Jackson State University Communications named finalist for 2022 PRNews Platinum Awards

JACKSON, Mississippi – The Division of University Communications at Jackson State University (JSU) is a finalist for the prestigious PRNews Platinum Awards, taking place October 12 in New York City.

“Our Division of University Communications does an incredible job of elevating the Jackson State brand to students, alumni and supporters across the country,” said President Thomas K. Hudson. “I’d like to thank the entire team for the knowledge and dedication they bring daily as we amplify the JSU story of student success and research excellence in a nurturing environment.”

For over two decades, the Platinum Awards have been hailed as one of the most coveted competitions in the communications space. More than 200 judges narrowed the 1,000+ entries received this year to a list of roughly 300 finalists. JSU is recognized in the Marketing Communications category.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been known for punching above our weight class for years, and the dedicated marketing and communications teams working within those institutions are no exception,” said Chief Communications Officer Alonda Thomas, who also serves as associate vice president for marketing and communications. “It’s an honor to have Jackson State University recognized as a PRNews Platinum Award finalist alongside national firms and global brands, which reflects the caliber of our team’s creativity, strategy and execution.”

The award submission, “JSU Nails the Retool Your School Campaign” showcases the University’s marketing communications campaign for the Home Depot Retool Your School competition. JSU has been a consistent winner for the past five years, and the grant money has been used for campus projects such as residence hall painting, lighting projects, amphitheater upgrades and most recently, an outdoor study space, all built at the recommendation of students.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our work on behalf of our students. This recognition is a testament to the collaboration between our students, alums, and our Department of Community Engagement,” said Director of Marketing Tangelia Kelly, Ph.D. “I’m especially proud of our student leaders, brand ambassadors, and volunteers who took ownership of the month-long campaign and assisted us in championing their peers’ support until the conclusion.”