Jackson tackles students' questions and coaches them to the end zone

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Published 10/22/2018
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Technical Enrollment Facilitator Jurice Jackson is the ultimate fan—of sports and seeing Elgin Community College students reach their dreams. No task is too big or too small for Jackson, who tackles it all: answering students’ questions, responding to inquiries, giving presentations during new student orientations, troubleshooting, helping with transcript requests, and many other things.

“No two days are the same. Technical enrollment facilitators are expected to know all the answers, no matter the question,” said Jackson. ”I’m up for the challenge.”

When she’s not cheering for the Los Angeles Lakers or Dallas Cowboys, you can find Jackson cheering for ECC students as they cross the end zone and make it to the college’s Super Bowl-like event: commencement.

Ever the MVP, Jackson is a graduate of ECC’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program where she worked as an office assistant and tutor before a brief stop in academic advising prior to her current role at First Stop. While in Culinary Arts, Jackson dedicated more than four years to coaching a student who needed additional practice, encouragement, and above all else, someone who believed in her.

“It’s not how you start the race, but how you finish,” recalls Jackson. “We both made a commitment—me to support her through her journey, and her to get her degree. We saw them through, and she ended up graduating this past spring.”

We caught up with Jackson to learn more about her life and her work at ECC. Here is what she had to say.

What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
I would present each employee with a small inexpensive fish bowl (fish and accessories included) for his or her desk. Fish require very little maintenance, and they can be mesmerizing to look at. I have a blue betta on my desk, and his name is Dallas. I greet him every morning with a “What’s up, Dallas?” and end the day with “See you tomorrow, Dallas.”

If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
My daughter; she knows me better than most, and her portrayal of me would be more true-to-life than anyone else’s. If she isn’t available, then I’d choose Queen Latifah. She’s had an amazing professional career both in music and film. And despite all of the success she’s had, she continues to remain humble and true to herself.

What’s on your “bucket list?”
To become an academic advisor at ECC.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with family which is my number one priority. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, just as long as we’re together. I also find nothing more relaxing than spending the day fishing along the Mississippi River near Lacrosse/Onalaska, WI. And my guilty pleasure is watching Judge Mathis, The People’s Court and Judge Judy—all three are set for continuous DVR recording.

Where was the best place you’ve traveled to? Or, where would you like to visit?
Being a huge LeBron James fan, seeing him play at Quicken Loans Arena during the year the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals was the best. My love for the Dallas Cowboys is equally intense, so it was awesome seeing them during their home opener against the New York Giants this season at AT&T Stadium.

What’s one fact we should know about you?
I know you said one, but when talking about me and my love of sports I have to list three: 1. My husband, children and I are on a quest to see an NFL game in all 31 stadiums. (We’ve visited 15 to date.) 2. I’m the defending champion and only female in a 12-team, live-draft Fantasy Football League, in which I’ve won the Fantasy Championship three of the last four years. 3. I will defend LeBron James’ greatness to anybody, any day of the week. Go Lakers!

What would be your theme song?
Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

What was your favorite class in school?
I would have to say American Government – National, taught by ECC’s very own Antonio Ramirez, who is one of the best instructors I’ve had. The class was extremely thought provoking, well-structured and it challenged me to argue points that I would not normally agree with [during in-class mock debates].

What quote best describes your philosophy?
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” —The apostle Paul

I enjoy working at ECC because…
I am allowed to interact on some level with our amazing students, faculty and staff and at the end of each day, I hope in some small way that I am able to make a lasting impact on them as they have on me.