JCJC student leaders ready to serve

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-07-25 11:11:54

ELLISVILLE – As Jones County Junior College begins a new school year in August, three sophomore leaders are ready to serve their classmates.  The new Student Government Association officers, President DePaul Foxworth of Columbia, VP Maken McAlpin of Stringer and Secretary Marlee Mood of Benton will be guiding the entire student body with the purpose of getting all students involved in activities outside the classroom.

“There are a lot of commuters who can just go to class and don’t have time to participate in campus organizations or activities,” said Foxworth.  “However, we want to encourage all students and especially commuters to participate and see the benefits of getting involved.  One of the biggest benefits is meeting people and statistically, when students get involved, their grades are better and they are more focused.”

Foxworth emphasized everyone can broaden their network of friends and experience while also serving in various leadership roles, large and small. As president, Foxworth said he is looking forward to the personal challenge.

“I wanted to see how far I could expand my experiences working with people in groups and I wanted to see how far I could challenge my leadership capabilities,” shared Foxworth. 

Besides SGA, the Columbia native is majoring in biology with his sights set on becoming a doctor of anesthesiology at LSU.  Currently at Jones, Foxworth is a member of the Bobcat Brigade, Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Student Voices, and Science Club. He was voted as freshman class favorite and Freshman Class President.

Assisting Foxworth in leadership responsibilities is Maken McAlpin, a graduate of Stringer Attendance Center. As vice president, he echoes Foxworth’s goal to get more students involved in all that Jones has to offer.  The chemical engineering major is a member of the engineering club, Bobcat Brigade and Ambassadors.  McAlpin also finds time to participate in intramurals coed softball, football and ultimate Frisbee.

“There’s a lot more to education besides classes,” said McAlpin.  “Getting involved even in a small role is better than not at all and it can have lasting effects.”

Marlee Mood, a political science major joins the leadership team serving as secretary. She has also been very involved in activities and clubs at Jones.  The Benton native is a member of the yearbook staff, College Republicans, and plays intramural softball and basketball.  She was voted as a Freshman Class favorite and was a Freshman Maid in the 2011 Homecoming Court.  Her future plans include graduating from Mississippi State University with her master’s in business.

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.  Sonya Davis serves as sponsor of the student organization and can be contacted at 601-477-4229 for more information.





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