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From Our First Century To The Next


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President’s Report 2011

A Look Back, A Leap Forward

1911 - 2011

From Our First Century To The Next


Dear Friends, For 100 years, Jones has provided educational opportunities for the people of Mississippi. Over the last century, our communities and its citizens have experienced tremendous change in communication, transportation, and technology. In addition, our state and our country have endured times of war and peace and times of economic vitality and recession. Throughout these times, Jones has remained steadfast and committed to serving its students and communities. Throughout the decades, the college’s core mission never waivered. As we transform from our first century to the next, we are reaping the benefits of those who created a strong foundation of academics, opportunity, integrity, and inspiration before us. Today, we are fully committed to success in the 21st century. From our humble beginnings as an agricultural high school with three buildings, Jones has grown into the modern campus you see today. New facilities have been constructed and facilities have been renovated to better suit the needs of the 21st century learner. We are reaching students beyond the borders of the Ellisville campus in new learning centers throughout our district. Our online classes continue to grow and thrive. From a larger perspective, we are reaching outside of our typical borders, bringing global learning to our students. These experiences expand our students’ knowledge and understanding of the new world in which we live. Our use of technology is transforming the way we teach our students. In moving from years of students carrying a stack of heavy books to now carrying only a slim netbook, our teaching tools are changing. Using these new tools, our highly educated and experienced faculty members transform lives every day. Through the help of our alumni, we offer scholarships that touch the lives of individual students, enabling them to reach their educational goals. As we enter our centennial year, we will reflect upon our simple roots and those determined leaders who built the foundation for the Jones County Junior College we have today: a college dedicated to the highest level of education and experience for our students. With every year of its existence, Jones has made a difference in our people, our communities, our state and our region. That legacy is one we hold dear to us. It is a legacy that we will endeavor as we enter our next century of inspiring greatness. Sincerely yours,

Jesse R. Smith, Ph.D., President

Mission: Jones County Junior College will inspire greatness by providing educational

opportunities for its students, employees, and surrounding communities.

JCJC breaks ground Wayne County Center planned for college outreach


After five years of planning and seeking funding, a groundbreaking ceremony for JCJC’s new Wayne County Center launched the beginning of a new partnership with the county. “This is a vital economic development project for the future of this region,” said Dr. Jesse Smith. “When the administration and I began building upon our partnerships in Wayne County, it was very clear to me we needed to establish a presence here. Many groups were instrumental in helping us get to where we are today.” Those groups included the Wayne County Board of Supervisors and Wayne County School Board. Together with the help of JCJC and the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, $1.5 million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration was secured for the project. The grant requires the approximately 11,000 square foot facility to be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications, which should help reduce the cost of maintaining the structure. The JCJC facility is located across from the Wayne County Vocational Center, as close as possible to the county’s high school students. “The growing trend in our world

today is to blend skills training from high school to community college together for a seamless transition from one training program to another. We are thankful the Wayne County School Board and leadership in the district’s schools were more than willing to help us as they deeded the land to the college,” said Smith. The training opportunities for area residents include practical nursing and technical skills training. Adult basic education/GED services, small business development, along with credit and non-credit classes will also be offered in the Wayne County Center. In addition to the training and education potential for the area, 510 jobs are expected with this development. Projected plans for completing the Wayne County Center will take an estimated two years. “It all starts with graduating people from your community,” said Smith. “We want to grow our graduates, strengthen our workforce, and move our communities forward.”

J.B. Young Center reopens with renovations A ribbon cutting and open house were held in May to celebrate completion of renovations to the J.B. Young Business and Technology Center. The $6 million transformation of the building occurred in two phases. Phase one began in 2004 and was completed in 2005. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the second phase didn’t begin until 2009 and was completed in 2010. The building was extended from 55,000 square feet to 88,000 total square feet with four separate wings in the building and 38 classrooms/labs upgraded to 21st century standards. Also included in the renovations were 29 offices and a conference room, a climate control system, an electronic light control system and an elevator. The Center is home to nine programs: computer information systems technology, business office technology, marketing, fashion merchandising, civil engineering technology, electronics technology, electrical technology, and both the academic business and the business technology programs.

JCJC Board of Trustees, state and local government officials, faculty and students joined JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith and J.B. Young’s niece, Ellen Young Gunn (holding the scissors) to cut the ribbon on the renovated J.B. Young Center for Business and Technology building at JCJC.

ACADEMICHonors Jones engineering student chosen for National Community College Aerospace Scholars program Mechanical engineering major Jonathan Greer of Leakesville was the only Mississippi community/ junior college student invited to participate in a pilot program sponsored by NASA. Entry requirements to the program included the creation of a detailed project. The Jones sophomore’s entry, titled “Mayflower Mission to Mars,” included a Mars Rover complete with accessories. Greer, along with 79 other community/junior college students in the nation, spent

three days participating in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars pilot program funded by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and administered by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Greer was flown to the Houston Space Center May 12-14, 2011.  He spent most of his time working with other students and NASA engineers on a project which could lead to an internship with NASA. Greer said the best part of the trip was touring the Space Center. 

Mississippi Nursing Educator of the Year JCJC’s Erin Knight Instructor Erin Knight was named Nursing Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Organization for A.D. Nursing. The Petal native has been teaching at Jones for more than 16 years and serves on the Petal School District Community Health Advisory Council. During Desert Storm, Knight served as captain in the U.S. Air Force as an operating room nurse. Knight’s nursing experience includes hospital medical-surgical areas, ER, and surgery. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1980 and her master’s in 1996 from USM.

JCJC faculty selected for Lamplighters

2011 William Winter Scholar JCJC’s Barbara Chambers

Former Jones student named Lyceum Scholar at Ole Miss

English instructor Barbara Chambers was chosen as the college’s 2011 William Winter Scholar. Honorees are called William Winter Scholars in honor of Governor Winter, who has been the celebration’s director of proceedings since it began in 1990. Each year the conference deals with some general aspect of Southern history or literature. The celebration, visited by thousands each year, features a dozen lectures by nationally know scholars and writers, enhanced by related films, tours, book signings, exhibits, plays, readings, concerts, entertainments and meals. Chambers, a faculty member at the college for the last 14 years, has more than 30 years of teaching experience.

Jones sophomore Brianna Mills was one of only 10 Lyceum Scholarship recipients at Ole Miss. The Waynesboro native received Jones students danced and the scholarship at the university’s sang in the musical, “The Community College Scholarship Day held earlier in the spring.Little The Shop of Horrors” held Lyceum Scholars Award, which on campus in February. recognizes outstanding community college transfer students, is based on academic achievement, leadership, service, and participation in a competitive interview process. The pre-pharmacy major will receive fulltime resident tuition for two years, which is an estimated value of nearly $12,000. She is currently working at Cooley Drugs in Waynesboro before transferring to Oxford.

Six faculty members were chosen to participate in the Lamplighter program. Designed to honor excellent faculty from all two-year colleges in Mississippi with three days of professional development, the program is sponsored by the Mississippi Community and Junior College Council of Academic Officers. JCJC’s representatives were Randy Vinzant, Social Science; Kerri Pippen, Math; Dr. Matthew Burnham, Science; Finee’ Ruffin, Fashion Merchandising; Joe Mauldin, Business; and Missie Meeks, English.

ARtistic Direction

Alumnus opera singer inspires Jones students Jones alumnus and New York professional opera singer Bryce “Billy� Smith visited his alma mater to perform in the Spring Recital Series and discuss performance tips with vocal students. The bass vocalist, originally from Lumberton, encouraged students to make opportunities for themselves rather than waiting for a lucky break. The bass vocalist has performed in numerous operas, at special events, with symphonies and at Carnegie Hall. In 2008, he helped create the Opera Manhattan Repertory Theater, a company that caters to artists of all different types in New York, and he helped charter nonprofit theater companies in New York City and the New Orleans area.

Artists of all ages connect with Jones and community Jones offers Musical tribute

Local artists share wisdom

Jones students perform Little Shop of Horrors

Students and the community visit the Foote Chapel to enjoy classical and contemporary pieces during the Spring Recital Series each year. The Division of Fine Arts hosts professional musicians in concert on select Fridays. The series honored former JCJC Vice President of Business Affairs Dale Walters, known as a strong supporter of the arts. He lost his battle with cancer in January 2010.

Every year the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery offers students and the community an opportunity to see art from guest artists, JCJC art faculty and art students. This year, guest artists included Adam Trest, Ruth Kimbrough, Paul Johnson and Russ Farris. Students were given an opportunity to listen to the artists discuss their work on opening days. Faculty showcase their work in late fall, and sophomore art majors showcase their work in the late spring. The faculty art show has evolved into an inspiring event over the decades.

The Jones theater department performed “The Little Shop of Horrors” Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Musical theater producer and director Nikki Johnson performed in the musical as a JCJC student in 1996 and brought it back for her students. The voice of the plant was performed by Dr. Mike Lopinto, who works for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music. The cast of Jones students included both freshmen and sophomores. The musical was held in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Jones students danced and sang in the musical, “The Little Shop of Horrors” held on campus in February.


MS Rural Physicians scholars

notable scholars

Three sophomore graduates are the first Jones students chosen to participate in the Mississippi Rural Physicians scholarship undergraduate program. Laurel’s Shemiko McInnis, Jennifer DeWolf of Florence and Diondrae Reddick of Waynesboro will receive rural physician mentoring, academic enrichment on rural health care topics, MCAT preparation and consideration for Direct Admissions to medical school at UMMC, where they may receive a $30,000 per year scholarship.

Skills USA wins at nationals

Eight JCJC students placed in the state Skills USA competition, held April 13 and 14 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Winning first place in the state was Bryan Pringle, a Precision Manufacturing and MachiningTechnology major from Magee. Pringle, who placed first in CNC Turning Technology, competed in the National Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

Students receive math honors

“Phi Theta Kappa receives over 100 nominations annually for the award of distinction, and we can recognize 25 presidents, but the committee chose to recognize only eight this year,” said Risley. “Leadership starts at the top with presidents raising the vision of what can be accomplished. I’m proud to recognize Dr. Smith for the outstanding leadership you’re providing.” Smith received the medallion at a post-graduation luncheon with JCJC Board of Trustees members, faculty, staff and friends of the college in attendance.

Jones president receives national PTK honor

Top row left to right MS Rural Physicians Scholars, Skills USA winners, Math Honors. Bottom row left to right, Jones President receives national honor with PTK students. Spring commencement keynote speaker Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of the two-year international Honor Society, PTK addressed more than 500 Jones graduates.

Three Mu Alpha Theta students were awarded $500 scholarships during the honor society’s annual induction ceremony. The students participated in the AMATYC Student Math League Contest and scored the highest from the JCJC team of 13 students. Olivia Ellis and Amber Sumner, both of Moselle, and James Maxcey of Sandersville, all three math majors, were the scholarship recipients. They were awarded the scholarships because of their academic success, service work and mathematical accomplishments.

Dr. Jesse Smith was recognized as one of eight college presidents in the nation who received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Seattle, Wash. in April. The two-year international honor society’s executive director, Dr. Rod Risley, held a special presentation for Smith following graduation ceremonies in Ellisville.

Standout scholar Lott earns two PTK honors Phi Theta Kappa student Karen Lott was awarded a top spot on the All-USA Community CollegeMississippi Academic Team and was named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar. Both honors earned her more than $2000 in scholarship money and a medallion. The Mississippi academic honorees were recognized by the House and the Senate in Jackson, and the top students from each state in the nation were nationally publicized in the USA Today’s April 11 edition. Additionally, the political science and pre-law major from Leakesville personally received her certificate of accomplishment from the Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Rod Risley, during a graduation luncheon in Ellisville. “It’s an honor to be a part of a special day for Karen and to be able to personally congratulate her on her accomplishments. Thousands of students apply for these awards and scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa so this is a testament to her hard work,” said Risley. Jones PTK sponsor Gwen Magee nominated the aspiring attorney because of her leadership skills and her dedication to tutoring her fellow classmates, stating that in her two years at the college, Lott has already left her mark.

“Utilize the tools available, like newspapers, technology, books...,” said Lott. “I loved all of my classes. Embrace what’s around you so you can give back.”

Campus Police go electric

As part of the college’s green initiative, Jones has purchased two electric police cars. The two electric cars, which run on batteries that are charged overnight, operate for approximately 48 hours before needing a charge. Star EVs are low-speed plug-in cars for street legal travel. The four-passenger campus police cars are equipped with a siren system and can go 40 mph. The vehicles can maneuver in and out of traffic with ease as well as be used for off-road locations.

Texting and driving simulator


With the help of a simulator, the effects of texting and driving became more realistic to several hundred Jones students who visited the Student Success Center this past spring. Peer Awareness, a Michigan based health and wellness organization, utilizes a Simulator that allows people to sit in a real car which is suspended and monitored with sensors to simulate real driving. Peer Awareness and JCJC asked students to take a stand and ‘band’ together to end this potentially deadly habit by wearing a bright rubber band on their texting thumb as a reminder.

evolving and INspiring

Earth Day spurs pledges

In conjunction with Earth Day and Spring Fever Week, the college’s Green Committee manned a booth with educational information about recycling and energy conservation. Students who signed a pledge to recycle on campus were given organic trail mix in earth friendly recyclable bags. Students were also given the opportunity to join a new student organization, the eco-Bobcats, which began this fall. The Green Committee is a group of Jones employees dedicated to promoting a green campus.

Classes to pilot use of eBooks


For the past year, the Inspired Learning Task Force has worked on the eBook initiative, a plan that will introduce the use of iPads or other eBooks devices to the classroom. eBooks were used in the fall semester in some classes of Art Appreciation, English Comp I & II, Spanish, Speech, Introduction to Humanities, Accounting I & II, Economics I & II, Legal Environment, Intro to Business, Personal Financial Management, Keyboarding and Computer Concepts. In addition, Radiology has made eBooks available to their students for the past three years. The college hopes to use eBooks across campus in every discipline beginning Spring 2013. Digital versions of textbooks can be downloaded as eBooks. For those students who still want the printed text, the companies will sell a black/white print of the textbook in the bookstore.

Jones and Apple recycle

The college took advantage of Apple’s summer e-recycling program, disposing of hundreds of outdated and non-working electronic devices. Apple disposed of 41 pallets of e-recylables from the college, freeing up space on campus and increasing the college’s green efforts. The free program for educational institutions accepted all brands of computers, TVs, VCRs, networking equipment, fax machines and scanners. All the electronic waste was processed in the United States, and a certificate of destruction was given to the college after processing.

Pre-med students tour UMMC


In April, six JCJC pre-medical students and three science division faculty advisors toured the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The students received information about the medical school application and interview process as well as advice on academic preparation from current medical students. The highlight of the trip was the students’ experience in the simulation lab used to train medical students, nurses, doctors and other hospital personnel.


Essay contest winners earn scholarships

The Humanities Division sponsored the A.T. Bassett Memorial Scholarship’s Essay Writing Competition for Smith County students. English teachers from the three Smith County schools were asked to choose several students to compete by writing an essay on various topics. First and second place winners were awarded tuition scholarships. The A.T. Bassett Scholarship was established in memory of A.T. Bassett by his wife, Sue and daughters, Lona Bassett and Morrett Ellzey.


West Jones scholars deliver again

For the seventh consecutive year, the West Jones High School team won the JCJC High School Scholars’ Bowl. Laurel Christian High School came in second. Senior team members from the two winning teams each earned a tuition scholarship to JCJC. LCS team members won a $75 cash award, and the West Jones team members each won $150.


Baseball finishes second in World Series The Bobcats ended the season with a 46-17 record and finished second in the World Series, which was played May 25-June 4 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. It was the third straight year for the team to set a school record for victories under coach Christian Ostrander’s watch. The Bobcats were 36-16 in 2009 and 38-12 in 2010, giving him a remarkable 120-45 record in three years as the Bobcats’ head coach. JCJC entered the World Series ranked No. 6 in the nation. Prior to the World Series, JCJC had stunned defending national champion LSU-Eunice 6-5 and 8-7 on May 19 to claim the Region 23 Tournament title in Goodman. JCJC won its second straight MACJC South Division crown, which enabled them to host East Mississippi Community College in the opening round of the state playoffs on May 4-5. The Bobcats beat the Lions, earning them the right to host the MACJC State Tournament on May 12-15 in the brand new, $2.8 million Community Bank Park. Ostrander said it was fitting for JCJC to host the state tournament at the new stadium because of the effort made by college administrators and the Board of Trustees to have a quality baseball program.

Softball advances to regional

The Lady Bobcats ended the season at 35-15, the most wins ever for JCJC fast-pitch softball. It was the first time in school history for the team to advance to the MACJC State Tournament and Region 23 Tournament. South Jones sophomore leftfielder Mallory Cowart and Gretna, La., sophomore pitcher Ginger Lonergan were named AllRegion 23. Quitman sophomore second baseman Shannon Mosley and Luling, La., freshman pitcher Lauren Candies were named All-MACJC.

Ladies soccer wins state and regional, makes nationals The Lady Bobcat soccer team had the most successful season in school history. JCJC won the MACJC state championship, Region 23 crown and advanced to the NJCAA District E Tournament in Tyler, Texas. The Lady Bobcats posted a 15-3-1 record – with the 15 wins being a school record for victories. All-Region 23 performers for the Lady Bobcats were Mallory Cowart of South Jones, Bridget Dennis of West Jones, Audrey Borchardt of D’Iberville and Danica Roberts of Liversedge, England. All-MACJC selections were Weems and Macey Endris of Madison Central, Trahrissa Monroe of Long Beach and Michelle Brumfield of Mobile, Ala.

Tennis reaches NJCAA The men’s tennis team won state and participated in the NJCAA Division I National Tennis Tournament in Texas May 16-20 where they placed 16th in the nation. It was the first trip to the nationals in four years for the men’s tennis team. West Jones sophomore Cade Sherman was named the Region 3 winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and was one of three finalists for the national award.

Basketball teams make regionals Both the men and women’s basketball teams made it to the Region 23 Tournament. The basketball season came to an end for the men against the Southern-Shreveport Jaguars, and the Bobcats ended the season with a 15-10 record. The Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8. Tanecka Carey was named to the All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team women’s squad, and Brandon Givens received AllRegion 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team honors for the men.

JONESOutreach Employees advocate college funding at Capitol Day


During the 2011 Capitol Day event, supporters of the 15 Mississippi community colleges asked lawmakers to follow through on their 2007 commitment to mid-level funding. Mid-level mandates per-student funding for community colleges that is midway between per-student funding for K-12 students and regional public university students. The colleges needed $134 million to completely achieve mid-level funding, which is a gap of $2,288 per student.

The annual community college Capitol Day on Feb. 17, hosted by the 900-member statewide faculty association, spotlighted underfunding at the colleges. Credit enrollment at Mississippi’s 15 community colleges has increased 31 percent over the past three years, but state funding has continued to decline since 2007, when the legislators approved mid-level funding. Current year state appropriations funding decreased 10.3 percent over the previous year to below 2008

levels, which leaves the colleges struggling to meet the needs of more students with fewer state dollars. During the past 10 years community college enrollment has grown 54 percent while state support has declined by 26 percent.

Jones design chosen for state board’s new seal On July 1, the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges transitioned to a new name: the Mississippi Community College Board. As part of that change, the board selected a new official seal, designed by Jones marketing team members Gabe Bozeman and Marlo Dorsey. The seal was chosen from among 28 entries in a contest among faculty and students from the state’s 15 community colleges. The MCCB staff voted informally on the 28 entries and recommended the Jones entry. The State Board then officially adopted the same entry. “This contest gave us the opportunity to participate in a state-wide branding effort. That chance doesn’t come along every day,” said Dorsey, JCJC vice president of marketing. “We are truly honored that our concept from Jones was chosen to represent the Mississippi Community College Board. We enjoy working with the College Board staff, and we wish them continued success.” The “M” on the seal symbolizes Mississippi, and the building with the four columns represents the front of the proposed new state headquarters building. Bozeman said he thought the board was looking for a clean and simple design and was happy to be part of the project. “We thought this design would fit their needs,” said Bozeman. “We get a lot of appreciation for our work here on campus and in the community, but it is exciting to be acknowledged on a state level and to see our efforts pay off.”

Jones Marketing wins CPRAM awards, makes strides in new media The Jones Marketing Department won 12 awards at the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi conference and awards banquet. As a group, the seven-member department took top honors E xtEnding Our rE ach in the Annual Report division with the President’s Report 2 0 1 0 P R E S I DE N T ' S R E P O RT magazine. Kelly Atwood and Shawn Wansley received first place awards for their news and sports stories respectively. This year, the Jones Marketing Department created two new digital publications for the college: an alumni newsletter and a weekly online edition of the student newspaper. The new Bobcat Bulletin e-newsletter is emailed to alumni and friends of the college on a monthly basis. The student newspaper now has a weekly online edition at The online edition provides interactivity, including polls, videos and comments, in a medium most used by students today. The printed newspaper, the Radionian, will continue to be printed and distributed on campus. The department also unveiled a newly-designed Jones website this past fall. The Jones website, which receives more than one million visits each year, offers two highly-used features used by new and existing students: Information Station and New2Jones. In addition to live webcasts on, Jones athletics shares live information digitally through Facebook and Twitter.

China Jones Honors Institute students tour China Twelve Jones students and four chaperones toured China in May. The Honors College trip included visits to five cities and numerous tourist attractions, including Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the Bird’s Nest National Olympic Stadium in Beijing, where the 2008 Olympics were held. Students were exposed to both rural and urban environments, learned about food and culture, and discovered that Facebook wasn’t allowed in the Communist country.

During the trip, the group met a former Jones student, Elliott Cassell from Waynesboro, who is working in China. The former member of the Jones Concert Choir and Jones OnStage now teaches English in China for Disney. After sending the group home, Honors College Dean Dr. Mark Taylor traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to speak to a group of students at the National Chengchi University.




4 Scenes from Honors Institute itinerary


Town of Lijiang

Black Dragon Pool Park Yufeng Temple Jade Dragon Snow Mountain


City of Shenzhen

City of Hong Kong tour Bird Street Wong Tai Sun Temple


City of Beijing

Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Temple of Heaven Ming Tombs


City of Xian

Bicycle the city walls Terra cotta warriors Hua Qing hot springs

Visit to China inspires changes at Jones Dr. Jesse Smith attended the International Educational College Conference held in China in October. While there, Dr. Mark Taylor joined Smith and five college presidents and representatives of the American Association of Community Colleges toured colleges across the country. The group’s visit gave them the opportunity to study their educational systems, develop exchange programs and make economic connections. Smith shared his observations with Jones Radionian students, who wrote articles regarding his experience and opinions. Some also included their opinions on American students versus Chinese students, urging the student body to take their education more seriously, citing technology, social media, and an apathetic attitude toward education as problems with American students. Smith thinks that American corporations need to invest in Americans rather than in the Chinese, as is happening now, and that American students must improve their work ethic if they want to compete with Chinese students for top jobs. To help students and faculty better understand the urgency of change, Smith is creating a faculty exchange program with Chinese colleges.

JCJCFoundation Gardening Symposium features Felder Rushing Felder Rushing, the state’s leading consumer horticulturist, was the keynote speaker for the fifth annual Gardening Symposium, held April 28 at the Whitehead Advanced Techonology Center. Hundreds of people attended the annual event, which offered workshops, lectures and lunch. Rushing, who spoke on the topic, Whimsical Gardening in the South, owns a cottage garden in Jackson that has been featured in many magazines including Southern Living, Garden Design, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, House and Garden, Better Homes and Gardens and The New York Times. Other speakers at the symposium shared information on container gardening, lawn fertilization and perennial flower care.

Event proceeds fund scholarships for horticulture More than 130 people enjoyed a day filled with new ideas and helpful tips to beautify their home gardens. The JCJC Foundation, Inc. sponsors the event with proceeds going toward scholarships for students in the JCJC Horticulture Program. "Having worked with this event for five years now, I can truly say the Gardening Symposium is entertaining, informative and inspiring," said Caroline Ramagos, JCJC vice president of advancement.

Above, guests of the Symposium look at plants for sale by the horticulture department. The plant sale is a fundraiser for student scholarships.


Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, Inc.


Pay to the Order of JCJC Foundation

$ 200,00000

two hundred thousand and


Every year the JCJC Foundation awards hundreds of students with scholarships. In spring 2011, the Foundation had a total of $6,200,833 in endowed scholarship and support funds. Many of the students chosen for these scholarships have the chance to meet their benefactors during the annual scholarship awards day, held each spring. More than 400 scholarships are awarded each spring. The assets of the Foundation total $8,782,910. The JCJC Foundation staff can assist interested individuals wishing to endow a scholarship.

Campaign unveiled “Inspiring Greatness... It Begins with Us!”




Asbury donates $200K, totals reach $1 million In 2010, the JCJC Foundation received a $200,000 donation from the Asbury Foundation to be used for student scholarships. This latest donation made the Asbury Foundation a million dollar donor to the college. The Asbury Foundation has provided assistance to Jones through grants and endowments since 1999. A grant in 2002 established the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. A grant in 2005 allowed the Radiography Program to advance as the first college program in south Mississippi with digital imaging equipment. “(Asbury Foundation CEO and president) Mr. Bill Ray is a recognized business and civic entrepreneur. His leadership in the community has added value to health providers, colleges and the citizens in our region. We are extremely grateful to the Asbury Foundation for their vigilance in maintaining a high quality of life for all of us,” said Dr. Jesse Smith.






Jones kicked off the institution’s second major gifts campaign with the announcement that employee contributions to the major gifts campaign totaled nearly $283,000. With four main investment goals, the JCJC Foundation, Inc. hopes to raise $7.5 million in donations and pledges payable over the next five years. Objectives include Jones Hall and Centennial Plaza, $2 million; Science and Engineering Center, $1.5 million; Inspired Learning for 21st Century Classrooms, $1 million; and Scholarship Endowments, $3 million. As the public phase of “Inspiring Greatness, It Begins with Us” began, numerous alumni, businesses and friends of the college had already pledged more than $5 million towards the $7.5 million goal.



Annual Awards Day


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Kids College makes learning fun Kids College provides first through six graders the opportunity to check out college-like courses. This June, students took classes in Meteorology, Science Fun, Animal Exploration, Egyptian Art, Physical Education and Kids Cuisine. From learning about phenomena that cause earthquakes, volcanoes and weather to exploring genetic traits, students were sure to find science exciting. Jones is dedicated to inspiring children through education.

Community Jones coaches visit Laurel Day Camp

Two Jones coaches and their athletes were the stars of the West Laurel Baptist Church Day Camp’s annual “Sports Day.” Youngsters learned tennis tips from JCJC Tennis coach Mark Easley and tennis athletes Josh Agee and Stephanie Smith. Lady Bobcat Basketball Coach Sandra Sumrall and student athletes Kaci McCurdy and Anna Sumrall shared basic dribbling techniques and team building drills. The goal of the “Sports Day” is to get kids moving and inspire them play sports as a fun way to stay healthy and fit.

First graders tour college South Jones Elementary School and Jones began a new partnership this year that offered first graders a taste of college. SJE Principal Steve Musgrove and JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith designed the pilot program with the hope of inspiring the children to one day attend college, which will benefit them, their families and their community. Jones instructors offered engaging activities to the more than 160 first graders who spent the day visiting various college programs, including anatomy and physiology, radiography, sonography, emergency medical technology, nursing, health care assisting, forestry, electronics and robotics. Students were also treated to a special presentation by the cheerleaders, enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria and received a certificate of accomplishment.

NE Jones wins JCJC’s third annual Math Bowl Northeast Jones won the 3rd annual Jones Math Quiz Bowl, and Stringer Attendance Center placed second. First and second place winning senior team members were offered JCJC scholarships and trophies. Laurel realtor and business sponsor Chris Wilson inspired the business community to add additional prizes, including a $2,500 cash award for the winning team and $1,500 for the second place team. The teacher of the winning team received a $1000 cash award, the teacher of the second place team received $500, and the third and fourth place teachers each received $250. In addition, the overall team member with the most correctly answered questions received a trophy and a Howard computer. High schools that participated in this year’s math bowl included Bay Springs, Collins, Enterprise,

Greene County, Laurel Christian, Laurel, Lawrence County, Mize Attendance Center, Northeast Jones, Perry Central, Quitman, Raleigh, Richton, Seminary, South Jones,

Stringer Attendance Center, SylvaBay Academy, Taylorsville, Wayne Academy, Wayne County and West Jones.

year in REVIEW


12 Workforce Development offered welding

classes at Covington County Vo-Tech Center.

31 Hundreds of students and the public

attended the Meet the Bobcats event on the football field.



9 Homecoming Day 12-14 Workforce

development offered OSHA safety training.

19 Madrigals and More Concert

14-15 High school seniors from area schools

28 Treats in the Streets

17 Alumni and


were invited to tour the campus during Senior Preview Days. coaches were honored during the Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, held at the ATC.

18 Hundreds participated in the annual Bobcat 5K Run/Walk.

19 Six Jones faculty chosen as Lamplighters

attended the annual conference, held at MGCCC.

23 The culinary program offered the Lunch and Learn series, offering the public a lunch and workshop with guest speakers.

27-29 At JCJC’s fall

drive, United Blood Service brought in more units than any other drive in the area. To improve the health of students and employees, JCJC Health Services offered a smoking cessation program.

30 Supervisors from the college’s eight-

county district were honored during Supervisor Appreciation Day at Jones. They were recognized on the football field as Honorary Captains during the evening’s football game.

1-5 Health Clinic

offered flu vaccines to students at reduced cost, with the first 350 students receiving free shots.

5-6 State Guitar Convention 10 High school students from the college

district were invited to participate in the annual Math Quiz Bowl, held at the ATC.

11 A Veterans Day

program was held at the Non Traditional Student Success Center. Industrial Services Division held an open house.

15 Faculty art show 18 Java and Jazz

December 2 Christmas Tea


27 Jones and SCRMC hosted the annual

31 Honors College hosted guest speaker

28 Fifth annual Gardening

28 High School Counselors Workshop David Bellavia. Jones faculty and students held an organ concert at First-Trinity Presbyterian.


3 FBLA district conference 8 Black

History Month Presentation

9 Community

Bank Park ribbon cutting ceremony

17 Capitol Day 18-20 Spring musical: Little Shop of Horrors


2 Area high school teams participated in the annual Scholars Bowl.

25 Spring Recital Series 28 Honors College hosted former NASA

astronaut Winston Scott.


1 Alumni Golf Tournament 5 Band Concert 13-14 Eight Jones students placed in state Skills USA competition.

15 Jones Business Department hosted

competition for high school students. Pre-med students toured UMC in Jackson.

15-16 Jones and Howard Computers hosted LAN party (a computer gaming party) at ATC. 26 Honors Banquet

Health Fair for faculty and staff.

Symposium held at ATC. AD Nursing Division was granted full accreditation, which lasts until Fall 2018.


2 Ribbon cutting and open house

held for J.B. Young Center for Business and Technology. Major gifts campaign announced to public during faculty luncheon.

3 Sophomore breakfast 4 Retirement Tea 11 Graduation 23-26 Many South Jones

first graders had first college experience by visiting Jones campus.


1 Students began summer and online classes. 4 Bobcat Baseball played in NJCAA World

Series in Enid, Oklahoma and finished National Runner Up

6-9Jones offered first ACT Prep Camp to high school students

6-10 Hundreds of children

attended the annual Kids’ College program.

25 Jones held End Zone/

Hardwood Club Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the college’s football, basketball and cheerleading squads.

BoardMembers Charles Ray Ashley

William C. Boone

Lynn Buckhaults

Billy Burnette

Robert Dean

Winston Duckworth

Mike Evans

Richard Fleming

David Garner, Chairman

Jimmy Dale Hancock

Bennie J. Hales

Carolyn Harper McLaurin

David Huff

Emma Jackson

Sammy McDonald

Dan Ready

Ike Sanford

Carolyn Smith

Steve Thrash

Ann Tucker

CabinetMembers Dr. Jesse R. Smith, President John Carter, Assistant to the President Rick Youngblood, Vice President of Business Affairs Casey Mercier, Vice President of Technology Jim Walley, Vice President of External Affairs

Dr. Laverne Ulmer, Vice President of Instructional Affairs Ed Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs Caroline Ramagos, Vice President of Advancement Gwen Magee, Assistant to the President Marlo Dorsey, Vice President of Marketing

DistrictCounties Clarke Covington

Greene Jasper

Jones Perry

2010 - 11 Revenue by Source

Total $80.7 million

2010 - 11 Expenditure by Function

Total $77.7 million

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