Jackson State Announces Winders as Basketball/Softball Coach

Jackson, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce that Michael Winders, has been hired full time to coach the Lady Generals softball and basketball teams. Winders served as interim coach in the softball program last year.

‘We are pleased to have Michael at Jackson State again. He had success with the softball program last year as interim head coach and I know he will bring the same success to women’s basketball,’ said Steve Cornelison, JSCC’s athletic director and head baseball coach.

Under the coaching of Winders last season, the softball team placed one player on the All-TJCCAA conference third team and five players on the academic all conference team. The team improved their winning percentage over 150 points.

Winders began his playing career at JSCC under Cornelison where he was named to the All-West TJCCAA team and the All-State TJCCAA team as a freshman. He finished his playing career at Lambuth University contributing to the Eagles’ 2003 Mid-South Conference Championship win and appearance in two Region XI tournaments.

Winders received his bachelor of science degree from Lambuth in 2005 and is currently working on a master’s degree through the University of Memphis. He is married to the former Jennifer Todd of Jackson and they have one son, Carter.

The Lady Generals basketball team opens their season on the road on Nov. 3 and at home on Nov. 14. The Lady Generals softball team plays its first regular season game on the road in Gallatin on March 12 and at home on March 14. For more information on Jackson State sports, please visit www.gogenerals.com.

Jackson State Events Scheduled for ‘Community Read’ project

Jackson, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College is sponsoring several events in conjunction with ‘Community Read’ in the city. The ‘Community Read’ book choice this year is Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ The college is partnering with the Friends of Jackson-Madison County Library, Lambuth University and Union University to offer several discussion groups related to the book and host an author who has written a companion novel.

Dr. Mechel Camp, associate professor of English at Jackson State, will discuss ‘Brains, Brawn, and Beauty in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’ on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in JSCC’s Writing Center located in the Library building.

Dr. Mack Perry, professor and chair of English at Jackson State, will discuss ‘Looking at Love: Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice’ on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in JSCC’s Writing Center.

On Nov. 7 at Noon, Jackson State will host Laurie Viera Rigler, author of ‘Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.’ She will discuss her book and be available to sign copies in the Writing Center.

For more information on events at Jackson State Community College, visit the website at www.jscc.edu.

Jackson State to Host 5th Annual West Tennessee Economic Summit

Jackson, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College will host its fifth annual West Tennessee economic summit, titled ‘Economic Fitness For West Tennessee’ on Tuesday, October 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Ayers Auditorium of the McWherter Center.

The keynote speaker of the day is Pete Johnson, federal co-chairman of Delta Regional Authority. Johnson was nominated in March 2001 by President Bush as the first federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in September 2001.

Johnson, an Alexandria, La. native, comes from a long line of public servants. Both his grandfather and his uncle served as governor of Mississippi. Johnson also served in statewide office as Mississippi’s state auditor. In 1992, Johnson was appointed by the president to serve as the Mississippi director of the Farmers Home Administration. In that job, he coordinated one of the largest rural development programs in the country. Prior to his current appointment, Johnson practiced law in Clarksdale.

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1971 and his law degree from the Jackson School of Law (now the Mississippi College School of Law) in 1974. He joined the Bank of Clarksdale as a senior vice president after receiving his law degree. Johnson was recognized as one of Mississippi’s top leaders by the Mississippi Economic Council. He also served as the president of Young Bankers Section of the Mississippi Bankers Association. After leaving the banking profession, Johnson formed a financial planning firm. He was appointed by the governor of Mississippi in 1984 to chair the Mississippi Marketing Council.

Johnson has long been active in Delta civic affairs. He has served as president of the Clarksdale-Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce and as director of the Delta Council’s Community and Industrial Development Board. In 1987, Johnson was awarded the Goodman, Chaney, Schwerner Award by the NAACP for his commitment to equal rights for all Americans.

Other summit features are a panel of financial experts including: Gary Grisham, president of Jackson region of BancorpSouth; Jim England, president of Decatur County Bank; and Jim Ayers, chairman of the board of FirstBank. Joe Barker, executive director, Southwest Tennessee Development District and Franklin Smith, mayor of Haywood County, will be speaking on mega sites. Also featured are representatives from various agencies and entities to discuss their services for economic development in communities.

The summit is held each year for community, civic, industry and educational leaders in West Tennessee to promote economic growth in the region.

This year’s summit is being sponsored in part by Jackson State Community College’s Center of Emphasis, the UT Institution for Public Service, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, USDA, AT&T, Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Workforce Investment Act.

The summit is free and open to the public. Make reservations by calling Heather Freeman at 425-2602 or e-mail economicsummit@jscc.edu.

JSCC Philosophy Club Hosts Lecture

Jackson, Tenn. – Jackson State Community College’s Philosophy Club will sponsor a lecture at 3:15 p.m. on October 9 in the Science Auditorium in the Math and Science Building.

The topic of the lecture is ‘Videos, Voters and Virtual Interaction: What We Think We Know About the Candidates.’ The guest speaker is Gregg Franzwa, professor of philosophy at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nell Senter at 731-424-3520 x 394 or nsenter@jscc.edu.