The Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting was held at the JSU camus on April 20, 2015. Our Ms. LaTonya Curley (PhD; picture in left), and Ms. Christina Spann (MPPA; pincture in right) attended the meeting, and presented their ideas on public policy issues of the County. Ms. Curley presented her impact statement on enhanced management of the detension center in the County. Ms. Spann proposed a smoking ban in the multi-housing units within the County. After their presentations, there were responses from the Board members on the current programs in place on the issues and discussions followed for better management of the issues. JSU hosted the event as part of its State and Local Government Program, increasing opportunities for student activism and engagements among the County board supervisors, and the JSU faculty and staff members. The JSU program is a great opportunity for our public policy students to be exposed to real administration of local governments, and to propose their fresh ideas, which are gained in classroom. Further, it is a significant additional step toward more active engagements between the neighboring local governments and the JSU public policy program. The PPAD students' participations for City Council meetings, and County Board of Supervisors meetings of the neighboring local governments will be continued.
Professor Chester Robinson and Professor Jae- Young Ko attended the closing ceremony and reception of the JSU Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement on April 17, 2015. The JSU Center for University Scholars and the Division of Research and Federal Relations have been operating a year-long training program of research proposal development for the JSU faculty members. Since its beginning in 2012, the program has trained 76 JSU scholars, and about 30 proposals were developed and submitted from the faculty members attending the training program for the first two years, generating external fundings of approximately $950,000. Professor Robinson and Professor Ko are among the twenty-three faculty members of Research Cohort III for 2014-2015. They have completed the training program actively and have been developing proposals for external funding opportunities using the knowledges gained from the training program.
Dr. Ko attended the 3rd Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference, held in New Orleans, from March 26-29, 2015, hosted by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dillard University .
Students and faculty members from 21 HBCU institutions across the nation, including Jackson State University, discussed the challenges and health risks of minority communities near polluting industrial facilities, and associated environmental justice, and potential health risks of minority communities driven by the climate change. During the Conference, they also discussed logistics regarding sending the HBCU delegation to the upcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, in Paris, France, from Nov. 30, to Dec. 11, 2015.
Dr. Ko gave a presentatation (titled, 'Challenges in developing and implementing coastal protection projects against increasing sea level rise: A case study of the Caernarvon river diversion in Louisiana.'), and built networks with the faculty members from other HBCU institutions on coastal management, and devoted efforts to recruit students for the Public Policy Program at Jackson State University.
The annual conference of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is THE conference for public policy scholars and practioners nationally and internationally. Representatives from the Department of Public Policy and Administration attended the ASPA annual conference, which was held in Chicago, from March 6 to 10, 2015. Ms. Ashlee Theodore, PhD student (Photo in left), gave a presentation (title: 'Equality in public service delivery: Assessing the performance of 311 service centers on vulnerable pouplations'). Associate Professor Jae- Young Ko gave a presentation (title: 'Challenges in implementing collaborative governance for large-scale ecosystem restoration project: A case study of the Caernravon river diversion in Louisiana), and he also served as a session chair. Our department was also represented by past ASPA President, Professor Sylvester Murray (1986-1987), and the newly elected President of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), Associate Professor Gloria Billingsley. She is in charge of planning and hosting the upcoming COMPA annual conference, which will be held in Jackson in 2016.
February 26th, 2015 by ppad
Students and faculty members of the Public Policy and Administration attended the annual conference of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), held in Philadelphia, from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2015.The JSU attendees served as panel members and gave presentations during the conference (Picture shown from the left to the right: Professor Sylvester Murray, Professor Frances Liddell, Ms. Alla Frank, Ms. Tina Collier, Mr. Aden Brown, Professor Ester Stokes, Professor Gloria Billingsley, Ms. Angeline Walton, Mr. Antron McKay-West and Mr. Michael Bolden). Further our faculty members were recognized for their contributions to the COMPA conference. Especially professor Billingsley will serve the President of the organization for the coming term, and the conference will be held in Jackson, MS next year.
(Left: Professor Gloria Billingsley; Right: Professor Ester Stokes)
( two in the left of the left pic : Aden Brown and Alla Frank in a panel session; second in the right of the right pic: Antron McKay-West during ceremony).
JSU Students participated in the Annual Student Public Policy debate on mixed teams with students from other participating universities. Antron McKay-West, a masters student in our program, was on the winning team and won a trophy for his participation. He also represented JSU on the Young Scholars Panel, discussing issues in marginalized communities. Jackson State University College of Public Service and the Department of Public Policy and Administration were the Silver Level Sponsors. Finally, the Department received a plaque for bringing the most students to the conference.
February 19th, 2015 by ppad
The JSU Fall 2014 commencement was held on Dec. 12, 2014. Three PhD students and three MPPA students received their degrees during the ceremony.
The PhD students are as follows:
Dr. Chelsea A. Crittle (dissertation title: Assessing the impact and implications of service delivery to senior citizens under the Older American Act: the case of Central Mississippi; advisor: Professor Bennett Odunsi),
Dr. Tamara L. Jackson (dissertation title: Assessing the difficulty of workforce diversification: the case of State fish wildlife agencies in the Southeast; advisor: Professor Bennett Odunsi),
Dr. Brian A. Pugh (dissertation title: Promoting budgetary policy through stabilization: the impact of spending stabilization rules on service delivery; advisor: Professor Johnny Gilleylen).
The MPPA students are as follows:
Ms. Remonica R. Jackson,
Ms. Andrea D. Johnson,
Ms. Akesha M. May.
Congratulations to all of the graduates!!!
February 14th, 2015 by ppad
Ms. Jermesha Haywood (MPPA) gave a presentation (title: An assessment of ruling political party's role for community development in the Mississippi Delta region) for the annual conference of Mississippi Political Science Association, held at Jackson State University, Feb. 13-14, 2015.
With professor Jae-Young Ko, she has been analyzing the impacts of the ruling political party's (governor's) regional develpment plans for the region for the period of the 1970s to the present. Their preliminary results showed that the policy impacts have been limited, as shown in ever-declining population of two counties in the region, and concluded that new plan, which is locality-centered, and environmental sustainable, should be considered.
Since joining the MPPA program at JSU, her academic performance has been outstanding. She has been recipients of 1st place, 3rd place, and 2nd place for the semi-annual JSU Public Policy Student Symposium in Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Fall 2014, respectively. She gave a presentation for the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECOPA; title: Social media's impacts on local non-profit organizatonal management) in September 17-20, 2014.
Further, her paper worked with professor Jae-Young Ko on conflict management among stakeholders for coastal management is now under review for a peer reviwed journal.
February 14th, 2015 by ppad
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour gave a presentation on his role as governor during and after the Hurricane Katrina hit on Feb. 12 (Th), at 5:30 p.m. The event was held at the JSU’s Mississippi e-Center in Jackson. More detailed information of the event is available at http://www.jsumsnews.com/?p=16591
Managing natural hazards (for example, hurricane) is a one of newly growing fields in Public Policy. The PPAD students and faculty members attended the event. Among them, some of the PhD students and faculty members have joys to take pictures with former Gov. Barbour and to ask questions to him.
The left picture shows Ms. Ashlee Theodore, Professor Jae-Young Ko, Gov. Barbour, Ms. Almesha Campbell, Christopher Roby, and Latonya Curley (from left to right). The right picture shows Professor Johnny Gilleylen asking a question to the Governor.
December 5th, 2014 by ppad
The JSU Public Policy Student Symposium 2014 Fall was held on December 4, 2014 (Organizer: Dr. Jae-Young Ko). The event is organized to increase students’ independent research skills, and to enhance skills of public communications in a professional setting. Fourteen presentations (ten from PhD and four from MPPA students) were made, covering diverse topics in public policy area. Top three presentations were recognized for the PhD and MPPA students, respectively. The symposium recognizes Mr. Alan Branson (title, ‘An analysis of payday lending locations in Mississippi’; in the left picture) for the 1st place of the PhD division, followed by Mr. T’Willie Chandler (‘Incarceration of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder’) for the 2nd place, and Ms. Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson (‘Children’s access to mental health care in Mississippi’) for the 3rd place. For the MPPA division, Ms. Daisy Carter (‘Pharm Party: A study on prescription drug abuse among teens in Mississippi’; in the right picture) won the 1st place. Mr. James Thompson (‘A comparative strategy assessment of creating green jobs for five state capital cities & policy recommendations’), and Ms. Jermesiah Haywood (‘Social media’s impact on local nonprofit organization Management: Research plan for Mississippi’) shared the 2nd place. Ms. Angeline Walton (‘Examining urban sprawl as link to sustainable development’) achieved the 3rd place. The semi-annual student symposium is open to the public policy students who want to build the research and presentation skills. The next symposium will be held in the late April 2015.
November 27th, 2014 by ppad
Professor Robinson's article on Dr. Halachmi was published for PA TIMES on October 2014 (TItle: Remembering Arie Halachmi: Scholar, Teacher and Person; vol.37, No.3, p.20). Professor Robinson remembers him by saying, '..he always had time to talk to me and showed me a different context for the problem. He never told me the answer, but showed me how to think about the problem contextually….'