Eleventh Annual Bagels & Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour to be Held at Jackson State Oct. 13 to Fund Scholarships

The 11th Annual Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour will be held at Jackson States main campus on Saturday, October 13, 2012, and will include a bicycle ride, food, bluegrass music and a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

The organizers of the 11th Annual Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour have agreed to make the Jackson State Community College (JSCC) scholarship fund the primary recipient of profits from the ride this year.

Jackson State Community College is a shining jewel in our community and it provides a necessary avenue of affordable higher education for almost 4,000 people each semester all over West Tennessee. Even so, there are still many students who want to further their education and cant because they dont have the money. With state support for higher education diminishing, colleges have no alternative but to raise tuition. Unfortunately this leaves some students at a loss to afford the education they so desperately desire, explained Bagels and Bluegrass organizers.

The Bagels and Bluegrass Ride across Southwest Tennessee is a bicycle ride featuring Southwest Tennessees State Parks and scenic roads. The 100-mile route has a total climb of greater than 7,000 feet. The ride begins with a breakfast of bagels at the staging area located at Jackson State.

Featured stops include Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area, the largest Middle Woodland Indian Complex in the Southeast, consisting of at least 15 earthen mounds; and Chickasaw State Park, near Henderson, Tennessee. The tour will end with dinner at JSCC.

A contribution will also be made to Friends of Chickasaw State Park and Pinson Mounds State Parks. These two nonprofit organizations work hard throughout the year inside the parks and are a great help in making Bagels and Bluegrass a success.

Headquarters for the ride will be Jackson State Community College, at 2046 N. Parkway in Jackson, Tenn. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. Mass start will be at 8 a.m. for all bicycle routes. The registration fee is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Families participating in the Family Fun Ride will only be charged $35.00. It includes official ride information and maps, breakfast, SAG stops with refreshments and dinner. Meals are provided to all riders at no additional cost and commemorative T-Shirts will be given to the first 100 paid riders.

For more information, visit: http://www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org

Jackson State Held Manufacturing Day Event October 5

Jackson State Community College celebrated National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 5 with a one-hour seminar beginning at 9 a.m. in Ayers Auditorium located within McWherter Center to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. The target audience for this years initiative is the West Tennessee high school educators. The days event is cosponsored by UT Center for Industrial Services and Tennessee Economic and Community Development.

A group of public and private organizations launched the nationwide Manufacturing Day for Oct. 5, 2012 and encouraged other organizations and associations to join with them. Jackson State, UTCIS and ECD embraces this idea, as each entity recognizes the vital role that manufacturing plays in society and the rewarding careers it provides many and appreciates the impact manufacturers bring to West Tennessee.

The educators will also tour local manufacturing firms followed by a debriefing lunch session. Due to overwhelming demand, Jackson State has reached maximum capacity on the tour R.S.V.P.s list and wont be able to accept any more participants for the tours, but encourage the entire community to attend the one-hour seminar at 9 a.m. on October 5.

‘Manufacturing is a crucial part of the national economy,’ said Buckley Brinkman, executive director and CEO of the WMEP. ‘It drives value creation, innovation and employment throughout the country, and we want to show our communities the opportunities available in manufacturing today. Our future depends on our ability to strengthen and advance this vital sector and Manufacturing Day can accelerate that process.’

For more information, contact Jack Laser, Director of the Center of Emphasis at Jackson State, at jlaser@jscc.edu or call (731) 425-2646.

Jackson State Students Gray and Spencer Recipients of TNF Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship

The Tennessee Nurses Foundation Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship has been awarded to two Jackson State students, Lennisa O. Gray, LPN, of Lexington, Tenn., and Christy N. Spencer, LPN, of Medina, Tenn. Both students are expected to graduate in May 2013.

The TNF Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship is an educational scholarship for those that qualify and are licensed practicing nurses in Tennessee. This scholarship is awarded annually and is $1,000.

I am very passionate about my career as a nurse, said Gray. I am dedicated to providing excellent care to my patients. Completion of this educational program will allow me to make a greater contribution to the nursing profession by teaching me the more advanced skills of a Registered Nurse, she continued.

Fellow recipient, Spencer, said, For many years, I dreamed of becoming a nurse. But, being a young mother, it was just a dream, so I thought. Several years ago I decided it was time to make my dreams a reality. After much hard work and sacrifice, I obtained my LPN in 2007. Over the past several years, Ive worked with some of the most medically involved patients through home health. After the encouragement from family, friends and employers, I realized that I could make a bigger difference by furthering my education. I believe that education is the key to improvement in the nursing field. With my RN, I plan to work hard and deliver the latest interventions and resources available to the patients I serve.

The deadline to file for the upcoming years Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship is November 1. For more information regarding this, email tnf@tnaonline.org or call 615-254-0350.

Jackson State Awarded Military Friendly Schools® Title from Victory Media Inc.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Jackson State Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

‘Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Jackson State Community College commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,’ said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. ‘As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,’ said Sean. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, anchored by a playoff between The Ohio State University and Marquette University on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly lists can be found at www.gijobs.com/2012Top100 www.militaryfriendlyschools.com and www.militaryfranchising.com. Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.

Jackson State to Host Honors Program Presentation ‘The Ankgorian Period of the Khmer Empire and the Khmer Rouge’ October 10

Jackson State Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Lawrence Gundersen, a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2011-16), will give an Honors Program presentation on October 10 at 11 a.m. in the Science Auditorium of Jackson State Community College’s Jackson campus.

The title of the lecture will be ‘The Ankgorian Period of the Khmer Empire and the Khmer Rouge.’ Special attention will be placed on Khmer Emperor Jayavaraman VII and the remote Banteay Chhmar and Banteay Torp Buddhist temple complexes along the Thai-Cambo border.

In addition, a review of the death and destruction committed by the Khmer Rouge on Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 will be covered.

This lecture, to be followed by a question and answer time, is open to all JSCC students, staff, and faculty, and to the public and the cost to attend is free.