Written By: Rebecca Patrick
Email Address: rebecca.patrick@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-10-24 08:04:58

ELLISVILLE – For 17 seasons, fans have seen him working diligently on the sidelines at Jones County Junior College football games, lending his medical expertise when needed. Saturday, however, nurse practitioner Donnie Scoggin will be front and center as JCJC’s 2013 Honor Alumnus.
As part of the Homecoming festivities this weekend at Jones, Scoggin will be recognized at halftime of the JCJC-Northwest football game Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 2 p.m.
“I was dumbfounded,” Scoggin said of his reaction upon hearing the news of his selection. “I consider it a very high honor. I think there are probably a lot of people out there who are more deserving. I am truly humbled to be chosen as JCJC’s Honor Alumnus.”
A hometown boy who attended South Jones High School, Scoggin is a second generation Bobcat. His father, Don Scoggin, played on the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team and his late mother, Janie Myers Scoggin, served as the Alumni Association secretary/treasurer for many years. His uncle, the late Joe Myers, was a very popular speech teacher at Jones.
Scoggin and his high school sweetheart, Donna Grantham, came to JCJC as students in the fall of 1980. They married in the summer between their freshman and sophomore years.
After he married, Scoggin said school and work became his life. He attended classes from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. then worked from 3-11 p.m. At the time he was a pre-med major. However, those plans changed.
“Once I took Mrs. (Sandra) Wright’s calculus class, I realized real quick that pre-med was not for me,” Scoggin laughed. “At that point, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew what I didn’t want to do.”
After graduating from Jones in 1982, Scoggin attended the University of Southern Mississippi for a while and then worked before deciding to come back to Jones as a student in the associate degree nursing program.
“The second time around, I was much more focused and knew more about what direction I wanted to take with my education,” he explained.
Scoggin earned his associate degree in nursing in 1989 and was quite active in the JCJC Student Nurse Organization and its many community service projects.
He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1991 from USM and his master’s of science in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 1993.
“Donnie represents all that is good in a person and a student,” said JCJC president Jesse Smith. “He came back to Jones as a non-traditional student and continued earning advanced degrees that have helped to make him a leader in our community. He has been giving back to his community his entire life. It is only fitting that we recognize him as our Honor Alumnus because he truly represents what is good in our community.”
Since 1994, Scoggin has been employed as a family nurse practitioner with South Central Regional Medical Center and since 1995 he has also worked with Pine Belt Mental Health Resources Clearview Recovery Center in a similar capacity. Scoggin has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
However, it was in 1997 that Scoggin answered the call to help on the sidelines at Bobcat football games. Joey Davis, who was the lone Bobcat athletic trainer at the time, asked Scoggin if he would be willing to provide medical assistance at the football games.
“Although Donnie indicated that he had never played sports, he was there for our guys and took an interest in what they were doing,” Davis said. “He was one of the first (health care) professionals that I could depend on at all times. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Former Bobcat head football coach Parker Dykes agreed with Davis.
“Donnie worked with our team doctor along with Dr. John McGraw,” Dykes said. “He was excellent help and an outstanding man. He is a terrific human being and a great (nurse practitioner). I can’t say enough good things about him.”
In addition to his work with the Bobcat football team, Scoggin also assists as needed with the other Bobcat sports teams. He has been active in the Ellisville Rotary Club, serving as president in 1999.
Scoggin is an Eagle Scout who served as the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 10 for 20 years. Scoggin is also an auxiliary deputy for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and a volunteer at the Good Shepherd Clinic. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Ellisville where he is a deacon and a member of the choir.
He and his wife are the parents of two sons, who carried on the JCJC family tradition.
“Both of our sons (and daughter-in-law) attended Jones and both served as president of Phi Theta Kappa (national honor society),” Scoggin added.
Darren Scoggin is a fourth-year medical student, and Daniel Scoggin is a Mississippi State University graduate who is interning at Pinelake Baptist Church in Brandon. Darren is married and he and wife, Sarah, have a four-month-old daughter.


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