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December 7th, 2011 by andisites
December 7, 2010
Dear Jackson State University Family:
Happy holidays! Please know that I am extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve you as your President starting in January 2011. During this holiday season I am especially thankful for all that you have given to Jackson State University. You have brought JSU thus far and with your support, help and continued hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that Jackson State University will reach new heights.
I look forward to getting to know each of you, to learning the campus culture,and to working with you in the years to come. I truly believe that when talented and committed individuals such as you get on the same page, so to speak, anything is possible. In these dire economic times, it is important that we take the time to assess where we are and then move forward with institutional deliberation, determination, and intentionality based on the best ideas, the most thorough plans and decisive implementation.
Enjoy this holiday season and remember Jackson State University in your prayers and thoughts. Be safe and joyous, and I’ll see you in the New Year.
Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.
December 6th, 2011 by andisites
As we approach the holiday season, Jackson State University has great cause to celebrate. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed the university’s accreditation for 10 years! Reaffirmation is very important to us as an institution. As the SACS website states, reaffirmation signifies that an institution has “a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.”
Jackson State has long established itself as an institution dedicated to preparing its students for the careers they want and that the world needs. This reaffirmation acknowledges the hard work Jacksonians do every day to remain on the cutting edge and to push us into the future. I especially extend a heartfelt thank you to the leaders of our team, Dr. Nicole Evans, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, the JSU SACS Accreditation Director, and to Dr. Robert Blaine, Professor of Music, the QEP Director, and to each of their teams for all their dedication and diligence.
Congratulations to the entire Jackson State University family.
November 4th, 2011 by andisites
Jackson State University Family and Friends:
Please join me in congratulating the staffs of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Department of Athletics and the student athletes for their hard work that resulted in an increase in the Tiger football team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, a system used by the NCAA to evaluate the academic performance of its member institutions. This is a wonderful indication of JSU’s recognition of a problem, our ability to devise a recovery plan, and our commitment to the implementation of the plan. Special thanks are extended to Ms. Adrienne Swinney, associate athletics director, and to Dr. Evelyn Leggette, dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. And of course, we thank our athletics director Dr. Vivian Fuller, her staff and all of our athletic teams for their ongoing pursuit of excellence. This is JSU honoring our traditions.
While we celebrate this achievement, let us not forget that the NCAA waiver requires that we must do this – continue to improve our APR rates – for three years. We’re off to a fantastic start. Thanks everyone!
Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers
President, Jackson State University
October 14th, 2011 by andisites
Weren’t this year’s homecoming festivities wonderful? I loved meeting all of the alumni
who returned home to Jackson State’s campus. I enjoyed seeing the thousands of Jackson State fans – and the future Jacksonians – cheering during the parade. What a wonderful showing of love for Jackson State!
I have to congratulate Adhiambo School for a fantastic float. It was a great demonstration of creativity and hard work.
I must also extend congratulations to Tarita Benson Davis, the 2011 JSU National Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year. Tarita’s cheerful personality – she is a former cheerleader – and infectious love for Jackson State have inspired others to attend the university and support it. The Houston native and ’85 alumnus currently serves as the Southwest Regional Vice President for the JSUNAA.
I’m especially proud of Mea Ashley, our newly crowned Miss Jackson State University,
who used the spotlight of her coronation to shine a light on the need for Jacksonians to support the university. Launching the first ever JSU Queens Campaign, she set out to raise $10,000 for an endowed scholarship. By night’s end, she’d raised a large portion of it. You can learn more at www.jsums.edu/queenscampaign
To top it all off, our Tigers football team made sure the week ended on a high note. The 48-10 win over the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was exhilarating. What a great way to celebrate our centennial football season! Yes, my first Jackson State homecoming was fantastic. Thank you for being a part of my wonderful memories.
For a complete slideshow of JSU’s 2011 homecoming, please visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/JSUTigers1877?feature=mhee
October 3rd, 2011 by andisites
While commencement and freshman welcome week are perhaps my favorite annual events on a college campus, very little can compare to the excitement of homecoming. I am very excited about my first JSU homecoming experience. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing old friends, talking with former professors and just enjoying all of the festivities? I especially love observing the interaction amongst students and alumni during the special time.
Homecoming represents so many of the positive memories we as administrators, faculty and staff hope for our students and alumni. The camaraderie, the friendships and the networking that happens bring together the best of Jackson State.
This year’s excitement is only heightened by the celebration of 100 years of Jackson State University football. An entire century of student-athletes with brains and brawn has created this wonderful tradition that we now enjoy.
So as we gather on campus – alumni, friends and students – let us remember the love for JSU that binds us. Let us remember the past professional and personal learning experiences that have molded us. Let us not forget the shared vision to see this great institution prosper.
Here’s to a great homecoming! Please check our website www.jsums.edu for updates throughout the week. Also, there are all kinds of homecoming activities listed at www.jsums.edu/homecoming and http://jsunaa.com/homecoming2011/. Please join us. I’d also love to hear some of your thoughts about your time at Jackson State.
What are your favorite homecoming memories?
August 17th, 2011 by andisites
How delightful it was to receive this note from a thankful parent following a very successful Freshman Move-In Day on Aug. 13. We had hundreds of JSU students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to help the newest Jacksonians and their parents move into the residence halls. It is good to know their hard work did not go without notice.
Dear Jackson State University Family,
I would like to personally thank the department that planned the school and community service project to help new students move in. As a parent, I could not have asked for a better set-up.
These volunteers made the day so much smoother for us. My daughter is on the fifth floor of the Honors Dorm, and I promise you I don’t know what I would have done without all of the hospitality the students showed us on that day. When we tried to take things out of the car and help, they said, “No Ma’am, we will do it.” They moved everything, and I mean we had a lot. You know they had been working hard. They were wiping sweat and drinking water, but the good thing about it was that they never complained. They probably remembered me saying, “I’m not used to this kind of service.” They didn’t do this at my alma mater back in 1983 and they still aren’t doing it in 2011. I am going to take this idea back to them and let them know that something good is going on at Jackson State University, even though JSU may be our rival.
If I could offer a word of encouragement to the Jackson State family, I’d simply say, “Keep up the good work and be blessed.” It is not always about giving money. We need to give more of ourselves, our time and our service. How much more can we ask for?
Hats off to you Jacksonians. Thank you all so much for being so hospitable to the Freshman Class of 2011.
Ms. Sheri A. Bell
Mother of Astreya Michelle Zachary, JSU Freshman
July 1st, 2011 by andisites
July 1, 2011
Dear JSU Family:
First, please accept my best wishes for a delightful Fourth of July long weekend! Be safe and enjoy. Next, thank you to each of you for helping me learn about Jackson State University during this first six months here. It has been and continues to be a
delightful and productive journey. Your accomplishments are impressive, your fine reputation well deserved, and the commitment to the University exemplary.
We live in an age of rapid and continuous change, one full of promise and opportunities. To realize some of those promises and to seize appropriate opportunities for the University we must continuously learn, assess, redesign, and assess again. After all we want to thrive in this twenty-first century and to lead in the redesign of the higher education landscape.
To do this, I have spent much of the time talking to people and friends of the University about our future. Remember the listening sessions and the state tours. We will continue these practices as we move forward during this new fiscal year. As we go forward I am pleased to announce the following changes and new faces, both of which I feel will be immensely helpful during fiscal year 2012. Status and responsibility changes include the following:
-Ms. Adrienne Swinney, promotion from Assistant Athletic Director to Associate Athletic Director,
-Mr. Tyrone Kidd, promotion from Interim Police Chief to Police Chief,
-Mr. Michael Thomas, promotion from Interim Vice President for Business and Finance to Vice President for Business and Finance,
-Dr. Marcus Chanay, promotion from Associate Vice President for Student Life to Vice President for Student Life,
-and Robert Walker, currently Interim Athletic Director (until the new one is named) to Director of the Office of Community Relations.
Please join me in congratulating each of these individuals and I thank you in advance for giving your best in working with each of them.
Joining the Jackson State University family are the following new faces:
-Dr. James C. Renick, Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Special Initiatives,
-Ms. Ruby Jayne Carlson, Executive Assistant to the President’s Office,
-and Mr. David Hoard, Vice President for University Advancement.
Please join me in welcoming them to Tiger Country.
As you are aware we have two important active searches underway, one for the Athletic Director, and one for the University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Let me take this time to thank the respective chairs and committee members of each search for their time and diligence in securing the best candidates available for these positions. As soon as these searches are completed, we will announce the outcomes. Other searches are planned for the fall in respect for the concerns of the faculty and staff.
Again, please remember that these are just the start of the repositioning and realigning we must do to keep our promise of providing all who attend JSU with what they deserve: the best education possible. We will continue. Together we can assure all that this promise is kept.
Carolyn W. Meyers, President
May 23rd, 2011 by andisites
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Fifty years ago, the young people of this nation who had grown up with much of what lies behind us in terms of the struggle for civil rights, summoned the will, courage, and determination to do something about what was before them and generations to come. And do something they did!
Through their terrifying ordeal, the Freedom Riders remained true to the intent of the rides and to the principles of non-violence. What strength, what conviction it took for those young people!
Through their rides, the Freedom Riders called attention to the sorry state of civil rights that pervaded our nation. They let the world know that America was not living up to its promises – that all people have “inalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Freedom Riders, through their actions, mobilized a nation to write a new chapter in American history, one that included people of color.
Today more than a generation later, we celebrate their actions, their commitment to the future, their awesome and daring courage to do as Bobby Kennedy said, “see a wrong and try to right it.” This week at Jackson State we honor the Freedom Riders for their clarity in sight, their conviction that something had to be done, and their determination to make our country more worthy of honor and respect. Jackson State University thanks the Freedom Riders for what was within each of them and for making a difference for future generations of Americans.
The Freedom Riders are indeed our heroes!
Carolyn W. Meyers