Jackson State, MTSU sign agreement to encourage student success, transfer options between institutions

The presidents of Jackson State Community College and MTSU signed agreements Thursday (Oct. 25) that will ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the West Tennessee college to the university in Murfreesboro.

The measures authorized by Jackson States Dr. Bruce Blanding and MTSUs Dr. Sidney A. McPhee create dual admissions, concurrent enrollment and reverse transfer options between the institutions.

The signing took place in Jackson, the last stop of MTSUs 2012 True Blue Tour, a six-city admissions caravan of deans, administrators and counselors.

All of us at JSCC are excited to partner with Middle Tennessee State University on this dual admission agreement, Blanding said. By formalizing and clarifying this process, we are clearing the path for students wishing to continue their higher education as a Blue Raider.

This agreement forges even closer ties between MTSU and Jackson State, McPhee said. We have made such pacts a priority at MTSU, as we are the No. 1 destination of transfer students in Tennessee. This agreement helps ensure a smooth transition for students between our institutions.

The dual admission program allows eligible Jackson State students to get MTSU advising, registration priority and admission while still attending the community college.

The concurrent enrollment aspect of the new agreement allows students to enroll for classes at both institutions simultaneously and get financial aid for the total number of credits if needed.That change will help students who have selected majors that require lower-division courses not available at the community-college level, such as nutrition, interior design and Concrete Industry Management.

The reverse transfer portion of the plan gives former Jackson State students, who enrolled at MTSU before receiving a two-year associates degree from the college, the opportunity to transfer MTSU credits back to Jackson State and receive a diploma.

Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the new partnership with Jackson State, including meeting admissions standards for MTSU.

Jackson State, also a TBR institution, provides accessible learning opportunities and services to a 14-county area. In addition to its main campus in Jackson, the school has full-service centers located in Humboldt, Lexington, and Savannah.

MTSU is the states largest undergraduate university and the largest and oldest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Jackson State’s ‘Toys and Games of Yesteryear’ on Display

A bit of historical time traveling is available to the community through October 29, as Toys and Games of Yesteryear are on display in the library of Jackson States main campus.

The pieces belong to Covington native and former math instructor at Jackson State, Jack Hadley. The display consists of a wide range of toys and games – from jigsaw puzzlesand checker boards to representations of Noah’s ark and toy buildings, said Hadley.

He continued, I have collected antique furniture for over fifty ears. While looking through magazines like Country Living and Country Home, I noticed how toys and games were often used as accessories in decorating country furniture.Game boards, for instance, made interesting wall art. Groupings of toys on chests caught the eye and created interest. Maybe I’m an architect at heart. I especially like toy buildingssuch as barns, stables, arks and dollhouses. Even when collecting banks, I concentrate on ones that areshaped like buildings.

Most of Hadleys finds were purchased at auctions and antique shows in Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and especially Ohio. The Fiddler’s Show in Nashville always had interesting items too, he said.

Quite the avid collector, previous displays Hadley has shared with the community via Jackson State have included metal bookends, tip/change trays, duck decoys and fishing accessories, early lighting (from rush lights and candles to kerosene), Broadway posters and early school collectibles.

When asked where his passion stems from in buying these items, Hadley responded, I have never bought an antique because of what I thought its future value might be. Even though antiques might be a good investment, I buy what I like and what I can live with, happily.

The display is available for viewing during library hours of operation, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 p.m.; Fridays 7:30 a.m. through 4:15 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 731-425-2609or email scohen@jscc.edu.

Jackson State’s Todd Speaker at RADSYM Conference

Jackson State faculty member and Director of the Radiography program, Kimberly R. Todd, served as the guest speaker at RADSYMs annual radiography conference on October 19, 2012, in Biloxi, Miss.

RADSYM was started in 1997 at Keesler AFB. What began as an annual program with 35 attendees has grown into the premier CME (Continuing Medical Education) conference in the southeast.

My topic will be connecting educational philosophies and communication skills for radiographers who work with students in clinical settings. The conference is open to both military and civilians alike. Im very excited for this opportunity, said Todd.

For information regarding Jackson States Radiography program, visit http://www.jscc.edu/academics/disciplines/allied-health/radiography.html.