Jackson State University named February School of the Month

Updated: 2/12/2015 1:43 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation


Jackson State University alumni are organizing fundraisers to help support its scholars.  Here’s a list of some of the activities:

  • Natchez, Miss., 4 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 26: The Tom Joyner Foundation and a Jackson State University National Alumni Association representative will be present at the opening of a Papa John’s in Natchez,  The representatives will be in support of Jackson State University alum, Andrell Harris, who is the owner/operator. Mr. Harris is the youngest owner in the history of Papa John’s.
  • Jackson, Miss., 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27:  Celebrate the old and new with a Progressive party with a Purpose. The three venue event is hosted by the Tom Joyner Foundation, office of Alumni and Constituency Relations, division of institutional advancement, and National Alumni Association, and sponsored by Sodexo. Proceeds from the event will go to the Jackson State University Scholarship Fund. Click here   for more information and to purchase your ticket.
  • Jackson, Miss., 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 28:  The Tom Joyner Foundation will participate in a discussion as part of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association(JSUNAA) Mid-Winter Council Meeting. The topic will discuss the continuation of the school of the month campaign through December. Alums can register for the Council meeting at http://www.jsunaa.org/2015-mid-winter-meeting/. For more information or to register: contact Yolanda Owens, president, JSUNAA,president@jsunaa.org, 770-596-1800 or Sharon Davis, Reporter/Public and University Relations Chair, reporter@jsunaa.org, 301.796.5717.
  • Chicago, Ill., Noon – 4 p.m., Sat., March 14: The Chicago Chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association presents its 6th Annual For the love of Blue, a Jazz & Blues Scholarship Brunch. Tickets are $60. For information: Annette Johnson, (773) 329-1045 or Gwendolyn Lawson, (773) 575-0859.
  • Natchez , Miss., 11 am – 3  pm, Sat., April 18. Contact Natchez President Williams Blowe W1JB@ATT.NET601-446-3608
  • Dallas, Texas,  3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Sunday, July 13, Villa’s Grill:  Preston Road and LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX   Event contact:  Art Buckley 214-392-8342

Other activities being planned include a joint celebration on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and a possible partnership in August with the Detroit Chapter and National Medical Association. More information will be presented in the next edition.

There will be additional events throughout the year to support the campaign. For more information, contact our office, tjf@tomjoynerfoundation.org,(972) 789-1058 or Yolanda Owens,president@jsunaa.org, 770-596-1800.

#GreeksatPlay has kicked off to a great start and will continue through the rest of the basketball season. Through this initiative, the Pan Hellenic organizations will each sponsor a game in support of the campaign, with all donations going to the Tom Joyner Foundation. A call to action has also gone out to all former Miss Jackson State University Queens and SGA presidents. The following are also challenged to support the campaign: former class officers, JaycettesSonic Boom members, graduating classes, and others.


Jackson State University , located in Jackson , Miss., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for February.

The school was established as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society. In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and in March 1899, the name was changed to Jackson College. The name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956, and on March 15,1974, the college reached university status.

The president of Jackson State is Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers. Dr. Meyers is the 10th president of the university and has served since 2011. Under her leadership, accomplishments have included the university earning a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and enrollment reached an all-time high of 9,508, making the university the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

Notable alumni include: Walter Payton, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1993; Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Cassandra Wilson, Grammy award-winning jazz artist.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: March – Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C.; May – University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; June – Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; July – South Carolina State University Foundation, Orangeburg S. C.; August – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; September – Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Tex.; October – Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, Tenn.; November – Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, Ala.

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