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.

Spencer McClenty

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.


Spencer McClenty

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.

                                        – JSU –

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.

– JSU –

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.


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.

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.

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


JSU football headed to Birmingham for 2012 SWAC Title Game

by Wesley Peterson

The Jackson State football team has taken another big step toward winning its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship since 2007 by beating the Alcorn State Braves 37-11 on its first trip to the Alcorn State campus under head coach Rick Comegy.



With the win Comegy clinched his third SWAC Eastern title. JSU improved to 7-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall while Alcorn State fell to a 4-7overall and 4-5 conference mark.

JSU dominated Alcorn State with its rushing attack. Rakeem Sims and Tommy Gooden combined for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Sims led JSU’s ground game with 152 yards on 26 attempts. His hard-nosed running style wore down the Braves defensive front and he broke free at the 2:48 mark to score on a 46-yard run for the final touchdown of the game. Gooden added 64 yards on eight carries and scored his two touchdowns from 11 and 28 yards out.

The game was full of memorable moments for both teams. Alcorn State opened the game with and recovered an onside kick, which led to the Braves scoring their first three points of the game. The 37 yard field goal proved to the Braves only lead of the game.

On Alcorn’s first drive of the second quarter the JSU defense did its best impersonation of the Tigers 1974 goal line defensive stand against the Braves. In ’74 JSU’s defense kept Alcorn out of the end zone on a first and goal to win that game. Fast forward 38 years and the Dark Side Defense kept the Braves out of the end zone in similar fashion. With JSU hanging on to a 6-3 lead the Braves got the ball at the JSU 2-yard line on a pass interference. The Tigers forced third and goal. On fourth and goal from the JSU 7-yard line, Brandon Vessell was tripped up by Travis Woods – giving possession back to JSU.

The Tigers took a 6-3 lead into halftime. JSU opened the second half with a defensive score from offensive star Rico Richardson. The Braves were forced to punt from their own end zone and JSU’s Ryan Griffin blocked the punt and Richardson recovered it for the score. The extra point kick gave JSU a 13-3 lead.

JSU pulled away half way through the third on a pair of Gooden touchdown runs. At the 6:57 mark, JSU held a 27-3 advantage. At the 6:09 mark in the fourth quarter Ryan Deising converted a 41-yard field goal to increase the lead to 30-3. The Braves ended JSU’s scoring streak when John Gibbs and Tavoris Doss connected for a 33-yard touchdown strike to make the score 30-11.

Jackson State scored its first touchdown at 6:26 in the first when Rico Richardson hauled in a 37-yard pass from Clayton Moore.

Richardson caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. DeSuan McKenzie caught two passes for 17 yards. Clayton Moore completed 8 of 17 pass attempts for 86 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Joseph LeBeau finished with a game-high 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

The Tigers will return to action December 8 when JSU squares off against SWAC Western Division Champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Kick-off is set for 1 pm.

JSU launches clothing and toy drive for families in need

(JACKSON, Miss.) –  Jackson State University’s Welcome Center, along with the Washington Addition Prenatal and Early Childhood Education Project and JSU’s Angel Tree Program, are partnering to host the JSU Helping Hands clothing and toy drive. The drive will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 14. During this time, the JSU family, alumni and friends may bring new clothing or gifts for families in need and Blackburn Middle School students to the JSU Welcome Center, located on Dalton Street near the intersection of John R. Lynch Street.

The items will be packaged based on need for 15 economically disadvantaged families in the west Jackson community and 20 students at Blackburn Middle School. The gifts will be distributed to the families and students during a program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Legacy Dining area of the JSU Student Center.

“JSU has always helped those who are less fortunate and we are pleased to team up with our colleagues this holiday season to serve as goodwill ambassadors to our neighbors,” said Gwen Caples, director of the Welcome Center. “We welcome all gift bearers to the Welcome Center and look forward to adding cheer to the holiday season for those less fortunate.”

The wish list for families in west Jackson can be found here.

Angel Tree program gift ideas for the Blackburn Middle School students include: gift cards, iTunes cards, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, music CDs, video games, cameras, bicycles, scooters, electronic games, portable DVD players, and/or DVD movies.

“Blackburn Middle School is happy that we’re bringing back the Angel Tree Program,” said Tiffany Dockins of the JSU Division of General Counsel, who coordinators the JSU Angel Tree Program. “The gifts will be distributed to 20 honor students who are also from needy families in the west Jackson community. I’m privileged to work on this project to help others in need.”

Dr. Angela Gobar serves as the Director of the Washington Addition Prenatal and Early Childhood Education Project, which is a community-based school-readiness project that coordinates the provision of resources and services for families with preschool-aged children around social, educational, economic, physical, and cultural and health needs.

“The JSU Helping Hands collaboration is one way of responding to an economic need of a family,” Gobar said.  “A donation of clothing items could represent savings to a family and/or stretch their spending during the holiday season.”

Individuals and JSU departments that donate gifts will be acknowledged during the program on Dec. 14 in Legacy Dining. Members of the JSU family, including Dr. Kimberly Hilliard, Executive Director of the Division of Events and Community Engagement, and Blackburn Middle School Principal, Marietta Carter, will be on hand to help distribute the gifts.

All university staff are encouraged to lend support to the JSU Helping Hands clothing and toy drive and to attend the program. All gifts must be in a gift bag when dropped off to the Welcome Center.  For more information, call the Welcome Center at 601-979-0883.

Mississippi section of American Chemical Society names JSU professor ‘Chemist of the Year’

Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain

The Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society has named Jackson State University associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain “Chemist of the Year 2012.”  This award will be given during the organization’s Awards Banquet on Nov. 29 at Mississippi College.

Hossain has been serving as a faculty member at Jackson State University since 2005. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and a Ph.D. in supramolecular chemistry from Hokkaido University in Japan. He was a recipient of an Alexander Humboldt Fellowship for his postdoctoral work in Germany.

Hossain’s research includes supramolecular and macromolecular chemistry focusing on non-covalent interactions between synthetic hosts and guest species.  His group focuses on the development of new chemical sensors for toxic anions of environmental and biological relevance. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. Hossain’s awards include the prestigious NSF CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2011 and the JSU HEADWAE award in 2012.

For more information about Hossain’s research, visit http://chem.jsums.edu/alamgir/.