Mystery Dinner Theater

The Jackson State Chess Club is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner in the gym performed by the highly acclaimed Tin Pot Entertainment on April 21 at 7:00 (Doors will open at 6:45). Come dressed in your southern/western wear as the theme for the show will be set in the Honky Tonk Angel. There will be raucous laughter, country western dancing, palate titillating food, and good ole’ fashioned fun so come on out and join us for a rowdy party. Each table will be a detective agency that will attempt to solve the murder with the winning team getting a prize.

Tickets are $35 each and must be bought in advance. The meal is included in the price of admission. It is a family friendly environment recommended for children 10 and up.

If you have any questions contact Chad Powers or J Maddox .

Learn to Sing

Do you sound like a cat being hit by an 18-wheeler when you sing? Or do you sing well but want to improve? If you answered yes to either question, then this class is for you! Learn how to carry a tune and sing with others, with the radio, in the shower or wherever your heart desires. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional, this class will help you improve your voice.

Jackson State Community College’s Continuing Education Program invites the community to our Learn to Sing class scheduled for January 26 through March 29, 2012 from 7 p.m. 8:15 p.m. at the Jackson campus in the McWherter building, room 233. The cost is $260 and tickets can be purchased at: For additional information, contact Holley Wood at 731-425-2627 or

Learn to Play the Piano

Jackson State Community Colleges Continuing Education Program invites the community to our Play the Piano class scheduled for January 26 through March 29, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at our Jackson Campus in McWherter building, Room 233.

Group piano studies introduce a magical journey awakening musical potential with the piano serving as a mini-orchestra. This 10-week course is for students with no experience or with little previous background.

The cost is $260 and tickets can be purchased at: For more information, contact Holley Wood at 731-425-2627 or

Getting Started in Public Speaking

Does the notion of standing in front of a group of people to speak cause you to shiver? Get over your fears and speak with confidence. This class will focus on both planned and impromptu speaking engagements.

Jackson State Community College’s Continuing Education Program invites the community to our Getting Started in Public Speaking class scheduled for February 7, 2012 & September 12, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to be held at the Jackson campus, in the McWherter building, Ayers auditorium. The class is only $20 and tickets can be purchased at: For additional information, contact Holley Wood at 731-425-2627 or

Jackson State Taps New Director of Communications

Jackson State Community College has appointed Tori Cliff as Director of Communications.

Cliff earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in Journalism from The University of Memphis located in Memphis, Tenn.

Cliff’s career history is comprised of a variety of positions utilizing her communication skills. She has worked in the private sector, as well as in higher education. Most recently, Cliff served as Assistant Professor at Lane College teaching Mass Communication classes. Just prior to that appointment, she held the position of Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she also taught Journalism classes in the evening and online.

Cliff was born in Pontiac, Mich., however her parents moved to Smyrna, Tenn., when she was 5 and she grew up there. Upon graduation with her first degree, Cliff married Dr. Brad Cliff, a Jackson native, and moved to Jackson, Tenn., with him.

While in Jackson, Cliff served as Marketing Coordinator for Leaders Credit Union and then as Major & National Advertising Accounts Manager and Preprint Coordinator for The Jackson Sun. That is also when she earned her master’s.

After a three-year stay in Jackson, she and her family relocated to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take advantage of a career opportunity for husband, Dr. Cliff, who had been serving as Chair of the Health & Human Performance department at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. While living in Tuscaloosa, Cliff and husband worked for Stillman College. ‘We made a lot of great friends in Tuscaloosa, but we never stopped missing Tennessee. Jackson is an amazing place and living here has brought so many blessings to my family. We are delighted to be back home,’ she said.

Her husband, Dr. Cliff, serves as faculty at Bethel University.

Seymour Appointed Vice President of Student Services

JACKSON, TNJANUARY 9, 2012–Dr. William (Bill) Seymour has been appointed to serve as Vice President for Student Services at Jackson State Community College. In this capacity, Seymour will provide leadership for the Student Services division.

Seymour is originally from Dansville, N.Y., where he attended SUNY at Oswego receiving a bachelor’s in Psychology in 1979. He received his master’s in Education at the University of Missouri Columbia specializing in Counseling and Personnel Services in 1981. He went on to receive his doctorate in 1989 also from the University of Missouri Columbia in Higher and Adult Education. Seymour is also a graduate of the 2003 Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.

Seymour first moved to Tennessee in 1995 to work at Maryville College. While there, he served as Vice President and Dean of Students for nine years. He later served five years as Vice President for Administrative Services. Seymour brings more than 25 years of experience working in student affairs administration with 13 of them at an executive level.

Seymour first arrived in Jackson in 2009 to serve as president of Lambuth University. He served in that capacity until its closing this past summer. He successfully worked with community leaders to transition the campus to the University of Memphis.

Seymour, having been very active in national and regional professional organizations, has twice been recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for outstanding performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer. He has authored and presented over 30 papers on higher education topics and written numerous columns on college life for local newspapers.

He has had a strong history of community service and involvement. Seymour has served as a member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Jefferson Award Selection Committee. In Blount County, Seymour served as Board Chairman for Habitat for Humanity as well as the United Way. He was also a member of community concert bands and choirs. Here in Jackson, he is a member of Jackson 1st United Methodist Church and sings in the Chancel Choir. He is also a member of the Jackson Choral Society and serves on their board of directors.

He and his wife, Catherine Seymour, have been married for twenty-nine years. They have twin daughters who are 27. Jessica lives in Maryville, Tenn., and is a Physician’s Assistant. His other daughter, Blair, and husband, David McLeod, live in Nashville, Tenn., and have one daughter, Magnolia. Blair is a Youth Leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church and David is a portrait artist.

Gentle Yoga for Arthritis & Health

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and millions of people have enjoyed the health benefits of practicing yoga. This class is geared toward people suffering from arthritic conditions, but anyone can attend. Yoga has been proven to improve your flexibility, strength, posture, breathing, stress level, and lower your blood pressure, while helping prevent heart disease, and improving mood and concentration. This is a drop-in class: $5 fee per session is payable at the door or online, or pay in advance and get all 11 class sessions for $45!

Classes are at 5:30pm on Thursdays from Jan 19th though March 29th.

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