JSU hosts successful National Science Foundation (NSF) Day program

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers

Jackson State University hosted the National Science Foundation (NSF) Day workshop, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Mississippi e-Center. The workshop, part of JSU president Carolyn W. Meyers’ and the university’s strategic research plan to match faculty members with potential funding programs that span several disciplines, was conducted by eight program directors from the NSF offices in Arlington, Virginia, and attended by over 200 participants, including about 70 JSU faculty members and faculty members from other Mississippi and regional universities. It was designed to provide an overview of the NSF to attendees, while informing them about the Foundation’s proposal and merit review process as well as its programs.

The workshop topics included: Cross-Disciplinary and Special Interest Programs, International Programs, Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Geosciences and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

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Spencer McClenty
spencer.l.mcclenty@jsums.edu

JSU students win honors at national biomedical research conference

Jackson State University congratulates three winners at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Jose, Calif., in the poster competition.


JSU students Roslyn Ratcliff (left), Dominique Cooper and Ashley Lowery won in the poster competition at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

The 2012 ABRCMS conference offered a comprehensive program of scientific sessions, professional development workshops, student oral and poster presentations and exhibits.  There were 12 disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics, and more than 1,600 poster and oral presentations.

The winners are participants in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR Program at Jackson State University. The MARC U*STAR Program provides research training, fellowship support, enriched curriculum and compreshenisive academic and career advising to underrespresented minorities.  The overall goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who will pursue a Ph.D. degree at outstanding universities across the county and a career in the biomedical sciences.

The MARC scholars who won the poster competition include:

Dominique Cooper (junior biology major) won $250 in the category of Developmental Biology and Genetics for a poster presentation entitled,  “Evaluating Breeding Potentials in the Critically Endangered Jamaican Iguana.”

Ashley Lowery (junior psychology major) won $250 in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health for a poster presentation entitled, “The Effects of Alcohol and Anxiety on Attentional Bias to Threat.”

Roslyn Ratcliff (senior chemistry major) won $250 in the category of Chemistry and won $50 in the Chemistry Interdisciplinary category for a poster presentation entitled, “The Design of a Bioactive and Biodegradable ROMP Polymers.”

Miss JSU presents Tiger Make-A-Difference Day

Miss Jackson State University 2012-2013, Sarah Brown, is requesting volunteers for her upcoming initiative, Tiger Make-A-Difference Day, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. Brown has arranged for volunteers to participate in one of three community service projects that will happen simultaneously.

“This event will present an opportunity for alumni, students and community members to show unity by serving at different community service projects in the area,” Brown said. “It also really illustrates  President Carolyn Meyers’ theme of One Jackson State University.”

From 10 a.m to noon, volunteers will be able to participate in community service projects at  the Stewpot Community Center, located at 1100 W. Capitol St. in Jackson; Pleasant Hills Nursing Home, located at 1600 Raymond Rd. in Jackson;
or on the JSU campus for the Campus Clean Up project. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway. Afterwards, volunteers will be transported to their destinations.

Jackson State students who participate will receive double credit for community service hours volunteered during this project.Those who are interested should contact Sarah Brown at 601-979-2816 or MissJSU2013@jsums.edu.

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Spencer McClenty
spencer.l.mcclenty@jsums.edu

Pre-Registration Social – 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27

Pre-registration won’t cost you anything!

All Jackson State University students are invited to attend the Pre-Registration Social from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Student Center ballroom. Refreshments will be served. Academic advisors and housing and financial services representatives will be available to answer questions. Students who have a financial hold on their accounts or owe a balance can still register for the spring 2013 semester.

For more information, call 601-979-2100.

JSU to hold special commencement ceremony

JSU to hold special commencement ceremony for graduating football athletes

Fall commencement to be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University will hold a special commencement ceremony for some graduating athletes and band members at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at the JSU Student Center. The special ceremony became necessary once the Jackson State football team earned a spot in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game that will take place at noon, Saturday, Dec. 8 in Birmingham.

“We are so proud of our team for winning in the classroom and on the football field,” said Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D. “By earning their college degrees, they have put academics first. By earning an opportunity to play for a conference title, they have proven that with hard work, anything is possible.”

Other graduating seniors participating in the championship game will be allowed to march during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4.

The fall commencement ceremony will be moved to 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.

For more information on JSU’s commencement activities, visit www.jsums.edu/commencement.

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About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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Dean Glenda Baskin Glover named Tennessee State University’s eighth president

UPDATE: Glenda Glover, Jackson State University College of Business dean, was unanimously chosen to serve as president of Tennessee State University on Nov. 27.

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University congratulates College of Business Dean Glenda Baskin Glover on being recommended to serve as president of Tennessee State University.

“Dr. Glover has been an invaluable asset to Jackson State University, not only exemplifying excellence in her field, but inspiring that same excellence in our students, faculty and staff,” said Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers. “Tennessee State University will be fortunate to have her at its helm.”

As a certified public accountant, attorney and professor, Glover’s background served Jackson State University well. Highlights of her 18 years at Jackson State include obtaining the university’s first endowed chair, leading a successful $5 million fundraising initiative, spearheading the implementation of online learning programs, developing a cost reduction plan and implementing internal fiscal accountability measures.

A 1974 Tennessee State University alumna, Glover holds a bachelor’s degree in math, a master’s degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University, a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a doctorate from George Washington University in business economics and policy.

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About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

JSU’s Ken South wins Soul Bowl Giving Challenge

Nov. 19, 2012

UPDATE: Jackson State University alumnus and WJTV meteorologist Ken South outlasted Alcorn State University alumnus and WJTV news anchor Melissa Faith Payne in a fierce competition to raise the most money for their respective institution in the Soul Bowl Giving Challenge.

The final totals were: JSU - $25,890,  ASU – $21, 662 . 
The funds raised will provide scholarship support for current and future students at both universities.

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Oct. 15, 2012

(JACKSON, Miss.) – WJTV’s Ken South, meteorologist and Jackson State University alumnus, is hoping for a flood.

A flood of donations, that is, to benefit his alma mater – and beat out coworker and Alcorn State alumna and WJTV news anchor Melissa Payne – in the 2012 Soul Bowl Giving Challenge.

The local television personalities are feverishly working to outdo each other in the competition between the universities to raise the most funds for scholarships from alumni and supporters between now and Nov. 17 when the Jackson State Tigers meet the Alcorn State Braves in Lorman for the Magnolia Heritage Classic: Soul Bowl 2012.

“I’m so eager to rally the JSU family around this contest,” South said. “I think it’s a great way to show pride in our university and help future Tigers at the same time. Plus, we owe them one for last year. I know Tiger fans won’t let me down.”

South and Payne will announce the Soul Bowl Giving Challenge winning school during halftime at the JSU-Alcorn game immediately following an ultimate fan contest in which the winners will be drawn from the JSU and Alcorn donors to the Challenge.

If JSU wins the Giving Challenge, Payne will have to wear Tigers’ blue and white gear. If Alcorn wins, South will have to be decked out in the Alcorn Braves’ gold and purple.

HOW TO DONATE
Gifts are tax deductible!

Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Jackson State University Development Fund. Make sure to write Soul Bowl Giving Challenge on the memo line of the check to ensure the donation is counted in the final total. The checks also should be mailed/postmarked no later than Nov. 12 to ensure they’re counted in the final total.

Mail to:
Jackson State University
Annual Giving
P.O. Box 17144
Jackson, MS 39217

Donate online:
Go to WJTV.com and type in keyword Soul. Click on “click here” link in the Soul Bowl story, which will take you to the giving page where you’ll click on the Give button. Donations then can be made securely through PayPal.

Questions?
Contact Tangelia Kelly at tangelia.t.kelly@jsums.edu or 601-979-1760.