Members on the Move – Valleria Sewell

It’s member on the move time! This week we are highlighting member Valleria Sewell from Natchez, MS. Valleria is an ‘92 graduate of JSU with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She also obtained a Masters of Business Management (M.B.A.) and Masters of Special Education.

Valleria is currently an educator for Shelby County schools. She is the Special Education chair and Teacher Lead at Ridgeway IB World school. She is also the Director of Raleigh in Motion; And a member of the Powerspot Church ministerial staff.

Some of her most recent accomplishments include:
2015 Southeast Regional Board Member JSUMEMPHIS
2016-2018 Activities and Fundraising Director

Why did you choose JSU?
Jackson State University offered me an opportunity to matriculate as a college student and to develop invaluable life-long relationships and friendships. Jackson State University open doors for me and afforded me a chance to mature in every aspect of my life to become an educator that impacts minds and continues to change lives.

What is your favorite or most fun memory from JSU?
My favorite memory is of my family, friends, and I getting all “dolled up” to attend our football games! It was the social event of every week, and it continues to be a social event we love to attend each and every football season.

Favorite rival game to attend?
Jackson State University versus Alcorn State University

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the JSU Memphis Alumni Chapter?
Serving with the board to ensure the future of our Alma Mater will continue to thrive well into the future.

Please share any additional fun fact or information about yourself:
I love adventure, travel, good food and great times

Members on the Move – James Gordon

It is Member on the Move time! This week we are featuring James Gordon, a native of Coldwater, MS. James received his Bachelors of Elementary Education and Mathematics from JSU in 05′. He was apart of the JSU Football team, JSU Choir, and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

James is the Principal of Hickory Ridge Elementary School and member of the Shelby County Schools Principal Association. He is a 3-Time Reward School Principal for Top 5 percent of high performing schools in TN. He is also an active member of the DeSoto Co Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. James is the proud Husband of Ashley Gordon, and Proud father of Jade Elise Gordon.

Why did you choose JSU?
Jackson State was the only university that really recruited me (thanks to Dean Belton). They also provided me with several scholarships (academic and choir).

What is your favorite or most fun memory from JSU?
Being on the yard when they had the Greek Plots that were TREES. Going to the football games and attending homecoming.

Favorite rival game to attend?
Jackson State vs Alcorn (Soul Bowl)

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the JSU Memphis Alumni Chapter?
Leadership and the energy from all fellow alumni.

Members On the Move – Terel Key

February 2020

It’s time for our Member on the Move Spotlight! We are pleased to open February with JSU Memphis Chapter member Terel Key.
Terel is a Jackson, MS native who graduated JSU with a Mass Communications degree in ‘02. While at Jackson State he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Thee Sonic Boom of the South.

He volunteers weekly at the Lewis Senior Community Center with Princeton James Productions teaching the seniors acting and stage presence for their plays. He also volunteers at Hickory Ridge Elementary school teaching acting, film, and videography. Terel has performed in several stage plays and acted in local films. He also worked behind the scenes in production on theater and film projects in the Memphis area.

Why did you choose JSU?
One reason I chose JSU was because my parents are alumni of JSU. I would always attend JSU events as a kid and plus our home was full of JSU memorabilia. Another reason is because I was a musician and being in the band was my childhood dream. Lastly, I was always into cameras and learning more about production of film and TV and being on camera. JSU was the place that had my major as well. So all of those components are what made me make my final decision to be JSU.

What is your favorite or most fun memory from JSU?
My favorite fun memory has to be riding my bicycle on campus to class. During the time I was in school, there was a lot of construction going on. We were unable to park on campus. My good friend Toby Johnson and I would ride our bikes to class after parking far away. One day my professor, Rev. Barron Banks jumped on my bike in the middle of class, rode it around the room, then down the hallway. Everyone laughed at him! He and I became good friends after that and he would always ask about my bike years after graduation.

Favorite rival game to attend?
My favorite rival game to attend would be the JSU vs Southern University game.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the JSU Memphis Alumni Chapter?
Being a member of the JSU Memphis Alumni Chapter reminds me of my dear old college home. I enjoy coming together as alumni with the same goals. Goals of pushing our dear old college home forward and helping paving the way for future students of JSU.

Members On the Move – Roshanda DeBoise

January 2020

It’s time for our Member of the Move Spotlight! We are pleased to close out January with JSU Memphis Chapter member Roshanda DeBoise .

Roshanda is a Summit, MS native who graduated JSU with a Accounting degree in ‘07. She also has a Masters in Taxation from the University of Memphis. While at at JSU, she participated in the Accounting Society and Tiger P.R.I.D.E.

She currently is an Internal Revenue Service, Revenue Agent and resident of Bartlett, TN.

Roshanda is active as a volunteer for Hope 4 Kids and serves as 1st Vice-President for JSUNAA Memphis.

Why did you choose JSU?
I always dreamed of attending an HBCU. Honestly, JSU offered the first scholarship. After speaking with Dean Belton about my GPA and ACT score, he said I qualified for a full academic scholarship. JSU was the only college I applied for.

What is your favorite or most fun memory from JSU?
I lived on the third floor of Alexander with a window facing the plaza my freshman year. Those ladies made life fun every night and that window room fed into my nosinesss. I also met the love of my life at the laundromat on campus during my freshman year.

Favorite rival game to attend?
It’s a toss up between Alcorn and Southern

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the JSU Memphis Alumni Chapter?
I love the relationships I’ve formed with members of the Chapter. I’m in a place with no family other than my husband and kids. Members of the Chapter have become my family.

Please share any additional fun fact or information about yourself.
I am the Mother of Anfernee (yes, he was named after Anfernee Hardaway) and Madison. Traveling is my passion.


SWAC Clash of the Cats WATCH Party

Join THEE JSUNAA Memphis Chapter for a
SWAC Clash of the Cats WATCH PARTY
on Thursday, October 24 at Craft Republic Sports Bar & Grill
as our JSU Tigers battle the Prairie View Panthers!

*Game will be televised on ESPNU*
 Happy Hour: 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Game Starts at 6:30pm
Wear your JSU gear, bring that good ole JSU spirit & invite and inactive alum to join you!

 #TheeILove  #GoTigers

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THEE I Love Night at Hattiloo Theater

The Memphis Alumni are partnering with the Hattiloo Theater to present a Member’s Night Out.  Please use the Code: RED123 to purchase your tickets at www.hattiloo.org. Part of your ticket cost will benefit the chapter only if you use the above code.

Please come and join us as we see the play Between Riverside and Crazy.

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY
7:30 PM – 10 PM

Stephen Adly Guirgis
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize

Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy. But now, the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed—and the church won’t leave him alone. When the struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone.

30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic

Join us for the Memphis Chapter Annual Southern Heritage Tiger Tailgate.
Saturday September 14, 2019
12 PM – 6 PM

North Side of Liberty Bowl Stadium
335 S Hollywood St, Memphis, TN 38104

The cost is $15 per person, and will include a meal catered by Couture Events of Memphis and music by DJ Unpredictable 601.

Members on the Move – Sharon Shaw

August 2019

It’s Member on the Move time!!
Each month we will be highlighting one of our awesome Chapter members. August spotlight goes to Ms. Sharon Shaw.

Ms. Shaw is a 91’ Industrial Technology/Airway Science graduate of Jackson State University. 

She is currently an Air Traffic Controller/Support Specialist and Lead for Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center Aviation Tours. Sharon introduces youth to Careers in Aviation. She is also a Facilitator for Memphis ACE Camp. 

Organizations/ Affiliations include: National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE), Professional Women Controllers (PWC), Memphis Blackhawks, FAA STEM AVSED

What is your favorite memory from JSU? : My favorite memory at JSU was Friday nights on the Plaza watching the Sonic Boom and Greeks.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of Memphis Alumni Chapter? I enjoy most the fellowship and opportunity to network with and support other alums in my community. 

Favorite rival game to attend:? My favorite game to attend is The Southern Heritage Classic.

Anything else you would like to add? 
My advice to freshman is not to overload their academic schedule the first semester. Leave some room for social adjustment and acclimation to new environment. Take an elective that has nothing to do with their intended major, something never done before or something that they’re curious about.

2019 Student Send-Off

2019 Student Send Off
Please RSVP by Saturday August 3, 2019

Thank you for all of you who came out to support!