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135th Commemorative Founders’ Day Activities Jake Ayers Institute of Research in Urban Higher Education Founders’ Day History Series October 22-24, 2012 Liberal Arts Auditorium Lecture Room 166/266

Founders’ Convocation Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:00 a.m. Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway Speaker: Earlexia M. Norwood, M.D. ’84 Physician-In-Charge and Board of Governors Henry Ford Medical Group President, Organization of Physicians, Academicians, and Executive Leaders

Founders’ Day Anniversary Banquet Friday, October 26, 2012 7:00 p.m. JSU Student Center Grand Ballroom Speaker: Terry L. Woodard ’88 President, Jackson State University National Alumni Association For additional information, call 601-979-4208.


Office of the Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Mayor

219 South President Street Post Office Box 17 Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0017 Telephone: 601-960-1084 Facsimile: 601-960-2193

September 21, 2012

Greetings: On behalf of the citizens of Jackson, I welcome you to the Jackson State University National Alumni Association’s Black-Tie Gala. This event is very special because it not only offers an evening of fine dining and outstanding entertainment, but it also raises scholarship funds to help students obtain a quality education. It is a well-known fact that a good education serves as the foundation for a successful life, and the proceeds from the Black-Tie Gala assist young people in obtaining the education they want, need, and deserve. I congratulate the JSU alumni and friends who are being honored this evening, and I commend Jackson State University for its continued commitment to academic excellence. As Mayor, I am extremely proud to have such a premier university located in the heart of the City of Jackson. This promises to be an unforgettable evening, and I trust that everyone will have a great time. Thank you for investing in our students, and for helping to change lives through education.

Sincerely,

Harvey Johnson, Jr.


Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. P.O. Box 17820 Jackson, MS 39217

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Terry L. Woodard, President Dr. Rose Austin, 1st VP Dr. Derek C. Henson, 2nd VP Tammy Brooks, Interim Exec Director Katherine Cage, Treasurer Sylvester Taylor, Financial Secretary Sharon Davis, Secretary OPEN, Assistant Secretary Dr. Albert Holmes, Parliamentarian Arthur Lawson, Sergeant-at-Arms Barron Banks, Chaplain Alice M. Smith, Reporter Dr. Hilliard L. Lackey, III, IPP Luther Williams, Farwest RVP Annette H. Johnson, Midwest RVP Vera Watson, Mississippi RVP Lillian Maynor, Northeast RVP Yolanda Owens, Southeast RVP Sedric Myers, Southwest RVP REGIONAL BOARD MEMBERS Farwest Emmett G. Pollard, Jr. Midwest Larry Cameron Joslyn Anthony Kathy Berry

September 21, 2012

Greetings, On behalf of the alumni of Jackson State University, I welcome you to the first ever Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala with the theme “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service”. I commend each of you in attendance tonight and would like to thank you for your passion and commitment to higher education and your generosity for our beloved Jackson State University. As President of JSU National Alumni Association, Inc., I know first-hand the positive impact that each of you has on this community and the overall mission of Jackson State University. During the course of the gala, I urge you to reflect on your commitment to Jackson State University and continue to promote its importance to our youth. Many thanks are due to the gala steering committee and the administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni of Jackson State University for your unwavering support of this gala. A special thank you to the many community leaders and friends of JSU for your support of this gala as well. I applaud all of your efforts for putting on such a spectacular event. I salute each of you for the active role that you are taking in ensuring that deserving students at Jackson State have the financial resources they need for success at the University.

Mississippi Rosalind E. Hal Floyd Williams Bobbie Wilson Northeast Dr. Vernon Ross Henry L. Stovall, Jr. Michael L. Williams

I wish you the very best for a most successful and enjoyable event.

Southeast C. Yvette Greene Raven B. Griffin Valleria Sewell

Sincerely,

Southwest D’An Howard Carter Mariama Curry Charles Vincent

Terry L. Woodard President

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr.

“Staying Connected” Phone: 601.979.2281 • 1.800.578.6622 • F a x : 601.979.3701 • Web site: www.jsunaa.com


September 21, 2012

Greetings Alumni and Friends: It is a pleasure to bring you greetings on behalf of the Department of Alumni and Constituency Relations at Jackson State University. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your extraordinary support of the inaugural Jackson State University National Alumni Association’s Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala. As the newly appointed Interim Director of Alumni and Constituency Relations and Executive Director of the National Alumni Association, Inc. at Jackson State University, I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve our current and prospective alumni. Our goals are to enhance alumni activities, grow the base, and increase annual giving. Through working together, these goals are attainable.

Your continued support will help finance the education of deserving students attending Jackson State. Thank you for your commitment to the continued growth of Jackson State University. I look forward to working with the alumni, administration, faculty, staff, students and the community in this exciting endeavor. A special thank you to the steering committee for tonight’s event, as I have come to realize your level of dedication and commitment to the University. Wishing you the best throughout a festive evening of celebration. Sincerely,

Tammy Terrell-Brooks, Interim Director Department of Alumni and Constituency Relations/ Executive Director of JSUNAA


Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service� September 21, 2012 Greetings, Mayor Johnson, President Meyers, President Woodard, honored "People of Influence", community and Jackson State University (JSU) alumni honorees, JSU alumni, community and organizational leaders, and supporters of collegiate education, WELCOME to the Jackson State University National Alumni Association's (JSUNAA) inaugural Black-Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala! An elegant, informative, entertaining, and purposeful evening has been planned with you in mind. As a student of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors College of Jackson State University, I was granted a full, four year academic scholarship. This was the gateway to an intellectual exchange that changed my life and propelled my vision. Having the opportunity to learn from not only professors and textbooks, but from students of different backgrounds, philosophies, and political beliefs. Under the Presidency of Dr. John Peoples, and leadership of Dr. Maria Harvey, Dr. Leila Rhodes, Dr. Bennie Henderson, Dr. Spann, and others too numerous to name, I saw living campus examples of leadership, expertise, intellect, diplomacy, community commitment, and civic responsibility. The training grounds of JSU allowed me to experience independence, become a Student Government Association Vice-President, register to vote, lead the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, gain a love for football, sway with the Sonic Boom of the South, and observe national leaders such as Secretary of State Colin Powell and Rev. Jessie Jackson. It is because of this rich experience, that my husband, Robert E. Norwood, and I have not only taught our children, Gabriel X.A. and Mikhaella A.W. Norwood, the legacy of Jackson State University, but plan our estate giving to assure it continues. I'm grateful for my parents, Mr. Earnest Lee Wilson (posthumously) and Mrs. Earlene H. Wilson-Norris, for the foundation, and to Jackson State University for laying the building blocks for me to realize my professional dreams of becoming a physician leader at Henry Ford Health System. I believe every student who has the desire and gift to make a difference, should have the opportunity to do so. That is the reason we are all gathered here tonight, and why many families, churches, JSUNAA chapters, organizations, businesses, and individuals have supported this scholarship effort. Tonight's Gala's will raise funds to assist aspiring, capable students in achieving their dreams. From me, and the many who have given of themselves for the Gala's success, THANK YOU for your support! Please enjoy the food, dancing, Silent Auction, VIP Reception, hosts Mr. Ed Gordon and Mr. Marcus D. Wiley, artist Ms. Lashell Griffin, MADDRAMA theater troupe, live music with Henry Rhodes & Mo Money Band, the honoring of our community leaders and Jackson State University alumni, and most of all the camaraderie around a common purpose. Sincerely,

Earlexia M. Norwood Earlexia M. Norwood, M.D. Chair, JSUNAA Black-Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala First Vice President, JSUNAA 2010-2012 Detroit Chapter, JSUNAA, Inc Physician-In-Charge Henry Ford Health System One Jackson State: Ensuring Deep Quality Through Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation

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Three Cheers for the JSU Black Tie Gala Committee Members! Thank you for stepping up to volunteer your time, offer your expertise, ideas, and helping hands by serving on the committee. You worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this special event happen and we commend each of you for your dedication. As a result of your hard work, many scholars will receive financial support to help them continue their education at JSU. In order to become the educated and future leaders for the 21st century, students have to receive a post-secondary degree or credential. This should be an opportunity that everyone should be able to afford. Let us continue to provide access and opportunity to students to continue their endeavor in post-secondary education. When we invest in the future of our scholars, we invest in the future of families, communities, Jackson State University, and America. It was no small matter to complete the work that you have done in putting together an event such as this. You have empowered, enriched, and enhanced the future of many. We are very fortunate to have people like you that have such a caring heart. Congratulations and Thank You!

Barrett Hatches, Ph.D. Co-Chair JSUNAA Black-Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala

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September 21, 2012

Thee I love my dear old college home. These words ring so true for me. My love for Jackson State University began in 1985, when my sister, Monica Michelle Lewis, was a freshman. I loved coming to visit her and her roommates (I thought dorm life was the coolest thing ever). She would take me to various buildings and tell me about the campus. Five years later, I became a freshman at JSU and have been truly in love ever since. JSU taught me about me. It exposed me to people and personalities I may have never had the pleasure of knowing. It made me grow up. And I am ever so thankful for all the good times as well as the not so good times. Having learned the history and growth of my university gave me a heritage of perseverance and strength. If those before me could face gun-fire and violence to get an education, surely I could push past any obstacle that ever came my way. It is with those thoughts and feelings that I work for my university in my alumni chapter (Memphis) and that I choose to give of my time and talents to our Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship Gala. To have the opportunity to offer a student a chance to have a slightly smoother college journey is my absolute pleasure. I hail from a family of educators (over 180 years of combined teaching experience just amongst my father and his five siblings). I am so proud of that. And I want to afford other students the opportunity to create their own proud legacy within their families. I am looking to my son, David, to continue our JSU family legacy next Fall. In continuance of creating legacies, I am establishing a scholarship in memory of sister (1967-2002) for music majors who show excellence in academics. The first scholarship will be awarded in Fall 2013. Thank you to everyone on each committee, to the volunteers and to our creative teams for working so diligently to make this event a success. Enjoy this night of dinner and dancing and know you are helping a student create a legacy.

Love JSU,

Andria Lewis President, Andria Lewis Events LLC Class of 1994 Mass Communications / Public Relations Chair, Logistics JSUNAA Black-Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala

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Reception and Silent Auction 6:00 p.m.

The Programme 7:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Earlexia Norwood, M.D. Chair, Black Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala

Introduction of Master of Ceremonies

Sarah A. Brown Miss Jackson State University (2012-2013) Senior Physics Major Brian J. Wilks President (2012-2013) JSU Student Government Association Senior Political Science Major

Master of Ceremonies Greetings

Ed Gordon Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster Host, Weekly with Ed Gordon Black Entertainment Television Terry L. Woodard, President Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, President Jackson State University The Honorable Harvey Johnson, Jr. Mayor, City of Jackson Jackson, Mississippi

The Occasion & Challenge of the Decades

Dr. Derek Henson, 2nd Vice President Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.

The Negro National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson/J. Rosamond Johnson

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The Grace

Dr. Ronnie C. Crudup, Sr., Bishop New Horizon Church International Jackson, Mississippi

Dinner Dinner Music Provided by DJ Stan Branson, WKXI Radio ~Closing of Silent Auction~

Entertainment

LaShell Griffin Oprah Winfrey Pop Star Challenge 2004 Winner MADDRAMA Jackson State University Drama Troupe Dr. Mark G. Henderson, Director of Theatre Marcus D. Wiley, Comedian Co-Host of The Yolanda Adams Morning Show ~Announcement of Silent Auction Winners~

Awards and Recognition

Terry L. Woodard Annette Johnson Midwest Regional Vice President Chair, Awards Committee Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. Will Jemison Chair, Gala Program

Acknowledgements

Terry L. Woodard Earlexia Norwood, M.D.

Alma Mater Entertainment/Dancing

“Jackson Fair” by Pawley Hall Directed by Gwen Caples Director, JSU Welcome Center Henry Rhodes and The Mo‟ Money Band DJ Stan Branson

Adjournment Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.


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Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson/J. Rosamond Johnson

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heav'n ring, Ring with the harmonies of liberty; Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list‟ning skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod felt in the days when hope unborn had died yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed we have come over a way that with tears has been watered we have come treading a path through the blood of the slaughtered out of the gloomy past till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears thou who has brought us thus far on the way thou who has by thy might led us into the light keep us forever on the path we pray lest our feet stray from the places oh god where we met thee lest our heart drunk with the wine of the world we forget thee shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand true to our God, true to our native land.

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Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear Pawley-Hall

Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear Thee I love my dear old college home Thee I love, wherever I may roam Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear Refrain Hail, hail to thee, Yes Hail to thee Hail, hail to thee, Yes Hail to thee Hail to the college of my heart Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear Thee I love, thy colors rich and bright Thee I love, the blue and the white Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear Refrain Hail, hail to thee, Yes Hail to thee Hail, hail to thee, Yes Hail to thee Hail to the college of my heart

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Dinner Menu Miso Basted Filet Mignon with Ginger Demi Glaze Asian Seared Chicken Breast Lemongrass Coconut Sauce Peanut and Coconut Gremolata Sesame Fried Rice Fresh Baby Vegetables House Salad of Mixed Greens with Cucumber Tomato Wedge and Sliced Black Olives Key Lime Pie with Fresh Lime Slice and Crème Fraiche Triple Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Slice and Crème Fraiche

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Ed Gordon Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon‟s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television‟s most respected journalists. Now, as host of Our World with Black Enterprise, Gordon gets to display all aspects of his interviewing expertise. The weekly 30-minute program is a mix of one-on-one headline interviews with today‟s top newsmakers and celebrities, an eclectic roundtable discussion and profiles of some of the world‟s most intriguing people. This latest assignment just adds to the list of impressive positions Gordon has held over the years, including contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II and contributor for NBC‟s Today Show and Dateline. Mr. Gordon‟s diverse style also makes him one of the most versatile people in broadcasting. He also hosted News and Notes with Ed Gordon, which aired on National Public Radio. Gordon distinguished himself during two stints at BET. He had many roles at the network including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature one-on-one series Conversation with Ed Gordon. Over the years, Gordon has covered many of the world‟s most defining events. From the historic 2008 Presidential campaign to the freedom of South Africa‟s Nelson Mandela to the beating of Rodney King to upheaval in Haiti and Cuba he provided comprehensive coverage. Mr. Gordon also provided up-to-the-minute reports on many other domestic and international affairs, including the tragic September 11th attack on America. Some of Mr. Gordon‟s other notable works that have garnered the admiration and respect of viewers and colleagues include: The infamous O.J. Simpson interview An exclusive interview with pop superstar Janet Jackson about her secret marriage and painful divorce No holds barred, headline making interviews with controversial Senator Trent Lott and embattled singer R. Kelly Gordon‟s impressive portfolio also includes conversations with newsmakers the likes of President-Elect Barack Obama to television mogul Oprah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton, Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry, as well as Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. His 3-year period at NBC was just as impressive. A contributor to the Today Show and Dateline NBC, Ed Gordon brought viewers face-to-face with many controversial figures, bringing their stories to light. Most notably was his exclusive interview with Autumn Jackson who unsuccessfully waged an explosive patrimony suit against comedian Bill Cosby. Gordon also covered many of the days top stories at NBC‟s sister cable network MSNBC. He won praise for his coverage of breaking news events including the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal and the crash of Swiss Air Flight #111. Mr. Gordon started his broadcasting career in the early 1980‟s at the PBS affiliate in Detroit. Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.


Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service” In addition to an Emmy, Gordon is the recipient of many other awards recognizing his talent and professionalism. His awards include the NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has also been featured in many national newspapers and periodicals. The Los Angeles Times described Mr. Gordon and his interviewing style, as “forthright and commanding” Gordon is an alumnus of a special list, PEOPLE magazine named him one of its 50 most beautiful people. Gordon is also president of Ed Gordon Media, LLC, a multi-service production company. The Detroitborn Gordon earned his bachelor‟s degree in Communications and Political Science from Western Michigan University.

Marcus D. Wiley Marcus D. Wiley is a premiere entertainer whose class of comedy surpasses the status quo. Deeply rooted in old-time religion he offers a contemporary flair on Christian living. Wiley is best known for his masterful composure of music that moves your heart and truths that stir your soul with a signature style laced in laughter. This co-host of the Yolanda Adams Morning Show and Texas Southern University professor proves life is a journey best spent with a smile, and he‟s sure to bring many along the way.

Stan Branson Stan Branson, Industry Advisor, works as an entertainment liaison and radio coordinator. Branson advises first level management on industry trends and changes, secures sponsorships, R&B talent, and works as special consultant to the R&B Selections Committee. He has been associated with the Jackson Music Awards for over 15 years. He is the operations manager for Inner City Broadcasting in Jackson and the Program Director for WKXI & WJMI. A mass communications graduate of Jackson State University, Branson has been in radio for 26 years.

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2010-2012 Executive Committee President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Executive Director Treasurer Financial Secretary Secretary Assistant Secretary Parliamentarian Sergeant-at-Arms Farwest Regional VP Midwest Regional VP Mississippi Regional VP Northeast Regional VP Southeast Regional VP Southwest Regional VP

Mr. Terry Woodard Dr. Earlexia Norwood Dr. Derek Henson Ms. Gwen Caples Ms. Katherine Cage Mr. Sylvester Taylor Ms. Sharon Davis Dr. Ivory Phillips Dr. Albert Holmes Mr. Arthur Lawson Mr. Luther Williams Mrs. Annette Johnson Mrs. Vera Watson Dr. Yolanda Butler Ms. Yolanda Owens Mrs. Tarita Davis

Madison, MS Detroit, MI Memphis, TN Jackson, MS Houston, TX Decatur, GA Washington, DC Jackson, MS Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Long Beach, CA Chicago, IL Jackson, MS Bowie, MD Decatur, GA Houston, TX

2012-2014 Executive Committee President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Executive Director Treasurer Financial Secretary Secretary Assistant Secretary Parliamentarian Sergeant-at-Arms Farwest Regional VP Midwest Regional VP Mississippi Regional VP Northeast Regional VP Southeast Regional VP Southwest Regional VP

Mr. Terry Woodard Dr. Rose Austin Dr. Derek Henson Mrs. Tammy Brooks Ms. Katherine Cage Mr. Sylvester Taylor Ms. Sharon Davis

Madison, MS Houston, TX Memphis, TN Terry, MS Houston, TX Decatur, GA Washington, DC

Dr. Albert Holmes Mr. Arthur Lawson Mr. Luther Williams Mrs. Annette Johnson Ms. Vera Watson Mrs. Lillian Maynor Ms. Yolanda Owens Mr. Sedric Meyers

Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Long Beach, CA Chicago, IL Jackson, MS Bowie, MD Decatur, GA Houston, TX

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Regional Board Members Farwest Emmett G. Pollard, Jr.

Midwest Larry Cameron Joslyn Anthony Kathy Berry

Mississippi Rosalind E. Hal Floyd Williams Bobbie Wilson

Northeast Dr. Vernon Ross Henry L. Stovall, Jr. Michael L. Williams

Southeast C. Yvette Greene Raven B. Griffin Valleria Sewell

Southwest D‟An Howard Carter Mariama Curry Charles Vincent

National Board Member Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr.

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Gala Steering Committee Terry L. Woodard (JSUNAA President) Dr. Earlexia M. Norwood (Operational Chair) Dr. Barrett Hatches (Financial Chair) Andria Lewis (Logistical Chair) Dr. Lelia Gaston Rhodes (University Liaison) Gwen Caples (Chair, Alumni Chapters, Logistics and Catering) Katherine Cage (Co-Chair, Budget) Sylvester Taylor (Co-Chair, Budget) Linda J. Daniels (Chair, Corporate Sponsors) Sharolyn Smith (Co-Chair, Corporate Sponsors) Dr. Rose Austin (Chair, Silent Auction) Ann Hatches (Chair, Decorations) Yolanda Owens (Chair, Souvenir Booklet) Barron Banks (Chair, Community & Faith-based Organizations) Will Jemison (Chair, Program) Patsy Johnson (Chair, Gifts and Awards) Bernice Body (Chair, Volunteers, Hosts and Hostesses) Dr. Mark G. Henderson (Co-Chair, Promotion/Publicity/Website Development) Tommiea King (Co-Chair, Promotion/Publicity/Website Development) Kathy Berry (Chair, Entertainment) Obra Hackett (Co-Chair, Table and Ticket Sales) Ronnie Cavett (Co-Chair, Table and Ticket Sales) Jackie Humphrey (Chair, VIP Reception) Dr. Marilyn Evans (Chair, Gala Chapter Parties) Sharon Davis (Gala Secretary) Alesha Russey Annette Johnson Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Jr. Chris Bell Donna Sanford Dr. Albert Holmes Dr. Derek Henson Dr. Juanita Sims-Doty Dr. Rosie Pridgen Eddie Sanders Erin Pickens Floyd Williams Gina Carter-Simmers Greg Thompson

Jean C. Frazier Jimmy Sanders Joann Buchanan Maggie Wade-Dixon Marco McMillian Mattie Stovall Michael Williams Mildred Kelley Natalie Woodson Rosalind Hal Sedric Myers Stephanie Maxwell Tarita Benson Davis

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Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service” Jackson State University Institutional Profile Founded in 1877 as a small college to train ministers and teachers, Jackson State opened its doors to 20 students. Evolving from a small campus, it became state supported in 1940 and gained university status in 1974. Now with almost 9,000 students, JSU continues to emphasize public service programs that will empower students to compete and succeed in an increasingly complex world. Coined as Mississippi‟s urban comprehensive university in 1979, Jackson State University is an Internet 2 School, fully wired with 3 super computers and several federally funded multi disciplinary research centers. Also branded as a Carnegie Research-Intensive University, JSU offers a full range of degree programs through the doctoral levels in the schools of Allied Health Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology, Social Work and the Graduate School. As the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi, Jackson State University is also the only public four-year institution in the central Mississippi area. The core campus of 200 acres is located in Mississippi‟s largest metropolitan area and one mile from the central business district in downtown Jackson. Several satellite campuses including the Mississippi Urban Research Center, a Health Sciences campus near the University Mississippi Medical Center, the north campus for graduate studies and the 20 million dollar Mississippi e-Center are auxiliary sites anchored at the four corners of the city with specialized studies for non-traditional students. Jackson State University provides its students - who are from nearly every Mississippi county and more than 50 foreign countries - with more opportunities to develop a competitive knowledge base with cutting-edge technology and meaningful research opportunities. As the largest producer of African Americans in computer science and the only institution of higher learning in the state with an accredited four-year degree program in professional meteorology, JSU continues to markets its niche in attracting a diverse nucleus of students that dominate the science and technology and higher-order science disciplines. The JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology is a vibrant unit that envisions itself as a leader in science, mathematics, engineering and technology and accounts for 66 percent of all computer science majors in the state. It is a leading producer of competitive graduates and carries out its mission through its department and special programs including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, atmospheric and general sciences. Also known as one of the leading Geographic Information Systems research installations in the region, the JSU facility was the first of its kind at an HBCU specializing in this emerging and specialized technology. JSU graduates more computer scientists than any other university in the state of Mississippi. The University‟s College of Business remains among a select group of schools nationwide accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate School of Business. It also remains one of only seven historically black colleges and universities in the nation to hold this distinction and accounts for more than an 80 percent placement rate for graduates in the workforce. And, tuition at Jackson State University ranks among the lowest for research-intensive institutions in Southern states according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The unique partnerships with the John C. Stennis Space Center and the Office of Naval Research translate into one-of-a-kind laboratories as demonstrated by the GeoSpatial Visualization and Research Center and the NASA Teacher Resource Center. Recently designated as a census information center, the Mississippi Urban Research Center also focuses on demographic data trends and analysis on a myriad of issues related to urban populations. The annual Computational Chemistry Conference also markets JSU as a trend-leader in molecular biology research and the only such gathering of internationally recognized experts in theoretical chemistry. External funding at Jackson State exceeded $102 million over the past two years for research infrastructure and sponsored programs. All of the research funding at JSU supports exciting studies utilizing the most advanced technologies. Long-term cooperative projects, including the Jackson Heart Study and other new initiatives, strengthen the University‟s service to public schools, business and industry and the West Jackson community. Ranked nationally among all institutions of higher learning as a top producer of African Americans earning baccalaureate degrees, Jackson State touts its banner rankings through diverse course and degree program offerings, distance learning, adult and continuing education and small business development. The aggressive marketing of research initiatives at JSU has translated into national banner rankings, posturing JSU as a number 1

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Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service” Research-Intensive University and number 2 Research-Extensive designations for federally generated dollars among historically black colleges and universities. Under the administration of its 9th president, Ronald Mason, Jr., the University has embarked upon a 10-year urban vision - e-City, which will transform the west Jackson area into a 21st century community that fosters technological capacity and economic growth. Vision 2020, an innovative learning model, has transformed the University‟s academic enterprise by consolidating seven schools into five colleges. One of the outcomes of Vision 2020 will be the preparation of its students as discoverers of knowledge. In January of 2011, Jackson State announced the appointment of its 10th president, Dr. Carolyn Meyers. “Dr. Meyers impressed us with her outstanding educational and professional background as well as her passion for Jackson State University,” said Terry Woodard, co-chair of the Campus Search Advisory Committee and president of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association. “She understands where we have been and how far we can go in the future. We, the alumni, are on board and ready to work in collaboration with Dr. Meyers and her team.” While anticipating our 135th Anniversary celebration, Jackson State University continues to position itself among the premiere institutions of higher learning in the nation. Jackson State has endured and thrived through remarkable feats and emerges as a catalyst for bench-marking higher education in the state of Mississippi and the nation. Despite a three-year tuition increase, the enrollment of nearly 8,500 students is one of the highest enrollments in University history and remains a cost-efficient and competitive bargain for students in the Southeastern region. Given the rapid changes within the world of higher education and the tremendous economic initiatives that have recently emerged in Mississippi, Jackson State University is primed to help propel the City of Jackson and the state of Mississippi to a much-anticipated era of prosperity and development.

Jackson State University Presidents Dr. Charles Ayer Dr. Luther G. Barrett Dr. Zachary T. Hubert Dr. B. Baldwin Dansby Dr. Jacob L. Reddix Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr. Dr. James A. Hefner Dr. Herman B. Smith (Interim) Dr. James Lyons, Sr. Dr. Bettye Ward Fletcher (Interim) Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr. Dr. Leslie McLemore Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers

1877-1894* 1894-1911* 1911-1927* 1927-1940* 1940-1967* 1967-1984 1984-1991 1991-1992 1992-1999 1999-2000 2000-2010 2010-2011 2011- Present

*Deceased

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Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service� Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. The purpose of this Association is (1) to formally associate the alumni of Jackson State University into a legally based organization; (2) to provide financial and moral support to the University through its membership; (3) to establish local chapters; (4) to elect regional vice presidents and other board members and executive officers; (5) to foster support for the University at the local, state, regional, and national levels; and (6) to regulate the activities of local chapters throughout the nation. The mission of Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. is to participate as a partner with the University in supporting the University's continued success through student recruitment, alumni retention and expansion, financial support, public relations and community outreach.

JSUNAA, Inc. Presidents Mr. Edgar T. Stewart Dr. A.A. Alexander Mrs. Lottie W. Thornton Mrs. Estelle Young Dr. Lee E. Williams Mrs. Frances D. Robertson Mr. Edward S. Bishop, Sr. Dr. Estemore A. Wolfe Mr. Will T. Chambliss Mr. Howard D. Catchings Dr. Lelia G. Rhodes Ms. Melvene L. Coney Mr. Calvin Scott Mr. Clarence Johnson, Jr. Mr. Aaron Jones Dr. Hilliard Lackey, III Mr. Terry L. Woodard

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Persons of Influence Arts and Entertainment

Education

LaShell Griffin Oprah Winfrey Pop Star Challenge 2004 Winner

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, President Jackson State University

Rick Lawson International Recording Artist

Dr. John A. Peoples ’50 President Emeritus 6th President of Jackson State University from 1967-1984 Only Alumnus to Serve as President

Melanie Sanders Miss Atlanta 2005 Former American Idol Contestant Marcus D. Wiley, Standup Comedian College Professor and Co-Host on the syndicated „The Yolanda Adams Morning Show‟

Terry L. Woodard ’88 President of Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. Dr. Hilliard Lackey, III ‟65 Immediate Past President of Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr. President of Jackson State University From 2000 - 2010 Miss Sarah A. Brown Miss Jackson State University (2012-2013) Mr. Brian J. Wilks, President Jackson State University Student Government Association

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Persons of Influence Government

Television/Journalism

The Honorable Harvey Johnson, Jr. Mayor of Jackson, MS

Ed Gordon Journalist, Black Entertainment Television Host of “Weekly with Ed Gordon”

Dr. Lelia G. Rhodes ’44 Dean Emerita of Libraries Past President JSUNAA, 1988-1992 Chronicled.....Jackson State University: First Hundred Years, 1877-1977 The Honorable Hillman T. Frazier ’71 Mississippi State Senate, District #27

Maggie Wade-Dixon Emmy Nominated News Anchor WLBT TV3, Jackson MS Adjunct Professor at Belhaven College Erin Pickens Award Winning Journalist and News Anchor WJTV TV 12, Jackson, MS Vivian Brown ’86 JSU Alumna The First African American Meteorologist employed by the National Weather Channel

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Awards Honorees Alumnus of the Year Vera Banks Watson ‟72

Hall of Fame Katherine Cage ‟85 Tarita Benson Davis ‟85 Darryl Templeton Pilate ‟80

Young Alumni Achievement Starla Adams ‟99 Lori Jackson ‟99 Tonia Devett Johnson ‟10 Monica S. Lewis ‟02 David Robinson, Jr. ‟01 Ilynnette W. Ross ‟00 Courtney J. Young ‟05

Community Service Barron Banks ‟69 Maria Louisa Alvarez Harvey (Education) Terry Scott ‟77 (Business)

Leadership Barbara Martin Blackmon ‟75 Meredith Creekmore Charles Victor McTeer Bob Owens ‟73

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2012 Alumnus of the Year Vera Banks Watson Vera Banks Watson is a 1972 and 1976 graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Watson is currently employed by the Clinton Public School District where she has worked for 35 years including a current stint as president of the Clinton Association of Educators. She also serves as adjunct professor in the department of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University. Watson has served as an active member in numerous organizations throughout her career. She is a past board member of the Mississippi Association of Educators; Past President of the Jackson-Hinds Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University where she served 2 terms; Life Member of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association; Past First Vice-President of the JSU National Alumni Association; Past Board Member of the Blue Bengal Athletic Association, Incorporated; and President of the Jackson District Missionary Baptist Association. She currently serves as the Mississippi Regional Vice President of the JSU National Alumni Association. Watson‟s community service activities include membership at the McRaven Hill Missionary Baptist Church; the League of Women Voters; Past President and current board member of the Clinton Christian Community Corporation; Board Member of the Mississippi Assocation for the Preservation of the Smith Robertson Museum and Alamo Theater; and Secretary of the Mississippi Coalition on Black Higher Education.

Hall of Fame Katherine Cage Katherine Cage is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and currently resides in Houston, Texas. She is a 1985 graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a 25-year civil servant and is employed as a Supervisory Auditor with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Texas Audit and Compliance Office. In 2010, Cage was selected as the Alumnus of the Year and has recently been inducted into the Hall of Fame by the JSU National Alumni Association. She has held numerous positions within the alumni association. Cage has served as a board member, national reporter, national secretary, regional vice president, and has been elected the third time as the treasurer. At the local level, she has served as reporter, secretary, and treasurer of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter. Cage has worked on numerous committees in the alumni association, including Budget, Constitution and By-Laws, Biennial Conference, and Homecoming. She is a life member of the JSU National Alumni Association and a member of the Thousand Dollar, Second Century and President‟s Gift Clubs at Jackson State University.

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Tarita Benson Davis Tarita Benson Davis is a 1985 graduate of Jackson State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, the former JSU cheerleader and 2nd alternate to Miss JSU is currently the Americas Regional Credit Manager for Shell Chemical Corporation. Davis has worked in various accounting/finance functions at Shell for over 27 years. Her background includes management and leadership roles within Downstream, Treasury, Auditing, Retirement Funds, Planning and Appraisal, and Accounts Payable. She also has extensive experience in various finance/accounting operations. Davis is a Certified International Credit Professional and a member of the Finance, Credit and International Business Association. She is a founding partner and chief financial officer of PR Healthcare Management Services, LLC. Davis is actively involved in the Shell Black Networking Group (SBNG) where she serves on the board as advisor of the Community/Social Investment Committee. She also has served as a recruiter on behalf of Shell Oil Company at Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Michigan where she was instrumental in recruiting qualified students for employment in the areas of accounting, finance, business and engineering. Davis has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career. She is a life member of the JSU National Alumni Association where she has served and held numerous positions both locally and nationally, including the position as the Southwest Regional Vice President. Davis was selected as the Alumnus of the year in 2011 and has recently been inducted into the Hall of Fame by the JSU National Alumni Association. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a community service organization committed to public service. Always committed to giving back to her alma mater, Davis has recently been inducted into the Jackson State University‟s President‟s Club.

Darryl Templeton Pilate Darryl Templeton Pilate is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is a 1980 graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Business Management. He currently resides in two locations: Houston, TX and Chicago, IL. Pilate holds dual alumni membership in the JSU Houston National Alumni Association and the Chicago Alumni Chapter where he has held various appointed positions. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Jackson State University Development Foundation. While having a very rewarding career in financial services, Pilate has lived in Houston, Dallas, New York and Chicago during his 32-year financial services career. He is currently a Senior Manager at JP Morgan Chase and is responsible for deposit operations in Chicago and Milwaukee. Pilate‟s successful career has provided him an opportunity to be a consistent financial supporter of Jackson State University. He and his wife, LaVerne, have established The Darryl and LaVerne Pilate Business Leadership Endowment for $100,000. For many years, he has also focused his attention on supporting Jackson State University by providing internship and management development program opportunities for JSU graduating seniors. Pilate strongly believes that his rewards and opportunities have been because of his faith in God, his family, and Jackson State University.

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Community Service Reverend Barron Banks Reverend Barron Banks is a native of Tchula, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education from Jackson State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburg Theological Seminary. He also furthered his education at Mississippi State University in Guidance and Counseling. Banks is employed with Jackson State University as an adjunct professor of Philosophy and Religion and was previously employed at JSU as the Coordinator of Community and Faith-Based Relations in the Alumni Affairs Department. Banks has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the 100 Concerned Clergy For A Better Jackson; Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Hinds County Human Resource Agency; and the Planning Board for the City of Jackson. He has served eight years as Election Commissioner for the City of Jackson representing Ward 6. His experience also includes serving on various other boards, assisting in student recruitment and scholarship support for JSU and coordinating philosophy forums in the History and Philosophy Department. Banks has worked for numerous causes, including race relations, crime prevention and racial profiling. He has marched with James Meredith and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from Canton to Tougaloo, Mississippi. Most recently, he was presented the Community Service Award in the area of faith-based relations from New Horizon International ministries. Banks is Supply Pastor in Church Renewal at the Pineview Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is an active member and Chaplain of the JSU National Alumni Association and a member of the Jackson-Hinds Alumni Chapter. An avid financial supporter of JSU, Banks is a member of the Clay-Lackey Society.

Maria Luisa Alvarez Harvey Dr. Maria Luisa Alvarez Harvey was born in Mexico, the daughter of a journalist, oldest of five children. She is a first generation college graduate with degrees from Texas Western College, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Arizona at Tucson, and Jackson State University. She spent two summers at Harvard University as a visiting scholar. Dr. Harvey is a full professor in the English and Modern Foreign Language Department and Associate Dean of the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors College in Undergraduate Studies. In 1980, she founded the W.E. B. DuBois Honors College under the direction of President Emeritus, Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr. Dr. Harvey has been at Jackson State University since 1970. She is an educator, scholar, a recruiter of high achieving high school students, an innovator who has involved and led students in productive activities which include the Social Service Club; Dr. Harvey‟s Dance Troup; the Political Club Committee of 82; the Honor Society for freshmen that later became the Honor Society of Alpha Lambda Delta; and numerous voter registration drives. A Jackson State University Yearbook was dedicated to her in the early years. She was presented the Teacher of the Year Award in 1978, and her name appears in twenty plus Who‟s Who publications. Dr. Harvey is a published author with a book and numerous articles to her credit. The degree and commitment to the education of her students is exceptional, as is her love for the students. She considers them her plaques and awards, especially as they move on and earn graduate and professional degrees. Her son, Rogelio V. Solis, a photojournalist, is a Jackson State University graduate.

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Terry Scott Terry Scott is a 1977 graduate of Jackson State University and life member of the JSU National Alumni Association. He is also a member of the JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter where he currently serves as the First Vice President. He chairs the Fund-raising and Membership committees for the Chapter.

Scott is president of Scott Management Team, Inc., where he and his wife, Lorraine, own two McDonald's restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. As a business owner, Scott has received many professional accolades that include being the first African-American Branch Manager for the Computer Science Corporation Collections Division. He also received recognition and awards for his success in the McDonald‟s system. Scott contributes funds for scholarships to numerous organizations including the New Orleans Alumni Chapter, the JSU National Alumni Association, the JSU Development Foundation, the Xavier University Scholarship Fund (promoting entrepreneurship) and the United Negro College Fund. Always willing to help others, Scott sponsors and co hosts a local radio show every week from the lobby of one of his restaurants. The show, entitled “Small Business Thursdays,” allows business and non-profit organizations free air time to publicize their business or event. Scott also uses his medium to promote Jackson State University and to recruit alumni for the New Orleans Alumni Chapter. Serving on the Mayor's Workforce Investment Board is one of Scott‟s proudest accomplishments. As a member of the board, he is instrumental in creating training and jobs for individuals and awards contracts which further promotes the growth of business.

Young Alumni Achievement Ms. Starla Adams Starla Adams graduated from Jackson State University in 1999 with a bachelor‟s degree in Finance. She immediately returned to Chicago and joined the Chicago Alumni Chapter, and began to share her talents and expertise to implement the chapter‟s goals and objectives. Working with the Chicago Alumni Chapter is a passion for Starla. She has served as the chair of the scholarship committee. She also actively assists in the recruitment of students to attend JSU and serves as a mentor for the incoming freshmen students. Adams is currently employed with The Randolph Group, a private investment family holding company where she serves as the Operations Manager. She provides leadership and support to company executives, including the president, vice president, and managing director. Adams has consistently demonstrated strong leadership skills. She has all of the characteristics of a great leader, including the ability to energize and motivate other members when planning programs and events. The members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter have a high level of respect for her work ethics and consider her a valuable asset to the chapter.

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Lori Jackson Lori Jackson is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She serves as the Associate Director of Campus Life at Jackson State University. She received a B.S. in Speech Pathology and M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Jackson State. Jackson‟s matriculation at Jackson State encompassed many facets of campus life. She was active in the JSU Student Government Association, elected Miss Sophomore Class 1996-1997, Dean‟s List Scholar; Who‟s Who Among American Colleges and Universities; Junior Class Vice President; President of JSU‟s modeling squad and member of JSU Pathfinders, (Jackson State‟s first student mentoring organization). During her senior year, Jackson reigned as Miss Jackson State University from 1998 to 1999. Jackson is actively involved within her community. She gives her time with various community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, where she has chaired the Annual Women Build project for the past ten years; Jackson Zoological Park Advisory Board; Jackson State University National Alumni Association (National and Jackson-Hinds Chapter Lifetime Member, Mississippi Regional Vice President in 2003). Jackson was recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of their 2008 Top 40 Under 40 honorees and in 2010 was named one of Mississippi‟s Top 50 Leading Business Women. She is a member of the Jackson (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Jackson, 2006 to 2007 graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson and served as President of Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association 2009 to 2011 and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Mississippi. This past spring, she was awarded the Inaugural “Woman of the Year Award” for the 2012 Women‟s Emphasis Week sponsored by the Student Government Association. Jackson‟s most recent accomplishment is her recognition from Jackson State University as the first recipient of the “JSU Public Servant of the Year Award” during the inaugural One JSU Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Tonia Devett Johnson Tonia Devett Johnson is a native of Butler, Alabama. She received her bachelor‟s degree in Social Work from Texas Southern University and graduated from Jackson State University in 2010 with a master‟s in Social Work. She currently is pursuing her Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Human Services with Capella University. Committed to making a positive change in lives, Johnson has worked in the Social Services field for over 15 years. Her background includes working with the homeless, HIV positive and mentally ill individuals, substance abusers and Gay and Lesbian and Transgender populations. Johnson is employed with the State of Texas working as a Clinical Social Worker. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Social Workers, the NAACP, and the Houston Area Urban League. Tonia is currently a member of the JSU Houston Area Alumni Chapter where she serves as secretary.

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Monica Sanae Lewis Monica Sanae Lewis is a native of Carthage, Mississippi and now resides in Madison, Mississippi. She is a 2002 honors graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor‟s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She also received a Master‟s degree in Business Administration from Belhaven University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Education with an emphasis on Adult Studies. Lewis is a charter member of the JSU Madison County Alumni Chapter where she currently serves as chapter secretary. She also serves on many committees and assists with various projects within the chapter. She is the founder of the “True Blue” JSU scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen attending Jackson State University from the Leake County School district. Lewis is deeply involved in her church as well as local community functions. Lewis also volunteers and mentors with Youth Community Action Group, a non-profit organization that provides services for at-risk youth, which includes tutoring, mentoring, economical skills, spiritual awareness, cultural enhancement as well as youth leadership training. She has been a participant since 2002 and has been instrumental in spearheading many new programs for the organization. Lewis is employed with AT&T Telecommunications where she is an Account Executive over the Southeast Region. She is also the proud mother of an eight-year-old son, Ashton.

David Robinson, Jr. David Robinson Jr., is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He is a 2001 Industrial Technology graduate from Jackson State University and is employed as the Outreach Coordinator for the Dallas County Community College District. His role in the district involves supporting and implementing plans and programs centered on the recruitment and retention of minority males. David is the Creator of the “Aiming for the Stars” Academic Bowl which serves African-American males in grades 4 through 8. Robinson is the College Liaison for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas, an All-Boys Talented and Gifted Magnet School that serves grades 6 through 12. He previously served as Academic Recruiter in the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment for Jackson State University from 2003 until 2007. Some of Robinson‟s current activities and accomplishments include: 2009 Collaborative Partner Award Recipient; 2010 Higher Education Award Recipient; Recruitment Chair of the Minority Male Initiative; Co-Chair of Project Manhood Leadership Institute; Committee Advisory Board Member for Project Still I Rise Mentoring Group; and Vice President for the JSU Dallas-Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter. Robinson is an active member of the Delta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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Ilynnette W. Ross Ilynnette W. Ross is a 2000 graduate of Jackson State University. She is a wife, educator and singer and songwriter. Her proudest achievements to date are The BRCA37 Project, a breast cancer inspirational album authored by her along with her sister, Iris W. Banks and the non-profit organization of her sister, the IDA-CLAREWAR Against Breast Cancer Foundation. This foundation funds BRCA testing for individuals who are eligible for testing but cannot afford the cost. Ross currently resides in Lilburn, Georgia, where she has taught high school English courses for the last eleven years.

Courtney J. Young Dr. Courtney J. Young, a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, is a 2005 graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her matriculation at Jackson State University she participated in several activities. She was a student in the STARGE program in the School of Science and Technology where she conducted research and presented at several major conferences during her studies. She also was a member of the Honors program, JSU Softball team, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Organization. Since graduation, Dr. Young has graduated from three graduate programs: (1) Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; (2) Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University; and (3) Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. Her doctoral studies included developing a theoreticallybased HIV risk assessment tool for African American women. She practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner in both primary care as well as with HIV positive patients. She serves Jackson State University as the treasurer for the Nashville, Tennessee Alumni Chapter.

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Distinguished Leadership Barbara Martin Blackmon Barbara Martin Blackmon earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University when she was 19 years old. She furthered her education at the University of Alabama where she obtained her Master of Science degree in Business Administration at age 20. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Mississippi and the Master of Laws degree in Taxation from New York University. Blackmon is a distinguished member of the Mississippi State Bar and the New York State Bar. Blackmon is Managing Partner of Blackmon and Blackmon, PLLC, a law firm in Canton, Mississippi, that does plaintiff and defense work, representing many Fortune 500 clients. She along with her husband, Edward Blackmon, Jr., are General Counsel for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention as well as City Attorneys for Canton, Mississippi. In 1991, Blackmon was elected the first African-American woman to represent Madison, Yazoo and Humphreys counties in the Mississippi State Senate. As a state senator, she worked to increase funding for all of Mississippi‟s state colleges and universities. She supported the Mississippi Adequate Education Plan to provide equity to poorer school districts and was a champion for senior citizens and children by being a strong and effective voice for sound health care policies. Blackmon was the first African American to be appointed subcommittee chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee where she oversaw over $350 million in agency budgets. Blackmon, in 2004, was appointed to co-chair the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s “Campaign for Jackson State,” a $50 million fundraising initiative to raise private dollars for student scholarships, faculty endowments, and program initiatives. A generous philanthropist, Blackmon and her husband have received numerous awards. They made a generous contribution of $1 million to Tougaloo College, $750,000 to Jackson State University, and have awarded scholarships to more than 50 students through their private Foundation. Blackmon is a member of the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s Charles Ayer Society, a recognition gift society devoted to encouraging exemplary levels of financial support among alumni and friends of Jackson State University.

Meredith Creekmore A native of both Sardis and Como, Mississippi, Meredith Creekmore works in public relations and is a member of the Board of Directors for Telapex, Inc., the holding company based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, for C Spire Wireless, Telepak Networks, Inc., Delta Telephone Company and Franklin Telephone Company. Creekmore attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1964 and her Master of Science degree in Education with emphasis on childhood development in 1968. Creekmore is also a founder and board member of the C Spire Foundation, a private foundation established to improve the quality of life of individuals in the communities that C Spire serves. The Foundation annually sponsors scholarships at all of Mississippi‟s eight public universities, as well as support numerous local community organizations. Creekmore currently serves on the boards of the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s Women‟s Council for Philanthropy, Eudora Welty Foundation, University of Mississippi Foundation, and the Ole Miss Women‟s Council.

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Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala “Raising the Bar of Excellence Through Scholarship and Service” Previous volunteer experience includes the Junior League of Jackson, where she served as treasurer and community vice president, chaired the Learning Disabilities Project for Jackson Public Schools, and serving on fund raising committees. Creekmore and her husband, Jimmy, have been involved over the years in several non-profit organizations, including the Mississippi Museum of Art, American Heart Association in Jackson, Kidney Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Stewpot. Creekmore, a generous philanthropist, is a member of the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s Charles Ayer Society, a recognition gift society devoted to encouraging exemplary levels of financial support among alumni and friends of Jackson State University.

Charles Victor McTeer Charles Victor McTeer is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1969, McTeer became one of the first African-American graduates of McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, where he was named to the 1968 Associated Press Small College All-America Football team. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, McTeer acted as a civil rights lawyer who worked to protect the rights of African Americans, women and other victims of unlawful discrimination. He acted as a trial lawyer working on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in some of the most controversial cases in the United States in diverse areas including civil rights, tobacco litigation, police brutality, defamation and mass torts. Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi, as well as other countless individuals, corporate plaintiffs and defendants have all been McTeer clients. McTeer has received prestigious awards for his legal work from diverse organizations including Operation PUSH of Chicago, Illinois; the Mississippi State Chapter of the NAACP; Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Professional Excellence; Dr. James Herbert White Preeminence Award for Philanthropy; Mississippi Association of Justice, formerly the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association‟s Lifetime Achievement Award; and, the Mississippi Center for Justice award, who in 2010 named McTeer and his wife Mercidees, “Champions of Justice,” for their service in law, education and philanthropy. In 1995, McTeer became the second person to be awarded the Mississippi Chief Justice Award given annually to a member of the Mississippi Bar by the Mississippi Supreme Court for a lifetime of public service to the people of the State of Mississippi. McTeer and his family have made charitable gifts, including scholarships and grants to benefit disadvantaged people in the State of Mississippi and elsewhere, particularly in the area of education. In 2007, McTeer retired from the practice of law and now resides with his wife in Florida. A generous philanthropist, McTeer is a member of the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s Diamond Club, a recognition gift club devoted to encouraging exemplary levels of financial support among alumni and friends of Jackson State University.

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Bob Owens Bob Owens is a prominent Jackson attorney whose law firm has won national acclaim. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious professional and community-based awards. He serves on and is president-elect of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (the board that governs all Mississippi state universities). He is a graduate of Jackson State University and Florida State University College of Law. Owens is a partner in the law firm of Owens Moss, in Jackson, Miss. The firm is listed in Martindale-Hubbell‟s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is AV rated (the highest level). He is the past president of the Magnolia Bar Association and the Charles Clark Chapter of the American Inn of Court. Owens‟ accolades include: 1981 Jack H. Young, Sr. Award for the lawyer contributing the most to the profession; 1999 R. Jess Brown Award; 1993 NAACP of Mississippi‟s Lawyer of the Year Award; and induction into the Jackson State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. A generous philanthropist, Owens is a member of the Jackson State University Development Foundation‟s Diamond Club, a recognition gift club devoted to encouraging exemplary levels of financial support among alumni and friends of Jackson State University.

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For additional information please contact our office. Location: 945 North State Street Jackson, MS 39202 Ph. 601-355-7489


Security and Environmental Divisions P.O. Box 2816*MADISON*MISSISSIPPI*39130 601.853.1108.OFFICE*601.853.7198.FAX*601.238.9129.CELL

Proud to support the

Jackson State University National Alumni Association’s Inaugural Black-Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala

Security Division ‘We Specialize in ALL Your Security Needs’ Calvin D. Ousby, Sr, LTC (retired) President/CEO

Environmental Division Barbara R. Ousby, Ph.D., REM Vice-President


Greetings from Chapter President, Angela Walker and members of the Chicago Alumni Association

Congratulations Jackson State National Alumni Association Best Wishes for a successful Black Tie Scholarship Gala!


• Scholarships/Financial Assistance • Dedicated Faculty • Nurturing Environment

• Faculty Mentored Research • Peer Tutoring/Mentoring • Research Apprenticeships/Internships • Modern Facilities

School of Engineering Degrees

Dr. Paul Tchounwou, Interim Dean Phone: (601) 979-0777 paul.b.tchounwou@jsums.edu

Dr. Robert Whalin, Assoc. Dean School of Engineering Phone: (601) 979-4043 robert.whalin@jsums.edu

College of Science, Engineering and Technology 1400 John R. Lynch St. Jackson, MS 39217

B.S. Civil Engineering • Environmental Engineering Track • General Civil Engineering Track B.S. Computer Engineering B.S. Computer Science B.S. Telecommunications Engineering Future Plans: B.S. Electrical Engineering B.S. Mechanical Engineering M.S. Computer Science M.S. Engineering • Civil Engineering • Computational Engineering • Computer Engineering • Electrical Engineering • Environmental Engineering • Geological Engineering • Telecommunications Engineering

School of Science & Technology Degrees B.S. Biology • Biomedical Science • Environmental Science • Forensic Science • Marine Biology • Pre-Chemical Engineering • Pre-Health Careers (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry) B.S. Chemistry • Biomedical Science • Environmental Science • Forensic Science • Pre-Chemical Engineering

(School of Science & Technology Degrees -continued) • Pre-Health Careers (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry) • Teacher Certification B.S. Earth Systems Science B.S. Industrial Technology • Computer Technology • Electronics • Emergency Management • Manufacturing & Design Technology • Technology Management B.S. Mathematics B.S. Meteorology B.S. Physics B.S. Science Education B.S. Technology Education B.S. Ed. Mathematics Education M.S. Biology M.S. Chemistry M.S. Environmental Science M.S. Hazardous Materials Management M.S. Industrial Technology M.S. Mathematics M.S. Technology Education M.S.T. Mathematics & Science Teaching • Biology • Chemistry • Mathematics • Science Ph. D. Chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) Materials Science Ph. D. Environmental Science


Jackson State University Detroit Alumni Chapter Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

JSU Detroit Chapter joins JSUNAA in the support of scholastic achievement of students, and in the celebration of the Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship Gala.


A STRONGER COMMUNITY. A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY.

Henry Ford Health System is proud to support Jackson State University – an organization dedicated to supporting growth and excellence within the community. This dedication to service reflects the values we believe make for healthier, stronger communities.


Proud Sponsor of the Jackson State University National Association

Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala Serving Jackson, Mississippi Our mission is to operate Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field, and thereby connect its patrons to the worldwide intermodal transportation network. Jackson Municipal Airport Authority 100 International Dr., Suite 300 Jackson, MS 39208 601.939.5631 | JMAA.info@jmaa.com


Jackson-Hinds Alumni Chapter Proudly Supports Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. On the First Black Tie Scholarship Gala Officers Bobbie Wilson, President Maudene Brown-Coleman, First Vice President Ineva May Pittman, Second Vice President Donna Bradford, Secretary Bernice Body, Assistant Secretary Obra Hackett, Treasurer Connie Fitzhugh, Financial Secretary Dr. Rosie Harper, Chaplain Richard Smith, Parliamentarian Jackie Fortson, Reporter

(It’s Time 4 U 2 B 1 2) Jackson-Hinds Alumni Chapter meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center (JSU) Sports Hall of Fame Room (2nd Floor) Check out our Web-site: www.jsuhindsalumni.com


Congratulations and Best Wishes Jackson State University National Alumni Association On the occasion of your Inaugural

Black-Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala

"Committed to Academic and Athletic Excellence"


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Katherine Cage

Tarita Benson Davis

2010 Alumnus of the Year

2011 Alumnus of the Year

Class of 1985

Class of 1985

Houston Area Alumni Chapter National Treasurer

Houston Area Alumni Chapter SW RVP 2010-2012


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JSUNAA – Memphis Chapter proudly supports

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S

INAUGURAL BLACK TIE

SCHOLARSHIP GALA

ALUMNI RETENTION

STUDENT RECRUITMENT

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

LEADERSHIP

Choose Jackson State…We did!!!


Metro Atlanta Chapter, Inc. Jackson State University National Alumni Association Post Office Box 57122 Atlanta, Georgia 30343 404-266-7933 www.jsumac.com


In Nashville, we smile as we talk about our time as students at Jackson State University.

Welcome Tiger Family to the

Black Tie Scholarship Gala Nashville Chapter Jackson State University National Alumni Association

We sing our school song with pride because the words echo what we feel in our hearts. We tell our friends from Tennessee State University what it really means to be a Tiger. We welcome every Jacksonian to be a part of our extended families.


Congratulations

Jackson State University

National Alumni Association 2012

Black-Tie-Gala

New Orleans Metro Chapter Lydia Payne Monie, President

www.jsuneworleans.net


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proudly supports

JSU SCHOLARSHIP AND RECOGNITION GALA Our expertise is based on a well-trained experienced professional staff and a serious conscientious attitude toward our clients.

Gailya Porter President/Agent Linda Scott

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Porter’s Insurance Agency, Incorporated is prepared to provide you with a no cost, no obligation review and comparison of your insurance.

Porter’s Insurance Agency, Inc. Post Office Box 2773 1020 Terry Road Jackson, MS 39207 601-355-8471 www.portersinsurance.com “THE COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST WITH ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS”


Board Members C. Yvette Greene, Raven B. Griffin, Valleria Sewell Immediate Past RVP Keith T. Adams

Special Guests Include: Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers Mr. David Hoard Mr. Terry L. Woodard Ms. Tammy Brooks

Hosted By Metro Atlanta Chapter Ranetta L. Goss, President Regional Vice President Yolanda R. Owens Event Chair Sylvester Taylor Registration: $80 Hotel Rate: $109 REG . Deadline October 15, 2012 ď ł Register Online at www.jsunaa.com


Making every d ay a better day Sodexo supports deserving students at Jackson State University. Sodexo is the world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions – a strategic partner of businesses and organizations, creating, managing, and delivering comprehensive service solutions that improve our clients’ performance and development.


Best Wishes Jackson State University For a Successful

Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala Tupelo-Northeast MS Jackson State University Alumni Chapter

OUR Talent IS HOSPITALITY

Best Wishes for a Successful Black Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala

Milton and Rose Harper Austin


CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes To Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Incorporated For Hosting The Black Tie Scholarship And Recognition Gala From Natchez Alumni Chapter William J. Blowe, President

Congratulations to Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. On Your Scholarship Gala

Greater Love Temple 5630 Gault Street Jackson, MS 39209 601-842-7411 sgdgit@aol.com


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Our Mission: We are in business to provide great value in products and equality service to our clients. But just as importantly, we are here to enhance the lives of our people, not only financially, but spiritually and intellectually. If our people don’t become better parents, spouses and citizens, we fail. We believe in upward mobility based on ability and the premise that you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.

Sutter Smith Regional Manager 405 Marquis St. Jackson, MS 39206 Phone: (601) 981-8484

Birmingham Alumni Chapter is a Proud Supporter of the Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala Hosted by Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.

Greater Washington DC Alumni Chapter Jackson State University National Alumni Association Is a Proud Supporter of the JSUNAA Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala 2011-2013 Chapter Officers President: Sharon M Davis Vice President: Lillian Wilkinson-Maynor Secretary: Davina Biddle Assistant Secretary: Jamese Sims Treasurer: Solomon Henderson Financial Secretary: Parnell Long Chaplain: Al Hall Sergeant-at-Arms: Andre Warren Parliamentarian: Thelma Strong Hill

Jackson State University Greater Washington DC Alumni Chapter www.gwdcjsu.org


Lapel Pins

$29.95 each Includes Shipping

$29.95 each Includes Shipping Purchase a

JSU Thee I Love or JSU Alumni Lapel Pin Proceeds support the JSUNAA, Inc. Scholarship Fund Cost $29.95 each includes shipping Allow 2 weeks for delivery *Pins available at select alumni events across the country for a discounted price of $25 each


Save The Date! Please mark your calendar for the following Alumni events:

National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame JSU National Alumni Association president, Terry L. Woodard is the recipient of the inaugural Legacy of Leaders National Alumni President of the Year Award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Incorporated. The national honor will be bestowed upon Woodard at the organization’s annual Hall of Famers’ Awards Luncheon on September 28, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

Homecoming Weekend :October 19-21, 2012 This year’s 2012 Homecoming Reunion Luncheon will honor graduates of classes ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’ on Friday, October 19, 2012. The Luncheon will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Student Center Ballroom. For tickets and additional information, contact Tammy Brooks at (601) 979-6944 or tabatha.terrell-brooks@jsums.edu.

Annual Meeting and Fall Council Meeting October 26-27, 2012 is the date of this year’s 2012 Annual and Fall Council Meetings. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend the weekend meetings and activities at the downtown Hilton Garden Hotel. For additional information, contact Tammy Brooks at (601) 979-6944 or tabatha.terrell-brooks@jsums.edu.

9th Biennial Conference The Jackson State University 9th Biennial Conference will be held on June 6 through 9th, 2013 at Harrah’s Hotel Tower in Tunica, Mississippi. For additional information, contact Vera Watson, Regional Vice President of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association.


Inaugural Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala Sponsors Legacy Sponsors

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2012 Black Tie Gala Souvenir Journal  

Special Thanks to the sponsors and donors who made the event a success.

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