Health Fair, Listening Tour, & Town Hall, Today

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One Fit JSU will be hosting a Community Health Fair at Blackburn Middle School on Thursday, October 30 from 8:30 am-12 pm. It will be held in the gym of Blackburn Middle School and will feature health care vendors, fitness demos, and health assessments. The event is free and open to the community.
For more information call 601-979-1368.

Later in the evening, Mayor Tony Yarber will be hosting his “We Are Jackson Listening Tour,” at Lynch Street CME Church starting at 6:00 pm. The theme will be focused on infrastructure.
Lynch Street CME Church is located at 2175 J. R. Lynch Street.

Finally, One Voice invites you to its “Emerging Thinkers on Community Development Town Hall Meeting” on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Town Hall will take place in Central United Methodist Church located at 500 North Farish Street.

This town hall meeting will discuss the possibilities related to community development from emerging thinkers as well as hear a presentation from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. Community advocate, Cassandra Welchlin will serve as moderator for the town hall meeting. This town hall is a part of the Mississippi Black Leadership Summit. For more information, visit or call 601-960-9594 ext. 304.

Toni Cooley, Tonight at The Penguin

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The “WhereToGo411 All-Star Entrepreneurs Series” continues on Tuesday, October 28 at The Penguin Restaurant at 6 pm with Ms. Toni D. Cooley, president of Systems Electro Coating, LLC. She will discuss her system for growth, success and succession.

The series will also include Reginald Thompson, founder of Thompson Wealth Advisors. Thompson will take the home plate before Toni Cooley to discuss how to grow your wealth and protect that wealth during all market cycles.

To register go to or call 769-533-1978.

AKA’s Dominate “Make A Difference Day”


“Make a Difference Day,” is an annual community service event held on the fourth Saturday of October. This past Saturday dozens of volunteers showed up at the Jackson Zoo to help paint, pick up trash, and trim bushes. This event was hosted by Keep Jackson Beautiful, Zoo Area Progressive Partnership, and the City of Jackson. There were volunteers from JSU, Tougaloo College, Stewpot, Voice of Calvary Ministries, Atmos Energy and community residents. However the largest group of volunteers were from the AKA’s. There were over twenty AKA’s in attendance, decked out in pick and green, and they were excited about doing community service work at the Jackson Zoo.

All the volunteers cleaned up areas of Capitol Street, painted a building right across from Zoo entrance, painted paw prints from the Zoo ticket office to the train, cleaned and replanted the flower bed at corner of Capitol and Parkside and worked in Livingston and Claiborne Parks. There were also volunteers from Hinds County and the City of Jackson.

The community service project was a huge success due to all the committed volunteers that came and helped clean up.

If you want to plan your own neighborhood clean up, contact Marsha Hobson with Keep Jackson Beautiful at 601-398-5219 or email her at She can assist with planning and providing rakes, gloves, and trash bags.

Battle of the Bands & Boo at the Zoo, Friday & Saturday

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The Battle of the Bands is October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletics & Assembly Center (AAC) at JSU. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get your tickets while they last at ! Contact 601-979-2141 for more information.

Boo at the Zoo

It’s Halloween at the Zoo, so bring your little ghosts and ghouls for trick-or-treatin’ at the Zoo this Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm!

General Admission: Adults $9.25 / Children $6.75
Members: Adults & Children $3.00 each

There will be a costume parade, carnival games, monster mash dance party, face painting & photo booth!

PLUS – A Life Size Candy Land Area AND Free Carousel & Train Rides!
There will also be a Haunted Hay Ride!
This event has all your Halloween Features right in one place – At The Jackson Zoo!!!!!

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

pink cupcakes

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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