The JSU entry to create an on-campus organic farm run by students to provide food for the community didn’t place in the top three awards of the Challenge. But the business, named Mississippi Urban Organics LLC, will continue, said the group’s faculty advisor Dr. Kenneth Russ.

“We’re looking at areas (on campus) for a pilot project,” Russ said, in cooperation with Jason Brookins, director of the Center for University Based Development.

Students Sierra Jackson, 20, a junior in Business from Huntsville, Ala., and Javis Jones, 20, a junior in Business from Florence, Miss., presented the Mississippi Urban Organics LLC proposal to the judges.

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 Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers (center) beams after executives from Yates Construction presented a gift to help establish an enduring partnership with the 50-year-old company. They envision an opportunity to create internships and future employment for graduates. Joining Meyers (from left) are: Constance Lawson, JSU development officer; Dr. Richard Alo, dean of the JSU College of Science Engineering and Technology; W.G. “Bill” Yates, chairman of Yates Construction; William Yates, president of Yates Construction; and Paul Musick, vice president of Yates Construction. (JSU photo by Charles Smith).

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Jackson State University has opened a state-of-the-art trading room that offers up-to-the-minute movements of publicly traded stocks, 24 student work stations, and some of the most sophisticated financial software on the market.

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