JSCC Community Career and Job Fair a Huge Success

The April 11 career and job fair at Jackson State marked the third year the event was opened to the public. The event has experienced remarkable growth each year with 85 vendors having booths. There were 14 colleges and universities participating this year.

There was a noticeable increase traffic this year, too. While the actual number of people attending the event is not known, there was a steady flow of attendees for the duration of the job fair. At times the entire gym floor was awash with people. Nearly 400 attendees took the time to complete the survey.

Those attending the event included 7 area high schools, 4 TCATs, and job applicants from 4 employments agencies. Annette Deaton, JSCC’s coordinator of placement and career services, stated that there were many attendees outside of the ones that were actually accounted for.

“The response to the career fair has been tremendous,” said Deaton. “I cannot thank everyone at Jackson State enough for their response for this event. It would not be possible without their participation and willingness to help.”

Honors Program Reading List to be Released

The Honors Program at Jackson State Community College will release the annual recommended summer reading list Tuesday, April 24 at 9 a.m. at a reception held at the college’s library.

“We created the Honors Program Summer Reading Recommendations as a not so subtle way to encourage students to read more books,” said Dr. Bob Raines, coordinator for the Honors Program. “We believe reading can be a profoundly enriching experience. In a sense, it represents a statement of values – our faculty value reading and consider it a worthwhile leisure activity and a valid way to pursue knowledge and understanding about our physical, social, and psychological worlds. It is also an interesting way to get to know more about our colleagues by having a window into their reading preferences. It has become my go-to list when I am looking for the next book to read.”

The list contains fiction and nonfiction books recommended by college faculty and staff; it is available to students and the public on the college website.

“I feel that books and reading are essential to students who wish to gain knowledge. Not just reading in one’s academic discipline, but to read other ideas and viewpoints that are not totally in synch with our own philosophies is very important,” said Scott Cohen, director of the JSCC library.

The Jackson State library acquired copies of each book for library patrons.

“I think it is an amazing opportunity for the library to offer books for the Honors Reading List. This reading list is a wonderful way of keeping students engaged in learning throughout the summer. Creating consistent reading habits ensures lifetime learners,” said Robyn Hicks, circulation and instruction librarian.

Spilled Ink is back!

Volume 2 of Spilled Ink, Jackson State’s very own art and literature journal, was officially released on Wednesday, April 11. At the release party, sponsored by the JSCC Creative Writing Club, all contributors present were invited to read and/or discuss their work before an attentive and enthusiastic audience.

Spilled Ink represents the entire Jackson State community,” said faculty co-sponsor Dr. Ryan Guth. “We accept submissions from faculty, from staff, from alumni, and of course from current students. And not just folks at our main campus. This year’s edition features several poems that came to us from our Lexington students, and we’re trying to get the word out to all of our campuses.”

Literature submissions are accepted year-round, and are first featured on the Spilled Ink web page. Members of the JSCC Creative Writing Club serve as editors for the journal selecting submissions, working with authors on revisions, determining the sequence and layout of pages.

“We also work with the Art Club on the contest for each year’s cover image,” Dr. Guth explained. “All artwork submitted for the contest is automatically considered for publication in the print journal as well.”

For additional information about Spilled Ink, or to submit your work, email either of the co-sponsors: Dr. Ryan Guth, or Prof. Amanda Pugh.

Read Volume 2 of Spilled Ink

Kimberly Todd to Present at AHRA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Jackson State Community College radiography program director Kimberly Todd will deliver a presentation at the AHRA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Todd joins a roster of industry experts who will provide strategies on regulatory, patient experience, and leadership to help conference attendees tackle the challenges of healthcare’s rapidly changing landscape.

Kim’s presentation, Growing Patient Demographics and Effects to Medical Imaging Community, will focus on the need to address multiple concerns in medical imaging with the nation’s obesity crisis. It will be shared with medical imaging leaders from around the country on Tuesday, July 24 in Orlando, FL. The session will play a crucial role in providing information necessary to address this topic for radiology administrators.

The AHRA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held July 22-25 in Orlando, FL.  This four-day event will attract over 1,000 medical imaging leaders, offer 70+ educational sessions, and provide the opportunity to meet with 150 exhibitors.

AHRA is the professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices. Founded in 1973, AHRA’s 5,000+ members reach across the country and around the world.

Jackson State Community College provides accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce and empower the diverse communities of West Tennessee. The institution offers traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs.

Local author to be hosted by JSCC

Jackson State will host internationally-known local poet and author James Cherry on Wednesday, April 18 on its main campus. He will read his original works in an event beginning at 2 p.m. in the Science Building Auditorium. This event is free and open to the community, and it is cohosted by the JSCC Honors Program and the Creative Writing Club.

The author of five books, Cherry’s prose and poetry have been published in various literary publications and anthologies in the US as well as several countries spanning four continents. In February he participated in the Equal Justice Initiative’s community remembrance memorial for Madison County’s lynching victims on campus, where he read the haunting original poem, “Eliza Wood”, for one of the victims.

JSCC Students Receive All-Tennessee Academic Honor

At a special ceremony in Nashville February 13, three of Jackson State Community College’s students were honored for academic excellence. Hailey Jones, Debra Davis, and Hunter Harris were honored along with other students from Tennessee’s 13 community colleges. In all, there were 28 outstanding students that were named to the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team at a special luncheon at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

Hailey Jones of Pinson, Tennessee is an art major at JSCC and will receive an Associate of Arts diploma from the college on May 5. After graduation, Hailey will pursue a degree in art education from the University of Memphis. Her ultimate goal is to teach art at the college level. “Before coming to Jackson State, I always had plans to teach at the K-12 level,” said Hailey, “but my teachers at Jackson State have been such an inspiration. The college experience has been a real motivator for me.”

Debra Davis of Alamo, Tennessee came to JSCC after working in healthcare as a CNA and LPN. She is now pursuing a nursing degree at the college and is scheduled to graduate in Spring, 2019 and plans to work in hospice care. Her experience at Jackson State has been good. “It’s a great atmosphere where they want you to succeed,” Debra said. “They take you under their wing and give you the support you need to be successful.”

Hunter Harris of McKenzie, Tennessee will graduate in May with an Associate of Science in General Studies. Upon graduation, Hunter will continue his studies at the University of Memphis to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. His career goal is to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy and establish a practice in Middle or East Tennessee

Dr. Anna Esquivel, advisor and sponsor for Phi Theta Kappa at JSCC, comments, “Hailey, Debra and Hunter have demonstrated excellent leadership skills in Phi Theta Kappa. That they have been able to actively engage in their campus community while maintaining excellence in their studies is a testament to their academic achievement.”

Dr. Allana Hamilton, JSCC president, stated, “[Hailey, Debra and Hunter] deserve this honor, and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Their involvement in PTK has provided them with leadership opportunities that will better prepare them for the next steps in their academic and professional careers.”

Hamilton is very proud of the PTK chapter at JSCC. “Jackson State’s chapter continues to thrive,” said Hamilton. “I am very honored to work with the Jackson State chapter advisors and students in promoting academic excellence at Jackson State.”

The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges selects outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and beyond. Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to qualify for membership.

UTM, JSCC to host open house event

UT Martin’s Jackson Center and Jackson State Community College will host an open house event on Tuesday, April 17. The event will be held at JSCC’s McWherter Center between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on that day.

In December, UT Martin’s Jackson Center moved from its location on the 45 By-pass to Jackson State’s McWherter Center. The two institutions had entered into an articulation agreement in the fall which ensured a seamless transfer from JSCC to UTM.

“This partnership is a win-win for both institutions and a win for our students as well,” said Dr. Allana Hamilton, JSCC president. “It provides JSCC graduates the flexibility they need to balance education, employment and family. Through this partnership, it is possible for a student to begin and graduate at Jackson State and then enroll at UT Martin to complete a baccalaureate degree without leaving the Jackson State campus.”

“The joint goal is to improve the long-term educational experience for students in West Tennessee,” UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver said. “Working together with Jackson State, we can improve transfer pathways and four-year graduation success of students entering Jackson State and completing their four-year degrees at UT Martin. This partnership will also impact the overall educational level of West Tennessee, leading to better employment and economic opportunities.”

Brian Donavant, UTM’s executive outreach director, has been well pleased with the move to the Jackson State campus and looks forward to inviting the public to campus. “This is a chance for anyone who is interested in learning more about higher education opportunities in the Jackson area to come and see how this new partnership will benefit them,” said Donavant.

Faculty and staff members from both institutions will be on hand to answer questions. Adult learners can learn about tuition-free options through the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available to anyone coming to the event.

To learn more, go to Jackson State’s McWherter Center at the corner of North Parkway and FE Wright Drive on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 to 1:30.

T’Monde to bring Cajun, Creole music to JSCC

Grammy-nominated musicians in the acclaimed Cajun music band T’Monde will fill Jackson State’s Ayers Auditorium with the sounds of ancient French and Creole influenced music. The group will perform a free community concert at the college 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

The International Studies program at JSCC has developed a reputation for bringing world-class musicians and talent to the college for special community performances and master classes for its students. Michael Martin, Chris Segura, Drew Simon and Megan Brown are the musicians currently performing as T’Monde.

T’Monde is the Acadian phenomenon that Offbeat Magazine has called “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” With a number of Grammy nominations between the members, T’Monde brings influences ranging from early Country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music.

Born out of friendship and a shared love for the music, T’Monde has developed a unique sound that is unmatched in Cajun music today. With their latest album, “Yesterday’s Gone,” the band showcases their influences and musicianship which makes their sound so special.

Library director Scott Cohen is a long-time supporter of the international studies program at the college and is largely responsible for T’Monde’s performance at Jackson State.

“The caliber of talent that the international program has brought to Jackson State over the past several years has been tremendous,” said Cohen. “I am thrilled to play a part in what’s become a fine college tradition.”

For more information, please contact Scott Cohen, at scohen@jscc.edu or by calling (731) 425-2615.