JSU Women’s History Month

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Gwendolyn Caples was named the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement in June 2016. She manages day-to-day operations for the division. Since 2003, Caples has worked solely in the Division of Institutional Advancement in several positions, including events coordinator, director of Alumni and Constituency Relations, and director of the JSU Welcome Center. Prior to her employment...
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The Honorable Diane Delaware is a native of Yazoo City, Mississippi and graduated from N. D. Taylor High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Jackson State University and her Master’s degree from the University of Missouri.   Diane began her professional career in Jackson, Mississippi with the Xerox Corporation as a Collection Correspondent, where...
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Attorney Jessica Catchings, a native of Ridgeland, Mississippi, graduated summa cum laude from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2009. From there she received a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law and passed the Mississippi Bar in 2012. While in law school she studied abroad at Downing College...
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Dr. Andrea Michelle Jossell, a native of Marks, MS, is the daughter of Rev. Michael Jossell Sr. and Dr. Evelyn Wilkerson-Jossell. After becoming the salutatorian of her 2008 High School graduating class from Madison S. Palmer High School in Marks, Dr. Andrea Jossell was awarded a full scholarship to Jackson State University where she received her...
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A resident of Decatur, Georgia, Yolanda R. Owens is a life member of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. and the Metro Atlanta Chapter. She served as President of the Metro Atlanta Chapter from 2005-2009 and was named Local Alumnus of the Year in 2006 and 2010. After serving two terms as Southeast...
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Dr. Akharume is a 2004 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Jackson State University where she received a B.S. In Biology. While pursuing her degree at JSU she was involved in several organizations. She was a member of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc....
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V. Lynn Evans is chair of the board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  The TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. Evans is the first female, the first...
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“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives, and Uplifting the Human Spirit" is the central mission of alumna Dr. Jasmin Searcy. She earned both of her graduate degrees (Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy) in Clinical Psychology from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland) and Jackson State University (Jackson, MS). Enthralled with the concept of being crowned Miss Jackson State...
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Dr. Deborah F. Dent is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Jackson State University.  In this position, she oversees the management of the university's network and communications infrastructure, enterprise resource planning system and other information technology (IT) services that support all levels of research, learning, and teaching. The Division of...
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Erica Michelle plays Ebony Weaver on BET’s new hit show “The Quad”. Erica’s character is a freshman member of the marching band at the fictional Georgia A& M University. Michelle’s big screen debut was in the 2013 sequel: The Last Exorcism II, where she played alongside Ashley Bell, Julia Garner and Muse Watson. She later...
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