Jacksonville State University
|Jacksonville State University|
|Endowment||$9.9 million |
|President||Dr. William A. Meehan|
|Location||Jacksonville, Alabama, United States
|Campus||Suburban (small city)|
|Former names||Jacksonville State Normal School (1883–1930)
Jacksonville State Teachers College (1930–1957)
Jacksonville State College (1957–1967)
|Colors||Red and White|
|Mascot||Jacksonville State Gamecocks|
Jacksonville State University (JSU) is a regional public coeducational university located in Jacksonville, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State offers programs of study in five academic units leading to Bachelor's, Master's, Education Specialist, and Doctorate in addition to continuing and distance education programs. In the Fall semester of 2011, JSU began offering the school's first doctoral degree, Doctor of Science in Emergency Management.
The university was founded as Jacksonville State Normal School, and in 1930 the name changed to Jacksonville State Teachers College, and again in 1957 to Jacksonville State College. The university began operating as Jacksonville State University in 1967. In 2008, the university celebrated its 125th anniversary.
JSU currently has an enrollment of nearly 9,500 students, with nearly 500 faculty members (more than 320 of whom are full-time). Jacksonville State's Business School was ranked within the nation's top tenth percentile by the Princeton Review. The current University President is Dr. William A. Meehan.
With a focus on providing a quality education, Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, 40 academic programs (79% of programs that can be accredited) earned specialized programmatic accreditations. These programs include business, education, engineering and technology, nursing, social work, drama, art, music, computer science, family and consumer science, and communication.
221 international students representing 73 countries were enrolled in the 2011-2012 academic year. The University has run its International House program, an international exchange program, for over 60 years. JSU is also nationally recognized for its marching band, the Marching Southerners, which performs before thousands each year at marching exhibitions, football games, and parades.
Officials at JSU recently have been reaching out to non- traditional students in order to reach the school's goal of 10,000 enrolled students. In the fall of 2010 enrollment peaked at 9,504 students, but this number fell slightly because the number of incoming freshman could not keep up with the number of graduating seniors.
On January 1, 2012, the school's marching band and dance team, The Southerners and the Marching Ballerinas, led the New Year's Day Parade in London, England which also kicked off the year-long celebration of both Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The invitation to lead the parade came in September 2010, just as the Southerners learned that they had been awarded the nationally recognized George Washington Honor Medal for their patriotic 2009 show, "Of Thee I Sing."
In spring 2008, the website GetEducated.com ranked the Master of Science in Computer Systems and Software Design as second on its list of "best buys" among 67 online master's programs in computer science and information technology offered by regionally accredited institutions in the United States. In spring 2010, they followed this with a third-place ranking for JSU's online nursing master's program  and a sixth-place ranking for the online nursing bachelor's degree .
In October 2007, the College of Commerce and Business Administration was named one of the 290 best business schools in the world by The Princeton Review and ranked second in providing the greatest opportunities for women.
In 2007, the school broke ground for the 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) Little River Canyon Center. The building houses National Park Service offices, an exhibit hall, meeting space, classrooms, and comfort stations and is the site of the JSU Little River Canyon Field School, which sponsors dozens of activities, seminars and programs each year. In 1992, the canyon was designated a national preserve. During the summer months, the staff includes 15 park rangers.
In February 2006, Jacksonville State University was named the "winner" of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Speech Code of the Month. At the time, FIRE called the University Code of Conduct “illegally overbroad.” They considered the code to be in violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution which protects offensive speech. The policy has since been changed.
In August 2007, University President Dr. William Meehan was implicated in a plagiarism scandal related to his periodic column entitled "Town & Gown," which was actually written by the school's news bureau. These columns were written by the recently retired Director of JSU’s News Bureau who was working part-time to ghostwrite the weekly “Town & Gown” column. A committee appointed by the President found no wrongdoing on the part of Meehan other than a lack of administrative oversight, and it was decided that responsibility for the plagiarism was that of the writer.
In April 2009, allegations surfaced that University President Dr. William Meehan plagiarized his doctoral dissertation at the University of Alabama in 1999. A plagiarism expert, hired by a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the university, concluded that “extensive portions” of Dr. Meehan’s dissertation plagiarized the work of Dr. Carl Boening. Spokespersons for the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University stated that the matter would not be investigated. The University of Alabama conducted a review of the matter in 2007, but has not yet disclosed the findings of that inquiry, or the qualifications of its investigators. The University of Alabama has not declared that Dr. Meehan did not use plagiarized material.
Jacksonville State's athletics teams are nicknamed the Gamecocks. The school is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference in Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) in football, formerly I-AA, of the NCAA. The university's football team gained national attention in 2001 when Junior placekicker Ashley Martin became the first female football player to score a point in a Division I game tallying 3 points against Cumberland University.
The school fields varsity teams in 14 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, football, men's and women's golf, rifle, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's track and field, and volleyball. The football team plays in 25,000-seat Burgess-Snow Field. The men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams play in Pete Mathews Coliseum. Prior to the 1993–94 academic year, Jacksonville State competed in NCAA Division II athletics, winning national championships in men's basketball (1985), baseball (1990 and 1991), football (1992) and gymnastics (1984 and 1985).
For more information, see Jacksonville State Gamecocks football.
An internationally known entity of Jacksonville State University, the Marching Southerners have been defining the future of marching band for over fifty years. Composed of students from all over the country, the Southerners perform for thousands each season. With class and excellence, the Southerners extend "The friendliest campus in the South" wherever they go, both on the field and off.
Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford, the Marching Southerners feature a corps marching style, the Marching Ballerinas, and the famous 20J's. Many of the 450+ member marching band are also members of Drum Corps International during the summer.
2012 London New Year's Day Parade
The Marching Southerners were given the honor of leading the 2012 London New Year's Day Parade, which also celebrated the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Year in parentheses is year chartered at the JSU campus
- Alpha Xi Delta (1968)
- Zeta Tau Alpha (1969)
- Phi Mu (1970)
- Delta Zeta (1976)
- Alpha Omicron Pi Delta Epsilon chapter (1990)
- Delta Sigma Theta (Kappa Beta chapter 1973; first black Greek organization on campus)
- Sigma Gamma Rho Mu Xi chapter (1992)
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Sigma Alpha Iota Theta Beta chapter (music fraternity for women)
- Gamma Sigma Sigma national service sorority (Zeta Theta reactivating chapter)
- Kappa Alpha Order Delta Phi chapter (1976)
- Delta Chi (1968)
- Kappa Sigma Lambda Gamma chapter (1973)
- Pi Kappa Phi Delta Epsilon chapter (1972)
- Sigma Nu (1975)
- Sigma Phi Epsilon (1990)
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Epsilon Nu chapter (national music fraternity, 1950)
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Kappa Kappa Psi Mu Iota chapter (Installed as a national chapter on March 1, 2009)
- Alpha Kappa Psi (2009)
- Alpha Omicron Omega(2012)
International House Program
The International House program is a unique part of JSU campus life. The program began in 1946 with five students from France. Initially, the program focused on languages. Today, there are forty members of the program, twenty American students and twenty international students.
Each international student is from a different country and is roomed with an American student. Though emphasis is still placed on languages, greater emphasis is now placed on the overall aspects of cultural understanding. Truly, the International House Program provides "A Window on the World" for students at Jacksonville State University and the surrounding community. The International House is a stepping stone in Jacksonville which allows the growing international community to be increasingly active in student affairs. The International Student Organization (ISO) is one of many organizations at JSU committed to international and American students alike.The current Director of the International House Program is Dr. Jon J. Ketterer.
- "The Friendliest Campus in the South"- According to NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement), Jacksonville State University really does live up to this nickname, which is one that has survived the test of time. JSU's high scores in the survey's Supportive Campus Environment category support this claim.
- "Where You're Going"
Jacksonville State University uses the following hashtags for public relations and events:
- #JaxState general use
- #JSUGamecocks: general sports
- #GoJaxState sports rally cry
- #WinTheDay: football rally cry
- #BlowSoutherners: Marching Southerners rally cry
- Johnson, Laura (12 February 2012). "JSU widens its net in quest for 10,000 students". The Anniston Star (Alabama).
- "Top 29 Ranked Best Buys Online Graduate Degrees Computer Science & Information Technology". Retrieved 2009-05-07.
- "Integrity in Communications Committee Presents Final Report To JSU President". JSU News Wire. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- Kappa Alpha Order, Jacksonville State University
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- International House Program
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