JSCC Students Place in TMATYC Math Contest

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JSCC Students Place in TMATYC Math Contest

Students from Jackson State Community College recently participated in a statewide math contest for all two-year college in the state of Tennessee hosted by the Tennessee Mathematical Association for Two Year Colleges (TMATYC).

Jackson State took 10 students to the contest and had five students place in the top ten in their respective categories. They are:

JSCC Clubs Participate in Recycling Contest

JSCC Clubs Participate in Recycling Project

The student organizations of Jackson State Community College recently completed a year-long recycling project. The project was a competition between the clubs that resulted in over 16,000 pounds of material being recycled.

The Spanish Club won the contest turning in 6400 pounds of material. JSCC’s choral ensemble, Innovation, came in second place with 2500 pounds of material. Last year’s winner, the Biology Club, turned in over 2000 pounds. Other participating clubs included: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nursing Association, Respiratory Therapy Club, Art Club, Black Student Association, and Kappa Beta Delta.

Congratulations to all these "green" teams!

Innovation to Perform Spring Concert ‘Vocal Rhapsody’ on May 9

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Innovation to Perform Spring Concert ‘Vocal Rhapsody’ on May 9

Jackson, Tenn. – Jackson State Community College’s Innovation, a 16-member choral ensemble, will present its spring concert on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium in the McWherter Center.

There is no admission fee for the concert however, donations are accepted and will go toward providing scholarships and traveling expenses for the group.

For more information contact Karen Dale, director of Innovation, at 731-424-3520 x233.

Jackson State Offers Community Express Loan Workshop May 20

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Jackson State Offers Community Express Loan Workshop May 20

Jackson, TN- A free Community Express Loan Workshop will be held on May 20 in Henderson at the City Hall at 9:30 a.m. and in Selmer at the UT-Martin Center at 2 p.m. The workshops are sponsored by the Henderson/Chester Co. Chamber of Commerce, the Selmer/McNairy Co. Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center of Jackson State Community College.

Participants will learn how to apply for a Small Business Administration Community Express Loan through Superior Financial Group. The Community Express Loan program is available to full-time and part-time businesses. These loans are payable over ten years. Loan amounts are from $5,000 to $25,000, and no collateral or financial statements are required. All partners, principals or co-owners of the business must apply together. Those with a criminal history or anyone who has defaulted on a government loan including student loans are not eligible. Non-profit businesses are not eligible.

The workshop is free and open to the general public. Seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis. For more information on the Henderson workshop call Kristen Hester at 731-989-5222 or e-mail khester@chestercountychamber.com. For more information on the Selmer workshop call 731-645-7476.

This program is 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.

Lamar Alexander Set to Speak at Jackson State Graduation May 3

Jackson, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will deliver the keynote address as Jackson State Community College holds its 40th Commencement Exercises at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Oman Arena. The college is concluding its 40th anniversary celebration with the graduation ceremony.

As Chairman of the Republican Conference, Alexander is the third-ranking Senate Republican leader. He is the only Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and United States Senator and the first Tennessee Republican to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also serves on committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Alexander has been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee president, and professor at Harvard’s School of Government. He chaired the National Governors Association and President Reagan’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. In private life, he helped found the nation’s largest provider of worksite day care.

In his campaign for governor, Lamar Alexander walked 1,000 miles across Tennessee in his now famous red-and-black-plaid shirt. Once elected, he helped Tennessee become the third largest auto producer and the first state to pay teachers more for teaching well. He started Tennessee’s Governor’s Schools for outstanding students.

He is a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books, including "Six Months Off," the story of his family’s life in Australia after he was governor.

Lamar Alexander met Honey Buhler at a staff softball game when he worked for Senator Howard H. Baker of Tennessee and she worked for Senator John G. Tower of Texas. They were married in 1969 and have four children. He is a Presbyterian elder.
The college will confer the degrees of associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science to more than 500 students. More than one-third of those students will graduate with honors.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Oman Arena with music to begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jackson State at 424-3520.

Honors Lecture Series – Poet Gaylord Brewer

Jackson, Tenn. – Jackson State Community College will present Poet Gaylord Brewer for a poetry reading as part of its Arts and Sciences Honors Program Series at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in the Writing Center in the Library building. Brewer will read and sign copies of his latest volume of poems, ‘The Martini Diet,’ which was the winner of the 2006 Orphic Prize for poetry.

Brewer, a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of several books of poetry including ‘Barbaric Mercies,’ ‘Exit Pursued by a Bear’ and ‘Let Me Explain.’ He is founding editor of the journal of ‘Poems and Plays.’ His poems have been published in dozens of literary journals and he has had work featured in ‘Best American Poetry 2006,’ in the ‘Bedford Introduction to Literature’ and on Garrison Keillor’s NPR program ‘The Writer’s Almanac.’

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by JSCC’s Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Honors Program. For more information, contact James Mayo at 731-424-3520 x268 or jmayo@jscc.edu.

Dancing With the Professors at Jackson State Community College April 12

Professors, staff and students have caught the dancing bug at Jackson State Community College and it’s for a good cause. The college will host a night of ballroom dancing on April 12 to benefit the young victims of methamphetamine abuse and domestic violence.

Dancing with the Professors will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Jackson State Community College gymnasium. Couples composed of either students or professors and staff will compete in the fox trot, salsa, swing and waltz. Judges will rank the couples based on personal style, footwork and form with the winners receiving medals.

The event also will feature a social dance with evening wear requested for all attendees and a silent auction. Admission to the event will be one teddy bear per person or $5.

The teddy bears and all monetary proceeds will be donated to Methbusters Buddy Bear Program. The program collects stuffed bears and toys for police officers to comfort children when parents are arrested for abusing or manufacturing meth or when they are arrested for other crimes. Though this may seem like a simple gesture, these bears are often responsible for making a devastating event a less devastating memory. Additionally, children who are victims of meth are not allowed to take any of their possessions because of meth’s pervasive toxicity; the bear ensures that the child has at least one possession to call his or her own.

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at Jackson State is sponsoring the event and will make a presentation to the West Tennessee Meth Task Force that night. Last year, PTK chapters across the state collected hundreds of bears and presented them to their respective regions.

For more information about the event, contact Danya McMurtrey, PTK faculty advisor, at 731-424-3520 x424 or dmcmurtrey@jscc.edu or Raina Shults, PTK president, at rshults@class.jscc.edu.

Jackson State Offers New Redesigned Math Courses to Students; Hosts Open House for SMART Math Center

Jackson State Community College has recently redesigned its developmental math courses to help students move through the developmental math process sooner. The college will host an open house for its new SMART Math Center on Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m.

Jackson State has redesigned its three traditional developmental studies mathematics courses – basic math, elementary algebra and intermediate algebra – into twelve modules. Students will be required to take only the modules that are relevant to their career goals. Instead of taking three semesters to complete three separate courses, now students can move through the twelve modules they need at their own pace and complete the program much sooner.

The community college provides developmental studies programs for students who may have forgotten what they learned in elementary, middle or high school. These courses, offered in math, reading and writing, are designed to prepare students to succeed in upper division college-level work.

The SMART Math Center, located in the Nelms Classroom Building on the Jackson campus, will house course content modules, video lectures, online homework and testing from MyMathLab, and will provide a place for students to receive immediate assistance from instructors and tutors. Student learning will be supported by online tutorials, instructor-led discussion groups, organized group study and one-on-one tutoring. The SMART Math Center will offer special assistance for students who fall behind in scheduled work and acceleration for students who are capable of moving through objectives more quickly.

To measure the success of the program, the college will monitor the progress of students through SMART math and evaluate the assessments from traditional and redesigned math sections. In addition, Jackson State will track the attitudes of students toward math and the new leaning environment.

Jackson State was selected as one of four colleges in the state to pilot a developmental math redesign project and receive a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the pilot. The program was recently highlighted at the annual conference for the National Center of Academic Transformation in Orlando, Fl.

The open house for the SMART Math Center on Tuesday, April 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. will include an explanation of the math redesign, a demonstration of some of the SMART math tools and a tour of the Center.

For more information contact Betty Frost, department chair and associate professor of mathematics, or Mary Jane Bassett, executive director of academic assistance, at 731-424-3520.

Jackson State Community College Hosts WNBA Star Sheryl Swoopes April 10

Jackson State Community College will bring WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes to Jackson on Thursday, April 10. She will speak at Oman Arena at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Sheryl Swoopes is a three-time Olympic medalist, a four-time WNBA champion, and an inspirational figure to millions. She is an engaging speaker with a story that will inspire her audience to strive for dedication and determination toward a goal. A question and answer period will follow.

This event is sponsored by Jackson State Community College’s Diversity Committee by a grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents. Swoopes is the keynote in a series of brown bag speakers including Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, Darfur refugee Ibrahim Adam and Union University Professor Roslyn Wilson. With the Brown Bag Lecture Series, the college is reaching out to underserved populations on its campus such as first-generation college students, males, single parents and non-native English speakers.

Tickets are required, but are free of charge to everyone especially students of all ages. Call Jackson State at 425-8848 or 425-2631 to reserve free tickets or for more information.