The Jackson State University Student Government Association won the Best Student Organization award during the inaugural 2011 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Awards ceremony held March 18 in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The awards program was sponsored by The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc., and featured winners in 15 categories as well as a special recognition.
“This is awesome,” said Andross Milteer, president of the JSU Student Government Association. “It feels great that we’re able to win something like this because it lets us know that we’re doing our job and we’re representing the students.”
“This is a testament that our students are doing positive things on campus,” said Lori Stewart, director of Communications and Outreach in the Office of Student Life. “It’s great that they’re being recognized externally for what they do.”
This event, attended by about 150 people, is the first of its kind recognizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities for their impact in the fields of leadership, the arts, athletics, research, journalism and community engagement. The winners were chosen by a national committee of 30 voters whose selections were based on the 2009-2010 academic year.
Jarrett L. Carter, Sr., founder and executive director of The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc., said the ceremony will be held at a different HBCU each year.
During the two-hour long ceremony, the following winners were announced:
- Best Marching Band: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla.
- Best Choir: Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
- Best Alumni Publication: Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
- Best Student Publication: Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, N.C.
- Best Homecoming: North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.
- Best Alumni: North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.
- Best Student Organization: Jackson State University’s Student Government Association in Jackson, Miss.
- Best Athletic Program: South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.
- Best Academic Programming: Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
- Best Research Initiative: Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute in Hampton, Va.
- Student of the Year: Bishop Walker, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
- Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Racquel Henry of Albany State University in Albany, Ga.
- Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Charles Mosee of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C.
- President of the Year: Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Deborah Scott Thomas, Alabama State University class of 1974.
- HBCU of the Year: Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas.