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JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2017 - 1/5/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected
ELLISVILLE – Two highly motivated and hard-working women were selected to represent Jones County Junior College as the Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence representatives. Math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch of Waynesboro and pre-med/biology major from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen will be honored in Jackson along with 70 outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and community colleges. This group will be receiving special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature in February, at the 31st annual HEADWAE luncheon as a reward for their excellence in education.
“Each year it is always a difficult choice to identify who will represent the faculty and students as HEADWAE honorees, and this year was no different. Dr. Jessica Bunch is an outstanding faculty member. She has led our Bobcat Math League for 10 years and has been featured in local publications highlighting her commitment to education and excellence,” said JCJC Academic Dean, Dr. Jason Dedwylder.
Dr. Bunch began her 15th year teaching math in higher education this fall. The JCJC alumna has taught at the Ellisville campus for 12 years. During two of those years, she also taught one year at Wayne County High School and one year at the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, Dr. Bunch also taught two-and-a-half years at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
“From as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I love math; so being able to teach math in a higher-education setting is a dream come true for me,” said Bunch. “I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them learn something new or overcome obstacles in their mathematical journeys. My desire is for that light bulb that comes on when a struggle has been overcome to never go out at all.”
While teaching at Jones, she has earned a Specialist of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration from William Carey University as well as her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Bunch introduced the Math Quiz Bowl competition for high school students at JCJC 10 years ago in addition to teaching a full load of classes each semester at Jones. Six years ago, the one-day, Math Quiz Bowl was developed into a six-to-eight week, athletic-related schedule and competition season. Dr. Bunch has served as the “Commissioner” of the Bobcat Math League (BML) which has won a couple of Mississippi Association of Partners in Education’s University Level Governor’s Awards and the JCJC Math department earned a special Resolution of Commendation from the JCJC Board of Trustees. This fun way of incorporating math, and now STEM subjects through the BML over the last six years at JCJC has benefitted hundreds of high school students and has helped to raise math scores in 22 high schools in the Pine Belt.
“It has been a joy to work with the math instructors and students in the high schools and I am very proud of how the Bobcat Math League has grown and how it has positively affected students. We have witnessed increasing high school math class averages and math ACT sub-scores. It is our hope that the time and effort students invest in our competition will help lay a foundation that will prove beneficial to them as they progress along in their education and future careers,” said Dr. Bunch. She emphasized, “None of the math competitions’ growth or the recognition would be possible without the dedication and support of everyone involved from the players, coaches, principals/headmasters and superintendents, to JCJC administration, faculty and staff along with our business partners.”
During her career, Dr. Bunch has taught various high school math courses, as well as college-level math courses such as Fundamentals of Math, Beginning/Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Finite Math, Business Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Calculus IV, Real Number System, and Geometry/Measurement/Probability. Additionally, Dr. Bunch is a member of the 2017-2018 Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. This instructor is also still learning ways she can improve her skills.
“I have learned there is no cookie-cutter class of students and that there is more than one-way to explain a concept to students. By taking the time to explore different learning styles and by constantly developing my teaching style, I have been able to add to my repertoire of teaching methods those that would prove to be the most beneficial to my students,” said Dr. Bunch.
JCJC student nominee, Katelynn McGowen, is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences/pre-medicine and has a long-term goal of working in the pediatric-oncology field. Her background of service on campus and in the community is varied and astounding. It so impressed her instructors and administrators, they bestowed upon her two of the top honors for JCJC students.
“Our student honoree has displayed leadership and educational excellence through her involvement in the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band as the head drum major and as a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. Katelynn has also been named as a New Century Pathway Scholar at Jones. We are proud of both Dr. Bunch and Katelynn and look forward to the great things we know they are going to accomplish in the future!” said Dr. Dedwylder.
McGowen is also the VP of Leadership for the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, Rho Sigma chapter at JCJC, she earned JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, and she is a member of the JCJC Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club. Off-campus, McGowen has served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality, and she volunteers with the Forrest General Hospital, Spirit Girls organization and with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge as the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director who is responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities.
“I have always strived to do my best inside and outside of the classroom. My goal is to do my best while keeping a positive attitude through it all. Earning HEADWAE honors was a complete surprise to me but I now realize my determination in achieving academic excellence is being rewarded,” said McGowen.
Her plans after graduating from JCJC in May include graduating from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Her grandmother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis, combined with her work with children led her to her career path. However, she has always desired to excel in everything.
“When you commit to academic excellence, you find the success you desire,” McGowen shared. “Being chosen out of the thousands of JCJC students means so much to me. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to encourage others to do their best even when they think no one is watching.”

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Anderson Program Accepted as Best Practice Falls Prevention Model Used Nationwide

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12/14/2017 - 12/31/2017
Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian, MS
Anderson Program Accepted as Best Practice Falls Prevention Model Used Nationwide

MERIDIAN, MS – December 14, 2017 – Anderson Regional Medical Center’s participation in a nationwide effort to enhance patient safety in healthcare facilities led to the development of a best practice model that is now being used at hospitals across the country. ARMC was one of ten hospitals selected to participate in this program sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and funded by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid).

The program focused specifically on reducing patient falls, a concern of hospitals nationwide. Patient falls in hospitals may sometimes result in injury, leading to increased and unintended hospitalization. AHRQ reports that close to one-third of falls can be prevented.

Chris Myers, RN, BSN, LHRM, CHSP, Anderson Regional Health System’s Risk Manager and Patient Safety Officer, said, “Any patient of any age or physical ability can be at risk for a fall. Patients sometimes experience physiological changes due to a medical condition, medications, surgery, procedures, or diagnostic testing, causing them to become weak or confused and more susceptible to falling. Our goal is to minimize these occurrences and set the bar nationwide for reducing preventable falls.”

Over the past year, a multidisciplinary team at Anderson met regularly to develop a falls reduction program that manages a patient’s underlying fall risk factors and optimizes the hospital’s physical design and environment. This team included representatives from all departments that interact with patients including nursing, rehabilitation, respiratory, dietary, housekeeping, and others.

“With Anderson providing more than 60,000 patient days of care a year, it is paramount that we continue our efforts to improve the patient care experience,” said John G. Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System. “We are extremely proud of our team members who developed this ‘Best Practice Falls Prevention Program’. Due to their dedicated work, the program model will have a direct and lasting impact on patients here and across the country.”

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

For more information: Elizabeth Wiggins, Director of Marketing, ewiggins@andersonregional.org

Elizabeth Wiggins
Director of Marketing

Anderson Regional Health System
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

601-553-6335
ewiggins@andersonregional.org

www.andersonregional.org

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Town Hall Meeting for Students, Parents & Community Members

Event Dates and Times

12/18/2017
Fifth Street Baptist Church 2530 Hwy 45 N, Meridian
Town Hall Meeting for Students, Parents &
Community Members
Monday, December 18, 2017
5:30pm dinner will be served,
6:00pm town hall discussion begins
*NEW LOCATION*
Fifth Street Baptist Church
2530 Hwy 45 N, Meridian, MS 39301
Town Hall Meeting
Students, Parents, and Community Members, please join us to share your experiences in the Meridian Public School District.
Hosts: NAACP Legal Defense &
Educational Fund
For event information, please contact:
Alexis Hoag, ahoag@naacpldf.org
Natasha Merle, nmerle@naacpldf.org
(646) 630-5362

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East Mississippi Community College fall 2017 graduation ceremonies

Event Dates and Times

12/13/2017 - 12/28/2017
East Mississippi Community College
East Mississippi Community College held fall 2017 graduation ceremonies Dec. 12 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 325 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
Here’s a look at East Mississippi Community College’s December 2017 graduates sorted by county and city of residence:

Attala County
• Kosciusko: Samuel Lowe
• McCool: Samuel Hunt, Jonathan McGee

Calhoun County
• Big Creek: Blake Simpson
• Calhoun City: Christopher Easley, Lauren Long, Jacob Ruth, Peyton Suber
• Vardaman: Nicholas Casey, Baxter Hendrix

Chickasaw County
• Houston: Clarence Frison, Robert Moore, Todd Shettles

Choctaw County
• Ackerman: Brittani Burrage, Annaka Burton, Kristen Hunt, Breana Montgomery, Kyle Pittman, Jeffery Woods
• French Camp: Maryanna Whittington
• Weir: Lacharles Kirkwood, Jaylin Miller

Clarke County
• Quitman: Colton Lewis

Clay County
• Cedarbluff: Paul Bridges, Kadaijha Johnson, Keianna Walker
• Pheba: Brittany Jones, Latonya Spraggins
• West Point: Allison Brewer, Andrea Brown, Amanda Busbin, Haley Busbin, T.J. Conner, Ashley Darnell, Thomas Elliott, Mallory Gwathney, Raven Ivy, Jabin Jack, Jazmyne Johnson, Brittney Johnstone, Floyd Kelly, Jimmie Martin, Cooper Orman, Kale Pennington, Lexus Price, Roger Price, John Ricks, Antrillieon Smith, James Smith, Amber Summerall, Katelyn Vest, Carolyn Ware, James White, Chyffon Williams

Coahoma County
• Lyon: Untareo Johnson

Copiah County
• Crystal Springs: Dwayne Pickett

Covington County
• Collins: Calvin Keys, Dorrean McLaurin

DeSoto County
• Hernando: Garrett Ainsworth
• Southaven: Cordell Birge

Grenada County
• Holcomb: Shelby Mansfield

Hancock County
• Bay St. Louis: Zach Risinger

Harrison County
• Biloxi: Grayson Pontius
• Gulfport: Jacob Ellett

Humphreys County
• Belzoni: Jerrell Bearden, Feliciano Grimaldo

Jackson County
• Pascagoula: Jauan Collins, Taylor Crabtree

Jefferson Davis County
• Prentiss: Lekendric Fairley

Jones County
• Soso: Trevor Moffett

Kemper County
• DeKalb: Shaneyra Bennamon, Jason Craig, Rekeishia Miller, Kenny Rush, Danesha Seales, Brooke Williams
• Porterville: Kenya Hopson, Kaleb Wilson
• Preston: James Luke, Benjamin Rosamond

Lafayette County
• Abbeville: Quinchaughn Jones
• Oxford: Tyrell Price, Madison Settlemires

Lauderdale County
• Bailey: Anthony Furr
• Meridian: Twana Bland, Daniel Crowell, Robin Cullum, Brandon Ford, Addison Garrett, Sierra Jemison, Matthew Mackey, Lindsey Massey, Brianna Pinion, Austin Sciple, Arenzo Walker

Leake County
• Carthage: Marquise Griffin, Addison Johnston, Logan Lambert, Lillian Roberson

Lee County
• Baldwyn: Humphrey Upshaw
• Saltillo: Clayton Fulgham
• Tupelo: Christopher Giles, Damion Roland

Lowndes County
• Artesia: Quintasia Brewer, Chiquita Brown
• Caledonia: Evan Bailey, Lauren Belcher, Makala Canull, Janiss Fielder, Andrew Gill, Anna Harrell, Garrett McWilliams, Nicole Vanslyke
• Columbus: Chase Austin, Devione Bailey, Mariah Bankhead, Travis Barker, John Barrett, Erinn Benge, Quincy Brandon, Ashley Brasington, Jessica Brooks, Ashley Burns, Brittney Byars, Jeremiah Caine, Daniel Carter, Victoria Chain, Bradley Clark, Queneisha Clark, Cody Cliett, Catherine Corley, Sherrill Culpepper, Shakylan Cunningham, Kyiah Davis, Nawa Diabagate, Carolyn Dixon, Austin Dodson, Nicole Edwards, Daylon Ferguson, Aidan Fletcher, Hunter Foster, Allison Garrett, Joseph Gray, Jonathan Gwathney, Garther Halbert, Brittany Hampton, Daniel Hayward, Lauren Hendrix, Beverly Hickman, Emily Hickman, Taurean Houston, Matthew Jennings, Bylonn Johnson, Debriel Knox, Ebone Love, Larry McBride III, Jennifer Ming, Nadia Moise, Loretta Mullins, Shannon Myron, Brendan Nessell, Allison Perrigin, Brittney Porter, Travis Psalms, Jacob Rhodes, Shell Richardson, Kendyl Rollins, Alona Sanders, Hal Smith, Karen Solorio, Briana Stapp, JayCee Stennis, Michael Tate, Orlando Taylor, Brandon Townsend, Deionia Turner, Randall Ulmer, Christopher White, Caitlin Williams, Kimberly Williams, Robert Wilson, Zackery Wright
• Columbus AFB: Charis Ellington
• Crawford: Anna Atkins, Brittany Bontrager, Jamarquis Jefferson, Hashanna Spearmon, Joe Whaley
• Steens: Jorden Hollowell, Matthew Leach, Chelssie O’Neal, Tylesha Washington

Madison County
• Ridgeland: William Burchfield, Wade Ellis

Monroe County
• Aberdeen: Dane Harrington, Kierra Kelly
• Hamilton: Alyssa Easter, Ronald Godney, Anna Imel, Montana Rhodes, Robert Spearman, Hailey Whitt
• Prairie: Tyler Chandler, Alexandria Fields, Keona Robinson

Montgomery County
• Stewart: John Lott


Neshoba County
• Philadelphia: Justus Barfield, Jessie Jerrell, Shandrea Moore, Lucas Stewart
• Union: Hunter O’Malley, Comonella Prince

Newton County
• Chunky: Devin Collins
• Hickory: Zaporiah Gordon
• Newton: Peyton Castle, Jordan Williams

Noxubee County
• Brooksville: Cody Coleman, Tyler Cumberland, Rosalind Norsworthy
• Macon: Timorrius Conner, Lacey Harmon, Jasmine Johnson, Christain Jones, Ka’daisa Jones, Raeisha Mattix, Diana Moran
• Shuqualak: Trichia Hardin

Oktibbeha County
• Starkville: Courtney Anderson, Dylan Anglin, Lina Aweau, Kaylace Beatty, Cornelliues Bell, Ellen Bostrom, Aaron Bowman, John Brooks, DeAngelo Bush, Tyler Cane, Tiffany Clark, Davida Collins, Lindsay Cook, Lorenzo Dantzler, Christopher Dees, Valencia Epps, Star Fleming, Charles Forrest, Eric Gandy, Sharita Gandy, Tyler Grissom, Trevaughn Hardwick, Weston Havard, Thomas Holley, Sherri Hooper, Lawanzo Hunt, Michael Jack, Linda Jones, Allishia Jordan, Jordan Keasler, Ron Lavigne, Chau Thi Tran Le, Rokia Madison, Madalyn McBride, Mia McKenzie, Shakyla Miller, April Pace, Amber Peeples, Lauren Peterson, Audrea Powell, Stephen Rester, Alexis Reynolds, Jason Ruth, Akash Shaunak, Pooja Shaunak, Jacob Shearer, Christy Shelly, Shaquille Smith, Tashara Staples, Megan Traweek, Shelby Twiner, Lejoyious Vaughn, Marco Viera, Emmanuel Ware, Lauren Ware, Melinda Whitaker, Emily Wright
• Sturgis: David Hammond, Hailey Nason, James Prisock III

Pearl River County
• Carriere: Austin Stockstill

Pontotoc County
• Pontotoc: Madison Davis

Rankin County
• Brandon: Lindsey Edwards, Brittany Little, Adarius Thomas, Bertram Wilson
• Pearl: Nicole Lawrence

Scott County
• Forest: Caitlyn Clark, Larry Evans, Paralee Smith

Tallahatchie County
• Charleston: Walter Barnes, Travion Williams

Tishomingo County
• Iuka: Mason Thomas

Warren County
• Vicksburg: Alexis Oliver

Wayne County
• Waynesboro: Denzel Bonner, Ty’ree Evans

Webster County
• Eupora: Raishawnda Brantley, Jon Hatcher, Jessica Hill, Kayla Liggins, Aubrey Swindle, Billie Swindle
• Maben: Kerrigan Clark, Zelma Fulgham, Meagan Smith
• Mantee: Hailey Bryant
• Mathiston: Thomas Brooks, Michael Davis, Kody Gilbert, Ashleigh McClellan, Dalton Parnell, Heather Parnell

Winston County
• Louisville: Devin Anderson, William Ball, Savannah Cole, Diamond Goss, Robert Hartness, Clay Jackson, Jordan Lovorn, Bobby May, Brandi May, Candice Robinson, Garesha Robinson, Kathryn White
• Noxapater: Charles Smith

Yazoo County
• Benton: Marquesha Young

Out-of-state
• Armed Forces overseas: Damion Davis
• Emelle, Ala.: Johnny Payne
• Epes, Ala.: Arleah Meeks, Makyia Turner
• Gainesville, Ala.: Shaniqua James
• Lake City, Fla.: Michael Williams
• Livingston, Ala.: Clayton Hanson, John Hanson
• Manning, S.C.: Aaron Boatright
• Montz, La.: Kirk Merritt
• Newnan, Ga.: Emmanuel Bridges
• Odessa, Texas: Elizabeth Brashier
• Pinson, Ala.: Jared Baker
• Prairieville, La.: Lindsey Scott
• Sulpher, La.: Tristan Martin
• Tallassee, Ala.: Taylor Marshall
• Waynesville, N.C.: David Strautz

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ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

Event Dates and Times

12/13/2017 - 12/28/2017
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll
Students named to the 2017 fall semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, full-time students with a 4.0 grade point average, and their respective hometowns include the following:
ACKERMAN: Woody Vowell
BRANDON: Kelsey Bayles and Shelby Walters
BROOKHAVEN: Macy Brabham
CARTHAGE: Anna Burns, Adrian Douglas, Jonathan Green, Amanda Konya, Eric Malone, Kalyn Smith and Thomas Withers
CLINTON: Cory Furlow
COLLINSVILLE: Ryan Ethridge, Jason Newbaker and Hayley Null
COLUMBUS: Kiera Martin and Cassandra Obman
CONEHATTA: Melisa Pace
DECATUR: Sydney Baucum, Makaeya Brock, Austin Chesney, Summer Christopher, Nathaniel Davis, Jessica Everett, Victoria Ferguson, Reagan Gorgas, Hollie Horn, Anna Jones, Samantha McMullan, Austin Spears, Talayah Townsend and Cassandra Warnsley
FLORENCE: Ashley Langham
FOREST: Jonathan Collins, Lizbeth Martinez, Miriam Patrick, Demetreuna Rankin, Miriam Sanchez, Victoria Sanders, Samantha Sistrunk and Spencer Swink
HARPERVILLE: Haley Shuler
HICKORY: Amanda Armstrong, Olivia Cain, Brandon Cleveland and Kenlynn Morgan
JACKSON: Emontie Lewis and Tagen Remmel
KOSCIUSKO: Morgan Moore
LAKE: Olivia Harris, Brianna Ickom and James Johnston
LAWRENCE: Bethany Wellerman
LENA: Tyunna Odom
LITTLE ROCK: Brandon Hillman
LOUISVILLE: Madeline Adams, Robert Baker, Kaytlyn Burrage, Makinsie Clark, Madison Dempsey, Rylee Holdiness, Hayden Hudspeth, Brittany Jaudon, Kayla Lovorn, Marlee Parkes, Carley Puckett, Peyton Ryals, Rebecca Stokes and Savannah Watkins
MANTEE: William Gilliland
MCCOMB: MyNeka Frazier
MERIDIAN: Kayla Feist, Virginia Hunt, SanTorrius Jackson, Sarah Laird, Scott Main and Joya Young
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA: George Farid
MORTON: Abbey Armstrong and James Cornelison
NEWTON: Niley Craven, Kaylin McCree, Hillary Parker and Andrew Weir
NOXAPATER: Ashton Savannah Ashmore and Kalie Parks
PHILADELPHIA: Wesley Akins, Elaina Boyle, Clover Eakes, Halli Feasel, Shelby Greenwood, Rebecca Gunter, Hannah Hall, Jonathan Hall, Reagan Harris, Taylor Harrison, DAndre Henton, Haley Holland, Taylor Johnson, Annika Jones, Kelsey Killen, Autumn Mize, Jacinta Nonis Brewer, Zackary Nowell, Adrienne Sisson, Bailey Smith and Matthew Smith
PRESTON: Madison Boykin
PULASKI: Michael McWilliams and Rhianna Rhodes
RICHLAND: Carrington Payne
SEBASTOPOL: Chaney Comans, Bryant Lang and Laicon Partain
STONEWALL: Jodi Vines
UNION: Evelyn Adams, Robert Chapman, Raymond Farlow, Heather Herrington, Kristen Kennedy, Tracie King, Madeline LeBlanc, Abigaile Mowdy, Anna Skinner and Dylan Smith
VELDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS: Tom Langelaar
WALNUT GROVE: Destiny Carter, Mikaela Mayes, Christian Sharpe and Tyler Withers
WEST MONROE, LA: Ryan Cupit

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following full-time students who achieved a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: Georgie Wilson
BERWICK, AUSTRAILIA: Sam Mizzi
BOGOTA, COLUMBIA: Gabriela Gomez
BOGUE CHITTO: Alilynn Gartman
BRANDON: Sarah Gilliland, McKenzie Guyse, Tanner Lindsey, Connor Merrill and Jacob Thomas
CARTHAGE: Grace Addy, Taylor Bone, Mason Brock, Halley Brooks, Bobby Burns, Autumn Cheek, Ashten Collier, Amia Henry, Parker Leitaker, Celeeka Roby, Amber Savell, Letrice Strength and Shelby Withers
CHOCTAW: Heather Billie and Bo Joe
CHUNKY: Haileigh Cleveland and Lacey Martin
COLLINSVILLE: Allison Harris, John Massey and Rebekah Scitzs
COLUMBIA: Alyssa Pendergrass
COLUMBUS: Christopher Deloach and Kaitlyn Oswalt
CONEHATTA: George Bates, Daulton Haralson, Bailey Warren and Joshua Williams
D'IBERVILLE: Christopher Harris
DEKALB: Kerry McInnerney and Madalyn McMahon
DEATSVILLE: Kelli Vaughn
DECATUR: Abby Alburn, Joshua Alexander, Destiny Barrett, Savanna Baucum, Dylan Blackwell, Kendall Carey, Stacia Cleveland, Zachary Finnegan, John Griffin, Summer Henry, Sarah Hollingsworth, Melanie Kelly, Ethan McMullan, Matthew Moore, Mallory Myers, Emma Phillips, Courtney Tillman, John Vincent, Daniel Wall and Joshua Warnsley
FLORENCE: Julia Johnston
FOREST: Colton Adcox, Javontae Body, Ebony Brantley, Dexter Buckhalter, Angel Coward, Sade Gammage, Robyn Gilbert, Mayte Hamilton, Toby Harrell, Blake Jones, Marygrace Lee, Takishia Lee, Adeline Parish, Maiah Patrick, Alexus Patrick, Brooke Rawson, James Shoemaker, Keli Smith, Javontae Spivey, Jordan Tadlock, Marzell Triplett and Christopher White
GROVE OAK, AL: Anna Norris
HATTIESBURG: Austin Braswell
HICKORY: Jacob Edwards, Kirbi Hurst, Alec Ivey, Elizabeth Long, Jacob Mott and Alyssa Oglesbee
JACKSON: Mayowa Asagunla
KOSCIUSKO: Ashley Kelly
LAKE: Katherine Boone, Melissa Boyles, Haven Calhoun, Joshua Grimes, NaDayjah Keeton, Carrie Logan, Melanie McMillan, Carrie Wolfe and Kyle Wolfe
LAWRENCE: Sara Mazzella and Jeremy Seibel
LENA: Tracey Riley
LITTLE ROCK: Matthew Cress, Isaiah McCoy and Emily Nelson
LOUISVILLE: Zachary Boykin, Clark Graham, Marla Hudson, Jeneshyia Ingram, Iris Keen, Ashley Malone, Charlessia Mays, Emily Morgan, Whitney Palmer and Deanna Sangster
LUCEDALE: Ryan Gunter
MABEN: Kolby Crowley
MADISON: Jacob School
MARION: Zachary Engell
MARRERO, LA: Quentin Gibson
MERIDIAN: Andrew Bernard, Landon Gibson, Daniel Harper, Haley Hutcherson, Krystal Lundy, Beau Roberts, Kenneth Scott and Philip Webster
MORTON: Kalen Brown, Chandler Denton, Amanda Warren, Brandy Watson and David Westberry
NESBIT: Alexander Hay
NEWTON: Jackie Cates, Albany Davis, George Garner, Charles Kellum, Jacob Robertson, and Derrick Walker
NOXAPATER: Macie Barrett, Jaython Donald and Haley Smith
OLIVE BRANCH: Davis Lott
PASS CHRISTIAN: Volme Swanier
PELAHATCHIE: Carolyn Nickles
PERKINSTON: Wilton Ladner
PHILADELPHIA: Taylor Akins, Jesse Alexander, Dakota Bailey, Kayla Beckham, Hannah Bell, Sydney Breazeale, Corey Byars, Cindy Cole, Jacob Dickerson, Hunter Dickerson, Grant Garrison, Ethan Jenkins, Madison Jones, Aniya Laster, Samuel Loper, Jackson Lovorn, Alexis Lowrey, Caleb McCown, Courtney McNair, Kenyatta Moore, Anna Myers, Breann Nicholson, Megan Nowell, Enrick Santos, Samuel Singleton, Courtney Smith, Emily Stewart, Cade Vanderpoorten, Lauren Vaughn, Justin Wilcher, Alyssa Wilkinson and Laken Winstead
PONTOTOC: Jacob Carter
PRESTON: Dustin Burton
RICHLAND: Aubree Patterson and Joshua Statham
SAUCIER: Aaron Rainey
SHUBUTA: Thurston McCarty
STARKVILLE: Taylor Hardy
UNION: Molli Alexander, Zachary Bazor, Landon Bounds, Anna Bowen, Connor Breland, Brooke Ferguson, William Griffin, Jeremy Griffin, Printice Horton, William Jones, Bailey McDill, Shandria Moore, Samuel Moore, Hailey Morris, Leonard Nelson, Kimberly Smith and Makayla Williams
WALNUT GROVE: Montria Carter, Neil Smith, Brady Thrash and Jermeisha Townsend
YAZOO CITY: Gabriella Campbell


HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following full-time students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average:
ACKERMAN: Stephanie Hayes
BAY SPRINGS: Makayla Moffett
BOGOTA, COLUMBIA: Heidy Quinonez Herrera
BRANDON: Alicia McLain, Austin Sessums and Michael White
BROOKHAVEN: Willie Bates, Katherine Shell and Caylee Yarborough
CANTON: Jessey Withers
CARTHAGE: Nathan Fairchild, DeMarcus Gray, Lacey Hamilton, Asa Jones, Paige Kirby, Easlen Love, Andrew May, Zachary McKee, Laurel Pope, Elizabeth Sanders, Jacob Sims and Julia Sims
CEDAR BLUFF: Olivia Griffin
CHOCTAW: Jenna Anderson, Kristi Bell, Elias Jimmie, Allison Meely, Stephen Wallace and Adonis Willis
CHUNKY: Raley Hillhouse and Nathan Smith
COLLINSVILLE: Thomas Boswell, Heather Kelly, Logan Sessums, Alayna Spears and Edward Watson
COLUMBUS: Kimberland Shelton
CONEHATTA: Andersen Adcock, Brittany Perkins, Christina Thomas and Ashley Watkins
DECATUR: Christian Allen, Karley Andrews, Isaac Blalock, Malcolm Chambers, Symone Cleveland, Christopher Culpepper, Jason Forrest, Allyson Hollingsworth, Richard Horton, Shelby Kennedy, Austin Massey, Zack McMullan, Chloe Nance, Nicolas ONeal, Nicole Roebuck, Robert Sanford, Braden Smith, Keely Spears, Saleseya Spivey, Jonathan Sullivan, Mariah Usry and Czar Williams
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA: Reagen Jacobs
EUPORA: James Salley
FAIRHOPE, AL: Ashley Boothe
FOREST: Jessica Bell, Christian Bounds, Santosha Braggs, Mikell Daniels, Joshua Davidson, Breshia Donald, Anna Edwards, Guillermo Espinoza Fermin, Katie Grace, Ethan Gutierrez, Marrian Haralson, Tony Hill, Jason Hocutt, Mahogany Hughes,Jeremiah Ickom, Tyielieka Lay, Krystiana Loper, Tmya McClendon, Natorious Ousley, Chris Perez, Latrevius Pinkston, Ricardo Quesada, Tawana Rankin, Ambriyana Roberts, Emily Sanders, Lakendra Scott, Austin Speed, Sharlee Walley, Samantha Warren, Pamanaski Wash and Bellani Yarbrough
FOXWORTH: Jacob Boone
GREENVILLE: James Shelley
GULFPORT: Dwayne Barnett, Joshua Green and Nehemiah Thompson
HAMPTON, VA: Cal Kee
HEIDELBERG: Brandy King
HICKORY: Jasmin Cole, Justin Embrey, Malori Gallaspy, Brent Gooden, Madison Mann and Alyssa Pace
HOUMA, LA: Mackenzie Rousseau
JUMPERTOWN: Dalton Hanna
KOSCIUSKO: Feria Mays
LAKE: Baylee Buckley, Lauren Carson, Chandler Clark, Jace Dennis, Baleigh Ellis, Brittany Harrison, Brandon Harrison, LaDarrius Jennings, EmilySue Parkman, Tobey Smith and Dajarious Warnsley
LAUREL: William Elberson and Madison McLeod
LAWRENCE: Erika Harrell, Davis Jackson and Chloe Little
LENA: Darquasia Bailey, Daniel Broach, Daniel Brown, Ramiah Johnson, Tyler Palm, Delana Rowland, Marilee Stuart, Tashonni Ware and Brandon Williams
LEXINGTON: Robert Starns
LITTLE ROCK: Alexis Rover and Mikiyala Wells
LONG BEACH: Joshua Chumney
LOUIN: Saritta Jones
LOUISVILLE: Peyton Allen, Austin Blaine, Jessica Bryan, Krysten Eaves, Amber Gill, Daniel Halfacre, Michael Jones, Hunter McElroy, Joshua Moore, Dakota Morgan, Jasmine Popec, Dillon Reed, Steven Reynolds, LaAnthony Robertson, Taylor Robinson, Shantesha Rush, Hunter Sanders, Colby Stanley, Kalee Stennis, Mikayla Sullivan, Sarah Trosper, Tatyana Waldrip and Diamond Wraggs
LUCEDALE: Joseph Wilkerson
MANDEVILLE, LA: Chandler Diaz
MERIDIAN: Jerome Adkins, Akalah Hodge and YaVonna Norris
MORTON: Nancy Almanza, Camryn Busby, Madison Caldwell, Leonel Costilla, Brooklyn Crain, Kimberly Crotwell, Kimberly Culpepper, Madyson Gibson, Alexa Lindsey, Zachary Mcwilliams, Michaela Phillips, Jaimee Poole and Rotarius Ware
MOSS POINT: Noah Nance
NESBIT: Jordan Havens
NEWTON: Ambrielle Adams, Lucas Aycox, Albany Berry, Alexus Evans, Machell Frazier, Landrey Godwin, Haley Griffin, Jackie Hamm, RaJah Hodges, Kathryn Kelly, Angelica Norman, Cynthia Norman, Hayden Pace, Merceydys Rasco, JaCara Ruffin, Yasmine Thames, Alexis Tindall and Breyunna Wilson
NICEVILLE, FL: Samantha Copeland
NOXAPATER: Dalton Carter, Caleb Chandler, Justin Mayo and Ashley Poole
PELAHATCHIE: Christopher Carter, Triston Derrick, Corban Nutt and Margaret Shoultz
PHILADELPHIA: Jonathan Achatz, Madison Alford, Alaina Barrier, Mason Bates, Cameron Bennett, Joseph Blount, Markeshia Boler, Trelan Brown, Joshua Burnett, Amechia Carter, Kayla Chunn, Mary Collins, Hailey Copeland, Anna Eldridge, Alice Ferguson, Sadie Fulton, Brooklyn Gentry, Logan Gibson, Manon Gilmer, Jacardius Griffin, Madison Harris, Sabela Hobbs, Olivia Holdiness, Jayden Jenkins, Myeisha Jones, Jacie Langford, Sequoyah Lewis, Tierra McGowan, Kenneth McMillan, Cecily Price, Briana Roberts, Ella Robertson, Cayman Ruffin, Jessica Savell, Kristy Shack, Tara Shempert, Cody Singleton, Abby Smith, Gabrielle Sparnecht, Beverly Stokes, Anna-Grace Tingle, Jakeem Triplett, Carlee Vowell, Brian Ward, Marla Wells, Trinity White and Kaishanna Young
PRESTON Danielle Eaves, Katilin Nyholm and Steven Thornton
PULASKI: Shelbi Hutson
QUITMAN: Candace Hester
RIDGELAND: Eva Scott
SEBASTOPOL: Sarah Jones and Evan Miles
STONEWALL: Melanie Merrell
TERRY: Dominique Jackson
UNION: Samantha Bishop, Delora Cannette, Brandon Clark, Hailey Cumberland, Jessica Davis, Amy Dulay, Brandon Hamilton, Tonnie Horton, Naomi Lewis, James Little, Savannah McDill, Haley Morgan, James Norman, Brooke O Malley, JaQuala Patrick, Jacob Pierce, Jacob Plaisance, Christian Richardson, Sydni Savell and Drew Thames
VOSSBURG: Asiana Evans
WALNUT GROVE: Erika Bailey, Alissa Davidson, Olivia Poling and John Williams
WAYNESBORO: Brady Walters
WESSON: Konner Allen and Parker Flowers

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
mmcleod@eccc.edu
601-635-6303
Fax: 601-635-4398

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Walmart Foundation Awards More Than Half a Million Dollars ...

Event Dates and Times

12/12/2017 - 12/20/2017
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Walmart Foundation Awards More Than Half a Million Dollars to Mississippi Nonprofits in 2017
Mississippi nonprofits recognized at Day of Giving event

JACKSON – (Dec. 11, 2017) – The Walmart Foundation announced that it awarded $514,950 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations in 2017 as a part of its Mississippi State Giving program. The announcement was made at a “Day of Giving” event in Madison, Mississippi, where Walmart representatives awarded eight nonprofits with Walmart Foundation Mississippi State Giving grants totaling $479,950. During the event, Walmart thanked the nonprofits for their dedication to the state and presented funding on behalf of the Walmart Foundation so that each organization can continue or expand their work throughout Mississippi.

Every year, the Walmart State Giving program looks for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment and career opportunity.

“We’re honored to support nonprofit organizations that strive to strengthen the communities they serve,” said Steve Burks, Walmart store manager. “Each of these organizations demonstrate unwavering dedication to their community and we look forward to seeing how they can assist Mississippi residents with the help of a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant.”

Nonprofits recognized included:

• The Mississippi Kidney Foundation’s grant will help provide free screenings for kidney disease throughout Mississippi.
• Disability Connection received a grant for its Employment Connection program.
• The Public Education Forum of Mississippi’s grant will assist with Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Programs. Both programs positively impact the local community by encouraging and motivating students to be workforce and career ready.
• Canopy Children’s Solutions received a grant to provide a food and nutrition program for children emergency shelters.
• Feeding the Gulf Coast’s grant will help its Mobile Pantry Program, which assists partner agencies with feeding up to 100 families in a single day food distribution.
• The Salvation Army received a grant for its Emergency Food Assistance Program.
• Mississippi Food Network received a grant to assist with its Feed Our Neighbors Program. The grant will be used to provide 320,000 pounds of food to the organization’s 430 member agencies serving children, seniors, individuals and families across Mississippi.
• The Society of St. Andrew’s grant will assist with the Mississippi Gleaning Network. The program involves volunteers saving fresh produce to feed hungry people across Mississippi.

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

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SOUTH KOREAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS EMCC, PRESENTS VETS WITH MEDAL

Event Dates and Times

12/12/2017 - 12/28/2017
East Mississippi Community College
SOUTH KOREAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS EMCC, PRESENTS VETS WITH MEDAL

SCOOBA — Fourteen Mississippi veterans who supported U.S. efforts during the Korean War were presented with the Ambassador for Peace Medal by Republic of Korea Consul General Hyung Gil Kim Monday during a ceremony at East Mississippi Community College.
The veterans, members of their families and officials from EMCC and the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Houston attended the event held adjacent to the college’s Korean War Memorial. It marked Kim’s first visit to Mississippi.
Kim, the Republic of Korea’s youngest Consul General, told the veterans he would not be standing before them today had it not been for the sacrifices made by them and their fellow servicemen on behalf his country.
“My generation has not experienced war thanks to these veterans who came to Korea to defend my country against communist invasion,” Kim said. “… The Korean War veterans are my heroes. Thank you.”
Cody Perkins, outreach coordinator for the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board, said he was contacted by the office of the Consul General and asked to help coordinate the event.
“To my surprise, the only monument erected specifically to Korean War veterans in the state of Mississippi is right here at my alma mater of EMCC,” Perkins said. “… Today is a very special event because we are honoring and showing appreciation for some of our veterans who are not only ensured the freedoms off our nation during the Cold War but also the freedoms and liberties of South Korea during the Cold War.
“As with any war, there were many sacrifices made. Some were the ultimate sacrifice. Men who laid down their lives in a faraway land for a people who they had never met. All in the name of freedom.”
EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said he is humbled and honored that the college was chosen as the site for the event to honor the veterans.
“I can’t begin to thank you enough for what you were willing to do for the United States of America, for the people of Korea, for my family and for everyone standing here today,” Huebner told the veterans. “A heartfelt thank you to each one of the men sitting in front of me today.”
According to the figures compiled by the Pentagon, 33,651 U.S. service members died in battle during the Korean War, with another 3,262 non-battle casualties in the war that erupted on June 25, 1950 when 75,000 soldiers from the Soviet-backed North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel into the Republic of Korea. It was the first military action of the Cold War.
The war lasted until July 1953. The country remains divided, with about 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korean aggression.
During the Monday ceremony, in which both the U.S. and Republic of Korea national anthems were played, Huebner and Kim placed a wreath in front of the Korean War memorial. Kim then presented the veterans with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, which is granted in appreciation to those who served in the Korean War.
A proclamation was read that states, in part, “It is a great honor and pleasure to express the everlasting gratitude of the Republic of Korea and our people for the service you and your countrymen have performed in preserving our freedom and democracy.”
Kim said due to the U.S. efforts, South Korea has “transformed itself into an economic powerhouse.”
“We are America’s sixth largest trading partner and the world’s 11th largest economy,” Kim said. “… Meanwhile North Korea has gone down a misguided road. … Its economy remains stagnant. This stark contrast gives meaning to what you fought for. … Without your valor, courage and sacrifice, South Korea’s miracle would not have happened.”
Madison resident Antoine Otto was among those honored. Otto served 13 years in the U.S. Armed Forces — in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserves and National Guard.
He was a boiler technician on the U.S. Manchester, a Cleveland-class light cruiser equipped with 12 6-inch guns that were used to bombard North Korean troop concentrations while also performing patrol operations and blockades.
“We went up and down Korea firing night and day,” Otto said. “We spent 30 days outside Wonsan firing nonstop for 30 days.”
Otto said he was honored to take part in the ceremony.
“I also felt like it was an honor to serve my country,” Otto said. “I would serve my country again if they ever need me. I may be 89, but I can do something.”
Here is a list of the veterans honored at the event: Ed “Hoot” Gipson; Charles “Chuck” Fowler; Billy Whitaker; Bill Joe “BJ” Jordan; Robert Leo; Homer C. Birdsong, Jr.; Larry Vander-Meulen; George Chafin; Jimmie Walker; Ike Hopper; John W. Espey; Jacob “Jack” Moorman; Antoine Otto; and Henry F. Boswell, Jr.
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 1/3/2018
Jones County Junior College
“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America
ELLISVILLE – Sometimes it’s who you know that can put you in a key position for success. Jones County Junior College’s assistant director of bands and flute instructor, Lindsey Keay can say that’s how she landed an opportunity to teach and perform in South America. She was invited to play a rarely performed piece of music on her piccolo in Cartagena Columbia, South America, because of a couple of colleagues. Keay explained, her USM college friend, Jesus Castro who teaches at the Unibac Conservatorio de Musica Adolfo Meijia in Cartagena, Colombia South America, and USM professor of flute, Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, a Brazilian citizen had a conflict. Because of Dr. Mezzadri’s citizenship interview and the music festival hosted by the El Institucion Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolivar UNIBAC, were at the same time, both Dr. Mezzadri and Castro called Keay to take Dr. Mezzadri’s place at the international music festival and clinic.
“It was kind of last minute but I was honored that they both thought highly enough of my teaching and performing abilities to go to the festival in his place,” said Keay.
To be invited to play internationally is simply an amazing experience for Keay. However, this opportunity is unique because piccolo solos are rarely written in orchestral musical pieces and oftentimes, the flute is usually preferred over the high-pitched instrument.
“I think they wanted to play the piccolo arrangement of the Morlacchi II Pastore Svizzero piece because it is kind of a novelty and that arrangement has not been performed very frequently,” said Keay. “I’m not sure if this piece has ever been played in Colombia before, but certainly not at the university. I was the first piccolo soloist there has ever been. I was super excited but a little stressed out! Just trying to get all the music ready and prepare to travel to a foreign country in the span of a couple weeks was daunting. I was really grateful and honored for the opportunity.”
Keay’s international spotlight was shared with her friend in a duet performance with the University’s Wind band. However, the majority of her five-days in South America were spent teaching flute masterclasses and giving private lessons to university and high school students.
“The students and teachers were amazing. I got to meet a lot of interesting people including other guest artists from various countries, the fantastic students and the people in general in Cartagena were really hospitable and welcoming,” said the Canadian born, Keay.
The timing of her international debut was right in the middle of marching band season at JCJC. However, JCJC Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge didn’t keep Keay from missing out on this chance of a lifetime.
“It is a very rare thing to have such an incredibly talented music faculty member at the Junior College level. Lindsey is by far one of the most talented flute performers in our state and I would bet that she is the very best applied flute teacher on the college level in Mississippi,” said Dr. Burge.
This is Keay’s fourth year working in the JCJC Fine Arts Department. Somehow, she also juggles teaching sectional lessons with South Jones High School students, working on her Ph.D. in music education at USM, she serves as the piccolo/third flute player in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and she is a regular player with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Ballet, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She has served as the principal flute in the Natchez Music festival for nearly a decade and Keay has given a variety solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral performances in the Festival South series of events in Hattiesburg. Keay is a graduate of the University of Texas with her B.M. in Music Studies and Human Learning, a Performance Certificate in Flute and a Texas Teaching Certification, and while at the University of Southern Mississippi, she earned her masters of music in flute performance. During her graduate work at USM, Keay won competitions performing as a soloist with the USM Wind Ensemble and USM Symphony Orchestra. Obviously, Keay personifies what she teaches her students; lots of practicing and hard work, pays off.
“I also tell my students the connections you make in music go way beyond just playing an instrument or singing with others. Try to take advantage of all opportunities that come your way and remember that kindness, honesty, hard work and tenacity go a long way as a teacher and performer.”

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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“Christmas from the Heart”

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/19/2017
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC Louisville, MS
“Christmas from the Heart” that Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC will be hosting on December 19, 2017 at 1:30PM at our Operations Center. During this event, the team members from Winston will be presenting to Child Protective Services gifts for children in our area placed in foster homes and children removed to safe locations. Sadly, these are children that are sometimes over looked so we have partnered with CPS to in some way, make their Christmas a little brighter and let them know we, as our company slogan says, we ” Have the Courage to Care.”

As you may remember, The City of Louisville, in cooperation with the State of Mississippi, Winston Plywood & Veneer and its parent company, Atlas Holdings LLC rebuilt a new, state-of-the-art plywood mill that has helped revitalize a community devastated by a tornado three years ago. The original mill, built in the 1960s and idled since 2009, was destroyed on April 28, 2014 when an F4 tornado struck Louisville. Winston Plywood & Veneer has team members from 14 counties including Winston, Noxubee, Kemper, Neshoba, Leake and Lauderdale.

We feel this is a completion of the circle. The surrounding communities, the City of Louisville, and the State of Mississippi supported us in our effort to bring this industry back to Louisville. We feel we have been given this opportunity to, in a small way, pay it back to some of the most helpless and needy in our area.

We certainly hope that you will be able to join us for “Christmas from the Heart.” Should you need any additional information or questions answered prior to the event, please, do not hesitate to contact me.

Angela Marlowe, PHR
HR Generalist
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC
1487 South Church Av.
Louisville, MS 39339
O : (662)446-1915
C: (662)803-7629

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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/26/2017
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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its December Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Casey Hendricks with The Community Health Improvement Network, second place went to Heather Woodall with the MSU Career Center, and third place went Lisa Sollie, MSU Meridian. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Ginger Delaney, The Community Bank. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month.
This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org.

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Twenty-four MSU students to receive diplomas through state’s Complete 2 Compete initiative

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12/11/2017 - 12/22/2017
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Twenty-four MSU students to receive diplomas through state’s Complete 2 Compete initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss.—For a special group of 24 Mississippi State students receiving their college diplomas, the meaning of “it matters how you finish” will ring true at graduation and beyond, thanks to their participation in the Complete 2 Compete statewide initiative.
Created by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and Mississippi Community College Board, Complete 2 Compete helps adults age 21 and older who have been out of college at least 24 consecutive months to finish their postsecondary degree from a Mississippi institution of higher learning. Free information on how to complete a college degree through the C2C program, including financial aid, scholarships, discounts and state grants, is available at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.
According to C2C website data, thousands of adult learners may already have enough credits to receive a college degree. The site reveals that in the past 15 years, 32,000 adult Mississippians may have earned enough college credits but were not awarded a postsecondary degree, and 127,000 lack only a few courses to finish a degree.
“The Complete 2 Compete website provides important information that can have life-changing results for many Mississippians,” said Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Workforce studies have shown that the vast majority of future jobs will go to those with a postsecondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. I would encourage individuals to access this website as it could be an important first step in helping them achieve a goal that will ultimately lead to a better, higher-paying job and greater job and financial security.”
The C2C program provides a C2C coach, who will review past credits with the student. Adults with credits satisfying requirements for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will receive the appropriate degree without additional coursework. Those who need additional credits will work with their coach to identify the best pathway for completing a degree program.
Lynda Moore, director of the University Academic Advising Center, is one of MSU’s three C2C coaches. Joining her are Kali Dunlap, Center for Distance Education academic outreach coordinator, and Kristi Dearing, Academic Advising Center coordinator for MSU-Meridian.
Moore said current C2C participants at MSU range in age from mid-30s to 70s. The majority only require readmission to the university, evaluation of transcripts, and application for graduation to obtain a Bachelor of Science in general studies.
“We have two students finishing their original degree programs, two former student athletes and a lot of working individuals. Another student is a doctor who already has his medical degree and is pursuing his general science degree through the C2C program,” Moore said.
“Some participants live out of state, but all of their credits are here at Mississippi State,” she continued. “It’s really cool because we have a diverse group, and one thing they have in common is they will receive their degrees from our university.”
Minnie Powe, 56, a teacher assistant in special education at Meridian High School, is among students participating in the Thursday [Dec. 7] commencement ceremony at MSU-Meridian. Originally from Kemper County, she graduated from East Mississippi Community College in May 2009 and took night classes at Naval Air Station Meridian before transferring to MSU-Meridian in the fall of that year.
According to MSU-Meridian Academic Adviser Rachel Snell, Powe started out in education, but later switched to social work. She ultimately left MSU-Meridian, just one class shy of earning a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies.
“I knew I had just one class left, but before I could take it, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in fall 2011,” Powe said, adding that she had been unable to return to school since then.
In February 2017, however, everything changed when Powe got a call from Snell who suggested a meeting to discuss the C2C program. Having been out of school for years, Powe admits she was hesitant at first to re-enter college, but a review of her academic credits with Snell left her at ease.
“It was such a joy to learn that I was going to get my degree without going back to class because all of my credits added up,” she said. “When you look at things that happen in your life, when there is a setback (like cancer for me), it can actually push you forward to something else. I don’t know what plan God has for me, but I’m thinking this was the plan.”
As she prepares to graduate with her bachelor’s, Powe is considering pursuit of a master’s in teaching secondary education next summer or fall.
“My family is so excited for me,” said Powe, whose husband, youngest daughter, sister, cousin and father will be in attendance at her graduation. “I’m thankful I’m going to get my degree, and I just want to wait and see what’s going to happen.”
Moore said the UAAC at MSU has received more than 600 inquiries about the C2C program, and she is optimistic that this number will continue to grow as individuals learn more about the program’s potential impact on their lives.
“We want to do everything we can to make students feel welcome and help them graduate as fast as possible,” she emphasized. “I like to look at the C2C program like a puzzle, where we arrange all of the credits to get the best result for the student.”
Moore said the C2C coaches are especially grateful for continued support of MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, the Office of the Registrar and other campus individuals and entities who make the program possible.
“The university as a whole has really embraced this much-needed program. I think that’s why it’s been so successful, and I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Moore said.
For more information about the Complete 2 Compete initiative, visit www.msc2c.org.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

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12/7/2017 - 12/30/2017
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JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program
ELLISVILLE – The partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts department and the Salvation Army has brought hundreds of smiles to adults and toys to children this holiday season. For the third year, JC Voices and the JC Jazz Band students and faculty performing in the JCJC Christmas concert, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” invited the public to bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in lieu of a ticket for the concert.
“It was an amazing outpouring of love from the community for these kids. We have 523 children in six counties who have requested our assistance. JCJC’s donation will help greatly,” said Laurel Salvation Army Major, Bert Lind.
JCJC Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith said she is also pleased to be able to collaborate in another successful benefit concert for the Salvation Army. The JC Voices and JC Jazz band students combined their talents to reward the crowd for their generosity with various traditional, new and jazzy Christmas songs.
“A Jingle Jazz Christmas was a tremendous success and I would like to thank the community for giving so generously to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Campaign. The students and faculty involved in the performance were pleased to have such a wonderful audience, and expect nothing less of the Jones Junior College family. Our patrons contributed over 300 gifts to the Salvation Army, and we can be proud that those gifts will be given to deserving families right here in the Pine Belt. Thank you to all who continue to support the Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Division and all of the charitable causes that we strive to help through performance and service. We look forward to seeing you at many performances in the New Year,” said Dr. Susan Smith.
The Salvation Army hopes the extra week after Thanksgiving allowed donors more time to gather gifts to help provide any last minute Angel Tree requests. The Salvation Army will begin matching donations with requests on December 11, with the distribution of the Angel Tree Program collections on December 18.
“It is an amazing day after three months of preparation for distribution day. Thirty families file through every 30-minutes,” said Major Cristy Lind. “There are always people in need.”
For more information about the Angel Tree program, contact the Salvation Army at 601-428-5485 or call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094.


Members of JC Jazz
Mackenzie Edgley, Director
Saxophones
Brelynne Baldwin - Raleigh
Sarah Conn – Natchez
Joshua Anderson – Leakesville
Sydney Herrington - Meridian

Trumpets
Gage Watkins - Quitman
Nicole Tisdale - Ellisville
Joseph A. Grimes - Citronelle, AL

Trombone
Tyler Miller - Cedar Park, TX
Rhythm Section
Aketrell Pruitt, drums - Ellisville
John Ivey, drums - Peta
Matthew Haight, piano - Mobile, AL

Members of JC Voices
Dr. Susan A. Smith, Conductor
Ms. Jennifer Bruton, Assistant Director
Dr. David Goldblatt, Accompanist
Joshua Anderson, Sand Hill
Raegan Barber, Ellisville
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg
Brandon Broome, Sumrall
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Jorge Castillo, Ellisville
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel
Sarah Conn, Roxie
Natalie Davis, Pearl
Kaylee Green, Mobile, AL
Matthew Haight, Mobile, AL
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA
Melody Howard, Long Beach
Nathan Lucky, Meridian
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Addison Nelms, Brandon
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Corintha Sanson, Laurel
Kendra Stevison, Lucedale
Joseph Welch, Moselle
JJ Wieland, Taylorsville
Sydnee Yates, Pisgah

Members of The Bridge:
Dr. Susan A. Smith, Conductor
Mr. Gregory Wascoe, Assistant Director
Dr. David Goldblatt, Accompanist
Raegan Barber, Ellisville
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA
Nathan Lucky, Meridian
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Addison Nelms, Brandon
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Joseph Welch, Moselle

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU

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12/7/2017 - 1/7/2018
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Widespread cases of flu are popping up around the country, health officials say the number has doubled in just one week and we could be in for a doozy of a flu season.
The best way to fight the flu is to get vaccinated, but it takes two weeks for the shot to become effective. In the meantime, as more people gather to celebrate the holiday season, local doctors stress the best protection is good hygiene.
That’s why local physicians with American Family Care have identified the top five habits that can provide protection during flu season. They invite you to come out to the local facility to interview docs and possibly patients.
TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU:
1. Knuckle it. When holiday shopping, get into the habit of punching in your debit card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs.

2. Avoid using your phone in the restroom. A bathroom is coated with germs, especially in a public place. While most people wash their hands after using the restroom, they don’t wash their phones. The CDC says contaminated particles can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, you can easily spread them by touching the screen then touching other surfaces. Get in the habit of wiping down your phone to cut down on spreading germs.

3. Don’t share pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy for any situation that could pop up.

4. Protect yourself at the pump. Drivers must get gas no matter what, sick or not. When you fill up, grab a paper towel by the pump before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info.

5. Sanitize after shaking. People are more germ-conscious these days so this is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season! If you must shake hands with someone, either sanitize or wash your hands immediately.

We invite you to our local American Family Care urgent care clinic where our doctors will explain the best ways to protect your family as flu continues to spread across the country. AFC docs are also available to come to you to answer your questions about flu symptoms and the flu vaccine.

919.459.8163
Center For Disease Control and Prevention Data:
Weekly Flu Report

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rico and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN LAUNCHED AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 12/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN LAUNCHED AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

SCOOBA — A program designed to provide a support network for female students juggling the demands of work, family and school is being implemented at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
In the Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention (EMPOWR) program, at-risk freshmen, or mentees, are paired with sophomores or other nontraditional freshmen who serve as their mentors. On Monday, Dec. 4, officials with EMPOWR conducted a training session for mentors in the student union on the Scooba campus.
So far, about 25 students have expressed an interest in enrolling in the program at the Scooba campus.
“Many of the women have husbands and families and one of the biggest issues many of them face is trying to balance everything out,” said Kimberly Rush, who, along with Renyetta Johnson, is one of two EMPOWR coordinators for the Scooba campus.
For incoming students who have been out of school for a while, navigating college can seem daunting and the mentors they are paired with can help them by sharing strategies they have learned, said Anne Buffington, EMPOWR director for Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC).
One of the big pluses for the mentees is having someone to talk with who understands what they are going through, Buffington said.
“A lot of times, it is the mutual respect for each other and the comradery that develops between mentors and mentees that is most helpful,” Buffington said.
There are other benefits as well. Mentees earn one college credit and mentors receive a $500 check for successfully completing the program. Mentors and mentees must meet for at least an hour once a week.
There are also monthly meetings in which guest speakers give presentations on topics such as stress and time management, managing health and wellness, financial management and career counseling.
Upcoming guest speakers include Scooba Mayor Marion Smoot and East Kemper Elementary School Principal Tyreasia Brown, both of whom are EMCC graduates.
Preston resident April Grace, 32, is among the 13 mentors who have signed up for the EMPOWR program at the Scooba campus. Grace, who is majoring in accounting at EMCC, understands what it is like to juggle life’s demands while attending school.
The mother of four works full time and is the co-creator of Hands to Spare Inc. Nonprofit Organization, which provides free lunches once a month to Kemper County residents age 18 and younger.
“I don’t sleep much,” Grace said with a laugh. “It would be nice to encourage, motivate and inspire other nontraditional students like myself who maybe have the same challenges I am facing.”
EMPOWR is in its fourth year at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, where it was launched as a pilot program. So far, 22 mentors and 13 mentees have signed up for the upcoming school year at the Golden Triangle campus.
“We are still looking for mentees,” EMPOWR Program Coordinator Michele Arney said.
EMPOWR came about after the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi — a Jackson-based nonprofit group dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide — awarded the SSRC a $50,000 grant to implement the EMPOWR program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
In June 2017, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awarded an additional $50,000 grant to EMCC fund the program through the 2018-19 school year and expand it to the Scooba campus.
Since its inception at EMCC, the EMPOWR has been implemented at the Jackson campus of Hinds Community College and at Meridian Community College.
“We would really like to expand the EMPOWR program to every college in the state,” Buffington said.
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Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490
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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rica and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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MBCI AND VETERAN AFFAIRS SIGNS MOU

Event Dates and Times

12/5/2017 - 12/24/2017
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MBCI AND VETERAN AFFAIRS SIGNS MOU

CHOCTAW, Miss. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently held a ceremonial signing, Thursday, November 30, of a Memorandum of Understanding that will make the process of applying for a VA home loan easier for eligible Native American Veterans, active-duty military and their spouses on Federal trust land.
“I am excited to be signing this agreement today,” said Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. “Many people have been working diligently for years to make this happen. This agreement between the Tribe and the VA will greatly benefit many Native Veterans, especially our Choctaw Veterans.”
The event began with an hour-long information fair for Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration – Jackson Regional Office and the GV (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center were both on hand to speak with Veterans. The ceremony included the signing of the MOU, posting of the colors by the Choctaw Veterans Color Guard, and a traditional Pow-Wow style Honor Song and Veteran’s Song performed by the Southern Pine Singers.

The Choctaw Mortgage Program, located at the Choctaw Town Center, will serve as the local office to assist Veterans with their VA home loan application process. Daniel Tubby, Home Ownership Counselor, will be the point of contact and can be reach at 601.656.0056 ext. 2678 or Daniel.s.tubby@choctaw.org.

By statute, before the VA can make a loan to a Native American Veteran desiring to build or renovate a home on tribal land, the Veteran’s tribal sovereign governing body must enter into a MOU with VA. Native American Veterans eligible for VA home loan benefits and whose sovereign governments have signed a MOU may then apply directly to VA for a 30-year fixed rate loan to purchase, build, or improve a home located on Federal trust land. They may also refinance a direct loan already made under this program to lower their interest rate. If the property is not located on Federal trust land, the Veteran can use the traditional VA-guaranteed Home Loan program. Call toll free 1-800-827-1000 or visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans for more information about the Native American Direct Home Loan Program (NADL).

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, under the leadership of Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, has an enrolled membership of more than 10,000 people and is the only federally recognized tribe in the State of Mississippi. Headquartered in Choctaw, Miss., the Tribe has emerged as a leader in economic development. The tribe provides a range of governmental services including schools, a hospital, medical clinics, police and fire protection, courts, and a center for the elderly, among many others. Phyliss J. Anderson serves as the first female Chief in Mississippi Choctaw history.

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Operation Christmas Child ...

Event Dates and Times

12/5/2017 - 12/24/2017
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Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week ended Nov. 20, during which the Meridian community and surrounding area generously contributed to the collection of more than 22,477 shoebox gifts for children in need.
You can still get involved before the holidays: by sharing the gift of giving - purchasing a $25 gift card for a family member or friend so they can join in the excitement of Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox online. At samaritanspurse.org/occ, anyone can easily personalize a gift-filled shoebox.
Best,
Dana Williams
615-517-1626
dmwilliams@samaritan.org

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ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
East Central Community College
ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Orientation for new students for the 2018 spring semester will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. As part of Orientation, new students will register for spring classes. Students can still apply to attend ECCC for the 2018 spring semester by using the online application at www.eccc.edu/admissions.

Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Jan. 8. The last day to resister is Jan. 9.

Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The last day to register for online classes is Wednesday, Jan. 17.

For more information on registering for the 2018 spring semester, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College is offering a welding day class at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville in January. The course will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018.

This 8-week welding class will cover welding safety, Oxyfuel cutting, basic metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW (stick welding), steel prep and basic fabrication. A workforce certificate will be issued to successful students upon completion of the course. The cost of the class is $350. Students are responsible for their own personal protective equipment.

To register and pay for the welding class please come to the JCJC Advanced Technology Center or call Carmen Sumrall at 601-477-4114 to register and to pay for the cost of the class with a credit card.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
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Rep. Sewell Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Montgomery, AL – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to both public and private high school students throughout the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive two free round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all the congressional districts around the country. In addition, their artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The theme for this year’s competition is “An Artistic Discovery: Voting Rights Today in the 7th Congressional District.”

To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information & Release Form with their artwork by January 18, 2018. All high school students from the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork to any of the Congresswoman’s District offices. Artwork entered into the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep. For more information, please contact Rep. Sewell’s Montgomery office at (334) 262-1919 or visit https://sewell.house.gov/congressional-art-competition to find the student release form and guidelines for the artwork.

As a proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, the Congresswoman has seen first-hand the talent from within the District. Each year she is immensely impressed with the outstanding submissions, and she is incredibly proud to have the winning artwork representing the 7th Congressional District in our nation’s Capitol Building. To view the previous year’s winners, visit http://conginst.org/art-competition/?compYear=2017&state=al.

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MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
Parking area of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center
MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

ELLISVILLE- What was once a thoroughfare and parking area in front of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center has been converted into a beautiful, pedestrian plaza with the help of a federal, Transportation Alternative Project grant or (TAP), through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. More than $416,000 in grant money was awarded almost two-years ago to the college for a campus improvement and safety project with the help of the MDOT Southern District Commissioner, Tom King.

“This (TAP grant) is a great program and it’s great to have a program like this because it helps campuses, counties and cities too,” said King. He also emphasized, “None of this federal grant money could go to highways or bridges. It is only available for projects like this. Eighty-percent is federal money and twenty-percent from JCJC or any other government entity that applies for a TAP grant.”
Overall, $571,211 was used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian plaza with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards. An added feature of the project included the installation of the JCJC logo at ground level in the center of the pedestrian plaza. JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith initially had the vision to improve the campus esthetically, more than 12 years ago. To be able to see this part of the campus improvement project completed is a proud moment for everyone involved.
“It’s very nice to see it come to fruition. We’re thankful for the MDOT, Neel-Schaffer’s engineers and R& J Construction for their help in creating one of the best things added on campus in a long time. Students love it because there are lots of places to hang out and hold student activities. Also, it’s safer,” said Dr. Smith.
Student Government Association President, Alex Hickson said she loves the new plaza for numerous reasons.
“This means the world to us. We love this! Before the conversion, it was hazardous getting to lunch in the Student Center. Now it is so pleasant to walk in peace looking at the fountain and flowers. We love and appreciate this so much,” said Hickson.
As the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the first phase of the pedestrian corridor project, R&J Construction has already begun working on the second phase of the project. JCJC received a second, matching, TAP grant to extend the pedestrian plaza down Dan Jones Memorial Drive behind the Terrell Tisdale Library, with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete and landscape improvements. The second phase of the project began last August and should be completed in the spring of 2018. An expected third-phase will continue the pedestrian corridor south on Dan Jones Memorial Drive and end before McClellan Hall.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS ... Events Calendar

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/31/2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS
Wonderful Word on Wednesday
December 6, 13, 20, & 27 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Christmas Program/Seasoned Senior Citizen Program
December 24, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Christmas/Seasoned Senior Citizens' Program," on Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:50 am. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

New Year's Eve Service
December 31, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting , "New Year's Eve Service," on Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 pm. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter

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MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/30/2017
Meridian Community College
MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Workforce Development class, Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS), Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development class, Basic Life Support, Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment session, ACT Prep, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Gospel Choir Fall Concert, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 601-553-3404.

Personal Enrichment class, Wrapping Gifts, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment class, Christmas Cakes for Moms and Daughters, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Basketball: MCC vs. Bishop State, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men); MCC vs. Wallace Selma, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men). Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Practical Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, 9 a.m., Temple Theater, Dr. Lara Collum, 601-484-8728.

Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, Temple Theater, 11 a.m., Dr. Betty Davis, 601-484-8745.

MCC Winter Graduation, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., in Temple Theater, Downtown Meridian; Soraya Welden, 601-484-8628.

MCC will be closed for winter break beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to Monday, Jan. 1. The College reopens for business Tuesday, Jan. 2. Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

MCC Holiday Term (online classes), Dec. 18-Jan. 5. 601-483-8241.

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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership ...

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/20/2017
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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership brings potential for big economic & educational bonus to Mississippi

ELLISVILLE – The future of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi has virtually changed with the cutting of a ribbon to officially announce the partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program and Hass Factory Outlet (HFO), which is one of North America’s largest designers and manufacturers of CNC machine tools and a machine tool distributor. While the two-year college located in Ellisville, Mississippi, will greatly benefit as the home of the new Mississippi Haas Factory Outlet Showroom, students will be prime candidates for jobs as businesses see them using the newest Haas CNC machines and equipment.

“Great things are happening in Jones County because of partnerships like this. If you don’t think we can build it you need to come see this place,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “We (JCJC) want to be a benefit to our community and certainly to corporations that are willing to come in and invest in Jones and in this part of the country.”

Preparing for Mississippi’s only HFO Showroom meant remodeling the current machine lab at JCJC. Haas Factory Outlet Service Manager, Clayton Phillips and JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining instructor Chase Elmore spent the summer cleaning, painting, rewiring and moving old machines. Over three weeks last summer, HFO invested more than $50,000 in remodeling the 6,500 square-foot machining lab and then installed an air compressor to run three Haas consigned machines, with an estimated value of $300,000, including a DT-1 drill/tap center, ST-30Y CNC Lathe with bar-feeder, and a VF-3-YT/50 taper vertical machining center.

“We’ll always make sure we have the machines with the latest, high-end, cutting-edge technology because this is a showroom for us,” said Haas Factory Outlet General Manager, Patrick Kane. He added, “We’re going to bring customers in and show them the machines and at the same time they’re going to evaluate some students. It’s a win-win for us all.”

Additionally, Haas has committed to providing free technical support from certified Haas technicians and JCJC is now part of the HTEC or Haas Technical Education Center. This network of industry leaders and educators was formed to allow for interacting and sharing information about the industry’s current and future needs.

“We want to help promote the program. The more students we put out here and the more students we put to work in Mississippi, the more products your companies can put out and the more products your customers can take home. We’re really here to bridge that gap between education and industry,” said Haas Factory Outlet-Morris Group Director of Education, Toni Neary.

This partnership has the potential to literally change the face of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi and Louisiana as HFO has already begun plans to expand its presence in the region. Combining Elmore’s vision for the machining program at JCJC with Haas’ commitment to education and the possibilities are endless for students and industry.

“I want to put JCJC on the map as the leading producer of machining students. I want to make it to where Jones is known for this program and that’s my goal. I’m going to keep working until I get there,” said Elmore.

That’s great news for JCJC alumnus and advisory committee member for Elmore’s program, Tony Guinn. As the Production Supervisor for JPM of Mississippi, Guinn is anxious to see growth.

“We can add machines but it’s hard to find people to come to work. High school students don’t know about machining. People don’t understand there is a high demand for people to fill all these jobs in machining and in industrial related jobs but there is nobody to fill them,” said Guinn.

Haas is optimistic their area customers like, Praxair (formerly GE Aviation), Laurel Machine and Foundry and JPM of Mississippi in Hattiesburg will greatly benefit from this partnership as Haas helps JCJC train students to become “work-ready” as CNC machinists, programmers, and engineers for the current and future employers. Elmore explained employers save time and money if their employees come to work trained.

“Students have their hands on the newest equipment that a lot of these companies use and JCJC graduates will have NIMS or National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications or national industry standards, proving their abilities,” said Elmore. “(Because of this partnership), we’ll have a larger number of students and more importantly we’re going to be able to put more students out in industry. My goal is to have companies knocking the door down.”

Because of Haas’ commitment to providing educational opportunities, the economic outlook looks very bright for both students and industry. For students, the Haas Factory Outlet Showroom is providing the best machines to hone their machining skills and for industry employees, Haas will host free control classes to their customer base. Graduates of JCJC’s machining program also have the potential to benefit financially with wages ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 based on skill level and experience.

For more information about the JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining program contact Chase Elmore at 601-477-4201 or chase.elmore@jcjc.edu or on social media at Facebook JCJC precision manufacturing and machining or Instagram, Instagram JCJC Precision Machine Shop.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/17/2017 - 12/31/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Bay Springs is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information call the general number to the Jasper County Center at 601-764-9393. For assistance with college credit classes contact Lela Bryan lela.bryan@jcjc.edu, and for all other courses, contact Debbie Ishee debbie.ishee@jcjc.edu.

The following are the classes currently scheduled for this spring.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 – May 3) Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 2:30 pm

Spring College Academic Classes:
Western Civilization II Monday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
English Composition II Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
World Religion Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Appreciation Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spring College NON-Credit (Workforce) Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Monday & Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Millwright with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C N A (February 5 – March 9) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 4:30 pm-9:30 pm

Community Classes:
Stain Glass (date not yet determined) Monday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457994943.html | 457994943

Triple Treat Christmas ...

Event Dates and Times

11/16/2017 - 12/19/2017
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Triple Treat Christmas ... ...
December 15th - 19th

1. Trees of Christmas at Merrehope
2. Santa's Christmas Factory at Soule' Steam Works
3. Lazy Acres in Lights
(601) 483-8439
(888) 868-7720
(833) 327-6386

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/456633493.html | 456633493

JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 12/27/2017
Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro
JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. The following are the classes currently scheduled for this January 2018.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes
Health Care Assistant (January 8, through May 3, 2018)
Monday through Thursday – 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Spring College Academic Classes January 8, 2018-May 4, 2018
General Psychology (Hybrid) Mondays- 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
College Algebra Tuesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civilization II Wednesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp. II (Hybrid) Thursdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Spring Non-Credit (Workforce) Classes)
Welding (January 8, through April 24, 2018)
Monday & Tuesdays – 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Commercial Truck Driving -------- Spring dates and information coming soon

Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information contact Courtney McInnis at 601-735-2228 or email, courtney.mcinnis@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu


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