Day at the Capitol: JSU advances legislative priorities, celebrates academic excellence and SWAC Champions

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Yesterday, the Jackson State University delegation filled the halls of the Mississippi State Capitol in large numbers and high spirits in support of JSU programs and legislative priorities, as well as acknowledging the 2022 SWAC Championship teams programs, including football, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and men’s cross country.

“From our student-athletes, our coaches and other representatives, we deeply appreciate the fact that you recognize JSU excellence in this chamber today,” said JSU Acting President Elayne H. Anthony, Ph.D. “We are so very pleased to be a part of this, and I want to thank each and every one of you for what you do to support our fine university.”

Mississippi state legislators assembled inside the Senate and House chambers to salute the efforts of Jackson State University athletes, both in and outside of the classroom. In attendance among state legislators were JSU alums Sen. Sollie B. Norwood, Sen. Derrick Simmons, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Rep. Chris Bell, Rep. Bo Brown and Rep. Rufus Straughter.

Anthony further greeted the assemblage of supporters and esteemed guests, expressing deep gratitude toward JSU faculty, coaches, and staff who work tirelessly to uplift the institution’s vision.

In the latest NCAA Graduation Success rate report for the 2021-22 academic year, the Tigers of JSU touted a graduation success rate of 90%, securing the top spot amongst other SWAC institutions and tied with University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University athletics for the highest position in the state.

Head JSU Football Coach T.C. Taylor offered timely flowers to his forward-looking football team reminding all in attendance that the athletes are the reason he will continue to press toward the mark of excellence.

“Jackson State University student athletes. That is what it is all about. They are champions,” said Taylor. “We appreciate being here. We are excited for the future and ask that you continue to support our students.”

Serenading the rapidly growing rotunda was JSU’s very own Jazz Ensemble, while the University’s various academic colleges exhibited their graduate and undergraduate program offerings. The Department of Alumni Relations displayed a variety of avenues to support the university’s mission.

In addition to the celebratory festivities, the university also presented several fundamental priorities to advance the university strategic vision, including a new student residence hall, campus sustainability and infrastructure, and a campus safety project.

“We appreciate the support extended to us on what has been an excellent day,” said Anthony. “I thank you for what you do to support us, and please know that in the coming days, weeks, and months to come, we will call upon you for that.”