Dr. Jeff Sisk to serve as interim president of Jackson State Community College

Dr. Jeff Sisk, Jackson State Community College alum and president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Jackson and Whiteville, begins his tenure as interim president of Jackson State today, Oct. 16.

He was appointed interim president by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings after Jackson State President Dr. Allana Hamilton accepted a job with the Board of Regents. Her last day at Jackson State was Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Sisk, who said he will not be a candidate for president of Jackson State, will serve until a search for the next president is concluded and the new president takes office.

“I am honored that Chancellor Tydings asked me to serve as interim president during the search,” Sisk said. “Jackson State has a special place in my family’s heart. I’m an alum, my wife Stephanie is an alum, and my son Mitch is a freshman baseball player here.”

Hamilton was appointed vice president of academic affairs for the Board of Regents and chief academic officer of the College System of Tennessee. She was president of Jackson State for nearly three years.

Regent Barbara Prescott will chair a search committee appointed by the Board of Regents. The committee will include some board members and representatives of the Jackson State faculty, students, staff, alumni and the broader community served by the college.

Sisk will remain president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Jackson and Whiteville and keep his office at the TCAT Jackson campus.

“TCAT Jackson and JSCC both have great leadership teams in place,” Sisk said. “Also, technical college and community college presidents in Tennessee attend many of the same statewide meetings. Those factors will make my schedule manageable.”

Sisk has also served as an Assistant Director, Student Services Counselor and Instructor of Computer Information Technology on various campuses in the technical college system. For the past 22 years, his career has focused on helping students learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.

He earned both a doctorate in higher and adult education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Memphis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University and an associate degree from Jackson State.

“Jackson State was where I restarted my academic pursuits – a few years after not succeeding at a local four-year institution,” Sisk said. “It was exactly what I needed at the time. My experience at JSCC jumpstarted my career and is a major reason I am where I am today.” He said Jackson State faculty members when he was there in the late 1980s and early 1990s were personally invested in his success and made a huge impact on his career.

JSCC graduate finds niche with criminal justice and art

Lindsay Kilburn, who graduated Jackson State with a criminal justice degree in 2014, said she loves her job at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office where she’s the area’s only composite artist.

“It’s very, very rewarding,” she said. “I love that it’s very unique. I love being able to help law enforcement by using art. It’s very cool to do. There aren’t a lot of composite artists out there, and I love being able to help with a tool that helps lead to an arrest.”

She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in art in 2016. Then she was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2017.

Her main role is as an assistant with Crime Stoppers. She relays anonymous information to investigators, and she helps create awareness and raise funds – the program pays up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest.

Her superiors supported her as she completed 160 hours of training and earned her certification as a composite artist in April 2018. She is also certified in facial reconstruction and unknown remains.

As a composite artist, she works with witnesses to develop an image of a suspect, which includes image modification from surveillance videos, age progression, and sketches. The process takes two and a half to three hours.

She begins by asking a witness to walk her through what happened, and she develops a rough sketch. Then she introduces reference photos – sheets with different eyes, noses and facial features – as she fine-tunes the artwork.

“I keep working on it and working on it until they say, ‘that’s the guy,'” Kilburn said.

And because she’s the only composite artist around, she lends her talents to other law enforcement agencies on the hunt for suspects. “If they request it and if they need it, it’s a really useful tool.”

For Kilburn, it all began at Jackson State. Her professors, she said, were passionate about her future and helped motivate her to go for her bachelor’s degree.

“Everyone was extremely helpful in guiding me and directing me and helping me create a passion for the criminal justice field,” she said. “I really loved that the professors were always available to answer my questions. They made themselves very available and very accessible and helped steer me to UT Martin. It really helped me get prepared.”

It was a springboard to earning a four-year degree and provided the foundation for her rewarding career in law enforcement. “I truly enjoy getting up and going to work every day.”

Former JSCC president has lifelong commitment to students, faculty, and staff

Dr. Walter Nelms would never pass up the opportunity to talk about Jackson State Community College – the institution he helped to found and has been his life’s work.

“I love to talk about Jackson State,” he said. “It’s my baby.”

In fact, he was a part of the college even before it opened in August 1967. Jackson State’s first president, F.E. Wright, hired him in June 1967 as the Academic Dean so he could help get the college off the ground.

“It’s hard to imagine the real joy of giving birth to an institution,” said Dr. Nelms, who became the college’s president in 1976 and held that position until he retired in 1997. Since then, the college has continued to be a big part of his life. He attends graduations and is a frequent sight at college events.

 

The arrival of community colleges

Dr. Nelms was just starting his career in education when the momentum to open community colleges arrived in Tennessee. First known as junior colleges, the two-year institutions started in California, Mississippi and Michigan and then spread across the country, he explained. Tennessee’s first was Columbia State Community College in Middle Tennessee. Jackson State was the second to open.

Dr. Nelms was teaching a course on the administration of junior and community colleges at Memphis State. “I was selling them on a community college career,” he said. “I kept telling them what a good opportunity it was to be at a community college. One day after teaching that class, I was getting a haircut. I remember sitting in the chair and thinking that working at a community college was a good opportunity for me, too.”

Dr. Nelms already knew Jackson. His father worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and Nelms spent part of his growing up in Jackson. He graduated from Jackson Central High School. He left Jackson to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Harding University in Arkansas. He then taught two years in Arkansas, joined the U.S. Marines for another two years, and earned his doctorate in education from the University of Mississippi.

He met his wife, Peggy, in high school and married when he was 19. They have three children: Brenda, a lawyer; Walter Jr., who owns a heating and cooling business; and Lee, a pilot for Delta Airlines. They also have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In the weeks before Jackson State opened in 1967, the first staff members worked out of a house on Airways Boulevard. As Jackson State’s first academic dean, Dr. Nelms and his secretary, Anne Crossnoe, developed courses and a curriculum, hired faculty, bought textbooks and created an academic class schedule.

The college opened with 640 registered students that fall, he said.

 

A quality education for $55 a quarter

At $55 a quarter for full-time students, the new college made a post-secondary education affordable and opened opportunities to many in West Tennessee. “Community colleges are absolutely the best bargain in education,” Dr. Nelms said.

The early curriculum was mainly general courses students needed to get an associate degree, but already technical courses were available. Old Hickory Mall had just opened, and Dr. Nelms remembers a one-week course that taught how to operate an electronic cash register.

It wasn’t long before business and medical-related programs were in the curriculum. At the time, Dr. Nelms said, business and technical courses were reserved for vocational schools, but now students could get two-year degrees in these fields and enter the job market. Early medical courses included courses in radiology and inhalation therapy.

Outside of the college, Dr. Nelms has been involved in the community. He is a member of Rotary Club and has been an elder at the Campbell Street Church of Christ for 40 years. He also rides and shows walking horses, loves to play golf and has his private pilot’s license.

 

An integrated faculty and student body

One accomplishment, of which he is quite proud, was the opening of the Ned R. McWherter Center for Advanced Industrial Technologies. The college had a state-of-the-art building for the courses it offered to meet the needs of area industry.

While many institutions were still segregated in the late 1960s, Jackson State was not, said Dr. Nelms. From the beginning, African-American students were welcome, and Dr. Nelms sought out minority teachers. “By the second year, our faculty was integrated.”

In 1968, when racial tensions exploded elsewhere, Nelms worked to keep Jackson State out of the fray. “We had a significant number of minority students. When Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis, we lowered the flag the next day. We’ve never had racial problems at Jackson State.”

 

The impact of Jackson State

One of the hardest parts of his job, he said, was getting people to accept the value of a community college. “The impact of Jackson State is immeasurable.”

Industries locate here because of Jackson State, he said. The medical community could not have grown as it has without Jackson State feeding it with people skilled in the medical field.

The college offered remedial courses to help students catch up and then succeed at the college level. “I can’t think of turning away a student for academic reasons. We take them from where they are to where they want to be.”

He has stories of many students who arrived unprepared. They would not have gotten the attention they needed at many other colleges, he said. “We cared about them, gave them help along the way and the foundation they needed. That’s what a community college is all about.”

“We offer a quality education. I will maintain that the average student coming out of high school in Madison County is more likely to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree if he or she spends the first two years at Jackson State.”

 

“My greatest pride” – faculty and staff

Of everything Jackson State offers, Dr. Nelms is most proud of its faculty and staff. “My greatest pride in this institution has always been the faculty and staff. No institution is any better than its faculty. I’ll put the quality of Jackson State’s programs up against any other program.”

Dr. Nelms likes to point out that the Jackson State faculty is hired to teach, not to do research. “The faculty really put their hearts and souls into teaching. That’s critical for a community college.”

Finally, Dr. Nelms is proud of the difference Jackson State has made in people’s lives: the bank president, the politician, the hospital administrator and the many others who started their college educations at Jackson State. The nurses, the therapists, the office workers and industry technicians who got their first jobs with associate degrees and technical training from Jackson State. “The pride of the people who worked here and who attended here is strong,” he said.

Jackson State is as proud of Dr. Nelms as he is of the institution. The Walter L. Nelms Classroom Building is named for him; a tree is planted in his name.

“Eternally,” he said, “I am going to be here. My heart and soul are here. They always have been. I’m just proud of Jackson State.”

JSCC’s RADT program achieves excellence through student success

One hundred percent of the students in Jackson State’s Radiologic Technology Program passed their national certification exam on the first attempt for the fourth year in a row.

Jackson State has now graduated 77 students from the program in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. All of them passed the certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) on their first try.

“It’s a collaborative effort between the students and faculty and the clinical instructors and staff at the hospitals,” said Kim Benson, Program Director and Associate Professor for Radiologic Technology. “We put in so many hours to make sure the students are provided with every opportunity to succeed. It’s the hard work and dedication of the students, and it’s the effort by their support team.”

Since 2009, 239 Radiologic Technology Program students at Jackson State sat for their national certification exam. Of that number, 234 passed on their first attempt, which is 98 percent overall. During eight of the past 11 years, students had 100 percent pass rates on their first attempt.

“We strive for 100 percent every year,” Benson said. “It says to a prospective student that the program is doing what it is designed to do. It is teaching you the skills you need to become an entry-level radiographer.”

In addition to the credentialing exam pass rates, other benchmarks that indicate program and graduate success are program completion and job placement rates. The five-year completion rate is 97 percent, and the five-year job-placement rate within six months of program completion is 98 percent.

“This level of success can be attributed to the hard work, dedication, resilience, and determination of the students,” Benson said. “They make many sacrifices in order to maintain high grades throughout a program that is six consecutive semesters in length with more than 1,700 hours of clinical education – the highest number of clinical education hours required of any of the nursing and health sciences programs at Jackson State.”

Another reason for this success is the effort of Jackson State faculty and the clinical instructors and support staff from affiliate hospitals, Benson said.

“We invest a large amount of time into our students’ education, but even more than that, we invest a part of ourselves,” Benson said. “Our students recognize we are not perfect, but we are providing them with the opportunity to achieve a level of success that is unlimited. Our relationship with students lasts well into their professional careers and doesn’t end when they graduate.”

When Jackson State’s Radiologic Technology Program began in 1969, it was the first college-based associate degree radiography program in Tennessee and the third in the United States. It is one of the original health sciences programs initiated when the college was established more than 50 years ago, and it began with one clinical affiliate – Jackson-Madison County General Hospital – and five students.

Since those humble beginnings, the program continues to partner with JMCGH and has expanded to include clinical affiliations with West Tennessee Healthcare in Dyersburg, Henry County Medical Center in Paris, and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City.

Today, Jackson State is one of six community colleges to offer an associate degree in Radiologic Technology in Tennessee and currently has some of the highest numbers of credentialing exam pass rates.

“Our faculty is very pleased with the efforts of all RADT students, especially those who just completed in August,” Benson said. “The students had a long summer term of review, and that dedication paid off in their 100 percent pass rate this year. They are to be congratulated and commended. These graduates now join the history of a program of success.”

TBR approves appointment of Hamilton as chief academic officer

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Allana R. Hamilton as the board’s new vice chancellor for academic affairs. She has been president of Jackson State Community College for nearly three years and has a total of 28 years of experience as a faculty member and academic officer.

The vice chancellor leads the Office of Academic Affairs at the TBR system office and is the chief academic officer for the College System of Tennessee, working with the presidents, faculty and academic officers of the 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology governed by the board.

Hamilton began her career as an adjunct professor of biology in 1991 at Northeast State Community College, where she became a full-time faculty member the following year and rose through the ranks to become the college’s vice president of academic affairs in 2008. She served in that role to January 2017 when the Board of Regents appointed her president of Jackson State.

She will assume her new role as vice chancellor Oct. 16, succeeding Dr. Randy Schulte who retired in August.

TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings appointed Dr. Jeff Sisk to serve as interim president of Jackson State until a search for the next president is concluded and the new president takes office. Sisk is president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Jackson and Whiteville.

The Board of Regents will appoint a search committee soon, to be chaired by Regent Barbara Prescott. The committee will include some members of the board and representatives of the Jackson State faculty, students, staff, alumni and the broader community served by the college.

Hamilton was recommended for the vice chancellorship by a search committee that included college presidents and system staff.

Tydings cited Hamilton’s depth of experience in delivering the recommendation to the board. “Her experience is quite extensive and she is very qualified for this position. We’re excited that Dr. Hamilton will be leading our efforts to ensure that our programs are high quality and working with our student success staff to help our students achieve their goals,” the chancellor said.

“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity,” Hamilton said. “In 1991, I began my career as an adjunct faculty member teaching biology at Northeast State Community College. Student success has been my passion for 28 years. I am looking forward to working with the board, the presidents, faculty and system staff to help our students succeed, which paves the way for better lives for themselves and their families.

“I also want to thank the Jackson State faculty, staff, administration and students. They have made the Jackson community my home for almost three years.”

Hamilton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Tusculum University, her Master of Science in biological sciences at East Tennessee State University and her Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy analysis at ETSU.

During her time as a faculty member at Northeast State from 1991 to 2008, she served as Biology Department curriculum coordinator from 1997 to 2001 and academic division chair and dean from 2001 to 2008 when she was appointed the college’s vice president for academic affairs.

JSCC director shares journey of struggles and hope in new book

In Monica Ray’s darkest moments, she watched her mother and newborn daughter fight for their lives in separate hospitals at the same time.

Her mother did not survive. Her daughter survived but has faced chronic illness most of her life. After 23 years of watching her daughter struggle and dealing with her own feelings of inadequacy, helplessness, and guilt, Ray, Jackson State’s Director of Nursing Program Admissions, has honed her message.

“Embrace or splash in the life you’ve been given and do your very best to find purpose in it,” she said. “We all have tremendous struggles. We all have tremendous challenges. But through God’s providence, He is going to give you what you need to get through it, one day at a time.”

She details her message of growth and hope in her new book, “Learning to Splash, Conquering the Life You Have Been Given,” which chronicles her life’s journey and the lessons she’s learned in battling personal turmoil. She will celebrate the book’s launch from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Vance Fellowship Hall, 1461 East Chester St. During the event, she will read from the book and sign copies for readers.

Ray’s journey at Jackson State began 34 years ago before her life changed so dramatically. She started as an admissions recruiter. She later served as Admissions Director for nearly 10 years, and she has been Director of Nursing Program Admissions for 10 years.

Her husband of 36 years, Lee, has supported her as she’s managed a career and the needs of their daughter, who has grown from an infant in neonatal intensive care to a vibrant young woman. She’s also had support from the school, which she said is a remarkable environment where she feels like she is part of a family.

“It’s turned out to be a really good fit for me,” said Ray, who has a bachelor’s degree from Murray State and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis.

Her career has been spent helping students gain access and getting students off to the right start. She’s worked with students from 17 years old to 60 as the college has developed programs to serve people from all walks of life.

“We are even more in tune with what’s needed in the West Tennessee area,” she said. “It’s a very unique and wonderful niche we are working to fill.”

As the Nursing Program has progressed, Ray said students are learning that they need to be prepared. “It’s very doable, but I tell them that they are going to have to work extremely hard. From a personal perspective, I call nurses ‘my angels on earth’ whose expertise and compassionate care changed my family’s life.”

Her message of hope is uniquely poignant for a community college, where students are beginning their professional lives, entering second careers, or coming back to school for additional education to advance. And many are doing it while supporting a family at home.

“All around us we have ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and I think we need to celebrate that more,” she said. “We think our lives are small, but they’re really huge and illuminating.”

And if you’re feeling overwhelmed? “You are not alone,” she said. “There is always hope and help.”

The book is available at Amazon.com as well as at thebestyou.site where you can learn more about Ray’s journey.

Duo Guitiano set for 11th performance at JSCC

Now a standing tradition at Jackson State Community College, the musical duo of Dr. Amanda Virelles and Dr. Carlos Castilla are set to return for their eleventh performance at the college. They will perform at the main campus in Ayers Auditorium Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The International Education program of JSCC is hosting Virelles and Castilla. They are classically-trained musicians who have been performing together for many years. While their repertoire is very broad with many styles of music, their performance is typically tailored to consist primarily of Spanish and Latin music.

Duo Guitiano’s performance this year has added significance. The International Education program at JSCC is sponsoring a spring-break study-abroad opportunity to Cuba for the Cuban Literacies and Histories experience. Dr. Virelles is native to Cuba and will bring her personal perspective to students regarding this unique opportunity.

The term Duo Guitiano is used to describe the instrumental combination of guitar and piano. Dr. Virelles plays piano and Dr. Castilla plays classic Latin American guitar. Both Virelles and Castilla have studied music in world-renowned universities and have performed in numerous orchestras and music ensembles.

Amanda Virelles is known as a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world. Her performances have been described as sensible, profound and energetic. She has performed as a soloist as well as a collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Currently, Dr. Virelles is an assistant professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Colombian-American guitarist, Carlos Castilla, has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities of Latin America and the United States. He has worked as a collaborative artist with orchestras featuring stars such as Placido Domingo, James Galway, and Bernadette Peters. Carlos is the co-founder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles, and is known for his innovative technique, clear sound, and soulful interpretations. Carlos currently teaches guitar courses at Coastal Carolina Community College, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina State and runs his private studio.

Virelles and Castilla have recently founded the Fayetteville School of Music. Responsibilities for this venture have been added to their teaching duties for Fayetteville State University.

Mary Wadley, the coordinator for this event, says, “This is an annual tradition and a gift to the community.” She continues, “This and other such events are hosted by the International Education committee at Jackson State. An emphasis on international education at the college is relatively new and this is a great way to communicate this to the community.”

Each year, Jackson State sponsors several students to study abroad through the program. As Wadley notes, “This is an opportunity most people do not associate with community colleges.”

For more information, please contact Mary Wadley, at mwadley@jscc.edu or by calling (731) 424-3520 ext. 50252.

JSCC’s Hamilton selected for Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has selected 28 leaders from higher education, K-12 education, government, business and industry, and nonprofits for the next cohort of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (CTLI). Among those selected is Jackson State Community College’s Dr. Allana Hamilton.

“The Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute is focused on educating and engaging Tennessee leaders about education opportunities and challenges in Tennessee postsecondary education,” SCORE President and CEO David Mansouri said. “SCORE is excited to build on the program’s foundation and explore with the new cohort how we can push for quality and equity in education so all Tennessee students are able to earn the postsecondary credentials and degrees needed for successful careers.”

The leaders in the fourth cohort represent their regions, communities, and industries while learning from national and statewide experts and developing a richer understanding of higher education access, persistence, and success and the effect on the Tennessee workforce. Over the course of the program, they will explore higher education and economic issues at the local level, witness best practices and policies to tackle real challenges, and build professional relationships with a group of strong leaders advocating for change across Tennessee.

Hamilton says that she is honored to have been selected for CTLI and to represent Jackson State Community College. “I am also looking forwarding in connecting and collaborating with my cohort colleagues as we learn and develop together,” Hamilton said.

“I expect to gain a better understanding of topics such as higher education access, attainment, retention, and completion as well as information as to solutions for increasing the number of students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential,” Hamilton said. “Since this is a statewide program, I will also gain a better understanding of higher education and economic issues within the State of Tennessee.”

The fourth cohort will begin November 4 in Nashville and end June 16 in Greenville. The cohort will meet a total of four times during this 7-month period.

JSCC’s OTA program has 100% pass rate on national boards

Every student in Jackson State’s 2019 Occupational Therapist Assistant program passed the recent national board exam required for certification, licensure, and employment.

“The 100% pass rate on the national boards reflects the strength of our program,” said Julie Bezold, Jackson State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director. “It also shows current and prospective students that we provide them with the education they need to succeed in this field.”

The exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and it is taken by students after they graduate.

Occupational therapy assistants work with occupational therapists to help patients at all stages of life develop or improve the skills needed to participate in everyday activities to enjoy independent and productive lives. Their patients are often living with an injury, illness or disability.

The two-year Occupational Therapist Assistant program, which is housed in the new 40,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building, combines academic and fieldwork training to prepare students for a career in occupational therapy. The program was developed to help fill a shortage in the region, as many medical facilities have difficulty finding occupational therapy assistants to hire.

“There is a huge need for this program,” Bezold said. “The demand for occupational therapy assistants continues to grow, in part because of the aging elderly population.”

Jackson State’s program is relatively new. It was certified by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in 2016 after an extensive process that began in 2013. The first class started in August 2015 and graduated in May 2017.

Each cohort has 12 students. Altogether, 33 students in three graduating classes have taken the national exam, and 94% have passed.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program joins other programs with successful pass rates at Jackson State. The school’s Radiologic Technology program routinely earns 100% pass rates. And in 2017, every student who graduated from the school’s Nursing program passed the National Council Licensure Examination on his or her first attempt.

Bagels and Bluegrass renamed for founder

Saturday, October 12 will be the first time for cyclists to ride under the KJ100 moniker. Organizers of the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour made the decision to rename the 18-year old event to honor and memorialize its founder Dr. Kent Jones.

The newly-renamed Kent Jones Bicycle Century Tour will maintain the established routes of the former Bagels and Bluegrass ride. The routes are designed for beginners to advanced riders. There are 14-, 32-, 62- and 100-mile routes. Both the 100-mile century and 62-mile metric-century routes will take cyclists through Pinson Mounds and Chickasaw State Parks.

In addition to the bicycle tour, a 5K run will also be held on the JSCC campus. “This will be the second year for the 5K run,” said event organizer Mary Beth Hopper. “This allows for the event to be more inclusive for friends and family members that don’t ride. The addition of the run is also an excellent opportunity to grow this long-standing annual event.”

Jones, a prominent physician and avid cyclist, started the century tour in 2001 as a way to bring cyclists together for a day and enjoy a scenic tour of the rural West Tennessee countryside. He also saw this as a way to help fund scholarships for students at Jackson State Community College.

While serving as chief of staff at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing the EMT program in 1982. Since the ride’s inception in 2001, nearly $40,000 has been raised to help students with expenses related to attending the college.

Sadly, Dr. Jones passed away in November. Consequently, the presentation of funds from the 2018 event was delayed until this past April. The Dr. Kent Jones Scholarship at JSCC received a $2,000 donation and the Pinson Mounds and Chickasaw State Parks received $400 each at the check presentation ceremony.

For more information about the KJ100 and 5K, go to jscc.edu/kj100 or call 731-616-7474.