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Two Pass the AICP Examination

November 17th, 2014 by jsudurp

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Joan Blanton, DURP Ph.D. candidate, passed the AICP examination!
Joan is currently completing her dissertation and her research centers on the effectiveness of collaborative planning and particularly of the design charrette led by the New Urbanist following Hurricane Katrina.  She is an employee at JSU working as a program manager of a large grant from the National Science Foundation that is intended to prepare underrepresented minorities to obtain Ph.Ds in the sciences.  Joan has almost 20 years experience as a practicing planners in which she secured over $1 million dollars in grant money for housing rehabilitation and research.

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Colandra Jones, M.A., DURP Class of 2006, passed the AICP examination!
Colandra presently works for the City Planning Division in the Comprehensive Planning Studio.  She has been involved in processing growth management plan amendments, annexations, master plans, re-zoning and subdivision plats.  Additionally, she is currently the Growth Management Plan Coordinator for Large Scale Amendments and the lead planner for various projects in the Southeast section of Orlando know as Lake None Medical City.
 

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(Pictured left to right is Jasmin Fleming, M.A. student, URP and Dr. Talya Thomas, assistant professor, URP
Volunteering in the community makes the sacrifice worthwhile when the Department of Urban and Regional Planning helps with creating a playspace for children.  This project was sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall, Humana, and KaBoom, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve.  Participants were tasked to build the playground in one day to promote the playground's mission of encouraging brain expansion, making friends, and building muscles.  The chosen location was Homestead Heights on Prosperity Street.

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Congratulations to Dr. Talya D. Thomas, assistant professor, Urban and Regional Planning, selected as one of 25 scholars for the Third Cohort of the Academy of Research and Scholarly Engagement at Jackson State University.  Participants will engage in various activities related to research and peer reviewed activities pertaining to their respective proposals.

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Emmett Till Symposium_(L-R)_Oppenheim, Phillips,Foster,Seraile,Wesley,Mayor Thomas

 

Several participants were recently featured at the Inagural Emmett Till Symposium held at the Dollye Robinson Liberal Arts Building September 23rd.  Two representatives from the Urban and Regional Planning Department were on program  They were Dr. Joan M. Wesley, associate professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Dr. Daphine Foster, URP alumna.  Their topic was, "The Emmett Till Historic Intrepic Center" located in Glendora, MS.  Speakers were as seen on photo above from left to right:  Attorney Jed Oppenheim, Dr. Ivory Phillip, Dr. Daphine Foster, Dr. William Seraile, Dr. Joan M. Wesley, and the Honorable Johnny Thomas of Glendora, MS.

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Several of Urban and Regional Planning's faculty and students collaborated on an article pertaining to "Analyzing Water Resource Issues in the State of Mississippi."  The article was published in the British Journal of Applied Science and Technology on April, 22, 2014.  Authors included:  Dr. Edmund C. Merem, Dr. Joan Wesley, Emmanuel Nwagboso, Siddig Fageir, Peter Isopehi, Marshand Chrisler, Shayron Thomas and Romorno Corney.  Purpose of the research centered around a rise in pumpage amoung different sectors and the increase in boil water alerts prompted by pollution and standard violations.  They concluded that the capacity of utilizing a mix scale approach to bring attention to the vunerability of Mississippi's water resources to degradation.

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