JCJC employees honored by Faculty and Staff Association

JCJC employees honored by Faculty and Staff Association
A Jones County Community College official said the school is safe after a recent bomb threat was made against the campus. (Photo source: JCJC)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from Jones County Junior College

Three members of the Jones County Junior College Faculty and Staff Association were recently honored for their work in that association at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon. Selection was based on the nominee's outstanding abilities and contributions to the FSA, classroom, community and other professional accomplishments.

President of the organization, Dr. Matthew Burnham announced the FSA Member of the Year is English instructor, Dr. David Lowery of Laurel. He has been teaching at Jones for 13 years and recently published his first book of poetry, "Bounded in a Nutshell." Lowery was also recognized during the luncheon for a Humanities Award.

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to win both the Faculty and Staff Association Member of the Year Award and the Barbara and Gary Sauls Humanities Award. It is awesome to be recognized for my dedication to the field of teaching with both of these prestigious awards," said Dr. Lowery.

For the seventh year, the FSA also recognized an outstanding officer of the organization. Career and Technical Support Services' Lucy Flowers received the Officer of the Year Award. She has served as Vice President of the FSA for the last three years and has been the secretary for the organization from 2002 until 2011. Some of her contributions include attending every meeting and Capitol Day activities for the past 12 years. As a reward, Flowers received a plaque and $200.

A new honor was announced in the hopes the recipient would be able to be honored in person instead of posthumously. The newly established Distinguished Service Award was awarded to retired JCJC machine shop instructor, Bob Smith. He retired a year ago and was diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago. He lost his battle to cancer in November.

"As officers of the Faculty and Staff Association, Dr. Matthew Burnham, Lucy Flowers, and Kelly Atwood would like to send our deepest sympathy to Bob's family on behalf of JCJC. Bob was truly our best friend and each of us will never forget his stories. Bob served every position in the JCJC Faculty and Staff Association and as both VP and President of the Mississippi Faculty Association. He will be greatly missed but his laughter will never be forgotten. Thank you Bob," said Dr. Burnham.

Smith's children, Greg Smith of Hattiesburg and Lee Smith Taylor of Saucier shared with Dr. Burnham upon learning of the new award in their father's memory, "Each family member would like to deeply express their gratitude to the JCJC family and how much the Faculty and Staff Association meant to Bob. He always had a wonderful FSA story full of smiles."

Smith served 12 years in JCJC FSA and two years as the Mississippi Faculty and Staff Association President, and two years as VP.