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Jazz Series in June ready for entertaining

June 24th, 2019 by jsudurp


The College of Public Service is ready to host our Monthly Jazz Series with the Dowell Taylor Quintet and emcee, Pam Confer.  We welcome all who have an interest in hearing a great musical showcase along with an ambiance of enjoying the presence of wonderful people.  This event is free and open to the public!

Time:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place:  101 W. Capitol Street Center


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Mitchell Lloyd becomes AICP Certified!

June 11th, 2019 by jsudurp

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning congratulates one of our alumnus on passing the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) examination.  Mitchell Lloyd received his Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi.  He brought enthusiasm and architectural knowledge during his matriculation in the program and continues to excel professionally in the planning field.

AICP is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners qualifications.  Members of this organization pledge to uphold high standards of practice and stay current with their professional knowledge.

Mitchell is presently employed as a Senior Transportation Planner in the Project Development Division of Seattle, Washington's Department of Transportation.

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The question of where the funds from the 1% sales tax were addressed by Giahanna Bridges, MA student.  She focused her research on how the money is allocated within the City of Jackson during the 2016 timeframe since that was the most recent data available. Her findings also showed that infrastructure issues continue to be a priority for the current city's administration to address.  An attentive audience was present and asked a lot of questions for Giahanna while her internship site supervisor, Dr. Sam Mozee, interim director of the Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC) facilitated the presentation.  

Also in attendance was Dr. Joan M. Wesley, DURP interim chair and associate professor, Dr. Talya D. Thomas, DURP assistant professor and internship coordinator, DURP staff and students, MURC staff, and family and friends of Giahanna.  

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What do you do when you have a lot of questions and need just as many answers?  Well, one can attend a doctoral workshop sponsored by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning hosted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.    This event was the last in the month of activities as part of Planning Month.  Both doctoral and masters students were in the audience at the 101 W. Capitol Street Building at the JSU Downtown Campus to hear what new procedures and processes are a part of the matriculation. Shalonda Carlisle, a DURP doctoral candidate, served as the facilitator for the program.

There were two panels assembled for the workshop.  The first panel was comprised of key Jackson State University staff persons who are great resources in the overall completion process.  First, Mrs. Darlita Ballard, university and digital archivist from the Division of Library and Information Resource spoke about the binding of the dissertation/thesis.  Next, there was Dr. Kathi Griffin, director, of the Richard Wright Center, and last was Ms. Fatouma Sisay, senior program manager of the Division of Graduate Studies. Students were encouraged to be timely with their paperwork submissions and maintain communication with their advisor.  Additionally, the Richard Wright Center was a great place to help choose a topic for research and participate in their Roundtable Discussions.

DURP alumni doctoral graduates comprised of the second panel discussion. Dr. Joan Blanton, AICP and Dr. Jasmine Williams-Washington are both DURP visiting assistant professors along with Dr. Charles Husband, provided first-hand information of what current doctoral students should expect as part of their personal and professional journey.


Shown left to right:  Dr. Talya D. Thomas, DURP assistant professor, Dr. Joan Blanton, AICP, DURP visiting assistant professor, Dr. Jasmine Williams-Washington, DURP visiting assistant professor, Shalonda Carlisle, DURP doctoral candidate, and Dr. Charles Husband, manager, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Ms. Fatouma Sisay, senior program manager, JSU Division of Graduate Studies


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     October was filled with several activities to commemorate the American Planning Association's "National Planning Month."  The Department of Urban and Regional Planning along with the City of Jackson's Planning Department and the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association (MS APA) collaborated together to host a Brown Bag Panel Discussion on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This year's planning month's theme was "Housing as Community Infrastructure."  Several panelists were selected based on their individual expertise starting with Mr. Ted J. Duckworth, President and CEO of Duckworth Realty, Inc., Ms. Shundreka R. Givan, AICP, Project Development Team Leader with the Federal Highway Administration, Ms. Donnetta McAdoo, Community Planning and Development Director with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Mr. Primus Wheeler, Executive Director for the Jackson Medical Mall.  

     Ms. Lisa Johnson, DURP Student Development Coordinator, served as the facilitator for this event.  Two of DURP's Alumni were sponsors of the Brown Bag:  Dr. Joan F. Blanton, AICP and CEO of Central Mississippi Community Design Center and Dr. Alfred Martin, CEO of Environmental Management Plus, Inc.  



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This year's APA MS and APA Alabama Planning Annual Conference in Tupelo, MS did not disappoint as both the Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty and alumni graced the stage for awards.  


Lucie Khachan, Ph.D. student, made a poster presentation on her research involving the "Evaluation of New Urbanism in Mississippi."

Willie Davidson, MA, received the "Emerging Planner Award."

Ramini Aghili, AICP, MA, received the "Emerging Planner Award."
Peter Smith, MA student, Demetra Bates, Doctoral Candidate, and Nathan Coe, MA Political Science student made poster presentations and served as conference volunteers.
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The 6th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Climate Change Conference held on September 20th-23rd in New Orleans, LA was well represented with several students from our department.  Theme of the event was "Fighting For Our Lives" resonated throughout the conference activities.  

Doctoral student, Daniel Walker, was on program to present his research involving "The Impact of Brownfield Sites on Climate Change in Urban Minority Communities In Major Southern Cities."  Kieshelle Jones-Reynaud, Ph.D. was in attendance at the conference.  

Doctoral student, Lucie Khachan, made a poster presentation on her research involving "Evaluation of New Urbanism in Mississippi."  The topic she said is about "Many cities, towns, and neighborhoods in Mississippi are looking for more livable, walkable, mixed-use, diverse, safe, and sustainable neighborhoods where the needs of future generations can be met.  Additionally, she added New Urbanist promise to change the declining public ream of sprawl and to create better, more cohesive and environmentally-friendly communities."  

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Dr. Joan M. Wesley, associate professor, is now serving in the role of chair for the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Dr. Wesley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in community development and housing as well as serving as a member of the Executive Committee for the Mississippi American Planning Association.  We congratulate Dr. Wesley, on this noteworthy accomplishment.

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