JSU 2013 Fall Faculty And Staff Seminar Address

October 8th, 2013 by jacksonstate

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Thank you for working as One JSU

August 19th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU Family:

This weekend was perfect not only to me but also to every parent with whom I spoke.  From move-in day to the reception on Saturday night, JSU set a higher standard for welcoming the newest members of our family.  I wish I could have had a hidden microphone so that you could hear the comments to me.  Your enthusiasm, customer service, and genuine caring were evident everywhere.  Everyone pitched in wherever needed to welcome and assist our new students.  And God smiled on us once more with the comfortable weather, even in mid-August.

The first ever Freshman Convocation was wonderful.  Oprah doesn’t have anything on me – I got almost 1,300 hugs!!!!  Consider these shared with each one of you.

Thank you for stepping up as never before as One JSU.  It really is a thrill to be in your company.  Due to a loss in my family I will miss most of the returning student activities.  But I know that you care about our University and have taken ownership.  How sweet it is!  God bless you.

Carolyn W. Meyers

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Let us all thank Facilities and Public Safety

August 16th, 2013 by jacksonstate

Dear Jackson State Family:

Thank you for the privilege of being in your company and for all you do for our university.  As I said, there’s no way I could have acknowledged everyone’s contributions, as these are far too numerous.  However, in the final analysis our successes are due to bright people being committed to ONE JSU.  Never doubt that you are the most valuable asset.

I do ask that you join me in thanking two units whose diligent and good works make JSU wonderful for all of us as well as for our visitors every day.  Those units are Facilities and Public Safety.  Our campus is well kept and gorgeous every day, and what’s more, it’s safe; two things that are easy to take for granted but ever so important for us all.  Sometime today and tomorrow, let’s take the time to say “Thanks!”

See you at move-in and thanks again for taking ownership and pride in our JSU.


Carolyn W. Meyers

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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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Jackson State University family:

In the middle of our annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week, on behalf of the University and our alumni and friends, please accept our deepest gratitude for all that you do to make this University great.  Thank you for another spectacular academic year!  We all have contributed much that is worthy of pride, as well as positive reflections on JSU’s traditions of excellence.  And all can see the depth of good that happens when we work together as One Jackson State.

Last week’s graduation festivities were great thanks to the faculty and staff who worked hard to give our alums-to-be fantastic culminating memories of their time at their ‘dear old college home’.  I think our graduation exercises were the best ever.  The Commencement Committee’s caring and diligence were evident.  Please join me in thanking Alisa Mosley and her committee for their fine work.

The commencement speakers delivered relevant, sincere, and eloquent messages.  Special thanks are offered to the facilities and stadium crews who worked all night to prepare a beautiful and comfortable Veteran’s Stadium for Saturday.  These crews were amazing and the venue was lovely.  And our own police department did an exemplary job of traffic control for both graduations.

Moreover, our Communications Office provided stunning advertisements and coverage of both commencement exercises. Their effective use of the projection equipment and Jumbotron on Friday and Saturday, respectively, heightened the spotlights on the individual graduates on one of the biggest days of their lives.  How special!

How about the wonderful commencement programs, true keepsakes for our graduates and their friends and families?  Evelyn Leggette and her subcommittee know how to put together a graduation program with class!  Additionally, Marcus Chanay and Sylvia Watley made history as our students received JSU’s first digital yearbook ever.

It takes all of us working as One Jackson State for the special occasions our graduates enjoyed last weekend to be realized.  Wow!  Thank you each and every one.  Go Tigers!


Carolyn W. Meyers

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