Woodard Honored at Ceremony
Mississippi Delta Community College art instructor Jennifer Woodard of Rolling Fork, Miss., was recently recognized as MDCC’s 2014 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
During the Nov. 5 awards ceremony on the Moorhead, Miss., campus, Woodard presented, “An Introduction to Raku Pottery.” She will also be honored at the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet in Jackson in February of 2015.
A MDCC employee since 2001, Woodard earned her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and her master’s degree from Mississippi College. She and her husband, Allen, have three children, Roselea, Jilly, and Walt.
October is Arts and Humanities Month, proclaimed annually by the President and Governor. To honor the event, the President or appropriate dean of each institution of higher learning in the state nominates a faculty member for the Humanities Teacher Award.
MDCC congratulations Jennifer Woodard on achieving this honor.
Manor to be honored by Mississippi legislature
Mississippi Delta Community College student Christin Manor was recognized recently as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) student of the year for 2014.
Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.
A Hollandale native, Christin Manor is a sophomore at MDCC and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Delta Delegation. She is the daughter of Robert and Gail Manor, both alumni of Mississippi Delta Community College. After graduating from MDCC, Manor plans to attend Delta State University and then medical school.
Manor is among the state’s honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society and prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans drubbed their counterpart from Hinds Community College 80-36 Monday night at home while the Trojans were defeated 76-52 by the Bulldogs.
The Lady Trojans, who had defeated the Lady Bulldogs 68-52, in their first meeting at Utica, completely dominated the Lady Bulldogs in their second meeting. MDCC took a 2-0 lead to begin the game and then fell behind by one when Hinds hit their first three-pointer of the night.
That was the last time the Deltans would trail as they quickly jumped into the lead by 16 points midway through the first half. They pushed that lead to 21 points, 35-14, with 1:35 remaining and ended the stanza up 36-18.
The second half was a repeat of the first as the Lady Trojans extended their lead to 35 points, 60-25, midway through the second half. They lead by as many as 46 points before ending the game with an 80-36 win.
The unusual thing about the blowout was that only one Lady Trojan scored in double figures. That was sophomore Mary Washington with 13 points. The next closest was Aqueshia Kimble and McKinnon Skeen, both with eight points each. Kenya Arnold, Alexis Caldwell and Niya Head all checked in with seven points each. In all, 13 of the 14 Lady Trojans who saw action scored points.
The win brings the Delta women’s record to 2-4 overall.
The Trojans’ game played out just the women. MDCC opened the game with a two point lead and then went stone cold in the shooting department as the Bulldogs raced out to as much as a 19 point lead at the 3:44 point in the first quarter. Hinds led 41-28 at the break.
The second half was as bad as the first for Delta with the Bulldogs pushing out to as much as a 28 point lead on several occasions before ending the game up 76-52.
Freshman Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points while sophomore Darius Dukes and freshman Joshua Madison contributed 11 points each. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 3-3 overall.
Mississippi Delta will be on the road Thursday night as they travel to Decatur for a rematch with East Central Community College. The Lady Trojans will be looking to avenge a 96-75 loss to the Lady Warriors while the Trojans will be looking to do better than the 80-77 OT loss they suffered at the hands of the East Central Warriors.
The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered a sweep Saturday afternoon at home against East Central Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 96-75 and the Trojans falling 80-77 in OT.
The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first half going into the dressing room down by only seven points, 49-42. But, they just couldn’t contain sophomore guard Tashi-ana Thompson of Lithonia, GA, who poured in 28 points or sophomore forward Shakerya Morrison of Wendell, NC, who added 16 points. These two together scored 44 points.
The Lady Trojans were led by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble who scored 19 points and sophomore forward Niya Head who added 14. Freshman guards Rachel Harper and Eugenia Gilliam scored 11 points each in the effort.
The Lady Trojans also lost a close game Thursday night at Poplarville falling 60-57 to the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College. Niya Head was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by Kenya Arnold with 11 points.
In Saturday’s men’s game the Trojans trailed most of the first half and were down by 11 points, 41-30 at the break. But, Delta fought back in the second half, with a 13 point effort by freshman center Travon Harper and 11 points from sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese, to take a one point lead, 58-57, on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin.
The game was nip and tuck from there on in with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage. The Trojans held a 72-70 lead with 23 seconds remaining before the Wildcats tied the game with a bucket to send the contest into OT.
Delta’s Tyrone McNeese opened the OT scoring with a trey that was immediately answered by Pearl River who then took a two point lead with 3:09 remaining. Griffin tied the game at 77-all with 2:40 left and both teams missed shots until the Wildcats drained a trey with three seconds left in the game. A desperation shot from mid-court by the Trojans sailed wide.
Tyrone McNeese led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zarmarlus Griffin and Travon Harper provided 11 points each.
In Thursday’s game at Poplarville the Trojans again came up short by three points, 60-57 after being down 33-27 at the break. Darius Dukes led Delta in scoring with 12 points and Travon Harper scored a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The losses drop the Lady Trojans overall record to 1-4 overall and the Trojans to 3-2 overall, all against South Division teams. Both teams will be back in action Monday night in Moorhead for games against Hinds Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.
Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 11, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.
Leflore was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Kaylan Frye of Leland, Miss. Leflore was presented roses by Dr. Larry Nabors, college president, and a title sash by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services.
Contestant Shannon McKinney of Indianola, Miss. was named first alternate. Keyairra Frison, also of Indianola, was named second alternate. Eleven MDCC students competed in the categories of talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.
The pageant is directed by Ms. Stacy Upton and is sponsored by the college, the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc., and the MDCC Alumni Association. The college provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to MDCC the next academic year. The Alumni and Foundation provide a stipend for wardrobe and fees associated with the Miss Mississippi Pageant.
Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and state preliminary of Miss America. Mississippi Delta Community College holds a local pageant each year as a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.
Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors is pleased to announce that Jim Aycock has been selected as the new director of the college’s computer services department. Aycock of Inverness, Miss., will assume his new duties in January of 2015 following the retirement of current director Jimmy Free.
“As a proud graduate of MDCC, I’m fortunate and thankful for this opportunity,” Aycock says. “I’ve worked the last seven years in MDCC’s computer services department, having been promoted to my previous position of network administrator in 2009. The knowledge I’ve gained during this time, as well as the college-wide relationships I’ve built, has prepared me for this leadership position. I am motivated and enthusiastic for the opportunity to implement new technology products that will enhance all aspects of the college. I recognize the importance of a campus-wide technology plan to enhance learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity.”
In addition to his experience at MDCC, Aycock previously worked in the field of computer services in the healthcare and food production industries. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi Valley State University.
Aycock is a board member and the social media chair of the MDCC Alumni Association, is a member of the MDCC Development Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a member of the Mississippi Community College Board’s Technical Operations Council, and is a member of the Mississippi Mobilization Task Force.