August 22nd, 2016 by ppad
Ms. Shelia Malone is a master’s student in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. All masters’ students are required to do an internship and participate in Toastmaster. This summer, Shelia elected to do her internship as a researcher at the University of California-Irvin. Although she is a member of JSU PPAD Toastmasters Club #0142091, club rules allow her to participate in a local club which she elected to do while in California.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. It empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses, and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams, and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters Program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it.
If you have a desire to improve your communications and leadership skills, we encourage you to join PPAD Toastmaster Club #01452091. You can contact Dr. Ester W. Stokes @ (601) 979-8787 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Stokes serves as the Internship Coordinator for the Department of Public Policy and Administration.
Professor James Slack will join the inaugural Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Clinical and Population Health Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. According to the letter of invitation, “The CAB will be an essential partner in achieving our mission of improving the health of all Mississippians…. As well-informed advisors, CAB members will be routinely solicited for their views and opinions and often influence decisions impacting the broader community.” In addition to assisting in the advancement of health in the state of Mississippi, Professor Slack also hopes to gain our students opportunities whenever appropriate to explore additional dissertation ideas. Congratulations, Professor Slack.
The 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.
Professor 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!
Ms. 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.
Dr. 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.
On 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!
The 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.
On 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.
The 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