Damien Jackson

Damien Jackson

Parliamentarian 

Class of 2019 

Broadcast Journalism, B.A. 

Further Education: 

Pursuing Master’s Degree in Administration, Belhaven University 

Employer: 

Rust College 

Title: 

Retention Coordinator, Office for Student Engagement 

How do you plan to use your new RCIAA position to take Rust to the next level? 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” As the RCIAA parliamentarian, my one specific goal is to be a voice and helping hand to the advancement of Rust College, by any means necessary. Whatever it takes to move forward progressively I would like to ensure it is done. I will focus on ensuring we are following the guidelines of the RCIAA handbook and work closely with all officers. The tasks we have ahead of us all, are protecting and caring for the institution we all so dearly love!  

What are your fondest memories during your matriculation at Rust College? 

When speaking of Rust, I am speaking of home. Rust became a place where I was able to be myself and be amongst individuals that were like me, yet very different. I was able to be a voice for many, serving as the 2018-2019, Student Government Association President. There was never a dull moment for me at Rust College; it is a small place with big hearts. I met lifelong friends, gained a network filled with successful professionals, and I found a place away from home. If it was not for Rust faculty, staff, and the City of Holly Springs, I do not know what my college career would have been like.  

Mr. Christopher Carpenter

Chaplain 

Class of 1996 

Business Administration, B.A. 

Further Education: 

Pursuing Master of Divinity Degree, Gammon Theological Seminary 

Master in Business Administration, Jackson State University, 1998 

Rust Alumni Club Involvement: 

Greenwood (MS) Rust Club, President 

Employer: 

Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church 

Title: 

Pastor of 

Evans Chapel United Methodist Church in Belzoni, MS 

Hales Chapel United Methodist Church in Inverness, MS 

Rasberry United Methodist Church in Indianola, MS 

How do you plan to use your new RCIAA position to take Rust to the next level? 

As chaplain, I plan to establish a network of chaplains and develop platforms for devotional/worship for the alumni and students. 

What are your fondest memories during your matriculation at Rust College? 

I was excited when I crossed the burning sands in Spring 94 of Gamma Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. These brothers were the epitome of true brotherhood. I enjoyed the relationship that we had with Iota Gamma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

The relationships that I built with the students and instructors were priceless. I thank God for the relationship that I built with Dr. David Beckley, the former president of Rust College. He really was a blessing to my life as a student at Rust and beyond. Other staff persons that really blessed me included the late Mrs. Rubye Owens and the late Mrs. Mashetta Lindsey-Hill. 

Ms. Tommiea Jackson

Secretary 

Class of 1999 

English, B.A. 

Further Education: 

Accreditation in Public Relations, 2018 

Master’s Degree in Journalism, University of Mississippi, 2001 

Employer: 

Tennessee Charter School Center 

Title: 

Communication Manager 

How do you plan to use your new RCIAA position to take Rust to the next level? 

I have been working to inform Rust College students and alumni since I was editor of The Rustorian in the 1990s. My goal today is to make sure that alumni are informed. Not only do we need to know what is happening at the college, alumni should know how to get involved and where our services and resources are best directed. Only when we know can we help.  

What are your fondest memories during your matriculation at Rust College? 

My fondest memories involve sitting in the classroom of Dr. Ila A. Wells discussing literature and life. Not only was she a great teacher who encouraged healthy debate, Dr. Wells was the epitome of class. Not even was a contraction allowed in her presence.  Beyond the classroom, I enjoyed building lifelong relationships with my classmates and as a new member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In many ways, Rust College sparked my interest in the world well beyond Mississippi and the United States as the institution introduced me to friends of backgrounds similar to and very different from my own. 

Dr. Juno Jacobs

Vice President 

  Class of 1986 

  Business Education, B.S. 

Further Education: 

Ph.D. in Higher Education, Jackson State University, 2013 

Master’s Degree in Business Education, Jackson State University,1988 

Rust Alumni Club Involvement: 

Life Member, Member of Jackson-Hinds Club, President, New and Transfer New 

Scholarship Chairman, Eat, Meet, and Greet Membership Mixer Co-Chairman, and A’Cappella Choir Concert/Little Prince and Little Princess Bearcat Reveal Co-Chairman 

Employer:  

 Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 

Title:   

Complete 2 Compete-C2C Coach/Advisor/Enrollment Management 

How do you plan to use your new RCIAA position to take Rust to the next level? 

I plan to take Rust College to the next level in my new RCIAA position by being committed to enriching, sustaining and motivating alums to give back to Rust College on an annual basis.  Because of my natural propensity for helping others, I will continue to give my talents and treasures to my dear Rust College. 

What are your fondest memories during your matriculation at Rust College? 

My fondest memories during my matriculation at Rust College was being allowed to create long-term friendships with a group of distinguished leaders.   I enjoyed representing Rust as Miss UNCF and Miss Senior.  My four years (1982-1986) were full of life lessons, social interaction, and love for my dear Rust College. 

Ms. Barbara Belfoure Redditt

President 

Class of 1988 

Business Administration/Computer Science, B.S. 

Rust Alumni Club Involvement: 

Life Member and Immediate Past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Atlanta Rust Club.  Currently, serve on the Board of the Atlanta Rust Club’s Scholarship Foundation; coordinator of the supply drive for students from the Atlanta Metro area attending Rust College; and serve on the committee for the A’Cappella Choir tour to Atlanta, GA.  

Employer: 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 

Title: 

Federal Bank Examiner 

How do you plan to use your new RCIAA position to take Rust to the next level? 

As the 2020-2021 President of the RCIAA, it is my desire to operate within a technological and system driven process that will allow the Association to increase its membership, alumni philanthropic giving, clubs and incorporate a level of transparency and accountability.  My goal is to engage alumni by creating various committees and task forces to help support and achieve our mission and goals.   

What are your fondest memories during your matriculation at Rust College? 

As I reflect back to the early 80’s, every day was a great day at Rust.  The highlight for me was always Founders’ Weekend, Rust vs. LeMoyne-Owens basketball games, “the REC”, becoming a member of my beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and representing as a campus queen, being a member of the Pom Pom squad, and meeting some of the best students who became lifetime friends.  My fondest memory was graduation day.