JSU Women’s History Month


March 31st, 2017 by giving

Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans is an accomplished teacher, researcher and scholar. A product of Jackson Public Schools, Evans is a 1992 graduate of Jim Hill High. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a higher education faculty member and administrator, with a longstanding interest in increasing higher education access and affordability.

She holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Research and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University. In addition, Evans has completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Currently, Evans is Vice President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Research at JSU. In this capacity, she oversees a variety of matters relating to students and faculty. Specifically, she provides leadership in the areas of accreditation, academic assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, enrollment management, extended studies and online degree programs. She also provided leadership to the most recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation process, which resulted in the institution being reaccredited for 10 years.

Prior to joining JSU in 2006, Evans held positions at Tougaloo College as a faculty member in the Department of English and at Lane College in Tennessee as a Vice President.

In February 2003, she appeared in Ebony Magazine as a “Young Leader of the Future.” The annual feature highlights 30 leaders under age 30 from throughout the country who have excelled in their careers.

Evans believes that “to whom much is given, much is required.” Accordingly, she has a history of service to the community and social organizations. Current service includes Jackson State University Development Foundation Inc. – Women’s Council of Philanthropy; Jackson State University National Alumni Association; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the 2002 class of Leadership Jackson. Previously, she served as vice president of the JPS’ City-wide Council of PTSA and a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America.

Evans, a member of Greater Saint James Missionary Baptist Church, also holds membership in a variety of professional organizations such as American Council on Education (ACE); Association for Institutional Research (AIR); and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). In addition, she is an Evaluator for SACS, the southern region accrediting body, where she conducts reviews of other SACS accredited institutions.

Toyketa Horne, ‘13

March 30th, 2017 by giving

Toyketa Horne is a native of Shubuta, MS and a 2009 graduate of Alcorn State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While attending ASU, she was a part of several campus organizations such as: Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society, Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity, Khem Club, and Tri-Beta. In addition, she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she held the offices of Vice President and President. She had the distinction of participating in various internships and co-op opportunities ranging from research at national laboratories to working experiences at an industrial site facility.

Toyketa went on to further her education by obtaining a Masters of Science degree in Chemistry from Jackson State University. She completed her thesis studies on “The investigation of newly synthesized acyclic and macrocyclic receptors and their binding abilities towards anionic systems using various analytical methods”. Her research was published in several international science journals.  Subsequently, she was hired as the Laboratory Coordinator for JSU’s Department of Chemistry.

After working for two years at JSU, Toyketa accepted a Nuclear Chemistry Technician position at Southern Company’s Alvin A. Vogtle Nuclear Power Generating Plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. She was one of nine individuals chosen in the first cohort of Chemistry Technicians at the newly designed Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant. Once completed, the Vogtle site is slated be the largest nuclear power generation site in the nation. Toyketa is presently working as a Sr. Nuclear Chemistry Technician where she is responsible for testing, analyzing and maintaining various chemistry parameters associated with the construction and operation of systems at the plant site.

Arlinda Fair, ‘11

March 29th, 2017 by giving

Arlinda Fair is passionate about developing educational opportunities that help students from underserved populations achieve college and career success. As a Chicago native, Arlinda understands the impact a college education can have on a student’s personal and professional growth, because her life changed the day she stepped foot on Jackson State’s campus.

Arlinda credits her academic and career success to the amazing faculty, staff and students of the JSU College of Business. As an Entrepreneurship and Marketing major, professors like Dr. Jean-Claude Assad, Dr. Nicholas Hill, Dr. Mary White and Dr. Kenneth Russ inspired Arlinda in the classroom, while staff like Lori Swanier and Ms. Mercidee Curry molded Arlinda’s professionalism and integrity.

As an undergraduate student, Arlinda belonged to a number of campus organizations, including the JSU Concert Chorale, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) and the Blue Key Honors Society. Arlinda was elected Junior Class President in 2009 and she also served as President of the Delta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 2010. With a 3.8 GPA, Arlinda graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2011, and returned to JSU to earn her M.B.A. in 2014.

Arlinda has accumulated a wealth of experience in higher education administration, research and policy. She currently manages graduate enrollment, marketing and international recruitment for the School of Business Administration at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Prior to Marymount, Arlinda coordinated marketing and recruitment efforts for the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs at Georgetown University. Arlinda’s career in higher education was established at Jackson State University, where she served as a Marketing Associate for University Communications, as well as a Minority Recruiter for the Department of Undergraduate Recruitment.

Arlinda’s professional goals include earning a Ph.D. in education policy, as she hopes to influence change in the U.S. education system and protect the legacy of HBCU’s and other minority-serving institutions.

Krystal Sanders, ‘08, ‘10

March 28th, 2017 by giving

Krystal Sanders is a 2008 and 2010 graduate of Jackson State University. She is a proud Jacksonian who credits Jackson State University for being instrumental in her growth and development. She attended JSU and graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 2008 and her Master of Technology Education degree in 2010. She will acquire her MBA from Delta State University this summer. During her matriculation through JSU, she was very active on campus and in the community. She was Miss Sophomore, Junior Class Vice President, Miss Senior, Miss Baptist Student Union, a member of Tiger Pride Connection and the American Marketing Association. She became a member of the Delta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 2006 and she served as the Physical and Mental Health chairperson as well as the recording secretary. She was also a consecutive Dean's List Scholar. In addition, Krystal was one of the charter members for the Blue Key Honor Society and she was also a member of Epsilon Pi Tau and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. 

While at JSU, Krystal implemented her personal platform called “Transforming Troubled Youth into High Achievers” where she partnered with Blackburn Middle School to provide mentorship, tutoring, guidance, love, and support to those who needed it most.

She currently resides in Frisco, TX (North Dallas) and serves in the Higher Education sector at Collin College.  Krystal is a national motivational speaker and has spoken at several churches, high schools and organizations such as Noxubee County High School, McComb High School, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco and many more. She also has a non-profit called "The Beautification Project" which is a program designed to increase confidence and positive self-esteem in young ladies who are less fortunate. She instills in them the importance of positive self-image and self-care and has held many workshops on healthy habits (hair, skincare, eating), etiquette, public speaking, time management, organizing and budgeting and even college and career fairs. 

She enjoys spending quality time with family, learning new things, and utilizing her braiding talents by providing free services for foster children. Krystal credits God, family, and JSU for who she is today. Her personal motto is “Success to me is spiritual, mental, physical, professional, and financial. However, it’s not about reaching the highest level of success that I can possibly attain; rather it’s about being able and willing to reach back to help others.” 


March 27th, 2017 by giving

Carlyn Hicks, Senior Staff Attorney and Clinical Adjunct Professor at Mission First Legal Aid Office at Mississippi College School of Law, has spearheaded efforts to make Parent Representation in Child Welfare cases a reality for Mississippi families.  As clinical adjunct professor and founding supervising attorney of the Child Welfare and Family Justice Clinic, she provides supervision, instruction, and training to third year law students interested in learning hands-on experience and gaining skill development in family defense.

Carlyn is actively involved in the leadership of the Mississippi Bar Association in varying capacities, including past tenure on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors and founding chairman of the Mississippi Bar’s Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee. Prior to that, Carlyn was selected to participate in the Mississippi Bar’s 2016 Leadership Forum. Additionally, Carlyn is a member of the Parent Representation Task Force, where she works with statewide and national stakeholders to enhance and expand parent representation across the state. Carlyn is called upon regionally and nationwide to present on topics related to quality family representation and policy reform in child welfare. In 2015, Carlyn was honored with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division National Child Advocacy Award for her many contributions to the improvement of the lives of children.

When she’s not representing clients or training the next wave of law students in family defense, Carlyn is still serving and making an impact. Carlyn was recently honored by the Jackson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (now Visit Jackson, MS!) as a 2016 Hometown Hero for her work and contributions to the local food service economy with the creation of the Jackson Foodies, a grassroots group of nearly 6000 individuals who support Jackson Restaurants. Carlyn recently utilized the relationships fostered with the restaurant industry to partner with several noteworthy chefs, restauranteurs, and citizens to offer a four-star fine dining Pop-Up Restaurant experience for the homeless. Recently, Carlyn was recognized as a Young Professional on the Rise for her professional and community contributions.

Hicks is a Business Administration Major in JSU's WEB Dubois Honors College and was initiated into the Gamma Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she served in local, regional, and international capacities. 

Brittany B. Kimble, J.D., ‘07

March 27th, 2017 by giving

Attorney Brittany B. Kimble began her legal career early, working for the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia during her undergraduate studies. Kimble’s experience working with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants gave her a unique insider’s view into the anatomy of a criminal case. She learned quickly how to analyze the facts and build a solid and successful defense. She has done extensive legal research on the issues of wrongful conviction and 4th Amendment constitutional rights.


Attorney Kimble has built upon her criminal defense experience by representing many criminal defendants in both state and federal courts throughout Illinois. Kimble’s impressive criminal defense background also encompasses serious felony cases, including defendants charged with first-degree murder.

Attorney Kimble has successfully handled numerous family law and domestic relations matters, including paternity, divorce, and post-judgment child custody and support matters. Her compassionate approach to client representation has earned her a reputation as a caring – yet tough – advocate of her clients’ best interests.

She has also helped many small business clients with a variety of legal matters, including trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and LLC  formation.

Attorney Kimble is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, a member of the Illinois State Bar, and has been admitted as pro hac vice counsel in both Wisconsin and Indiana.

Gwendolyn S. Dawkins, Ph.D., ‘82

March 25th, 2017 by giving

Dr. Gwendolyn S. Dawkins is an assistant professor and Recreation Program Coordinator in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Jackson State University. Dr. Dawkins has worked at Jackson State for over 26 years. She received her B. S. degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation Masters of Science degree in Special Education from Jackson State University and Doctorial of Education Degree from Mississippi State University. 

During her dedicated years, she has taught, advised and mentored many scholars in the department.  She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences, initiated and implemented a variety of community service and service-learning activities and developed many research programs and projects. 

As evidence of her teaching effectiveness and leadership, Dr. Dawkins was a recipient of the One JSU Excellence Awards in 2014, recognized a Professor of the Game, and many recognitions from the College of Education and Human Development and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  Dr. Dawkins was selected to participate on the Notable Alumni Panelist in 2016.  She also served as a faculty leader for JSU Passport to the World facilitating a study abroad experience in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Dawkins is a member of American Therapeutic Recreation Association and Phi Epsilon Kappa National Honorary Society.  She serves as a board member of the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation, I!CAN- International Community Ambassadors Network (Founding Member), Our Community Salutes of Mississippi (Founding Member) and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is an educator, mentor, advisor, community activist, community servant and leader. 

Dr. Dawkins is married to Mr. Charles Dawkins. They are the proud parents of Ariel Alexandria ’12 and Nicholas Dawkins, a freshman at JSU.

Felicia Adams, JD, ‘81

March 24th, 2017 by giving

Ms. Felicia C. Adams was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi on July 3, 2011.  Ms. Adams is a twenty-two year veteran with the Department of Justice, having begun her career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi in 1989.  Most recently, Ms. Adams served as First Assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.  During her eleven year tenure in that office, Ms. Adams also served as Deputy Civil Chief from 2005 to 2010 during which time she handled complex civil litigation in the areas of employment discrimination, constitutional tort claims and qui tam actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act.  Additionally, she was a member of the Criminal Appellate Section and also served as Ethics Officer.

From 1989 to 2000, Ms. Adams was an AUSA in the Northern District of Mississippi.  She was assigned to the Civil Division where she handled tort claims, constitutional tort cases, employment discrimination cases, land cases and bankruptcy matters.  Moreover, Ms. Adams also worked in the Financial Litigation Unit collecting debts owed to the United States.  In 1998, she transferred to the Criminal Division where she prosecuted drug cases as a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Prior to coming to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Adams was legal counsel to former Governor Ray Mabus, who is currently Secretary of the Navy.  Ms. Adams also worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi as a member of the Capital Litigation Section where she wrote appellate briefs and argued death penalty cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court.  During this period, Ms. Adams was a member of the Execution Task Force which handled the executions of Edward Earl Johnson on May 20, 1987 and Lonnie Ray Evans on July 8, 1987. Ms. Adams was also a law clerk for the Honorable Odell Horton, Jr., United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree from Jackson State University in 1981.


Tepricka Morgan ’00, ‘03

March 23rd, 2017 by giving

Tepricka Morgan is a Canton, Mississippi native who currently serves as an U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Customer Relationship Manager to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and to the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.  In this role, she acts as a senior specialist and recognized authority in strategy management that delivers mission value to agency customers and to American taxpayers.

Morgan earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Jackson State University. She furthered her studies in the highly ranked, DeVos Sport Business Management program at the University of Central Florida, where she earned the Master of Sport Business Management (MSBM). 

In 2012, she became one of the youngest Division Directors in federal payments – a business line that disburses more than a billion payments, with an associated dollar value of more than $2.4 trillion – at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal.  She also routinely served as an official Treasury spokesperson and helped to launch a retirement savings program announced by President Obama in his January 2014 State of the Union address. Prior to her career in public service, Morgan worked with sports entities such as the New Orleans Saints and the State Farm Bayou Classic.

Tepricka is passionate about helping young people build business careers and has volunteered with organizations such as INROADS, Inc., Junior Achievement, Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. She is an active member of the Greater Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association where she serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Karmyn Norwood, ‘93

March 22nd, 2017 by giving

Karmyn Norwood is the site vice president for the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) Line of Business (LOB) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Marietta site operations enabling program execution of multi-billion dollar platforms.  Her focus is to optimize the workforce and manage the plant’s physical footprint to drive affordability and efficiency to ensure long-term viability and competiveness.

Previously, Ms. Norwood was the C-130 Production Operations director and Meridian Site general manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. She managed the day-to-day operations of the Meridian plant, including Meridian’s manufacturing and deliverables to the C-130 Program. She worked closely with leaders at the Marietta, Clarksburg, Johnstown and Pinellas facilities to achieve program level commitments and drive affordability.

Prior to this role, Karmyn served as director of Operations within Technical Operations at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, responsible for more than 7,000 engineers accountable for the design, development, integration, production and sustainment of military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world.  Ms. Norwood also served as Director of F-22 Program Operations, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the F-22 Program. In this role, she was responsible for leading the merger of two multi-billion programs to reduce costs, streamline processes and to strengthen the workforce.  This merger resulted in the formation of the Integrated Fighter Group.

A Lockheed Martin employee since 2002, Ms. Norwood has held various leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director-level positions on the F-22 Program and Engineering and Technical Operations. Her 20-year career, including time in the U.S. Government demonstrates diverse experiences in the federal government, commercial, and aerospace industries.

Ms. Norwood holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Program Management Institute.  Ms. Norwood is a recipient of the 2015 Black Engineer of Year Special Recognition Award.

Ms. Norwood is a member of the Jackson State University Computer Science Engineering and Technology Advisory Board where she provides student development opportunities as well as guidance on future industry opportunities in support of the board’s strategic vision.  In addition to giving back to her alma mater, Karmyn is dedicated to ensuring a pipeline of diverse talent is developed through Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives for Lockheed Martin’s future workforce requirements.