Jackson State Cricket Clubs wins 2010 Crimson Championship tournament

           The Jackson State University Cricket Club (JSUCC) won the championship trophy at the 2010 Crimson Championship Trophy tournament held Nov. 20-21 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

2010 JSU Cricket Club

The JSUCC beat out four other teams including the Huntsville Cricket Club, the Memphis Cricket Club, the University of Northern Alabama Cricket Club and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Cricket Club. In the tournament finals, the JSUCC beat Memphis 69 to 67 to take the championship trophy.

      “We have come very close to lifting trophies in the past,” said team captain Umesh Reddy. “So this trophy pumped the team up and we are going to win more tournaments.”

       Since its start in the summer of 2009, the JSUCC has played in five tournaments, and has made it to at least the semi-finals in all of them. The club is a nonprofit sports organization. The main goal of the club is to promote the game of cricket at JSU and in surrounding areas.  For more information, visit http://www.jsums.edu/cricket/.

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers named preferred candidate for presidency of Jackson State University

 The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning announced today the selection of Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers as the preferred candidate for the presidency of Jackson State University.

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers

Dr. Meyers has over 30 years of experience in higher education, serving most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

Prior to serving as president of Norfolk State University, Dr. Meyers served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has also served as a professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the College of Engineering at the same institution. Dr. Meyers served as a program director for the National Science Foundation for two years.

Dr. Meyers was recommended by the Board Search Committee, chaired by Trustee Bob Owens, with input from the Campus Search Advisory Committee and the Interview Search Advisory Committee following careful review of all applications and two rounds of interviews.

“I would like to thank Trustee Bob Owens for his service as chair and for the other members of the Board Search Committee for serving on this important committee,” said Dr. Bettye Neely, president of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. “Their hard work and dedication are evident in the selection of this excellent candidate.”

Dr. Meyers holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In addition, Dr. Meyers earned a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical Engineering.

“I would like to thank the Campus Search Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Hardy and Mr. Woodard, for their time, insight and expertise,” said Bob Owens, chair of the Board Search Committee for the Jackson State University presidential search, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees. “Their input was an essential part of this process and helped the Board Search Committee tremendously as we weighed carefully the credentials of each candidate. I look forward to the entire Jackson State family having the opportunity to meet Dr. Meyers on her visit to the campus.”

 Campus listening sessions were held in September with constituency groups for the members of the Board Search Committee and the Campus Search Advisory Committee to hear what qualities and qualifications stakeholders believed the next institutional executive officer should possess. After careful review of all applicants, the Campus Search Advisory Committees submitted the names of several candidates unranked to the Board Search Committee and selected the Interview Search Advisory Committee. The Board selected the candidates to be interviewed and two rounds of interviews were held.

 Members of the Campus Search Advisory Committee include Dr. Jasmine Chapman, Terry Woodard, Deshun Martin, Dr. John Peoples, Dr. Hilliard Lackey, Dr. Lelia Gaston Rhodes, Alysia Lajune, Dr. Felix Okojie, Dr. Jean Claude Assad, Dr. Sophia Leggett, Dr. Patsy Daniels, Dr. Mark Hardy, Dr. Rosella Houston, Dr. Glenda Glover, Dr. Mahasin Owens-Sabir, Dr. Otha Burton, Arianna S. Elliott, Andross K. Milteer, Robert Cook, Bobby Sutton, Ben Allen, Meredith Creekmore, Leland Speed, Barbara Blackmon, Dr. Gwen Prater, W.C. Gorden, Dr. Curtina Moreland-Young.

 “Having input from every segment of the Jackson State community has led us to the right person for this time in Jackson State’s history,” said Dr. Mark Hardy, co-chair of the Campus Search Advisory Committee. “Dr. Meyers has a vision for the future of Jackson State and the experience to turn that vision into reality.”

 Dr. Meyers will meet with campus constituency groups on a visit to the main campus in Jackson. The visit will be held on Wednesday, December 1, beginning at 8:00 a.m. All sessions will be held in the JSU Student Center. While all sessions are open to the public, each session focuses on the needs of a specific constituency group.

 “Dr. Meyers impressed us with her outstanding educational and professional background as well as her passion for Jackson State University,” said Terry Woodard, co-chair of the Campus Search Advisory Committee and president of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association. “She understands where we have been and how far we can go in the future. We, the alumni, are on board and ready work in collaboration with Dr. Meyers and her team.”

Tentative Schedule for Preferred Candidate Visit
Time Meeting
8:00 a.m. Community Leaders
8:45 a.m. Deans, Division Chairs, Department Heads and Senior Program Officers
9:30 a.m. Faculty
10:15 a.m. Staff
11:00 a.m. Students
12:45 p.m. National Alumni Association/Development Foundation President and Alumni Representatives
1:30 p.m. Open Meeting for Campus and Community
2:00 p.m. National Alumni Association/Development Foundation President and Alumni Representatives
3:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting
4:00 p.m. Press Conference

The Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. Members of the Board may participate in the meeting via teleconference. The public may attend in the Ballroom B in the JSU Student Center. An executive session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

 The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Thanksgiving message from Interim President Leslie Burl McLemore

Interim President Leslie Burl McLemore

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,  I want to express my deep and sincere gratitude to all of the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Jackson State University for your hard work and commitment to making Jackson State a world-class institution.  Together, we have made remarkable progress at this University, and we all have great reason to be proud.

I also want to express my gratitude for the opportunity and honor I have been given to lead this great University.  I am looking forward to working with the Jackson State University Family as we continue to make our community a model for quality education.

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy, blessed and healthy holiday.   If you will be traveling over the holiday weekend, I wish you safe travels.

Capital City Classic Events Information

The  2010 Capital City Classic Women of the Classic Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the downtown Marriott Hotel Ballroom. The keynote speaker will be the renowned author Terry McMillan. The luncheon will begin at 12 noon and admission is $30.00.

 Tickets can be purchased for the luncheon in the Office of Events and External Affairs and the Office of General Counsel on the 8th floor of the Administration Tower .

The 2010 Capital City Classic President’s Gala & Concert will be held on Friday,     November 19, 2010 at the Jackson Marriott Hotel Ballroom. The featured artist will be Con Funk Shun and the guest speaker will be Matt Thomas, Entrepreneur and admission is $40.00. 

 Tickets can be purchased for the President’s Gala and Concert in the Office of Events and External Affairs and the Office of General Counsel on the 8th floor of the Administration Tower on  today from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  and on Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 am and from 1p.m. to 5 p.m.

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JSU’s Sonic Boom chosen to participate in Honda Battle of the Bands 2011 Invitational Showcase

Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band has been selected as one of eight bands to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands 2011 Invitational Showcase. Honda officials officially extended the invitation Nov. 16, at the F.D. Hall Music Center.

Marking its ninth year, the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is the only national scholarship program that highlights music education as an important facet of the heritage and culture at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). As one of the eight winning band programs chosen to participate, Jackson State will be awarded $20,000 by American Honda, in addition to the $1,000 grant it received for the pre-qualifying Celebration Tour. Through this program, American Honda annually awards $205,000 in scholarships to HBCU music programs. Since the program’s inception, more than $1 million has been distributed to black colleges.

 “We are very excited to be chosen to represent the SWAC in the Honda Battle of the Bands,” said Renardo Murray, JSU band director. “We look forward to putting on a stellar performance.”

The Sonic Boom’s 240 band members will be among more than 2,000 student-musicians traveling to Atlanta for the January 29 performance at the Georgia Dome. Each band will have the opportunity to perform for 12 minutes and showcase their musical skills, dancing talents and creativity.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase is about more than what happens on the field at the Georgia Dome on show day,” said Marc Burt, senior manager of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda. “This event is about celebrating the abilities and brilliance of young people coming out of the nation’s black colleges. The discipline and drive these student-musicians exhibit both on and off the field are phenomenal, and Honda is pleased to be able to contribute to the music education programs that help foster the artistic and academic growth of these students.”

Participating bands include: • Virginia State University Marching Trojan Explosion (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) • South Carolina State University Marching 101 (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) • Albany State University Marching Rams Show Band (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) • Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference) • Bethune Cookman University Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) • Clark Atlanta University Mighty Marching Panthers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) • Winston-Salem State University Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) • Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Conference)

JSU Human Capital Development Division host Awareness/Enrollment Day for Washington Addition Families

The Human Capital Development Division at Jackson State University launched the Washington Addition Prenatal & Early Childhood Education Project (WAPECEP) earlier this year to build human capacity in the community.

“The purpose of the project is to assist families of children up to age 5 and expectant mothers with school readiness,” said Angela Gobar, project director.

The project will link an array of university resources to residents of the Washington Addition neighborhood. Funding for the five-year project is provided by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. On November 6, the Human Capital Development Division kicked off its family enrollment by hosting an informational day with food and children’s activities at the TB. Ellis Physical Education Complex on the campus of JSU. Staff and student volunteers provided resource packages, prizes, registration, child care and conducted a community needs assessment with parents.

The families and student volunteers were greeted by Robert M. Walker, Senior Advisor in the Office of the President, and Teresa Jones of the WAPECEP Community Advisory Committee. Additional enrollment activities are being planned. For more information about the WAPECEP call Cynthia Azogini, Project Coordinator, Human Capital Development Division at 601-979-0663.

Kimberly Hilliard, Director of JSU’s Center for University-Based Development, featured in JFP

by Lacey McLaughlin
November 10, 2010

Dr. Kimberly Hilliard isn’t one to make small plans.

Kimberly Hilliard

As the director of Jackson State University’s Center for University-Based Development, Hilliard is on a mission to make west Jackson a more vibrant community by restoring homes and businesses.

“When we think about community, it’s very personable. Each of the different neighborhoods has their own personality,” she says. “We like to work with the neighborhood associations and say: ‘What would you like to see as we develop a vision together?'”

Hilliard works with urban planners and developers on projects such as One University Place, an $18 million mixed-used project with apartments and retail space across the street from the university. Hilliard also oversees the “WESToration Initiative,” a new program aimed at facilitating the purchase and refinancing of houses that need repairs or modernizing along Ellis Avenue and Gallatin Street, extending to Highway 80. Hilliard hopes that the initiative will bring new residents to the area.

“One of the things that was so clear in west Jackson, was a pride of history and paying homage to the historic properties and trying to save those,” she says. “It’s very interesting to me that we are at that junction at Jackson State. … It’s all about rebuilding community and working together to get it done.”

Hilliard, 47, is a native of Washington, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University. She worked in New Orleans as an aviation planner at GCR & Associates while she earned her master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of New Orleans.

During a trip to Jackson to work on an airport contract in 2000, she met community activist and businessman Bill Cooley who encouraged her to stay in Jackson and help the growing city. In 2007, she earned her doctorate from JSU in urban and regional planning………..

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Jackson State Engineering students featured in USBE and Information Technology mag

from USBE and Information Technology magazine
by M.V. Greene
Sat, Oct 02, 2010

Three aspiring Jackson State University doctoral engineering students are proving that balancing work-life issues aren’t solely the domain of real-world professionals, managers and executives.

Antoinette Anderson, Nikeya Peay and Ales-cia Malone


Ales-cia Malone, Antoinette Anderson and Nikeya Peay are computer engineering graduate students at Jackson State engaged with top-level laboratory research involving high performance reconfigurable computers. Each is expected to receive her master’s degree in 2011 and then move directly into Ph.D programs.

Their research, mapping scientific kernels onto reconfigurable computers using field-programmable gate arrays, is intense and cutting edge, Malone says, a native of Cleveland, MS. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Program, which assists institutions that have significant enrollments of minority populations and are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Each student has a particular research focus on the project, conducted in conjunction with the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each was brought together to form their research consortium after serving as interns at the center. Malone says the research is designed to help speed the computing power of supercomputers while reducing power-supply requirements for running applications.

“By our getting the research experience already, we know how we can use our research for our Ph.Ds and ultimately when we get into our careers,” Malone says.

Balancing the demands of their academic pursuits and research interests with campus, home, community and business interests requires “time management, a good support group and a lot of prayer,” Malone says, who has a 5-year-old son. A study, “Times Are Changing: Gender and Generation at Work and At Home,” released in March 2009 from the IBM Corp.-funded Families and Work Institute noted that there is no difference today between young women with and without children in their desire to move to jobs with more responsibility – something in full accord with Malone’s ambition.

Anderson, who presented on behalf of the research group at the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) national conference held in September 2010 at Jackson State, says maintaining a vibrant campus social life remains vital for her. Raised in Jackson, Anderson also is tuned into community service, such as visiting the classroom of her mother, a local teacher, to interact with children about STEM education and careers.

“I think that actually engaging in your social life can make you more of a well-rounded person. Most of my friends are my fellow colleagues and graduates of Jackson State University. Talking with them and interacting with them also serves you to do better in your own field,” Anderson says, noting she is engaged to a former Jackson State student who is a civil engineer and former football player at the university.

Malone, Anderson and Peay, all receiving their bachelor’s degrees from Jackson State in computer engineering, also are proving adept at balancing intensive summer work activities. Malone has spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 working at the Engineer Research and Development Center as a student researcher. Anderson and Peay served as summer exchange students during 2010 at Shaanxi Normal University in Xiʼan, China.

Additionally, Peay, a native of Baltimore and an all-conference collegiate golfer, spent time during 2007 and 2008 at the headquarters of athletic shoe and apparel manufacturer NIKE in Portland, OR, serving as an application engineer assisting in the development of prototypes for the NIKE Web site. Peay’s research focus on the master’s project is integrating quartus wizard-based VHDL floating-point components into a high performance heterogeneous computing environment.

“As an undergraduate I did four years of collegiate golf. That showed me how to focus and manage my time. It instilled a lot of discipline. I carried those roles onto my graduate studies,” Peay says.

University Park sign unveiled near JSU

University Park neighborhood president Betty Lyons (left) and Curnis Upkins III, program manager at the JSU Center for University-Based Development, unveil a neighborhood marker for the University Park community.

Jackson State University and the West Jackson Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) unveiled a neighborhood sign for University Park on November 3 on the grounds of the West Jackson branch of BankPlus.

The sign unveiling marked the culmination of a three-year process during which students from Jackson State’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the JSU Center for University-Based Development worked with community members to address specific issues in West Jackson.

“We are very pleased in the city of Jackson to see this sign go up,” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said at the ceremony. “A special recognition goes to the Center for University-Based Development whose job is to make sure the university reaches out to the community.”

The design of the neighborhood sign was the result of the efforts of a fall 2009 urban design class in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. CBLI hopes the marker will become a model for other West Jackson neighborhoods.

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