Jackson State University is the recipient of a $100,000 technology grant from the Southern Company Foundation. This award is part of the company’s overall $50 million HBCU initiative announced last January.
“We are extremely pleased to be chosen to receive this grant from the Southern Company Foundation. The technology enhancements these funds aim to support will continue to help our students excel inside the classroom and beyond,” said Thomas Hudson, acting president of JSU.
Specifically, the funding will be used for the installation of HyFlex technology in classrooms, including live streaming cameras, computers with Bluetooth, Bluetooth microphones, presentation podiums, media pads, presentation systems and other supplies.
“As always, we are delighted to be able to provide additional technology-based support for students and faculty,” said Dr. Deborah Dent, chief information officer at JSU. “We are also excited about the voice activation features, which will make the platform easy to use.”
HyFlex combines the terms “hybrid” and “flexible” and is a course-design model that allows hybrid learning in a flexible course structure.
“This design model, which has become very popular due to COVID-19, gives students the option of attending classes face-to-face, participating online through a video platform such as Zoom or Google Meet or a combination of both,” Dent expounded.
“Students can also change their mode of attendance as needed, and faculty will see and communicate live with all students who are face-to-face or on an online platform.”
This round of grants will help address challenges created by the pandemic by funding technology tools, infrastructure support, professional development and IT services to select undergraduate HBCUs within the Southern Company’s system’s service footprint in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.
The Southern Company Foundation intends to open additional grant applications in support of other needs at qualifying HBCUs in the near future. The energy company will collaborate with academic leaders from across its footprint to identify areas of need and channel resources into the programs that will create the most impact.
- 1st Woman in GA to get Monkeypox Says it Didn’t Come from Sex … but Work (video)
- Man Leaves Philadelphia Because of Gun Violence, Comes Back for Funeral, Shot and Killed (video)
- Park Visitor Discover Burning Body Hanging from Tree
- The Rickey Smiley Morning Show Discusses Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Getting Back Together for the Sake of their Children (VIDEO)
- Steve Harvey Says Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson Were Never Expected to Last (VIDEO)
- 10 Songs by Black Singers that NEVER Die
- Ebro in the Morning Discusses Irv Gotti Still Wearing the Watch Ashanti Gave Him (VIDEO)
- Drunk Driver Who Caused Horrific Crash That Killed 6 in LA was “Upset Over Fight with Boyfriend” (video)
- The Rickey Smiley Morning Show Says Some People Were “Idiots” For Getting Kicked out of Beyoncé’s Secret Album Release Party (VIDEO)
- Tori Alamaze on Kelis, The Music Industry and New Project