Jackson State Recognizes Contributors at Annual Dinner

Jackson State Community College held its sixth annual Movers and Shapers Dinner Tuesday recently at the Jackson Country Club. The dinner is a recognition and awards ceremony honoring contributions to the Jackson State Community College Foundation.

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College and Gary Grisham, chair of the JSCC foundation, recognized all the contributors to the Foundation throughout the year.

JSCC and U of M Sign Transfer Agreement in Business

Jackson, TN – Officials from Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis signed a formal articulation agreement for the business program in a ceremony held today at JSCC. U of M President Dr. Shirley C. Raines and JSCC President Dr. Bruce Blanding signed the ‘articulation’ agreement ensuring a seamless transfer of credits from JSCC’s business administration major to the U of M’s management major. The agreement ensures that students who follow the curriculum set up in the program will not lose credits when transferring from JSCC’s associate degree program to U of M’s bachelor’s degree program. "This agreement will be a tremendous help to those students whose ultimate goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in management," said Blanding. "Now students can earn an associate’s degree at Jackson State and continue on to complete the U of M management program right here on our campus. This partnership is a win-win for all involved and we are pleased to work with Dr. Raines and her staff to make this happen."

"Today’s formal agreement between Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis will make certain that students who complete the approved course of study at JSCC and meet the requirements of entrance to the University of Memphis will be able to transfer their credits from Jackson State to the U of M with ease," said Raines. "It is a tangible example of the close cooperation between the two campuses, cooperation that is of great help to students in beginning and completing their college education." An articulation agreement governs the coordination of all aspects of degree programs in which a student might participate at the two campuses, especially the transfer of class credits. Typically, a student begins work at the community college and, two years later, transfers those credits to the four-year institution. Jackson State and the U of M already have formal articulation agreements for the engineering technology, nursing and education programs. The U of M Jackson Center is housed in the Jackson State Student Union Building and offers seven undergraduate programs and four graduate degree programs. For more information on these programs, contact the U of M Jackson Center at 427-4725. Jackson State Community College offers associate degrees in 27 transfer programs and 18 career programs as well as certificates and non-credit continuing education classes. For more information on these programs, contact JSCC at 424-3520 or www.jscc.edu.

Brummer Appointed Dean of Art and Sciences at Jackson State Community College

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gary L. Brummer, professor of psychology, as Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Brummer, a 34-year faculty veteran, began his new position on July 3. "We are extremely lucky to have someone with Gary’s qualifications for this position," said Blanding. "Add to that the unique sense of loyalty and history that he brings to the job and I’m sure he will lead the arts and sciences division to bigger and better things."

"It has been my honor to serve the students of Jackson State Community College for 34 years in the classroom," said Brummer. "And while I will still be in the classroom from time to time, I look at this new position as a way that I can contribute even more to the students and the institution I cherish. I’m excited to get started."

An alumnus of Murray State University, Brummer began his career at Jackson State in 1972 where he has continued to teach general, social, abnormal and developmental psychology for the past 34 years. He has served as department chair of social sciences since January 2004.

He holds a doctoral degree in higher education from Southern Illinois University and has completed 15 hours of post-doctoral study in counseling at the University of Memphis.

Boehms Receives Teaching Excellence Award from ACBSP

Mary Jo Boehms, department chair and associate professor of business at Jackson State Community College, has received a Teaching Excellence Award for Region 3 of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The award is given to only one faculty member from a two year ACBSP member institution each year. Boehms has received regional recognition, a cash reward, and a medallion.

As a recipient, she was a nominee for the International Teaching Excellence Award at the annual conference in Chicago. Boehms has taught at Jackson State Community College since 1978. She began as an adjunct, and was hired full time in 1982.

Boehms has taught 32 different business courses for the college, but regularly teaches Introduction to Business, Principles in Management, Quality Management, and Business Statistics. Boehms became involved with the ACBSP organization in 1997, when JSCC’s business department received accreditation. She now serves as Treasurer for the Region 3 division and is also on the National ACBSP Marketing Committee. Colleges and universities in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are represented in Region 3. ACBSP selects recipients for its Teaching Excellence Awards in the spring of each year.

The Teaching Excellence Award Committee has established five criteria for the selection of recipients including; classroom teaching and learning, institutional versatility, curriculum development, professional development, and community commitment.

The organization was founded in 1988 by its members to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by institutions of higher education with business schools and programs. It is geographically divided into eight regions. Each region has a set of officers selected from that region.

ACBSP’s mission is to develop, promote, and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education and accredits qualified business programs.

Finney Appointed JSCC Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Paul L. Finney as Vice President of Student Services. The position supervises the areas of records, admissions, financial aid, testing, health services, student activities, counseling, placement services and athletics.

Finney’s appointment is effective July 1. "After an exhaustive search process, we selected Paul for this position because of his extensive experience in student services and his excellent relationships with students," said Blanding. "We look forward to continuing to work together to better the lives of our students and enhance their experiences here at Jackson State."

"I am thrilled to be continuing my work here with the students at Jackson State," said Finney. "I consider it a privilege to be able to lead the dedicated professionals in the student services area that work with and for the students on a daily basis. Together, we hope to work as advocates for the students and continue to improve campus conditions and processes."

Finney has over 20 years experience in student services beginning at Lambuth University in 1968. While at Lambuth, he also worked in development and alumni affairs.

He began his association with Jackson State in 1995 in the division of continuing education and corporate services. Finney served in roles of increasing responsibility in the division working with local industry in contract training and with non-credit students on open enrollment classes.

In 2004, he was appointed to serve as interim vice president for institutional advancement and community development and as interim vice president for student services at Jackson State. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history/political science from Lambuth University and a master’s in education with an emphasis in guidance and personnel services from the University of Memphis.