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#PeopleofJSU -  "My wife and I are expecting our baby boy to arrive in August. It’s hard for me to describe how I feel, because anytime you’re gong to be a father, even if it’s your 10th or 20th time, it’s still a new thing. And, you want to impact this person’s life as much as you can. Having a young man right now in the world that we live in, I think it’s especially important to raise a certain kind of young man - one that can not only be a benefit to himself and his family, but also to society in general....." - http://fal.cn/25s3 
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#FutureTigers - Everyone say congrats! Pine Bluff High School graduating senior Kialandrea “Kia” Kilpatrick was recently selected as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship winner. Her mentor, Celeste Alexander, was also a 2000 winner in the scholarship program, which was established in 1999 and initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kilpatrick was selected from more than 53,000 applicants. Her selection will define her as the 14th graduate of Pine Bluff High School to receive the honor.

“I was so excited to hear the news,” Kilpatrick said in a news release. “Dr. Alexander encouraged me to apply for the scholarship. Then she guided me through the challenging application process and served as my recommender. I couldn’t have done it without her help."

Kilpatrick’s plans include attending Jackson State University and studying computer engineering.

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#JSUGrad16 - That's right everyone! First Lady Michelle Obama will give one of her three final commencement addresses as First Lady of the United States of America at Jackson State University! The First Lady will deliver the address at JSU's 139th Spring Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Obama will address more than 1,000 graduates as well as their friends, family and members of the university community.

Jackson State University was founded in 1877 as a four-year public university; it is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in Mississippi and a Historically Black University originally established to educate newly freed African Americans to become ministers and teachers. Mrs. Obama has delivered remarks on an HBCU campus each year she has served as First Lady.

Echoing the call of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, Jackson State University and the Jackson Public School District collaborated to form the first laboratory school in the Jackson area. Since 2013, Blackburn Laboratory Middle School has partnered with JSU in an effort to transform Blackburn into a highly successful middle school for replication and study of successful practices in the district, state, and nation.

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#PeopleofJSU - "I chose my major as a back-up plan for me, to make sure I have a secure career and a steady income coming in. I want a high salary, and computer engineering is a secure field. But, I really plan on going into the music industry. So, computer engineering is my backup plan.

I sing, and I have about 14 aunts and uncles who sing. My dad sings and plays the .... http://fal.cn/2uOl 
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#BlackHistoryMonth - On Feb. 4, 1986, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth as part of its Black Heritage series. 

Sojurner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in 1797 on the Hardenbergh plantation in upstate New York. In 1826, Truth managed to escape to freedom and became known as a fearless advocate for enslaved African-Americans and women.

She is best known for her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech that challenged gender and racial inequalities. During the Civil War, Truth became involved in the war effort by recruiting black troops for the Union Army.

Jackson State University is celebrating black history month with a series of events and activities. Click here to find out what event is happening today at JSU - http://fal.cn/KZ_1


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JSU and Ole Miss journalism schools announce historic partnership
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#JSUAlums - Everyone! Say Congrats to retired director of the Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band, Dowell Taylor.

Mr. Taylor has been selected to be the 2016 honoree for the nationally acclaimed Honda Battle of the Bands which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on January 28-30, 2016. Taylor has also been selected by the HBCU National Band Director's Consortium to be its honoree during its national convention in Atlanta Georgia on April 14- 17, 2016. These honors, bestowed on Taylor by the respective board of directors and his peers, are in recognition of a 31-year stellar career in the field of music as a music educator, music technologists, music performer and band director.

Taylor, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a graduate of Callaway High School. He also attended Jackson State University receiving the B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees, respectively. Taylor participated in the JSU “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band Tuba Section, and during his undergraduate years he arranged more than 100 band selections including the current JSU theme song, “Get Ready”, originally arranged by John Paul Jones. In 1975 he received the highest award a bandsman could receive, the “Best All Around Bandsman” award. Taylor did further study (90 quarter hours) while enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Wind Conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio.


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#JSUAlums - Everyone ,say congratulations to JSU alum Frank Watkins! Frank has been chosen as the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra music director for the 2016-2017 season. Watkins is assistant professor of choral music education at UW-Eau Claire.
The Nebraska native holds degrees in piano performance from Jackson State University and University of Arkansas. He will complete his Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University this spring.

Watkins is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. Recent engagements include the 2013 Mid-Michigan Honor Choir, University of Nebraska Omaha Collegiate Choir Concert Series (2014), Dunn St. Croix Honor Choir (2015), Lakeland All-Conference Honor Choir (2015), University of Nebraska Omaha Middle School Honor Choir (2016), and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra (2016). Future engagements include the 2017 Big Nine Festival Honor Choir in Red Wing, MN. He was recently appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.
A dynamic young conductor, Watkins' love and passion are teaching. He believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire! It is his goal to make an impact…not just an impression on the lives of those that follow his baton.
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#JSUGrad16 - Everyone! Online Ticket Registration is open now! Click here - fal.cn/2sYo

If you are unable to pick up tickets during the Designated Days and Times, you may place your request of up to two (2) tickets on will call status, and pick up your tickets on Friday or Saturday prior to the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Will call tickets will be available for pick-up on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

If you are unable to attend, both undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies can be viewed via livestream at fal.cn/2sYx. For questions related to commencement tickets, email commencement-tickets@jsums.edu. 
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#BlackHistoryMonth - On Feb. 5, 1990, Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.  

On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office. He was subsequently elected to a second term over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

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#JSUCares - Academic & Students Affairs encourages you to donate water to #Flint, Michigan. See flyer for details.
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#JSUPics - Who can tell us the name of the academic building at JSU where this picture was taken?
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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.