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.

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A symposium on the Revitalization of Down Town Jackson was held on Monday, November 17, 2014. The featured speaker was Eric Jefferson, the Planning Director for the City of Jackson, MS.  Jefferson reviewed the historical development of the city and its current benefits and challenges to transforming Jackson into a walkable city between home, work, shopping, and entertainment. Pictured above are Jefferson (center), Dr. Cheater Robinson (instructor), and students in PPAD 685, Urban Problems, that sponsored the symposium.  

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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….'








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Mayor Tony T. Yarber, with Ms. Kishia Powell, Director of Public Works, came to the campus, and explained the Jackson's infrastructure master plan, which will be financed through the one-percent sales tax increase passed last January, to the students and faculty members on Nov. 5, 2014 (arranged by Professor Murray).

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Make A Difference Day

November 11th, 2014 by ppad

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On Saturday, October 25th our PPAD Student Association participated in Make A Difference Day – a partnership with The Voice of Calvary Ministries and the ZOO Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP).  We painted bridges, a building, landscaped, and cleaned the community (picking up trash, raking, and pulling dead leaves and vines).  We worked to clean up and beautify Livingston Park, the Zoo, and Claiborne Park.  Students worked from 8am to 12pm (Advisor: Professor Hines).

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Jackson Police Chief Vance came to Campus

November 10th, 2014 by ppad

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LEE D. VANCE, the Chief of Police of the capitol city of Jackson, Mississippi, came to the campus and gave a talk on Executive Leadership on October 29, 2014 (arranged by Professor Hines).







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Ms. Chelsea Crittle defended her doctoral dissertation successfully (title: 'Assessing the impact and implications of service delivery to senior citizens under the Older Americans Act: The case of Central Mississippi, 2007-2012'), on October 14, 2014.  Congratulations, Dr. Crittle!

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Ms. Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson, a doctoral student in the Public Policy and Administration Program, and Instructor of English at Jackson State University, has been appointed Vice President for the Mississippi Association of Developmental Education (MADE).  Hawkins-Wilson will serve during the annual MADE conference on November 6 – 7, 2014.  In 2015, Hawkins-Wilson will serve as President.  Hawkins-Wilson’s research interests include developmental education, technology-centered curricula, and student engagement.  Hawkins-Wilson has numerous publications, including iBooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and other publications.  Her work has been presented at various regional and national conferences. Hawkins-Wilson serves on the executive board of the Urban League Greater Jackson Young Professionals and on the editorial review boards for the National Social Science Association and the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Higher Education.  She belongs to the National Council of Negro Women, American Association of University Women, National Social Science Association, Urban League Greater Jackson Young Professional, Mississippi Association of Developmental Education, American Society for Public Administration, and The Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Political Science and a MA in English. 

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A group of students and faculty members at Public Policy and Administration Program attended the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECOPA) 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, from September 17 to 20, 2014.  During the conference, Mr. James Thompson- a MPA student- was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Robert L. Kline Award for the best master’s student paper, among about six hundred attendees.  The title of his paper was ‘A comparative growth assessment of the green economy of five cities and policy recommendations in the United States (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jae-Young Ko).

The other presentations are from Ms. Jermesha Haywood (MPA: Social media’s impact on local nonprofit organizational management: A plan for Mississippi), Ms. Christina Spann (MPA: The impact of sex education on teenagers), Ms. Cassandra Hawkins Wilson (PhD: Children’s access to mental health care in Mississippi), Mr. Alan Branson (PhD: An assessment of payday lending practices in the metro-Jackson area, Mississippi, and potential policy responses), and Dr. Jae-Young Ko (faculty: Policy dimension of employing ecosystem services for sustainable community: a case study of wetland assimilation of municipal wastewater using natural wetlands).

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