Buchanan named Staff Member of the Month

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:20

Mary Ellen Buchanan

Mary Ellen Buchanan of Belzoni, Miss., was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s December 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Buchanan serves MDCC’s CAPPS Center as data entry/clerical assistant.

“The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is the interaction with my co-workers and customers both internal and external,” says Buchanan.

An MDCC employee since 2007, Buchanan’s daily responsibilities include entering training data for the workforce division, coordinating career readiness certification, and assisting in all areas at MDCC’s Capps Technology Center in Indianola, Miss.

The Capps Technology Center houses MDCC’s Workforce Education division, which serves as a local forum for economic development and a resource for all local industrial development groups to meet and promote regional economic development. The Capps Center primarily focuses on the training, education, and skills improvement needs of business and industry. 

The MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. and Sodexo (MDCC Cafeteria) sponsor the Staff Employee of the Month Award. The staff appreciation committee is comprised of staff members representing different areas of the college. This committee randomly selects a department each month, and the employees working in that department select the award recipient. For more information about the selection process, contact Felecia Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-6322.

Faculty, Staff Donate $4,000

  • Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:32

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MDCC Faculty Association President Jay Gary presents a check to Reed Abraham

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Faculty and Staff Association recently contributed $4,000 to the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund. Developed in 2013, this fund became the first-ever privately funded employee development fund through the MDCC Development Foundation.

“The MDCC Faculty/Staff Association chose to donate to the Steinriede Fund because of the fund’s commitment to MDCC’s educational mission,” Treasurer Frances Williams said. “We also support the fund because of its availability to all faculty and staff.” The program provides MDCC’s faculty and staff with the opportunity to develop projects that support the college’s educational mission.

The fund is named after successful banker and MDCC alumnus Robert “Bobby” Steinriede in honor of his contribution to the college and the community. For more information about the fund, contact Reed Abraham at (844) MS-DELTA or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Livingston Honored by Mississippi Legislature

  • Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:24

MDCC recognizes outstanding teacher

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Mississippi Delta Community College instructor Patti Livingston of Leland, Miss., recently was recognized as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Instructor 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.

Livingston, chairperson of the college’s Division of Health Sciences, has taught Associate Degree Nursing classes at MDCC for 34 years. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).

“Patti has been a part of our health science program at MDCC for over 30 years. She is most deserving of this honor that her peers have bestowed upon her,” says Carol Walden, MDCC vice president of instruction.

She and her husband, Darrell, are the parents of Rex, a fourth year dental school student at UMC, and Parker, a recent graduate of Mississippi State University’s civil engineering program. Both children are MDCC alumni and both were members of the Trojan baseball team. The family belongs to the Leland United Methodist Church.

Livingston 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.

2014 Lamplighter Award recipients announced

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MDCC’s 2014 Lamplighters pictured (L-R) are Debbie Poe, Teresa Webster, & Faye Stovall

Three Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state’s best community and junior college faculty members honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference, hosted Sept. 23-25 by Coahoma Community College.

MDCC teachers Teresa Webster, Faye Stovall and Debbie Poe attended the annual three-day conference, themed Meeting at the Crossroads, for professional development, entertainment, fellowship and fun.

According to MDCC’s Vice-President of Instruction Carol Walden, each community college sends its best instructors to the conference each year. "I am so proud of these ladies for being selected by their peers for the Lamplighters Conference. I know they represented MDCC well at the conference,” she says.

Representing MDCC’s Health Sciences department, Debbie Poe of Indianola is currently in her 16th year at Mississippi Delta Community College. A sophomore nursing instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, Poe earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Jimmy, attend First Baptist Church.

Serving Career-Technical students as a healthcare data technology instructor, Faye Stovall also is a PBL Advisor and serves on MDCC’s curriculum committee. A native of Leland, she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta. Stovall and her husband, Lee, attend Leland Presbyterian Church where she serves as an elder.    

An MDCC employee for 24 years, honoree Teresa Webster serves as eLearning coordinator and teaches computer science. Webster earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University. She and her husband, Roland, reside in Sidon, and attend First Baptist Church in Greenwood. They have two children, Roland and Carrie.

The first Lamplighter Conference was held in 1989 with the goal of bringing in outstanding instructors who could share ideas. “Lighting the lamp” of the participants was to provide them the opportunity to return to their own schools and light the lamps of their fellow instructors. The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses, while also providing an opportunity to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is required. The program also gives effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that best promote learning.

Wilson Named Staff Member of the Month

  • Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:25

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Joe Wilson of Inverness, Miss., was selected by his co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s October 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Wilson serves as MDCC’s sports information director.

“The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is getting to watch the athletes compete, especially when we win,” says Wilson.

An MDCC employee since 1985, Wilson is responsible for keeping the public informed about MDCC athletics and taking photos at sporting events and athletic activities.

The MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. and Sodexo (MDCC Cafeteria) sponsor the Staff Employee of the Month Award. The staff appreciation committee is comprised of staff members representing different areas of the college. This committee randomly selects a department each month, and the employees working in that department select the award recipient. For more information about the selection process, contact Felicia Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MDCC to Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 17-18

  • Tuesday, 07 October 2014 03:14

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(Pictured L-R) Members of MDCC’s 2014 homecoming court include sophomores Amber Jackson of Greenville, Miss., Meagan Bole of Carrollton, Miss., Melanie Carroll of Greenville, and Miss., Latrina Wright of Sunflower, Miss. Freshmen on this year’s court include Jazmin Jennings of Greenville, Miss., Gabrielle Smith of Florence, Miss., Kenjayla Dixon of Greenville, Miss., and Shakira Birge of Cleveland, Miss.

   Mississippi Delta Community College will celebrate its 2014 homecoming celebration with a variety of activities, including a 5K walk and run, a grilling contest, a homecoming parade, and the crowning of the homecoming queen. The weeklong activities lead up to the MDCC-Itawamba Community College football match-up at 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 18 at the Jim Randall Stadium on the Moorhead, Miss., campus.For a complete listing of activities, visit http://homecoming.msdelta.edu/.

 

MDCC Teachers Present Workshop

  • Wednesday, 24 September 2014 05:31

Two Mississippi Delta Community College instructors recently presented a workshop about teaching dual enrollment English at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Two Year College English Association of Mississippi (TYCAM).

“Dual Enrollment: Double the Pleasure, Double the Challenge,” presented by MDCC English teachers Emily Riser and Renee Moore, explored the highs and lows of teaching college level English classes to high school juniors and seniors.

Riser, who teaches at the Moorhead campus and is a dual enrollment instructor at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Miss., explained how she often has to adjust assignments to make them interesting and relevant to younger students, while still maintaining the required rigor.

Moore, who teaches at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC), stressed the importance of a college’s dual enrollment instructors being flexible and diplomatic when they travel to high schools and must interact with a school’s students, staff, and parents.

Riser says, “Among the biggest challenges of teaching dual enrollment students are that they are graduating seniors, often experiencing senioritis, and that these students know each other very well.” On the other hand, as both teachers pointed out, “The students in dual enrollment are often the top students at their respective schools, and these classes give them and their parents an opportunity to interact with MDCC and the college’s quality programs.”

TYCAM is the professional association for English teachers at Mississippi’s community colleges, and is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, through its national and regional two-year college divisions.

In February, MDCC’s English faculty and other members of TYCAM will host the 50th anniversary Southeastern regional meeting of community college English teachers.

Ammons Elected to National Board

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 07:11

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Dr. John Ammons was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Ammons is a 27 year veteran of the MDCC biological science faculty where he has taught Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Zoology.Ammons. Elected by NSTA’s membership, the new board and council members began serving their three-year term June 1.

“The new board and council members bring a vast amount of experience and diverse perspectives to the table,” said NSTA President Juliana Texley. “They will use their expertise in the field of science education to bring about positive change and effective solutions to pressing issues facing the association and its members.”

The new board members join a 13-member board that oversees NSTA’s finances, policies and procedures, and strategic planning.

John Ammons is a member of the biological science faculty at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Prior to joining the NSTA council, he served on the NSTA board and was a member of the 2011 planning committee for the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans. He also sits on the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee and was selected to be on the NSTA science lab safety advisory board.

Ammons served for two years as president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association (2008-2010) and continues to be a member of the MSTA board of directors. He has received a number of awards in Mississippi, including the 2004 Headware Teacher Award from the state legislature; the 2003 MSTA College Science Teacher of the Year; and the 2000 Lamplighter award selected by MDCC faculty for teaching excellence.

Ammons holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. from University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. from Mississippi State University. In addition, he has completed additional graduate work at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Boston University and Oxford University, Oxford England.

 

Veteran Making a Presence at MDCC

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 07:06

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After serving in the Air National Guard with tours in Iraq and Korea, one Mississippi Delta Community College student is finding a new home and a new career path on the Moorhead, Miss., campus.

McLane Milner of Greenwood, Miss., is currently a welding student at MDCC.

A 2004 graduate of Pillow Academy, Milner considered joining the U.S. Army immediately afMcClane_Milner_Uniform_Pic.jpgter high school, but changed his mind at the last minute. Instead, he began his college career at MDCC, but discovered that he was lacking the direction and motivation necessary for college success.

Milner notes, “You are not going to learn what you don’t want to know. Some people learn the hard way, and some people figure it out.”

He quit college after a year to join the workforce, and soon joined the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th fighter wing as an F16 crew chief. During his service, he served a three and one-half month tour in Iraq in 2009 and a month and one-half tour in Korea in 2010. After being honorable discharged in 2012, Milner returned home to Greenwood, Miss.

“I didn’t really have a sense of direction coming out of high school, but I learned the advantages of what the military could provide,” Milner says. “I joined the military to help pay for school, and it’s paying off now.”

For those struggling to find their path after high school, he says, “The military is the perfect place to find the discipline and the gumption to want to do better for yourself. The biggest thing I learned in the military is discipline.” That discipline is paying off in the classroom, where Milner is currently enrolled in the school’s welding program.

MDCC’s welding program is a career course designed to develop skills in various methods of welding. Throughout the program, the student is taught arc welding, oxyacetylene torch, plasma arc cutting, mig welding, and tungsten inert gas techniques on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Classroom instruction also is received in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy, welding theory, types of welding machines, and manual inert gas techniques. At the end of the second semester, students are prepared to take the American Welding Society Code Test for arc welders and seek employment.

Leading MDCC’s program is instructor Roger Wright. Milner says, “He’s a splendid teacher. He doesn’t tell you anything you don’t need to know. It’s all about safety.”

Milner previously worked for Wright in Wright’s private business, and the instructor was convinced his young employee could accomplish more through MDCC’s welding program.

The Milner family is not new to MDCC, as the younger Milner’s grandfather was instrumental in developing the college’s dental hygienist program.

The late Dr. Arthur Hugo Richter, Greenwood’s first dentist and an Air Force veteran himself, also got his start in the military. A Greenwood native, Milner says, “My grandfather saw that dental hygiene wasn’t a very big factor here in the Delta, and wanted to do something to correct that. He wanted people to take better care of their mouths.”

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