honor at the organization’s annual Hall of Famers Awards Luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen for the Legacy of Leaders Awards as I continue to strive to carry on Jackson State’s legacy of changing lives through teaching, research and service,” Woodard said.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony honors HBCU graduates for their distinguished service to their country, their alma mater and for excelling in their field of endeavor.

A native of Gloster, Miss., Woodard holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jackson State with a concentration in business management. He holds certification in Leadership from the Mississippi Institute for Management and Executive Development and Cornell University.

While a student at Jackson State, Woodard was active in numerous campus clubs and organizations. Upon graduation, he was employed for two years as business manager of the JSU Universities Center before joining the Kroger Co. in Houston, Texas. He currently works as a district manager for Sodexo, Inc., where he is responsible for 10 accounts in Mississippi and Arkansas.

In 1994, Woodard joined Clark Atlanta University where he was active in numerous campus and national professional organizations. Under his leadership, the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter of JSU was deemed the premier chapter of all JSU Alumni Association chapters.

For his wide-ranging work on behalf of JSU and the Alumni Association, Woodard has received numerous awards including Alumnus of the Year in 2005. In May, he was elected to his second term as president of the JSU National Alumni Association on a three-point platform:

  • Strategic positioning of the association to be prepared to sustain local, state, national and global decisions that affect Jackson State;
  • Educating alumni and friends on the importance of active involvement and contributions that benefit Jackson State
  • Increasing membership and financial support to the Alumni Association to benefit JSU.

Woodard has personally donated thousands of dollars to Jackson State to assist with scholarships, student activities and athletics, and is a member of JSU’s Diamond Level Club and the Clay-Lackey Society.

Students can ride JATRAN bus services for FREE

 

For the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year, All JSU students can ride the City of Jackson’s JATRAN bus service for FREE. View all bus route locations, details and directions at http://www.jsums.edu/parkandride.

Ready to Ride? Get your JSU student sticker for your JSU I.D. by visiting the Student I.D. Center. Currently enrolled students are eligible for free ridership. 

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JSU’s first online degree program enrollment reaches 300 students

Dr. Rodney Washington

The College of Education and Human Development launched the first online degree program at Jackson State University in 2009 as a collaborative with Education Online Services Corporation.  Since that time the program has seen tremendous growth, having now reached an enrollment of 300 students.  The bachelors of science degree in Childcare and Family Education prepares students for careers in early childhood education and allows students to matriculate without having to commute to campus.

Through the collective of Jackson State University and Education Online Services Corporation, plans are now underway to launch the Masters of Arts in Teaching (Elementary and Secondary) Alternate Route Programs starting Fall, October 2012.  For additional information on any of these programs, please contact Dr, Rodney Washington at 601-979-2341.

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Spencer McClenty
601-979-1457

JSU political science professor appointed to regional, national committees

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University political science professor Dr. D’Andra Orey has been appointed to serve on the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession for the American Political Science Association for the 2012-2014 term and the Committee on the Status of African Americans in the South for the Southern Political Science Association.

Orey’s research is in the area of race and politics, focusing heavily on racial attitudes and legislative behavior. Prior to joining the JSU faculty, he taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In 2011, Orey was recognized by JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers as Jackson State University’s Teacher of the Year. He also is the recipient of the 2011 Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award and the 2008 Julia Cooper Teaching Award, both presented by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

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Jean Gordon Cook
601-979-1571

JSU sociology professor speaks at national meeting

Dr. Thomas Kersen

Dr. Thomas Kersen was an invited speaker at the New Fellow Orientation for the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), at the ASA Annual Meeting held Aug. 16 in Denver, Colo. The new MFP cohort, the 39th in ASA’s history, is made up of eight promising minority doctoral students from around the country.

Kersen is an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. He discussed with the new fellows the reasons why he loves sociology and encouraged them to explore why they chose sociology as their field. Kersen gave them a brief overview of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, emphasizing his experience at Jackson State University. He encouraged them to be analytical and critical in their perspectives and to provide a public face to the discipline–a discipline he considered premier in dealing with societal issues. Finally, he stressed the interdisciplinary nature of science and that no one approach can provide all the answers to pressing social problems.

Located in the nation’s capital, ASA is “dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.” It was founded in 1905 and has over 14,000 members. Over 6,000 people attend the conference every year, where hundreds of sessions cover a wide range of topics. This year’s theme was “Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, and Possible Futures.”

ASA President Erik Olin Wright visited JSU earlier this year.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to read her poetry at Jackson State

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Pulitzer Prize-winner and current Mississippi and U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, will read her poetry at Jackson State University at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, in room 166/266 of the Dollye M.E. Robinson College of Liberal Arts Building. Hosted by the Margaret Walker Center at JSU, this event is free and open to the public.

In January 2012, Trethewey was named the Mississippi Poet Laureate for a four-year term. Soon after, she was named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. Trethewey is the first person to serve simultaneously as a state and U.S. laureate.

The event at Jackson State is being brought to Mississippi by the Library of Congress along with the Margaret Walker Center, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Library Commission, the Mississippi Center for the Book, and the National Center for the Book.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to play a part in bringing Natasha home to share a small snippet from her amazing body of work on the campus of Jackson State University,” stated Malcolm White, Arts Commission Director. “Natasha is an inspiration to us all and I encourage everyone to take time to learn why the honor of U.S. Poet Laureate, as well as Mississippi Poet Laureate, was bestowed upon her.”

Natasha is the author of four poetry collections, including Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000). Trethewey is also the author of a nonfiction book, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010).

Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1966, Trethewey earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in poetry from Hollins University, and a M.F. A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 2005-06, she was appointed the Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies at Duke University and

the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and, from 2009-10, she was the James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. At Emory University, Trethewey is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Trethewey’s other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has also received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize, a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for Literature in 2008, and the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry.

For additional information, contact the Margaret Walker Center at 601-979-3935 or mwa@jsums.edu.

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Creative awards for JSU faculty and staff – proposals due Oct. 15

To position Jackson State University as a global leader in providing deep quality education, delivering excellent services and producing competitive graduates, the President has established Creative Awards for Faculty and Staff – CAFS.  The strategic goal of CAFS is to foster innovation, collaboration and creativity with a special emphasis on major socio-cultural, health, behavioral, environmental, economic, educational, policy, and technological issues.  The projects that will be funded may be high risk but must be timely and highly innovative.  In addition, they must engage students in research methodology in order to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  The deadline for the proposal to be received in the Division of Academic Affairs is Oct. 15, 2012.

Request for Proposals

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