Jones College associate degree nursing students inducted into Alpha Delta Nu

ELLISVILLE –Jones College sophomore associate degree nursing students, Jamie Boleware-Collins, Hannah Bynum-Mendenhall, Anthony Daniels-Hattiesburg, Alyssa Mobbs-Hattiesburg, Callie Shows-Ellisville and Jeshaiah Stephens-Ellisville were inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Delta Nu.  Requirements for induction into the Nursing Honor Society include having a “B” average in all nursing courses with no repeats, completing a capstone project prior to graduation and demonstrating conduct on campus and in clinical areas which reflect integrity and professionalism.

“The Jones nursing faculty were vital to our success. They nurtured us like our mothers while pushing us towards being the best nurses,” said Anthony Daniels.

Family, friends and students gathered for the induction ceremony to recognize the achievements of the five students.

Jones College celebrates retiring 2020 & 2021 employees

ELLISVILLE – Jones College held its annual “Retirement Tea” for 12 employees who retired in 2020 and the eight employees who are retiring this year. When combined, these 20 employees provided 459.5 years of service to JC, with some having additional years of service working at other educational institutions.

This year’s retirees include Ronald Bishop who has taught Social Science courses and served as the Division Chair for the department over his 32 years at Jones College. Lee Graham served in the Alumni and Foundation Office as Assistant Vice President for 18 years. For the last 15 years, Juanita Jefcoat worked for Workforce College as a Test Administrator at the Advanced Technology Center. Jeff Keeton has taught Forestry Technology for more than 26 years and served as Division Chair. Erin Knight also served the college for more than 26 years as Associate Degree Nursing Division Chair and instructor. Sonja McCaskill leaves Jones College after five years of teaching in the Social Science department. Tim Rayner is retiring after spending 28 years as a math instructor. Cheryl Windam has spent the last 25 years serving the college as an English instructor and Humanities Division Chair.

Retiring last May after 25 years, was Patricia Brownlee who worked in the Campus Housing department. Social Science instructor, Jacqueline Canizaro retired after 12 years. Joseph Davis served the college for 35 years as a Social Science and athletic trainer/instructor. After retiring as Athletic Director, Katie Herrington is also retiring as a physical education instructor after 32 years. Tim Ishee retired from teaching Agriculture Science after 34 years. Stan Lewis leaves Jones College with more than 17 years as an Electrical Technology instructor along with Randy Purdum, who spent 25 years also teaching Electrical Technology. Marilyn Long retired from the Duplicating Office after 22 years. David Lowery taught English courses for 18 years. After 29 years, Milton Newell retired from the Maintenance Department. Emily Phillips leaves the Associate Degree Nursing division as an instructor for 14 years. Winnie Walters ended her career as an instructor in Adult Education after 20 years.

Picture Cutline 20 and 21 retirees group – Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith and employees gathered to congratulate retiring employees from 2020 and 2021. These employees have served in various roles at the college and were honored at the annual Jones Retirement Tea. Pictured left to right seated are, Winnie Walters, Emily Phillips, Lee Graham, Erin Knight, Katie Herrington, Cheryl Windham, Jaqueline Canizaro, Sonja McCaskill and Marilyn Long.  Pictured standing in the back, left to right are Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith, Randy Purdum, David Lowery, Stan Lewis, Jeff Keeton, Joseph Davis, Milton Newell, Tim Rayner, Tim Ishee, and Ronald Bishop.


Jones College returns to normal operations Thursday

ELLISVILLE –Jones College will resume normal operations at all campuses on Thursday, February 18, 2021. However, everyone should use caution in their travels to and from the main campus in Ellisville and the County Centers. Additionally, students should contact their instructors for any additional assistance if they are unable to travel to campus.

If any further updates or additional changes to campus operations are needed, they will be communicated through campus email, local media outlets, social media, and on the Jones College website.

Summer classes begin at Jones College

ELLISVILLE – On the first day of the June summer session at Jones College, students and faculty were adhering to the CDC guidelines by wearing masks and keeping their distance. Everyone was screened upon entering campus at five different locations.

Two nursing majors, Rebekah Walters of Laurel and Andrew Wu of Hattiesburg were amongst the first Jones College students back on campus today. They started their day at 7:30 a.m.with Anatomy & Physiology.

Waynesboro residents, Hunter Grimes (top of truck) and Kaleb Brewer (right) began their first day of the June summer session in Jones College’s light-duty diesel repair program.

Welding instructor at Jones College, Billy Clark (left) gives tips to Alana Jolly of Clinton as she works on her A.W.S. national welding certification this summer.

Dr. Matthew Burnham began the first day of the June summer session at Jones College with his students in the Principles of Biology class.

Several Jones College students began the first day of the June summer session at Jones College in Dr. Corey Jones’ math class.

Jones College celebrates “Bobcat Revolution” at Homecoming 2019

ELLISVILLE – Plans are underway to make Homecoming at Jones College a special event.  The weekend of activities will incorporate the Homecoming theme, “Bobcat Revolution” beginning with the student Homecoming pep rally on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m. at the Lake.  The “glow pep rally” is sponsored by the Student Government Association and will provide glow-necklaces and glow-sticks for everyone in attendance. This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather.

 On Friday, October 4, the Homecoming festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the JCJC Class of 1955 Reunion Dinner in the C.L. Neill Student Center Banquet Hall. Please make reservations by September 25, by calling the Alumni and Foundation Office at 601-477-4145.

Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 5, is slated with numerous activities for a day of fun for all ages. Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a brunch for alumni and friends at the Terrell Tisdale Library.  Members of the Ellisville High School Reunion for the 1960-1965 classes, and the JCJC 1979 Football Team and Cheerleaders reunion are invited to register for their reunions during the brunch.

Freshman Class Float by Megan Clark

At 10 a.m. the JC Homecoming Parade will wind through the streets of Ellisville and the campus, beginning at the Terrell Tisdale Library. The parade features floats made by the student body incorporating the theme, as well as the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, JC cheerleaders, Touch of Gold, and the 2019 Homecoming Queen and her court.  Parade Marshals are the 2019 Honor Alumni, Tim Lawrence, Brittney Pickering, Earl Reynolds and Reggie Smith.

At 10:45 a.m., the public is also invited to join the Jones family for a pep rally following the parade, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center.   At 11:30 a.m., the JCJC Alumni Luncheon will be held in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.  During this luncheon, four JCJC alumni, Tim Lawrence, Brittney Pickering, Earl Reynolds and Reggie Smith will be honored.  Reservations for the luncheon can be made through the Alumni and Foundation Office at 601-477-4145 or by emailing,

Before the game, the Ellisville High School Reunion Classes and the JCJC Reunions are invited to join the “Tailgating under the Tents” at the Sim Cooley Football Field, near the Tennis Complex beginning at 11:30.  The cost is $10 per person with a reservation deadline of September 25, by calling 601-477-4145.

The Homecoming pre-game festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the marching band’s pre-game show on the Sim Cooley Football Field at Bobcat Stadium. The game against Pearl River Community College will begin at 2 p.m.

At halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented with the crowning of the 2019 Homecoming Queen. Also, during halftime, the 2019 Honor Alumni and the JCJC Class of 1969, will be recognized. The festivities will end with a performance by the Maroon Typhoon and Touch of Gold. For more information call the Foundation and Alumni Office at 477-4145 or email