Durfuri Refugee to Speak at Jackson State

Jackson, Tenn. – Jackson State Community College will present Ibrahim Adam, a refugee from Darfur, as a guest speaker at Noon on Wednesday, April 9 in Ayers Auditorium in the McWherter Center.

Adam is a part of ‘Voices of Darfur,’ a national speaking tour, presented by the student anti-genocide coalition, STAND. The event is being sponsored on campus by JSCC student club Nation Against Genocide and the Student Government Association.

‘Voice of Darfur’ features a short documentary film followed by a personal account of the genocide from survivors like Adam. As many as 400,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diana Fordham, assistant professor of history, at 731-424-3520 x736 or dfordham@jscc.edu.

JSCC Student Art on Display Through April 17

Jackson, TN- Students of Jackson State Community College will display artwork throughout the campus library through April 17 during regular library hours. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on April 3 at 11:30 a.m.

The art show is an opportunity for JSCC students to show off their creativity to the general public and is organized each year by the JSCC art faculty including Dr. Lisa Smith, professor of art and Carol Norman, associate professor of art.

The event is free and open to the public. JSCC library hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information contact Smith at (731) 424-3520 ext. 271, e-mail lsmith@jscc.edu or Norman at (731) 424-3520 ext. 223, e-mail cnorman@jscc.edu.

Jackson State to Hold Information Meeting on High School/College Dual Enrollment

Jackson, Tenn. – High school juniors and seniors in Madison County can get a jump start on obtaining college credit while still in high school through Jackson State Community College’s dual credit program this fall. Information will be presented to students and parents on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium in the McWherter Center at Jackson State.

High school students who meet the criteria will take classes like English, Precalculus Algebra and American History and receive both high school and college credit for the class.

Students who score at least a 19 composite and a 19 in English or Math on the ACT and have a 3.0 GPA are eligible to take the classes.

There will be an information session for students and parents interested in the dual credit program on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium. Jackson State administrators will be there to answer questions and hand out application materials for the fall semester.

For more information on JSCC’s dual credit program, contact Nancy Hickey at 425-2637. Jackson State is online at www.jscc.edu.

JSCC Hosts Speaker on Himalayan Glaciers and Climate Change

Jackson State Community College will host a lecture from Dr. Syed Iqbal Hasnain at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in Ayers Auditorium in the McWherter Center. His lecture, ‘Himalaya Glaciers and Climate Change’ will focus on the critical issue of global warming on the eastern, central, and western Himalayan Mountains of South Asia.

The Himalayan glaciers are the least studied and least known glaciers in the world. However, in a comparative perspective, these very glaciers are vital for the livelihood of the greatest number of peoples in the world, and they act as a unique reservoir that feeds more than a dozen major rivers, among them the mighty perennial rivers of Ganges, Indus, and Brahamaputra that sustain hundreds of millions of people downstream.

The Himalayan glaciers have been subject to a process glaciologists refer to as downwasting, namely the melting, receding and ultimate withering of glaciers. The downwasting of Indian glaciers in the Himalaya will bear heavily on the region’s drinking water supply, on the irrigation for agricultural production and a host of industries, and will also seriously affect a variety of ecological systems including those especially consequential for the spreading of diseases.

For an energy constrained economy like India, the prospect of diminishing river flows in the future and the possibility that energy potential from hydropower may not be achieved, will have deep-seated consequences. Hasnain’s lecture will review the origins of glacial surveys and the future of remote sensing applications, glacial core sampling and glacial indexing, global warming and glacial recession, and on flora and fauna appearing at higher altitudes.

Hasnain is the former vice-chancellor (2002-06) of the University of Calicut in Kerala, India, and a former professor of environmental sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He currently serves as a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, chairs the Glacier Commission for the State of Sikkim in the eastern Himalaya, and chairs the University Grants Commission’s Governing Board of the Consortium of Educational Communications. He has authored ‘Himalayan Glaciers: Hydrology and Hydrochemistry,’ which helped to identify the important role glaciers will play in the mountain hydrology system of the 21st Century, and he has published more than 40 scholarly articles in leading national and international journals. He is a governing council member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, and chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). For further information on Hasnain’s scholarly work, please visit www.highice.in.

This program is hosted and sponsored by the Jackson State Foundation’s India Project, the Honors Lecture Series, and the Division of Arts and Sciences. The lecture is open and free to the public. For further information contact Dr. Lawrence Gundersen, professor of history and political science, at lgundersen@jscc.edu or call 731.424.3520 x258.

JSCC Presents Lecture on Holocaust

Dr. David Patterson will be the guest speaker at Jackson State Community College at noon on March 26 in the Ayers Auditorium of the McWherter Center. The lecture titled ‘What is the Holocaust?’ is sponsored by the JSCC History/Philosophy club.

Patterson holds the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Memphis and is director of the University’s Bornblum Judaic Studies Program. A winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award, he has published 30 books and more than 130 articles and book chapters on philosophy, literature, Judaism, and holocaust studies.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Diana Fordham, assistant professor of history and faculty advisor, at 424-3520 x736 or e-mail dfordham@jscc.edu.

JSCC Theatre Presents ‘Rhinoceros’ March 26-29

The Communication and Fine Arts Department and Theatre Club of Jackson State Community College present ‘Rhinoceros’ by Eugene Ionesco at 7 p.m. nightly March 26 – 29 in the JSCC theatre in the gym.

The play belongs to the school of drama known as the Theatre of the Absurd. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, B

Government Contracting Seminars Planned for March 12

A free seminar on government contracting will be presented from 10 a.m. – noon on March 12 at the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 197 Auditorium Street in Jackson. The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Jackson State Community College and the West Tennessee Business Resource Center.

The first session titled ‘Basics of Government Contracting’ will cover how to do business with the local governmental entities, the State of Tennessee, and introduce the basics of Federal Government Contracting. Also included are overviews of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, Small Disadvantaged Business Program and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) initiative. All attendees receive resource material that contains information necessary to become certified to qualify for government contracts.

The second session titled ‘Advanced Government Contracting’ will immediately follow the first and will teach how to find contracting opportunities within General Services Administration, Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Postal Service. Step by step instruction and actual examples will be used to help you interpret a bid match, invitation to bid (ITB), request for proposal (RFP), and a request for quotation (RFQ). This session will also include information on packages from the State of Tennessee and Metro Nashville.

The seminars are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ron Acree, director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, at 424-5389 or e-mail racree@jscc.edu.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the State of Tennessee. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance