Ida Jackson, Paul Quinn College- c/o 2013, Elementary Education Concentration in Science & Math
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am a native of Terrell, Texas. I grew up during segregation and the only schools that we could attend were Black colleges. I didn’t know them as HBCU’s at that time.
As a high school band member (flutist/piccolo player), I attended all competitions at Black colleges, e.g., Bishop College, Hutson-Tillutson, Prairie View College, and Wiley College.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at PQC | Image Credit: Ida Jackson
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
As stated above, it was the most logical choice. I am not familiar with the acronym “pwi.”
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
Well, the New Paul Quinn is kind of foreign to me. It is no longer located in Waco, Texas and the school’s alma mater song has been changed. However, I am very proud of its accomplishments and will endeavor to support it as much as I can.
Dramatic Club Sweetheart Ida Jackson (then Ida Evelyn Malone) at PQC | Image Credit: Ida Jackson
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
What sports do/did you play at your HBCU? What positions?
What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?
Band took up all of my time – concert and marching. I hardly had any time to do anything else. The rest of the time was spent studying, doing chores, and playing outside!
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Restaurant? lol, lol, We ate hot link baskets from Lee’s Hot Links.
I didn’t have time for a college crush. I was there to get a quality education and it took a lot of my time.
How you heard about HBCU Interview Website?
Your wildest moment at college?
What is your funniest college story? (everyone has one lol)
Category : Alumni
Paul Quinn College
- Athletics: Paul Quinn College is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Sports offered include basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Mims Hackett - Member New Jersey General Assembly, 27th District, 2002–2007** Christopher Saunders - Sports broadcaster for ZNS-TV-13 Broadcasting in the Bahamas** Toni Rose - Member of the Texas House of Representatives** Frank Sims - Retired Corporate VP of Transportation & Supply Chain Solutions, Cargill Inc.; former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis** Hiawatha Williams - Entrepreneur, founder of Williams Chicken** Nuru Witherspoon - Partner at Kelley|Witherspoon, LLP.v**
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