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Student organizations help students explore common interests

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By Heather Yocum

Many students at the Carrollton Campus take advantage of the clubs and organizations that exist at Jefferson Community and Technical College. These organizations provide students the opportunity to meet others in their major or with similar interests.  

The newest student organization on campus, Students Marketing One Really Excellent School, referred to as SMORES, will be hosting a bowling trip open to all JCTC students Friday, Nov. 22, at Madison’s Ten Pin Alley. SMORES looks for ways to promote the college to the community and potential new students through social media. 

SMORES and the
geology club will also be hosting an end of semester bonfire on Dec. 11 to celebrate another successful academic year. 

The Student Government Association kicked off the second half of the fall semester hosting its second annual costume contest. Then on Nov. 18, SGA invited students to submit their own interpretation of the theme “A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim.”  Submissions may be in the form of essays, poems, sculptures, photos, videos and costumes.  

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is hosting a food drive during the month of November. Chapter members at the Carrollton Campus are seeking nonperishable items to donate to the Family Scholar House, North Key, and the local Head Start program. A donation box is located on the first floor lobby. 

All of Carrollton’s student organizations will come together to create a float for the Main Street Program’s A Christmas Carroll parade on Dec. 7. The students are hoping to bring another trophy back to the campus after taking the win at the Carroll County Tobacco Festival. 

Student shout out

JCTC graduate Jennifer Liter will complete her doctorate in nursing and system and organizational leadership in May 2014 from Rush University in Chicago, Ill. Liter obtained her LPN diploma in 1998 and associate’s degree in nursing in 2004 from JCTC. 

Liter went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006 and 2010. Liter grew up in Carroll County and had never really been away from home, thus her reasoning for attending a community and technical college.

Liter’s mother also wanted to be a nurse after years of working in a factory, and completed the nursing program at Jefferson with her daughter. Liter resides in Trimble County with her husband and 12 year old son. Liter is employed as a nurse manager with Norton Healthcare. 

Student of the month

Ethan Brown was selected as the October Student of the Month. Ethan is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in applied process technology. 

Brown already has an associate’s degree in business administration. In addition to attending college, he works as a co-op at Dow Corning in Carrollton. 

Brown was nominated by his APT instructor, Jim Thorne, for being “very responsible, already has a degree, but wanted to go further. Ethan is an excellent student.”  

Heather Yocum is Counselor/Faculty Instructor at JCTC Carrollton.