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/.

Educational leadership professor publishes new book

Dr. Benjamin C. Ngwudike of the JSU Department of Educational Leadership has authored the book, A Complete Grammar Guide for ELL & ESL Writers, which is set to be released by Tate Publishing of Mustang, Okla., on Nov. 20. The book is geared toward anyone just beginning to learn English and for those who have already begun and would like an easy, go-to reference for day-to-day writing and speaking. Ngwudike covers everything from progressive verbs to commonly misused words to idioms in easy-to-understand examples.

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One White Festivité for Faculty and Staff – Dec. 15

This calendar year has been a great success for Jackson State University. We have worked as “One JSU” to provide more educational opportunities to prospective and current students.

The implementation of many presidential initiatives such as the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement and the Staff Leadership Institute, the opening of the new Veterans and Welcome Centers, the iPad Initiative, the new branding of JSU and a host of other initiatives have geared Jackson State University towards greater heights.

To celebrate this year’s achievements, President Carolyn W. Meyers cordially invites the faculty and staff of Jackson State University along with their spouses or significant others to the One White Festivité to be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center.

The JSU family will be treated to culinary creations from Chef Godfrey Morgan of Aramark. The night will feature a variety of entertainment. Come with your dancing shoes and be prepared to mix and mingle with your colleagues as we celebrate another milestone at Jackson State University.

Dress is formal or semi-formal (no jeans or T-shirts please).

WJSU’s Fall Membership Campaign 2012


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“Cool and Current” WJSU’s Fall Membership Campaign is under way through Friday. The goal of the AP award-winning jazz station is to raise $40,000. Supporters and listeners are urged to pledge any amount to help maintain traditional and contemporary jazz by renowned artists such as Grammy-winning Jackson vocalist and JSU alum Cassandra Wilson. Quality news programming includes NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin. You can do your part by calling 601-979-3434 or pledge online at wjsu.org. Tune in to WJSU-FM (88.5) daily via wjsu.org or the JSUGo app on your iPhone or Android. Pledge today.

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