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JSUNAA Alumnus of the Year:
Mr. Sedric Myers

 

Sedric D’Andre Myers, a proud 1991 graduate of Jackson State University received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology (Hazardous Materials Management). Sedric knew instinctively upon graduation that “to whom much is given, much is required,” Luke 12:48. Therefore, he thrust himself into being a “Sincere, Engaged, and Driven” (SED) JSU alumnus. Sedric’s mother, Everlena Myers, a 1971 graduate of JSU and an educator, instilled in him not only the value of an education, but the importance of philanthropy to JSU. Being 2nd generation alum meant carrying on the legacy, not only for the Myers family, but all prospective students. To be a part of such a rich history and academic enrichment programs. SED’s pondering question is, “If we don’t, then who will?”

Sedric’s sincere commitment to JSU far exceeds one’s expectations by his continuous involvement at all levels. As a life member of JSUNAA, Sedric’s engagement and support for JSU has included over 20 consistent years of activism. His leadership includes Jackson State University National Alumni Association’s (JSUNAA) Southwest Regional Vice President (2012-present), JSUNAA Southwest Board Member (2010-2012), President of the JSU Houston Alumni Chapter (2006-2012), 8th Biennial Committee chairperson (2011), member, the Black Tie Gala Planning Committee (2012), and Biennial Conference Committee (2013). Sedric’s deep commitment to student recruitment and scholarship is exemplified through his active student recruitment and his contribution of more than $25,000 for student scholarship and various development campaigns and endowment funds.

Sedric is an action-oriented leader by being engaged in various JSU and civic events. After careful assessment of the limited JSU athletic facilities on campus, Sedric, along with the Tiger Fund Athletic Foundation, immediately coordinated a committee to raise millions. Subsequently, Sedric was appointed the chairman of the “Building Champion’s Campaign.” Sedric’s “drive” has caused him to pledge his resources (time & money) to erect a state of the arts athletic facility for all JSU athletes. Again, “SED’s” philosophy to elevate the JSU’s athletic facilities is “If we don’t, then who will?”

Sedric is not only sincere, engaged, and driven as it related to JSU, but is equally as committed in his church, professional career and civic organizations. Sedric is a member of the Fort Bend Church located in Sugar Land, Texas. He serves on the parking ministry. His distinguished service is evident in his professional career, where he has over 20 years of sales and management experience. He is the Business Development Manager for Lion Industrial Resources, and was inducted into the Sales Excellence Council for his outstanding performance during the 2013 National Sales meeting. His activism extends to the community where he holds membership in the Texas Association of Sports Officials and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is also actively involved in the civic community where he works to uplift the community. He has served as chairman for the following Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s mandated programs: Big Brothers Big Sister Greek Bowl, Fatherhood/ Mentorship Initiatives, Team Captain for the American Diabetes Walk A Thon, and logistics coordinator for the UNCF Walk A Thon and recently elected Board Member of the Omega Life Membership Foundation, all while promoting JSU. He has received awards for his devotion, loyalty, and dedication both professionally and in the community.

Sedric, an outstanding and well-rounded individual, is totally committed to upholding the values and mission of JSU and JSUNAA. He and his wife Regina (C/O 1995) will continue the JSU legacy with other generations of the family, 3rd Generation – Adrianne/daughter (C/O 2010 & 2013), Sean/son (C/O 2032), and Alani/grand-daughter (C/O 2038)

Sedric’s sincere commitment, engaged activism, and driven dedication to “One JSU” is exemplified in his daily endeavors, thereby demonstrating strong evidence of his capabilities of being Alumnus of the Year.

 

 

2015 Large Alumni Chapter of the Year

JSU’s Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter

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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

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“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.