High-ranking Jackson State University is one of country’s most influential and largest HBCU

(JACKSON, Miss.) — According to AcademicInfluence.com, Jackson State University has been named among the top 30 most influential HBCUs over the past two decades. Baseline criteria for this ranking include four-year undergraduate degree offerings and full accreditation. The organization highlights that JSU emphasizes research and experiential learning, has more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree…

Jackson State University’s Japan Fest bridges U.S. and Japanese cultures, aims to enlighten

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Daiki Suematsu is doing it for the culture. The Japanese outreach coordinator for Jackson State University recently hosted the inaugural Japan Fest at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The event featured saki tasting, anime, traditional yukata (cotton summer kimono), taiko (Japanese percussion drums) performances, cosplay and Asian-themed fashion show, among other Japanese…

Jackson State University grant will help explore potential use of bio-inspired construction materials on planets

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Dr. Kejun Wen, an assistant professor at Jackson State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded a $28,741 grant from the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) to explore the use of bio-inspired construction materials in space. MSSGC is a statewide nonprofit organization of institutions of higher learning…

$304,000 grant: Mental health bureau renews substance-abuse prevention award to Jackson State’s Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Department of Mental Health Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services has renewed MJCPC’s Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant. Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition will receive $304,488 for the 2021-22 fiscal year. “We are excited about the renewal of this grant.  It is rewarding to educate our youth and community about the…

New associate VP for Business/Finance at Jackson State University has served over 18 years in public, private sectors

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Misti A. Munroe is the new associate vice president for Business and Finance at Jackson State University. She will report to Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Howard Brown, who expressed confidence in her experience in the public and private sectors, with emphasis in finance, portfolio management, banking and alternative investments.  “I’m very excited…

KLLM, Jackson State University President Hudson unveil new football truck

(JACKSON, Miss.) — KLLM Transport Services hosted recently the 2021 Football Trucks Unveiling Event, which for the first time included a Jackson State University-themed truck. The 18-wheeler proudly features JSU football program greats through the years, including W.C. Gorden, Jackie Slater, Robert Brazile, Lem Barney, Walter Payton and Coach Deion Sanders. During the event, Athletics…

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Jackson State University will offer shots on Tuesday, July 27, in Rose E. McCoy Auditorium

(JACKSON, Miss.) — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, in Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will be offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations. All vehicles must enter through the Prentiss Street security checkpoint. Insurance is not needed, and vaccines are provided…

JSU, Vicksburg and Jackson-Hinds secure $3 million grant to combat COVID-19, improve health literacy among at-risk communities

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University, the city of Vicksburg and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center recently collaborated to secure a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The funds are part of a new, two-year initiative designed to advance health literacy and enhance equitable community responses…

Jackson State University will offer COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, July 6

(JACKSON, Miss.) — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 6 in Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will be offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations. All vehicles must enter through the Prentiss Street security checkpoint. Insurance is not needed, and vaccines are provided…

Jackson State University names Alonda Thomas associate vice president of University Communications

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Alonda Thomas is the new associate vice president for University Communications and chief communications officer at Jackson State University, effective July 6. Recently named one of PRWeek’s Women to Watch and PRNews’ Top Women in PR, Thomas will be responsible for brand and reputation management, marketing, media relations and strategic communications. “I’m…

Jackson State University will offer COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, June 29

(JACKSON, Miss.) — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in Jackson State University’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will be offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations. All vehicles must enter through the Prentiss Street security checkpoint. Insurance is not…

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….