Jackson State maintains 5-Star status with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Jackson State Community College’s Chi Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was again awarded a Five-Star chapter distinction, which is the highest rating the international organization bestows.

The school won its first Five-Star distinction in 2017. In previous years, the school earned a Two-Star status, but the chapter’s officers and members worked hard to raise the rating. The star status is indicative of a chapter’s engagement – Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local to international involvement.

“It took so much work to accomplish this goal: a college project, an Honors In Action project, holding bi-weekly meetings, recruiting members, volunteering, meeting with and learning from other chapters and holding inductions each semester,” said Dr. Anna Esquivel, Assistant Professor of English and a Chi Omicron advisor. “Chapter members have truly earned this distinction.”

Jackson State’s Chi Omicron Chapter’s charter was established in 1971, four years after the community college opened.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – with almost 1,300 chapters, including 14 in Tennessee – is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. Its mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

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.

JSCC RAD student accepted to ASRT leadership program

Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce second year Radiography student Sierra Coley has been accepted as a participant in the The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program. Sierra is the first JSCC radiography student to receive this honor and is the only radiography student in TN to be selected this year.

ASRT is a networking professional organization of people who are in the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession. According to asrt.org, “The ASRT Student Leadership Development Program offers students a chance to get to know the ASRT, attend educational sessions, and network with medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.”

Sierra was accepted into the JSCC Radiography Program in August, 2016, and will graduate this summer and complete the program August 10, 2018.

JSCC PTK Chapter receives state and national honors

The Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omicron chapter of Jackson State Community College has received many awards and accolades this academic year. These awards are the result of the members’ and advisors’ hard work and commitment to academic excellence.

In March, six JSCC Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omicron chapter members attended the Tennessee Regional Convention in Cleveland, Tennessee. There they met many chapter members and leaders from across the state, learned a great deal about running a running a chapter and conducting Honors in Action and College Projects, and competed in a friendly competition for the honor of hosting the TN Region mascot, Chandler Bear.

PTK members came away from the convention excited and enthusiastic about the coming year. Even more, the new members came away from the convention with a very big challenge: to surpass the very high bar that this year’s officers and members have set.

JSCC’s Chi Omicron chapter received a number of regional awards for their work on projects as a chapter team. Over the course of the weekend, they received:

  • First Place for Distinguished Honors in Action Project
  • Second Place for Distinguished Chapter Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for Theme 3: Rights and Responsibilities
  • And Chi Omicron won the Chandler Cheer competition thanks to their creative skit highlighting the four Hallmarks of PTK: Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship, and Service.

In April, JSCC chapter members also attended the PTK International Catalyst Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The chapter was honored with the following distinctions:

  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project
  • Top 100 Chapters in Phi Theta Kappa out of more than 1,250 chapters around the world.

At the International Convention, the Tennessee Region received the award for Excellence in Scholarship, one of only three out of 29 regions to win this award.

For the second straight year, the Chi Omicron chapter has achieved Five-Star Chapter status, the highest status a chapter can receive. Five-Star Chapters are those that have completed every level of regional and national engagement, including the College Project and the Honors in Action project, long term projects that address campus- and community-wide needs. Additionally, the Tennessee Region has been declared a Five-Star Region, which means that most of the chapters in the region have achieved Five-Star Status.

In the chapter’s Spring Induction ceremony in April, the chapter installed new officers for the 2018-2019 academic year. These officers are already planning summer meetings and fundraisers and beginning this years’ projects. They are committed to maintaining the levels of excellence attained by their predecessors and taking the chapter into new and exciting directions.

Dual Enrollment Student Wins FFA Essay Competition

Jackson State Dual Enrollment student Hunter Goodman recently won first place in the Agriscience essay for the State of Tennessee through Future Farmers of America (FFA). Goodman is a senior at Henry County High School in Paris.

Goodman’s essay, “Effects of Corn Variety Comparisons on Migrating Waterfowl”, stems from an experiment he developed with his father. He says they worked with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Association (TWRA), who supplied the two with supplies and a place to plant the crop. The experiment consisted of field evaluations to check for insect infestations, crop yield, and plant height.

Ultimately, Goodman’s experiment revealed that controlling corn ear heights could help control the duck migration. He also says the experiment can also be applied in conservationism. “You can put more food on what land you’ve got, and the waterfowls can stay there longer during the season,” he says.

After his essay was chosen as a first place winner in the state, Goodman had the opportunity to present it at the national convention in Nashville last month. He is still deciding between colleges but plans to pursue a degree in agronomy, the study of soil and plants.