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Jackson State University

Motto ”You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”
Established 1877
Type Public university
President Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr.
Faculty 450
Students 8,351
Location Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Nickname Tigers
Website http://www.jsums.edu

Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. Jackson State University has been especially noted for its successful business and computer departments, being among the highest ranked in the United States. Its current president is Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr. Jackson State is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Image File history File links Jackson State Universitys seal. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A public school, has two distinct meanings: elementary or secondary school supported and administered by state and local officials or in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, a private boarding school, generally not coeducational, that prepares students for the university. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Nickname: Crossroads of the South, Jacktown Coordinates: Country United States State Mississippi County Hinds Founded 1822  - Mayor Frank Melton Area    - City  106. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ... Nickname: Crossroads of the South, Jacktown Coordinates: Country United States State Mississippi County Hinds Founded 1822  - Mayor Frank Melton Area    - City  106. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Thurgood Marshall successfully argued the 1954 landmark case Brown v. ...

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History

Image of Jackson State's School of Liberal Arts
Image of Jackson State's School of Liberal Arts

Jackson State University was founded in 1877 as the Natchez Seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in Natchez, Mississippi. The seminary hoped to promote the moral, religious, and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and the neighboring states. In 1882, the institution moved to Jackson because of its central location in the state, and shortly thereafter the name was changed to Jackson College. Image File history File links Jackson State University School of liberal art pic. ... Image File history File links Jackson State University School of liberal art pic. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar. ...


For sixty-three years the school operated as a private church school. In 1940, the college became a state institution for training rural and elementary school teachers. The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded in 1944. In subsequent years, the name changed to Jackson State College.


The year 1970 was marked in history by the infamous Jackson State killings, in which two students were left dead after a riot. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Jackson State killings occurred on May 14-15, 1970, at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. ...


Expansion of the curriculum and facilities elevated the college to university status in 1974; thus, the name changed to Jackson State University. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1977, the school celebrated its centennial. In 1979, Jackson State University was officially designated the Urban University of Mississippi, and as such, seeks solutions for urban problems through its programs and activities. The University is pledged to the advancement of a free society and continued progress of democracy. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A centennial is a 100-year anniversary of an event, or the celebrations pertaining thereto. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ...


In 1980, JSU became the first and only historically Black institution to offer the Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. JSU now leads the nation in the education of Black professional meteorologists and atmospheric scientists - many of whom work in media, government, and private endeavors. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1983, the University completed an $11.2-million capital campaign that resulted in the renovation and improvement of several campus buildings and provided for expanded programs offered in continuing education. New buildings and extended renovations began in the 2003-2004 academic year, including processes of beautification and extension. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


JSU is the first historically Black university, and one of only two historically Black universities, to have an AACSB accrediated Ph.D. of Business Administration program. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - is the USA based body which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of Scotts site can be found at Degree programmes delivered by Management Schools. ...


Academic Departments

  • College of Business (degree programs in the following areas)
    • Management and Marketing
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Economics, Finance & General Business
    • Entrepreneurship
  • College of Education and Human Development
    • School of Instructional Leadership:
      • School of Nigs
      • Elementary Education & Early Childhood
      • Health, Physical Education & Recreation
      • Social and Cultural Studies
    • School of Administrative Leadership:
      • Educational Leadership
      • Executive PhD in Urban Higher Education
      • Educational Technology & Support Services
      • School, Community, & Rehabilitative Counseling
  • College of Liberal Arts
    • School of Fine and Performing Arts:
      • Art
      • Music
    • School of Social & Behavioral Science:
      • History & Philosophy
      • Military Science
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Criminal Justice & Sociology
      • Criminal Justice (Coordinator)
    • School of Communications:
      • English & Modern Foreign Language
      • Mass Communications
      • Speech Communications
  • College of Lifelong Learning
    • Professional Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Public Service
    • School of Public Health:
      • Behavioral & Environmental Health
      • Epidemiology & Bio-Statistics
      • Communicative Disorders
      • Health Policy & Management
    • School of Social Work:
      • BSW Program
      • MSW Program
      • PhD Program
    • School of Policy & Planning:
      • Public Policy & Administration
      • Urban & Regional Planning
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
    • School of Science & Technology:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Physics, Atmospheric Science &
      • General Sciences
      • Mathematics
      • Technology
    • School of Engineering:
      • Civil Engineering/Telecommunications
      • Computer Engineering
      • Computer Science
      • Graduate Engineering Programs
      • Air ROTC

In addition, Jackson State also home to radio station WJSU-FM 88.5, playing jazz, gospel, news and public affairs programming. It also houses a low-powered television station, W23BC. W23BC is a low-power television station in Jackson, Mississippi. ...


Athletics

Jackson State Tigers logo
Jackson State Tigers logo

Jackson State's athletic teams are a member of the NCAA Division 1-AA's Southwestern Athletic Conference, commonly known as the SWAC. Currently, the university fields men's and women's basketball, football, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis, soccer, and men and women's bowling teams. The university's mascot is the Tigers, sometimes referred to as the "Blue Bengals." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ...


The Tiger football team has a heralded history, winning and sharing 15 SWAC titles, its last one in 1996. Its most famous alumni includes NFL Hall of Famers Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Walter Payton, and former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith. The Tigers ended their 2006 campaign with a 32-31 loss to rival Alcorn State November 18 at the Capital City Classic, finishing 6-5 under first-year coach Rick Comegy. Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954, Jackson, Mississippi) is a former American Football Offensive Tackle who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams franchise. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present... Alcorn State University, located in Claiborne County, Mississippi is a public land grant university. ...


The men's golf team has gained notoriety as it has become a SWAC powerhouse and perennial NCAA tournament participant under head coach Eddie Payton, older brother of the late Walter Payton. Eddie Payton (born August 3, 1951) is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings from 1977 to 1982 in the National Football League. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. ...


On March 11, 2007, the men's basketball received an at-large bid for the 2007 NCAA tournament—it was named the 16th seed in the Midwest bracket and will face the defending national chompions Florida Gators in the first round on March 16.


The J-Settes

The Prancing J-Settes is the official name of the Jackson State University dance line, an auxiliary group of the Jackson State University Marching Band. The J-Settes have become nationally known for their rapid-fire, highly technical dance routines to selections such as I Go to Work and Swoop. They also have a traditional routine to B Angie B's remake of the The Emotions hit "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love"


Famous alumni

Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Dennis Ray Oil Can Boyd (born on October 6, 1959 in Meridian, Mississippi) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Corey Lamon Bradford (born December 8, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver currently playing for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. // High School Years Bradford attended Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi, and was a four-year letterwinner in football, basketball, and track. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... The Weather Channel (TWC) is a cable and satellite television network that broadcasts weather and weather-related news 24 hours a day. ... Speedy Duncan (born 1942) is a former American Football defensive back who played eleven seasons for the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins from 1964 to 1974 in the National Football League. ... A cornerback (also referred to as a corner) is a position in American and Canadian football, more broadly classified as a defensive back. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National... Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Harold Leon Jackson (born January 6, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) was a National Football League wide receiver from 1968 through 1983. ... The St. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Dr. Roderick Raynor Paige (born June 17, 1933), served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954, Jackson, Mississippi) is a former American Football Offensive Tackle who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams franchise. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jimmy Smith (born February 9, 1969) is a current National Football League wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present... Kentucky State logo Kentucky State University (KSU, or less commonly, KYSU, to differentiate from Kansas State University) is a four-year institution of higher learning, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the states capital. ... Dr. Tonea Stewart is an American actress and University Professor best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night (TV). ... Categories: People stubs | 1948 births | Members of the U.S. House of Representatives | African Americans ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ...

Points of interest

The Jackson State University Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located on the campus of Jackson State University at 1400 Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi. ...

External links

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