A great start to the 2014-2015 academic year

August 19th, 2014 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU Family and Friends:

Thank you for the best Faculty and Staff Seminar, Move-in Day and Freshman Convocation ever. This has been a great start to Welcome Week and the 2014-2015 academic year.

The seminar was spectacular. Presenters were engaging and on point. The attendance was the best that I can remember, which demonstrated a higher interest from faculty and staff. Dr. Saundra McGuire, the seminar’s keynote, was outstanding. The Task Force, chaired by Dr. Jean-Claude Assad and Dr. Ricardo Brown, did a fine job in planning and execution.

Move-in Day keeps getting better and better, thanks to our Enrollment Management Team under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Evans and people like Dr. Rosella Houston, Gwen Washington and coach Omar Johnson, as well as members of the Wesley Foundation and others I saw at Alexander Hall assisting students and families.

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JSU bell-ringing service

December 18th, 2012 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU Family and Friends:

As we each prepare for the upcoming holiday, I am sure that you join me in being heartbroken about the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  Likewise, among our respective circles of friends and acquaintances are those who have suffered losses due to violence.  As caring individuals, I know that each of you will reach out in some way to those in our local communities, our nation, and the world who are experiencing sadness during this holiday season.

To honor Jackson State University’s core value and tradition of nurturing, the University’s bell will ring at 10 a.m. tomorrow December 19, 2012.  The bell will ring twenty-six times as we pray for

“Peace on earth and goodwill to all.”

Please pause wherever you are and join us at the bell in front of Ayer Hall tomorrow in remembrance of those all of us have lost and in reinforcing to each other and to the world that the JSU family cares.

Carolyn W. Meyers

Happy Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2012 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU Family,

As Thanksgiving approaches, let me take this opportunity to thank each of you for contributing to the success of Jackson State University. I consider myself privileged to work with such outstanding and committed faculty and staff. Together we play an important role in helping to develop the next generation of leaders.

This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful for the many blessings we have as individuals and as a university. Let us not forget in our prayers those among us who are in need.

It is my pleasure to announce that the university will be closed (except for essential personnel) on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Enjoy the longer break and may your hearts be filled with true thanksgiving. One Jackson State!

Thanks for your good wishes

November 13th, 2012 by jacksonstate

November 13, 2012

Dear JSU Family,

I want to let you know that my surgery went well and I’m back home today getting some rest. Thank you all for your messages of concern and good wishes. Your support is truly appreciated.

While I am out of the office

November 12th, 2012 by jacksonstate

November 12, 2012

Dear JSU Family,

Today I am having minor surgery and I want you to know that I will be out of the office for at least the next two weeks.  Dr. James Renick, Interim Provost, and Mr. Michael Thomas, Vice President for Business and Finance, will be the executive officers of record for the University.

Let me remind you that JSU enjoys a capable, committed, and caring Leadership Team.  This team includes the Executive Cabinet, the deans, the Faculty Senate chair, and the Staff Senate chair.  So while I am out, please feel comfortable taking any concerns or situations that might arise to any of them.  I am confident that they will work together on whatever comes up while always keeping the best interests of Jackson State University in mind.  One Jackson State!

Although I appreciate your concern and care for me personally, I do have one request.  Should you be so inclined to let me know that I am in your thoughts, instead of sending flowers and the like, I would prefer that you make a donation of whatever amount if any you choose to the JSU Development Foundation’s “Faculty and Staff Salaries Fund” or to our scholarship fund.  You know that investing in our people is one of my top priorities, and remember that our Title III program allows 100 percent matching of donations to the faculty/staff fund.

I thank you for your good thoughts and prayers.  Most of all I thank you for two things: for choosing to be at Jackson State University, and for your support of me as your president of this great institution.  It is a privilege to be in your company.





Congratulations Tigers!

November 12th, 2012 by jacksonstate

Dear JSU Family,

Saturday’s game was exciting!  I am so proud of our team and how they have come together.  What a splendid end to our 2012 home-game season.

Join me in thanking Athletic Director Dr. Vivian Fuller and her coaches and staff for a wonderful home season!  I loved the fireworks and the flyover on Saturday.  And Senior Day was special as it should be.  Take a moment this week to let Coach Rick Comegy and his staff know that we are ONE Jackson State behind them as they pursue the Southwestern Athletic Conference title.  Take the time to thank someone on the Athletics staff for the fine job they are doing, and the Institutional Advancement staff, the Stadium staff and the Student Life staff for their collaboration and support resulted in a fabulous (to me) home football season.  Please also take the time to congratulate our soccer and volleyball coaches and their staffs.  Take the time to encourage each other.

Please also take a moment to join me in expressing gratitude to those on the academic side of the campus, especially those in the Academic Enhancement Center and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  Guess what?  JSU no longer has any NCAA sanctions, proving for all once again that brains and brawn are not mutually exclusive at JSU. Our wonderful tradition lives on.

Let the football team know that you are proud of them as scholars and as athletes and cheer them on to victory next Saturday.  They are fine young men!

Last, I thank each of you on behalf of Tigers everywhere for enhancing our brand through all of the things you do every day.

ONE Jackson State!!!!


Hurricane Sandy

November 1st, 2012 by jacksonstate

I know many of you have been sending prayers to our neighbors up north who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  I wanted to let you know that some members of our Jackson State University family have also been affected by the storm.

Three JSU administrators and 17 students traveled to New York City on Oct. 26 for what was to be a four-day trip to the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute. Because of the extensive flooding and damage to the NYC-area, the group won’t be able to get a flight home until Friday afternoon. Their hotel has electricity, and they are safe in a neighborhood that hasn’t been flooded. Still, they are anxious to get home.

As we continue to pray for all of the people affected by this storm, including JSU alumni and families, please also keep our Jacksonians in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

2012 Homecoming message

October 12th, 2012 by jacksonstate

Dear Jacksonians,

As you get ready for our 2012 Homecoming – “One Nation Under the Blue” – please remember that we all have much to celebrate. Jackson State University is moving in new and exciting directions, and your hard work and dedication are ensuring our great future!

Please also know that our Homecoming is not just for alumni and students, but also for the entire campus and Jackson community. That’s why I hope you will take time this week to participate in and enjoy the many activities that are planned. For events that take place during the workday, I encourage you to arrange your schedules with your colleagues so that you can all enjoy the festivities without disruption to your work. The schedule of this year’s events can be found at http://sites.jsums.edu/homecoming.

Let’s all show our True Blue Tiger Spirit throughout this year’s Homecoming as ONE Jackson State!

Message from Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers

August 14th, 2012 by jacksonstate

First I want to thank you all for a wonderful Faculty and Staff Seminar. I’m especially grateful to the planning committee, who worked so hard to make sure we would have a great start to the academic year.

I also want to alert you about a new law that is affecting the federal Pell Grant program. Many of you may be unaware of this significant change in legislation that could have a chilling effect on the enrollment of economically disadvantaged students everywhere, including those enrolled at JSU.

The new law reduces the duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a federal Pell Grant from 18 to 12 semesters (the equivalent of six years). The provision has already had a negative effect on the enrollment of summer students, many of whom were ineligible to receive Pell grants.

Our Enrollment Management staff has been working diligently to make sure this change has a minimal impact on enrollment. Still, we are facing challenges this fall because many of our students have exhausted their Pell eligibility under the new guidelines.

I want to highlight the fact that we need to be ever more vigilant in our efforts to recruit and graduate our students within the six-year window of their Pell eligibility. We want to ensure success for all of our students.

Thank you for your continued work on behalf of Jackson State University and all it represents. I know we’re going to have a great academic year as ONE Jackson State!