JSU Department of Mass Communications
March 2012JSU Mass Communications e-News

Thank you for taking time to read this edition of JSU Mass Communications e-News. 


This month's issue features stories about students who are using their mass communications skills internationally, presenting their research nationally and serving their community locally.


Please enjoy the articles, and feel free to email us at jsumasscom@jsums.edu with your feedback.





Dr. Olorundare E. Aworuwa,
Interim Chair and Associate Professor
Brown spending semester in China shooting documentary
By Aden Brown 

MC senior to help promote Chinese culture, JSU programs

Aden Brown


   It all began with saying, "I can." 
   For a three-month period, my classmate, Jamesia Crews, and I are among the first Jackson State University students to study
abroad at the Huangshi Institute of Technology in the Hubei Province of China.  
   Reminded by a friend that mass communications majors never back down from a challenge, I gladly accepted the offer to travel across the world to discover life in a different country. During my stay in China, between Feb. 9 and May 9, I am studying the Chinese language and culture while documenting the experience of living in a different country.

     We are participating in a Chinese study program in which we attend different classes each day and intern in a professional environment related to our experience and skills. These classes will be counted as electives, and they will become resume builders for me.

     After learning about this program through the College of Business, I asked if I could help out by creating a documentary, which will help promote Jackson State as an internationally acclaimed university. It also will help promote Jackson State's Office of China Initiatives and, hopefully, influence more people to give and more students to study abroad at Jackson State.

     With the encouragement of my family, friends and peers, my dreams will become a reality. I am very thankful for the guidance and instruction the JSU mass communications department has provided me. The inspiration of the entire Jackson State family has carried me more than a million miles around the world. 

Taylor promoted to Army leadership in South Korea
By Deanne Applewhite

MC grad student to manage military media messages abroad  


Isaac Taylor


   Isaac Taylor, a Jackson State University mass communications graduate student, has been promoted to chief of plans and operations for the Eighth Army Public Affairs Office in South Korea.

     Beginning in July, he will serve in the Asian country for the next three years.

     Taylor also was promoted from captain to major in December by Lt. Col. Jennifer Hicks-McGowan, JSU professor of military science.

     "I will be able to apply the plans that the military wants to execute through messages to the public via the news, TV and social media," said Taylor, who will earn his master's in April.

     Taylor has deployed twice to Iraq, once working in the field of logistics and once working in the field of public affairs/relations.

    The experience in South Korea will allow him to use the journalism skills he gained from JSU "to get into the minds of reporters when they come into other countries," he said.

     The mass communications department faculty and staff are proud of Taylor's accomplishments, said assistant professor Judy Meredith, graduate coordinator. "We are ecstatic about Taylor's achievements that are indicative of how our students are working and serving in what has become a global community," Meredith said.

   Taylor, a licensed minister, husband and father of two, said he is excited that this promotion will expose his family to a different culture. He said that in all of his achievements and endeavors, "God never fails." 

PRSSA members spread Valentine's Day cheer at Methodist
By Jamilah Vaughn 

Students perform community service by delivering donations


Chelsea Tillman, Chadrick Jenkins and Jamilah Vaughn with Drew Thomas
   Jackson State University's Public Relations Student Society of America handed out goodie bags to about 40 residents at Methodist Specialty Care Center for Valentine's Day.

     PRSSA members donated personal care items including lotion, deodorant, soap, body wash, toothpaste and facial tissue. The residents also received Calvin Klein or Marc Jacobs perfume, lotion, cologne and after shave. JSU music students provided entertainment during a special dinner at the facility in Flowood, Miss. They also helped to deliver the bags.

     "We were excited to have the MC department and the music group come and perform for our residents," said Robby Scucchi, director of volunteer services at Methodist. "This was the perfect opportunity for our residents to experience firsthand how much people in the community really care about them."

   This is the second time students from JSU's mass communications department have served Methodist residents. In 2011, students in Riva Brown Teague's Special Projects in Mass Communications class teamed up with MADDRAMA Performance Troupe to spread cheer to about 20 residents.

  "With this being my second year doing this, each time is heartfelt and touching because I get to put smiles on the residents' faces," said Jamilah Vaughn, PRSSA's president.

   Chadrick Jenkins, PRSSA's assistant secretary, also enjoyed participating in the community service event. "It was a good feeling to give back to my community and really bring joy to other people's day," he said. "It really made me appreciate the little things in life that we may take for granted."


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MC majors present research at national conference


Students network while discussing benefits of SmartBoards

Liz Carroll, Maurice Richardson
 and Symone Davis
   Jackson State University mass communications students presented their research at the National Association for African American Studies and Affiliates 20th National Conference on Feb. 16 in Baton Rouge, La.
   Liz Carroll, Maurice Richardson and Symone Davis presented, "Are you board, let's get smart," which discusses how SmartBoard technology is used in classrooms and whether it is improving teaching methods. 
   The students were members of a group enrolled in assistant professor Monica Flippin-Wynn's fall 2011 undergraduate Research Methods class.
    "The mass communications students did an excellent job at the NAAAS conference in Baton Rouge. They were articulate and well prepared during their presentation," Flippin-Wynn said.
    "They had a great time and gained experience with academic conferences and networking. Hopefully, developing and creating original research and presenting at academic conferences will become a regular activity for mass communication students at Jackson State University." 
   Other group members who could not attend were Eric Davis, Aden Brown and Brittney Brown.




 Riva Brown Teague, clinical assistant professor

Dr. Andrea Dilworth, assistant professor 

  To read previous issues, click here.    

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