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Johnnie P. Mitchell is a close friend and partner in my efforts to "tell the story" of the Native Islanders of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
James Mitchell, CEO of the Native Island Business &
Community Affairs Association, Inc. (NIBCAA) on
Hilton Head Island with his wife Johnnie P. Mitchell.

Dr. Charles W. Jarrett
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ohio University Southern

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P.O. Box 5071
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S.C. 29938
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Charles W. Jarrett earned his Ph. D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jarrett served as a research assistant at Battelle Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and taught courses in rural sociology at Ohio State under the direction of Dr. Ted L. Napier. Charles' areas of concentration include rural sociology, social theory, and research methodology. Charles teaches a variety of sociology courses at Ohio Southern. His research interests include race and ethnic relations, deviant behavior, and social problems.

Dr. Jarrett returned to a faculty position in 1999, after serving Ohio University in an administrative capacity from 1988 through 1998. Ohio Southern experienced unprecedented growth and development during Dr. Jarrett's tenure as Admissions Director. Dr. Jarrett was instrumental in the establishment of many innovative programs designed to increase enrollments and improve the quality of student life at Ohio Southern.

A Study of Gullah Culture and Language

Dr. Jarrett currently publishes articles on Gullah culture and language in peer refereed journals and presents papers at professional conferences on an annual basis.  Charles spends a great portion of his summer months gathering data in the Sea Islands and coastal regions of South Carolina Beaufort at South Campus during June/July. Charles presents seminars/workshops on Gullah/Geechee culture as a part of a long-term effort to preserve this unique and distinctive culture and language (refer to 2003 and 2004 research/ scholorship above).

Patricia Jarrett
Patricia Jarrett has supported her husband's efforts to establish a long-term study of Gullah culture.  Pat graduated from Ohio University in 1997 with a Degree in Specialized Studies with an emphasis in the sociological and psychological aspects of health care.  Pat has developed two courses in women's health issues for Ohio University Southern and has substantive experience with aerobics exercise and dance.  Pat continues her commitment to health care by serving as a Physical Therapy Assistant (on a PRN basis) in Ashland, Kentucky.

Patricia is fulfilling her life's dream by offering to others her expertise in Holistic Lifestyle Management.  Pat offers one-on-one counseling in weight management, wellness, behavior modification, and holistic living.  As an independent representative for Starlight International and Wildtree Herbs, Inc., Pat can assist persons interested in creating a comprehensive plan for wellness that includes vitamin supplementation
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