Carlyn Hicks ('10) Named JSU Thriving Young Alum of the Year
Alum Carlyn Hicks has been named the 2017 Jackson State University Thriving Young Alum of the Year. As a component of the JSU Homecoming activities, the award was presented on November 2nd, 2017, by University President Dr. William B. Bynum, President Emeritus Dr. John A. Peoples, JSUNAA President Yolanda Owens, SGA President Alexis Moore and "ThriveJSU” during the Third Annual Young Alumni convening. Hicks was selected for the honor by the Committee of “Thrive JSU,” recognizing her leadership and professional accomplishments.
Hicks is a 2010 graduate of MC Law. She is the Director of the Mission First Legal Aid Office at Mississippi College School of Law, and has spearheaded efforts to make Parent Representation in Child Welfare cases a reality for Mississippi families. As clinical adjunct professor of the Child Welfare and Family Justice Clinic, she provides supervision, instruction, and training to third year law students interested in learning hands-on experience and gaining skill development in family defense.
The young alumni reception featured "Thee Young Professionals, Thee Young Scholars, and Thee Young Entrepreneurs" to include former Mayor of the City of Jackson for the 3rd year, former City Councilman Tyrone Hendrix, City of Jackson Wards 6 Councilman, Aaron Banks, State Rep. Chris Bell, State Rep. Hillman T. Frazier, JSU President Emeritus, Dr, John A. Peoples, Jr., President Emeritus of the JSUNAA, Dr. Hillard L. Lackey, Rap Artist Lil' Wayne's Tour DJ, T. Lewis of Young Money Records, Kris Campbell of BET and Revolt TV Networks, Jared Henderson, Celebrity Hair Stylist to Lebron and Savannah James & to Bravo TV Networks, "Married to Medicine," Tour Stylist for DD4L of Lifetime TV Networks "Bring It," Inez Doe, Dr. Kesha Major Flantroy, OBGYN, City Councilman of the City of Meridian, Kenneth D. Markum, Communication Director for New York State Senator Diane J. Savino, Shannon Watkins, Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX) Mike McQuerry, the longest tenured African- American Retention Executive for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, Kenneth Bunch, young alumni Engineers, Educators, Lawyers, Accountants, and Scholars who have matriculated from JSU into their respective fields who are all under age 40.