Jackson State lecture series features U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams

Image(JACKSON, Miss.) United States Attorney Felicia C. Adams will be the guest speaker for the university’s Black History lecture series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb.15, at the College of Liberal Arts, lecture room 166/266.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Fannie Lou Hamer Pre-law Society.

Adams was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi on July 3, 2011.  A 22-year veteran with the Department of Justice, Adams began her career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi in 1989.  She previously served as First Assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi. 

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jackson State University and law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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JSU Welcome Center reaches 1,000 visitors

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Jackson State University Welcome Center recently reached a milestone by receiving its 1,000th visitor.

The JSU Welcome Center, commonly referred to as the university’s official “front door” by director Gwen Caples, serves as the JSU’s hospitality site for campus visitors, including prospective students and their families, alumni and people interested in JSU. The center opened in the summer of 2012.

gwencaples1“This accomplishment is just the beginning of a larger role that I see the Welcome Center playing in future undergraduate recruitment,” says Caples. “We desire to be more efficient by employing interpreters, and engaging in community projects.”

The Welcome Center provides opportunities to share the breadth of academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of JSU. Campus tours are also one of the services of the center. They include the standard one-hour walking tour, and customized tours. In the near future, the Welcome Center will offer heritage tours, which will include tours of places such as the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, and the Margaret Walker Center.

-Darrell Robinson, Jr. 

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JSU administrators address Leadership Jackson



Jackson State University interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs James C. Renick, Ph.D. (left), and vice president for Institutional Advancement David Hoard spoke to members of Leadership Jackson on campus Wednesday. The two shared with the group JSU’s plans for development, including campuses in downtown Jackson and Madison.

JSU to join Millsaps College in conversation about race, art and identity

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(JACKSON, Miss.) —  For the first time in the history of Jackson State University and Millsaps College, the institutions will come together to address race in a two-part program on both campuses Feb. 19-20 titled, “Necessary Tension: An honest conversation on Race, Art and Identity” with Kiese Laymon.

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon

Laymon, a writer and an associate professor of English and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College, recently earned notoriety for his essay, “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” which explores his personal experiences with race, racism and coming of age in Jackson. Before graduating from Oberlin College, Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University.

The two day event — conceived and planned by a committee of students, faculty, and staff from the two schools — seeks to open dialogue between the two campuses about the complexities of racial identity formation on college campuses, the need for creating spaces where students can explore and express identity, and the role of artistic endeavor in that process.

The public is invited to participate in two connected panel discussions; the first will be held at Millsaps College from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. The second will be held at JSU from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building Room 266. WATCH THIS EVENT LIVE HERE

Charlie Braxton

Charlie Braxton

Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin

Laymon will be joined on the Millsaps panel by Louwanda Evans, Millsaps visiting assistant professor of sociology, and Millsaps alumni, Natalie Collier and the Rev. Ricky James. The JSU panelists will include Laymon, Evans, Collier along with JSU alums Charlie Braxton, a poet, playwright and journalist, and Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, a hip-hop artist, community activist and entrepreneur.  The JSU event will open with performances by Franklin, Skipp Coon and Pyinfamous.

Skipp Coon

Skipp Coon

Laymon also will offer a master class in creative writing for JSU and Millsaps students from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Millsaps College in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Room 215. JSU will provide transportation for students between the two campuses for each event.

Laymon earned an M.F.A. from Indiana University and is the author of the forthcoming novel, Long Division (Agate Bolden) in June 2013 and a collection of essays, How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (Agate Boldenin August 2013. Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker.com. He has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN.com, Gawker, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, Mythium and Politics and Culture.

For more information about the Millsaps College portion of the event, contact Kenneth Townsend at 601-974-1001 or Kenneth.townsend@millsaps.edu.

For information about the Jackson State University portion of the event, contact Jean Gordon Cook at 601-979-1571 or jean.g.cook@jsums.edu.

JSU honors top student-athletes at ‘Breakfast of Champions’

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(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Jackson State University Division of Athletics held its first annual “Breakfast of Champions” event to honor its scholar student-athletes who earned at least a 3.0 grade point average through the summer of 2012. A total of 82 Tigers and Lady Tigers were recognized during a breakfast ceremony Feb. 14 in the JSU Student Center Ballroom.

The guest speaker for the event was JSU’s interim provost Dr. James C. Renick.

Student-athletes from each of JSU’s 18 sports teams are represented on the cereal box. The team breakdown is as follows: baseball (9), men’s basketball (3), women’s basketball (2), bowling (5), football (24), men’s golf (2), women’s golf (1), women’s soccer (6), softball (6), men’s tennis (2), women’s tennis (3), men’s track (10), women’s track (4) and volleyball (5).

Of the 82 student-athletes, five recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA, 24 finished between the 3.5-3.99 range and 53 recorded between 3.0-3.49.

Each student-athlete received a commemorative Wheaties – Breakfast of Champions cereal box featuring a group photo of the scholars.

– Athletic Media Relations

Jackson State hosts 27th Annual Gladys P. Norris National Piano Festival


asianchildpiano(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University will celebrate the 27th Annual Gladys P. Norris National Piano Festival Feb. 22– 23 at the F. D. Hall Music Center on the university’s main campus,1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson. During the festival, more than 100 piano students will display their talents.

The Gladys P. Norris National Piano Festival is a lasting legacy of Gladys P. Norris, who cared deeply about advancing the classical piano performance talents of our students, said Karen Laubengayer, Ph.D., professor of music at JSU, who served as co-chair with and festival founder Anita Jackson, Ph.D.

“Cultivating these talents in the formative years is so important in preparing the students for a rewarding career in piano performance,” Laubengayer said. “The festival affords them this opportunity and gives them a glimpse of ‘setting their own stage’ in the music world and the continued preparation needed in obtaining their dreams.”

The festival will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, with junior high and high school competitions. It will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with elementary competition.  All festival recital competitions are free and open to the public.

For additional information and a complete line-up of activities, contact Karen Laubengayer at 601-979-2141.

Jackson State sponsors Summer Developmental Program Conference

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University and University College are convening the 2nd Annual Summer Developmental Program Conference on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Jackson State University Student Center Ballroom. The theme this year is “Developing Minds to Expand Educationally.”

The conference serves as a meeting point for lecturers and researchers in all academic disciplines and cultures including athletic personnel. Public school and university personnel will get a chance to discuss enrollment requirements, eligibility criteria, NCAA regulations, and  best practices in mathematics, reading and English. Participants also will learn about the Summer Developmental Program at Mississippi’s universities and the synergy that should exist between athletics and academics. The keynote address during the morning session will feature Dr. Cedric Gray, superintendent of Jackson Public Schools.

For more information, call Dr. Marie O’Banner Jackson at 601-979-7092. To register, click here.

JSU President Meyers gives keynote at Women in Government Luncheon

President Carolyn W. Meyers

President Carolyn W. Meyers

Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers gave the keynote address at a Jackson luncheon Feb. 12 celebrating the accomplishments made by women in government.

In her speech, Meyers discussed how women have and continue to break barriers in their respective fields. She said their strength and determination were keys to their success.

The luncheon was sponsored by Entergy and was attended by several women state lawmakers from the House and Senate. The group also included Lynn Fitch, the second woman to ever hold the position of state treasurer, and Cindy Hyde-Smith, the first woman elected as Mississippi’s commissioner of agriculture and commerce.

Chanay president-elect of national student affairs association

(Jackson, MS) – Dr. Marcus A. Chanay, vice president of the Division of Student Life at Jackson State University, has been named president-elect of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP).


Chanay currently serves as NASAP’s conference chairperson. He will assume the presidency in 2014. NASAP was founded in 1954, and is dedicated to promoting excellence in the area of student affairs. With a varied membership spanning across academic, administrative, corporate, and student affairs boundaries, the organization offers a variety of resources and experiences to colleges and universities throughout the country.

Following his installation as president-elect, Chanay reaffirmed his commitment to the goals and ideals of NASAP.

“NASAP fosters team building and networking, and through collaboration and professional development, we explore answers to the challenges we all face as student affairs professionals,” Chanay said. “Sharing our successes and failures help us to become better at what we are charged with doing: helping our students become productive and successful citizens.”

Recently, Chanay hosted the group’s 59th annual conference at the Jackson Marriott, with keynote speakers and workshops centered on the theme, “Transforming the Trends and Challenges of Higher Education through Student Engagement, Learning and Success.”  As chair, he ensured that the conference provided a forum for professional growth and development for all who are involved in or work with students in the student affairs profession. He will also host the 2014 conference in Savannah, Ga.

As Jackson State’s vice president for Student Life, Chanay is responsible for fostering an atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of knowledge, basic rights and responsibilities by providing disciplinary standards that are in the best interest of the university. This Division provides programs and services that support the growth of JSU students, enhance their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development, and complement their academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to exhibit leadership, experience education, explore interests beyond the classroom and serve their community.


JSU Career Fair Feb. 13

The Career Services Center at Jackson State University will present the 2013 Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Student Center Ballroom, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Spring Career Fair  2013 Flyer

The event is for all majors. Students will meet potential employers, familiarize themselves with various professions and careers and network with representatives from the private and public sectors.  Professional dress is required.

For more information, call the Career Services Center  at 601-979-2477.