05th Sep2011

Cory Collins – Jackson State University

by Staff

“I met my life-time best friends at Jackson State. There was a group of about 8 of us who met as freshmen in 1998, and are more like brothers now nearly 15 years later. We’ve all been apart of each other’s weddings as groomsmen and best men.”

C/O 2002
Major: Mass Communications (Broadcast Journalism)
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How did you decide to become a student at Jackson State University?

1) Scholarship offer

2) The mass communications department at Jackson State was very attractive due to it’s on-campus TV station, radio station and campus newspaper

3) The Honor’s Program at JSU had an awesome living facility, which was a suite rather than standard dormitory. Each suite was equipped with it’s own kitchen, bathroom and lobby area.

JSU TV22 Department of Mass Communications Cake | Image courtesy of Jackson State University’s Mass Comm Dept.


What professors at Jackson State University left the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?


Mrs. Andrea Dilworth (email her at andrea.w.dilworth[AT]jsums.edu) encouraged me to write news stories for the campus newspaper to expand my horizons, even though I was focusing on a career in on-air sports journalism. I enjoyed writing the news stories and became quite good at it. I even hold the school record for most stories published in a single newspaper edition (5).


Dr. Edward Welch nominated me for two very prestigious national awards/honors for journalism students. I was fortunate enough to win both. One of the awards was a financial reward, which I was very grateful for. The other honor was attending a national sports journalism seminar. I got to network and meet some of the other top journalism students from around the country as well as a few sports reporters and anchors, including one from ESPN. They even critiqued some of my journalism work. It made me much better in the field.


Mrs. Kathy Times taught me a lot about work ethic in the field as she balanced teaching journalism courses at Jackson State, being an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and being a full-time news anchor at the local CBS-affiliate television station.


cory-collins-jackson-state-university-myhbcuinterview-mrs.-kathy-times-national-association-of-black-journalistsMrs. Kathy Times


I ultimately held down a full load of classes each semester, a part-time job and an internship at her station.


cory-collins-jackson-state-university-myhbcuinterview-dr-mark-henderson-new-beginnings-communications-founderDr. Mark Henderson


Dr. Mark Henderson taught me a lot about speech and colloquialism, which was important for me being from the deep south, having a southern accent, and aspiring to be national broadcast journalist.


Dr. Freda Lewis taught me a lot about morals and ethics when it comes to journalism, especially libel and slander. Even now when I’m with a friend of family member who’s reading a random article online about something, I can immediately point out fabrication within the story.


What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

I met my life-time best friends at Jackson State. There was a group of about 8 of us who met as freshmen in 1998, and are more like brothers now nearly 15 years later. We’ve all been apart of each other’s weddings as groomsmen and best men. Our wives are all very close to one another now also, and we’re always talking about our kids attending Jackson State together and probably being best friends as well.


Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

I’d have to say OFF campus!


What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

There were several. Jackson, MS is known for having some great food!


1) E&L Barbecue – Chicken wings and fries dipped in BBQ sauce. Best in the South!


The Famous BBQ Dipped Wings and Fries – Image Courtesy of Happy Mouth Blog


2) Eddie’s – Catfish… Again, best in the South!

3) Stamps Superburgers – It’s called SUPER burgers for a reason!


Check out the size of this hamburger! Makes the fries look miniscule

Image Courtesy of Karen P over at Yelp!


4) Ellis Seafood – The shrimp! They’ll cram as many pieces as they can on one plate!



Ellis Seafood don’t forget to order the shrimp


5) Collins Dream Kitchen – “Dream Kitchen” says it all…



If you like soul food you like Collin’s Dream Kitchen!


6) Peaches – Historic café in a historic district. Good ole down south cooking at it’s finest!



What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

J…. S….U…. J-S-U Rocks the House!

Fire it up J-State, Fire it up… HEY!


Who is your College crush?

Shundra Lewis & Iris Lyles


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

The nervousness ended the minute I met my roommate. We clicked right away. JSU did a great job with it’s roommate compatibility questionnaire prior to my freshman year…


Nothing like freshman year!!


It matched me up with a guy who became a 6 year roommate with me (including 2 years after graduation), and we were best man at each other’s wedding.


What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Mass communications/Broadcast Journalism I was always a great writer and speaker, and I love sports. I figured I could turn that into a career in sports journalism or sports broadcasting, which I did. I actually began working in that field for CBS before I even graduated from Jackson State!

Is that not a view of beauty? The Lovely JSU Campus | Image courtesy of Jackson State University


What has been your proudest moment @ Jackson State University?

Representing Jackson State at the 2002 Churchill Downs’ 11th Annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar. There were only a few sports journalism students selected from around the country to attend, and I was the only HBCU student.


What was your saddest moment @ Jackson State University?

Having to leave…


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I chose not to because I honestly did not see the point, even though everyone within my close circle of friends pledged something. Too often I saw it as a way for certain individuals to gain popularity around campus, which otherwise they wouldn’t have. I wanted to establish my own identity aside from any association with a particular group. I was approached by a couple of fraternities about joining, but I respectfully declined.


How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

National Association of Black Journalism


Tiger Pride Connection (Student Recruiting Organization)


I had a job and I interned 3 days per week, so I didn’t have much time left for other activities.


Where was the “yard” located?

Lesser know for a yard than for the “Plaza”… located in the very center of the campus


What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Gibbs-Green Memorial Plaza that I just wrote about. It’s in memory of the 1970 campus shooting of Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green


They were killed when by policemen who let off more than 460 rounds of gunfire, which they claimed to have done in self-defense. The officers were on campus because of small riot that broke out because of (false) rumors about the assassination of Charles Evers, the brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

No major ones that I’m aware of…


How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

First time living away from home for more than 2 weeks


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I hope that I’ve made you proud


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

My passion is helping other achieve and become successful. I discovered it when I was a teenager and began with working with my kid brother at basketball. He really looked up to me and I took him out on the court for hours at a time teaching him the game. He became a really good player.


Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

I believe that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to what happens.


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?
Have really high standards and goals for yourself in life and don’t let obstacles, failure or negative people deter you. The most successful people in the world had to overcome all of the above, but everytime they got knocked down, they got right back up!


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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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