21st Jun2016

Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18

by Staff

“Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus.”

Dre'Quan Cooley - Jackson State University '18

Dre’Quan Cooley of Jackson State University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

Name
Dre’Quan Cooley

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Laurel Mississippi. I was researching for affordable colleges in my state and ran across Jackson State University still not knowing what an HBCU was.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus. That’s one of the main reasons why I would choose an HBCU OVER a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Dre'Quan Cooley Jackson State University 2018

JSU Business Marketing Major Dre’Quan Cooley|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My major is Business Marketing, I chose this major due to how diverse the major is within the business world.

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

Being at an HBCU, especially Jackson State University teaches a person how to become socially aware of the things happening in our communities and in the world that we live in. Coming into Jackson State ready to further my education, that was the only thing on my mind.

Later I found out that it is about academics as well as networking and stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things you may have never done before. It helps build a person for the real world especially when you want to become successful in your craft basically what you major in and whatever you may want to do in your life, not only career wise but these things can help a person out in everyday situations.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Dre'Quan Cooley - Jackson State University '18|

“…stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students…” – Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My first experience was really just introducing myself to others not really knowing how to do so, but I came around it took quite a while but I came out of my shell. Which leads to stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students who haven’t had the courage to step up and speak or do things in a manner that they think should be said or done.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

One of the most recent professors I have to say that has impacted my life would be Dr. Crump he has really just shown me that as a student I have more potential that I have given myself to become that boss I plan to be in the near future.

Questions about being a Business Marketing major? Life at JSU? Respectfully contact Dre’Quan!

Instagram: dreycooley
Email: drequancooley@gmail.com

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06th Jun2016

Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

by Staff

“I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree…”

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

“The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.”|Image Credit: Image Captured by Cara Gonzales, Shared with us by Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Name
Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama but currently live in Los Angeles when not in school. I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree, however late in my life I moved to Los Angeles and never got the chance to experience an HBCU.

I realized however while attended a PWI in California, it doesn’t give me the drive, passion, or the feel of black excellence that I know I would receive at an HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because it’s something magical and life changing that happens when the intelligence, grace, and love from the black culture pours out on to you. I could of chose to breeze through college at a PWI and never truly become impacted at my school, or I could of chose a life changing experience that would give me a total different look on life and my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Mass Comm. Major and Student-Athlete, Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

I’m a Mass Communication Major with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Speech.

I chose this major because since a young age I’ve always been a great speaker on various subjects placed in front of me and an excellent writer.

Lately, in life I began to find my passion in Track and Field, I became infatuated with the sport from the inside and out. I plan to use this degree and blend it with my passion for Track and Field and become an ESPN & NBC Sports Analyst for Track and Field.

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

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Future Sports Analyst Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.” Less than a month before attended I broke down in my dorm at my PWI believing that I was at a brick wall in my life. I prayed and gathered myself, until this day I still don’t know how I found my way to Jackson State website.

I applied hoping this was God directing me to there, as of today, I completed my first semester at Jackson State and was elected Vice President of Programming for Campus Activities Board. My experience has been faith-filled.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Coming in I did not know anybody, I didn’t know how the semester worked but I knew I wanted to get to work. However, I experienced the power of black excellence quickly.

To see young men and women “dress to impress” but not only dressing the part but highly intelligent as well. It made me re-evaluate what I’ve been doing to get towards my career and I made a change and told myself, ” I need to get in the game and make myself known”.

After constant networking, working in class, I became the first student out of Jackson State to become a writer for HBCUBuzz, #1 News Source for HBCUs and Writer for CampusLATELY, the #1 Collegiate Marketing Firm. All within one semester.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Professor Bonnie L Jackson - Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

(L to R) Calling Panther Heritage Foundation board members Jim Shannon, attorney (left); Perry Hood, vice chair; Daphine Foster, chair; Renee Marable, board member; James Mitchell, treasurer; and Bonnie Jackson, secretary.|Image Credit: JacksonState.wordpress.com

Professor Bonnie L. Jackson, was my mentor coming into this past semester who helped me through the ropes of Mass Communication.

She constantly helped with writing my news articles for HBCU Buzz, she always pushed me to dig deeper in my writing and stick to the facts of the story.

I took this advice and applied myself deeper into my stories and ultimately wrote one of my most biggest stories, “Top 10 HBCUs to Develop Professional Athletes”, that received over 60k views and responses. Even after the story, she always reminds me to keep working and dig even deeper.

Questions about being a Mass Comm Major? Attending JSU? Ask Kyle!

Instagram: KDewayne.Kidd
Twitter: KyleD_Kidd
Snapchat: KDewayne.Kidd
HBCUBuzz: HBCUBuzz.com/author/kkidd

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21st May2016

Quincy Wheaton – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.”

Quincy Wheaton - Grambling State University - 2017

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017 | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Name
Quincy Wheaton

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Houston, Texas. I was first introduced to HBCUs from being around my mother’s side of the family. Our family consists of a number of HBCUs including, Grambling State University, Southern University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Prairie View A & M University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I knew I wanted to go to an HBCU because I just wanted that feeling of being surrounded by people that look just like me, and the feeling of nothing but black heritage, culture, and history. I knew I wouldn’t be able to receive the same experience I have thus far from being at Grambling State University, at a PWI.

Also, it was television shows like ‘A Different World’ that showed a positive image of black people obtaining an education at an HBCU that helped influence my decision. I chose Grambling in particular because that seemed to be all I knew being in my house, and I knew I’d also make my mother proud graduating from her same Alma Mater.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Mass Communication major. I chose this major because I knew I wanted to be doing something with my skills for talking and being really charismatic and outgoing. My concentration is broadcasting, in which I plan to pursue a career as a radio personality, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of fellow HBCU graduates “The Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner (Tuskegee University) , and actor and television host, Terrence J (North Carolina A & T).

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

Before coming to Grambling State University, I knew I wanted to make a big name for myself there. The initial plan was to be a drum major, leading the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band, but I didn’t stick with band after I graduated from high school. I came to Grambling just showcasing my talent of dancing and that was how I was initially seen around campus. As the years went on, I matured a bit and changed up my style of how I dressed and presented myself, from sweats, Chucks {Chuck Taylor’s}, durags, and fitted caps, to tailored suits, suspenders, wingtips and oxfords.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Quincy Wheaton walking to class on the GSU campus | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

“Eddie” aka Quincy Wheaton posing for the camera; Go Grambling! | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Currently, I am one of the well-known mascots of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), known as, “Eddie” The Tiger Mascot, of Grambling State University. I’ve been the mascot now for three years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I use my talent of dancing to make people laugh and smile, and there’s no better feeling. I suppose it was in God’s plans to make a name for me at Grambling, in His own way.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Quincy Wheaton - Grambling State University - 2017 Erykah Badu Attended Grambling

Did you know that Erykah Badu attended Grambling State University? | Image Credit: Pinterest.com

Meeting Erykah Badu for the first time at Grambling was truly amazing. I’ll never forget anything about that day. Erykah was set to perform for our Homecoming concert, and I had permission to be one of the personalities to interview her. Her flight was delayed in Dallas, so she didn’t get there until about one something in the morning, but she gave the crowd more than their money’s worth when she performed.

The concert ended up ending around three in the morning! Afterwards, we met with her and she took pictures with everyone, and was so down to Earth. I remember asking her if I may take a picture with her, and when I took it, she said, “Wait, is that SnapChat?” and I said, “Yeah.” She said, “Hold on, let’s delete that picture, let’s do a video instead.” I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, and I will never forget it.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Professor Santoria Black hosting “The Sports Beat” at Grambling State University | Image Credit: Thegreatestfan.blogspot.com

Two professors that have impacted me in and out of the classroom, are two of my mass comm. teachers, Mr. Santoria Black, and Mr. Alan Blakeney. These two teachers have managed to teach me more about the media field than I was planning to get out of it. With my concentration as broadcasting, I was strictly focusing on just working on the radio, but with these two teachers, I was able to learn so much more.

I can work in front of a camera, and behind, work the audio controls, edit videos and so much more useful information I can take with me. It was Mr. Black who provided me with my first internship working at a radio station and being able to use my voice. They’re more than teachers, but mentors, that manage to leave an impact on you.

Questions about Grambling? Inquire with Quincy!

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15th May2016

Charlesia Watkins – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“First time experiences at Grambling State University has always left me positively speechless. My first Homecoming was AMAZING!!!”

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017 | Image Credit: Charlesia Watkins

Name
Charlesia Watkins

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Mayor of Shreveport, Mrs. Ollie Tyler | Image Credit: shreveportla.gov

Mayor of Shreveport, Mrs. Ollie Tyler | Image Credit: shreveportla.gov

I am a native of the beautiful city/state of Shreveport, Louisiana. HBCU’s were introduced to me by the many alumni that evolved around me on a daily basis. The conversations, college football games shown on television, and the many rivalries that went on around me grabbed all of my attention.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because of it’s comfortability! Experiencing both institutions before making a solid decision was an amazing opportunity. I was able to balance out the pros and cons of both.

I gravitated more to the HBCU’s side because of the togetherness, understanding, and seeing the hardwork of many African Americans. I was able to fit right in and go with the flow and more importantly find myself and lifelong, beautiful friends from everywhere.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins looking stunning as she relaxes on a beautiful afternoon | Image Credit: Charlesia Watkins

I’m am now majoring in the field of Social Work. I chose Social Work based off my life and the obstacles that I have overcome and also others and their obstacles that gets in the way of them reaching their full potential. I believe in my heart and by my beliefs that I am called to be in the field of Social Work.

Help is needed everywhere and in every field, as we all know; being called to help is more intimate, in my opinion. I want to share my personality and spread my positive energy and diligence to those in need physically, mentally and more. I believe in getting connected and getting others connected to any and everything that will keep us all from falling. No one is left behind in my eyes. We all are ONE and EQUAL!

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

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins looking gorgeous, radiant, and blessed as she models at an event | Image Credit: IllusionsGraphics

The story of my experience at Grambling State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution are the action and excitement of sports held at my institution. The football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, track and field, and many more sports brings enlightenment to my institution. The support is surreal!

From what my eyes have seen while attending these activities and sitting in the stands, there has and will always be that audience or voice that keeps the team going and pushing harder and harder to finish strong.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

First time experiences at Grambling State University has always left me positively speechless. My first Homecoming was AMAZING!!!

The crowd of excited energy, the soulful and sweet sound of the One & Only World’s Famous Grambling Tigers Marching Band, the diligent coaches and team players, the speakers, the tailgating filled with many options of foods, and so much more. My first year at Grambling State University was astounding!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Some professors that has impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Mrs. E. Jenkins, Dr. Bradtford, Dr. Fobbs, Dr. Thomason, and much more! These important people helped me to keep going through their words but more importantly their actions. They showed that they cared. They helped push me to the young lady I am today! I will never forget the inspiring conversations and encouraging words that were given.

Questions about Grambling State University?? Respectfully, ask Charlesia!

Instagram: sheis_chosen
Facebook: Charlesia Watkins
Email: Charlesiaw15@yahoo.com
Snapchat: @byondbeautiful

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08th May2016

Joshua Veasley – Alabama State University – 2017

by Staff

“Opportunity is here. That is not just a slogan for marketing but a true fact. I meet people and participated in activities that are not available at most PWIs or their versions are not focused to my likes and interests.” – Joshua Veasley

Joshua Veasley - Alabama State University - 2017 Band Marching Hornets

Joshua Veasley of Alabama State University, Class of 2017 and Proud Member of the Marching Hornets | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

Your HBCU?
Alabama State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Im from Riverdale, GA. I learned about HBCUs through my teachers many who were graduates of such.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I came for the culture and enviorment. I wanted to see black people together in a positive setting. I want to be proud of my culture and learn from it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Honda Battle of the Bands: Riverdale High Alumni Joshua Veasley - Alabama State University - 2017 Band Marching Hornets

Honda Battle of the Bands: Riverdale High Alumni | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

Communications – Recording Industry. I love music and I want to be in business to create and preform it.

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

Opportunity is here. That is not just a slogan for marketing but a true fact. I meet people and participated in activities that are not available at most PWIs or their versions are not focused to my likes and interests.

“First time” experiences at Alabama State University?

My first Turkey Day Classic was memorable. I saw alumni from generations ago, and shared a tradition that I could be proud of. Marching into the stadium and hearing the roar of fans.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Ashbourne and Dr. Oliver both have been big influences. I learned goals are possible and that I can reach a larger community than my original scope.

Mighty Marching Hornet saxophone player Alabama State University Joshua Veasley 2017 Marching Hornets ASU

Mighty Marching Hornet saxophone player | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

What HBCU band are/were you a part of ? Section nickname?

Mighty Marching Hornets
Saxophones – Sigma Alpha Chi

Rules for incoming freshmen band members? Did they have a nickname?

My nickname is Versace. Freshman need to focus on school work and music. There should be no other distractions that first semester.

Questions about Alabama State? Being on the band? Ask Joshua!
Versaxce_tru1: instagram
Tru_boss: instagram
Joshua veasley: soundcloud

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24th Apr2016

Taylor Stewart – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“My story is that no matter what you have to deal with you can overcome anything. Life is what you make it and you must go after it and grab it!” Share on Twitter – Share on Facebook

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Grambling State Cheerleader Taylor Stewart! | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

Name
Taylor Stewart

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Columbia, Maryland. My parents introduced me to HBCU’s. My dad is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and his parents taught there as well.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because I wanted to be in a environment that would allow me to do more than just go to school. I wanted to be around people that would support me not only in college but also post college.

Major? Why did you choose it?

GSU TV Sideline Reporter Taylor Stewart - Grambling State University - 2017

Taylor Stewart in her position as TV Sideline Reporter for GSU | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

I am a Mass Communication Major with a concentration in Public Relations. I chose this major because I love to talk. I’ve always been a negotiator and love all things involving TV and the media.

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

My story is that no matter what you have to deal with you can overcome anything. Life is what you make it and you must go after it and grab it!

“First time” experiences at Grambling State University?

Taylor Stewart - Grambling State University - 2017

Grambling State University Miss CoverGirl 2016-2017, Taylor Stewart | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

My “first time” experience was doing the Miss CoverGirl pageant this year. I had never done a pageant before and was so nervous leading up to the pageant, but in the end it worked out in my favor!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Will Sutton, Journalism Instructor at Grambling State University | Image Credit: LinkedIn

Will Sutton, Journalism Instructor at Grambling State University | Image Credit: LinkedIn

A professor that has impacted my life both in and out of the classroom is Will Sutton. Ever since I took him for Principles of Public Relations he has been a tremendous part of me building my portfolio and being successful both in and out of the classroom.

Questions about Grambling? Ask Taylor! 

Instagram: Tayy_stewart
Portfolio Instagram: Taylorview
Twitter: Stewarttlitttle

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21st Apr2016

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University – 2017

by Staff

“The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation.”

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Name
Shaudaè Moore

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am a native of Mississippi, born in Clarksdale but my community is so small I have to say I’m from Charleston, MS. However I grew up in Waterloo, IA. I was introduced to HBCUs through the UNI Upward Bound Program.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Initially I attended University of Iowa, but honestly I didn’t see myself succeed academically. So I made the decision to attend JSU which was my first choice. There is where I knew I could be myself instead of just my student number. I could relate to my peers and not being made to feel the pressure of succeeding because I was 1 of a few black students in a predominantly white class. At JSU I could excel as an individual.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I an a Biology Pre-Med/Pre-Nursing major. I have chosen this major because as long as I could remember all I wanted to do was fix the world. I would practice bandaging up my dolls and nursing them back to good health. With my major, my focus in medicine will be developing babies in the early part of my career and later Plastic surgery. Reason being there is something so amazingly wondering helping bring new life into this would.

Also bettering people lives by making them feel great about their bodies.

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

The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation. So they pass me (see me) like I am their daughter. Through them I stay connected with my peers so we can study and help each other in passing our courses.

“First time” experiences at Jackson State University?

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Shaudaè Moore and Friends|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

When I came to JSU I admittedly applied to the W. E. B Dou Bois honors college, and in doing that was how I met a bunch of amazing ladies that I am friends with to this day. They saw me for who I was and always encouraged me to conquer my passion. Which helped me go out to become a plus size model.

Fall 2010 at a fashion show hosted by JSU Insatiable Model Squad is where I got the courage to face off in a modeling walk off in front of my peers. I didn’t care if they made fun of me, I know that this was what I loved and my friends had my back. Surprisingly I won and got the opportunity to be shot in a photo shoot with fashion stylist J Bolin (Insta) wearing a dress made for me by fashion designer Gail Ambeau (Twitter). From there I continued to model.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Violinist Virtuoso Shaudaè Moore|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Mrs. Rachel Jordan made such as wonderful impact on my life. She was my applied violin teacher and String Ensemble conductor. I went through so much of a rollercoaster of emotion when my world seemed to crumble around me to dealing with my health because I was always hurt or sick.

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017 Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan

Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan| Image Credit: jsums.edu

She pushed me hard to be a better violinist to learn and excel at my talent, she always would say “Shaudaè you’re not bringing your best because I know you love this, don’t give me crap. If you don’t do it for you then do it for your daughter because she is just a smaller version of you and I would want her to be her best.” She helped me see that all I ever needed was to just believe in me, once I did that then I would be a force to be reckoned with.

Questions about the JSU Experience? Ask Shaudaè!

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