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JSU welcomes Mortar Board chapter, 23 scholars inducted

LATOYA-BYLINE

 

Corvette

Corvette

Jackson State University recently inducted 23 seniors  into the newly chartered Blue and White Tassel chapter of Mortar Board. It is a senior honor society, but students are inducted at the completion of their junior year, so they can serve for the entirety of the following year.

“This is an effort that started a few years ago,” said Dr. Loria Brown Gordon, associate dean of W.E.B. Dubois Honors College. “We

Brown Gordon

Brown Gordon

are always focused on highlighting the success of our students, and it is pivotal that we are able to have such an esteemed honor society added to our campus.”

To be granted a Mortar Board charter, an institution must be accredited, award baccalaureate degrees, have the support of the university administration, host an official visit by a national representative of Mortar Board, and be voted upon by the organization’s board of directors, the National Council.

Additionally, the new chapter agrees to serve as an active honor society that continues to make significant contributions to college and community life.

“Mortar Board is the premier national honor society for college seniors. Those selected for membership have exhibited not just scholastic excellence, but demonstrated exceptional leadership on campus during their college careers,” said Gail Harrison Corvette, national president of Mortar Board, who was initiated into Mortar Board at The Ohio State University in 1980.

She further added that by securing a chapter of Mortar Board, Jackson State University joins other superior institutions that support and honor the contributions of its high-achieving seniors.

“What’s more, the chapter of Mortar Board will serve the campus community in significant ways that add to the quality of campus life – even more important in this challenging time that higher education faces,” Corvette said.

Local Jackson philanthropist and business leader, Janet Griffin Farrington, initiated into Mortar Board at the University of Mississippi, is also a part of the alumni team that is working with this collegiate chapter.

Local Jackson philanthropist and business leader, Janet Griffin Farrington, initiated into Mortar Board at the University of Mississippi, is also a part of the alumni team that is working with this collegiate chapter.

Students who join the organization experience the following membership privileges:

  • Opportunities to meet and work with accomplished students from a multitude of disciplines and age groups.
  • Potential career placement and advancement through contacts with Mortar Board alumni.
  • Opportunities to apply for National Mortar Board Fellowships.

See the complete list of JSU inductees and their majors below:

  1. Aerial Campbell, Criminal Justice
  2. Amaris Edwards, Industrial Technology
  3. Ameera El’Amin-White, Computer Engineering
  4. Patrice Ellis, Social Work
  5. Anaiah Evans, Communicative Disorders
  6. Desiree Ferrell, Accounting
  7. Jayda Grissett, Accounting
  8. Brandy Hicks, Social Work
  9. Qaylin Holliman, Computer Science
  10. Yasmin Howell, Biology
  11. Dwan Jackson, Biology
  12. Cortni Jefferson, Management
  13. Johnny Lawson, Electrical Engineering
  14. Augustina Opara, Social Work
  15. Arion Parks, Elementary Education
  16. Iris Patterson, Political Science
  17. Ruby Pullock, Political Science
  18. Ian Stingley, Biology/Pre-med
  19. Imani Taylor, Chemistry
  20. Savannah Washington, Communicative Disorders
  21. Nyla White, Biology
  22. Kayla Wilkes, Computer Science
  23. Cleveland Yancovitz, Computer Science

For more information about the JSU Mortar Board chapter, click here.