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 IMG_1708_1The first day of the ENACT workshop ended with a three-hour dinner meeting (at Wheelock College) with the 15 ENACT Fellows and the ENACT staff. In their own way, and using their own experiences, each of the 15 Fellows – from 15 different universities in 15 different state capitals – remarkably discussed the importance of new course creativity and old course renovation – thinking out of the box – in creating a successful environment for the student, her career, and for the development of actual problem-solving public policy. Tomorrow we go to Brandeis University and begin to work out the details that will be applied to the ENACT course that will be taught in various forms by the 15 ENACT Fellows.   The picture shows an exhausted Dr. Slack, taking a walk around Fenway Park, which is in the background.

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IMG_1658_1Professor James D. Slack (Ph.D., Ph.D.) was selected as one of its inaugural Faculty Fellows in the Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) program at Brandeis University last Spring (http://www.jsums.edu/publicpolicy/2016/01/06/professor-slack-is-a-the-enact-faculty-fellow-this-summer/)

The program is designed to be a strategic information hub to stimulate young people to acquire the types of personal interaction that will inspire them to adopt Supreme Court Justice Brandis' belief that the "most important political office is that of the private citizen."  ENACT serves to connect participants with their counterparts throughout the country.  The program is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Weissburg.  One of the selection criteria is for the recipient univeristy to be at or near a state capital city.  Jackson State University is one of 15 institutions selected for ENACT participation.

Professor Slack is now attending the ENACT workshop at Brandeis Univ. from May 22 – 26, 2016. The workshop is designed to develop learning opportunities to the students on knowledge, skills, and justice on the legislative proceesses on social justice issues https://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/ENACT/workshop.html

For more details, please check the Dept Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncompa16/ 

Have a productive trip to Boston, Professor Slack!

 

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JonesMs. Denita Jones, a PhD Candidate, was  elected as a Delegate for the Rankin County Democratic Party and Vice Chairman of the Rankin County Democratic Executive Committee on March 12, 2016.  Ms Jones was also elected as one of a team of Delegates to attend the Mississippi Democratic Party State Convention to be held May 21, 2016.   The Department congratulates Ms. Jones for taking the theory from her coursework and using it as a springboard to make a difference in her community. 

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Professor Slack’s 10th book

May 4th, 2016 by ppad

 IMG_1658_1Dr. James D. Slack, at his home in Hoover, Alabama, just after signing a contract for his 10th book. Tentatively titled THE CHRIST WORKER, this book is a devotional that combines Christian scripture with organization behavior, workplace theory, and other work and career challenges for people in the public and nonprofit professions. Published by Emeth Press, the book is expected to be in print toward the end of 2016. 

 

 

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Ashlee theodoreOn Friday (April 29, 2016), Ms. Ashlee Kelly (PhD) and her partners participated in Startup Weekend Jackson and pitched "TinyJXN," Jackson's first tiny home development.  Out of 23 pitches, her project is one of the eight selected.  For that, she formed a group to refine her pitch.  The event was a 52 hour-long project, which means her group worked all weekend and pitched a little after 5 on Sunday.  Her group's pitch included tiny homes in distressed areas of Jackson, target market (students, young professionals, first-time homeowners, and empty nesters), selling a minimalist lifestyle, and customized, eco-friendly and sustainable designs.  As first place winners, her group was awarded a space at Coalesce for 6 months, a free consulting on legal planning from Baker Donelson, and marketing consultation from ThinkWebstore and an Office Depot gift card.  For more information, please check the dept. facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncompa16/), and please follow her journey @TinyJXN (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).  Ms. Kelly’s efforts will contribute to community development in the economically depressed Jackson area, by her recognized entrepreneurship.  Congratulations, Ashlee!

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MahoneyThe national online newspaper,  Huffington Post, had an interview with Ms. Wendy Mahoney, Execitive Director of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and a PhD student at the Dept. of Public Policy and Administration on April 26, 2016, on domestic violence issue in Mississippi, especially on the domestic violence bill which was not passed during the 2016 legislative session.  The case shows well the outstanding quality of our PhD students.  Congratulations, Dr. Mahoney.

 

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IMG_2842On Saturday, March 26, 2016, students in PPAD rallied together to volunteer for a special cause. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi granted a wish for Kentric Stubbs Robinson, an 8 year old battling cancer. A student within our department, Prisca Patrick, was on of his wish granters and asked her classmates to help them celebrate her wish kid. The mission of the organization became truly evident to everyone involved in the event that day. "We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy." To learn more about how you can get involved with Make-A-Wish, please visit ms.wish.org.

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MPPA Spring 2016 GraduatesThe Spring 2016 Graduate Gommencement was held at the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center, on April 22, 2016.

One PhD and eight MPPA (MPA) students received their degrees during the ceremony. The MPPA graduates shown in pic are (from left) : Mr. Jimmie L. Smith, Mr. Brian Wilks, Ms. Cass M. Randall, Mr. Cedric D. Coates (behind Ms .Randall), Ms. Marquita S. Davis, Mr. Joseph C. Haynes, Ms. Prisca Patrick, and Ms. Jermesha B. Haywood). 

In addition, Dr. Charles A.  Carlisle (Advisor: Professor Johnny B. Gilleylen, Sr) received his doctoral degree.  Congratulations to all of the graduates!!! 

The videos of Graduate commencement and the undergraduate commencement, in which the First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama, are available at the JSU Facebook webpage, https://www.facebook.com/JacksonState/?fref=nf

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Billingsley_2The American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) has invited Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Associate Professor and MPPA Program Director, in the Department of Public Policy and Administration to serve as a Senior Scholar at the 5th International Young Scholars Workshop (YSW) to be held July 20-23 in Cape Town, South Africa. As a senior scholar, Dr Billingsley, along with other distinguished senior scholars in the field, will provide mentorship to an international group of young scholars. Primary responsibilities as a senior scholar include reviewing scholar applications, ranking them for acceptance, providing an evaluation of a small group of junior scholar papers, attending professional development workshops, providing instructional lectures on a variety of topics and mentoring  young scholars during the YSW.

The Young Scholars Workshop aims to strengthen academic and social exchange mechanisms for young scholars in public policy, administration and related subfields. The 2016 International Young Scholars Workshop will focus on research that advances the understanding of global disparities in public policy, public administration, nongovernmental organizations and the communities they serve. The workshop experience provides an opportunity for participants to both engage in the development of research papers, and interrogate some of the pressing issues currently taking place in South Africa and other nations around matters of inequity, public policy, government (national and subnational) administration, and community building. Young Scholars will get a fresh experiences on the process of conducting empirical research—from topic choice to reviewing the literature, from framing and analyzing, to presenting their research. Congratulations, Professor Billingsley!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMs. Debra Monroe-Lax (PhD)'s paper (title: Economic determinant analysis of student academic performance in the Mississippi public education system; Project Advisor: Professor Jae-Young Ko) has been accepted for presentation at the ASPA’s 5th Annual International Young Scholars Workshop in Public Policy and Administration Research, July 20-23, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa

This workshop aims to provide young scholars from across the globe an academically rigorous platform for presentation of research, scholarly exchange, and professional networking. Attending young scholars, who study or work in public policy, public administration, or related fields, will be paired with distinguished senior scholars who serve as mentors.

Congatulations!!! Have a fun and productive conference trip!

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