Dynamic Wadley Receives Jacqueline Elliot Award

Mary Wadley has received the Jacqueline Elliot Award from the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association (TFTLA) at the 2012 conference held November 2-3 in Franklin Tenn. This award is presented annually to a foreign language educator at the post-secondary level for outstanding service to the profession.

Wadley is Associate Professor of Spanish and English at Jackson State Community College.

Wadley received her bachelors degree from Union University and her Master of Education from The University of Memphis.

She is a dynamic teacher that uses multiple ways to teach her students. For example, Spanish 1 classes at JSCC this fall have had the privilege of using En Vivo files that provide live practice time with a Spanish-speaking coach via the Internet. During the semester, students have had the opportunity to engage in a weekly, 30-minute online group coaching session with a native speaking language coach, Yocelin, from Guatemala. The role of the coach is to help the students reinforce what they have learned in class and provide them with ample opportunities for speaking and conversing in Spanish.

Yocelin is very patient with them, but she insists that they get it right before they move on. She doesnt accept excuses like I cant do this. She smiles and has them to repeat the models that she provides. Just 30 minutes of directed oral communication in the target language is making a huge difference, said Wadley.

I am seeing much greater motivation and better test scores already, explained Wadley. They wont be native speakers by Christmas but they are getting much more oral practice than they can get in a 50-minute class that meets three times a week. By the time I teach the content, there is not much time for practice during class.

Human interaction is key for learning a foreign language. Time is class is limited and students do not have enough opportunities to put in practice what they learned in class. Practicing with native-speakers is not always easy, depending where one lives. The stress-free and student-friendly environment provides students a great solution for practicing in a natural and fun way.

Five Jackson State baseball players go on to sign with four-year universities to play for 2013-2014 season

Five of Jackson States sophomore students that are also on the baseball team will transfer to four-year universities following the conclusion of their education at JSCC to go on to play the 2013-2014 baseball season. Their signing ceremony took place Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. on Jackson States main campus in the Kisber Conference Room located in McWherter Center. The students include: Juan Rivers, Kane Barrow, Richie Pearl, Alex Martin, and Michael Purcell.

We are so proud of the students, said Steve Cornelison, Athletic Director and head baseball coach for Jackson State. It has been a pleasure working with each of them.

Juan Rivera, a second baseman from Kissimmee, Fla., has decided to continue his college career as a Delta State Statesman in Cleveland, MS. Rivera had a very productive season for the Generals last year, wherehewas a 2nd team All-Conference player, hitting .384 with 9 2B’s, 5 HR’s, and 41 RBI’s in his freshman season.

Kane Barrow, a 6’3’200 lb first baseman from Paris, Tenn., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Memphis next year. Barrow is a Redshirt Sophomore who looks to have an even more outstanding year than last year. He hit .416 with 17 2B’s, 12 HR’s, and 68 RBI’s. Barrow was also a 1st Team All-Conference and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012.

Richie Pearl, a Redshirt Sophomore from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has signed to play his next two years at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. As a Freshman, Pearl hit .387 while leading the team with18 2B’s. He also contributed8 HR’s, and 66 RBI’s to help him earn a spot as a 1st Team All-Conference player. Pearl also had 5 outfield assists from right field.

Alex Martin, a RHP from Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tenn., has decided to continue his pitching career for the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks. Martin looks to have a bigger role and promising sophomore season with the Generals. He has had an outstanding fall and looks to continue that in the spring. Last year Martin was used in a couple different roles as a pitcher, where all together he went 1-1 and threw 25 1/3 innings with a 6.75 ERA.

Michael Purcell, a standout LHP from Waverly, Tenn., will continue his career at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Purcell should play a huge part in the success of the Generals in 2013. As a freshman, Purcell went 3-1,striking out 25 in29 2/3 innings with a 3.94 ERA. Opponents batted a mere .225 off the left-hander, who also added a complete game shutout throughout the season.

2012 Baseball Early Signees

The Jackson State baseball program witnessed the payoff of many hours of hard work by five current players as they signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers. Each played a crucial role in Jacksons 34-18 season last year and each will be counted on to lead this season.

Left to Right:Kane Barrow, Michael Purcell, Alex Martin, Juan Rivera, Richard Pearl.

JUAN RIVERA, a second baseman from Kissimmee, FL has decided to continue his college career as a Delta State Statesman in Cleveland, MS. Rivera had a very productive season for the Generals last year, where he was a 2nd team All-Conference player, hitting .384 with 9 2B’s, 5 HR’s, and 41 RBI’s in his freshman season.

KANE BARROW, a 6’3’200 lb first baseman from Paris, TN has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Memphis next year. Barrow is a Redshirt Sophomore who looks to have an even more outstanding year than last year. He hit .416 with 17 2B’s, 12 HR’s, and 68 RBI’s. Barrow was also a 1st Team All-Conference and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012.

RICHIE PEARL, a Redshirt Sophomore from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN has signed to play his next two years at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. As a Freshman, Pearl hit .387 while leading the team with18 2B’s. He also contributed8 HR’s, and 66 RBI’s to help him earn a spot as a 1st Team All-Conference player. Pearl also had 5 outfield assists from right field.

ALEX MARTIN, a RHP from Rossview High School in Clarksville, TN has decided to continue his pitching career for the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks. Martin looks to have a bigger role and promising sophomore season with the Generals. He has had an outstanding fall and looks to continue that in the spring. Last year Martin was used in a couple different roles as a pitcher, where all together he went 1-1 and threw 25 1/3 innings with a 6.75 ERA.

MICHAEL PURCELL, a standout LHP from Waverly, TN will continue his career at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Purcell should play a huge part in the success of the Generals in 2013. As a freshman, Purcell went 3-1,striking out 25 in29 2/3 innings with a 3.94 ERA. Opponents batted a mere .225 off the left-hander, who also added a complete game shutout throughout the season.

Jackson State’s Dr. Maddox Wins TASSR Award for Outstanding Service to Students in Learning Support Programs

Jackson State Community College faculty member, Dr. Teri Maddox, has been awarded the TASSR (Tennessee Association for Student Success & Retention) Award for Outstanding Service to Students in Learning Support Programs during the third annual conference held October 24-26 in Dickson, Tenn.

TASSR is a professional organization for postsecondary faculty and staff who are currently or were formerly involved in programs to improve student persistence in obtaining their chosen degrees. These efforts encompass a number of areas: learning support programs (formerly known as developmental studies programs), tutoring, learning laboratories, retention initiatives, enrollment management, learning communities, cohort programs, first-year programs, adult student services and TRIO programs. TASSR was formerly known as TNADE (Tennessee Association for Developmental Education), and is an affiliate of the National Association for Developmental Education.

I am proud of the writing teachers who work with underprepared students because we focus on helping students learn the skills they need to be successful not only in college-level writing but also in work-force writing. Winning this award helps recognize all the teachers and support persons whose goal is to help underprepared students succeed in college and in life, said Maddox.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Lambuth University and then attended The University of Memphis to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in professional and technical writing and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Memphis in 2004. Her dissertation research involved studying the retention of developmental math students.

She then attended the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in 2004 and earned the title of Developmental Education Specialist.

Maddox teaches English and foreign language classes at Jackson State. For more information regarding Dr. Maddox, visit http://faculty.jscc.edu/tmaddox/.