JCJC search for love stories

Ellisvile, MS (WDAM) - As the Alumni and Foundation Office at Jones County Junior College prepares for their Centennial Celebrations in the fall, one recurring theme keeps surfacing: a lot of people met their spouse while at Jones.

Through JCJC's campus alumni newsletter, Bobcat Bulletin, a request has been made for alumni to submit their love stories to the Alumni Office's email, jcjcalumniinfo@jcjc.edu.  To guarantee the invitation is extended to as many people as possible, the search has gone public.

"We have about 4,500 people who receive our electronic newsletter but we also know there are some alumni and friends who haven't signed up to be on the mailing list," said VP for Advancement, Caroline Ramagos.  "They can find the newsletter and sign up on our mailing list, on our web page, www.jcjc.edu/alumni under e-newsletter."

Many JCJC students have seemed to have found love while attending the college. A couple who recently fell in love while at Jones, made the news.  Anna Tossy, a 2009 biology graduate from Beaumont and TJ Butler, a 2010 marketing management grad from Collins, were featured on the WDAM-TV news series, "Unique First Dates".

The two first met at Top of Class 2007 which is an event for valedictorians and salutatorians, sponsored by WDAM-TV and hosted at JCJC.  Tossy and Butler also signed up to be a part of the first class of the newly formed Charles Pickering Honors Institute.

Tossy said it was not love at first sight for her.

"I was the shy, proper girl who did her homework, who didn't talk in class and TJ always sat by me in class," said Tossy.  "One time when he was poking me, I turned around and threatened to stab him with my pencil because I had had enough of him bugging me!"

That encounter was the beginning of a romance that is now going on three years.

The Alumni Office is also trying to identify all alumni; whether they were part of sports, music, or student government.

"We hope a lot of alumni will return to campus to help us celebrate this significant time in Jones's history," said Ramagos.

There will be numerous celebrations on JCJC's campus that will include a variety of alumni and friends.  JCJC says a complete list of activities will be released over the summer.

For more information call or email the office at 601-477-4145 or jcjcalumniinfo@jcjc.edu.

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