JCJC Black History Celebration’s features MS Nurses Foundation Exec. Dir., Rosalyn Howard

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-02-14 15:40:33

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Office of Student Affairs will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration on Tuesday, February 21, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium.  The program’s theme, “Write Your Own History” will feature Mississippi Nurses Foundation Executive Director, Rosalyn Howard with musical selections from the JCJC Concert Choir.
“Ms. Howard will be talking about encouraging our audience to ‘write their own history’ by getting their education and using it to better their families and their communities,” said JCJC VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones. “I'm always humbled to take some time to reflect on Black History because so many have gone before us to make our country a better place for us all.”
The public is invited to this free event to hear Howardspeaking on the importance of forging our own paths. With her varied job experiences combined with her bachelor’s of science degree in education and a master’s of science degree in guidance and counseling from Alcorn State University, Howard has been able to affect lives in a number of ways. 
For the last eight years, Howard has served the state’s nurses as its Executive Director, managing the non-profit agency, Mississippi Nurses Foundation.  The organization raises, accepts and disperses charitable donations to promote professional nursing and better health in Mississippi. The organization has been established for 32-years but suffered some financial challenges before Howard’s arrival.  However,Howard’s vision allowed her to change that forecast and increase funds in her first three years. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the programs of the Mississippi Nurses Association through nursing scholarships, fundraising, event planning, grants, and approving continuing education opportunities for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Among her favorite duties as Executive Director, Howard presents the Nurses Foundation scholarships and services to nurses and nursing students throughout the state.
She is a member of the Association of Donor Relations, a 2013 Honoree of Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi, a 2012 honoree of Mississippi of Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40,” a member of the Leadership of Greater Jackson and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  The Gunnison, Mississippi native is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Mississippi, an organization whose focus is to build a diverse network of leaders throughout Mississippi. Howard is also a proud member of the Parent Teacher Organization for the Rankin County School District.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the MNF, she spent several years working as a guidance counselor serving juvenile delinquent boys.  In 2003, Howard recruited students to become nurses through the MS Hospital Association for five years before being promoted to the MS Office of Nursing Workforce as a health care workforce specialist. 
For more information about the program contact Samuel Jones, Ph.D. at 601-477-4038. 


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