A native of D’Iberville, MS, Sharon M. Davis is a 1993 graduate of JSU with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Sharon was nominated for Alumnus of the Year because of her unwavering commitment and devotion to Jackson State University and the National Alumni Association. Ms. Davis is an active member of the Greater Washington, DC Area Chapter and a life member of JSUNAA.
Professionally, Sharon has worked several years for the state and federal government, and is currently employed as an Associate Director for Internal Communications. In this role, she serves on the senior leadership team and is responsible for all internal communications for over 1,700 staff members.
Sharon is actively involved in the association on the national and local levels where she has held several leadership positions. At the local level, she currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Scholarship Fundraising Committee. She previously served two terms as Chapter President and is the incoming 2017-2019 President. Nationally, she has served as past secretary and currently serves as the JSUNAA Reporter where she coordinates the alumni communication regarding University and JSUNAA news and events. As Chair of the Public and University Relations committee, Ms. Davis manages the content for the www.jsunaa.org website and as well as the database used to send all nationwide correspondence. She also supports the secretary in preparing all communication to the JSUNAA Executive Board and chapter presidents. Sharon assisted in the development of the new JSUNAA logo and was part of the Strategic Planning Committees for 2012-2015 and 2015-2018.
Sharon is often the person behind the scenes, working quietly to ensure that things are running smoothly. She can be seen managing logistics, making certain that handouts are professionally tailored and operating the audio visual equipment at national meetings. In addition to her work with JSUNAA, she is also on the Executive Board of the Washington, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. where she is the Corresponding Secretary.
It is said we invest our time and money where our heart is and Sharon’s investments are infinite! In addition to lending her time and talent, Sharon is a strong financial supporter of the University and has been recognized for her donations by the JSU Development Foundation. At the National level, Ms. Davis actively participated in several fundraisers such as the JSUNAA custom tennis shoe fundraiser and the Biennial Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala. At the local level, Ms. Davis chaired the annual Scholarship Dinner Dance and later co-founded the TJAM (Tougaloo, JSU, ASU and MVSU) Annual Scholarship Gala. This collaboration of resources helped to reduce expenses and raise more money for the chapter’s scholarship fund at the JSU Development Foundation. She also led the effort on the establishment of the Greater Washington DC chapter’s endowment fund.
Whether she is serving in an official position or going beyond the call of duty to help wherever she is needed, her efforts are limitless. Ms. Davis willingly accepts every opportunity to present and portray Jackson State University, the National Alumni Association and the Greater Washington, DC Area Alumni Chapter in a positive and professional manner.
Sharon M. Davis is the quintessential alumna, unselfishly contributing her time and monetary resources, locally and nationally and is quite deserving of the title of the 2017 JSUNAA Alumnus of the Year.
2015 Large Alumni Chapter of the Year
JSU’s Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter
Alumni officers of Jackson State University’s Metro Atlanta Chapter are, from left, Richard Taylor, chaplain; Deborah Taylor, secretary; Angela Reeves, treasurer; Dominic Jefferson, president; Veronica Crawford, second vice president; Erick Hoskins, parliamentarian; and Yolanda Owens, JSUNAA president. Not pictured are Ken Archer, first vice president; Monica Knight Smith, assistant secretary; and Ranetta Goss, immediate past president.
The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. honored the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. during its fourth annual legacy award.
The honor, dubbed the Legacy of Leaders Large Alumni Chapter of the Year Award, was presented on Friday, September 25, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. It recognizes the JSU chapter for its role in college recruitment fairs, scholarships and membership drives.
Ms. Yolanda R. Owens, president of the JSU National Alumni Association, Inc., said it was a delight to learn of the recognition.
“The local chapter is doing important work, and we’re being recognized for that. We have been going after this award for three years. The third time’s a charm. It’s based on the activities the chapter conducts over the course of the year as well how much the chapter contributes to the university and the association, along with an essay.”
Tammy Terrell Brooks, director of JSU Alumni and Constituency Relations, said, “This is a tremendous honor for the Metro Atlanta Chapter, which sets a very high bar. We thank the organization for all it does for Jackson State University.”
Also, JSU’s Metro Atlanta Chapter (MAC) is noted for many other contributions. As a member of the local SWAC and HBCU alliances, MAC serves as a leader among alumni associations of other universities by partnering with the alliances for an annual SWACFest weekend, a yearly HBCU mixer and 5K walk/run event.
In addition, the chapter partners with organizations such as Hands on Atlanta and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.
The nonprofit National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation assists alumni associations and other organizations as they aim to ensure the survival and stability of the nation’s HBCUs.
2014 JSUNAA Alumnus of the Year:
Earlexia W. Norwood
“IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NOISE, IT’S ABOUT THE WORK”
Earlexia Norwood, M.D. mantras are: “We care. We give back”, and “It’s not about the noise, it’s about the work”. Her community engagement, media outreach, healthcare initiatives, and Jackson State University National Alumni Association (JSUNAA) leadership, demonstrates her commitment to these philosophies.
She’s a 1984 graduate of W.E.B. DuBois Honors College, of Jackson State University (JSU), and the University of Iowa Medical School. She serves as Family Medicine Service Chief, West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), Director of Practice Development, and Director of Community Health Education. She represents HFHS in governance, on the Board of Governors (2006-2014), and as the inaugural president for the Organization of Physicians, Academicians, and Executive Leaders (OPAL). Nationally, she has served as Chair, Council on Medical Legislation- National Medical Association, founding member of American Heart Association Multicultural Leadership Committee, Alliance for Digital Equality and Michigan Wellness Council Executive Boards. She has been honored professionally by Hour Magazine “Top Doc” (2003-2014), Vital Signs “A Tribute to African American Achievement in the Healthcare Industry”, “Health & Wellness Excellence Award” 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, “Who’s Who in Black Detroit”, “Focus on People Award”, and Robert E. Birk Award for Excellence in Research. Earlexia was selected as the JSUNAA 2014 Alumnus of the year and as “Distinguished Alumni” by the National Association for Equal Opportunity National Leadership Summit.
Dr. Norwood’s career has not diminished her commitment to students and JSU. Her JSUNAA leadership includes: First Vice President, Chair over JSUNAA’s eight national committees, Chair, Fundraising Committee, Chair, Inaugural “Black Tie Scholarship & Recognition Gala”, Constitution & Bylaws Committee, Biennial Conference Presenter and Planning Committee, Midwest Regional Board Member, Student Recruitment/Mentoring Committee, Planning Committee for JSU vs. Howard Detroit Football Classic, Detroit Chapter Business Manager (nine terms), and Chapter Advisor (four terms). She has represented the University as speaker for the 135th Founders’ Day Convocation and 127th Founders’ Banquet, and Honors College Commencement; Kids Kollege Board of Directors, Chair, Honors College Fundraiser Committee, and JSU Capital Campaign Cabinet Member.
Through her leadership and personal giving, over $300,000 has benefited students and university programs. She has sponsored/housed students from across the country in Michigan summer healthcare programs, mentored health science students from Detroit and MS high schools, and participated in dozens of college fairs/student recruitment events. She welcomes the opportunity to engage students on the benefits of an education and the rich heritage of JSU.
Dr. Norwood has represented JSU nationally through television, radio, and print (PBS-American Black Journal, WXYZ-ABC “Minds of Medicine”, WJBK-Fox “Flu Vaccination”, WDIV-NBC “Preparing your Child for College”, WWJ Radio “3 Things Women Can Do for Their Health”, WJLB Radio “Diabetes Stats”, Detroit Free Press, Michigan Chronicle, Ambassador Magazine, Jackson Advocate, and Clarion Ledger featured articles on health and JSU). She embodies the characteristics desired for an alumnus: passion, commitment, people focused, continuous financial support, student recruitment/mentoring, community/business engagement, civic participation, and leadership. She cares, gives back, and continues to quietly do the work.