JSU Detroit Alumni Chapter Welcomes CPS
June 2nd, 2014 by publicservice
The Jackson State University (JSU) Detroit Alumni Chapter recently welcomed the College of Public Service Dean, Dr. Ricardo Brown and JSU Development Officer, Mr. Charles King at the home of JSU Alumni Mr. Robert Norwood and Dr. Earlexia Wilson-Norwood. Dr. Norwood was recently elected National First Vice President of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association. Detroit Alumni Chapter President, Ms. Shunya Cleveland presided over the event.
The evening was filled with alumni that spanned the past six decades. Mr. Cecil (Coach) Forbes, Class of 1970 was one of the most senior alumni in attendance. Additionally, current JSU students and a prospective student were in attendance to encourage the importance of early giving.
Dean Brown shared with the enthusiastic crowd the current plans and developments at the university including: a record enrollment; expanding its brand to Madison Campus and Holmes Community College, a planned downtown campus, and the recently launched JSU online degree programs to increase student access. Also, Dean Brown informed the group that the CPS is poised to develop an accredited School of Public Health, the first in the state of Mississippi. The development of the School of Public Health will address critical health disparities in both urban and rural areas in the State.
The Detroit Alumni Chapter has recently reorganized and is leading a drive to establish a scholarship program and annual Gala. The welcome committee organized a tour for the university staff that included a visit to the Charles Wright African American Museum of Art and Culture, the largest African American Museum in the country, and scheduled a stop by the world famous Hitsville, U.S. A., the original home of Motown Records.
After a lengthy question and answer session, members in attendance recommitted their support personally and financially to JSU. Mr. King shared the good news of several potential building projects and program expansions and thanked all in attendance. The students in attendance were happy to share their pride in attending JSU and their impressions of alumni who they never knew carried such love for the institution long after graduation.
The group thanked Dean Brown for his leadership and pledged their commitment to be more supportive of the university. The evening concluded with the singing of the Alma Mater’s song “Jackson Fair.”