“I was hoping the competition would offer great networking opportunities, but to have people come
talk to us was mind-
blowing,” Jackson says.
The Matlet Group is exploring what resources are needed to execute the students’ business idea.
Stiffler plans to revisit campus after the company works out the details and his design team makescertain decisions.Because four seniors and one junior helped create Menu 2.0, Hauserman would love for the stu-dents involved to be hired into the Matlet Group upon graduation.
“You’d be a very impressive person in the company –
to see your idea come to fruition,” he says.“These students could live and die trying to get this thing going, but Matlet has the resources and
could make it happen.Ideally, Jackson and her team members would like to help Matlet launch Menu 2.0 and receive apercentage of the profits.
“It’s an awesome experience to see something you worked on come to fruition,” she says.
Creating a communal atmosphere
Among her other creative ventures, Jackson is the founder and president of F.A.C.E.S.
Faith,Action, Culture, Entertainment, Service, a new campus organization focused on creating a cultur-ally inclusive college community that gives back to the city. F.A.C.E.S. offers members a supportsystem and communal atmosphere necessary for students to thrive within the college setting.
Jackson’s new club encompasses a diverse range of activities, allowing students to explore their
passions. F.A.C.E.S. connects students with organizations and clubs around campus and withinthe Cleveland community that identifies with their interests.
“You can feel like you’re part of a family while finding what else is out there,” Jackson says.
The organization offers a family dynamic by attending JCU sports games, dinner hours, and activi-ties together a couple times a semester. It also targets commuters by holding its meetings at con-venient times and focuses on engaging the commuter population by exposing them to campus ac-tivities for a more complete college experience.As a commuter, Jackson quickly realized the value of feeling a part of the campus community andhas been able to explore her interests through many University organizations.
Passionate about music, Jackson spends much of her time on campus with JCU’s Gospel Choir.
Since her freshman year, she has served as the vocal director and was elected president her
sophomore year. As president, she’s helped restructure the organization, determine what types of
singing engagements the choir will accept, institute a service component, and increase member-ship.
A woman for others
Another large portion of Jackson’s time is spent on service
-related activities. Her desire to help
others began at an early age, and she has followed her family’s example. Jackson’s mother
Teens Experiencing Excellence Non-Stop, at the Cleveland Public Libraryon East 131 Street in 2003.Jackson volunteered with her mother weekly, serving as a youth facilitator, leading hot-topic reflec-tive discussions, acting as a mentor, and helping teens connect with resources for college accessassistance.