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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 IN THE NEWS
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
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
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
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
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.
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TOWN & GOWN
Francia Turner views
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
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
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
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
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WHERE WE’RE GOING
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enhance the University’s
public identity and foster
positive relations between
the University and our
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and dissemination of
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The Office of Public Relations is under the umbrella of the Department of Marketing and Communi-
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relations; Angie Finley, public relations specialist; Giselle Tucker, graduate assistant; and Julie
Skinner and Bill Boykins, undergraduate assistants.
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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
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.
5866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ALL FACULTY/STAFF EXPERTS
The Office of Public Relations is updating JSU’s Faculty Experts Guide. Because of the many changes in the
format of the guide, we encourage all faculty members who can speak with authority about a subject (even if it’s
unrelated to your actual job) to submit a new form with your updated information. We would like to make every
entry as uniform and thorough as possible, so please attach a resume and vita. If you do not have a photo on
file with us, please make arrangements with the University Photographer or submit one of your choosing.
To update your profile, please fill out the online form at http://www.jsunews.com/apps/faculty-update.