John Now, President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, LP, has awarded $1 million to Jackson State University in support of STEM scholarships and an atrium naming in the JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology building in the Dean’s name. General Robert Crier, JSU graduate in 1975.
Crear majored in mathematics and received his commission as an officer through the Army ROTC program at JSU. He served on the ground in Iraq as commander of the Iraq Oil Recovery Working Group, an organization he created, trained, and led in 2003. In 2005, Crear organized and served as commander of Task Force Hope, the $14.6 billion US Army Corps of Engineers infrastructure restoration and restoration efforts Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
JSU Crear was inducted into the JSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. In June 2016, he was inducted into the Army’s inaugural class of the National ROTC Hall of Fame and Jackson State University’s ROTC Hall of Fame. Crear is also a current member of the JSU Development Foundation, Inc.
Crear is the president and CEO of Crear Group LLC, a government relations and business development consulting firm in his hometown of Vicksburg. Together, he and Nao serve on the board of directors of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park.
JSU will use the gift funds to award scholarships to students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including students enrolled in the ROTC program at JSU.
JSU opens new business center for women
Jackson State University recently announced the opening of a new Women’s Business Center, with a grand opening ceremony scheduled for January 2022. The center, located in Suite 332 on the third floor of the College of Business Administration, will provide business services to women seeking a federal dollar contract as small businesses. Female-owned and female-owned small businesses are economically disadvantaged.
WBC will provide one-on-one confidential counseling, low-cost training, networking, free workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on business development topics, as well as information on starting a business, financial reporting, and procurement.
The Services are open to women who are US citizens who own and control at least 51% of a small business that is in the legal form of a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corporation, or C Corporation. Nonprofits are ineligible, as are banned or suspended corporations or corporations that ban or have individual ownership suspended. Corporations must operate primarily within the United States or make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy by paying taxes or using U.S. products, materials, or labor.
For more information, call 601-979-4186 or email [email protected].
JSU wins fan challenge against Southern University
Jackson State University recently won its third consecutive victory over Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, during the annual “10K in 10 Days Fanraiser Challenge” competition. JSU Tigers has partnered with Jackson United Way to raise $6,322.90. Southern University has partnered with Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge to raise $1,275. The two universities raised $7,597.90.
All proceeds will go to the United Way Capital District Disaster Recovery Fund, which provides assistance to families and communities in the Baton Rouge area affected by Hurricane Ida.
For more information about the Capital Area United Way Disaster Recovery Fund, visit cauw.org/disaster. For more information on United Way in the metropolitan area, visit myunitedway.com.