JSU, Entergy Mississippi unveil electric car charging station

Oct. 10, 2011

Jackson State's new charging station is located at the campus' Transportation and Mobility Center on Walter Payton Drive.

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University and Entergy Mississippi, Inc. connected to the future on October 10 with the unveiling of a newly installed electric vehicle (EV) charger on JSU’s campus.

The charger is the first of three that Entergy is donating to Mississippi universities, which include the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi State University and JSU. The charging stations are one of Mississippi’s first major forays into the electric vehicle market.
“This project will provide two things for students – a hands-on experience and a research experience,” said Dr. Farshad Amini, chair of JSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Jackson State and the other schools will allow students, faculty and staff who own electric vehicles to use the chargers at no cost. The charging stations are currently capable of providing a full charge to any electric vehicle on the market. JSU researchers and Entergy will collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid.

“Electric vehicles are gaining widespread acceptance as an important technology solution for the nation’s energy future,” said Napoleon Johnson, vice president of customer operations for Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
“However, the infrastructure must be in place to support the evolution of the technology. We hope our donation of EV chargers to these Mississippi universities will help start that process in this state.”

The next generation of affordable, consumer-friendly EVs—such as the Nissan Leaf, which was used to demonstrate how JSU’s charging station operates—are hitting the U.S. market. A total of 3.2 million plug-in electric vehicles will be sold worldwide by 2015, according to Pike Research.

“The Jackson State University community is excited about the partnership with Entergy to provide an electric vehicle charging station on our campus,” said Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University. “Having this station on campus aligns with my administration’s strategic direction in enhancing our student and faculty knowledge base in alternative energy research and education as we bring value in reducing our nation’s transportation system cost.”

The charging station program is part of Entergy’s Generation E initiative, which supports technologies that foster environmental sustainability and provide for clean, efficient and affordable power for today and the future.
The chargers are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, which specializes in electric vehicle charging systems and operates in 14 countries, with network operations centers in the U.S., London and Hong Kong.

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Former JSU professor Rose E. McCoy dies at 97

Updated 4:25 PM,Oct. 17, 2011

Rose E. McCoy

Funeral services for Dr. Rose Embly McCoy will be held on the Jackson State University campus in the Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 @ 12 noon.

Public viewing will be held at People’s Funeral Home, Inc., 886 North Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Friends and family hour will be held at People’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from       6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Drs. Rose E. and A.H. McCoy Scholarship Fund, at Jackson State University.

Rose Embly McCoy, a longtime Mississippi educator who was active in the civil rights movement with her late husband, has died at their daughter’s home in Hampton, Va. She was 97.

Dr. Rosalind McCoy Sibley, who’s a physician, says her mother died Tuesday after being in declining health for some time.

Funeral services for McCoy will be held Oct. 19 at Jackson State University.

McCoy taught psychology at Jackson State University and was the department chairwoman when she retired in 1980. The university’s auditorium is named for her.

She was the widow of Dr. A.H. McCoy, a dentist who led the NAACP’s effort to desegregate the Jackson school system. A federal building in downtown Jackson is named for him.


Miss JSU launches first ever JSU Queens Campaign

Spencer McClenty

From Mea Ashley, Miss JSU 2011-2012:

Hi. I’m elated to announce the launch of the first ever JSU Queens Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise $10,000 dollars to go towards an endowed scholarship. This scholarship will be available to students for many years to come. To give or get more information, visit our website at www.jsums.edu/queenscampaign.

At Jackson State we’re in the business of challenging minds and changing lives. This is your opportunity to change a life. And remember, choose to give to Jackson State, I did.

JSU alum named among top 100 U.S. executive leaders

Spencer McClenty

Yolanda Daniel

Jackson State University alum Yolanda Daniel was recently named one of Diversity MBA magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders.

Daniel is vice president of financial services at W. W. Grainger, Inc., the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama.  She is responsible for evaluating and implementing a global shared services strategy.

Prior to joining W. W. Grainger, Inc., Daniel held senior management positions in Fortune 20 companies across several industries including vice president of internal audits for CVS Caremark, Inc., and managing director of Daniel Group Consulting.  Her diverse career experience has been in accounting, auditing and consulting including roles in public accounting, general accounting, finance and internal audit.  As an active member of her community, Daniel currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of Children’s Home + Aid, Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Congo Square Theatre and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chicago Chapter.  She has also been honored as a member of Deloitte & Touche’s 100 Wise Women Chicago and as a Boardroom Bound Chicago Friend.

Daniel received a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is an honors alumna in marketing from Jackson State University where she was active in student government and served two years as Baselius of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Her professional designations include Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certification in Corporate Governance from Tulane University’s School of Law, and the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Certification of Control Self Assessment.

JSU, West Jackson Development Coalition work to develop housing for homeless veterans

By Jean Gordon Cook

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The West Jackson Development Coalition has enlisted the support of the Massachusetts-based organization Soldier On to work toward building Mississippi’s first housing development for homeless veterans. The coalition includes the Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) at Jackson State University, Voice of Calvary Ministries, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Contact Crisis Line, members of the Department of Veterans Affairs and veteran advocates.

“This is something that everyone can agree on, that our veterans are entitled to live with dignity and stability,” said Dorothy Triplett, the convener of the local group that is working on the housing project.  “I’m so inspired by the whole philosophy of the Soldier On development. They can actually have something to call their own and they can be a community.”

To move the vision to reality, Soldier On president Jack Downing and Taylor Caswell, president of Soldier On’s nonprofit real estate development subsidiary, will meet with Jackson civic and community leaders at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the University Club, 210 E. Capitol St. in Jackson. Leaders from Soldier On and the coalition will be available to media following the meeting.

“We’re trying to model our development after Soldier On,” said CUBD director Kimberly Hilliard. “We’ve been working with them for several months. This will be our first in-person meeting with Soldier On and government leaders and veterans’ advocates in Mississippi.”

Soldier On has developed limited-equity veterans’ housing developments in Massachusetts, including the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in Pittsfield, which features solar-paneled attached units. The organization employs formerly homeless veterans and also provides education, training and supportive services. Soldier On president Jack Downing says veterans deserve “housing as a place that will allow them a sense of belonging, and to reestablish their dignity and purpose.”

For more information, call Dorothy Triplett 601-750-1855 or Kimberly Hilliard at 601- 979-2255.

Jackson State welcomes Sundance Institute’s ‘Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue’

Tommiea J. King

Jackson State University will welcome Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, a Sundance Institute initiative in partnership with U.S. federal cultural agencies. The broad spectrum of film screenings and workshops, which will be held in Jackson and Piney Woods Sept. 26 – Oct. 8, are sponsored by the historic Piney Woods School, the Mississippi Film Office and Crossroads Film Society. All events are free and open to the public.

“The depth of Film Forward activities planned in Jackson and Piney Woods are poised to engage diverse audiences and create meaningful dialogue about the power of film, as we’ve seen happen in the other locations the initiative has visited,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute

Among the featured events at Jackson State are the Oct. 6 screening of Winter’s Bone and Udaan, which will both be followed by question and answer period with their respective filmmakers Debra Granik and Vikramaditya Motwane.

In Winter’s Bone, 17-year-old girl sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Udaan is about a 16-year-old boy who returns home to an abusive and oppressive father.

 Sunday, October 2

 2 p.m.         Freedom Riders        (Mississippi e-Center – Conference Hall)

 2 p.m.         Lunch (free)

 2:30 p.m.    Freedom Riders 

The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspiring story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. Director: Stanley Nelson (USA)

Monday, October 3

10 a.m.     A Small Act                    (JSU Movie Theater)

A young Kenyan’s life changes dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founded his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received. Director: Jennifer Arnold (USA)

 1 p.m.       Afghan Star                     (JSU Movie Theater)

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to television in Afghanistan: millions are watching and voting for their favorite singer. This film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk their lives to sing. Director: Havana Marking (Afghanistan/UK)

Tuesday, October 4

10 a.m.     Amreeka                          (JSU Movie Theater)

When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler. Director and Screenwriter: Cherien Dabis (USA)

 1 p.m.       Boy                                  (JSU Movie Theater)

When his father returns home after many years away, 11-year-old Boy and his little brother Rocky must reconcile reality with the fantasy dad they created in their imagination. Cast: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone. Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi (New Zealand)

 Wednesday, October 5

10 a.m.     La Mission                       (JSU Movie Theater)

A traditional, Latino father in San Francisco’s Mission District struggles to come to terms with his teenage son’s homosexuality. Credited by Latino media as being both authentic and genuine to various aspects of American Hispanic cultures. Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto Bratt, Jesse Borrego. Director and Screenwriter: Peter Bratt (USA)

 1 p.m.       Last Train Home              (JSU Movie Theater)

Getting a train ticket in China proves a towering ordeal as a migrant worker family embarks on a journey, along with 200 million other peasants to reunite with their distant family. Director: Lixin Fan (Canada)

 Thursday, October 6   

10 a.m.     Winter’s Bone                (JSU Movie Theater)

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her missing father while trying to keep her family intact. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan. Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor. Director: Debra Granik; Screenwriters: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini (USA). Pizza Lunch with live music – JSU JAZZ and Sundance Bluegrass music

1p.m.        Udaan                            (JSU Movie Theater)

Following his expulsion from boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur. After 8 years away, he finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother that he didn’t even know existed. Udaan explores deep-rooted family dynamics and a triumph of the human spirit. Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor.  Director Vikramaditya Motwane; Screenwriter: Motwane (India)

           A full schedule of screenings and events is available at http://www.sundance.org/filmforward and http://www.crossroadsfilmsociety.com.

A joint venture of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in cooperation with USA federal cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Film Forward connects contemporary U.S. and international films and filmmakers with diverse global audiences and features documentary and narrative films. Film Forward underscores the importance of mutual understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions that is at the heart of cultural exchange.

U.S.A. Arts Organizations

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) bridges the interests of American federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities, and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives. First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chairman of the PCAH.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) serves and strengthens our Republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The NEH is the nation’s leading supporter of research education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent federal grant making agency dedicated to creating strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The IMLS works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. http://www.sundance.org

The Piney Woods School

The Piney Woods School, one of only four remaining historically African-American boarding schools in the nation, celebrated 100 years of delivering quality leadership education in 2009. Located on 2,000 acres of pristine woodland, the school offers a dynamic living/learning environment where every staff person becomes a mentor and every moment becomes an opportunity to educate. Each year, the school educates 200 students (grades 9 through 12) from 27 states and five foreign countries. And each year, 98 percent of the graduating seniors go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation (last year with over $2.8 million in scholarships). The Piney Woods School is the first high school in the world with an AmeriCorps program with 35 seniors performing 450 hours of community service. This is part of a leadership initiative that changes the lives of students and allows young people to return to their home communities as agents for positive change. The collaboration with Film Forward will launch a new media arts focus for the school.

Crossroads Film Society

The Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth. The Crossroads Film Society will facilitate and promote a broader spectrum of film and video for the community, will present and honor films and videos related to Mississippi and the South, and will provide educational opportunities and facilitate general discussions for film lovers and aspiring film makers.

Mississippi Film Office

From initial contact to wrap, you can expect the assistance of our Mississippi Film Office: location scouting and research; pre-production help with casting, extras, crew, equipment; trouble-shooting during production and wrap; we will work with you every step of the way. We can offer a diversity of locations for your Mississippi film: the white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, the panoramic agricultural expanse of the Delta along the Mississippi River, the rolling hills of the historic Natchez Trace, the grandeur of the many antebellum homes throughout the State. River communities, town squares and railroad cities reach from the early 1800’s to the 1920’s and ’30’s, while modern cities, industrial complexes and universities reach toward the future.

South Arts

South Arts (formerly the Southern Arts Federation), a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. http://www.southarts.org

Media Contacts:
Sundance Institute:Casey De La Rosa



Murphy PR:John Murphy



Crossroads Film Society:Nina Parikh

601.750.5017 NPARIKH@mississippi.org

Miss JSU to compete in national college queens competition

by Spencer McClenty

Mea Ashley, 2011-2012 Miss JSU

Miss Jackson State University 2011-2012, Mea Ashley, will travel to Atlanta to compete in the National Black College Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame Foundations’ College Queens Competition during its 26thAnnual Hall of Fame Weekend being held Sept. 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel.  The NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. was established by the Council of National Alumni Associations in 1985.

The theme for this year’s conference is “HBCUs:  Meeting the Challenges, Fulfilling the Promise.”  The event will bring together educational, community and civic leaders and policy makers and others who share a common commitment to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The College Queens Competition will be judged on: private interview, oratory, poise/projection, talent and presentation/image.

Scholarships will be awarded to the winner, and the first and second place runners-up.  Also, the winner will represent the Hall of Fame as a national spokesperson through the Spring 2012 semester.  The last JSU queen  to win the competition was Megan L. Richmond, Miss JSU 2001-2002 who won the title in 2001. Supporters can send congratulatory wishes to Ashley at the following address:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel
Attn: Mea E. Ashley, Miss Jackson State University 2011-2012
Room#: 1819
265 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-1234