JSCC Students Raise Awareness for Homelessness

A group of 30-40 students, faculty and staff from Jackson State Community College gathered in the campus quad Friday, April 25 for the ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ event. This event came about as the result of a persuasive speech given by student Tammy Perry in her speech class.

The speech given by Perry was met with a great deal of enthusiasm and what she referred to as a ‘call to arms.’ In the speech, it is suggested that a group of students walk the 1 mile trek from the JSCC gazebo to the Habitat ReStore on North Parkway with the goal being to raises awareness for the plight of homelessness in Madison and surrounding counties.

The students in Perry’s speech class began an enthusiastic discussion about this project and all felt is was something they would wholeheartedly support. Tammy met with Mrs. Terry Kozlowitz, director of the Jackson Habitat for Humanity, to discuss the possibility of pursuing this project. The level of support from Kozlowitz equaled and maybe even surpassed that of the students. As Perry describes it, ‘this quickly began to snowball into a rather large project.’

Kozlowitz redirected some of her marketing resources toward garnering some media attention for this project. Perry created a flier for the event and began to advertise it on campus. As a result, the pieces began to fall into place.

On the day of the event, enthusiastic participants gathered at ‘high noon,’ as directed on the flier, to begin the trek. A JPD motorcycle policeman led the group. Also in tow were media representatives from the Jackson Sun and WBBJ TV. Approximately 17 minutes later, the group arrived at the front door of Habitat.

Perry addressed the participants about the importance of supporting Habitat through both volunteering and monetary donations. She noted how the ReStore serves multiple purposes in helping those in need and also keeping building materials out of landfills. At the end of her speech, Perry noted, ‘Today we walked 1 mile, we did this to give us all just a peek into the lives of the homeless.The difference is they have no pomp and circumstance at the end of a 1 mile walk, just more walking. Help spread the word about Habitat for Humanity, and let’s help the next deserving family WALK through their front door.’

Photos from the event can be views on JSCC’s Flickr page:


View the Jackson Sun video at the following link: http://www.jacksonsun.com/videonetwork/3507791823001 .

Jones Companies Honored with TBR Chancellor’s Award

Jones Companies, Ltd. of Humboldt, Tenn. received The Chancellor’s Award for Philanthropy Friday, April 25 from Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents. This award was created to honor the individuals, companies, and organizations that continue to donate their resources, finances, and personal time to TBR institutions.

A formal ceremony was held at the Humboldt Center for Higher Education. Dr. Warren Nichols, Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, presented the award to Ralph Jones III and Richard Ayers of Jones Companies on behalf of TBR. Dr. Bruce Blanding, President of Jackson State Community College, and Mr. Randy McKinnon, Chairman of Jackson State Community College Foundation, represented JSCC and the Foundation.

‘Jones Companies exemplifies dedication to education. We can truly say that Jones Companies, Ltd., is a supporter of Jackson State Community College and the Foundation,’ stated Nichols. Jones Companies was recognized as an instrumental part of the success of the Humboldt Center for Higher Education through their financial support and community initiatives.

Jones Companies have been supporters of non-traditional student scholarships at JSCC and the scholarship banquet. They make scholarship support available to their employees and their families. Their chief financial officer has served on the JSCC Foundation board of trustees for over six years and also serves on the business, investment and finance subcommittee.

Since 1936, Jones Companies, Ltd., has been a leading employer in Humboldt and West Tennessee. The company continually supports the local economy and encourages leadership roles of their associates in the community. The company was formed through a partnership between two brothers and today is lead by a third generation with the same commitment. From the early days of operation, Jones has been one of the industry’s largest processors of recycled textile by-products. Yarns for wet mopping, dry mopping and specialty cleaning applications constitute their primary focus.

The Jackson State Community College Foundation is an independent fundraising organization that has been making scholarships and additional operating funds available for JSCC and its students for a number of years. The Foundation is instrumental in providing necessary funding to assist students with educational expenses, but it also provides much needed assistance to the college. The Foundation helps in raising funds for equipment and projects for which there is not adequate funding from state funds. ‘We have some generous benefactors from the community who understand the importance of Jackson State’s role in the community,’ states Dee Henderson, executive director of the Foundation. ‘Many projects would not be possible without the help of benefactors such as Jones Companies.’

Tim Britt Honored With Excellence Award

The Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TMATYC) announced the recipient of the teaching excellence award on March 28 at its annual conference in Sevierville, Tennessee. Tim Britt, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Jackson State Community College, received this year’s award. The association makes this award only once every two years.

The teaching excellence award is given in even-numbered years to an outstanding Tennessee two-year mathematics instructor. Teaching excellence is the main focus of the award. Criteria for selection are instructional effectiveness and support of students, professional involvement, interaction with colleagues, and service to departments, divisions, and the college. Other colleagues within TMATYC make the nomination for this award. The nominee is required to submit an educational CV. Student evaluations are also taken into consideration to determine the effectiveness of the nominee and the impact they have made in the classroom.

TMATYC is a nonprofit, educational association for those interested in mathematics education within the Tennessee two-year colleges. The purpose of the organization is to encourage the development of effective mathematics programs and to further develop and improve the mathematics education and the mathematics-related experiences of students in two-year colleges.

Lady Generals Sign New Recruits

Four new Lady Generals were signed to play for the Jackson State basketball program Wednesday, April 16. The recruits, coaches and family members gathered in the colleges foundation boardroom for a signing ceremony and a time of celebration. This is a time of transition and advancement in the athletic and academic careers of these players, notes Coach Michael Winders, continuing, We want to help commemorate this milestone in their lives and also show our confidence and pride in them.

Chloe Roberts

Scotts Hill High School

Chloe is a great scorer and will have the opportunity to step in and contribute right away. She comes from a great program led by Coach Tracy Chandler.

  • 21.6 points 7.6 rebounds
  • All District Three years
  • All Tournament
  • All Region
  • All State
  • Chosen to play in all-star game

Christina Moore

Dyersburg High School

Christina is a defensive general, and will be expected to come and be a leader for our team on the floor. She brings toughness and determination to our team. She comes from a great program at Dyersburg high school led by Randy Coffman.

  • 14.1 points 6.7 rebounds
  • MVP twice
  • All District
  • All Tournament
  • Wants to pursue nursing

Quinnisha Thomas

North Side High School

Quinnisha is an athletic guard who has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Helped led Jackson North Side to a Sub State finish

  • 3.8 GPA
  • Played three sports: Basketball, Softball, and Track
  • Best Defensive Player Award
  • All District
  • All District Tournament Team
  • All Region
  • All Region Tournament Team
  • Chosen to play in all-star Game

Lakeshia Marcell

Lakeshia Marcell is a physical post player that can finish around the basket. We feel that Lakeshia has the opportunity to come and develop her game to a higher level. Lakeshia was chosen to play in all-star Game

Art Exhibit Features Work of JSCC Students

During the month of April, the work of Jackson State art students is featured in an exhibit at the colleges library. This exhibit features work of both first and second year students and includes paintings, pencil drawings, graphic design composites and other mediums.

The art work is on display throughout the library and the exhibit will run through Monday, April 21. This event is open to the public. Jackson State Library hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Henderson Assumes Leadership Role in TCRD

Dee Henderson was elected as Vice-Chair of the Tennessee Council for Resource Development (TCRD) at the statewide conference April 3-4, 2014. The office is a 2-year position including the final year serving as Chair of the Council. Henderson is Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Jackson State Community College.

The Tennessee Council for Resource Development is a statewide organization of community college development professionals and grant writers. TCRD connects, educates, supports, and strengthens professionals in these roles.

Duo Guitiano to Perform at Jackson State

Now a standing tradition at Jackson State Community College, the musical duo of Dr. Amanda Virelles and Dr. Carlos Castilla are set to perform at the college for their sixth straight year. They will perform at the main campus in Ayers Auditorium Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The International Education program of JSCC is hosting Virelles and Castilla. They are both classically trained musicians and have been performing together for many years. While their repertoire is very broad with many styles of music, their performance is typically tailored to consist primarily of Spanish and Latin music.

The term Duo Guitiano is used to describe the instrumental combination of guitar and piano. Dr. Virelles plays piano and Dr. Castilla plays classic Latin American guitar. Both Virelles and Castilla have studied music in world-renowned universities as well as performing in numerous orchestras and music ensembles.

Amanda Virelles is known as a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world. Her performances have been described as sensible, profound, and energetic. She has performed as a soloist as well as collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Currently, Dr. Virelles is assistant professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University.

Colombian-American guitarist, Carlos Castilla, has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities of Latin America and the United States. He has worked as a collaborative artist with orchestras featuring stars such as Placido Domingo, James Galway, and Bernadette Peters. Carlos is the co-founder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles, and is known for his innovative technique, clear sound, and soulful interpretations. Carlos currently teaches all guitar courses at Coastal Carolina Community College and runs his private studio.

Mary Wadley, coordinator for this event, says, This is an annual tradition and a gift to the community. She continues, The International Education program at Jackson State is relatively new and this concert and other events such at this are a good way to communicate the program to the community. Each year, Jackson State sponsors several students to study abroad through the program. As Wadley notes, This is an opportunity most people do not associate with community colleges.

For more information, please contact Mary Wadley, at mwadley@jscc.edu or by calling (731) 424-3520 ext. 50252.