Jackson State University partners with PENN Entertainment in expansion of STEM scholarship program, company dedicating more than $4 million to HBCUs

(Jackson, Miss) — Jackson State University is partnering with PENN Entertainment, which is dedicating more than $4 million over five years to fund STEM scholarships with HBCUs like JSU and create internship opportunities for students. “The generosity of PENN Entertainment will aid in our mission of offering students a world-class, affordable education. This scholarship will…

EPA Director visits JSU for roundtable discussion on water crisis, fourth visit to Jackson

Jackson State University hosted Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba during a round table discussion with state and local community leaders as they provided updates on the looming Jackson water crisis. “When institutions of learning struggle to meet basic needs, the impact spreads well beyond dollars, learning outcomes are affected, student retention…

Drumming to a New Heartbeat: JSU Department of Music Awarded $50,000 for cardiovascular study through African-influenced arts

The Jackson State University Department of Music is bringing African dance and music to the community through a $50,000 grant funded by the Mississippi Department of Health via the Jackson Heart Study. The grant comes from the proposal of demonstration projects sought after by the MSDH that would address health disparities in underrepresented communities. The…

Lewis named one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 Distinguished Leading Business Women

Jackson — Monica Lewis, Ph.D., director of Development for Jackson State University Athletics, was named one of 2022’s Top 50 Distinguished Leading Business Women in Mississippi. The recognition program presented by the Mississippi Business Journal honors Mississippi’s most powerful and influential women business leaders. Lewis was selected from several hundred qualified nominations of businesswomen in…

Jackson State first-time freshmen enrollment increases for Fall 2022

Jackson — Jackson State University’s preliminary first-time freshmen enrollment increased to 1,155 students in Fall 2022 compared to 794 students in Fall 2021. This marks a near doubling of the cohort size since its Fall 2020 class of 623 students. “It’s an exciting time to become a Jackson State University student, and we’re happy to…

Jackson State University Elevates a $13 Million Economic Impact for Capital City during Back-to-Back Football Weekends

JACKSON – Jackson State University generated two back-to-back winning weekends for the city of Jackson as the university celebrated its 2022 Homecoming and BoomBox Classic football home games. Visit Jackson officials estimate an economic impact to the city of $8.9 million and $4.4 million respectively for the JSU events.  “As the largest university in the city of Jackson…

Jackson State University professor elected president of Hinds County Economic Development Authority for 2022-2023

(Jackson, Miss) — Jackson State University professor and author Hilliard Lackey, Ph.D., was elected president of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) for the 2022-2023 term. HCEDA is the economic development organization created by House Bill 1687, specializing in recruiting and retaining businesses in Hinds County. Lackey’s presidency was a natural succession as a…

JSU’s Development Foundation to host inaugural ‘1877 Signature Event’ sponsored by Bank of America, proceeds marked for student scholarships and university advancement

(Jackson, Miss) — The Jackson State University (JSU) Development Foundation will host the inaugural ‘1877 Signature Event,’ sponsored by Bank of America, at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. “It is in the spirit of the university’s mission, “Challenging Minds and Changing Lives,” that we ask…

ESPN’s College GameDay Bus Makes Stop at JSU

(JACKSON, Miss.) – ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will host their show live from Veterans Memorial Stadium when Jackson State University takes on Southern University. TO CELEBRATE, they are bringing the College GameDay Bus to JSU’s campus to see how it’s done at ‘Thee I Love.’    What: JSU Hotspot Welcoming the College…

Alfred Street Baptist Church is the Largest Faith-Based Donor in the Nation to HBCUs

$1 Million Check Presented to Jackson State University During Halftime of 2022 Homecoming Game (Black PR Wire) Alexandria, VA – Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) has become the largest faith-based financial supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the nation, as a result of a combination of direct donations, contributions, scholarships and/or waived fees awarded to students…

Jackson State University Appears on Good Morning America October 21

Jackson, Mississippi – ABC News will bring its award-winning morning show, Good Morning America, to Jackson State University just in time for Homecoming on Friday, October 21. “We’re honored to host Good Morning America at Jackson State University and provide a glimpse of what Mississippi’s only urban research institution is all about,” says President Thomas K….

MacArthur ‘Genius’ to bring the Catherine Coleman Literary Arts, Food and Justice Initiative to the Jackson State University Margaret Walker Center

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Kiese Laymon to bring the Catherine Coleman Literary Arts, Food and Justice Initiative to Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center The Jackson State University Margaret Walker Center is the permanent residence of the Catherine Coleman Literary Arts, Food and Justice Initiative. MacArthur “Genius” Award Winner Kiese Laymon recently made the announcement about the…

JSU’s Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation receives $162,230 grant from MSDH

Jackson State University College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation has been awarded a $162,230 grant for a 20-month partnership with the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) and the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity, and the Health Equity Coalition of Mississippi.  The collaboration…

Jackson State University’s new general education program enhances student course options

The Division of Academic Affairs at Jackson State University has launched “THEE Pathway,” a new general education curriculum. “THEE Pathway” creates flexible course options for general education requirements, including seven new pathway themes that provide undergraduate students with a customizable academic experience. The new curriculum took effect Fall 2022 for first-time and transfer students. “The…

JSU President Selected for Mississippi’s Most Influential African Americans for 2022-23

TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI (October 6, 2022) –Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson, J.D., has been selected as Mississippi’s Most Influential African Americans for 2022-23 by “Our Mississippi” magazine. The group will be honored at the 2023 Our Mississippi Honors Gala on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Cadence Bank Conference in Downtown Tupelo, Mississippi. Publisher…

JSU Department of Art and Theatre honors Black stories, sets tone as the first university to perform the play ‘Succession’ for their season opener

JACKSON, Mississippi – Jackson State University’s Department of Art and Theatre is kicking off its season opener, “Succession,” tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The play tells a modern yet powerful story about Black artistry and the lengths some will take to get to the top. “Succession” depicts an aged, self-centered…

JSU’s annual fundraiser raises over $300,000 in scholarships, Emmy-winning actress drops gems

JACKSON, Mississippi – Emmy-winning-actress Sheryl Lee Ralph encouraged attendees to support education at Jackson State University’s annual Mary E. Peoples Scholarship Luncheon held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson. The event raised over $300,000 toward student scholarships. “If you can, help somebody else because I really believe the future…