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                                              OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS               VOLUME 2 NO. 1 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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    The name is the same, but that is where the              click and drag messages to
similarity ends. GEM will no longer be the Gamecock          move them from one folder to
Electronic Mail system -- it will be the Gamecock            another or drag items in the
Enterprise Messaging system. Not only will GEM               Calendar to move them.
have a new look, but it will be easier to use and have       ■  Highlighting: In messages,
                                                             items such as names, address-               JSU VICE PRESIDENT’S
several new features: mail, calendars, briefcase,
                                                             es, and dates are highlighted in            MANTRA: OPPORTUNITY
document collaboration and more.
                                                             blue. You can point at them for
    According to Mike Sanders, IT systems analyst
                                                             information, click on them for
                                                                                                         Rebecca O. Turner’s success
for JSU, migration to the new system for faculty, staff
                                                             more information, or right-click            based on love for helping people.
and students should be completed by the end of               on them for more options.                                       Story Page 3
February.                                                    ■  Quota display: Near the
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JSU crowns
new queen
     Lauren Moon was crowned Miss
JSU 2010 on January 15 at Leone
Cole Auditorium. The title is not new
                 to Ms. Moon, who was
                 also crowned Miss
                 JSU 2008.
                     A senior history
                 major from Calera,
                 Ala., Ms. Moon also
                 won the talent portion
                 of the pageant with a
                  classical vocal perfor-
Moon              mance. First runner-

                                                Dance, dine with your Valentine
                  up was Ms. Whitney
Curtis, and Ms. Cierra Odom won the
swimsuit competition.
     As Miss JSU, Ms. Moon will now                Come dance and dine with your Valen-               for individuals. Students with a valid JSU
be eligible to compete in the Miss Ala-        tine on Friday, February 12 from 6:30 p.m.             ID can purchase limited tickets for $25 a
bama pageant on June 12. Should she            to 10:30 p.m. at the Oxford Civic Center.              couple. Only 325 seats are available so act
win the state crown, she will vie for the          Enjoy a superb Italian buffet then dance           fast.
Miss America crown in January 2011.            the night away at this very special evening                All proceeds will benefit the JSU Depart-
     According to Mardracus Russell,           of music featuring live big band dance mu-             ment of Music and Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa
Miss JSU pageant director, a Miss              sic from the Great American Song Book as               Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity,
JSU winner is allowed to compete for
                                               performed by the outstanding JSU Jazz Or-              and Sigma Alpha Iota.
a second crown after sitting out of the
                                               chestra and Studio Jazz Band with featured                 The Oxford Civic Center is located at
pageant for at least one year after her
                                               vocalists Kelsey Crow and Jean Ellison.                401 McCullars Lane in Oxford, Alabama
first reign.
                                                   The dinner buffet includes salad, bread,           (next to Oxford Lake Park).
                                               pasta, lasagna, vegetables, coffee and                     Tickets are available at the door and can
Dr. Jordan Barkley leads                       dessert.                                               be reserved by calling 256 782 5883.
                                                   Tickets are only $45 per couple and $25                                              — Staff reports
Secondary Education Dept.
     The College of Education and
Professional Studies announces the
appointment of Dr. Jordan Barkley as           New rules draw more scholarship recipients
the department head in Secondary
                                                  More scholarships to             was revealed that for the           Martin Weldon said that the
Education as of January 1, 2010.
     Dr. Barkley, a native of Limestone
                                              more students. That’s Jack-          2010-11 school year more            new changes have already
County, joined the faculty at Jackson-        sonville State University’s          than $6.3 million worth of          doubled acceptance rates.
ville State University in fall of 2005 as     goal.                                scholarships were offered               University president Dr.
an assistant professor of secondary               Recent changes to the            to 1,344 incoming fresh-            Bill Meehan believes that
education. Dr. Barkley received his           school’s scholarship pro-            men. Of those scholarships          the scholarship changes
undergraduate degree in English and           gram was one of the topics           offered, 423 incoming fresh-        will help JSU reach its goal
history education in 2000. He earned          of discussion during the             men have already accepted           of 10,000 students: “Good
his master’s degree as a reading spe-         Board of Trustees meeting            offers to the tune of more          students attract more stu-
cialist with a public school administra-      in January.                          than $2.2 million.                  dents,” he said.
tion credential in 2001. In 2005, he              During the meeting it                Scholarship coordinator                — Staff reports/wire reports
graduated from Auburn University with
his Ph.D. in Reading Education with
an emphasis in middle and secondary
literacy instruction.                       MILESTONES
                                            Below is a list of JSU’s newest hires and promotions:     Morgan, Larry J.; assistant professor, Physical and
NEWSLETTER STAFF                            Buzan, Deborah D.; bookkeeper, Disability Support         Earth Sciences
                                            Services                                                  Nash, William N.; major gifts officer, Institutional
Editors: Patty Hobbs                        Callaway, Kevin L.; assistant professor, Nursing and      Development
and Angie Finley
                                            Health Sciences                                           Reese, Kerri D.; distance education specialist, Office
Newsletter designer/editor:
Bill Boykins                                Coger, Kay M.; Secretary II, Student Teaching             of Distance Education
Staff contributors: Julie                   McCutchen, Thomas W.; professor, Music                    Smouse, Carey; instructional design specialist, Office
Skinner and Giselle Tucker                  Moore, Janet M.; coordinator, Student-Athlete Aca-        of Distant Education
                                            demic Support Services, academic advisement               Veal, Sarah B.; instructor.
  OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS                                                  VOLUME 2 NO. 1 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010                3

               COMPUTER SCIENCE
                                                           TOWN & GOWN

               Francia                          Turner views
               for Fulbright
                                                as a mantra
                                                           Years ago, Rebecca O. Turner was a
                   The Council for Interna-           shy college student just trying to figure
               tional Exchange of Scholars            out what she should major in, and what
               (CIES), on behalf of the In-           path in life she should travel. Turner was
               stitute of International Edu-          guided by the help of a female mentor
               cation’s division for Scholar          at her church, who suggested that she
               and Professional Programs,             volunteer at a county office for social
               recently acknowledged                  services. Turner took that advice, and                         Photo by Steve Latham/JSU
               Dr. Guillermo Francia, III,            volunteered there one summer where             In January 2002, Rebecca O. Turner
               professor of computer sci-             she was assigned to work with the child        became the first female vice president at
               ence in the Department of              welfare workers who handled foster care        Jacksonville State University.
               Mathematical, Computing                and adoptions.
               and Information Sciences,                                                             tain a degree in social work, transferred
                                                           “And that was it,” Turner says. “I fell
               for having served during                                                              from Jacksonville State University in her
                                                      in love with social work right then and
               2009 on the Computer Sci-                                                             junior year to Montevallo, which was the
                                                      there, and I knew that’s what I needed
               ence Peer Review Commit-                                                              only college in the state of Alabama to
                                                      to study.”
               tee for the Fulbright Scholar                                                         offer an undergraduate degree in social
                                                           Finding an undergraduate program in
               Program.                                                                              work at that time.
                                                      the state of Alabama for social work was
                   The Institute creates                                                                 After graduating and working for a
                                                                            difficult during that
               review committees for the                                                             child welfare agency, Turner then re-
                                                                            time. All around her,
               Fulbright Scholar Program                                                             ceived her Master’s degree and became
                                                                            women were major-
               that reflect the disciplinary,                                                        a supervisor for the agency. While study-
                                                                            ing in education, a
               geographic, institutional                                                             ing to receive her Master’s degree, she
                                                                            field that she didn’t
               and individual diversity of                                                           took a course in social work education
                                                                            quite see for herself.
               the United States. During                                                             at the doctoral level. Eventually, she
                                                                            Though many didn’t
               2009, the peer review com-                                                            received her D.S.W. (Doctorate of Social
                                                                            understand her
               mittees evaluated applica-                                                            Work) and knew that being able to teach
                                                                            chosen field, Turner
               tions and recommended                                                                 social work education would be some-
                                                                             didn’t let that slow
               candidates for further                                                                thing she’d love to do if an opportunity
                                                Dr. William Meehan’s         her down.
               consideration in nearly 130                                                           arose.
                                                Town & Gown column               “There were a
               countries. Faculty members       appears weekly in the                                    An opportunity did arise, and she
                                                                             few people along
               in the merit review process      Jacksonville News.                                   began working at JSU in August of 1981
                                                This is a reprint of that    the way who didn’t
               donate substantial time                                                               as a social work instructor.
                                                column.                      understand the
               reading and evaluating ap-                                                                Turner then became the program
                                                                             profession,” Turner
               plications. They, along with                                                          director in social work at JSU, and it
                                                                             recalls. “It can be
               the support of their home                                                             was then that the social work program
                                                      a very draining profession, but it’s very
               institutions, help Fulbright                                                          became accredited by the Council on
                                                      important, and I knew that it’s where I
               foster mutual understand-                                                             Social Work Education.
                                                      needed to be.”
               ing through international                   Turner, who was determined to ob-                                 • Continued on page 5
               academic exchange.

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                                                                        • Continued from page 3

                                                                            Moving on up, Turner in time         This writing assignment,
                                                                        became the department head           however, was not Turner’s first.
                                                                        for sociology and social work.       She also co-authored a book
                                                                            “Opportunities just pres-        on directing undergraduate
                                                                        ent themselves, and I think          social work programs, and two
                                                                        you have to be open to those         years ago she wrote a chapter
                                                                        opportunities,” Turner says.         on foster care in a textbook
                                                                        “You have to be willing to take      about child welfare.
                                                                        some risks and gain some new             When it comes to opportuni-
                                                                        knowledge and skill in order to      ties that Turner has grasped,

 On the Brink conference
                                                                        be able to move to that next         such as writing assignments
                                                                        level.”                              and professional advance-
                                                                            Turner reached that next         ments, she says it’s all about
 explores Southern experience                                           level when in January of 2002
                                                                        she made history as the first-
                                                                                                             pushing yourself to your limits,
                                                                                                             and knowing when to just say
     “You can’t understand it. You                                      ever female vice president at        “yes.”
 would have to be born there,” is                                       Jacksonville State University,           “I think it’s very easy to say
 the theme for this year’s On the                                       a title she never expected to        ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I can’t do
                 Brink conference,                                      have.                                that’,” Turner says. “That was
                 which will take                                            “I was quite gratified,”         my thought process when I was
                 place at Jackson-                                      Turner says. “Every new job          much younger. But, there came
                 ville State Univer-                                    I’ve been fortunate to achieve       a time when I realized that if I
                 sity on Saturday,                                      on this campus has been a            wanted to have opportunities
                 February 13.
                                         Gable              Jenkins     journey and an exciting one.”        to do more things that would
                      On the Brink                                          Turner has worked as the         help stretch and grow me both
                 is designed as a                                       vice president for academic          professionally and personally,
                  provocative and                                       and student affairs for the past     then sometimes I would just
Delbridge         entertaining gath-                                    eight years, and has worked          have to say yes.”
                  ering of Southern                                     hard to make JSU a campus                Turner has come a long way
                 writers and read-                                      that makes its students, alumni      from that shy college student
                 ers. Registration                                      and faculty proud.                   looking to find her way.
                 begins at 8 a.m.                                           Most recently, Turner has            Though her list of ac-
                 Fee is $45 per per-
                                         Lakeman            Scott       been noticed for the opening         complishments has steadily
                 son. JSU student                                       chapter she wrote in Women of        grown over the years, Turner is
                 registration is $15.                                   Color on the Rise, a book that       humble, and credits her accom-
                 The conference                                         confronts issues concerning          plishments to the opportunities
                  will bring together                                   women of color in administra-        she has seized.
                  writers in a range                                    tive positions in social work.           “In my experience, opportu-
 of genres. The writers attend-                                             “Within each of us is an         nities just arose. They revealed
 ing the conference will read                                           emerging leader who needs            themselves in various ways
 from their works and discuss                                           the opportunity to be nurtured       along the way,” Turner says.
 their reasons for working in their White                   White       and to grow leadership skills,”      “And as opportunities arose, I
 chosen genre. Scheduled to appear at this year’s confer-               Turner says in regards to the        embraced them.”
 ence are Melissa J. Delbridge, Family Bible; Ted Dunagan, A Yellow     book. “Within some of us, espe-          A practice we’d all be wise
 Watermelon; Amanda C. Gable, The Confederate General Rides North;      cially those of us that are older,   to emulate.
 Emyl Jenkins,The Big Steal; Thomas Lakeman, Broken Wing; Joanna        there is competent leadership.
                                                                        For those people, the challenge          Julie Skinner, a student
 Catherine Scott, Child Of The South; Neil White, In The Sanctuary Of
                                                                        is to mentor the emerging lead-      worker in the Office of Public
 Outcasts; and Susan Rebecca White, Bound South.
                                                                        ers so they can become the           Relations, contributed to this
     For more information, contact Gena Christopher at 782-
                                                                        leaders of the future.”              article.
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                                   CALLING ALL FACULTY/STAFF EXPERTS
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                 To update your profile, please fill out the online form at

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