FROM PRESIDENT DR. MIKE SMITH

Dr. Mike Smith, President - 903.589.7106 - msmith@jacksonville-college.edu

Adjusting to COVID-19

May 2, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis of 2020 has forced the whole world to make major adjustments. In every area of life, change has taken place. We see this in jobs, restaurants, sports, travel, family gatherings, friendships, shopping, churches, and yes, in education. Jacksonville College is no different. During spring break, government recommendations required us to inform our students not to return to campus. The remainder of the semester would be completed online and/or remotely. As a tribute to our staff, this transition took place with few problems. Our technology was in place thanks to our information technology team, Chief Information Officer Mike Creech and David Anderson. Academic Vice President Marolyn Welch and her staff implemented strategies over the past several years to increase growth in online education to the point where we were already approved to offer a degree online. Last May, Jacksonville College had its first student to complete all course work for an associate degree online. Her first time on campus was for graduation. 

 

Every ten years, institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges are required to adopt a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to be implemented over a five-year span. Jacksonville College’s QEP, "Going the Distance with Distance Education,” was adopted last year. Consequently, we had plans in place that allowed us to quickly move the remaining weeks of the spring semester to an online/remote format. 

Will face-to-face on-campus instruction cease? I hope not. We plan to offer on-campus classes in August. However, online instruction will continue to grow. 

 

As educational institutions have adapted to the online format, churches have also adapted to offer services through various online formats. Few of us realized how many church members would be watching services through Facebook and YouTube and even through video conferencing.

 

While we are blessed to live in a time when we can continue to meet virtually, we were not created to live apart from each other. We desire and need contact with others. This is what makes it so difficult for our students who looked forward to the on-campus college experience. Athletes who trained to compete this spring in tennis, golf, and cross country will have to wait another year. Young men and women looking forward to growing strong friendships at Jacksonville College, often in hopes of marriage, will have to develop those relationships online for now. Students looking forward to graduating in May will have to wait another year to participate in commencement with Spring 2021 graduates.

 

As a preacher, I have had several ask me if this the end of the world. My answer is that I personally hope so. I, like the apostle John, pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). I am ready for Christ’s return. However, many are not. I believe God will use coronavirus outbreak for His glory. He is calling unbelievers to repentance and believers to return to Him as their first love. As people all over the world are faced with their own mortality, now is the ideal time to share the gospel. We can still communicate with others through the phone, through mail, and through social media and other online tools. Instead of spending our free time watching television, we need to be telling others about Jesus.

 

We also need to see this time of social distancing as an opportunity to spend more time in God’s Word and in prayer. We know we serve a sovereign God who is in control even in this pandemic. We should be seeking to know His will. What is the Spirit saying to the church? What is the Spirit saying to Jacksonville College? What is the Spirit saying to Mike Smith?

 

 

 

PROSPECTIVE GRADUATES

 

Jacksonville College congratulates the following prospective members of the Spring 2020 graduating class:

 

VANESSA AGIS of San Antonio

DAWN ALDAVE of Houston

KAILEY BALDREE of Arlington

BRIANNA BARTON of Tyler

MCKAYLA BLACK of Sealy

SARAH BROOKS of Jacksonville

MONICA CHACON CORDOVA of Humble

ANDRE LUIZ DE MELO GUEDES of Brasilia, Brazil

NAKENDRA ELLIS of Cleveland

LAUREN FREEMAN of Rockwall

CECILIA GALLEGOS of Jacksonville

GALILEA GALVAN of Jacksonville

CRISTIAN GARZON of Goodrich

TAYLOR GLIDEWELL of Jacksonville

BRYAN GONZALEZ of Jacksonville

HANNAH GRISSOM of Spurger

BRANDY GUERRERO of Lufkin

SETH HELLWIG of Jacksonville

DAVOR JAKOVLJEVIC of Santiago, Chile

ENDY LOPEZ of Fresno

VICTORIA LOREDO-CASTILLO of Jacksonville

DIMICHAEL MCCULLOUGH of Jacksonville

ALONNA MCGAHEE of Cocoa

CITLALLI MEDELLIN of Jacksonville

MICHAEL MILES of Jacksonville

MADISON MINTER of Rusk

MICHAEL MUMBA of Lusaka, Zambia

TIAGO HENRIQUE PEREIRA of Praia Grande, Brazil

JACIE POLLARD of Jacksonville

JANIE RANGEL of New Summerfield

NOAH SAENZ VASQUEZ of Ennis

ABEL SANDOVAL of Jacksonville

LUIGI SERVIN of Jacksonville

CHLOE SIFFORD of Teague

JACOB SULLIVAN of Celeste

TAYLOR SWINNEY of Jacksonville

DANIEL TERAN of Cordoba, Mexico

JANIAH TRUSCOTT of Jacksonville

 

Upcoming Events

Summer and Fall Terms 2020

Registration is ongoing for Summer 1 and 2 and Fall 2020.

Applications may be submitted online at www.jacksonville-college.edu/application.

Visit www.jacksonville-college.edu for a list of course offerings.

2020 Summer Sessions

Reduced tuition rates and no fees

Summer 1: June 1-June 25

Summer 2: July 6-July 30

Fall 2020
Classes begin August 12

For more information, contact Admissions at

admissions@jacksonville-college.edu, (903) 589-7110

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