How delightful it was to receive this note from a thankful parent following a very successful Freshman Move-In Day on Aug. 13. We had hundreds of JSU students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to help the newest Jacksonians and their parents move into the residence halls. It is good to know their hard work did not go without notice.
Dear Jackson State University Family,
I would like to personally thank the department that planned the school and community service project to help new students move in. As a parent, I could not have asked for a better set-up.
These volunteers made the day so much smoother for us. My daughter is on the fifth floor of the Honors Dorm, and I promise you I don’t know what I would have done without all of the hospitality the students showed us on that day. When we tried to take things out of the car and help, they said, “No Ma’am, we will do it.” They moved everything, and I mean we had a lot. You know they had been working hard. They were wiping sweat and drinking water, but the good thing about it was that they never complained. They probably remembered me saying, “I’m not used to this kind of service.” They didn’t do this at my alma mater back in 1983 and they still aren’t doing it in 2011. I am going to take this idea back to them and let them know that something good is going on at Jackson State University, even though JSU may be our rival.
If I could offer a word of encouragement to the Jackson State family, I’d simply say, “Keep up the good work and be blessed.” It is not always about giving money. We need to give more of ourselves, our time and our service. How much more can we ask for?
Hats off to you Jacksonians. Thank you all so much for being so hospitable to the Freshman Class of 2011.
Ms. Sheri A. Bell
Mother of Freshman Daughter
From The Clarion-Ledger
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes four Mississippi colleges and universities and two in Louisiana for working with their communities. They’re among 154 schools that applied for the community engagement classification, and 115 which received it this week.
The Mississippi institutions are Millsaps College and Jackson State University; the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The Louisiana schools are Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge and Loyola University of New Orleans.
Louisiana State and Tulane universities were among 119 schools on the foundation’s list in 2008.
For more information, read the press release from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/newsroom/press-releases/carnegie-selects-colleges-and-universities-2010-community-engagement-classification.
December 7, 2010
Dear Jackson State University Family:
Happy holidays! Please know that I am extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve you as your President starting in January 2011. During this holiday season I am especially thankful for all that you have given to Jackson State University. You have brought JSU thus far and with your support, help and continued hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that Jackson State University will reach new heights.
I look forward to getting to know each of you, to learning the campus culture, and to working with you in the years to come. I truly believe that when talented and committed individuals such as you get on the same page, so to speak, anything is possible. In these dire economic times, it is important that we take the time to assess where we are and then move forward with institutional deliberation, determination, and intentionality based on the best ideas, the most thorough plans and decisive implementation.
Enjoy this holiday season and remember Jackson State University in your prayers and thoughts. Be safe and joyous, and I’ll see you in the New Year.
Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.
December 6, 2010
Dear Students of Jackson State University:
Less than a week ago, I experienced the thrill of being named the President of Jackson State University. As your President, I am privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of Jackson State, the Urban University of the State of Mississippi, with its illustrious history, exciting presence today and spectacular future. I am honored to have the good fortune to become a part of your lives.
I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you as we go forward in January 2011. In the meantime, study hard, do well on your final examinations, have fun over the holidays, and during this holiday season, I ask you to remember those who may not be as fortunate as we are, and show the Jackson State spirit of giving.
I wish you blessings and prosperity in the New Year.
Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.