JCJC’s Bunch and Sanders honored as “Lamplighters”

Written By: Tereas McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-10-25 12:15:24

 ELLISVILLE – Two faculty members, Jessica Bunch and Marsha Sanders, RPh, M.Ed., were recently honored as Jones County Junior College’s “Lamplighters.” This distinction is a reward for the best community/junior college faculty members statewide. 

“There are many exceptionally talented and dedicated junior/community college instructors across the state,” said the JCJC math instructor Jessica Bunch. “To be given the opportunity to meet some of these instructors and to learn from them was a great experience. I enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know one of my JCJC colleagues as well.”

Bunch has been teaching at JCJC for the past six years. She coordinated the Math Bowl, a one-day event and developed it into an athletic type competition between 20 high school math teams in the Pine Belt. The Wayne County resident serves as the Bobcat Math League Commissioner. She and the JCJC math department received the first-ever JCJC Board of Trustees Commendation after the first year of the League’s implementation for the group’s effort in coordinating a unique education program for the community. She is also involved with the Nontraditional Student Association, and she assists with the Southern District FBLA conference. Bunch was a JCJC Faculty Recognition Finalist and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in higher education administration at William Carey University. 
Also being recognized by JCJC administrators as a Lamplighter, Sanders was the recipient of the Innovative Pharmacist Award from the Mississippi Pharmacists Association. She serves on the Mississippi Pharmacist Association’s Awards committee and is a member of the American Pharmacy Association and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. Over her 15 years as a JCJC instructor, Sanders has been on the insurance committee, and she is the faculty advisor for the College Republicans and the Pharmacy Technology Student Association. She was the former advisor for HOSA and the Reformed University Fellowship student groups. The Laurel resident has been a registered pharmacist since 1980 and has worked in the hospital, independent and chain retail pharmacies before becoming the director of JCJC’s Pharmacy Technology program. She said she also appreciated the opportunity to network with her community/junior college colleagues.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet faculty from other colleges,” said pharmacy technology program director, Marsha Sanders. “Sometimes we feel isolated because we stay in our own departments and have only a bird’s eye view. This conference allowed me to briefly have a better overall view of the community college world.”
Southwest Community College hosted the esteemed faculty members for three days of professional development and entertainment. Some of the activities the 39 faculty members were treated to included, canoeing on the Bogue Chitto River, tours of the Jerry Clower Museum and the McComb Railroad Museum. The break-out sessions included, “Backyard Birding; A Lifetime of Wonder,” “The Secret Re-vealed” and “God Bless ’Em, Change ’Em, or Take ‘Em,” conducted by Carla and Gilbert Griffin, Dr. David Lee, and Janie Walters.
Each year community colleges across the state participate in the conference as a means of recognizing faculty who represent academic excellence in the classroom and demonstrate a sincere interest in the total well-being of their students. The Lamplighter's program is sponsored by the Mississippi Community and Junior College Council of Academic Officers.


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