Reflections on my first JSU Homecoming

October 14th, 2011 by andisites

Weren’t this year’s homecoming festivities wonderful? I loved meeting all of the alumni

Adhiambo School won first place in the homecoming parade float competition.

who returned home to Jackson State’s campus. I enjoyed seeing the thousands of Jackson State fans – and the future Jacksonians – cheering during the parade. What a wonderful showing of love for Jackson State!

I have to congratulate Adhiambo School for a fantastic float. It was a great demonstration of creativity and hard work.


Tarita Benson Davis was named JSU National Alumni Association's 2011 Alumnus of the Year.

I must also extend congratulations to Tarita Benson Davis, the 2011 JSU National Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year. Tarita’s cheerful personality – she is a former cheerleader – and infectious love for Jackson State have inspired others to attend the university and support it. The Houston native and ’85 alumnus currently serves as the Southwest Regional Vice President for the JSUNAA.

I’m especially proud of Mea Ashley, our newly crowned Miss Jackson State University,

Mea Ashley, Miss Jackson State University 2011

who used the spotlight of her coronation to shine a light on the need for Jacksonians to support the university. Launching the first ever JSU Queens Campaign, she set out to raise $10,000 for an endowed scholarship. By night’s end, she’d raised a large portion of it. You can learn more at

To top it all off, our Tigers football team made sure the week ended on a high note. The 48-10 win over the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was exhilarating. What a great way to celebrate our centennial football season! Yes, my first Jackson State homecoming was fantastic. Thank you for being a part of my wonderful memories.

For a complete slideshow of JSU’s 2011 homecoming, please visit the following link:

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