1 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! 2 PREAMBLE 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 ... 3:36 James Brown- There Was A Time PROLOGUE Jackson State University Homecoming 2009 Please visit www.jsums.com/studentlife/ for more information regarding Jackson State University Homecoming 2009! 3 JSU Homecoming 2009 www.jsums.edu/homecoming/Please visit www.jsums.com/studentlife/ for more information regarding Jackson State University Homecoming 2009! 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 following: Mr. Ira "Mr. Motown" Vaughn Mr. Darrell ―The Eponymous One‖ Shaw Mr. Josiah ―School Daze‖ Sampson 4 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 LOGUE 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. 5 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 6 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 7 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 email@example.com 601.979.6942 8 SUNDAY 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 NATASHA LINDSTROM 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. 9 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 nlindstrom@VVDailyPress.com. Dr. Benjamin Carson to help JSU’s Marietta Reading Center, 3 others 10 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 Stage. 11 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 www.jacksonmedicalmall.org. MONDAY Universities urge parental activity Programs aim to boost achievement Elizabeth Crisp • firstname.lastname@example.org • 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. 12 "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 slow. "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. 13 "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 NOCP803@yahoo.com 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: 14 * 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 opportunities * 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. BACKGROUND 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. MISSION 15 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. VISION 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. GOALS 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 NOCP803@yahoo.com 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 16 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. 17 TUESDAY 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) 18 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 • email@example.com • 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 campus. 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. 19 "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 options. 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. 20 The student-focused apartments feature four floor plans in one- and two-bedroom options. 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. WAPT Channel 16 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 slaying. 21 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. 22 ] Stanley Cole Police said they found Norman’s body in a wooded area after Cole directed them to the location. 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 By DAVID WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org 23 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 defendant. 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 goals. 24 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 students. 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. 25 "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 facilities. The Naked Truth: Ayers defying odds, reaping benefits (Or, so we thought in 2005) By Dr. Hilliard Lackey Columnist 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 26 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 intention. 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 27 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 email@example.com. 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 28 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 29 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 green. The three R’s 30 ―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 WEDNESDAY 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 • firstname.lastname@example.org • 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 DeLaughter. "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 31 Profile: 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. 32 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 duties. 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 33 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. 34 LB Rich rates SWAC defensive honor Kareem Copeland • email@example.com • October 27, 2009 35 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." THURSDAY JSU Breaking Ground; 36 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. 37 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 business." Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen hailed the project as "hugely significant." "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. 38 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. 39 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 40 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. 41 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 field. 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. 42 FRIDAY Alumna, brightening Memphis smiles Dr. Tonya Lyons Anderson, DDM Owner/Chief Dentist Dr. Anderson is a 1993 graduate of University of Tennessee Dental School. 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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. 45 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. 46 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. 47 SATURDAY 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 • email@example.com • 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. 48 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, too." 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 • firstname.lastname@example.org • October 30, 2009 49 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. 50 Terrence Banks takes party to new spot Zestful senior handling tough adjustment from defensive tackle to end Terrence Banks 6’2,” 290 Kareem Copeland • email@example.com • 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. 51 "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. SUNDAY Too many universities in Mississippi? ASU DSU, JSU, MSU, MUW, MVSU UM, USM 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. 52 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 states. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Walter Payton: Sweetness and Sorrow 53 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. Sweetness. "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. 54 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. 55 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 pounds. 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, 56 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. 57 EPILOGUE 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 email@example.com for information about tickets and ads. Deadline for ads is Nov. 13. 58 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. ROSCOE NANCE 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 Trapspacestore.com, 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 http://www.robgoldworld.com or http://www.myspace.com/robgold601. 59 POSTSCRIPT 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, 60 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 pickings. Homecoming ’09 is appropriately named Remember the Times. We’d better, they may become just memories. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ JSU NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SELECTS OUTSTANDING ALUMNI FOR INDUCTION IN JSU HALL OF FAME 61 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. 62 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. 63 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@ jsums.edu. /////// FORESHADOWS Homecoming 2009 Special Announcement 64 Click on Photo Visit JSU's Youtube channel for special announcement about Homecoming 2009! Also, the homecoming website is www.jsums.edu/homecoming Jsunaafirstname.lastname@example.org Message contains attachments 1 File (2471KB) 2009 Get R NOVEMBER November 1 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Alumni Meeting/Planning Christmas Party/Food Drive Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @email@example.com 314.853.1879 November 7 (Homecoming) 65 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 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 66 3:00pm 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: email@example.com ___________________________________________________________________ _ DECEMBER December 3-7 JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter Fundraising Cruise Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org December 5 JSU Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter JSUMAC Holiday Party Yorkshire Subdivision Clubhouse Decatur, GA December 8 67 JSU New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter Chapter Meeting Contact: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 68 Fulton County Library 980 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 3:00pm Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. 2010 Events Calendar JANUARY January 3 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Alumni/Recruitment Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @email@example.com 314.853.1879 FEBRUARY February 7 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Meeting/Dance Ticket Collections & Disbursement Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @firstname.lastname@example.org 314.853.1879 MARCH March 7 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Blue & White Scholarship Dance Meeting/Dance Report Scholarship Committee Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @email@example.com 69 314.853.1879 APRIL April 4 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Meeting/Regional Conference Scholarship Committee Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @firstname.lastname@example.org 314.853.1879 MAY May 1 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Meeting/Planning for Picnic Local Election/JSU Graduation Recruitment Strategies Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @email@example.com 314.853.1879 JUNE June 7 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Alumni Meeting/Picnic Bus Trip Planning Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @firstname.lastname@example.org 314.853.1879 70 June 13 St. Louis Alumni Chapter Alumni Picnic Frank Holden Park Contact: Arthur C. Robinson @email@example.com ENDNOTES 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! 71 Here We Come! Dr. Hilliard L. Lackey National Alumni President JSUNAA.COM See you at Homecoming!