Civil rights activist James Meredith speaks to Jones College’s Honors Institute

ELLISVILLECivil rights activist, James Meredith will be speaking to Jones College students in the Charles Pickering Honors Institute on Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Ellisville campus. His speech will focus on the topic, “To Our Future: Toward a New Day for Mississippi.” This event is open to the public, but there will be limited seating. The 88-year-old, Meredith will be joined by retired, U.S. Federal Judge, Charles Pickering for this discussion. COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing will be enforced.

“I believe this is a momentous event, one that we’ve been working on for three years. Our students and all in attendance will certainly hear from a courageous man,” said Dr. Ronald Bishop, JC Honors College Dean and Social Science instructor.

Kosciusko native, James Meredith is nationally renowned for being the first African American student to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962. Enrolling at the all-white university happened at a pivotal time in the civil rights movement. Initially, state officials refused to follow the U.S. Supreme Court order to integrate the school and blocked Meredith’s entrance. Campus riots ensued killing two people before Meredith was admitted to the university under the protection of federal marshals.

Meredith served in the U.S. Air Force for nine years, 1951 until 1960, before attending the all-black school, Jackson State College in 1960 until 1962. His repeated applications to the University of Mississippi were denied solely on the basis of his race, according to the verdict of his 1961–62 court battle. He won the case on appeal with the legal assistance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In the fall of 1962, as mob violence seemed imminent, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy called in federal protection so that Meredith could register for classes. Meredith’s tenure at the University of Mississippi was brief; he graduated in 1963.

Jones College’s Pharmacy Technology program is accepting applications

ELLISVILLE– Jones College’s Pharmacy Technology Program is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester, with a priority deadline of May 1, 2021.  Applications can be downloaded from the website at or by calling the department at 601-477-4230.

The JC Pharmacy Technology curriculum is a two-year program which combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the pharmacy field. Admission requirements for the program include a high school diploma or GED, a minimum score of 17 on the ACT, and a background check. The student will obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree after successfully completing the program and will be eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy requires technicians to register with the board.  The focus of the JC program is for students to earn an associate degree in Pharmacy Technology and to prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. JC has maintained a successful passing rate for the exam.

The Pharmacy Technology program at Jones is designed to train a technician to work in each type of pharmacy setting and to proficiently perform each task. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4-percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment projections data for pharmacy technicians, 2019-2029 is 437,600. 

The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases. In addition, pharmacy technicians will be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities, such as giving flu and vaccine shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks—such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians—that were previously done by pharmacists.

Students will learn pharmacology, pharmaceutical compounding, dosage calculations, pharmacy management, pharmacy law, therapeutic classification of drugs, drug use and abuse, trade and generic nomenclature, medical transcription abbreviations, and healthcare devices utilization. Through classroom and laboratory instruction, students will learn methods of drug preparation, packaging and distribution, and the function and services provided by retail and hospital pharmacies.  The technician will be prepared to transcribe physician orders, prepare, dispense, and deliver orders, prepare admixtures of intravenous solutions, maintain inventory control, replenish pharmaceutical supplies, maintain patient records, and communicate effectively with patients, other healthcare providers, and third-party insurance agencies.  Practical experience in community clinical and retail settings will enhance the learning experience.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as technicians under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist.  They will be qualified to assist and support pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients in retail settings, hospitals, home health care, nursing homes clinics, nuclear medicine settings, and compounding pharmacies. Non-traditional employers will also include medical insurance companies, drug wholesale companies, medical computer software vendors, and drug manufacturers.

For more information call 601-477-4230, or email Tracey Parker at: or Stephanie Jones at: or visit the website at: Program applications can be found at:

Jones College art students earn top honors at State Art Competition

ELLISVILLE-Four Jones College art students earned top honors at the Mississippi Community College’s Annual Art Show and Competition. Art instructor, Melanie Eubanks said she is especially proud of these students this year.

“I couldn’t be happier for and prouder of these Jones College art students who won awards at the Mississippi Community College Annual Show. During any semester, winning these awards is impressive, but they did it during a pandemic. All the artwork submitted for competition was made in the past year. They have got a lot of grit!” said Eubanks.

Mount Olive’s Josie Russell won Best of Show honors with her ceramic piece of art, “Anxiety,” a white rabbit.

“Getting the Best of Show ribbon means a lot to me because I’ve been doing art since I was little, and this is the biggest prize I’ve won!” said Russell. She admitted, “I haven’t worked in ceramics before coming to Jones College; I’ve been focused on graphic design. So, I was really surprised I won.”

Russell added that she was surprised to win the overall Best in Show ribbon considering there were entries from hundreds of community college students which were interesting and there were some outstanding realistic paintings.

“I was inspired to create the rabbit as part of an assignment, aspects of the self. I love animals and details and that’s how this piece came about,” said Russell.  She hopes to continue to use her art skills to help the family Christmas Tree Farm, Making Memories after finishing her education.

Also exploring her artistic skills was third place winner in the Drawing category, Brittney Sanderson. The Ellisville resident said she usually focuses on being detailed in her designs. However, she took a different approach to the winning charcoal drawing, “Woman.”

“This piece was very expressionistic which I’m usually a little more detail-oriented in my art,” said Sanderson. “It was outside my comfort level, but it was fun. When I won, I was surprised because it wasn’t one of my more detailed pieces.”

Taking third place in 3-D Design was Sandersville’s, Hannah Mattison. Her artwork, “Defying Gravity” was partly inspired by her teacher, Mark Brown.

“Initially I was going to make it a teardrop but he suggested the opposite, fire. I added feathers to add to the look. Art is subjective, so I was a little surprised my entry won but winning was the highlight of my week!” said Mattison.

Additionally, Jones College sophomore, Jacquelyn Smith of Richton earned second-place honors for her printmaking artwork, “Wooded Path.”  For more information about the Jones College Art program, check out the website:

Jones College’s Concert & Symphonic Bands perform live

ELLISVILLE – Jones College’s Concert and Symphonic Bands will be performing live before an audience on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

The 55-member Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Lindsey Keay and will feature musical selections, “Swahili Folk Hymn” Arranged by Kevin Mixon, “Fiesta De Los Bravos” by James Swearingen, “Earthdawn” by Randall Standridge and “Lullaby to the Moon” by Brian Balmages.

Symphonic Band Conductor, Dr. Ben Burge has chosen four musical selections for his nearly 60-member band: “Flourish for Wind Band” by R. Vaughn Williams, “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Fanfare Hayabusa” by Satoshi Yagisawa, and “First Suite in E Flat, movement III, March,” by Gustav Holst.

“We are so excited to perform our first formal concert in more than a year!” said Burge. “The COVID-19 Pandemic forced the cancellation of all of our end-of-the-year events last spring. It left us all very disappointed and frankly, rather heartbroken. This concert will be very special to our students and our band staff as we will have some finality and closure, unlike last year. Our students have worked very hard to build a program that was both fun and educational to put together. I am very proud of them.”

Keay echoed Burge’s excitement about being able to share live music with an audience of friends and family again.

“Our students have done a great job rehearsing this literature. They are very excited to perform again on a stage and share this exciting music with their friends and family,” said Keay.

For more information about the Jones College Fine Arts Department or Band program, go to the website:

Symphonic Band

Mason Anglin, Mt. Olive

Lynda Bazor, Petal

Emily Bingham, Petal

Tyler Broadway, Laurel

Brandon Broome, Sumrall

William Brotherton, Bexley, Ohio

Sam Burcaw, Petal

Emma Burge, Oak Grove

Sawyer Campbell, Crosby

Takia Chapman, Quitman

Brandi Cooley, Lucedale

Baylee Cooper, Waynesboro

Tyshauna Ellis, Petal

Logan Evans, Laurel

Graeme Forrest, Richton

Sophia Gordon, Seminary

Tanner Grantham, Oak Grove

Zach Gregore, Petal

Chase Hall, Hattiesburg

Alston Harris, Vicksburg

Rachel Hawkins, Pulaski

Victor Heath, Petal

R.J. Hughes, Laurel

Summer Hughes, Laurel

Jared Jackson, Petal

Chandon Johns, Ellisville

Joshua Jourdon, Laurel

Kaitlyn Little, Oak Grove

Hannah Manning, Quitman

Madison Matthew, Seminary

Sidney Matthew, Seminary

Mary Miles, Oak Grove

Brandon Murray, Laurel

Madison Myers, Columbia

Dixie Pinkerton, Quitman

Kaitlyn Pruitt, Laurel

Raveon Pruitt-Lane, Laurel

William Purser, Oak Grove

Virginia Ramey, Mobile, AL

Ethan Robertson, Kokomo

Korrinn Robinson, Petal

Sarah Runnels, Petal

Haley Ryan, Oak Grove

John Scott, Oak Grove

Jacob Stevens, Vicksburg

Candice Still, Purvis

Andrew Suttle, Petal

David Thompson III, Laurel

Caleb Thompson, Hattiesburg

Dallas Trehern, Mobile, AL

Legend Waldrup, Laurel

Kayla Webb, Biloxi

Elijah Whitehead, Seminary

Concert Band

Shakeeb Anderson, Shubuta

Curtis Boleware Jr., Seminary

Christian Branch, St. Stephens, AL

Emily Briggs, Ocean Springs

Jeremy Corley, Meridian

Alexus Crosby, Laurel

Jarrett Darden, Seminary

Jasmine Decker, D’Lo

Michael Decou Jr., Houma, LA

Jacob Dickerson, Mize

Aubrey Dillon, Collins

Landrew Douglas, Pearl

Taikya Ducksworth, Taylorsville

William Eaton, Jackson

Jamie Eubanks, New Augusta

Anthony Evans Jr., Shubuta

Ke’Mya Evans, Shubuta

Emily Ford, Jackson

Jessica Gardner, Laurel

Alyssa Garick, Laurel

Davis Gibson, Madison

Sophia Gordon, Seminary

Russell Gunnell, Seminary

Caleb Harris, Jackson

Evonda Harvey, Morton

Mehgan Hebda, Poplarville

Mackenzie Herrington, Laurel

Jordan Holifield, Laurel

Cameron Holmes, Laurel

Marquez Hundley, Waynesboro

Summer Hughes, Mize

Colin Ingram, Pearl

Mary Kebodeaux, Richton

Alex Lee, Ovett

Jaiquan Lyons, Moss Point

Sandra Massey, Laurel

Stevonta Mayfield, Waynesboro

Sara-Beth McKellar, Vicksburg

Alexis Millwood, Brandon

Danielle Musgrove, Taylorsville

Marcus Nixon, Soso

Kristlyn Parker, Collins

Dixie Pinkerton, Quitman

Madilyn Pitts, Pachuta

Ines Rivera, Laurel

Robert Satcher, Enterprise

Savannah Satcher, Enterprise

James Schumann, Laurel

Kyyora Sidney, Laurel

Mason Skeen, Seminary

Cecil Smith, Shubuta

Miracle Smith, Shubuta

Hannah Summerlin, Soso

Gwyneth Vanvleck, Beaumont

Bonner Welch, Moselle

Trinity Williams, Brooklyn