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Special election regarding sales tax

January 13th, 2014 by jacksonstate

On January 14, a special election is being held in the City of Jackson regarding the implementation of a 1 percent sales tax to assist with water, sewer and road improvements.  I applaud Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and others for their leadership with moving forward and allowing the citizens of Jackson to vote on this initiative.

I believe this is a vital tool for the city’s growth and development.  I want to remind you to vote on January 14 at your precinct.  The campus precinct will be open, and I urge all students and others to vote.

I can’t tell you how to vote, but I will be voting in favor of this sales tax.  I agree with Mayor Lumumba’s statement, “What is good for the City of Jackson is good for Jackson State University – and vice versa.”

 

Carolyn W. Meyers
President

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

We have truly had an outstanding year at Jackson State University!

Over the past year, we have not only reached – but have sustained – record enrollment. With this growth comes the tremendous responsibility to provide our students with the best educational experience possible. We are delivering on that promise thanks to the hard work and dedication of you, our treasured faculty and staff. We have achieved great things working together as One JSU.

As the year comes to a close, I’m particularly proud of one of our latest accomplishments. Through our iPad initiative, we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. This designation puts JSU in an elite group of educational institutions that are blazing the trail for others to follow. That’s One JSU!

To celebrate this year’s many achievements, I cordially invite all Jackson State University faculty and staff, along with their spouses or significant others, to the Moonlight & Mistletoe holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the JSU Student Center.

The Student Center will be transformed for the celebration, which will include culinary creations on all three floors from Chef Godfrey Morgan of Aramark and a variety of entertainment. Please come with your dancing shoes and be prepared to mix and mingle with your colleagues as we celebrate another fabulous year at Jackson State University. I hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,
Carolyn W. Meyers
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Brazilian students and security at JSU

November 21st, 2013 by jacksonstate

Normally,  I use this time to talk about the numerous achievements of JSU faculty, staff and students. Those achievements continue to be exciting as well as numerous.

Today I feel compelled to provide some accurate information on recent events concerning Brazilian students at Jackson State University.

JSU has 280 international students, representing 60 countries, on campus enrolled in our academic programs. The international diversity enriches the intellectual environment of our campus. With regards to our Brazilian students participating in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, the first student enrolled in 2012 and successfully completed the yearlong program and is back in his home country.

This year, starting in the summer of 2013, 27 students from Brazil enrolled in JSU in English as a Second Language programs as well as traditional academic programs. Between their arrival in the summer of 2013 and the fall, there were three incidents involving these Brazilian exchange students. One involved, someone snatching a student’s cell phone. The other involved someone taking a backpack that was left unattended and the other was an armed robbery of a cell phone. The International Studies Program followed up with each student involved in each incident, and students were offered counseling and other services and opportunities. All but one student declined.

We take crime prevention very seriously on our campus. It is unfortunate that these events occurred, but there is no evidence to support targeting any foreign students. These were random occurrences.

During their tenure at Jackson State, the Brazilian students consistently praised the program. The students participated in numerous campus and off-campus activities. They even worked on a float for the Homecoming Parade.

To this day, we still don’t have any formal or informal communication from the Brazilian consulate or any of the participating students, despite our efforts to reach out to them.

Most recently, we have beefed up our security force and we are working with the city of Jackson to control some of the egress around streets and our campus. I’m hopeful we can complete that by the end of this term.

I want to reiterate that the safety of all of our students is important and we will continue to provide an environment where students receive a high-quality education.

Carolyn W. Meyers
President

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Something Special

November 5th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Just over two weeks ago, Jackson State University celebrated homecoming.  Although the traditional JSU homecoming game was cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, what did happen here on game day was special by many measures.  Never have I been prouder of our University than on that Saturday in October.

First, our students stepped up in so many ways; all made the best of an unexpected situation.  For example, the football team turned on a dime and volunteered to scrimmage, putting aside the dreams of Senior Day for those players, and the anticipation and delight of having their parents and friends seeing them play at homecoming. Those who had expectations of sharing homecoming game day with their parents and friends put on smiles while going through the stands thanking friends and supporters of the University.  These young men demonstrated their respect for the fine tradition of athletic competition of JSU and the SWAC, as well as their love for the values that define JSU.  We all saw up close and personal the fine scholar athletes typical of JSU athletics – each special in their collective and individual commitments to represent well and to support our University.

The Sonic Boom of the South, along with the talented Prancing J-Settes and the JSU cheerleaders, extended their normal practices on that Friday night to add to their planned performances for all of our fans.  These young men and women practiced well into the evening.  This resulted in a fine extended halftime show and game performances that all in attendance enjoyed.  These students displayed the JSU homecoming spirit of celebration for all to see – something special.

The student body overall, although understandably disappointed as events unfolded, consciously decided to make the best of the situation.  Students came to the concerts and other activities, the campus queen and her court paraded as usual, and all students clung fiercely to their determination to make good and happy memories here at JSU’s homecoming – something special.

The JSU alumni, friends and supporters altered their expectations and carried on celebrating under unprecedented circumstances, displaying their steadfast love of and respect for JSU and her values and traditions – something special.

The JSU leadership team convened of their own accord at 4:30 p.m. on the eve of the expected homecoming game to plan – less than 24 hours before game time – a day worth remembering for all.  Every president of every university should have a “dream team” like JSU’s. In roughly three hours, these leaders crafted, secured and committed to making that third Saturday in October at the Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Stadium as joyous as possible in spite of the situation – something special.

Yet another something really special is that no individual associated with this University in any capacity – be he or she faculty, staff, volunteers or friends – refused any of the last minute assignments and requests; the response was consistently, “What else can I do?”   Some showed up at 4:30 a.m. to redesign the configuration of the stadium for the impromptu concert for the fans; others were present from 6 a.m. until long after the festivities ended just to facilitate and insure execution and success; many others changed their plans, put aside their angst and disappointment, and redesigned and encouraged the festive celebration of 136 years of JSU – all and each – really special!

So October 19 wasn’t the day JSU had planned or expected; it was, in my book, one of the most special days in JSU’s history.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil disobedience activities never, to my knowledge, were at the expense of innocent bystanders as was JSU, nor were those of the heroes and sheroes of our state’s and nation’s civil rights movement.

To quote Dr. King: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  On October 19, 2013, all Mississippians and friends from across the nation saw the special “stand” that the men and women who are Jackson State University today took for our University in a time of “challenge and controversy”.   I think our founders would be proud; I hope all in our state – the Governor, the Legislature, the IHL, the taxpayers who support us, the Jackson mayor and City Council and all Mississippians – are proud of Jackson State University.  It’s a special place that on the occasion of adversity, JSU meets that adversity with respect for all, dignity and grace.  That response has been and continues to be the JSU way.

May God continue to bless Jackson State University and us all – each and every one.

 

Carolyn W. Meyers
President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homecoming message

October 15th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear Faculty and Staff of Jackson State University:

I just want to share with you my recent reflections about the role we play in our students’ lives.  Last week I met with the SGA Executive Committee.  I asked one simple question,  “What makes Jackson State University special to you?”  Each young person there replied with different, yet heartfelt, statements that you – the faculty and staff – make JSU a special place because you help nurture their needs and dreams.  Your warmth and sincerity in the promise of making dreams come true does not go unnoticed.  And guess what, many want to be like you – the ultimate compliment.

Sometimes when I take a break from the computer and paperwork, I listen to music.  Today I thought of you as I enjoyed the miracle of talent unveiled. That’s what you do – uncover talent and enable our students to perform and be respected all over the planet.  You make sure, to paraphrase the lyrics in Les Miserables, that life doesn’t kill the dreams of our students. You give them every day the confidence to perform and live well.

Thank you for being JSU at its finest. Please enjoy the 2013 Homecoming festivities. You deserve it!

Sincerely,

Carolyn W. Meyers

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In support of Jackson State University’s core business of academics and in recognition of the outstanding contributions of our talented faculty, it is my pleasure to announce the designation of funds for salary increases for all faculty this year.

This increase will include an across-the-board salary increase, as recommended by the Faculty Senate, at the level of 2 percent, as well as a merit-based increase of 3 percent.

The faculty salary increase is a continuance of the University’s plan to enhance salaries and to reinvest in the core academic mission of the institution. Since I’ve been at JSU, salaries for faculty and staff have been enhanced on an alternate year basis.  As such, JSU staff will receive increases next year.

In addition to salary increases, academic units will receive one-time allocations to supplement the expenses associated with professional development and other departmental enhancements and costs.  This salary program and the academic colleges supplement program are possible as a result of the University’s recent enrollment growth.

These increases are in recognition of the faculty’s hard work and commitment to excellence.  Faculty will see the increase in their December 2013 paychecks.

On behalf of Tigers everywhere, please accept my thanks to all faculty and staff for their exemplary work and dedication as we continue to work together as “One JSU.”

Carolyn W. Meyers
President

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Congratulations on JSU’s historic enrollment

September 11th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear Jacksonians:

By now I am sure you have all heard the great news that we’ve made history once again with a record fall enrollment of 9,134 students. Our student population is a 3.6 percent increase over last fall and represents the highest percentage increase of all Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. This achievement is nothing short of phenomenal!

I want to congratulate each member of the faculty and staff on this milestone. Because of your dedication to serving our students and your commitment to delivering the highest quality education, JSU has achieved this fantastic result. That’s One JSU!

One of our biggest success stories is our freshman class, which this year reached 1,100 students. That’s more than a 25 percent increase over last fall. Within this class is the highest number ever of freshmen who have met the criteria for JSU’s W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College. We are not only getting more students, but we’re getting the best and the brightest.

I want to especially thank our enrollment management committee and all the people who work to support our enrollment strategies. The growth of our student body – particularly our freshman class – is proof that all of the units on campus play a vital role in attracting and retaining our students. When we work together, anything is possible!

Let us continue to build upon our great success. Keep setting the bar higher, providing excellent customer service and putting our students first. As One JSU, we will make this academic year our best ever!

 

Sincerely,
Carolyn W. Meyers
President

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2013 Fall Faculty and Staff Seminar

August 14th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Greetings JSU Faculty and Staff:

As you know, the annual Fall Faculty and Staff Seminar (FFSS) provides us, as a learning community, an opportunity to come together to address the current state of our university as well as to plan for the upcoming year. During this exciting kick-off, all academic colleges and administrative units should meet on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss accomplishments, upcoming plans for the year, and conduct the regular business of nominations and committee representation. A complete list of meeting places for all of the academic colleges and administrative units is on page 16 of the FFSSGuidebook, which is available here. Let’s continue to work hard to ensure that ONE JSU is vibrant and relevant as we move forward developing minds, supporting students, using best practices, respecting our mission and respecting our core values. We can accomplish anything we set our minds to do because we will do it as One Jackson State with a Higher Purpose, Higher Expectations and Higher Outcomes.

 

Sincerely,
Carolyn W. Meyers
President

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July 4th holiday weekend

June 4th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU faculty and staff:

As we gear up for a new academic year, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff by providing a day off on Friday, July 5. I hope this additional day will add to your July 4th weekend festivities. Any scheduled classes on this day will be cancelled. Essential personnel, as always, must ensure coverage in their areas.

Please plan to take the time to celebrate with your friends and family before we begin anew to have a record-breaking year in 2013-2014.

Thank you for all that you do to make JSU a great university. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

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To JSU Friends:

I want to thank all who “think big” and have supported our domed stadium concept.  We have received support from so many individuals and groups, including the City of Jackson, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the JSUNAA, the Blue Bengals, the Tiger Fund and six neighborhood associations. Yes, the domed stadium will be ours, but it’s also a game changer for the City of Jackson, Hinds County, region and the entire state.  This project can change the perceptions of Mississippi and HBCUs. Everyone wins with the domed stadium.

Recently, state legislators debated amongst themselves about the merits of the dome and decided not to support our dream at this time. We asked for $75 million toward the $200 million domed stadium. The rest of the costs would be covered with private and other public dollars in the form of bonds. The discussion continues, and we have been asked to come back next year for funding.

Some interesting facts were revealed during the debate. The Legislature confirmed that all of Mississippi’s public universities have an on-campus stadium, each jumpstarted with state funding. JSU is the only institution without a stadium on campus. Also, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University have been receiving permission for years to keep the 7 percent amusement tax on every ticket sold for events. That revenue has funded additional growth and support for our sister institutions.  JSU has lost out on millions of dollars over the years from the amusement tax alone.

JSU has been promised by various legislators and governors for over 40 years that state support will be provided for an on-campus stadium. Upon my arrival at JSU, I also received similar assurances from some lawmakers, particularly when we became the owners of the Mississippi Memorial Veterans Stadium.  I cannot express the disappointment I feel at this moment regarding state support of the stadium.  A few legislators even voiced support for funding a domed stadium, but they wanted to place the stadium at the Mississippi Coliseum site and call it the Capital Dome.  They would allow us to play our games there and serve on an oversight committee.  I rejected that concept as it usurped all of our work, failed to place the stadium on JSU’s campus, and stripped us of ownership.

The stadium’s potential is undeniable. An economic impact study showed the stadium would generate $64.6 million annually in tax revenue. In the first year of construction, the project would produce a $64.8 million increase in personal income and generate $7.22 million for the state’s General Fund. The first year of construction would generate 1,835 jobs. The second year of construction would generate 600 jobs.  Over the next 10 years of the stadium’s operation, an estimated 335 jobs would be maintained annually.

So where do we go from here?  We are continuing our drive for the domed stadium.  Yes, it would have been easier to gain outside private support already having a small amount of support from the legislators. But we’re undeterred. My stadium team continues to explore other options.  We also can go back to the state next year.  We will be creating a website for the stadium, which will provide information and answer additional questions.

We need your support as we push forward. You can help by buying season tickets to the upcoming football and basketball seasons to help dispel the myth that all we need is a 25,000-seat stadium.  Remember that most of the year with a domed stadium, other entities will use the facility, bringing new and desirable levels of amusement and entertainment options to the citizens of our city, county, and state.

You also can donate to support this cause or any campus program you choose, as donations demonstrate overall support of JSU, and funding entities like to see such support.  Encourage the corporations and companies that you lead or work for to market at our games.  Finally, give us your ideas and speak positively about the project.

Again, thank you for dreaming big. I’ll keep fighting to make this domed stadium a reality. I hope you’ll join me.

Sincerely

Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.
President

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