Do you remember picking fresh vegetables from the family garden? Can you recall how delighted you were to enjoy a home grown meal? If you would like to learn more about gardening, you are cordially invited to join us for the seminar: “How to Plant and Grow a Vegetable Garden” on Tuesday, April 26, at 12 noon in the Welcome Center. The guest speaker is Donna H. Beliech, Area Agent IV for Mississippi State University Extension in Rankin County. An expert horticulturist, Beliech will teach us how to make gardening easy and fun and explain the benefits of family gardening for good health and cost savings.
Also on the program is Heather Wilcox, Neighborhood Development Assistant from the Jackson State University Center for University Based Development. Wilcox will provide an update on the Blackburn Middle School Learning Garden which is progressing well for the students and community.
This seminar is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and fun door prizes. RSVP at (601) 979-0883.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12 noon

The JSU Welcome Center will host a seminar to celebrate “Women’s History Month” on Tuesday, March 29 from 12 noon to 1 pm. The guest speaker is Alice Thomas-Tisdale, owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate newspaper in Jackson, Miss. She will share information about her experience in working with Charles Tisdale, her beloved husband and original publisher of the Jackson Advocate, and her passions for community building, HIV/AIDS education and foreign travel. The recipient of more than 200 awards and certificates, journalist Thomas-Tisdale will also talk about entrepreneurial opportunities and strategies for success for women who aspire to work with the Black Press.
The seminar is free and open to the JSU Family and community. We will have refreshments and door prizes. RSVP at (601) 979-0883.

Due to inclement, weather the Black History Month Seminar originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 12 noon has been resecheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12 noon. In celebration of Black History Month, the Welcome Center will host a seminar on Thursday, February 25 at 12 noon to provide updates on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first state-sponsored civil rights museum in the United States. The museum, along with its companion, the Museum of Mississippi History, is slated to open in downtown Jackson in December 2017 as part of the Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration. The guest speaker for the seminar is Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives & History. Blount will provide updates on the construction and program development that will include educating young people and the public about Mississippi’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state. Its public outreach includes exhibits, programs and publications for teachers and students. The seminar is free and open to the community and JSU family and friends are invited. Refreshments and door prizes. RSVP at (601) 979-0883.

The “JSU Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge” is off to a great start!

On Tuesday, 63 contestants, including JSU staff and students, visited the Welcome Center for the initial weigh in. To jump-start the challenge, the contestants received helpful nutrition and exercise tips from Amy Riggins and Cindy Crocker, personal trainers with the Walter Payton Recreation Complex.

Riggins was impressed with the turnout Tuesday. “It was exciting to see so many people accept the challenge and take this first step to healthier living,” she said.

Alondria Owens, administrative assistant in the JSU Office of Community Engagement, said, “I decided to commit to the weight loss challenge because I wanted to do something fun to create a healthier me. I chose the competition because I love a good challenge.”

Jackson State students are also taking on the challenge to lose unwanted pounds over the next few months. Freshman political science major Tariana Furlow, said, “My expectation for this challenge is to lose weight while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I don’t want to necessarily stop eating but to eat healthy and nutritious meals that benefit my body in a positive way. And, I want to exercise to stay active while trying to lose or maintain a certain body shape.”

The “JSU Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge” runs from Jan. 26 to May 24, and participants are committed to going the extra mile to get in shape. The final weigh-in will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. May 24 at the JSU Welcome Center during National Fitness and Sports Month. A brief awards ceremony will follow.

 This time of year, with all the holiday parties and other festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you are celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, you need to understand the “Dangers and Consequences to Driving Under the Influence.” This topic will be covered during the seminar in the Welcome Center on Wednesday, November 18 from noon until 1 pm. The guest speaker is Velesha P. Williams, director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition in the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University. Williams will share strategies to help keep our roads safe and talk about the legal and administrative consequence of a DUI charge and the physical and legal impact of the blood alcohol content (BAC). Please join us for this interactive session. The seminar is free with refreshments and door prizes. RSVP at 601-979-0883.

Welcome Center Hosts Breast Health Seminar

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at 12 noon in the Welcome Center for the "Pink Cupcakes Lunch & Learn Seminar." Our guest speaker is Renee Richard, a registered mammography technologist at the Center for Breast Health at Baptist Hospital. Richard will talk about prevention, signs and symptoms of breast cancer. The seminar is free and open to the community and pink cupcakes and lemonade are on the menu. Everyone who wears pink may enter the drawing for a fun door prize! RSVP at 601.979.0883.

September is National Hispanic Month. Please join us in the JSU Welcome Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 12 noon until 1 pm for the seminar featuring the Mississippi Hispanic Association (MHA). Our guest speakers are Elsa Baughman, editor of Mississippi Católico of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson; and Esperanza Velasquez, longtime professor of Spanish at Jackson State University. The speakers will talk about how MHA works to stimulate, support, and promote cultural, social and educational opportunities for the state’s Hispanic and Latino community. The event is free and open to the community. We will have refreshments and fun door prizes! RSVP at 601.979.0883.

July is National Ice Cream Month and you are cordially invited to join us in the Welcome Center on Tue., July 28, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a delicious ice cream treat! Joann Jones, president of the Jackson State University Blue Bengal Association, and Yolanda McElroy with McElroy Logistics will be present to sell season tickets and provide updates on the new JSU Athletics “Fear the Tigers” football ticket sales campaign. This event is free and open to the community and ice cream will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Get ready for the 2015 Football Season. GO TIGERS!

To celebrate National Safety Month, the JSU Welcome Center will host a safety seminar on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from noon until 1 p.m. in the Welcome Center. The seminar will provide helpful techniques for self defense for men and women.

Our guest speaker is Lindsey Horton, associate vice president of safety and security at Jackson State University. Horton has served on the Jackson Police Department’s SWAT Team and holds 21 instructor certifications relative to law enforcement. He is also a master instructor of martial arts and holds the rank of 8th degree Black Belk in Taekwondo. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to the free seminar. Refreshments and door prizes. RSVP at 601-979-0883.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. On Thursday, May 21, from noon until 1 p.m., the JSU Welcome Center will host a seminar on “Suicide Prevention.” Faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community are invited to attend to learn how to identify the signs of depression and how to help those who need it most – before they reach the point of crisis. The speaker is Velesha P. Williams, director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition in the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University. The seminar is free and refreshments will be served. Fun door prizes! To RSVP, call 601-979-0883.