Jackson State receives $5k donation from APICS

L-R; Mike McCaghren; Dr. Bruce Blanding; Jack Laser, Director of Emphasis at JSCC; Bob Castlemen

Jackson State received a $5,000 donation from APICS on July 25, 2012. Mike McCaghren and Bob Castleman delivered the check to Jackson State president, Dr. Bruce Blanding, on behalf of APICS.

APICS began in 1957 when twenty production control managers met in Cleveland, Ohio, to form the American Production and Inventory Control Society, now known as APICS, The Association for Operations Management.

McCaghren was the past president of the golden circle chapter of APICS. Castlemen was representing the region for APICS.

‘APICS focuses on operations management and supply chain bodies of knowledge and Jackson State is one of two enterprises in West Tennessee whose focus corresponds with the APICS mission,’ said McCaghren.

Masks of Michoacan Exhibit Scheduled

November stands to be an exciting month for art lovers, as Jackson State Community College will be hosting the Masks of Michoacn exhibit scheduled to run from November 1-15, 2012, in the JSCC library. There will be a community reception at noon on Friday, November 2, that is free and the community is cordially invited to attend.

The masks, which represent all aspects of Michoacn culture, are made from wood, clay, metal, stone, feathers and vegetable by-products, often including real hair, horns and teeth. Some believe the masks exert spiritual power, magical protection or supernatural powers over those who use them during a dance.

Jaime Hernandez Diaz, Secretary of Culture of the Government of the State of Michoacn, wrote: ‘An essential element of human ritual, these masks are particularly important because each one of them has played a role in ceremonial dances within communities that continue to keep alive the festivities and traditions inherited from their ancestors. This collection helps us disseminate our popular culture, and represents the purest expression of power and freedom that dancers take on while wearing the masks in celebrations unique to each community throughout the state of Michoacn.’

These priceless wooden masks being featured in the exhibit are being loaned to various colleges through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) to Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) schools across the state. When they depart Jackson State, the treasures will be transported to their next destination, Motlow State Community College in Middle Tennessee.

November 2 happens to be Da de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Therefore, in conjunction with the masks exhibit, the JSCC Spanish Club will also have a display on showcase in the library of an ofrenda, a traditional Mexican altar, with food and flowers. This is an annual celebration of The Day of the Dead for the JSCC Spanish Club. Guests may also have a chance to sample Pan De Los Muertos, a heavy yeast bread with a bit of anise seed and orange peel, that was prepared by JSCC Spanish class students.

For more information, contact Spanish Club faculty advisor, Mary Wadley, at mwadley@jscc.edu.

JSCC Military Veterans to Receive Priority Registration Status Per State Bill 2961

As a ‘thank you’ to our military veterans, JSCC now allows veterans to register for classes before the general student body. Priority registrations for veterans will begin the spring 2013 semester.

If you are a veteran and a current JSCC student, your status can be verified by providing the Member 4 copy of your DD214 (discharge) form to the Veterans’ Affairs Office in the basement of the Nelms Classroom Building, (731) 425-2618. Students that meet the military veteran status, who already are attending Jackson State, and are working with the Veterans’ Affairs Office need only watch for notice about your priority registration in November.

If you are a new student to Jackson State, you may supply the DD214 document to the Admissions Office in the Administration Building, (731) 425-8844.

The next opportunity to register early will be this November for the spring 2013 semester. Priority registration for summer/fall will be in April. Early registration typically is held three to four working days prior to the beginning of registration for the general student body.

A step-by-step admission process guide can be found by visiting http://www.jscc.edu/admission-guide or by calling Admissions at (731) 425-8844.

For information about Veterans Affairs, visit http://www.jscc.edu/veteran-affairs.

For questions about veterans benefits, contact Vickie Williford, JSCC Veterans Benefits Coordinator, at vwilliford@jscc.edu, or (731) 425-2618.

Jackson State Launches Recycling Program

Jackson State has begun a recycling program as a result of The Green Team’s efforts on campus. The Green Team includes: James Mayo, Bob Raines, Abby Lackey, Teri Maddox, Claude Bailey and Becca Rhea. There are currently 11 bins that are located in strategic places on campus designated for paper recycling. Some of the locations include: the printing labs, SMART Math lab, the Administration building and two in McWherter Center. Sunrise Recycling will be the company assisting JSCC in this effort. Aluminum can and plastic bottle receptacles will be placed near the vending areas in the future. For more information, contact Becca Rhea at rrhea@jscc.edu or by calling extension 50355.