Drive into your future at Jackson State!

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid

(FAFSA) at the Drive Into Your Future FAFSA Workshop.

Documentation needed at the workshop includes tax returns, W2 forms, amounts for child support paid or received, and any other relevant financial documents for the 2019 tax year. Students who are claimed as dependents are asked to bring a parent with them.

Thursday, October 29 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, October 30 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jackson State Community College Gym

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Six JSCC athletes named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced student athletes who were ranked as NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Among the 143 students from the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) receiving this designation are 6 Jackson State Community College athletes.

The designations for the NJCAA All-Academic Awards are ranked by the following criteria:
NJCAA All-American First Team – 4.0 GPA
NJCAA All-American Second Team – 3.80-3.99 GPA
NJCAA All-American Third Team – 3.60-3.79 GPA

Congratulations to Jackson State Community College Green Jay NJCAA Academic All-Americans:

Grant Crihfield, Baseball, First Team
Taylor Sharpe, Basketball (W), Third Team
Megan Bates, Softball, Third Team
Caroline Lane, Softball, Third Team
Shayla Phillips, Softball, Third Team

Spring 2020 Semester Honor Roll Announced

The Office of Admissions and Records at Jackson State Community College released the honor roll for the Spring 2020 semester. On the honor roll, there were 338 full-time students who achieved a quality point average over 3.00. There were 514 students who made the dean’s list by achieving a quality point average of 3.50 or better.

Due to the interruption of the spring semester by the COVID-19 virus, a large number of students were unable to complete their coursework during the regular term. These students were given an incomplete status with the opportunity to complete their classes during the month of June. Due to the unusual circumstances, the honor roll and dean’s list for spring will be addended in the near future to accommodate for this situation.

Honor Roll is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work (Learning Support excluded) and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.00 and 3.49.

Dean’s List is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.50 and 4.00.

JSCC to offer classes in hybrid, FLEX format for fall semester

For the fall semester, classes at Jackson State Community College will be taught in a FLEX format. This format will be a hybrid of both online and face-to-face components. Students will complete some work online and will also meet with faculty either in small group settings, via telecommunication platforms such as Zoom, or some combination of both. Students will be required to be available for coursework during the posted scheduled days and times.

According to Dr. Larry Bailey, Vice President of Academic Affairs, the intent is to have a FLEX component in all ground and hybrid instruction for both lectures and labs that allow for the use of asynchronous instruction such as Zoom, Blue Jeans, eLearn, or other online formats. “This will allow us to start classes and to meet at the already-scheduled times,” said Bailey. “This will provide for much of the structure and personal attention that our students want and need and will also allow us to maintain much smaller and more manageable groups in our classrooms.

Bailey explains that the new plan will not have students to meet for in-person classes during the first week of the semester to allow for faculty to divide the students into “attendance groups. For example, a class that meets on Tuesday and Thursday would have half of the students meet in person on Tuesday and the other half to meet in person on Thursday,” said Bailey. The other day would be met in an online format.

“Our students are already accustomed to utilizing the online technologies,” said Bailey, “and this new FLEX schedule will not be very far from what we currently practice.”

It is hoped that this plan will allow for the flexibility to meet the comfort levels of both students and faculty. Additionally, the FLEX schedule will allow for a consistent delivery method from the beginning and will also allow for a seamless transition in the event of another outbreak of the virus.

JSCC announces task force for graduation plans

These times of uncertainty and constant change have made the decision of conducting a large gathering such as the Jackson State Community College’s graduation an unusual challenge. The administration of JSCC has assigned a graduation task force that will develop a plan for the 2020 graduation ceremony. This plan will be ready for approval by the president by June 5.

The task force will develop a way to survey the entire campus community, gather their input, and bring forth recommendations for the new president who will be appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The interim president has approved the purchase of caps and gowns. Student Services will be contacting all students eligible for graduation and will have the graduation regalia available as soon as possible. “Having caps, gowns, and cords available for photo opportunities has been a primary request of graduates and their parents,” said Robin Marek, interim vice president of Student Services. “We want to get these significant mementos of accomplishment to students as quickly as possible.”

2020 Recommended Summer Reading List

BEHAVE – The Biology of Humans At Our Best and Worst, by Robert Sapolsky; recommended by Scott Woods

Why Don’t Students Like School? By Daniel T. Willingham; recommended by Nancy Hickey

The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology, by Robert Bringhurst; recommended by Abby Lackey

Das Kapital, by Karl Marx; recommended by Lawrence Gundersen

Red Moon, by Kim Stanley Robinson; recommended by Tony Rafalowski

Franklin and Winston: A Portrait of a Friendship, by Jon Meacham; recommended by Bob Raines

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson; recommended by Tammy Prater

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt, by Arthur Brooks; recommended by Kim Rawson

Calypso, by David Sedaris; recommended by Kim Warren-Cox

This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar; recommended by Will Shull

A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeline ‘Engle; recommended by Sara Youngerman

If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin; recommended by Anna Esquivel

Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie; recommended by Mechel Camp

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer; recommended by Liz Mayo

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting; recommended by Ryan Guth

White Noise, by Don DeLillo; recommended by David Hart

The Flight Girls, by Noelle Salazar; recommended by Melissa Sellers

The Demon in the Freezer, by Richard Preston; recommended by Kristi Watson

The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa; recommended by Vivian Minton

Black Hole, by Charles Burns; recommended by Candyce Sweet

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin; recommended by Joseph Kappel

American Gods, by Neil Gainman; recommended by Ben Lawrence

William Shakespeare, the Complete Works; recommended by John Koons

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; recommended by Steve Cornelison


2019 Recommended Summer Reading List

Dr. Raines
The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Professor Hickey
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

Professor Cornelison
The Threat, by Andrew McCabe

Professor Lawrence
The Perfectionist, by Simon Winchester

Professor Woods
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Paperback, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Professor Fore
The Worst Hard Times, by Timothy Egan

Dean Camp
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

Professor Lackey
When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

Professor Sellars
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

Professor Rafalowski
On Reading Well, by Karen Swallow Prior

Professor Prater
Melmoth, by Sarah Perry

Dr. Mayo
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari

Dr. Esquivel
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

Professor Mayo
Poachers, by Tom Franklin

Adjunct Professor Shull
The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Dr. Hamilton
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson

Dr. Ashbaugh
The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff

Dean Youngerman
Joe Pickett, by CJ Box

Professor Kappel
Soccer in Sun and Shadow, by Eduardo Galeano

Professor Franklin
The Unvanquished, by William Faulkner

Professor Baker
The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks

Professor Rawso
Limbo, by Alfred Lubrano

Dr. Smith
Pompeii, by Robert Harris

Dr. Kelley
Separate: The story of Plessy v. Ferguson, by Steve Luxenberg

Professor Sweet
Giraffes on Horseback Salad, by Josh Frank

Fuller, TCCAA Hall of Fame inductee, honored on home court

Paula Fuller, who played basketball at Jackson State from 1979 to 1981 and later coached the Lady Generals, was elected to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Fuller was honored at a ceremony in the Jackson State Gymnasium on Feb. 23. The event was between the women’s and men’s basketball games.

“It was a total surprise,” Fuller said of learning about her election to the hall of fame. “It’s an awesome honor. You play ball all your life that you’re able to, and you do it because you have a love of the game. But you don’t think about your accomplishments, and being noticed for your play; it’s a tremendous honor.”

Fuller led the Lady Generals to a national third-place finish in 1981. She went on to Memphis State University and helped the Lady Tigers reach the Sweet 16 in the 1982 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. In 1983, Fuller and the Lady Tigers finished runner-up in the National Women’s Invitational Tournament.

As a player, she said she enjoyed traveling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoyed the camaraderie with her teammates.

“The experience was extremely valuable, and the relationships that were established were ones that were lifelong,” she said.

After her playing days, she eventually returned to Jackson State and coached the Lady Generals. It was a different experience being on the other side of the ball she said, and she enjoyed coaching the players and watching as they matured into college student-athletes.

“Helping them understand what it means to be a team and seeing them exemplify the same attitude on and off the court was always rewarding,” she said.

Fall Semester Honor Roll Announced

The Office of Admissions and Records at Jackson State Community College released the honor roll for the Fall 2018 semester. On the honor roll, there were 227 full-time students who achieved a quality point average over 3.00. There were 409 students who made the dean’s list by achieving a quality point average of 3.50 or better.

Honor Roll is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work (Learning Support excluded) and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.00 and 3.49. See Fall 2018 Honor Roll

Dean’s List is reserved for students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of college-level work and who complete a semester’s work with a quality point average between 3.50 and 4.00. See Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Musician, songwriter to perform The Suitcase at JSCC

Jackson State Community College is scheduled to host Tim Lorsch and his performance of The Suitcase on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Ayers Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and it is sponsored by the JSCC Honors Program and International Education. The one-man show tells the extraordinary true story of his German-Jewish family’s survival of the Holocaust through original music and narrative storytelling.

“I am the first-born son of Jews who fled From Nazi Germany in the late 1930s”, Lorsch states on his project website for The Suitcase. “Before the Holocaust, Germany was one of the safest places in the world for Jews. In less than a decade, that all ended.”

Dr. Bob Raines, Professor of Psychology at Jackson State and one of several advisors for the JSCC Honors Program, was drawn to this show for its story and what it could bring to the Jackson State community. “The story of Tim’s family is one of resilience in the face of horrific cruelty and brutality,” he says. “It’s a story about the potential consequences of bigotry, intolerance, and dehumanization. But it’s also a story about hope, beauty, and the power of art to transform us.”

In 2016, Lorsch received a suitcase sent to him in Nashville from an antique shop in Czechoslovakia. It was the suitcase his great uncle, Julius Israel Lorsch, took with him to a concentration camp. The arrival of this piece of family history sparked an idea to create music to tell his family’s story. Using looping technology he is able to layer different instruments together live on stage and weave his songs into the narrative. Lorsch writes that this project “reflects the hopes, dreams, resilience and vulnerability of the immigrant experience.”

Lorsch is a lifelong musician and began playing the violin at the age of seven. During his performances he uses the violin, octoviolin, and cello to tell his story, adding commentary and narratives along the way. Based in Nashville, Lorsch has a more than 40-year career in the music industry as a producer, session player, arranger, and songwriter. He has produced critically acclaimed records and has contributed to Grammy and Emmy Award-winning projects.

Ultimately, Dr. Raines believes that the audience will not only be entertained, he also believes they will be inspired to reflect on our collective capacity for kindness, benevolence, decency, and grace. “Empathy is the ultimate antidote to dehumanization, and stories help us to identify the humanness in others,” he says. “Maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves that we are all much more alike than we are different.”

For more information about Tim Lorsch and his project, The Suitcase, go to For event information or other opportunities in the JSCC Honors Program, contact Dr. Bob Raines at 731-424-3520 x. 50438 or by email at, or Mary Wadley for International Education at 731-424-3520 x. 50252 or by email at