JSU to celebrate cultural diversity during International Week 2013

InternaitonJackson State University’s Division of International Studies will host its annual International Week April 8-12 on the university’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson, Miss. The week promotes global and cultural awareness through educational and entertaining activities. International dignitaries and renowned scholars in the international arena will participate, representing countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Germany, and many more.

Activities include:

Opening Day Ceremony, 
Noon, Monday, April 8, Tiger Park (Across from the JSU Student Center)
 A proclamation declaring International Week on the campus of JSU will be read.

International Taste of JSU
, 1– 2 p.m., Monday, April 8, Tiger Park (Across from the JSU Student Center) 
Faculty and staff members will prepare international dishes for sampling by the university community.

International Sports
, 1 – 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, John A. Peoples Building Greenery and Walter Payton Center. 
International sports will include Cricket and Table Tennis (Ping Pong).

Parade of Flags, 
9:15 – 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, Gibbs-Green Plaza. 
K-12 students from central Mississippi schools will march from the Lee. E. Williams Athletics & Assembly Center to Gibbs-Green Plaza to the beat of the percussion section of the JSU marching band.

International Bazaar
, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, Gibbs-Green Plaza. 
K-12 students from central Mississippi schools will participate with the entire JSU community. Features include cultural exhibits, international games, door prizes, a fashion show, a talent contest and food.

International Night of Dance
, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. 
This event will feature dance groups from around the metro area.

International Peace Conference
, April 9 –12.  
Faculty, staff and students from JSU and other institutions will present papers throughout the week related to the theme of “Peace through Understanding.”

International Scholarship and Awards Banquet – 
6:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, JSU Student Center Ballroom
. The banquet will feature an awards ceremony for people who have supported the JSU Division of International Studies in a very special way. Scholarships will be awarded to American and international students.

 For more information about International Week events, visit www.jsums.edu/intweek or call Patricia Jernigan at 601-979-3796.

Spencer McClenty

JSU Division of Student Life to host national conference

The Jackson State University Division of Student Life is set to host the 59th Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.

NASAP is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the area of Student Affairs.

Workshop presenters and speakers will address the conference theme, “Transforming the Trends and Challenges of Higher Education through Student Engagement, Learning and Success.”  Noted speakers include:  Dr. Charlie Nelms, Higher Education Leader and Educational Consultant;  Bette Worley, President of  National Student Exchange; Ty Howard, nationally recognized motivational speaker and author; and Dr. Sharon Fisher Green, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Southern University.  Workshops will cover topics such as student leadership, hazing, advancing HIV prevention programs, veteran students, mentorship and mental wellness, student counseling and disability services, teamwork, and how to recruit innovative student affairs professionals, civic engagement and outreach, etc.

“During this conference, through collaboration with fellow colleagues, we hope to explore answers to the challenges we all face as student affairs professionals. Sharing our successes and failures will help us to become better at what we are charged with doing: helping our students become productive and successful citizens,” said Dr. Marcus Chanay, Vice President for Student Life at JSU and conference chair.

The annual conference provides a forum for professional growth and development for all who are involved in or work with students in the student affairs profession, and is open to professionals in higher education in general and to the nation’s business industry. Undergraduate and graduate students and student leaders from member schools are also welcome.

The conference also provides opportunities to: (a) foster team building and sharing of knowledge, skills and abilities between those holding administrative positions in Student Affairs; (b) create a network among student affairs administrators at diverse colleges with emphasis on the administrative challenges faced in such settings; and (c) provide opportunities to hear various administrative challenges and a range of successful strategies currently being implemented.

NASAP was founded in 1954. With a varied membership spanning across academic, administrative, corporate, and student affairs boundaries, the organization offers a variety of resources, and experiences.

For information on NASAP visit http://www.nasap.net.   NASAP 59th Annual Conference information can be found at   www.nasapconference2013.com  or call the Jackson State University Division of Student Life at 601-979-2241.

Sylvia Watley


JSU to offer $250 prize in ‘JSU Cares’ video contest

Jackson State University is a national leader among colleges and universities in community outreach and engagement. Jackson State students, faculty and staff regularly feed the homeless, mentor and tutor youth, visit hospitals and senior citizens’ homes, participate in home-building projects and provide clothing for the less fortunate.

Today, JSU launches the JSU Cares video contest.


The university is offering $250 to the student who produces the best video commercial about JSU’s community outreach efforts. The video must be exactly one minute long and must be recorded with an Apple iPad, iPhone or other mobile device. The video should detail your community service efforts and how JSU has inspired you to serve others.

Upon completion, upload your video to YouTube and send the URL link in an email to publicrelations@jsums.edu. The email subject line should read: JSU Cares Video Contest. The winner will be selected based on creativity, originality and ability to express the JSU Cares message of working in the community, giving to the community and caring for the community. All submissions must be received by 3 p.m., Feb. 6, 2013. The winner will be announced at 3 p.m., Feb. 8, 2013, on JSU’s website and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. For more information, send an email to publicrelations@jsums.edu.

Spencer McClenty

Miss JSU to launch “Love Yourself” Self Esteem Tour

Sarah Brown, Miss JSU 2012-2013

Sarah Brown, Miss JSU 2012-2013

Miss Jackson State University 2012-2013 Sarah Brown will launch the “Love Yourself” Self Esteem Tour at the Career Development Center, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m.  During the tour, which is part of the “Bigger Impact” component of her three-part initiative Think Big, Brown, along with Jackson State’s MADDRAMA Performance Troupe and D.J. T-Money, will visit local middle and high schools to speak to young ladies about “real life situations that they face everyday and how to overcome tough circumstances and be role models in their schools.”

“I am very aware of the issues that young ladies face in middle and high schools.” said Brown, a 2009 graduate of Forest Hill High School in Jackson. “And I want to share my knowledge and experiences with them in a way that will allow them to see the potential that is instilled in them. I have overcome a lot in my life – growing up without a father  and watching my mother work really hard to take care of four children by herself. It was hard for me but I made it and they can too.”

The tour will make stops at Forest Hill High School on January 29, Hardy Middle School on Feb. 4 and Callaway High School on Feb. 27. Other stops are currently being arranged.

Brown is asking female citizens in the Metro Jackson area and other JSU students to join her and help make a difference in the lives of young ladies in middle and high schools.  She’s also asking for donations to help purchase T-shirts that will read “JPS Girls Rock”.

If you are interested in donating to this project or being part of this tour please email Sarah Brown at missjsu2013@jsums.edu or call 601-720-8768.

Spencer McClenty

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 Latasha Norman Center hires assistant director of ADA Services

Monica Wall-Jones.

Monica Wall-Jones has joined Jackson State University’s Latasha Norman Center for Counseling and Disability Services, as assistant director of ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Services.

Wall-Jones’ major responsibility is to ensure compliance with the federal, local and state guidelines of 504 and coordinate accommodations and services throughout the campus for students and employees with disabilities. Her goal is to ensure that appropriate accommodations and support is provided to ADA-covered students and employees with physical or mental conditions that limit major life activities.

She has more than 10 years of experience working with Americans with disabilities. Prior to joining Jackson State University, Wall-Jones worked as a Psychologist III with a state agency where she served as an advocate for individuals under the 504 and 508 guidelines of the ADA law. She also worked as a certified mental health therapist, an exceptional education teacher in the Jackson Public Schools District and a Hinds County Deputy Sheriff.

The Jackson, Miss. native holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Education with a concentration in special education and a master’s degree in Education with endorsements in guidance counseling from Alcorn State University. In addition, she earned master’s level credit hours in drug and alcohol counseling and criminology from the University of Phoenix.

“We look forward to Mrs. Wall-Jones working with students, employees and Jackson State University guests during activities, classes, events and programs to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Dr. Marcus A. Chanay, JSU Vice President for Student Life. “She brings more than 10 years of experience working with and being an advocate for individuals under ADA.”

Wall-Jones is a member of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and is the newly elected 2nd Vice President (2012-2014).

The Latasha Norman Center for Counseling and Disability Services is located on the second floor of the JSU Student Center.
Sylvia Watley

Dean of JSU College of Education chosen for exclusive conference

Dr. Daniel Watkins, dean of the JSU College of Education and Human Development.

Daniel Watkins, dean of the Jackson State University College of Education and Human Development has been chosen to participate in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education HBCU College of Education Dean’s Think Tank, July 11-12 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He will participate in a two-day experience designed to create spaces for critical and on-going dialogue to illuminate important issues in the P-20 spectrum. In an effort to uphold the mission of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education, which is Promoting  Potential Through Partnership, Think Tank members will engage in discussions about social justice issues  and will be led by facilitators from Temple University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Ohio State University.

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State’s Tinsley headed to 2012 Olympics with win in 400m hurdles

Michael Tinsley finished first during the men’s 400 meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Former Jackson State University men’s track and field standout Michael Tinsley  will compete in the 2012 Olympics after winning the men’s 400 meter hurdles Sunday evening during the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.  
Tinsley’s win (with a time of 48.33 seconds) earned him a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic team, who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London, England beginning July 27. 
While at Jackson State, Tinsley earned national and international recognition in 2006 when he finished sixth at the USA Outdoor meet and won at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first JSU track athlete to win an NCAA Division I title.
Also in 2006, Tinsley won at the Texas Relays and continued to move up in the national rankings. He ended the year ranked number 10 in the Track and Field News World Rankings.
In 2005, Tinsley earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was ranked number 7 at the end of the year in the U.S. Track & Field News.
At the 2004 Southwestern Athletics Conference Outdoor Championships, Tinsley won both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles titles.
Spencer McClenty

JSU installs 750kw electric generator to enhance emergency preparedness

Jackson State University recently completed the installation of a 750kw electric generator at the T.B. Ellis Building on the university’s main campus.

Jackson State University recently completed the installation of a 750kw electric generator at the T.B. Ellis Building on the university’s main campus.

The generator was acquired after the university was awarded a $315,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Health and the Federal Health Services to prepare the T. B. Ellis Building for use as a Special Medical Needs shelter during designated emergency periods.

“We have worked with the Mississippi Department of Health and the Federal Health Services on several projects, and it is indeed fortunate for JSU to have this generator to combat some of the challenges we could face during critical times,” said Curtis Johnson, director of Support Services and Emergency Management.

In the summer of 2008, the Mississippi State Health Department contacted Johnson to request that the university work with the Federal Health Service in housing some evacuees and health care professionals during Hurricane Gustav. After being impressed with services provided by various areas of JSU, the Federal Health Service sought to establish the university as a permanent emergency location.

“We are constantly striving to ensure that our university is prepared to be a safe haven during any emergency situation,” said Carolyn W. Meyers, president of Jackson State University. “This project truly supports that effort.”

Felix Okojie, vice president for Research and Federal Relations, also assisted in this project.

This is a very valuable resource for JSU,” Okojie said. “I am glad to have worked with Dr. Johnson, who is actively involved in emergency management collaborations with the university and various external agencies.”

The shelter project is expected to provide JSU with new opportunities for innovation in the areas of emergency management and safety.

“We are preparing to increase training for personnel, educate our communities and identify opportunities to garner resources through collaborations and grants,” Johnson said. “As we improve, we are asking everyone to join us and support this endeavor to improve preparedness and response at JSU.”

For more information, contact Curtis Johnson at cjohnson@jsums.edu.
Spencer McClenty