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Jacksonville State University Launches Transfer Pathway Program

Jacksonville State University is excited to announce the launch of the Transfer Pathway Program, a new initiative that will benefit all community college students in the state of Alabama, the surrounding region, and other states.

 
Faculty Spotlight: Nathan Wight

Nathan Wight, Director of Operatic Activities at Jacksonville State University, grew up on a ranch in Kermit, Texas and came to Jacksonville State University in the fall of 2003.
 
JSU Presidents: From 1883 to Today

While America celebrates President’s Day, let’s take a look back through 134 years of JSU history and recognize the 12 men who have served as president of Jacksonville State.
 
MFA Students Team Up with JHS

The JSU Department of Art is pleased to announce its outreach program with Jacksonville High School.
 
Marching Ballerinas Kick Off Audition Season on March 3

Each spring, dozens of young ladies try out for the South's most beloved college dance line, the JSU Marching Ballerinas. Audition season kicks off for the Ballerinas on March 3 with an interest meeting at 7 p.m. in Mason Hall Performance Center. Potential and returning Ballerinas are encouraged to attend.
 
SAA Student Etiquette Dinner Slated for March 7

The JSU Student Alumni Association (SAA) will present the Student Etiquette Dinner on Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library. Let the SAA help prepare you for life after college with a three course meal, which includes tips on how to make a great impression during a business dinner or interview.
 
JSU Clubs Present “The Vagina Monologues” to Support 2nd Chance, Inc.

To raise awareness about domestic violence and shine the spotlight on the lives of girls and women, a production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented at JSU on Feb. 23-24, 7 p.m., in JSU’s Ernest Stone Center Studio Theatre, Room 338.
 
JSU Celebrates Successful MLK Community Service Week

During January 17-27, the American Democracy Project at JSU hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Week. This event is sponsored by many schools nationwide as a way to honor King and his mission of unity, equality, and service to one another.
 
Arbor Day Ceremony on Feb. 16

JSU will celebreate Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony on Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m., on the east lawn of Meehan Hall.
 
Student Government Spring General Election Applications Available

Those planning to run for Executive Office and Senate are encouraged to attend an interest meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m., in the Theron Montgomery Building auditorium. Applications are due in the Dean of Students Office on Feb. 16 by 4:30 p.m.
 
Faculty Spotlight: Keitha Segrest

Keitha Segrest, instructor and practicum supervisor for the School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, joined the JSU School of Education in August 2016, but her initial connection to the university goes back 30 years to 1987.
 
Online Programs Ranked Among Nation's Best

US News and World Report has named two of JSU’s online degree programs among the nation’s best.
 
Grad Students Teaching Tennis Classes and Clinics

Looking for a healthy hobby? The Jacksonville Tennis Organization is offering three class options to get you off the couch and on the court, taught by JSU graduate assistants Guillermo Aylon and Lalo Ugalde - who help coach the JSU Tennis Team.
 
JSU Music Hosts New Recorder Festival

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the David L. Walters Department of Music will host a Recorder Festival for children and adults, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., in Mason Hall Performance Center.
 
Wellness Wednesday: Laughter is the Best Medicine

At this month's Wellness Wednesday on Feb. 8, learn mood boosters and stress stoppers to improve your health.
 
Phi Kappa Phi Offers Study Abroad Grants

Interested in studying abroad? The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers Study Abroad Grants designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. The Society offers 50 awards at $1,000.00 each.
 
Share Your JSU Love Stories in Our Second Annual Contest

Jacksonville State University has long been known as the Friendliest Campus in the South, but could it also be the most loving? We explored that notion last year through our first #JSULoves contest on social media. The response was so great from our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends that we're back for more of your JSU love stories in 2017!
 
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barbie Norvell

Dr. Barbie Norvell, associate professor of early childhood education, came to JSU in the fall of 2016.
 
ZTA's 47th Annual Big Man on Campus Fundraiser Slated for Feb. 22

JSU's Zeta Tau Alpha is hosting its 47th annual Big Man On Campus on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm. in the Theron Montgomery Building Auditorium. BMOC is a fun and exciting all male talent show that ZTA hosts each year to raise money for its philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.
 
Dr. Andy Nevala in Concert

Award-winning pianist and JSU faculty member Dr. Andy Nevala will present a recital of original compositions and arrangements on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Mason Hall Performance Center.
 
JSU Celebrates Black History Month 2017

February is Black History Month, and the JSU Student Government Association and Office of Diversity and Inclusion have organized several events to recognize the month-long celebration.
 
JSU Planetarium to Launch Cat Into Space

Follow the adventures of Larry, a curious cat who stows away on a trip to the moon, at this month’s Space Safari show at the JSU Planetarium on Saturday, Feb. 11, 4-5 p.m. on the third floor of Martin Hall.
 
Jazz Night at the Canyon

Music will fill the air at Little River Canyon on Feb. 25, when TAD of Jazz returns to the JSU Canyon Center with its unique mix of soul, gospel, jazz and funk for a three-course dinner show benefitting environmental education.
 
A&E Filmmaker to Discuss “The Killing Season” at JSU on Feb. 13

A&E documentarian Rachel Mills will visit Jacksonville State on Feb. 13 to discuss “The Killing Season,” a documentary series focused on the connections between five unsolved serial killing cases. A screening will begin at 7 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library, followed by questions and answers with Mills. Admission is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
SGA Hosts Blood Drive

The JSU Student Government Association is hosting a LifeSouth Blood Drive on Feb. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Theron Montgomery Building auditorium. Every donor will receive pizza, a t-shirt and a cholesterol screening.
 
President Beehler Addresses International Travel Ban

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order placing a temporary ban on citizens from the following nations entering the US: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It is unclear how this ban will impact college students, faculty and staff from these countries attempting to re-enter the US after traveling abroad. 
 
Banner Finance Training Opportunity to be Offered Feb. 2

The Office of the Controller and Office of Procurement and Fixed Assets will offer a Banner Finance New User Workshop on February 2, 2-4 p.m., in Rm. 308 of Bibb Grave Hall.
 
Faculty Spotlight: Shonda Lawrence

Shonda Lawrence, associate professor in the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program, came to JSU in August of 2016.
 
State to Upgrade Traffic Signals Through Campus

The City of Jacksonville and the Alabama Department of Transportation will soon commence on a signal upgrade project on State Highway 21 from State Highway 204 through Jacksonville to George Douthit Drive. JSU has three traffic lights that will be affected.
 
Softball Fans Invited to Meet the Team

The Jacksonville State softball team will host its annual Fan Day on Sunday, Feb. 5, at University Field. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and admission is free for all fans.
 
Go Red for Nursing's Golden Anniversary

The Jacksonville Association of Nursing Students will present a Go Red Masquerade Ball to honor the 50th year of nursing education at JSU on Feb. 4, 2017.
 
“The Tempest” is Brewing on JSU Stage

The JSU Department of Drama will present the Shakespeare masterpiece, "The Tempest," on Feb. 16-19 at the Ernest Stone Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Clarification on JSU’s First-Year Residency Policy

Recently, there has been a misunderstanding regarding the university’s freshman residency requirement.
 
State Arts Council Awards JSU Two Grants

The Alabama State Council on the Arts recently awarded Jacksonville State University $3,100 in grants to promote the arts in the local community.
 
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year is Jan. 28 and it's the Year of the Rooster. JSU Dining will kick off the year on Jan. 26.
 
JSU Announces President's and Deans' List

More than 1,800 students were named to the President's and Deans' Lists during the Fall 2016 semester for their outstanding academic performance at Jacksonville State.
 
JSU to Build New Student Recreation Center

The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a proposal to build a new recreation center on campus to enhance student life.
 
Recap of the Jan. 23 Board of Trustees Meeting

The JSU Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting on Jan. 23.
 
Camden Swatts Crowned Miss 2017

Camden Swatts, a freshmen majoring in dietetics from Beauregard, Ala., was crowned Miss 2017 on Jan. 13.
 
JSU and Merit Partner to Honor Students

JSU has launched a new program to celebrate the achievements of JSU students. Partnering with Merit, the Office of Public Relations is implementing a plan to share the unique story of every student with the people who care about their success.
 
Coliseum Pool to Reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17

Maintenance on the indoor pool at the Pete Mathews Coliseum is nearing completion. The pool will reopen and resume its regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
 
University Closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jacksonville State University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
 
Lunch and Learn/Diversity Lecture Series Slated for Jan. 19

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting the first “Lunch and Learn”/lecture series of 2017 on Thursday, January 19, noon until 1 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library.
 
Sigma Tau Delta Invites New Members to Apply by Jan. 27

The JSU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society is pleased to announce its 2017 membership drive to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students.
 
Scale Back Alabama Weigh-In Times Begin Jan. 11 at the JSU Wellness Center

The Jacksonville State University Wellness Center will be serving as a weigh-in site for the state’s largest weight-loss and exercise program - Scale Back Alabama. In its 11th year, the program has resulted in millions of pounds lost and lots of healthy habits formed, and the 2017 contest starts this week.
 
JSU Gives Back to Area Veterans

Before closing for winter break, JSU spread a little holiday cheer to some of our nation’s heroes by delivering poinsettias to an area veterans home.
 
Trustees to Hold Winter Meeting Jan. 23

The JSU Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library.
 
Campus Closed Jan. 6 Due to Winter Storm

The National Weather Service has placed Calhoun County under a Winter Storm Warning effective 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6 through 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7. Due to this approaching storm system, the university will be closed on Friday, and classes will not meet.
 
Greek Organizations Post Highest GPA in JSU History

JSU’s fraternity and sorority community broke academic records in the fall 2016 semester. The overall Greek GPA for fall 2016 was 3.10, which is the highest in its history.
 
IRS Standard Mileage Rate Change Effective Jan. 1

Budget managers should be aware of the fact that effective January 1, 2017, the IRS standard mileage rate for reimbursement changed to .535 cents per mile. All travel through December 31, 2016 should be calculated at the previous rate of .54 cents per mile. Travel occurring January 1, 2017 forward is to be calculated using the new rate. Please verify the correct rate is used when approving faculty/staff travel reimbursement requests.
 

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