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JCJC Foundation Member Plants Seeds of Success and is Honored at Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 2010 Ellisville, Mississippi

Sidney S. (Buck) Anderson, known for his long-time behind the scenes commitment to Jones County Junior College (JCJC), was honored at the groundbreaking for the three-story dormitory that will bear his name. "I think it is quite an honor that will live on for years, "said a humbled Anderson. "I never dreamed of this."

Mr. Anderson, JCJC Foundation Vice President and college alumnus credits the college for much of his success. "Jones helped me when I needed it by offering me a football scholarship. I just wanted to make sure they (JCJC) were paid back, because I always enjoyed my two years at Jones."

True to his word Mr. Anderson has given back. "Buck is a very active member of the alumni association and the JCJC Foundation," indicates JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. "He's involved in every major event at Jones."

The Georgia entrepreneur is also an avid gardener. "It's my passion," said Anderson. "I just enjoy it, especially working on these projects at Jones." Anderson's 'green thumb' is evident throughout the campus with donations of giant ferns and the creation of a campus-wide landscaping design, including directional signs.

The 75 year-old president and general manager of Dixie Peanuts has also offered his business expertise, encouraging the Jones Foundation to initiate a capital fundraising campaign in 1999. "He endowed the first $100,000 to establish the research for the first capital campaign which raised approximately $9 million in pledges and contributions," said Smith. "He has made a great impact on the JCJC Foundation, the campus and housing."

Sidney, "Buck" and Libby Anderson (center) of Fitzgerald, Ga., shovel sand in a ground breaking ceremony celebrating the naming of a new dormitory in his honor. Also pictured are: JCJC president, Dr. Jesse Smith (left) and JCJC Board of Trustees Chairman, David Garner (right).
The Petal High School graduate came to Jones in 1955 and transferred to Northeast Louisiana University in 1957 where he earned his science degree. He and his wife Libby have three children. Anderson Hall will have 121 beds with a combination of four-bed/two-bath and six-bed/three-bath suites with every room having two-beds. The state-of-the art building will feature card-access to main entrances and suites and a fire sprinkler system. Common areas will be on each floor to encourage student-centered civic activities.

For more information regarding Anderson Hall or JCJC, please contact Ms. Caroline Kelly, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director, JCJC Foundation, Inc., at caroline.kelly@jcjc.edu.


July 2010