John Nau, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, LP, awarded Jackson State University $ 1 million to support STEM scholarships and to name the atrium of the JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology building. after Brig. General Robert Crear, 1975 graduate of JSU.
Crear majored in math and received his commission as an officer under the Army ROTC program at JSU. He served in the field in Iraq as the commander of the Task Force to Restore Iraqi Oil, an organization he created, trained and led in 2003. In 2005, Crear organized and served as the commander of the Task Force Hope, the US Army Corps of Engineers valued at $ 14.6 billion. recovery and restoration of infrastructure in Mississippi and Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
JSU inducted Crear into the JSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. In June 2016, he joined the Army Inaugural Class of the National Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame and the Jackson State University ROTC Hall of Fame. Crear is also a current member of the JSU Development Foundation, Inc.
Crear is President and CEO of Crear Group LLC, a government relations and business development consultancy in his hometown of Vicksburg. He and Nau together sit on the board of directors of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park.
JSU will use the donation funds to award scholarships to students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math, including those enrolled in JSU’s ROTC program.
JSU opens new business center for women
Jackson State University recently announced the opening of its new Women’s Business Center, with a grand opening celebration slated for January 2022. The center, located in suite 332 on the third floor of the College of Business, will provide business services to women seeking federal contract. dollars as small businesses owned by women and economically disadvantaged small businesses owned by women.
The WBC will offer confidential one-on-one counseling, low-cost training, networking, free workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on business development topics, as well as business start-up information, reporting financial and purchasing.
Services are open to women who are U.S. citizens and who own and control at least 51% of a small business in the legal form of a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, S corporation or C corporation. Nonprofit organizations are not eligible, as are excluded or suspended businesses or businesses owned by excluded or suspended individuals. Businesses must operate primarily in the United States or make a significant contribution to the United States economy by paying taxes or using American products, materials, or labor.
For more information call 601-979-4186 or email [emailÂ protected].
JSU wins Fanraiser challenge against Southern University
Jackson State University recently claimed a third straight victory over Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the annual 10K in 10 Days Fanraiser Challenge. The JSU Tigers have 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 a total of $ 7,597.90.
All proceeds will go to the United Way Capital Region Disaster Recovery Fund, which supports families and communities in the Baton Rouge area affected by Hurricane Ida.
For more information on Capital Area United Way’s Disaster Recovery Fund, visit cauw.org/disaster. For more information on the Capital Region United Way, visit myunitedway.com.