(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University recently was recognized as one of the 51 Best College Bookstores in the United States, according to OnlineDegreeProf.com.
The scoring of each institution was based on the university’s resource ability and access to school supplies, innovative technology, and industry-relevant textbook. Additionally, JSU was highlighted for the array of store offerings that cater to many affinities, including Greek organization apparel, school spirit products for all ages, and university-branded gifts for friends and family.
JSU Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises, Kamesha Hill, was thrilled upon learning about JSU’s ranking. She cited that many of the individuals who contributed to developing an all-inclusive bookstore are both ‘born and bred’ JSU Tigers making the process of developing university support and inventory capacity more than just a form of employment but a conscious investment by committed individuals to elevate the JSU brand.
“Our staff graduate from JSU or have strong ties to the University. We bring different dynamics to this work, and we know where JSU has been and are determined to continue progressing to provide the best for our students, faculty and staff,” Hill said.
Understanding the cultural elements layering into creating an inclusive environment at an HBCU, Hill and her team rely heavily on forming collaborative partnerships with student brand ambassadors to collect valuable feedback and insights into demographic trends.
“One of our goals is to ensure that once students, faculty, staff and guests enter the campus of Jackson State, they do not have to go off campus for anything,” Hill said. “As an alum, I want to ensure that the campus store includes who and what JSU is – we are competitive and assist with increasing the university’s retention and recruitment efforts.”
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