PTK Inducts New Members in Honor Society

Jackson State’s Chi Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held their annual Spring Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 25, in Ayers Auditorium. Each semester, students who have achieved academic excellence are invited to join PTK, and in the spring an official ceremony inducting these new members is held. This year, 111 new members were inducted into the JSCC honor society.

At the induction ceremony, new members, graduating members, and alumni who were in attendance were recognized. PTK officers provided a look back on all of the events and activities in which the members participated. Joshua Roberson and Aaliyah Yisreal of the All-Tennessee Community College Team provided details about the distinction and the honors luncheon they attended at in Nashville. 2015-2016 Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omicron officers were installed: Summer Vaughn, President; Hannah Chandler, Vice President; Binetou Ndiaye, Secretary; and Mary Kate Baker, Treasurer.

The keynote speaker for the event was Katie Pace. Katie has been responsible for many of the developments in the revitalization of downtown Jackson over the past several years. She has headed up the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation and has seen much success with the introduction of 80+ new businesses and the construction and renovation of many buildings in the downtown area. Pace provided a look back over her education and career and offered attendees five pieces of advice she has gleaned from her experience in school, work, and life.

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Public-Driven Mayoral Debate to be Held at JSCC

The citizens of Jackson will have an opportunity to ask questions directly of the five candidates for the city’s top job. Jackson State Community College in partnership with WBBJ-TV will host Jackson Decides, an hour-long debate to be held on the college’s campus Thursday, April 23. The hour-long debate will be telecast live from Ayers Auditorium on WBBJ’s ABC and CBS channels beginning at 6 p.m.

‘This debate is different from anything that has been held so far,’ states John McCommon, PR coordinator for JSCC. ‘The format for the debate will be moderator driven the first half with the second half conducted as a town hall in which attendees can present their questions directly to the candidates.’ It is hoped that there will be a more active involvement of Jackson citizens in the process.

To support the production of the event, MTSU’s mobile production unit will be bringing a varsity team of 23 graduate students to produce the pre-broadcast audio and video for the televised event. Setting up a total of six cameras in the auditorium, this is, by far, the most extensive production seen on the JSCC campus.

Jackson State students along with several faculty members will be supporting the event by ushering, assisting candidates, timing responses and general setup. Abby Lackey, speech faculty and co-coordinator for the event, sees this as an excellent way for students to get practical experience in working a high-profile event and to also see firsthand how the electoral process works.

As part of its long-range marketing plan, JSCC plans to play a more active role in hosting events that cater to community involvement. McCommon states that it is a well-known fact in the JSCC community that the faculty and staff at the college are on par with other area colleges and above par in many areas. ‘It is my goal to help bring well-deserved, positive attention to the college that demonstrates to everyone else what we here at Jackson State already know: we make high quality education possible for anyone who wants it and add unparalleled value to the communities of West Tennessee.’