Jackson State receives proceeds of Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour

Jackson, TN – The proceeds from last year’s Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour were dispersed recently in a check presentation ceremony at Jackson State Community College.

The college received a check for $3,000 which will be used for a full scholarship for one deserving student next year. Officials at the college say the money will definitely help.

Checks in the amount of $500 each also went to Pinson Mounds State Park and Friends of Chickasaw State Park.

Bagels and Bluegrass is a one-day cycling event with routes in varying lengths from 14 to 104 miles. Cyclists are treated to sweeping views of southwest Tennessee countryside while riding through east Jackson, Pinson Mounds State Park and Chickasaw State Park.

Last year’s Bagels and Bluegrass event, held on October 7, 2008, attracted more than 100 cyclists. This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2009 at Jackson State Community College.

For more information on the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour, go to the website at www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org.

Woods Completes Leadership Academy

Jackson State Community College is proud to announce that Scott Woods, assistant professor of psychology, has graduated from the Academy for Leadership and Development. The Academy is a program developed by the Maricopa Community College District in Mesa, Arizona for the purpose of advancing organizational leadership and providing succession planning for leaders in post-secondary institutions.

‘It is important to any organization to have strong team members who continue to grow and learn new things to enhance their job performance. Scott is a valued member of our team and we congratulate him on this accomplishment,’ said Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State.

Woods completed the yearlong program which includes an initial week of on-site training; a practicum experience involving implementation of an individualized professional development plan focusing on the application of skills learned during training; a mentor and coaching program; and a final week of on-site training consisting of additional leadership issues.

Participants in the program are selected and nominated by their individual colleges to attend. Woods holds a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University and has taught at Jackson State for seven years.