Jones College Radiologic Technology graduates earn scholarships

ELLISVILLE – Three Jones College Radiologic Technology graduates received honors and scholarships at their completion ceremony recently. Ciera Lightsey of Leakesville earned the 2022 Clinical Student of the Year, and the Academic Student of the Year honors went to Michelle Green of Hattiesburg.

Lexie McDaniel (left) and Mandy Pearson

Earning the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists Scholarship was Katelyn McKenzie. The Foxworth resident earned a $400 scholarship to continue her education. The Mississippi Radiological Society Scholarship was awarded to Lexie McDaniel of New Augusta.

The 11 Jones College Radiologic Technology graduates recognized South Central Regional Medical Center’s K.C. Singley R.T. (R) as the Technologist of the Year at the ceremony. Carrie Holiefield R.T.(R) with Covington County Hospital was honored as the Clinical Instructor of the Year.

Group Photo with instructors:  Jones College Radiologic Technology graduates are pictured with their instructors prior to graduation. Pictured in the front row, left to right, Samantha Brown, Hannah Burnham, Michelle Green, Lexie McDaniel and Mary Strickland. Pictured in the back row, left to right is instructor, Brittany Barron, students Bre Waite, Cameron McLaurin, Rachel Bryant, Ciera Lightsey, Desiree Brunty, Katelyn McKenzie and instructor, Mandy Pearson.

Jones College sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– During graduation practice, six Jones College sophomores were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards. These students were voted on by their peers for this special recognition.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Mya McLain of Waynesboro and Wyatt Reid of Laurel. Leadership Gold Key recipients were Conner Smith of Ellisville and Anna Kate Wood of Leakesville. Soccer player Garrett Wise of Madison and softball player Lauren Lindsey of Mobile earned the Athletic Gold Key Award.

Jones College sophomores eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams will be recognized over the summer for their academic achievements. Students eligible for the Academic Gold Key are, Rebekah Baugh-Oak Grove, Darcy Beech of Ellisville, Ivana Bishop of Waynesboro, Olivia Boleware of Prentiss, Morgan Breland of Ellisville, Alexis Cato of Hattiesburg, Gabriel Cooley of Hattiesburg, Abbey Dodd of Petal, Hasting Hitt of Mt. Olive, Mya McLain of Waynesboro, Sydney Pevey of Jayess, Anna Gayle of Rutledge of Crystal Springs, Madison Schneider of Laurel, Rebecca Speights of Silver Creek, Andrea Vlasceanu of Madrid Spain and Anna Kate Wood of Leakesville.


Jones College employees honored for service 

ELLISVILLE – Sixty-one Jones College faculty and staff members were recently honored for their years of service to the college during a special Employee Recognition event. Administrators and the JC Foundation treated the Jones College faculty and staff to a picnic lunch outdoors before the end of the spring semester. JC administrators honored employees for their service at five-year increments, beginning with those who have served at least five years.

Juanita Morgan, Andrew Sharp and Daphne Yeager were honored for having the most service years in 2021, with 25 years each. Morgan has worked in the Business, Financial Aid and Human Resources Offices. Andrew Sharp has been serving as the Library Director and Yeager has worked as an administrative assistant for the Business, Instructional Affairs, and the President’s Offices.

Dr. Jesse Smith, Amanda Robertson, Kari Dearman, Carmen Sumrall and Danielle Matthews.

Also honored were six employees for serving the college for 20 years: Kari Dearman-Admissions, Danielle Matthews-A.D.N. instructor, Jeffrey Morris-Grounds, Melanie James-Enrollment, Amanda Robertson-English instructor, and Carmen Sumrall-Workforce College.

Ken Savell, Dolores Deasley, Brad Harrison, Murray Windham, Jennifer Griffith, Ginger Keeton, Jason Dedwylder, Megan Stringer and Sarah Ishee.

Ten JC employees were recognized for their 15 years of service: Kelly Atwood-Journalism instructor, Dolores Deasley-Soccer coach, Jason Dedwylder-Academic Dean, Jennifer Griffith-Workforce College Dean, Brad Harrison-Industrial Services Student Services, Sarah Ishee-History instructor, Ginger Keeton-Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Technology, Kenneth Savell-Maintenance, Megan Stringer-Science instructor and Murray Windham-English instructor.

Tina Livingston, Brendan Connolly, Joe Everett, Billy Clark, Kimberly Bradshaw, Greg Wascoe, Kacie Birdsong, Rod Tolbert, Nan Pritchard and Jason Mills.

Celebrating 10 years of employment at JC were13 people: Kacie Birdsong-Registrar, Kimberly Bradshaw-Math instructor, Billy Clark-Welding instructor, Brendan Connolly-Soccer coach, Joe Everett-Campus operations, Casey Herrington-A.D.N. instructor, Jennifer Hughes-Out of School Youth Coordinator, Claire Ishee-Recruiting Director, Tina Livingston-Facilities/student affairs, Jason Mills-Agriculture/campus operations, Nan Pritchard-A.D.N. instructor, Rod Tolbert-Career and Technical Dean and Greg Wascoe-Voice/fine arts instructor.

Grant Crowder, Tracy Warden, Gene Head, Courtney McInnis, Kari Dedwylder, Stewart Walters, Kenneth Lindsey, Julie Ward, Angela Burge, Jennifer Thornton, Theresa
Woodward, Rob Ruffin, Grant Garner, Ben Burge, Paige McCardle, Joseph Emfinger, Holly Robertson, Carla Collins, Hope Taylor and Brooks Buffington.

Twenty-nine JC employees were recognized for their five years of service including Randall Beets-Commercial truck driving instructor, Brooks Buffington-Tennis coach, Angela Burge-Practical nursing instructor, Ben Burge-Director of Bands, Armendia Cochran-Paramedic instructor, Carla Collins-Athletics, Grant Crowder-Jasper County Center Director, Kari Dedwylder-Financial Aid Director, Joseph Emfinger-Chemistry instructor, Tessa Flowers-VP of Student Affairs, Grant Garner-Football coach, Gene Head-Campus police, David Helton-Pipefitting, Ashley Holifield-Student Affairs, Sarah Jones-Counselor, Anna Lane-A. D. Nursing instructor, Kenneth Lindsey-Maintenance, Paige McCardle-Workforce College, Courtney McInnis-Wayne County Learning Center, Holly Robertson-Career Services, Robert Ruffin-Environmental Services Director, Randi Simpson-Adult Education, Hope Taylor-Enrollment Management, Jennifer Thornton-Adult Education, Stewart Walters-Practical nursing instructor, Julie Ward-Environmental services, Tracy Warden-Welding Workforce College, Brandi Wilford-Practical nursing instructor and Theresa Woodward-Environmental services.

Each honored employee was given a special item designed for each level of achievement: 5 years-small plaque; 10 years-large plaque; 15 years-clock; 20 years-small acrylic trophy; 25 years-medium acrylic trophy and 30 years-large acrylic trophy.

JC students earn top chapter honors at PTK Honor Society conferences

PHOTO-Pictured seated left to right is Director of Honors in Action Project, Rebecca Speights-Silver Creek; VP of Leadership, Abby Parker of Laurel; VP of Scholarship, Acacia Rodriguez-Clinton; VP of Service, Emma Shows-Soso and Secretary, Macy Malone-Laurel.  Pictured standing left to right is College Project Director, Ivana Bishop-Waynesboro; VP of Fellowship, Will Hendry-Bay Springs; Historian, Brady Collins-Heidelberg; Southern District Representative and VP of Membership, Wyatt Reid-Laurel and President, Mya McLain-Waynesboro.

ELLISVILLE – After going virtual for the first time over the last couple of years, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s conference for two-year colleges held its first in-person conference this spring in Colorado with four Jones College representatives participating. Southern District Regional Officer and VP of Membership-Wyatt Reid of Laurel, College Project Director-Ivana Bishop of Waynesboro, VP of Scholarship-Acacia Rodriguez of Clinton, and VP of Fellowship-Will Hendry of Bay Springs, returned to Mississippi with chapter rewards for their collective efforts.

Will Hendry, Ivana Bishop, Acacia Rodriguez and Wyatt Reid.

At the International “Catalyst” conference, Jones College’s Rho Sigma Chapter earned the Top 50 Distinguished College Project award. Also, the group earned the Top 39 Distinguished Chapter honors based on the College Project and Honors in Action rankings/scores combined.

“To put this in perspective, being a Top 39 Distinguished Chapter in PTK’s international membership is phenomenal! There are more than 1200 chapters across all the PTK membership,” explained PTK Advisor and JC Assistant Dean of the College of Science, Eric Shows.

At the Regional Conference, the College Project which established the first PTK Alumni Chapter at JC earned third place honors overall. The Honors-in-Action project, focusing on documenting Laurel’s history from an industrial perspective placed 6th overall and 1st place in the theme category. The chapter also earned Top 3 Distinguished Chapter in the Region. Reid was also elected to hold a regional officer position as the Southern Mississippi District Representative.

“It is uplifting to know that despite the limitations of Covid-19 over the last couple of years, we’re still doing well as a chapter,” said Shows. “All of our work is rewarding but these honors validate not only our work but also our success in selecting projects that have resonated with the PTK leadership.”

Honors in Action Director, Rebecca Speights of Silver Creek, explained the group is very proud of the work they did documenting how the timber industry in Laurel shaped the city and how it impacted the world. Jones County was also a railroad hub with city leaders deciding to build the city around the railways played a major part in the success of the timber industry.

“We recorded information provided mostly by the Executive Director of the Laurel Museum of Art Director, George Bassi, explaining how the industrial revolution affected Jones County and its impact globally. He was an invaluable resource to the success of the project video which can be found on the Jones College Phi Theta Kappa Facebook page,” said Speights.

The Jones College students admitted their only regret was not having more time to interview the founding families and share more of Laurel’s story.

Individually, Mya McLain of Waynesboro was selected to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Mississippi Academic Team and Shayna Clark of Petal was chosen for the All-Mississippi Academic Second Team. These JC students competed with more than 1,800 nominations from each of the 15-community colleges. As part of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s annual academic and workforce competition, each student submitted an essay, answered discussion questions, and described their leadership roles and activities while in college.

The highest-scoring nominees from each of the 15 two-year colleges earned First Team All-Mississippi honors and $500 scholarships provided by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. All team members received special medallions, certificates, and printed resolutions from the Mississippi Legislature.

Jones College faculty and staff accomplishments honored 

ELLISVILLE – Sixteen Jones College faculty and staff members were recently honored for their accomplishments in the workplace over the previous year.  The Employee Appreciation Awards began in 2004 with funds contributed by retired JCJC President, Dr. Ronald Whitehead, and the college’s Foundation, Inc. Finalists were selected and interviewed by the Faculty and Staff Recognition Program’s Selection Committee. Prior to the employee recognition program, a picnic lunch and games were provided by the college and the JCJC Foundation Inc.

“Celebrating accomplishments and offering an afternoon of fun and fellowship is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for making Jones great,” said Joel Cain, VP of Advancement and Athletics, and Dean of Students. “We wanted to honor and appreciate all of our employees who have worked especially hard through a challenging year.”

Bruce Smith and Daryll McDonald with Dr. Jesse Smith

The Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence was established five years ago to honor a mid-level administrator whose commitment to the profession stands out amongst their peers. Wayne County Center Director, Daryll McDonald and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts, Music and Performance, Bruce Smith were both selected as recipients of the 2022 Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence.  McDonald has been a practical nursing instructor and the Wayne County Center Director for 10 years. Smith has been the assistant director of Jones OnStage and the A.D. of the College of Arts, Music and Performance for three years.

Psychology instructor, Kathryn Davis was selected to receive the Barbara and Gary Sauls Award for Excellence in Teaching Humanities. The Humanities Division faculty member has been teaching at Jones since 2003 and she exemplifies intellectual integrity in the classroom, and has encouraged independent analytical thinking skills, loves humanitarian pursuits and fosters a positive rapport with students. This award was initiated by JCJC alumni, Mr. & Mrs. Gary W. “Buddy” and Barbara Sauls. Their daughter, Tracy was a 1990 JCJC graduate. Mr. Sauls was a former JCJC Board of Trustees member and Barbara Sauls is currently on the JCJC Foundation’s Advisory Board.  Davis was awarded a $500 cash prize and an acrylic plaque.

Additionally, 12 individuals from three categories of employees, faculty members, office staff and administrative support, and employees working in, maintenance, housekeeping, campus grounds and campus police were each awarded certificates of achievement. Faculty finalists each received a cash prize of $250 and the overall winner received an additional $750 and an acrylic plaque. Each staff employee finalist was awarded a cash prize of $125 and the overall winner received an extra $500 and an acrylic plaque.

Jennifer Powell, Brad Harrison, Rochelle Dahmer, Mary Boleware and Jeremiah Estes.

The finalists for the faculty awards were Mary Boleware who has worked at Jones for 22 years as a physics/engineering instructor. Humanities/English instructor, Rochelle Dahmer has been teaching at Jones College for 14 years. Jeremiah Estes has been teaching biology classes for 15 years. Agriculture and Industrial Services/Student Support instructor, Brad Harrison has 16 years of teaching experience at Jones. Information Systems Technology instructor Jennifer Powell has been teaching for 25 years. Powell was chosen for the overall JC Faculty of the Year Award. Not only has she taught students for most of her career at Jones, but she has also trained faculty and staff on new technology. Additionally, Powell is credited with facilitating the implementation of the eLearning program and online classes.

“To be nominated for this award by my peers is an incredible honor, but to receive the faculty of the year award is extremely humbling. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and to be surrounded by amazing faculty, staff, and administrators,” said Powell, who began working in the Computer Lab before teaching in the classroom full time.

Katelyn Hutchison, Kari Dearman, Hanna Burnette, Karen Brown and Dr. Jesse Smith.

Nominated for the Office Staff and Administrative Support Employee of the Year award included Karen Brown in Accounting, Hanna Burnette in Enrollment Management, Kari Dearman in Admissions and Katelyn Hutchison in Humanities. Brown was selected as the Employee of the Year for the Office Staff and Administrative Support division.

Ken Savell, Greg Smith and Renee Russell.

 In the maintenance, housekeeping, campus grounds and campus police departments division, Environmental Safety/Housekeeper, Renee Russell was nominated along with two employees in the Maintenance Department, Greg Smith and Ken Savell. Taking the top spot as Employee of the Year was Greg Smith.

As an honorary employee of the college, Sodexho cafeteria employee, Nicole Varnado was honored for her work. She received a $500 cash award for her efforts on behalf of the college.