Alumni Highlights

Congratulations Dr. Earlexia Norwood!

September 9th, 2014 by alumnirelations


On September 26, 2014, Earlexia Norwood, M.D., Director of Practice Development and Director of Community Health Education at the West Bloomfield Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, will receive the Hall of Fame's 2014 Legacy of Leaders Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The Jackson State University alum is also Director of Practice Development at West Bloomfield Hospital, which is part of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, Michigan.

A member of the Board of Governors of the HFHS, Dr. Norwood is the inaugural president of the Organization of Physicians, Academicians, and Executive Leaders (OPAL). Dr. Norwood is one of six HBCU alumni leaders and chapters who  will be  honored  during ceremonies at the Third Annual Legacy of Leaders Alumni Awards Luncheon to be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Awards Luncheon is one of numerous activities being held during the 29th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend.  Other activities include the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Competition of Black College Queens, the HBCU Invitational Golf Tournament, as well as numerous workshops and forums, including the Andrew Young Emerging Leaders Legacy Lecture Series.

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Congratulations Dr. Quinton Williams!

September 9th, 2014 by alumnirelations


Dr. Quinton L. Williams is now serves as a professor and chair of the Physics department at Howard University. He is one of many faculty members that conduct research in many areas which include Nanotechnology, Materials Science, String Theory, Laser Spectroscopy, Optics and Photonics, Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Sciences, Renewable Energy, Magnetics and Theoretical and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.  Dr. Williams graduated from Jackson State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

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Congratulations Matthew Bradford!

June 18th, 2014 by alumnirelations

matthew bradfordMatthew Bradford was recently honored as one of South Florida Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014 by Legacy Magazine. Bradford is the Infrastructure Technology Manager with Sheridan Healthcare and Florida State Director with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He graduated from Jackson State University in 1995 with a degree in drafting and designing (computer aided). Please click here to see the magazine and additional info on his accomplishments.

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Congratulations Vernon Ross!

June 17th, 2014 by alumnirelations

image001Vernon Ross recently accepted the new position as the Director of STEM & Generations Engagement for Lockheed Martin Corporation Culture, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs. In his new role, Ross will develop and lead STEM higher education and generational initiatives across the Corporation. Specific responsibilities include partnering with Talent Acquisition to implement a comprehensive higher education program and developing programs across Lockheed Martin that will address generational issues. He has extensive experience in areas of STEM, formal training programs aligned with business goals and overall mission, and higher education. He designed and launched the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Talent Management Initiative including the Lockheed Martin Cyber University. He received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Jackson State University ('82), a Master’s degree in Computer Education from Philadelphia University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University.

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Black History Month: A Look Back with Ed Bishop Jr.

February 27th, 2014 by alumnirelations

Ed Bishop Jr. It was a cold, cloudy Monday afternoon when Edward S. Bishop Jr. visited the office of Alumni and Constituency Relations to reminisce about the history he made after graduating from Jackson State University in 1956. He stepped in to the office, his hands full carrying a briefcase and an umbrella to protect his sharp tan and black suit and dark wavy hair from possible rain. He greeted the people in the office with his smooth announcer-like voice. This distinguished voice belonged to the first African American to grace the televisions of Mississippians in the late 1960s.

How did you become the first African American on T.V. in Mississippi?

There was an orchestra that was invited to do a Saturday show on television called the Duke Hudleston Show. They were a noted orchestra here at that time. He (Duke Huddleston) asked me to be the MC for that show. And I sort of did like what Don Cornelius was doing. I was teaching at that time at Jim Hill High School. Huddleston asked me, “Why don’t you bring some of the students to dance on the show?”

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Vivian Brown Highlights JSU For Black History Month

February 18th, 2014 by alumnirelations

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Dr. Gregory A. Antonie

February 18th, 2014 by webmaster

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A Jackson State University alumnus has been among those providing critical medical care to victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Dr. Gregory A. Antoine, a 1972 JSU graduate who is an expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Gregory A. Antoine, chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston Medical Center and at the Boston University School of Medicine, said he thought the city was under a terrorist attack after witnessing the chaos and destruction wreaked by the bombs.

“At the hospital, we got somewhere around 22 victims. I personally treated four. Most of the injuries involved the lower extremities. A large portion of them were not salvageable and many wound up with amputations,” said Antoine, a 1972 graduate of JSU.

Antoine said one of the patients was the man credited with providing the FBI with key information to help identify the bombers.

“Last week was a long week. I was working 70 hours. Things have calmed down,” Antoine said on Monday. “We got a large influx of patients (last week). We spent two days washing out their wounds and making decisions about whose limbs we could salvage and whose limbs we could not salvage. These were healthy young people and people who were just standing near where the bombs exploded.”

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Rev. Robert C. Scott

February 18th, 2014 by webmaster

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Rev. Robert C. Scott, senior pastor at Central Baptist Church, leads a recent Sunday service at the church, located at 2842 Washington Blvd.

In 1999, Rev. Robert C. Scott, senior pastor at Central Baptist Church, 2842 Washington Blvd., became the youngest person in the church’s lengthy history to assume the pastoral role. This was, he said, a “divine move.”

Before he accepted the invitation, Central Baptist had gone almost three years without a pastor following the death of Rev. Ronald Packnett in 1996. Packnett had served for 11 years and had been socially and politically active in St. Louis. During this transitional period, Central Baptist was led by Interim Pastor Rev. Ralph Jackson.

Rev. Scott left the position of presiding pastor at Union Baptist Church, near Lexington, N.C., to come to St. Louis. His youth – he was 29 at the time – stirred up doubts about his leadership potential within the congregation. He quickly answered those doubts.

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