Dr. Felicia Nave, President Alcorn State
The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Dr. Felecia Nave, president, Alcorn State University.
 
Brent Melton delivered the invocation, Allan Cole led the Pledge of Allegiance and Janet Scott led the Four-Way Test.  Tara Clark greeted and acknowledged the visiting Rotarians and guests. 
 
Seated at the head table included, Will Crossley of the Piney Woods School, Willie Jones of Dependable Source Corp. of MS, Dean Jim Rosenblatt of MS College of Law and Pelecia Hall MS Department of Corrections Commissioner, who introduced our speaker.
 
A special presentation was given by Mark Saxon to Walter Michele for his donations to the Paul Harris Foundation-he has contributed funds totaling more than $6000.  Former District Governor, Bill Walker, was on hand to deliver a Major Donor Award to Danny Williams for contributions of more than $10,000. The Rotary Club of Jackson is proud to acknowledge and celebrate their contributions to providing assistance all over the world through the Rotary Foundation.
 
LeAnne Brewer presented the slate of proposed Officers and Directors for the 2020-2021 term.  The slate includes:  Leroy Walker, President; Phillip Carpenter, President-Elect (Vice President) and Paul Bowers, President-Elect Nominee (PEN).  Directors serving a two-year term beginning July 1,2020, proposed are:  Jim Goode, Jewell Hillery, Erica Reed, Jim Warren, Tony Webb and Richard Wilbourn.  The club will be voting on this slate December 2, 2019.  If there are any oppositions or additional candidates for consideration, it must be submitted in writing to Amy Higginbotham or Janet Scott, prior to the November 18th meeting.
 
The Rotary Club of Jackson will be “Ringing the Bell” for the Salvation Army on December 12th.  Please contact Jared Acy to sign up for a one-hour shift (further information to follow).
 
Pelecia Hall, Commissioner, MS Department of Corrections, introduced our speaker, Dr. Felecia Nave. An Alcorn State alumna, Dr. Nave received a Bachelor of Chemistry in 1996 and is the first woman president in the university’s 148-year history. She took the helm on July 1. She received both a Master and Doctorate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo. Dr. Nave has been widely published in scholarly journals on topics related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and minority students. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Nave is also an AWIS member.
 
Dr. Nave began with a correlation between the work of the Rotary Club and the focus of institutions of higher learning (IHL).  Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. The University emphasizes intellectual development and lifelong learning through the integration of diverse pedagogies, applied and basic research, cultural and professional programs, public service and outreach, while providing access to globally competitive academic and research programs. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.
 
Dr. Nave highlighted some of the goals of the University which include:
Student-centered.  Continuing to offer students an engaging, transformative learning and living environment, empowering them to become globally competitive, socially and environmentally sensitive, and technologically competent leaders.
 
Academic Excellence. Consistently enhance its academic excellence and become nationally recognized as a premier comprehensive land-grant University offering engaging intellectual experiences and collaborative research opportunities.
 
Shared Governance and Professionalism. Assess its processes to ensure that honest and transparent communications, merit- based systems, and accountability prevail.
 
Enhancement and Diversification of Resources. Enhance its resources and diversify the sources of funding through partnerships, creative fundraising strategies, leveraging its intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.
 
Diversity. Engage all stakeholders in developing an environment which embraces diversity of thought and encourages the acceptance of differences.
 
Community Outreach and Engagement. Strengthen its community outreach and engagement efforts by encouraging continuing education, expanding community partnerships, and developing new service and outreach programs.