Mississippi Public Health Association board member, Jackson State University professor tackles vaccine hesitancy, tobacco use

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Since being elected unanimously to the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) earlier this year, JSU professor Dr. Nelson Atehortua has worked “intensively” to promote COVID-19 vaccinations and discourage the use of tobacco. Atehortua, a faculty member in the College of Health Sciences, is also director for the…

School of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University receives $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support adult literacy

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s School of Lifelong Learning has received an $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The funds will be used to support adult literacy at the School of Lifelong Learning’s Continuing Education Learning Center. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent $10.5 million donation to…

Recent political elections propel Jackson State University alums to leadership positions

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Several Jackson State University alums have reason to celebrate after winning their campaigns for political seats throughout Mississippi on June 8. Melanie Townsend-Blackmon was elected mayor of Drew, Mississippi. Brian Grizzell was elected to the Jackson City Council, replacing outgoing councilman De’Keither Stamps’ seat. Grizzell will oversee the Highway 80 corridor, which…

MAX 94.1 FM WYAD’s hosts its second virtual awards ceremony for its 7th Anniversary in September

With the world forever changed since the Coronavirus Pandemic, MAX WYAD 94.1 FM is once again adapting by hosting its Anniversary event as an online celebration. On Saturday, September 11th @ 4p.m. central/5p.m. eastern media personality Cyrus Webb will host the event on the station’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wyad941fm/, interviewing the station’s management and discussing what the station hopes…

Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, Jackson State University offering COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, June 15

(JACKSON, Miss.) — As Independence Day celebration nears, COVID-19 vaccinations are being made available to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Jackson State University’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center is providing first and second doses of the Moderna vaccination. All vehicles must…

Jackson State University will administer COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday, June 8

(JACKSON, Miss.) — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, in Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, with the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center.  First and second doses of the Moderna vaccination will be available. Second-doses of Pfizer vaccinations also will be administered. All vehicles must…

JSU alumni (Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority line sisters) create scholarship endowment

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The spring 2007 line of the Gamma Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presented a $25,000 check to Jackson State University’s Division of Institutional Advancement that will go toward a $50,000 endowment in support of student scholarships and book awards. Ultimately, the endowment will balloon to $100,000 with matching funds….

Jackson State University’s undergrads of National Speech Language Hearing Association receive Silver Chapter Honors

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) has received the 2021 Silver Chapter Honors from the organization that recognizes the student-led chapter’s community outreach and advocacy. Despite the pandemic, the organization completed numerous activities that included: A poverty drive during National Public Health Week Read Across America for Dr….

5th annual Brown Girls Do Gymnastics Conference & Inaugural Isla Invitational Set for July 23-25,2021 hosted by Grambling State University

Brown Girls Do Gymnastics Inspiring the Next Generation of Brown and Black Gymnasts with support from The Doug Williams Center (Black PR Wire) Atlanta, Georgia – Brown Girls Do Gymnastics (BGDG) is an important narrative that has been championing a space for Black and brown girls who compete and introduce them to the world of gymnastics. Recognizing a culture of racism and isolation, Founder…

2 Jackson State University ROTC graduates join officer ranks of U.S. Air Force as 2nd lieutenants

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Two former Air Force ROTC cadet leaders who distinguished themselves academically and honorably during training were recently promoted to second lieutenants during a commissioning ceremony recently at Jackson State University. As commander of Detachment 006, Lt. Col. Natosha Reed administered the oath of office to 2nd Lt. Jalen McIntyre, an industrial technology major…

Fulbright Program recognizes Jackson State University as institutional leader

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University is proud to be named a 2019-2020 Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leader for the second consecutive year. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) designation recognizes Jackson State’s significant engagement with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational…

COVID-19 Vaccines: Children ages 12-15 can get Pfizer shots at JSU on May 25; both 1st, 2nd doses of Pfizer, Moderna will be available for those on campus and in community

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will provide, for the first time, COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 12-15, specifically Pfizer. Both brands, Pfizer and Moderna, will be available to all others, including students, faculty, staff and community members from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. First…

Tweet about JSU’s Golden Class of 1970 tragedy, commencement goes viral and sparks convo among thousands, reaches millions

(JACKSON, Miss.) — One tweet. One tweet about Jackson State University’s Golden Class of 1970 has gone viral on Twitter, the microblogging and social networking platform, receiving over 9,000 likes, 2,300 retweets and 5 million-plus impressions (views). On Saturday, May 15, the tweet was posted during the Golden Class of 1970’s commencement ceremony and the 51st…

Jackson State’s Hudson joins United Negro College Fund And H.E.L.F. Presidential Leadership Institute

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson is one of eight presidents participating in the United Negro College Fund and the Higher Education Leadership Foundation’s inaugural Presidential Leadership Institute cohort (PLI). The cohort is made possible by the Kresge Foundation. According to a release, the PLI will intentionally engage presidents at HBCUs and predominately Black institutions as they…

Jackson State University student is denied then accepted into dream graduate program

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Statistically, there are approximately 3.1 percent black occupational therapists in the U.S., according to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2015 Salary & Workforce Survey. Brandon Franklin, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, plans to change that soon. On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Franklin graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health,…