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#PeopleofJSU - "I feel like the most intense part about cheer is the stunting and tumbling. There are so many safety hazards that you have to deal with. We go to tumbling twice a week. If you don’t know what you’re doing with that, you could break something easily. My grandmother always thinks that I'm going to get hurt. In high school, she would say, 'Oh, Lord. You’re going up there to jump around again.' I didn’t tell her that I was trying out for cheer in college.

When my mom told her that they were taking me to cheer practice, she would say, 'You’re going to get enough of that cheer stuff. You're going to break something up there, jumping around.' If I come home and say, 'Ooh, my foot hurts,' she'll say, 'It’s that jumping around that you’re doing at cheer.'

But, cheering is something that I enjoy doing. For me, the best part of it is the bond that I get from cheering. I've got 28 more sisters and brothers that I didn’t have. We spend half of our day together. Even after cheer, we chill in each other's rooms. It's basically a second family."

- Ja’Merica, freshman biology/pre-pharmacy major from Vicksburg, Mississippi
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#PeopleofJSU - "It all started when my mom let me listen to Tupac when I was eight years old. She probably shouldn’t have let me listen to him back then, but she loved Tupac. So, I got inspired to start writing from him. His tone of voice, what he talked about - even though I was young, I understand what he was saying.

The current state of the mainstream rap game is terrible. It is terrible. We have all these artist that aren’t saying anything. I saw this picture on Twitter once, and it said “The Future of Hip Hop” and in it were a bunch of artists who don't talk about anything. It looked really sad. But, this is what we’re supporting. This is going to be the future of hip hop if we keep supporting it.

What I bring to the rap game is my own story. To be completely honest, nothing is knew. Everything has been done in music. So, I have to do my story justice, because its somebody else's story too. I’m not the only person who’s been through what I’ve been through.

At JSU, I’ve gotten a lot of help from Outspoken. That’s the group I joined my freshman year. But I also get a lot of my inspiration from myself, and just paying attention to daily things. I can tell a story about somebody I’ve never met, after observing them for five or ten minutes."

- Benjamin, junior, civil engineering major from Greenville, MS
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#JSUMoreThanAGame - A conference championship-winning offensive coordinator being a good strategist isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. But Jackson State offensive coordinator Chad Germany's schemes were a topic of discussion for some members of the program this week.

“(His offense is) all about numbers, really,” said Tigers running back Robert Johnson IV. “We have this thing: ‘Numbers to a side, go opposite. Numbers in the box, strike up The (Sonic) Boom.’ He’s all about numbers. He wants us to be in the best position to win, and he wants to take advantage of the defense and he knows how to run the offense.”

JSU defensive coordinator John Hendrick is familiar with Germany’s offense. He practices against it every day, but he also coached against it when he was the defensive line coach at Alabama State, while Germany was the offensive coordinator at Southern.
JSU offensive coordinator Chad Germany has emphasized the mental part of the game.
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Wow! For the 5th consecutive year, Jackson State University and the Mississippi e-Center Foundation are providing iPads to all first-time, full-time freshmen!

Distribution will take place at the JSU Student Center, Ballrooms A and B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23-25 and Aug. 29-30. The iPad Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative, as it is officially termed, reflects the university’s culture of student-centered learning that nurtures intellectual curiosity through the assimilation of technology and curriculum.

Director of the Mississippi e-Center Dr. William McHenry said, “Jackson State University has experienced record enrollment each year the Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative has taken place.”

The iPad initiative also aligns with the university’s mobile-learning strategy; designed to support student success by empowering innovative teaching and student creativity. The program is the largest mobile-learning strategy of its type in the country. McHenry, who is also a Jackson State chemistry professor, explains that the mobile technology initiative is a model for universities interested in making cyberlearning accessible to all.
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Jackson State sets the bar again with the most students on SWAC's '15-'16 All-Academic Team! #JSUMoreThanAGame
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#JSUAlums - JSU alumna Cherita Brent was featured in the latest Jacksonian Magazine. Brent is the antithesis of bashful, but the seasoned broadcaster and entertainer says she’s shy. The 28-year-old Jackson native can be heard regularly on Mississippi Public Broadcasting where she serves as a weekday host and producer. She covers everything from legal technology issues to events and attractions throughout the state.

She’s also a comedian, affectionately known onstage as “Rita B.” Although small in stature, her presence looms large onstage, never revealing any shyness. To many, she radiates an intoxicating vibe that leaves audiences spellbound. To others, she exudes a certain special quality. She’s a talented performer with a rich, distinctive voice made for radio and vocal entertainment.

“Fear can stagnate you,” Brent said. “I’m glad God gave me the courage to go ahead and press forward with my career.”
JSU alumna Cherita Brent is the antithesis of bashful, but the seasoned broadcaster and entertainer says she's shy. The 28-year-old Jackson native can be heard regularly on Mississippi Public Broadcasting where she serves as a weekday host and producer. She covers everything from legal ...
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#JSUAlums - Everyone say congratulations to LeKeisha Sutton on being named the new principal at Lake Elementary School in Jackson!

Students at Lake Elementary are starting the school year with a new principal, but this isn’t the first time she’s walking the halls of the west Jackson school. Lake Elementary is the same school Lekeisha Sutton attended as a child.

Sutton says she was thrilled when she was appointed principal. It was the foundation that she got from Lake Elementary and Jackson Public Schools that helped her become successful. “I want them to understand that I was once in their shoes,” says Sutton. “I was once a student that walked the halls of Lake Elementary." School events, eating in the cafeteria and relationships she built is what she remembers most about the school.

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Students at Lake Elementary are starting the school year with a new principal, but this isn’t the first time she’s walking the halls of the west Jackson school.
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#PeopleofJSU - "I was a swimmer. I was the only black swimmer on my high school swim team. There were two of us at one point, then the other girl graduated and it was just me.  So, it was different, but I adjusted to it. 

I wouldn’t say I was on the level of Simone Manuel, but I was pretty good when I was more interested in it - which was when I was younger. But as I got older, I started drifting away. 

 I lost interest because, it just became boring to me. Swimming is just, back and forth, back and forth. And, you can’t get your hair done, can’t get your nails done. Can’t do this or that. I swam six days a week, twice a day sometimes. It was a lot. My swim meets lasted all day.  Plus, I was trying to balance it with work and homework. I was just like, I don’t want to do this anymore. 

That was actually one of the reasons I chose JSU - there's no swim team here. But also, a lot of my family came here, so, it was only right that I come too."

       - Brunti, sophomore computer engineering major from Atlanta 
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#PeopleofJSU - "I’m the president of Spectrum, which is a gay-straight alliance on campus. I’m also the vice president of the Meteorology Society, and I’m a spokesperson for the Disability Awareness Street Team.

The hardest thing I’ve had to deal with is overcoming obstacles because of my sexual orientation. That’s my hardest struggle, because some people judge me before they know me. But, it just makes me work ten times harder to prove that my sexual orientation is none of your business. It’s about what I can provide and what I bring to the table.

To a degree, it's true that the United States has become more LGBT friendly. Of course, you’re still gonna have some people that are against it. But, to be able to recognize that I can get married to anyone I want in any state, whether they like it or not, that’s big step. But, living in the south, in the bible belt, is hard.

It’s not uncommon at all to meet gay people, especially on college campuses. It’s just that we don’t always feel welcomed. We can be everywhere. But, if you don’t have the atmosphere around you to make you feel welcomed, you feel uncomfortable. And, being the president of Spectrum here at JSU, I try to make our meetings a safe zone, a nice atmosphere where we can talk and help people with things like coming out to their parents.

When I was about to come out and I was thinking of telling my mom, I was prepared to live on the street, because I figured my mom was going to kick me out. But, my mom comforted me. She said she already knew. She was just waiting on me to tell her. She’s been my support system, my number one woman in my world."

- Chastity, senior meteorology major from Atwood, TN. 
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#JSUStudents Everyone, say congrats to JSU's James Griffin on being selected by The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a 2016 HBCU All-Star! The All-Stars, comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, are being recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

"During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools."

Griffin is a senior accounting major from Madison, Mississippi! #2016HBCUAllStar
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Our new freshmen (including the two in the picture below, who just met each other this week) have been having a blast at JSU the last few days. They've been learning important information about their matriculation at the university, enjoying themselves in evening activities and meeting new friends from cities around the world. The young lady on the left is from Houston and the one on the right is from Chicago. Alumni and students, tag a friend from a different city that you met while at JSU! #theeilove #JSUStudents #JSU20

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Cool her first day there my sister go to Jackson's state 2016😉😒😒😉😒😉😝😗😝😝😝
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#JSUAlums - Everyone say congrats to Anaso Jobodwana! Coach Mark Thorne receives emails every day from athletes and coaches pitching themselves or their pupils as recruits for Jackson State’s track and field program.

But one of those emails stood out from the rest.

“He told me his time, 20.9, in the 200 and ,10.7, in the 100 meters, and those were the kind of times we were looking for in a prospective recruit,” Thorne said. “We knew that he (could be) a big (part) in what we were trying to do. Then I did my research on him and realized his times were legit, so we had no problem bringing him in because he was a special talent.”

The special talent belonged to Anaso Jobodwana, one of two former Tigers track standouts, along with Michael Tinsley, who will represent JSU in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio later this month....
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Challenging Minds, Changing Lives
Jackson State University is a diverse, technologically-advanced four-year university steeped in history and committed to preparing its students to become global leaders. We provide a caring, nurturing environment in which to challenge our students to improve themselves and serve others. 

Designated as a high research activity university, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, healthcare, technological and educational initiatives. We value our alumni and friends who help to make us great.

We have assembled an amazing group of people throughout our four campuses, including some of the best students in the nation and a world-class faculty and staff. With nearly 9,000 students, Jackson State is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi. We welcome the opportunity and challenge of providing the best education possible for the people who choose to study at Jackson State University.

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