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!

One JSU Excellence Awards Dinner

August 2nd, 2012 by jacksonstate

Happy July 4th!

July 3rd, 2012 by andisites

Tomorrow we will celebrate July 4th, our Independence Day as a country.  It is quite fitting to celebrate significant achievements like the creation of our country, as we have come so far in 236 years.  Enjoy the family time together with cookouts everywhere and firework celebrations.

Jackson State University just finished the 2012 academic year, and what a year it has been!  We have a great deal to celebrate.  You will hear a lot more about the successes of the past year, which include a record enrollment and significant fundraising success.  More importantly, everyone involved with the JSU family has made a difference, and I salute you for your assistance to make JSU a great university.

For the staff and faculty, one way I can provide a little more recognition is to let you off today at 2 p.m. so that you can enjoy time with your family and friends.  This excludes faculty teaching classes today. Classes will be held as scheduled. Essential personnel, and you know who you are, must complete your normal hours.  Take time to celebrate with your special ones and let’s begin anew to have a record-breaking year in 2013.  Enjoy!


Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

Inaugural address

May 24th, 2012 by andisites

President Carolyn Winstead Meyers
Inaugural address
Jackson State University
March 30, 2012

One University, one mission, one continuous commitment to quality, one high standard of excellence! One faculty and one staff with one unity in purpose in all that we do. One student body, one alumni focus, one community in greater Jackson, Mississippi, of learners, partners, and friends: Jackson State University! One Jackson State University!

The book of Romans (12:5) says: “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

And from the seal of the United States of America:  e pluribus unum – out of many, one – we are one Jackson State University.

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Commencement exercises were terrific!

April 30th, 2012 by andisites

April 30, 2012

Dear Jackson State University Family and Friends:

       The Commencement Exercises this past weekend and the accompanying end of the academic year activities were terrific!  Thanks to all of you who worked hard to assure these pleasant and memorable occasions that mark this year for all.  The major thing on which we must continue to work is communications.  Too often, by the time I found out about many of the festivities, my calendar was already full.  And for one important activity, the Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, the location as listed had changed, and campus security as well as I did not know where to go.  Perhaps the same happened to you.  Let’s convey to those graduates that we are indeed proud of their accomplishment.

       This is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week.  I hope you have on your blue today and that you will take the time to celebrate this academic year and participate for the rest of the week.  Once more, you’ve earned the recognition and the fun.  Remember we are ONE JACKSON STATE!