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!


Carolyn W. Meyers

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

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

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.


Carolyn W. Meyers

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

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.

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

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.


Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

President Dr. Carolyn Meyers: Happy Holidays 2012

December 31st, 2012 by webmaster

Holiday thanks

December 20th, 2012 by jacksonstate

Dear Jackson State Employees:

As this holiday season approaches, let me thank you for all you do for JSU.  Special appreciation is extended to Vice President Felix Okojie and Associate Vice President Wayne Goodwin for the lovely celebration of our blessings last Saturday. Their staffs and they worked hard to provide another wonderful memory of the wonders of working together as One JSU. The music was fabulous, the food delicious, the decorations fantastic, and the spirit of oneness palpable.

Assuming that you are as behind on holiday preparations as I am and that your minds and hearts are on the holidays before us, each of you can “earn” an extra day tomorrow to revel in the wonders of the season as you choose. Besides, we will save energy costs. To “earn” this day off, all you have to do is hug someone with whom you work for his or her contribution to our fine university. Let’s also give a special shout out to those who make this campus beautiful and safe for all of us and visitors alike every day.  Pass the hugs along this holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Carolyn W. Meyers