JSU Centennial Bite: Did you know that W.C. Gorden…?

by Jamea Adams-Ginyard


W. C. Gordon

In this week’s edition of Centennial Bites, JSUTIGERS.com highlights some of the unknown accomplishments of Jackson State University’s most winningest former football Head Coach W.C. Gorden.

Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
College: Tennessee State University
Favorite Jazz Artist: Thelonious Monk
Coached: 1975-1991

As head coach of the Jackson State University football team, his team led the nation in attendance at football games in Division I-AA from 1983-1994, or 11 straight years. Moreover, JSU achieved the highest average for attendance in Division I-AA history when it averaged 38,873 fans a game in 1977.

In 1980-81, the NCAA issued its first comprehensive graduation rate scorecard and JSU led the state of Mississippi with a 61.9% graduation rate followed by the University of Mississippi with a 45% graduation rate among football players.

In the 1981-82 season, JSU had 21 former student-athletes playing in the NFL, which placed the school in the top five schools producing professional football players.

Over a period of four years (1985-1988) JSU won 28 straight Southwestern Athletic Conference football games, making them the only SWAC team to beat Grambling State four consecutive years.

From 1980-1990 JSU won eight SWAC Championships.

Jackson State University will celebrate its 100th year of Tiger football during the 2011 season. To help Tiger Fans gear up for this very exciting season, JSUTIGERS.com will feature a series of informative and educational snippets of JSU football history from over the last 100 years, with its Centennial Bites series.


CSET grads hired by U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM) Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., has recruited some of the best and brightest students from the Jackson State University College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

The five Jackson State graduates pictured below were recently hired permanently into the AMCOM intern program at Redstone Arsenal. The intern program hires quality college graduates and provides the education and training so that each intern develops the advanced skills, knowledge and abilities for successful performance at the journeyman level. Recruits may be located anywhere within the United States.

Brett Williams

Brett Williams
B.S., 2004, Industrial Technology
M.S., 2008, Hazardous Materials Management
Position: Logistics Management Specialist

Lance Bartee

Lance Q. Bartee
B.S., 2010, Industrial Technology/Computer Science
Position: Logistics Management Specialist

Pamela Sharp

Pamela D. Sharp
B.S., 2010, Science/Industrial Technology
Position: Logistics Management Specialist

Timothy White


Timothy White
B.S., 2010, Computer Engineering
Position: Computer Engineer

Natalie E'dris Kelly


Natalie E’dris Kelly
B.S., 2010, Computer Engineering
Position: Software Test Engineer/Programmer

Biology graduates admitted to medical schools

 Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

Kristen Crittle

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Six Jackson State University B.S. biology graduates will start medical school in August to pursue their medical degrees and fulfill their lifelong dream to become medical doctors.

Movado Long

Kristen Crittle, a spring 2011 summa cum laude graduate and a native of Terry, Miss., and Movado Long, a spring 2010 magna cum laude graduate and native of Jackson, Miss., were both admitted to Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Charnell Cain

Charnell Cain, a spring 2011 summa cum laude graduate and a native of Las Vegas, was admitted to the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

Antoinette Taylor

Antoinette Taylor, a spring 2011 magna cum laude graduate and a native of Coffeeville, Miss., was admitted to the School of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, Miss.

Lydia Patton

Lydia Patton of Houston, Texas, a spring 2011 graduate, was admitted to College of Medicine, International University of Nursing, St. Kitts.

Phillip Jenkins of Douglasville, Ga., (photo not available) an August 2010 magna cum laude graduate, was admitted to Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

“I am very proud of our biology graduates,” said Dr. Greg Begonia, chairman and professor of the Department of Biology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at JSU. “The admission of our outstanding graduates to these medical schools reflects the high quality education and service that we provide to our students during their matriculation at JSU.”

JSU alumnus honored among nation’s best music educators by Yale School of Music

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University alumnus Patrick Jackson (’81) was presented with the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award by the Yale School of Music during an awards dinner held at the school on June 10.

Patrick Jackson

The award is presented biennially to 50 music educators selected from across the United

States for their outstanding accomplishments as music teachers in the nation’s public schools. The award recipients also receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Symposium on Music Schools, which is held every two years at the school as part of its Music Schools Initiative.

Jackson, a native of McComb, Miss., has been a string instruments teacher in the Kirkwood School District in Kirkwood, Mo., for 20 years.  He was the recent recipient of the Missouri American String Teachers Association’s Secondary String Educator of the Year award. He has been honored in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers 17 times. In addition, Kirkwood School District honored him as the 2003-04 Teacher of the Year.

Jackson was also the 2003 Emerson “Excellence in Teaching” award winner and was recognized the following year by The St. Louis American newspaper as one of its “Excellence in Education” honorees. His orchestra has won local and national acclaim for the past 19 years. In March 2010, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra performed at the famed Carnegie Hall, selected as one of only three high school orchestras in the nation to do so.

Jackson’s former students have won first prize in prestigious string competitions including the Avery Fisher Prize, the Sphinx Competition, Banff International Chamber Music Competition, and the Young Concert Artist Guild. Jackson’s students have also attended top music schools nationwide, including The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Shepard School of Music at Rice University.

Jackson received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Jackson State University and his Master’s of Music in Double Bass Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.

JSU’s Hamer Institute teaches middle and high school students about civil rights movement

Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy is celebrating its 14th Anniversary

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University is hosting a week-long workshop on the civil rights movement for 22 middle and high school students from June 13-18. The students from the Jackson Public School System, the McComb Public School System, the Clinton Public School System and the Rankin County School System are participating in a number of educational activities at the JSU Student Center.

The workshop’s theme, “The Southern Civil Rights Movement: The Pivotal Role of Young People,’’ explores the history of the southern civil rights movement, focusing on the contributions and sacrifices made by young people during the 1950s and 1960s. 

The sessions examine how American democracy is an evolving concept, changing throughout history due to the demands of citizens of all ages. The students learn about the achievements of ordinary people who stood against oppression and struggled to bring full civil rights to all Americans. 

“The young people of the ’50s and ’60s can serve as role models for today’s youth,” says Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, a founder of the institute, which celebrates its 14 anniversary this year. “Today’s young people can see that violence is not the answer by examining the remarkable achievements of the young people from another era.”

            Additional information about this workshop and other Hamer programs/events can be found at www.jsums.edu/hamer.institute. For more information, contact the Hamer Institute at 601-979-1562 or hamer.institute@jsums.edu.

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About Jackson State University: Bridge to a Brighter Tomorrow

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.

Associate dean selected to assist Planning Accreditation Board

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

Otha Burton, Jr., Associate Dean of the School of Policy and Planning, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Public Service, has been appointed this year to the Planning Accreditation Board’s (PAB) “Educator Member of the Site Visit Pool.”

The Site Visit Pool consists of educators and practitioners who act as an extension of the PAB. Their primary role is to ensure that the accreditation guidelines and criteria set forth by the PAB are being met in accordance with the mission and goals stated by the programs seeking accreditation or reaccreditation.  Members visit universities around the country, meet planners, educators, students and community leaders, and gather new ideas and perspectives on planning.

Social work professor elected to leadership post

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

Susie A. Spence, Professor of Social Work and Health Sciences, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Group for Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) Steering Committee. GADE consists of social work/social welfare doctoral programs located at accredited universities/colleges that offer the master of social work or social welfare degree program that is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education or a comparable national professional body in other countries.

Spence also was recently honored as one of the inaugural alumni inducted in the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery of Distinction at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She joined other inaugural and recent inductees who were recognized for their outstanding scholarship/research, service and teaching.