Jackson State University, Hinds Community College partnership eases transition

Jackson State University (JSU) and Hinds Community College (HCC) signed an academic partnership agreement on Monday, March 29, at the School of Engineering on JSU’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St., Jackson. The agreement allows a seamless transition for students and professional development for faculty and staff at both Hinds County institutions of higher learning. Participating in the official signing will be Jackson State University President Ronald Mason Jr., Hinds Community College President Clyde Muse, JSU Provost Felix Okojie and Theresa Hamilton, vice president, HCC Raymond campus and director of college parallel programs.

“JSU looks forward to helping Hinds Community College students take the next step in their pursuit of a baccalaureate degree and encouraging the professional development of faculty and staff,” Mason said. “Both institutions are committed to our missions of preparing students to become leaders in the global community.”

Said Muse: “We are pleased for this opportunity to partner with the public university in our neighborhood. Strategic partnerships between higher education institutions are an important effort that encourages degree attainment among our state’s citizens.”

Upon completion of an associate’s degree at HCC, students will be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree at JSU. Without articulation agreements between institutions, Mason added, students sometimes face many obstacles when trying to transfer credits from one institution to another to complete an undergraduate degree.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “this prevents students from completing their degree in a timely manner.”

Also, the agreement provides tuition and fee waivers for faculty and staff at the respective institutions who want to engage in professional development activities and/or desire to attain additional degrees.

“With JSU, we’ve taken an additional step that will provide tremendous benefits for employees at both institutions,” Muse said. “The reciprocal tuition waiver program for our employees is a substantial financial benefit for faculty and staff seeking to increase their knowledge and skills. It’s win-win for everyone.”

The agreement builds upon an already strong relationship between the two colleges. According to the Office of Policy Research and Planning at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, for the 2008-09 academic year, 41 percent of Hinds students who transferred to one of Mississippi’s public universities enrolled at Jackson State.

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JSU star Garrison Johnson named SWAC Player of the Year

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2009-10 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Honors with Jackson State’s Garrison Johnson voted as the Player of the Year and Tyrone Hanson was named the Newcomer of the Year.

Honors were voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information departments, and selected members of the media.

Johnson, a 6-5, 190-pound senior from Smyrna GA, led the SWAC in scoring (17.3 ppg), was eighth in both free throw percentage (73.2) and three-point free throw percentage (34.8), fourth in three¡¯s made per game (2.2), and third in minutes played (33.5/gm). He posted a pair of double-double games, and had a conference-high 12 20-point games, including a season-high 30 points vs. Mississippi Valley St. Jan. 30.

Hanson (6-7, 200, SR, Brooklyn, NY), averaged 11.5 points, and 4.7 rebounds for the Tigers. He had 16 double-figure games this season, highlighted by a 23-point effort vs. Spring Hill on Dec. 30.

The duo joins an impressive list of Tigers that have won the conference honors. Former JSU great Lindsey Hunter was named the 1992-93 SWAC Player of the Year, Tim Henderson was named the 2001-02 Newcomer of the Year and Trey Johnson was named the 2006-07 Player of the Year.

Garrison Johnson was also an All-SWAC first team selection and Tyrone Hanson received second team honors. De’Suan Dixon received third team honors.

JSU star Garrison Johnson wins HSRN National Player of the Week for the second time

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State senior guard Garrison Johnson has been named the Heritage Sports Radio Network’s National Player of the Week. This is his second time he has won the award this season. Last week Johnson led the Tigers to two straight wins, averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. His top performance of the week was a double-double (25 points and 11 rebounds) in their 63-51 win over Mississippi Valley State. Johnson finished with 75 votes in the voting this week. This is the final Fan Poll winners for the 2010 basketball season. The Player of the Year Fan Poll nominees will be released next week.

All JSU fans are asked to support Garrison Johnson by going to http://www.hsrn.com and casting a vote for him as the HSRN National Player of the Year.