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     Jackson State University
National Alumni Association, Inc.

E Pluribus Unum
     President’s Weekly Update

October 25-November 1, 2009
    Homecoming Issue

    JSU: Remember the Times!

                 Remember the Time?
                      Do You Remember? Back In The Fall?
                    Do You Remember? Back In The Spring?
                          Do You Remember The Time
                             When We Fell In Love
                          Do You Remember The Time
                            When We First Met Girl
                   Do You Remember? How We Used To Talk?
     Michael Jackson Song Do you Remember the Time With Video and Lyrics
Michael Jackson Song Do you Remember the Time With Video and Lyrics ...

James Brown- There Was A Time

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         Date        Time Type Tools
  Monday, Nov 2      6:00a
  Tuesday, Nov 3     7:30a
  Wednesday, Nov 4 8:00a
  Thursday, Nov 5    8:30a
  Friday, Nov 6      9:00a
  Saturday, Nov 7    8:40a
Angelia Davis-Webster

Sonic Boom Alumni Band Getting
Ready, Homecoming Performance
Your 2009 Official Sonic Boom of the South Alumni Band will be performing for the
first time before your very eyes this upcoming homecoming. Some of the familiar
classmates, friends and associates that you’ve known for years back on the yard at
Jackson State University have been working diligently to produce a first class showcase
for your pre-game and halftime entertainment. The mighty powerful sounds of the ―GET
READY‖ theme song will send chills down your body as we rekindle old memories from
yesteryear when we were undergraduates and graduate students.

Accompanying your 150+ Official Sonic Boom Alumni band members are also the
thrilling and breathtaking drum majors that will take to field this homecoming with a
tenure range from 1987 all the way to the current 2008 but this not your common old
school drum major group anymore; this is old school flavor with contemporary
movement and style. These 23 guys and gals still have it and now they also host a new
name along with having still have "it".... Read More... Read More

I introduce to you ―The Blue Knights‖, an alumni drum major society, and they are sure
to put the funk back into Memorial Stadium just the way you remembered it.

Your 2009 ―Blue Knights‖ drum major lineup for homecoming will consist of the

Mr. Ira "Mr. Motown" Vaughn
Mr. Darrell ―The Eponymous One‖ Shaw
Mr. Josiah ―School Daze‖ Sampson

Mr. Michael ―No Bones‖ Hite
Mr. Michael ―Low Rider‖ Harry
Mr. James ―Funky As Hell‖ Wesby
Mr. Julius ―New Orleans Dawg‖ Hamilton III
Mr. Deatrik ―Big Easy‖ Bledsoe
Mr. John ―wΨld-chΨld‖ Smith
Mr. Oliver ―Finesse‖ Thompson
Mr. David ―Super Dave‖ Lillard
Mr. Michael ―The Clean-Up Man‖ Henry
Mr. Jarrette ―Twin Towers‖ Logan
Mr. Jonathan ―Twin Towers‖ Logan
Mr. Chris ―Goldberg‖ Jones
Mr. Mikel ―Southern Comfort‖ Houston
Mr. Caramu ―Just GOOGLE Me‖ Cunning
Mr. Byron ―By Any Means‖ Joseph
Mr. Alan ―X-Quizit‖ Evans
Ms. Pachen ―Low Down-Funky Shame‖ Stirgus
Mr. Faron ―Forever My Lady‖ Davis
Mr. James ― Rock Da’ House‖ Montgomery
Mr. Kevin ―Showtime‖ Day (rookie)

The Official Sonic Boom Alumni Band looks forward to seeing you at the game this
homecoming and hope to fulfill your listening pleasures as we all take to the field to
show you that we.........."ARE ALWAYS READY"

See ya at the game!
Oliver L. Thompson
DMJ 1994, 1995, 1996
13 hours ago
Yesterday at 5:50pm

Founders’ Day Banquet recognizes donors-
Ann Hatches speaks softly, carries big stick
Ann Hatches’76 recently retired with the title Human Resource Manager for Ethicon, an
Albuquerque, New Mexico-based manufacturing and distributing firm. The Mississippi
native and Kansas City resident’s new title could very well be torchbearer for the
Campaign for Jackson State University based on talking the talk and walking the walk.

Her task at the 132nd Annual Founders’ Day Banquet Friday night, October 23 was to
extol the virtues of giving. She spoke softly but carried the big stick of actually being a
pacesetter in giving over $50, 000 to the current fundraising initiative. Her deeds and
words set the tone as JSU recognized donors in categories from $1,000 to $1, 000, and
000 and above.

The following are the duly elected or appointed
national, regional and local alumni leaders who
were recognized at the Founders’ Day Banquet.
JSUNAA Executive Committee Members

Hilliard L. Lackey, President
Founders’ Club $25, 000 -$49, 999

Gwendolyn Caples, Executive Director
President’s Club $5,000 - $9,999

Solomon Henderson, NE/RVP
President’s Club $5,000 - $9,999

Barron Banks, Chaplain
Second Century Club ($2000 - $4, 999)

Johnnie Pearl Gray, MS/RVP
Second Century Club ($2,000 - $4,999)

Robert G. Clark, Holmes County Chapter President
$1,000 Club

Sharion Smith, Chicago Chapter President
$1,000 Club

Chapters (Groups)
JSU Scott County Alumni Chapter
Founders’ Club $25, 000 -$49, 999

JSU Huntsville Alumni Chapter
University Club $10, 000 - $24, 000

JSU Milwaukee Alumni Chapter

University Club $10, 000 - $24, 000

JSU Greenville/Washington County Alumni Chapter
President’s Club $5,000 - $9,999

JSU Copiah County Alumni Chapter
Second Century Club $2,000 - $4, 999

JSU Indianapolis Alumni Chapter
Second Century Club $2,000 - $4, 999

JSU New Orleans Alumni Chapter
Second Century Club $2,000 - $4, 999

JSU Tupelo/North Mississippi Alumni Chapter
Second Century Club $2,000 - $4, 999

JSU Natchez Alumni Chapter
$1,000 Club

JSU Pike county Alumni chapter
$1,000 Club

JSU Rankin County Alumni Chapter
$1,000 Club

Special Categories
Clay-Lackey Society of Planned Gifts
Gwendolyn Green Caples, Executive Director

Campaign Champion Alumni Medallions
Gold          ($20, 000 - $49, 999)
Hilliard L. Lackey, President
Luther Williams, FW/RVP
Ruth Gentry Williams, Acting FW Board Member

Silver ($10, 000 - $19, 999)
Jerry Kennedy, Acting Wilkinson County Alumni Chapter President

Bronze              ($5, 000 - $9, 999)
Gwendolyn Green Caples, Executive Director
Solomon Henderson, NE/RVP
Aaron Jones, Second Vice President
Annette Houston Johnson, MW/ Regional Board Member
Richard Taylor, Outgoing SE/Regional Board Member

Copper ($2,500 - $4, 999)
Linda Mark, Parliamentarian

Questions? Comments? Please contact
Ms. Linda Daniels, Development Director

         Mentorship motivates
        ―Lives change when people care‖

JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS The students involved in the Mentor on Wheels
program gather at Silverado High School. The program began with Ayele Forde, center,
and spread by word of mouth through a variety of the schools sports teams, and activities.
Students, from left; Gaby Fuentes, Courtney Warren, Jeremy Henry, Ayele Forde,
Damariea Johnson, Julio Diaz-DeLeon (JSU Bound?) and Quiney Arrannt.

October 25, 2009 5:51 PM

VICTORVILLE, Calif. • Silverado High School senior Julio Diaz De Leon, a varsity
football player aching to play for Jackson State University, recalls feeling nervous and
uneasy before a recent phone call with an academic recruiter.

But his nerves subsided, he said, once his new adult mentor, Ken Cobb, joined him on the
call for support.
Diaz De Leon, who’s spent his high school career pushing himself to his limits on the
football field but less focused in the classroom, credits his recent participation in a
mentorship program with helping get him get his priorities on track. ―I’ve always been a
big goof off in school,‖ Diaz De Leon said, ―but this year everything’s looking great."

The Mentors on Wheels program, started by Holy Temple Christian Center youth pastor
Cobb, has been helping a growing group of Silverado athletes and seniors navigate the
college admissions process and outline future plans.
The seniors, many who will be first-generation college students, say they're grateful for
the stable source of information and guidance the mentorship program provides. ―I’m a
big procrastinator,‖ senior Gaby Fuentes said, so the daily check-ins and text-message
reminders she gets from her mentor help her stay on top of her college applications.

The prospective political science or English major hopes to become a lawyer and attend
University of California, Davis, or UC, Santa Barbara, but she's applied to additional
back-up choices with help from her mentor. ―It’s a hard process but it can be done with
guidance,‖ Fuentes said. ―And you have to be determined, too.‖ For more information
about Mentors on Wheels, contact Cobb at (760) 244-8847.

Natasha Lindstrom may be reached at 951-6232 or at

    Dr. Benjamin Carson to help JSU’s
    Marietta Reading Center, 3 others

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation will honor four agencies that help children at the
13th annual Community Reinvestment Awards at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the mall's Center

Guest speaker will be Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns
Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore. Carson was the first neurosurgeon to
successfully separate conjoined twins.

The foundation will recognize the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, Jackson Roadmap
to Health Equity Project, Marietta Reading Center and Operation Shoestring. The
organizations will receive a monetary award based on funds raised through CRA.

For sponsorship information, tickets or to purchase a table, call (601) 982-8467 or visit

Universities urge parental activity
Programs aim to boost achievement
Elizabeth Crisp • • October 26, 2009

Maureen Edwards is getting a little help with the transition from high school to college,
but she's not a student.

Edwards' daughter, Arielle, is the one who started college at the University of Southern
Mississippi this fall.

"We've always been involved," Edwards said of her daughter's high school years. "I think
it's really important to continue that."

While some may question parental involvement beyond high school, USM is one of
several universities now hoping to aid parents like Edwards with the transition, and
hopefully gain something from their eagerness: improved student success rates.

"We are putting a lot of emphasis on creating a climate of academic success," USM
President Martha Saunders said. "Working with parents is very helpful and a very
important part of the process."

The university recently held a "Parents University" workshop, providing information on
subjects ranging from mid-semester check-ups to campus resources.

Edwards and her husband attended.

"I think anytime you show your child that you are interested in what they are doing, they
are more likely to succeed," she said. "Even though they are at that point of being adults
now, they still have to know that you are interested."

Saunders said continued parental involvement can be of particular importance in families
where the child is the first generation to go to college.

"These parents often don't know what to expect or how to respond to certain situations,"
she said. "This is a way for them to get the information they want and need."

The goal is to provide more support but still allow the students to grow and appreciate
college life. And it's a trend that is growing nationally.

Jackson State University also started a Parents and Family Association this year.

The group officially started in July, but director Cathy Patterson said things have been

"Parents are interested when you first tell them about it," she said. "But they don't show
much interest beyond that until they have concerns."

Edwards said she always has been an involved parent. While there was no PTA at her
daughter's high school, she was always there to lend a hand with school projects, show
choir or dance team.

Edwards' own experience made her somewhat disappointed that more parents didn't turn
out for USM's first Parents University.

"There should have been more of us there," she said.

Lady Cox, coordinator of Mississippi State University's Office of Parent Services, said
this generation of parents is often more involved in their children's lives.

"Students now rely on their parents more than ever before," she said. "The students have
grown up in this environment and feel really connected to their parents."

Some have criticized so-called "helicopter parents" for being too involved, but a 2007
study from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA suggested many college
students across the country would welcome even more parental involvement.

Nearly one in four freshmen reported their parents displayed "too little" involvement in
helping them select college courses, and 22.5 percent said their parents were not involved
enough in helping choose college activities.

"You can see that sometimes they have a hard time making decisions without their
parents," Cox said.

Jackson State has partnered with University Parent, a national group that specializes in
aiding universities with parent outreach efforts.

In addition to JSU, University Parent has partnered with nearly 100 schools, including
Auburn University, Georgia Tech and the University of Arkansas, to provide
informational newsletters and other forms of support.

The university has to be careful and respect the privacy of its students, even when parents
are involved, but Patterson noted there are still things they can do to help the transition
from high school to adult.

From bringing balloons to a student on her first birthday away from home to advising a
parent on how he can help his daughter deal with a difficult roommate, the university can
fill a void, she said.

She also would like to see it become a networking tool for parents, particularly those of
students from other areas.

"I think there is a lot of potential there," she said.

NOCP supports HBCU parents

Tyrone Couey, NOCP President or 301-598-8739
The National Organization of College Parents (NOCP) is a non-profit,
tax-exempt organization committed to establishing Parents’ Clubs to assist NOCP in
supporting, enhancing, and advancing students and the executive leadership of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), in several regards. NOCP is:

   * Increasing national awareness about Parents’ Clubs for HBCUs
   * Expanding donor support for Parents’ Clubs for HBCUs
   * Enhancing high school and community counselors’ knowledge of and support for
HBCUs through Parents’ Clubs.
   * Serving as a resource for connecting students and HBCU presidents/chancellors to
   * Supporting students and HBCUs to increase retention and graduation rates
   * Advocating issues and interests of parents, students and HBCUs before HBCUs,
legislative, administrative, corporate, foundation, and governmental bodies
   * Expanding the reach and impact of HBCU alumni associations
   * Supporting public and private organizations

       NOCP is unique in that it is organizing parents’ clubs in areas where there are
sizeable Black American communities and working through its parents’ clubs to design
and advance plans to achieve the above ends. NOCP members are parents, alumni,
neighbors, and friends of HBCUs in various careers, disciplines and stations of service
who are aware of the promise and the peril of HBCUs and HBCU students.

        The nation’s 100 historically black colleges and universities have been preparing
mostly Black American students to assume the responsibilities associated with adulthood,
and to be leaders in government, corporate, philanthropic, business and service arenas
since the period just after the Civil War.

        These equal educational opportunity institutions have at all times enrolled and
graduated students and employed faculty, administrators and staff without regard to race,
ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or other stigma.

        NOCP and HBCUs are developing ways to meet the challenges of the Twenty-
First Century, with cutting-edge projects and increasing enrollment. HBCUs provide
vital education, health care, human needs, economic and community development, and
recreation services for the communities in which they are located. NOCP is showing that
―college is a family affair‖ by its support of these efforts.


       The National Organization of College Parents (NOCP) was incorporated in
August 2003 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. NOCP was founded by parents
from District of Columbia Hampton Parents Club (DCHPC), which was established in
October 1969 to promote the general welfare and success of Hampton University
students. We are unique in that we provide an avenue for parents to remain actively
involved in supporting the education of their children at Historically Black Colleges and
Universities HBCU.


       Organize "Parents Clubs" for every HBCU, work through these parents clubs,
with parents, Alumni, neighbors, HBCUs, and friends of HBCUs, to increase retention
and graduation rates.


        To be recognized as an innovative and dynamic organization that is able to
efficiently influence the development of parents clubs at all Historically Black Colleges
and Universities.


        Our goals in establishing Alumni-Parents Club partnerships at HBCUs are to
share resources, knowledge, influence, experience, insight and recognition with Alumni
organizations and HBCU institution in an atmosphere of teamwork, empowerment and
respect, and to benefit the successful perpetuation of our HBCU institutions.

                     National Organization of College Parents, Inc. (NOCP)
                                         Post Office Box 6727
                                       Silver Spring, MD 20916
                    or 301-598-8739.

Jackson State University Parent Guide
Transition from High School

Derrick and Frances Ashley with 3rd generation J-Settes/Majorette daughters
Mia and Anissa.
   What to Pack for the Campus Residence Hall

    Here are the items that the JSU Housing Department recommends your son or
daughter bring to make his or her residence hall room just as comfortable as the one at
home. Linens - include a mattress cover/pad, twin size sheets, pillowcases, blankets,
bedspread or comforter, towels, pillow) Cleaning supplies - mop, broom, dustpan,
disinfectants and other cleaning items. Rooms must be cleaned regularly by the
occupants. Laundry bag/basket, detergent, iron and ironing board, clothes hangers, etc.
An alarm clock... Read More

Academics *
   Helping your Student to Avoid Procrastination

    Procrastination is the curse of many college students. By the time your student
reaches college, many are already experts at avoiding the inevitable. They will probably
get it done, but not without a constant and looming pressure that builds until, the night
before, they cram, sometimes all night long, to finish or prepare. The result is seldom
going to be their best work. This article explores ways to guide them away from
procrastination. Read More

Health & Safety
    Important Contact Persons

   Please click "Read More" to view a list of important contact information you may
need. Read More

Student Life
    Other Important Information from JSU

Tips for Parents
    College Parenting: Learn to stay involved without hovering

     As you student leaves for college, parents must learn a new balance in their parenting.
Parents need to remain involved in their student's life while they are in college. With
mobile phones, text messaging, email, instant messaging, FedEx, and all the rest of
technology that is available today, it's extremely easy for parents to stay in touch with
their college student. But, when is it too much? Parents need to realize is that a major part
of college is the student learning to deal with life issues on their own. 
 As a parent, now
is the time to step back and let your student step forward and practice what you have been
teaching them all along. Read this article to explore ways to manage the new parenting
boundaries with college-aged students.

Apartments in works near JSU
University Place also will include retail shops

Construction has started on the first phase of University Place of Jackson at the
corner of Lynch and Dalton streets. The planned development near Jackson
State University will feature 78 apartments for married or graduate students on
the second through fourth floors, with retail shops planned for the first floor.
(Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger)

University Place of Jackson, being built near the Jackson State University
campus, will include one- and two-bedroom apartments for students. (Barbara
Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger)

Jeff Ayres • • October 27, 2009

Construction has started on the first phase of a mixed-use development near Jackson
State University, and a clutch of new student apartments could be ready by next summer.

Crews have started work on the $14 million, 22,000-square-foot building that marks the
first part of the roughly $125 million University Place of Jackson development
envisioned to blend apartments, single-family homes and retail between JSU's campus
and downtown Jackson.

The realization of University Place will better connect the two parts of the city, and both
will benefit from one another, says Jimmy Heidel, an economic development consultant
for the city.

"All of that takes us beyond the barrier of the railroad tracks" that separate downtown
from the JSU area, he said. "It's going to help (areas around campus) expand."

The four-story building at Lynch and Dalton streets includes 78 apartments geared
toward married or graduate students on floors two through four. Retail shops that cater to
college students would locate on the ground floor.

University Place would like to attract retailers such as a grocer along with businesses that
cater to collegians - from pizza parlors to clothing stores, said Troy Stovall, JSU's senior
vice president for finance and treasurer for the JSU Development Foundation, which is
behind the project.

The building is being funded through new-market tax credits and a bank loan, Stovall
said. University Place will be the first step in bringing more people to the university area,
he said.

A groundbreaking for the first phase is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The university has worked to develop Metro Parkway, which connects downtown with

Koinonia Coffee House opened about a year ago on South Adams Street near campus.

Alexis Spencer-Byers operates the business with Lee Harper. She says JSU students,
faculty and staff regularly visit the establishment and that University Place could help
bring in customers.

"We're thrilled about this idea," she said. "We love this area west of downtown. That's
why we opened here. We're for anything that will add to the energy of this area."
(2 of 2)

Stovall said University Place and development of the parkway will benefit the university
and surrounding neighborhoods.

LaVaughn Wiggins, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church near JSU, says he can see a
significant difference in the area since he moved to Jackson in 2002.

He said University Place would be the biggest step in transforming an area that has been
marred by run-down homes, crime and a lack of economic opportunity.

Heidel says the JSU apartments complement a major goal of downtown Jackson's
redevelopment - housing that will appeal to younger people, whether they're still in
school or just out of college.

The student-focused apartments feature four floor plans in one- and two-bedroom

A future phase of the project will include 45 single-family homes near where Terry Road
becomes Pascagoula Street, Stovall said.

The homes would offer six different floor plans that vary in the number of bedrooms and
bathrooms with prices from $115,000 to $200,000, depending on the size and features,
according to University Place's Web site.

Stovall said that phase is projected to cost $15 million. The university is working on
funding, which should include a mix similar to the apartment development.

Ultimately, University Place is planned to also include 30 townhomes, a clubhouse and
swimming pool.
Stovall said University Place and development of the parkway will benefit the university
and surrounding neighborhoods.

LaVaughn Wiggins, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church near JSU, says he can see a
significant difference in the area since he moved to Jackson in 2002.

He said University Place would be the biggest step in transforming an area that has been
marred by run-down homes, crime and a lack of economic opportunity.

Heidel says the JSU apartments complement a major goal of downtown Jackson's
redevelopment - housing that will appeal to younger people, whether they're still in
school or just out of college.

The student-focused apartments feature four floor plans in one- and two-bedroom

A future phase of the project will include 45 single-family homes near where Terry Road
becomes Pascagoula Street, Stovall said.

The homes would offer six different floor plans that vary in the number of bedrooms and
bathrooms with prices from $115,000 to $200,000, depending on the size and features,
according to University Place's Web site.

Stovall said that phase is projected to cost $15 million. The university is working on
funding, which should include a mix similar to the apartment development.

Ultimately, University Place is planned to also include 30 townhomes, a clubhouse and
swimming pool.

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Cole's Statements Become Evidence In Trial
Norman Killed In 2007
JACKSON, Miss. -- It's been nearly two years since the body of Jackson State University
student Latasha Norman was found in a wooded area near Tougaloo College. In
February, her ex-boyfriend, Stanley Cole, 25, will go on trial in connection with her

Latasha Norman
A statement Cole gave to investigators in November 2007, two weeks after Norman was
reported missing, will serve as exhibit 7 at the trial. In it, Cole said an argument between
him and Norman turned deadly.

Cole told police that he and Norman left JSU and went riding around. That's when the
fight started, he said.

―One thing just led to another. We were just fighting and just cussing and it just really got
out of hand. Before I knew it, I hit her too hard and knocked her out,‖ Cole told
investigators according to court documents.

―I just panicked and just put her in the trunk and just rode around and tried to figure out
what I was going to do. After a couple of hours, I checked on her and there wasn't a
pulse, so I just rode around for a couple more hours. It was late at night and I just saw a
couple of abandoned houses and trees and woods and just dropped her off and just
covered her up," Cole told investigators.


Stanley Cole
Police said they found Norman’s body in a wooded area after Cole directed them to the

One of JSU’s counseling centers has been named in Norman’s honor. On Monday, as part
of Domestic Violence Awareness Week, JSU handed out dating pledge cards to students
that say: ―I pledge to always treat my girlfriend or boyfriend with respect.‖

Memorial reflects on violence

GREENVILLE — As the two-year anniversary of their daughter’s tragic death draws
near, Danny and Patricia Bolden face not only sorrowful holidays but also the traumatic
prospect of her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial early next year.

The anniversary follows the observation in October of Domestic Violence Awareness
Month. A memorial service will be held at Our House for the victim, Latasha Norman,
Friday, 12:30 p.m., in a closing ceremony for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 ―God put it in my heart to go around to schools and talk to young people,‖ Bolden said.
―It hurts, but we have to go on. God chose Latasha, and he chose our family to shine a
light on this.‖

In both Greenville and Jackson, advocates against domestic violence focused on the death
of Norman this month to help raise awareness about their cause. On the Jackson State
University campus, a free counseling center was named in memory of Norman.

During an observation of domestic violence awareness week on the campus, pledge cards
requesting signatures were handed out to students that said, ―I pledge to always treat my
girlfriend or boyfriend with respect.‖

Bolden said he and his wife will attend Cole’s trial next year, even though it will be
extraordinarily painful. The trial has been delayed for two years because Cole’s lawyer
has unsuccessfully attempted to get his confession suppressed and to get the trial moved
away from Jackson because of mass media coverage about the case.

An unsuccessful attempt also was made to delay the burial of Norman’s body to make it
available for possible examination by forensic experts working on the behalf of the
Bolden said that despite the family’s anguish and sense of devastating loss, he does not
hate Cole.

―We believe God is going to handle this,‖ Bolden said. ―We don’t have any resentment
against Mr. Cole.‖

Analysis: Miss. PEER looks
at Ayers settlement
By JACK ELLIOTT JR. - Associated Press Writer

A legislative watchdog panel this month gave a generally rosy report about how
Mississippi is meeting its obligations in a decades-old college desegregation case, but a
closer examination reveals flaws with a private endowment that has failed to reach its

The settlement of the case in 2002 put an end to litigation that began in 1975 when Jake
Ayers Jr. filed suit with a group of other students, accusing Mississippi of operating an
unequal system of higher education - one for black students, and another for white

Lawmakers put the settlement package together in 2002 but no money was allocated until
the last appeal was exhausted in 2004.

In the settlement, there was a $70 million publicly funded endowment and a separate,
privately funded $35 million endowment. The private endowment has only $1 million.

Seven years after a federal judge signed off on the settlement, state officials agree there is
no organized campaign to raise private money.

New Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds, in his response to the report by the
Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee, acknowledged PEER's
concern about the private endowment.

Bounds offered no solution other but noted that the College Board's Ayers Management
Committee annually hears progress reports on the private and public endowments. The
committee has scheduled a teleconference for this week.

The public and private endowments are shared by Mississippi's three historically black
universities - Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State.

The settlement stipulated that 28.3 percent each of the private endowment goes to Alcorn
and Valley and 43.4 percent to the larger Jackson State. To tap into the endowment, the
three schools were to bring their non-black enrollments to at least 10 percent for three
consecutive years.

Scholarships, stronger recruiting and new programs attracted dozens of students from
Russia, Canada, Latin America and other lands and allowed Alcorn State to reach the 10
percent goal. Neither Jackson State nor Mississippi Valley has done as well.

Once the universities obtained a 10 percent "other race" enrollment for three consecutive
years, they would receive the endowment funds to be used for educational programs.

PEER recommended the state College Board offer strategies to the three universities for
raising additional income.

"In the event that those efforts fail," the report said, "the IHL Board should make
recommendations to the Legislature on what additional efforts may be taken to foster
interest and contributions to the private endowment."

Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, says the private endowment was a good idea in 2002 and
still is.

"The idea was that there were those who would want to contribute to make sure that we
have adequately funded our historically black colleges, who would be willing to
contribute to that endowment as they would any other endowment at one of our
universities," Burton said in an interview this past week.

Burton, who was chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee when the
lawsuit settlement was reached, said he would expect higher education officials to come
to the Legislature with suggestions about what it could do to help with the private
endowment within the confines of the settlement.

Burton said legislative leaders have worked hard to keep the Ayers settlement dollars
flowing regardless of economic conditions, which have prompted Gov. Haley Barbour to
slash millions from the state budget.

"We've managed to stay pretty up to date, considering the budget shape we've been in
since the settlement. That's laudable," he said.

Alcorn, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley will share $503 million. Besides the
endowments, they will get $246 million for academic programs and $75 million for
The Naked Truth:

Ayers defying odds, reaping benefits
(Or, so we thought in 2005)
By Dr. Hilliard Lackey

Court documents say it was January, 1975 when the lawsuit seeking state funding parity
for Mississippi's three historically black universities and bearing the name of lead
plaintiff Jake Ayers was filed. It seems longer than that, more like several lifetimes ago.

The case has run its course coming within three months of 30 years in active duration as
court-approved representatives of plaintiffs accepted a $503 million settlement. Private
plaintiffs had refused to participate in a settlement and opted instead to appeal the case all
the way back to the Untied States Supreme Court. In October, 2004, the Supreme Court
refused to place Ayers on its docket for a second hearing essentially ending the lawsuit.

January 1975
Atty. Ike Madison had stood behind the podium in the lecture room of the Blackburn
Language Arts building on the campus of Jackson State University and said quietly but
resolutely: "We can win this thing if we live long enough." With those prophetic words,
Ayers began an odyssey from Federal District Court, to the Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals with a three judge panel, with the court en banc and finally to the United States

Supreme Court, back to the court of     original jurisdiction, back to the United States
Supreme Court and finally by default    again under the auspices of the Federal District
Court at Oxford. Some of the original   plaintiffs and proponents have indeed lived long
enough to see an impossible dream       achieve some facsimile of the lawsuit's initial

There has been some attrition and some change of faces down through the years of
litigation. Jake Ayers passed away prior to the case reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
Atty. Madison gave way to Atty. Alvin Chambliss as lead counsel. The Justice
Department joined private plaintiffs with a friend of the court brief and became public
plaintiffs. The players changed but the case persisted.

                       Atty. Alvin Chambliss
Alumni and friends of Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State pooled
personal donations to covertly lend financial assistance to attorneys, mostly Chambliss,
struggling to foot the bills for the costly venture. Document preparations, filing fees,
travel and subsistence and related costs became all but insurmountable as the case met its
share of legal obstacles. The state of Mississippi spent a reported $111 million of
taxpayers' monies in opposition to Ayers.

Complicating matters was the awkward predicament of the HBCUs presidents. As leaders
of their respective college families, they were emotionally attached to the merits of the
case waged by plaintiffs. As state employees, they were aligned legally with the
defendants. Their recourse was to say little if anything publicly and nothing quotable
privately. The $503 million settlement has been met with statements of gratitude that
Ayers has ended and not much at all in the way of thanksgiving to those who sacrificed
to bring about the benefits being received.

Very few of the private plaintiffs and supporters were steadfast in their beliefs that Ayers
would receive a favorable ruling at the highest levels. All understood that to win the case
would be the higher education version of Brown v. Board of Education. With stakes of
that magnitude, the fear was that appellate courts were reluctant to revolutionalize
funding patterns of higher education in removing the vestiges of segregation. As the case
drew longer and longer and as disappointment after disappointment was realized,
probably only Chambliss held out hope that victory was forthcoming.

A hollow victory has been won in the sense that (1) private plaintiffs, while getting the
courts to agree that Mississippi had been under funding its three HBCUs, failed to get the

level of funding and admission parameters sought; (2) stalling tactics by state attorneys
dragged the case on for nearly 30 years causing costly delays and rendering the decision
mute for a generation of students for whom it was meant to benefit and (3) settlement
provisions allow up to17 years for allocation of funds. Altogether, that's until the year
2020, a period of 45 years since the lawsuit was filed.

Madison's words still resonate: "We can win this case if we live long enough." It could
also be said, "We can benefit from this case if we live long enough." Future generations
will undoubtedly benefit and may learn to appreciate Ayers plaintiffs and attorneys.
That's a far cry from present benefactors.
Dr. Hilliard Lackey is Senior Education Consultant with Young Sanford Marketing and
Media Services in Memphis, President of the Jackson State University National Alumni
Association, Inc. and Chairman of the Inter-Alumni Council, Institutions of Higher
Learning, State of Mississippi. E-mail

       Gorgeously Green at JSU

                                          "Going Green: It's Up to JS'U'"
Courtesy Jackson State University
LaShawda Banks shows one of her fashion creations for tonight's Gorgeously Green
Fashion Show.

by Briana Robinson Jackson Free Press
October 27, 2009

In an effort to make a positive change on campus and around the community, Go Green
JSU week at Jackson State University runs through Thursday, Oct. 29. "Going Green:
It's Up to JS'U'" is a service learning project of the Department of Mass
Communications at the university.

"Go Green JSU week gives students, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to
hone what it means to go green," said Amber N. Thomas, founding chairwoman of the

Student Government Association's Blue, White and Green Committee. The idea for the
project came about in spring 2009. The public-relations practice class created a campaign
for going green, which won a fifth place award in the "Going Green Mississippi" contest
from local TV station, WLBT.

The class joined with the Department of Facilities and Construction Management and the
SGA's Blue, White and Green Committee to plan activities for the week. Monday was
"Wipe out the Waste Day," when different groups around the university helped clean up
the campus.

Tonight, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., is the Gorgeously Green Fashion Show, featuring JSU's
Insatiable Modeling Squad and held in the general-purpose room on the second floor of
Jacob L. Reddix Hall.

"I think it's great that we can come together and model for something with a purpose,"
said Marrisa Simms, a member of the squad and a Jackson native. "This fashion show
allows the students to see it's acceptable to be responsible to our environment."

The modeled clothes are made out of various recyclable materials ranging from garbage
bags to old issues of the Jackson Free Press, as well as repurposed donated clothes.

"The purpose of the fashion show is to be a fun event promoting our message of
recycling and being environmentally conscious," public-relations practice class instructor
Riva Brown Teague said. Admission is free, but organizers are encouraging attendees to
bring clothes and other recyclable items to be donated to Goodwill, the Salvation Army
or to a women's shelter.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the JSU Student Center will host an art exhibit from Blackburn
Middle School students. JSU Art Department staff will judge the art, which is made from
recycled and recyclable materials.

"The art exhibit is part of the university's attempt to reach out into the community and to
get the younger generation to think about recycling" Teague said.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, JSU celebrates Arbor Day beginning at noon at the Gibbs-Green
Plaza. This year's activities are a continuation of the last year's tree plantings, which
earned the university the designation of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day
Foundation. In February, JSU became one of 29 college campuses in the nation and the
first among Historically Black Colleges and Universities to earn the designation for 2008.

"I've heard that there is a great buzz on campus (about Go Green Week)," Teague said.
"Students, faculty and staff are really looking forward to coming to the fashion show."

Jackson State Going Green

Recycle Bins Set Up Around Campus

                                                                          Internet Photo

JSU has set up recycle bins around campus and in university building hallways for paper,
plastic and trash. But students aren’t limiting their efforts to campus.

―We are going green to conserve the Earth,‖ said JSU Going Green publicist Brandy
Atkinson. ―But we are trying to get everybody involved, not just at Jackson State.‖

JSU student Jarrett Claiborne said recycling is not a trend -- it has bigger meaning.

―I recycle because I feel it's an obligation, as a citizen, to give back to our country,‖
Claiborne said.

The week-long Going Green Campaign at Jackson State will come to an end on Friday
but Atkinson said one phrase will remain that can help students remember how to go

The three R’s

―We use what we like to call the three R's -- reduce, reuse and recycle,”
Atkinson said. ―We’re putting it out there so that people will think twice before they
throw things away that can be reused or recycled.‖

The following are recycle locations in the area:

• Allens' Recycling on North Canal Street in Canton
• Waste Management on Country Club Drive in Jackson
• The Rankin County Recycling location off Marquette Road in Brandon

JSU graduate to replace Bobby DeLaughter
Barbour taps Malcolm Harrison for judgeship

Malcolm Harrison ’91, son of retired JSU professor Dr. Alferdteen Harrison
By Jimmie E. Gates • • October 27, 2009

Gov. Haley Barbour Tuesday announced the appointment of Hinds County Attorney
Malcolm Harrison to serve out the term of former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby

"I am very pleased that Malcolm Harrison has accepted this important judicial position,"
Barbour said in a statement. "He brings extensive criminal and civil experience to the
Circuit Court bench from his distinguished service as a prosecutor and as a lawyer in
private practice. I appreciate his continued dedication to public service as he takes on this
new role."

It's Barbour's first appointment of an African American to a judicial post.
Harrison will serve the remainder of DeLaughter’s term which ends Jan. 3, 2011.
DeLaughter resigned July 30, just before pleading guilty to a federal charge of
obstruction of justice.
Harrison is expected to begin his new duties on Nov. 2

Hinds County Attorney, S. Malcolm O. Harrison is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and
graduated with honors from Jackson State University in 1991. Attorney Harrison
attended Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama
graduating in 1994 with his Juris Doctor degree. Attorney Harrison was admitted to the
Mississippi Bar, April of 1995. Attorney Harrison is licensed to practice law in all Courts
in the State of Mississippi, including the Supreme Court of Mississippi as well as the
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana.

Attorney Harrison is a member of several legal associations including, the American Bar
Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Trial
Lawyers Association, and American Trial Lawyers Association.

Attorney Harrison is involved and holds many offices in civic organizations, including
Leadership Jackson; City of Jackson, Mayor's Youth Initiative, NAACP; Salvation
Army; Trustee Board Member, Farish Street Missionary Baptist Church; 7th District
Scholarship Chairman; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; T.C. Almore Lodge #242 F&AM;
and Jackson State University, National Alumni Association.

On November 2,1999, Attorney Harrison was elected County Attorney for Hinds County
Attorney for Hinds County, Mississippi. Attorney Harrison was the first African
American elected County Attorney for Hinds County, Mississippi. Attorney Harrison also
serves as the City Prosecuting Attorney for Bolton, Mississippi.

Attorney Harrison is married to the former Tammiko Walker and they have two sons,
Khari and Kiland.

Internal Memo explains why JSU
is privatizing custodial services
TO:            Jackson State University Administrators, Faculty and Staff

FROM:          President Ronald Mason Jr.

DATE:          October 28, 2009

RE:            Custodial Services

Most of you are aware that we expect to outsource our custodial services effective
December 1, 2009. We have been working on this transition for more than a year. The
company we have selected, Service Solutions Corporation (SSC), is a good fit for the
JSU family. I have met with the custodial staff and explained the necessity for the change
and answered their questions. I thought it would be useful to explain to the larger
community why the change is necessary.

The University has added more than one million square feet of building space over the
last several years. The custodial budget has not been able to grow to keep pace with the
cleaning needs. In addition to being overworked, the equipment available to the custodial
crews could not be regularly repaired or replaced due to budget constraints. Given what
they have to work with, our custodial team has done an outstanding job. However, we
gave them neither the expertise nor equipment to adequately perform their professional

The new arrangement is simply better for the University as well as the employees
involved. The University will attain cleaning expertise that we do not presently have. All
of the current employees will be retained by SSC at a higher hourly wage. In addition,
they will be trained and provided all new equipment. We also worked hard to ensure that
the benefits package was comparable, and in some areas better than the JSU package.

Change, if properly managed, can be a good thing. The custodial members of our family
will remain part of our family; they will simply be managed by a company, which has
extensive capacity, experience and expertise in the service industry.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this transition.

JFP Person of the Day:
JSU grad Servia Williams Fortenberry

Servia Williams Howard Fortenberry serves her country in the armed forces and the
city in the police department.

by Amanda Kittrell
October 27, 2009

If anyone is more American than apple pie, it would have to be Servia Williams
Howard Fortenberry. Fortenberry, 39, is a native of Magnolia, Miss., and mother to two
sons, Malcolm Williams, 18, and Edward Howard, 10. She became a Jackson transplant
in 1997 when a truck lost control on a rainy day and hit her eldest son, putting him into a
coma and a body cast for more than six weeks at a Jackson-area hospital. The accident
forced her to move to the city where she became a temporary office worker at the mayor's
office, and eventually worked her way into a permanent position. She decided to stay in
Jackson permanently.

Fortenberry would not stay tied to a desk for long. Enlisting in the Army Reserves on
July 6, 1989, she originally joined the armed forces to help finish paying for college at
Jackson State University (Recruited by Hilliard Lackey).

She received the call to active duty on Feb. 9, 2003, at 9 a.m. Knowing she was going to
be deployed the following day, Fortenberry's thoughts immediately turned to the well-
being of her children. When they heard the news that Mom was going to Kuwait, she says
her sons "just cried and cried. My oldest son was about 12, and he was old enough to
watch the news and know what was going on."

Fortunately, she has a "wonderful and tight" family structure that allowed her to call on
her parents, Lethel and Elvalene Williams of McComb, Miss., when she was in desperate
need. She stayed on ground in Kuwait for seven months, and then finished out the rest of
her 14-month deployment in various states around the U.S.

What was the first thing she did when she got back to her home state on April 24, 2004?
"I went to my mother's house in the country, and we had a big party," she says. "My kids
were glued to me; they wouldn't let me move!"

As if serving 13 years in the Army weren't enough, Servia Fortenberry re-enlisted in the
Air National Guard Reserve, where she now works as a staff sergeant; she has served
with them for over three years. When she is not serving her country, Fortenberry is
fighting the battle at home by working as a reserve police officer with the Jackson Police
Department, mainly directing traffic for special events and acting as a back-up for already
patrolled areas.

The next time you see Fortenberry, wish her congratulations on her recent nuptials. She
recently celebrated her four-month anniversary to her second husband, Alonzo
Fortenberry. They were married—you guessed it—on July 4, 2009.

LB Rich rates SWAC defensive honor

Kareem Copeland • • October 27, 2009

Jackson State linebacker Ryan Rich was named SWAC defensive player of the week
Monday. The junior picked off two passes and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the
25-16 win over Mississippi Valley State.

Rich now has five interceptions this season, tied for No. 3 in Division I-AA. He also
leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and is No. 4 with 32 tackles.

"He makes it look like it's luck, but it's hustle," JSU coach Rick Comegy said. "He's a guy
that runs all over the football field. He's going to be there when a break comes.

"Hustle got that touchdown. When he intercepted that ball, that was hustle."
No decision on QB

With Jackson State on a bye, there are two weeks to decide who will start at quarterback
against Alabama State on Nov. 7 - and that's what Comegy plans to do.

Redshirt freshman Dedric McDonald led JSU to a come-from-behind victory over Valley,
completing 12 of 16 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Tray Rutland got the start, connecting on 3 of 10 attempts for 21 yards.

Apparently, Rutland has been suffering through bruised ribs the last few weeks and
hadn't told coaches or trainers. Comegy said he didn't find out until Sunday, but thinks
Rutland should be better by the next game.

"Tray kind of kept it a secret," Comegy said. "I was surprised. I'm glad we got that out of
the way and we can go about doing the things we're supposed to do to get him right.

"I know he has a lot of pride and wants to play."

JSU Breaking Ground;

University Place Is Real!

   Jackson State and partners break ground on multi-million dollar development, One
                                    University Place

A four-story development with retail space and apartments is under construction on the
east corner of Dalton and Lynch Street near Jackson State University.

by Ward Schaefer, Jackson Free Press
October 28, 2009

A long-awaited development project near Jackson State University has begun its first
phase at the corner of Dalton and Lynch Streets. The JSU Development Foundation,
which supports the university through investments, celebrated the groundbreaking on the
four-story, mixed-use building at 10 a.m. Wednesday, marking the official start of
construction on its $125 million University Place development.

Located across from JSU's new student center, the $14 million building will house 22,000
square feet of retail space on its bottom floor and roughly 75 apartments on the top three
floors. Work began on the structure over a month ago, but tomorrow's event was the first
date available for a formal groundbreaking, said Troy Stovall, a vice president with the
JSU Development Foundation.

The Foundation hopes to attract businesses to the bottom floor that will serve the
students, faculty and nearby residents' daily needs, Stovall said. Those could include a
grocery store and pharmacy, in addition to other food vendors, specialty retail and
medical services. The apartments will likely go to JSU's married and graduate students,
Stovall said.

"It's part of President (Ronald) Mason's vision of bringing the university into the
community and bring the community into the university," Stovall said.

Funding for the building comes through New Market Tax Credits, using a $9 million loan
from Trustmark Bank, he added. The Development Foundation is still securing financing
for later phases of the University Place project, which will include several different
mixed-income housing developments.

In one future phase, the Foundation will build roughly 40 single-family homes near the
Terry Road roundabout, using similar New Market Tax Credits. Groundbreaking on that
project is more than a year away, however. Stovall expects that some of the homes will
be available to buyers making as little as $25,000 to $35,000.

"Our real goal is to create a mixed-income, mixed-race community," Stovall told the
Jackson Free Press in September.

Earnestine Bowden opened The Rib Shack, a barbecue and seafood restaurant, in a
historic shoe shop on Lynch Street in July. She said that construction on the new building
was a welcome sign of redevelopment in the area.

"I think it's great," Bowden said. "It's going to benefit us. It'll probably increase my

Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen hailed the project as "hugely

"This is just the first phase that will connect Jackson State to downtown Jackson, much
like you see in Starkville and Oxford," Allen said. "If you look at what Starkville and
Oxford are like today, as compared to 25 years ago, it's not even the same town. This is
really big, and what's encouraging is this isn't downtown. It's going to be connected to
downtown, but this is West Jackson."
WAPT-Channel 16---
Business Leaders Break Ground On Jackson Development
$150M Development Planned Near JSU
                                            JACKSON, Miss. -- Business leaders broke
                                            ground Wednesday on a new $150M
                                            development in west Jackson.

                                            Many say the project could pump much-needed
                                            new life into the area surrounding Jackson
                                            State University.

                                            University Place of Jackson is located at the
                                            corner of John R. Lynch Street and Dalton
                                            Street and once completed, it will include
                                            luxury apartments and 22,000 square feet of
                                            retail space.

Developers said One University Place will bridge the gap between Jackson State
University and downtown Jackson. Business owners are hoping the development comes
through in time to help them stay afloat. The owners of Koinonia coffee shop on the
Metro Parkway believe it could save their business.

One University Place is the first phase of the University Place development, developers
are working with Jackson State to plan a full neighborhood with homes for moderate
hyphen income families.

Developers said the building should be complete by this summer.

American Legion honors JSU-Tougaloo grad
• John Johnson, assistant principal at Vicksburg Junior High, is the American Legion Post
213 Educator of the Year. A Morton native, he has been with the Vicksburg Warren
School District for seven years. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, pre-law, from
Tougaloo, a master’s degree in education administration from Jackson State and is
pursuing a doctorate. He and his wife, Vanessa, have one daughter.

Sil Lai Abrams spends weekend at JSU

Sil Lai Abrams will talk about losing the drama and surviving domestic violence
Thursday at the Pearl Street AME Church and this weekend at Jackson State.

The Empowerment of Sil Lai Abrams
by Kelly Brignac, Jackson Free Press
October 28, 2009
Empowerment specialist and domestic-violence awareness activist Sil Lai Abrams,
author of the book "No More Drama: Nine Simple Steps of Transforming a Breakdown
Into a Breakthrough," expresses a desire to help women live healthy and fulfilling lives,
generated from her own troubled past. Abrams, born in Hawaii and raised in California
and Florida, currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her two children. In the past, Abrams
was a fashion model and held positions in entertainment industry event planning. She
currently works as Men's Fitness magazine's resident relationship expert. She is the
creator of a process called SEPIA, Self Empowerment Principles in Action, which
enables women to live fulfilling lives. A woman must be willing to work toward her
goals and to learn from mistakes, she says. Abrams answered questions about her book
and the problem of domestic violence by phone.
October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Professional Women's Group of the Metro Jackson Affiliate of Dress for Success is
sponsoring Sil Lai Abrams, author of "No More Drama," Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Pearl
Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.), from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Abrams' topic will be
"An Ounce of Prevention: Nine Steps to Cultivating Self-Love," bringing to life the
importance of self-love and how to identify an unhealthy relationship before getting
involved. Jackson Free Press editor-in-chief Donna Ladd moderates. Admission is free,
and Abrams will have copies of her book available . Call 601-985-9888 or e-mail

Jackson State University is holding several events throughout the week. Students can win
an iPod Touch by attending any session and signing the dating violence pledge. • 6 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 28, Calling All Brothers: Gentle(Man) seminar at the Student Center
Theater, sponsored by JSU Greek fraternities.
• 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, Ladies First: Self-defense seminar at the Jacob Reddix
Union Study Lounge, sponsored by the Survivors.
• 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Candlelight vigil in memory of dating/domestic violence
victims at the Gibbs-Green Plaza.

Finally, the BET Foundation, Honey Nut Cheerios and General Mills are co-sponsoring a
Women's Health Symposium Saturday, Oct. 31 at the JSU Arena (1400 Lynch St.), from
8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The symposium is a national annual four-city tour that brings together
women of color for health education, fitness facts and fun. The day culminates with
entertainment from national recording artists, including gospel great Vickie Winans,
R&B songstress Deborah Cox and Grammy Award nominee Kelly Price.

The symposium offers a full day of health education and awareness, including a morning
fitness session, expert panel discussions and workshops with health professionals, health
screenings, exhibits and book signings with authors Bern Nadette Stanis—"Thelma" from
the long-standing TV show "Good Times"—and Sil Lai Abrams.

   Emory University Dean to
  Talk on Toni Morrison’s Jazz

                                                                   Toni Morrison
Carolyn Denard, a Jackson State University graduate and associate dean for
undergraduate education at Emory University, will give a talk at Washington and Lee
University on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall Room 327.

The title of Denard’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is ―Artifice and Meaning
in Toni Morrison’s Jazz.‖

Denard serves as dean for the Emory’s senior class and has responsibility for degree
certification, as well as doing academic advising for students with special standing. She
also serves on the Curriculum and Education Policy Committees, as well as the ad hoc
committee for the review of course evaluation for faculty.

The founding organizer of the Toni Morrison Society, an official author society of the
American Literature Association, Denard now serves as board chair of the society. Her
research focuses on African-American myth, ethics and cultural figures of speech in
Morrison’s fiction. She has contributed to critical anthologies and essay collections on
Morrison’s work, and she is editor of What Moves at the Margin: Selected Non-Fiction
by Toni Morrison and Toni Morrison: Conversations, a Collection of Interviews.

Previously associate dean of the college at Brown University, Denard also taught at
Georgia State University where she co-chaired the Women Studies Program and served
as a member of the associate faculty in African-American Studies.

She received her bachelor’s from Jackson State University, her master’s from Indiana
University and her Ph.D. from Emory University.

Denard’s presentation is sponsored by W&L’s Program in African-American Studies and
the University Lectures Fund.

Track Coach Pauline Banks resigns, takes
Texas Southern job
JACKSON, Miss. - Pauline Banks has resigned her position as
head women's cross country and track and field coach at Jackson
State University. Banks accepted the head women's track job at
Texas Southern.

"I would like to thank coach Banks for all that she has
contributed to the Athletics Department and to the university,"
said Athletic Director Robert L. Braddy, Sr. "She has served as a
positive influence on her student-athletes and contributed
immensely to the Lady Tigers success of women's track and

During her six season tenure at Jackson State Banks led the Lady
Tigers to consecutive SWAC Outdoor Track and Field
Championships (2008, 2009) and a SWAC Indoor Track and
Field title in 2008. She was named SWAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

In 2008 she became the first female head coach to win an outright SWAC title in 23
years, since Sadie Magee won the 1985 SWAC Basketball Tournament. Banks was
nominated for the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association Coach of the
Year, following the 2008 conference indoor title.

Men's track and field coach Ernest Tche will serve as the interim head coach for the Lady
Tigers, until a replacement is found.

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First Black Judge Sworn
In Under Barbour

Malcolm Harrison ‘91 was sworn in as Hinds County Circuit Court Judge this morning,
reversing Barbour's five-year trend of only appointing white judges.

Oct. 30, 2009

by Adam Lynch, Jackson Free Press

The state of Mississippi swore in its first African American judge under Republican Gov.
Haley Barbour this morning. Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens administered the oath
of office to new Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison this morning,
reversing Barbour's five-year trend of only appointing white judges.

"We're pleasantly surprised that the governor, after over 20 opportunities, has finally seen
the wisdom and appointed an African American to a state court bench," Mississippi
NAACP President Derrick Johnson told the Jackson Free Press. Harrison, formerly the
prosecuting attorney for Hinds County, was filled with emotion as he took the oath,
according to onlookers.

"I agree ... that we have a new judge now who has a heart," said Jackson attorney Carlton
Reeves, who was among the crowd witnessing the ceremony.

Harrison, who is 40, is also one of Barbour's youngest appointees. Harrison had
previously told the Jackson Free Press during his campaign for Hinds County attorney
that one of his biggest motivations for holding the political office was to steer wayward
youth back in a proper direction.

"It's not too late to correct a downward spiral if the system catches them young and helps
them acknowledges their behavior," Harrison said.

Magnolia Bar President Gale Walker said her organization kept the heat on the governor
to appoint a black judge in Hinds County, pointing out that since serving as governor,
Barbour has appointed 24 judges prior to Harrison without naming a single black judge.

Ed Brunini, who heads the governor's Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee --
which reviews the qualifications of potential judicial appointees -- said earlier this year
that good black lawyers rarely chose to take a pay cut in order to hold a judgeship, and
that his committee consequentially saw few worthy black applicants.

Harrison, who also worked as a part-time private attorney while holding his county
office, took a pay cut for his new appointment.

Walker said she doubted Brunini's assessment was accurate, and set the Magnolia Bar to
personally screening black applicants in an effort to make sure Brunini's committee had
access to worthy applicants. She said at least five black members with praiseworthy
resumes had applied for former circuit court Judge Bobby DeLaughter's vacated spot, and
warned that the group would be closely watching the vetting process.

"We've answered your challenge that none are qualified or none are applying--yes, we
are, and yes we have," Walker said in August.

DeLaughter, who will face sentencing in November, vacated his position after pleading
guilty to obstruction of justice in the bribery scheme that involving former attorney
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs. Harrison will occupy the remainder of DeLaughter's term.

JSU students observe Arbor Day

Photograph by Spencer McClenty
On Thursday morning, students and faculty members from the Mass Communications
Department plant trees on the JSU campus in celebration of Arbor Day.


Marengo Alabama Sports Hall of
Fame class includes JSU grad
By David Snow (Contact) | Demopolis Times

DEMOPOLIS — The second class of the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame has been
selected by the Hall’s board of directors. The five honorees will be inducted on Monday,
Feb. 8, at the Demopolis Civic Center.
―The board of directors met on Oct. 22,‖ said Hall of Fame board member Tom Boggs.
―They selected five people, and there was a close vote on some of them.‖
Boggs said that, for the first time, the Marengo County Hall of Fame would give a
college scholarship to a deserving scholar-athlete. A school will be chosen at random,
and a student-athlete will be chosen from that school based on that student-athlete’s
criteria. Dr. Ken Tucker of the University of West Alabama will provide the criteria and
assist with the selection.
Another new feature for this year’s Hall of Fame will be the selection of a championship
team to enter the Hall.

The 2010 Class for the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame includes:
•Lafayette ―Fate‖ Flowers, a left-handed pitcher in Marengo County at the turn of the
20th Century.
•Alan Koch, who played baseball on one of the first two Little League teams in the state,
pitched for Demopolia High School and Auburn University and in the Major League for
the Detroit Lions and the Washington Senators.
•Marvin Tucker, a three-sport athlete at Linden High School who lettered five years in
football, six years in baseball, four years in basketball and three years in track. He was
named to the All-Black Belt Conference Team for four years and was a two-time all-state
honoree. One season, he was named Super All-State.
•Morris Ward, a coach and athletics director at Marengo Conty High School from 1951 to
1961. A three-sport star at Wetumpka High School in the late 1930s, he lettered in
football, baseball and basketball at Troy State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force
during World War II from 1941 to 1946, and began his coaching career at Lyeffion High
School, forming that school’s first-ever football program.

•Emanuel Zanders Jr., a standout football player at U.S. Jones High School, becoming
the first professional football player from Demopolis.
From high school, he played at Jackson State University, where he lettered all four
seasons. At JSU, he played both sides of the ball and on special teams. His collegiate
honors include All-Southwestern Athletic Conference, All-NAIA, Ebony Magazine All-
American and team captain, all in 1972.
After graduation, he began teaching in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was called to the Miami
Dolphins training camp. Despite a strong off-season, Zanders was not chosen to be on the
Miami team, but the New Orleans Saints found a place for him, the first African-
American to play for that team. He was chosen as the team captain from 1976 to 1979
and earned the team Offensive Player of the Year in 1977, the Soulful Saints Offensive
Player of the Year in 1978 and the National Sports Foundation Offensive Player of the
Year in 1980.

In 1980, Zanders was made the offensive line coach for the last four games of the season.
The next season, he played for the Chicago Bears, becoming the only lineman to block
for Walter Payton in college and in the pros.

He currently resides in Baton Rouge, La.

         Victims of domestic violence
        remembered during JSU vigil
Event aims to raise awareness of help available

Awareness bracelets with the message "Love Shouldn't Hurt" were
available along with pamphlets and related information for those attending a
candlelight vigil at JSU. (Vickie D. King/The Clarion-Ledger)

Heather Civil • • October 31, 2009

Rain canceled several metro-area events Friday, but it didn't stop a vigil at Jackson State
University or quell the desire of the 30 people gathered there to raise awareness about
domestic violence. The event had been planned for outdoors, but was moved to the
Student Center because of the inclement weather.

The group of mostly women gathered in a circle and lit white candles as each person said
the name of someone who had been a victim of domestic violence.

A common name mentioned was that of Latasha Norman, a 20-year-old JSU student
killed two years ago, her body found in some woods off a Jackson street.

Her former boyfriend, Stanley Cole, is set for trial on Feb. 8 on a murder charge.

Cole had been set to go to court on simple assault charges for allegedly hitting Norman
not long before the she was killed.
"It's close to home," JSU freshman Jasmine Rivera, who attended the vigil, said of
domestic violence. "If it could happen to a JSU student, it could happen to someone else,
Near the attendees stood a large picture of a smiling Norman.
A table held pamphlets of information about rape and domestic violence and purple
bracelets bearing the saying: "Love shouldn't hurt."
JSU's School of Social Work employee Kira Johnson had personal reasons for organizing
the vigil.
Johnson was a JSU student in 2000 when she was in a relationship that got violent.
"The turning point for me was when he put a gun to my head the day I was graduating
with a master's in social work," Johnson said. "That's when I started working to get out,
and it was hard."
Johnson said she organized the vigil in part to honor Norman's memory.
The vigil also was meant to remind people there is help for victims of domestic violence,
especially college students who may not realize they have options, Johnson said.

       2008 Provine High Valedictorian
        Suiting up for 2009 JSU Tigers

                Jonathan Lewis,                                 Guard, 5’10”, 160
At JSU: 2008-09 (Freshman): Sat out as a red-shirt. High School (Provine): Averaged 8
points and 7 assists ... member of state championship teams in 2007 and 2008 ... won the
team leadership award and best GPA award ... class Valedictorian and 2008 Ebony
magazine Top 10 Scholar ... named to the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
Personal: Parents are Danny and Jennifer Lewis ... is the middle child of two brothers and
one sister ... born June 22, 1990 ... majoring in civil engineering.

Hoops schedule less daunting
More games at home early on
Kareem Copeland • • October 30, 2009

The Jackson State men's basketball team played its first 14 games of the 2008-09 season
on the road before playing at home on Jan. 10. Not a single non-conference game was
played inside the Athletics and Assembly Center. The 2007-08 season wasn't as bad, but
the team was on the road for 13 of the first14 in 2006-07.
The schedule will look much different once the Tigers start the 2009-10 season at
Memphis on Nov. 13. Jackson State hits the road for its first four games before hosting
Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 2) and Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 15).
"We kind of learned a lesson from that," coach Tevester Anderson said. "It kind of really
burned us out the last couple years playing those games back-to-back-to-back."
This year will be a better balance between what's best for the team and the program
playing money games to help with the athletic department budget. Also, athletic director
Bob Braddy has said that schedules for all sports this year will feature shorter road trips
to offset budget issues that have surfaced in a weak economy.
"We always try to do what's (best) for the team and the university," Anderson said. "I'm
sure the university would like for us to continue to bring in as much money as we can.
"But at the same time, you can only bring in so much. And you have to look at your team.
... You don't want to put too much of a demand on your team."

   JSUNAA and Basketball Tigers will
     visit Las Vegas December 22-23
The Las Vegas Classic, one of the nation's premier college basketball tournaments, is
pleased to announce their lineup for the 2009 tournament. The field of eight teams
includes Brigham Young University, Chicago State University, Eastern Washington
University, Jackson State University, University of Nebraska, University of Nevada,
University of Tulsa, and Wagner College. Each team will play four games- the first two
at campus sites, and the final two at the beautiful Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Dec. 22nd
& 23rd.

JSU plays its first two games of the Las Vegas Classic on the campus of Oklahoma State
December 18-19. JSU plays Wagner in the Orleans Arena at noon Tuesday, December 22
in the Las Vegas Classic and either Chicago State or Eastern Washington Wednesday.

The Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. is planning to reactivate
the long dormant Las Vegas Alumni Chapter Tuesday night. JSUNAA officials will also
meet with Alpha Service guru Jean Richard Jones to reactivate the placement of JSU
interns and co-op students. During the 1990s, JSUNAA arranged for Alpha Service to
place more than 20 JSU students and graduates in civilian capacities in Armed services
installations throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.
SWAC Basketball Tournament Set for Bossier City, Louisiana
The men's and women's SWAC basketball tournaments will be hosted at the Century Tel
Center in Bossier City, La., starting this season. The conference has a three-year deal
with the arena just outside of Shreveport. The 14,000-seat facility was built in 2000 and
should be a significant improvement over Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, which was
built in 1980.

Terrence Banks takes party to new spot
Zestful senior handling tough adjustment from defensive tackle to end

Terrence Banks 6’2,” 290

Kareem Copeland • • October 30, 2009

Calling Terrence Banks a character is probably an understatement.
His voice is easily audible from anywhere on the Jackson State practice field. He's quick
to crack a joke or maybe a swear word every now and then. And there seems to be an
unresolved incident where the coaches' water was spiked with salt during a meal.

"Banks either knew about it or had something to do with it," defensive coordinator Darrin
Hayes said. "If something's done, he's the first person I always call. Whether he did it or
not, he's that guy. "He's just a comedian. He's just that type of kid that's always the life of
the party."

Banks has begun to develop into the party planner on the JSU defensive line. The senior
defensive end is tied with Neal Pogue for a team-high four sacks, is No. 2 with nine
tackles for a loss and tied at No. 4 with 30 tackles. All of this from someone playing out
of position.

Banks was moved to defensive end before the season began as JSU had a huge hole to
fill. All-American Marcus Benard took his talents to the NFL, Sam Washington was lost
for the year with a back injury and Earnest Brocks was also down with a respiratory
issue. There was concern filling one end position, but suddenly there was a need for two
new starters. The coaches went to Banks and slid him over from defensive tackle.

"I think it was a great move," coach Rick Comegy said. "He has a little more freedom out
there to run the field instead of being boxed in. He can chase things down and use his
speed and quickness to his advantage.

"I saw some sparks out of him last year, but didn't know it would be as consistent as is.
His consistency surprised me. "As well as things have worked out, Banks, 6 feet 2, 290
pounds, wasn't thrilled with the change. He was willing to do what was best for the team,
but he liked playing inside. The biggest difference has been getting used to all of that
space after being pinched in and working in a crowd at defensive tackle.

It's been a successful game as of late with two sacks last week in addition to a forced
fumble, a fumble recovery and 1.5 tackles for a loss the previous week. The final three
games of the regular season could be even better now that Banks is starting to really
know the position.

Too many universities in Mississippi?
By LEROY MORGANTI - For the Delta Democrat Times

Sunday, November 1, 2009 12:29 AM CDT

Here we go again. Whenever Mississippi gets financially strapped, somebody steps up
and says we have too many public universities.

That’s an automatic red flag to people in the Delta who have dealt with this issue before
and know that the next step will be to call for the ―merger‖ of Mississippi Valley State
and Delta State universities.

The two Delta institutions, along with Mississippi University for Women, provide the
easiest targets because they are smaller and/or less politically empowered than the other
five institutions.

When the issue of the merger of the two Delta schools last came up during the resolution
of the Ayers Case in the 1990s, a lot of politicians and some members of the IHL Board
jumped on the band wagon and cited unspecified ―savings‖ in costs.

While merger immediately conjures up ideas of economy, the facts are that the initial
costs of merger border on the prohibitive and the ridiculous if the idea is to have only one
campus. The two schools have a combined enrollment around 7,500 students.

Approximately half of those students will be displaced, their former campus will become
a graveyard of expensive buildings, and the other campus will have to spend countless
millions to accommodate the new influx of students. Not to mention that the economy of
the state’s poorest region will be dealt a severe blow and thousands of students in the
region will find their access to higher education proportionately crippled.

This latest call for fewer campuses comes from Rep. George Flaggs of Vicksburg, who
apparently feels confident that Alcorn State University, an excellent institution located in
his area, will once again not be involved in the discussion.

Mississippi does not have too many public universities when you compare us to other

But what we do have is too many of the expensive ―comprehensive universities‖ with Ole
Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and Jackson State duplicating many costly
programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Compare that number to comparable
states and you will find where the excess in the Mississippi university system truly exists.

We only need one comprehensive university and certainly not more than two, but the
politicians and the IHL Board have never had the courage to even suggest such a thing.
One could surmise that their reluctance is due to the fact that the great majority of the
board is composed of graduates of the so-called comprehensives, as is the Legislature.

Instead they and the politicians give lip service to economy by picking on the little guys
while ignoring the extravagance of trying to maintain four comprehensives.

If you want to save big bucks, you have to go where the big bucks are — and they are not
in Cleveland and Itta Bena.

Can you say ―penny-wise and pound-foolish?‖
Leroy Morganti is a former DDT sports editor, who went on to become the vice president
at Delta State University. He is retired and lives in Benoit. Contact him at

Walter Payton:
Sweetness and Sorrow

By Dave Goldberg (RSS feed)
Jim Finks knew the Atlanta Falcons would use the first pick of the 1975 draft on Steve
Bartkowski, the California quarterback -- then, as now, "franchise'' quarterbacks were a
premium item.

What the general manager of the Chicago Bears didn't know as he waited on at New
York's Hilton Hotel on Jan. 28 of that year was whether or not Dallas would use the
second pick on the player he desperately coveted: Walter Payton, a running back from
Jackson State who had finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, despite playing for
a historically black school that never competed on national television.

"We didn't know who we were going to take either,'' says Gil Brandt, then the personnel
director of the Dallas Cowboys. "I guess the draft started at noon and we didn't make our
decision until maybe an hour before. It was Walter or Randy White and we went with
longevity -- defensive linemen are supposed to last a lot longer than running backs.''
White, a defensive tackle, did last longer -- until 1988, one year more than Payton. And
like Payton, he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But his impact on football wasn't close to what "Sweetness'' had -- 16,726 yards rushing,
a record that held up for 18 years until Emmitt Smith broke it in 2002; 125 touchdowns,
even eight TD passes. "The best football player I've ever seen,'' said Mike Ditka, who
coached Payton for the last six seasons of his career. Also one of the best human beings:
the NFL's citizenship award is named after him for his many good works, including
gallant efforts in his last months to try to save others from the liver disease that was
sapping away his life.

"There may not have been a better nickname for a player," said Jim Harbaugh, who was a
rookie quarterback in Payton's final NFL season and now coaches at Stanford. "He meant
so much to the city of Chicago. And to the rest of the country.''

Citizenship, of course, wasn't what Finks had on his mind on that draft day 34 years ago.
After the Baltimore Colts chose Ken Huff, a guard from North Carolina, with the third
pick, Finks didn't pause one second to take the running back from Jackson State. "I never
saw anyone run to the stage more quickly than when he took Walter,'' Brandt says.

Walter Payton died on Nov. 1, 1999, from cancer that developed from primary sclerosing
cholangitis, a rare liver disease that had been diagnosed a year earlier. It was expected --
Payton was far more than just an athlete, and his illness and efforts to obtain a kidney
transplant had been followed all over the country, not just in Chicago, where he lived and
played. As with many things Payton did, it still has ramifications -- according to his son
Jarrett, Illinois has moved from the bottom to the top in organ donations.

Walter Payton knew the value of his name. Jarrett recalled that when Joe Paterno arrived
at the Payton household to recruit him for Penn State, Paterno relegated his own son Jay
to Jarrett and turned to the youngster's father. Then Joe Paterno and Walter Payton talked
for more than two hours.

"It was amazing,'' Jarrett says. "Mr. Paterno and my father just talked about the people
they knew. Two legends talking about football, about life, about all the people they had in
common. Jay and I just sat and listened."

Walter Payton was not recruited to play at Penn State. Or any of the Southeastern
Conference schools, despite an outstanding high school career (both in football and band)
at two high schools in Columbia, Miss. He only started playing as a junior at Jefferson
High School, then was all-state at Columbia High School when the schools were
integrated for his senior season in 1971.

"He meant so much to the city of Chicago. And to the rest of the country."
-- Former Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh But the SEC was just beginning to integrate
in those days, and no one in the conference was interested in Payton, not even the state
university, which had just lost a quarterback named Archie Manning to the NFL.

So he turned down offers from schools in the Big Ten and on the West Coast and
followed his brother Eddie, later an outstanding NFL return man, to Jackson State,
where he played with another future NFL Hall of Famer, offensive tackle Jackie Slater.
During a four-year collegiate career, Payton scored 65 touchdowns, averaged 6.1 yards
per carry and was fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, unheard of for a player from a
historically black school.

The Bears were dismal in those days -- why else would they be picking fourth? They
didn't get much better, even with Payton, because they were challenged at quarterback. In
his first 10 seasons, the Bears were 61-70 with only two winning seasons and two playoff
berths -- in 1977 when they went 9-5 and two years later, when they were 10-6.

That 1977 season may have been Payton's best.

He rushed for 1,852 yards, an average of 132 per game in the NFL's final 14-game
season. On Nov. 20, he carried 40 times for 275 yards, then an NFL record, in a 10-7
victory over Minnesota that started a six-game winning streak and earned Chicago a
playoff berth. Remarkably, it was the only season he led the NFL in rushing -- he led the
NFC three more times -- and earned his only Most Valuable Player award.

But consistency defined Payton, not awards. He missed just one game in his 13-season
career -- the fifth game of his rookie year -- when coach Jack Pardee, against Payton's
objections, sat him down with a sprained ankle. It didn't matter if the Bears were bad or
good -- he was always among the NFL's best backs. As the team got better, he started
becoming part of the national consciousness. Ditka succeeded Neill Armstrong as coach
in 1982 and by 1984 they were a legitimate contender.

The heart of the team was Buddy Ryan's "46'' defense and Payton's running -- the Bears
still had problems at quarterback, although a youngster named Jim McMahon showed
promise. A typical loss: 38-9 in Seattle on Sept. 23, Franco Harris' first game as a
Seahawk. Seattle gained just 203 yards on offense but scored three touchdowns on
defense off five turnovers, leading Ditka to remark of Bob Avellini, his QB that day:
"Walter is a better quarterback than that guy.''

In fact, he might have been. His eight career TD passes came both on option plays and
what was the Wildcat formation of his era -- Payton lined up in a shotgun formation.

Dikta called him the best football player and athlete he'd ever seen, even at 5-foot-10, 195

His only contemporary rival for that title might have been 6-foot-3, 245-pound Lawrence
Taylor, who came along six years later. In fact, one of the great athletic shows never seen
occurred at the Pro Bowl following the 1984 season, a punt-off between Taylor and
Payton after Brian Hansen, the NFC's punter, sprained his ankle and was questionable for
the game.

It took place in front of a few reporters and a few players at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu -
- Payton and Taylor standing side-by-side on the field vying for Hansen's job. Taylor
boomed one 55 yards (counting the dropback); Payton boomed one 60. They went again
with similar results. Payton got the punting job, but Hansen made it to the game, so he
never got to kick one for real.

That was the year that Payton broke Jim Brown's rushing record in a game against New
Orleans. It also was the year that the Bears won their first playoff game since 1963,
beating Washington, 23-19, a game in which Payton threw a touchdown pass. They lost
23-0 to San Francisco in the NFC title game (a 24-year-old fledgling PR guy named
Roger Goodell handed out media credentials for that contest).

But that gave them momentum -- the 1985 Bears were one of the NFL's most remarkable
teams, finishing 15-1 and outscoring the Giants, Rams and Patriots by a combined 91-10
in the playoffs, leading to what remains Chicago's only Super Bowl victory.

Ryan's defense included Hall of Famers Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary plus Richard
Dent, Steve McMichael, Wilber Marshall, Otis Wilson and the 350-pound rookie,

William "the Refrigerator'' Perry, who became a cult figure in a media-challenged era
when cult figures were much harder to come by.

Payton, at 31, was the offense. McMahon was a competent quarterback -- the best the
Bears had had since Sid Luckman in the 1940s. "Sweetness" rushed for 1,551 yards and a
4.8 yards per carry average, his second-best mark next to his MVP season.

The playoffs were a breeze for the Bears -- the 21-0 win over the Giants is remembered
for New York's Sean Landeta fanning on a punt at snowy and windy Soldier Field and
Chicago's Shaun Gayle picking it up and dancing in for a score. They were less a breeze
for Payton, on whom every defense keyed.

That was most evident in the Super Bowl against New England. The focal point of the
Patriots' defense, he gained just 61 yards on 22 carries in a 46-10 blowout sparked by
Hampton, Dent and the defense.

But what was most remembered after the game was the final touchdown -- a 1-yard run
by Perry, who had become a sideshow by lining up in the backfield on short-yardage
situations. Why, people asked, wouldn't Ditka give the ball to Payton, an NFL icon in
what might be his last chance to score a Super Bowl TD?

Ditka shrugged it off, although he later apologized, saying he got caught up in the
excitement of the game. So did Payton -- "Sweetness'' also in his demeanor. After his
retirement, as he became a successful investor in restaurants, real estate and other
businesses, people would ask him about it and he would shrug.

His family knew better.

"I remember once when I was about 14 I went down to his private office and was
watching his television,'' says Jarrett, a running back at Miami, in the World League, in
Canada and for one year with the Tennessee Titans. "That play with the Fridge was on
TV. Then I heard [Walter] behind me. He made this sound like he was upset. As an
athlete, I was never in position where I was 'the man,' except in high school. That's the
biggest show on earth. Any time you're the starter, you should get a chance to score. I'd
be kind of upset. I can only imagine what Ditka was thinking about.''

Then he paused.

"Everything happens for a reason,'' he added. "Now it's part of his legacy. It's what people
think about and talk about. They always get mad. It's 'Why didn't Walter Payton score a
touchdown in the Super Bowl?' "

Walter Payton accounted for 133 touchdowns in his career, and his impact both on and
off the field went well beyond stats.

One touchdown he didn't score can't tarnish all that.

SWAC honors 3 JSU family members

        Braddy                 Gorden

To: SWAC Alumni Association Members
Re: Legends Reception and W.C. Gorden Roast

We will celebrate our 10th anniversary Dec. 11 with our annual Legends Reception and a
Roast of Jackson State Hall of Fame football coach W.C. Gorden. Both will be held
at the Doubletree Hotel, 808 20th Street, Birmingham, Ala. The Legends Reception
begins at 6 p.m. with the Roast immediately following.

The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award and Charles "Chuck'' Prophet Memorial Wagon
Master Award recipients will be honored during the reception. The Lifetime
Achievement Award recipients are Southern University baseball coach Roger Cador,
former Texas Southern men's basketball coach Robert "Bob'' Moreland and former
Jackson State women's basketball coach Sadie Magee. Magee will be honored
posthumously. Jackson State athletic director and former baseball coach Robert
"Bob'' Braddy is the Wagon Master Award recipient. The recipient of the inaugural
Degree Completion Scholarship, former Alabama State volleyball player Shantae
Robinson, will also be recognized.

Tickets for the Roast are $60 each. Alumni Association members are asked to sale a
minimum of two tickets each and two pages of ads ($200). Ad rates are full page, $100,
three-quarter page, $75; half page, $50; quarter page, $25. Contact Alvin Moore at 205-
222-1044 or at for information about tickets and ads. Deadline for
ads is Nov. 13.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Doubletree. The rate is $90 a night. Call 205-
933-9000 to make reservations. Be sure to ask for the SWAC Alumni Association rate.
Deadline for reservations is Nov. 23.

President, SWAC Alumni Association

"Remembering the Past – The Source of Wisdom Today"

Golden Boy

                         JSU Former Student 1997
Courtesy Country Boy Records
Jackson-based rapper Rob Gold puts a new face on the southern rap game.

by Maggie Neff, Jackson Free Press
October 28, 2009

If you ever meet Jackson rapper Rob Gold, you're sure to find him wearing some sort of
Mississippi paraphernalia, usually his signature diamond-encrusted necklace, which is the
shape of the state with his name in gold lettering across the center. A gold crown tops off
the pendant, as if to signify that Mississippi is true royalty.

A West Point, Miss., native, Gold has been recording his brand of southern rap since
2002, when he met No Limit recording artist Tre-8 in New Orleans and began learning
from him. His latest album "Betta Believe Me" closes out with the track "Home of the
Blues," about which Gold says, "you'll know me if you listen to it."

Gold recently launched, where he sells T-shirts and hoodie designs
from 6th & Mead, as well as designs from a separate venture, trapspace. He's also
working on a collaborative album with Houston-based record label SwishaHouse—home
of artists Paul Wall and Slim Thug—called "Swishasisippi," which is due out this winter.
Look him up at or

Homecoming, very special;
It’s JSU’s national holiday

BY Hilliard Lackey
Jackson State University graduates, former students parents, friends and supporters need
to show up in large numbers for homecoming week activities. Having a large gathering of
supporters sends a message to would be, might be, could be detractors: “Don’t Mess With
JSU!” Saturday, November 7 is our national holiday. It’s the time when we pay homage
to our Dear Ol’ College Home.
The Sonic Boom is having a reunion with sections based on decade of attendance (1970s,
1980s, 1990s, 2000s, etc.). The Prancing J-Settes are observing their 40th anniversary and
out to prove that J-Settes don’t even fade away. At least one fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha
is having its 55th anniversary reunion. Toss in class reunions for the years ending 4 and
9, coronation of Miss JSU, parents of kings and queens of organizations and classes,

football fans, loyal alumni, curious spectators, and there should be 30, 000 to 40, 000 JSU
family members on campus, at the parade and at the game. That’s enough for a JSU
national holiday. If ever, JSU needed a crowd, it is now.

That is not just crying wolf! When things go bad financially in the State of Mississippi,
the powers-that-be point fingers and suggest there are too many public universities and
that perhaps HBCU’s have served their purposes and ought to be shutdown.

It’s that time again. The current economic downturn is spurning suggestions,
recommendations and threats specifically at Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi
Valley as being expendable. However, demographics point to JSU as being a permanent
fixture with continued existence with the only question being under what guise. Will JSU
become a Universities Center for the Big 3? Will it become a branch of the University of
Mississippi? Or just have non-black leadership? ASU as the nation’s first black land
grant institution is hoping that distinction can save it from extinction. Valley is running
out of options. It was created to keep black students from enrolling at Delta State
University. Now, DSU has a 40% black enrollment. That either leaves MVSU as a cash-
strapped dinosaur with declining enrollment, or a chance to reinvent itself as a viable
special purpose institution. The clock is ticking.

Meanwhile, all three HBCUs, and Mississippi University for Women, must depend on
legislative clout for survival under the banners presently flown. Otherwise, change is
imminent and that could be as early as January 2010 when the legislature convenes. The
saving grace for MUW is that many of its graduates are either married to men in high
positions or themselves hold high positions. The HBCUs must depend on the Legislative
Black Caucus, public opinion, or proactive creation of reasons for being.

Mississippi is cash strapped with no end in sight for financial recovery. Cutbacks are
imminent. Something has to happen. Some campus may have to go. Large crowds of
supporters on campus send a message that messing with JSU is not politically correct. Or
a poor showing among alumni and friends may say just the opposite: JSU is easy

Homecoming ’09 is appropriately named Remember the Times. We’d better, they may
become just memories.



                             IN JSU HALL OF FAME

Jackson, MS - October 12, 2009.
The Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc., (JSUNAA) has selected
three outstanding alumni to be inducted into the Jackson State University Alumni Hall of
Fame. The honorees are:

1. Dr. Dollye M.E. Robinson '47
 Dr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Jackson State University and
graduate degrees in trumpet and music education from Northwestern University. She has
also studied at Boston College of Music. She served as the University's first assistant
band director under the legendary Prof Davis. Dr. Robinson has provided 57 years of
service to Jackson State University, the longest of any employee. She serves as Dean of
the College of Liberal Arts and the building bears her name.

2. Lem Barney '67
Lemuel J. Barney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Science from
Jackson State University. His ten-year career in the NFL earned him the title of Rookie
of the Year in 1967, induction into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1992, and induction into the
Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame. His jersey (#20) has been retired by the Detroit
Lions. He also earned a gold record for background vocalist on Marvin Gaye's record
"What's Going On." Mr. Barney chaired the University's first capital campaign. He is
employed by Mel Farr Automotive Group.

3. Milton Austin '71
Milton Austin is the 2008 Alumnus of the Year. He received a Bachelor of Arts in
political science and was a member of the first ROTC Class at Jackson State University.
Milton has held numerous alumni offices at the national and local levels including the
president of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter and 2nd vice-president of the JSU
National Alumni Association. He is a gift club member and has established an endowed
scholarship fund at the University. He is employed by the Department of Veterans
Affairs in Houston, TX.

"The JSUNAA Hall of Fame Awards Committee is delighted to honor these
distinguished alumni for their outstanding contributions to Jackson State University and
in the community.

 The Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a JSU alumnus by the JSU
National Alumni Association. We look forward to celebrating with them during the
awards ceremony," says Dr. Rose Austin, Chairman of the committee.

Hall of Fame recipients must have made significant contributions in their professions, be
nationally or locally recognized, be 15-year graduates, and be financial contributors to the
University and/or alumni association. All "Alumnus of the Year" awardees and alumni
national presidents are automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame. Selection is made by
a Board of Selectors comprising both alumni and non-alumni.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held during the Homecoming Class Reunion
Luncheon on Friday, November 6 in the JSU Student Center.

Dr. Hilliard L. Lackey, III, president of the JSU National Alumni Association, will also
be honored during the luncheon as the "Alumnus of the Year."

Admission to the luncheon is $40.00 for class members who graduated in years ending in
4 or 9, and $25.00 for non-members. For more information, contact LaShonda D. Levy at
601.979.1634, or lashonda.d.levy@



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        2009 Get R


    November 1

    St. Louis Alumni Chapter

    Alumni Meeting/Planning Christmas Party/Food Drive

    Contact: Arthur C. Robinson


    November 7


Football Game: JSU vs. Alabama State University

4:00 p.m. Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium

Jackson, MS

November 9

Birmingham Alumni Chapter

Chapter Monthly Meeting

6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Samford University

W. Prospt Hall, Room 034

November 10

JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter

Chapter Meeting


Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

November 14

Football Game: JSU vs. Alabama A&M

1:00 p.m. CT

Huntsville, AL

November 15

 JSU Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter

 Chapter Meeting

 Fulton County Library

 980 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA


November 21

Capital City Classic

Football Game: JSU vs. Alcorn State

1:00 p.m. CT

Jackson, MS

November 26

Houston Alumni Chapter

Thanksgiving in Sunnyside (Community Service Project)

Contact Sedric Myers:



  December 3-7

 JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter

 Fundraising Cruise


  December 5

 JSU Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter

 JSUMAC Holiday Party

 Yorkshire Subdivision Clubhouse

 Decatur, GA

  December 8

 JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter

 Chapter Meeting


 TBA: 1) Christmas Social

       2) Adopt A Family Activity

  December 12

Football Game: JSU SWAC Championship Game

1:00 p.m.

Birmingham, AL

December 14

Houston Alumni Chapter

Shelia Jackson Lee Toy Drive (Community Service Project)

Contact Sedric Myers:

December 14

Birmingham Alumni Chapter

Chapter Monthly Meeting

6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Samford University

W. Prospt Hall, Room 034

December 20

 JSU Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter

 Chapter Meeting

 Fulton County Library

 980 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA


  Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.
 2010 Events Calendar


January 3

St. Louis Alumni Chapter


Contact: Arthur C. Robinson



February 7

St. Louis Alumni Chapter

Meeting/Dance Ticket Collections & Disbursement

Contact: Arthur C. Robinson



March 7

St. Louis Alumni Chapter

Blue & White Scholarship Dance

Meeting/Dance Report

Scholarship Committee

Contact: Arthur C. Robinson



April 4

St. Louis Alumni Chapter

Meeting/Regional Conference

Scholarship Committee

Contact: Arthur C. Robinson



May 1

St. Louis Alumni Chapter

Meeting/Planning for Picnic

Local Election/JSU Graduation

Recruitment Strategies

Contact: Arthur C. Robinson



June 7

St. Louis Alumni Chapter

Alumni Meeting/Picnic

Bus Trip Planning

Contact: Arthur C. Robinson


    June 13

    St. Louis Alumni Chapter

    Alumni Picnic

    Frank Holden Park

    Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @art49jsu@yahoo.com314.853.1879

We are not yet where we should and ought to be. Neither are we where we are destined
and going to be. But we are on our way, helping each other, working together, and
making progress each and every day.

         Get Ready!

   Here We Come!
    Dr. Hilliard L. Lackey
     National Alumni President

See you at Homecoming!