Mrs. Willie Mae Shirley was JSU’s Seniors College Homecoming Queen

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JSU’s Homecoming week brought many activities for students, faculty, staff and community residents. This year the JSU Seniors College nominated Mrs. Willie Mae Shirley as their Homecoming Queen. This nomination put a smile on her face because it showed JSU’s appreciation for her work in the community and her dedication to JSU.

Mrs. Shirley participates in all the enrichment classes offered by JSU’s Senior College. These classes include money management, book clubs, and computer lessons.

There are 163 members of the Seniors College and Mrs. Willie Mae Shirley is the oldest. She is 91 years old and was thrilled to be nominated as the Seniors College Homecoming Queen.

Mrs. Willie Mae Shirley is a long time resident of Washington Addition and is an active community member. For more information about all the work she has done in her community check out the link below.

Congratulations Mrs. Shirley, you looked beautiful.

Make a Difference Day, Saturday


You are invited to come out and join Keep Jackson Beautiful as they partner with the Zoo Area Progressive Partnership and Voice of Calvary Ministry to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 25, from 8:00 am to Noon. Volunteers will gather to help clean up and beautify Livingston Park next to the Zoo on Capitol Street. Volunteers will also pickup litter along Capitol Street and work at the Claiborne Park.

Everyone will meet at the park inside the Zoo main entrance on Capitol Street.

There will be landscaping work as well as clean up duties in the park. Gloves, rakes and hand tools will be available, but if you have your own, please bring them.

For more information, you may contact Marsha Hobson KJB @ 601-398-5219, or email at

JSU students will earn community service hours.

Goldman Sachs Offers Small Businesses Support, Apply by Oct. 27

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provides the tools and support to take your small business to new heights. In professional workshops at Babson College you will learn from some of the brightest minds in business, learn about access to financial capital, and build a powerful network of professional support. Together with other entrepreneurs, you’ll make strong connections that will have an immediate impact on your business.

If accepted, the program tuition will be at no cost to you.

The curriculum focuses on skills you can apply immediately, including:
• Identify and evaluate business opportunities
• Understand and manage the competitive business environment
• Analyze financial statements
• Learn about access to financial capital
• Be a more effective leader
• Become a more skilled negotiator

The program is designed for small business owners with limited resources who have
a business poised for growth. You must demonstrate a commitment to growing your
business and creating jobs in your community, and generally meet these criteria:
• Owner or co-owner of a business
• Business in operation for at least two years
• Business revenues of at least $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year
• Minimum of four employees, including the owner

To apply please go to
For more information please call (617) 238-3028.

The deadline to apply for this great opportunity is October 27th. Below is the detailed schedule.

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West Jackson Plan Unveiled for the JSU Community

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The Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) invites Jackson State University students, faculty, staff and the community to attend a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. to discuss the future of West Jackson. The meeting will be in the JSU Student Center, 2nd Floor, and will focus on The West Jackson Master Plan which was designed by Duvall Decker Architects.

For more information please call 601-979-5828.

Pink Cupcakes Lunch & Learn Seminar, Today

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The community is cordially invited to the JSU Welcome Center’s monthly seminar on Tuesday, October 14th at Noon for the “Pink Cupcakes Lunch & Learn Seminar.” The guest speaker is Renee Richards, a registered mammogram technologist at the Center for Breast Health at Baptist Hospital. Richards will talk about prevention, signs and symptoms, the self-breast exam and the annual mammography. Also, she will be bringing a fun door prize for a lucky winner.

This is a free community seminar. Refreshments will be served and pink cupcakes are on the menu!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the community is invited to stop by the JSU Welcome Center anytime in October to pick up a pink ribbon.

Please RSVP at 601.979.0883.

Businesses Support JSU Homecoming

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The Center for University-Based Development wants to thank the University Business Association for their visible support of the JSU Homecoming activities. Below are a list of businesses that have put signs up in their business to support Jackson State University and all the Homecoming Activities.

O’Reilly Auto Parts
Boston Fish Supreme
Buck Sullivan
Cellular Network Center
Advance Auto Parts
DuraBuilt Transmissions
Stringer Furniture
The Penguin
Porter’s Insurance Agency

Thank you.

Also, let’s welcome the newest business to the community, WOW Cafe. Below is a video of their grand opening ceremony from yesterday.

JSU Homecoming parade is tomorrow, below is a map of the route!

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The Manhattans, Tickets Buy One Get One Free

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Don’t miss the official JSU Homecoming 2014 concert featuring The Manhattans, Vic Allen and Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett on Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m!

FREE Admission to the State Fair with the purchase of a ticket! Also tickets are buy one get one free! After the concert there will be an old school block party!

For more information call 601-979-0263.

Click on link below to purchase your tickets.

JSU Homecoming Parade in Your Back Yard, Saturday

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Jackson State University’s 2014 Homecoming Parade will take a different route this year to accommodate street construction in downtown Jackson.

The parade will take place Saturday, October 11th at 9:00 am. According to Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D., associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the parade will start at the roundabout of Pearl and Prentiss Streets and will end at the corner of Dalton and John R. Lynch Street.

This year’s parade theme is “The Blueprint: One Tiger, One Roar.”

The parade precedes a traditional in-state football rivalry as the JSU Tigers take on the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State University at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“We greatly anticipate that Homecoming 2014 will be the full of fun, excitement and that special JSU Tiger pride,” Cockrell said. “You don’t want to miss anything. Traditional activities, beginning on Oct. 5, include Sunday worship service, comedy show, street jam, Greek show, the coronation of Miss Jackson State University, along with on-campus alumni activities, vendors, fun and fellowship.”

The final homecoming event on Sunday, Oct. 12, will be Basketball Madness, signaling the start of the basketball season.

For more on homecoming events, see the Jackson State University website:

#RoarJSU – Starting October 5-11, upload a video of your best roar on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag, #RoarJSU! Three randomly selected winners will win 3 BIG prizes at the #JSUHomecoming14 game this Saturday! You DON’T want to miss this giveaway! Click the link below to see examples.

Pecan Park Hosts National Night Out

PPNA. National Night Out.Revised

The Pecan Park Neighborhood Association will be joined by the Spencer Perkins Foundation to host National Night Out Against Crime in our Community on Tuesday Night, October 7, from 6-8 pm at Corner of Buena Vista and Central Street.

They will have T-Shirts available for Sale to show PPNA Pride for $5.50 per T-Shirt in sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large, add $2.00 for 2X and 3X.


Pecan Park Elected Officers are listed below.
EARL WHITE, CHAPLAIN- 601-944-0902

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HBCU Community Development Action Coalition Conference, Oct. 15-17

Flyer for HBCU CDAC Conference, Oct 15-17

Jackson State University and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU CDAC) join forces to present a regional conference focused on connecting HBCUs to the communities surrounding their campuses.

This unique regional conference will feature campus and community transformation projects; highlight how to build healthy communities; and will provide examples of public and private partnerships that work. The conference will also offer a forum to discuss strategies and share information and perspectives on how institutions of higher education can utilize their skills, intellectual capital and other resources to stabilize and strengthen our urban and rural communities. Finally, this conference will provide opportunities to network, and establish contacts and partnerships with potential funding agencies and investors.

To view the agenda, please click on the link below.
Agenda for HBCU CDAC Conference

To register for the conference please click on the link below.

For more information contact the Center for University-Based Development at 601-979-5828.


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