JCJC student leaders ready to serve

Written By: Kayla Bradley & Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-12-05 17:11:03

ELLISVILLE – As Jones County Junior College celebrates its centennial year, the new leaders will assist in guiding the student body with a special vision and excitement for the 2011-12 academic year. Student Government Association officers include president, Katie Folkes of Hattiesburg, vice president Lauren Bradley of Laurel, secretary Katie Pittman of Raleigh, and sophomore class president Gwen Matuszewski of Raleigh.
“I decided I wanted to be an SGA officer because I believe that being involved in college is very important,” Folkes said. “My position will help me with my leadership skills, time management and planning events that will benefit me when I leave Jones.”
One of the Oak Grove High School graduates goals is to continue bridging the gap between the students and the administration by being a voice for the student body. At Jones, she is a member of the Maroon Typhoon Color Guard, Jones Ambassadors, SGA and Phi Theta Kappa. Folkes was also recognized as one of five Tullos Scholars. Her plans after graduation consist of furthering her education at the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a degree in history with hopes of becoming a teacher.
Assisting Folkes in leadership responsibilities is Lauren Bradley, a Northeast Jones High School graduate. As vice president, her goal is to have new, fun events that the students, teachers, staff and alumni can participate in to celebrate the centennialyear at Jones.
“It is such an amazing feeling to know that the college’s centennial only happens once and the SGA will be able to be a part of it by celebrating its accomplishments over 100 years,” Bradley said.
At Jones, she is a member of Jones Ambassadors, Bobcat Brigade, SGA, Phi Theta Kappa, Science Club and she was voted as one of the Freshman Class Favorites. Bradley also volunteers for Special Olympics and Relay for Life. Her plan after graduation from Jones consists of earning a degree in speech pathology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Katie Pittman, a Raleigh High School graduate, will join the leadership team by serving as secretary. Her goal for the new year is to make improvements that will positively impact the students at JCJC.
“As the new secretary, I plan to bring innovative thoughts and creative ideas to the college and serve responsibly as I organize and record activities for the SGA,” said Pittman. “By being an officer, I feel like I can give back to the college I love.”
At Jones, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Bobcat Brigade, SGA, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Club and was a Freshman Homecoming Maid and the Student Body Maid her sophomore year. Pittman also volunteers for the Pine Belt Chapter of the American Red Cross.  After graduation, she wants to attend the University Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in nursing with the hope of gaining a master’s and a doctorate degree with aspirations of becoming a family nurse practitioner.
As sophomore class president, Gwen Matuszewski, a Raleigh High School graduate, will complete the SGA Executive Board. Her goal for the upcoming year is to make JCJC’s campus more modern and student-friendly.
“Jones has such a friendly, laid back atmosphere! It’s small enough so I won’t get lost but it’s big enough, I won’t get bored,” Matuszewski said. “Student-centered events, such as Fall Freeze week and Spring Fever week will help create an exciting environment for student life.”
At Jones, Matuszewski is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors College, Philosophy Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She also serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. The Presidential Scholar finds time to volunteer with her church and in the Student Success Center as a tutor. Her plans after graduation include furthering her education at Mississippi College where she will obtain her bachelor’s degree in English.
The officer’s primary goal for SGA this year is to increase student involvement by offering different events and projects as a way to create a positive college experience. The SGA plays an active role in the college’s growth and campus experience. It acts as the communication link between the student body and the administration, and is the “voice of the students.” The officers were selected by the student body in a campus-wide election in the fall.


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