July 4th message

July 2nd, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear Jackson State University Family and Friends:

As we approach this celebration of the birth of our country, let me share a few thoughts and information with you. First, I know you join me in being saddened by the loss of 19 young firefighters in Arizona. In this nation all of us enjoy, live, work, and play together in the comfort of the efforts of our police, firefighters, and first responders. It impacts us all when any are hurt in the line of duty. Let us each this holiday weekend take the time to thank our friends, relatives, and associates engaged in securing the public trust and safety. Let them know that JSU cares and please keep those in harm’s way, on our collective behalf, safe.

Yesterday I enjoyed quite a lot of the new mayor’s inauguration. While we are whispering prayers wherever we are, let us not only include prayers for safekeeping and wisdom for our incoming Mayor Lumumba but also for all and each of our elected and appointed officials at every level including our governor and our legislature. Never forget that this is our country, our state, our county, and our city – not to mention our JSU. All of us working together, and with help from above, can do anything.

And once more, remember we have so much to celebrate that is worthy of our thanksgiving.
Since the last 4th of July, JSU has had so many successes. Think back and be proud because YOU made these successes happen. I am grateful for each one of you. Know that you are securing our future and enhancing our reputation. Through One JSU we are rising even higher.

Just last week JSU hosted the inaugural HBCU Digest Media Conference for HBCUs. Everyone was impressed with our campus and most importantly with our people and their professionalism. I wish I could share all of the wonderful comments. Remember, no entity can have enough good feelings. Join me in thanking Dr. Kimberly Hilliard and her staff in the Community Engagement Office and Eric Stringfellow and our Communications Office, as well as those who worked with them and made it work. The icing on the cake was the award of best HBCU band to our own Sonic Boom!!! We knew that they are the best but it is nice that others share our knowledge.

And how about the spectacular Gridiron Girls on Saturday! Coach Comegy and his staff as well as Facilities really ‘did us proud’. I want to especially thank Pamela Berry-Johnson and Jamea Adams-Ginyard in our Marketing Department for helping to organize and generate great publicity for the event. Not only was the day informative, it was fun and totally fabulous! That event was another example of One JSU taking the university to new places. Don’t forget – that’s just two of the exciting, innovative, and transformative events from last week. Thanks from me to you who have done so much over this past year for your and our university.

Last, please join me in welcoming our own Dr. Loretta Moore as the new interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations. With deep appreciation for his services, earlier this week I accepted Dr. Radha’s resignation. Dr. Moore is immensely talented, experienced, and strongly committed to this university. I am confident that the University is well served by her appointment as the ongoing national search continues.

Thanks for all of our blessings and the privilege of being in your company. God bless you and have a spectacular 4th of July!!!

Carolyn W. Meyers

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