MDCC recognizes outstanding teacher
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
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.
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.
In conjunction with Homecoming Week, the MDCC Art Faculty is having an exhibition of ceramics, painting and photography by Jennifer Woodard, Josh Vincent, Nancy Stone-Streett and Wallace Mallette.
The opening reception is Monday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Jean Abrams Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will run through November 20.
Please make plans to come visit and see the exhibition!
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to hold onto the number two spot in the North Division Thursday when they travel to Senatobia for a 6:30 p.m. game with the Northwest Community College Rangers.
The Rangers enter the game with a 2-1 North Division mark but are 2-4 overall. The Trojans are also 2-1 in division but are 3-2 overall. Northwest has lost games to Jones JC 28-20, Gulf Coast CC 63-7, Hinds CC 31-17
and Northeast CC 25-19, and has wins over Itawamba CC 45-31 and Holmes CC 28-14. In games in common, the Trojans defeated Northeast CC 14-7 and lost to Holmes CC 27-8.
The Rangers’ offense is averaging 339 yards per game and is fairly balanced between passing, 177 yards per game, and rushing, 156 yards per game. MDCC is averaging 253 yards per game with 123 passing and 130 yards rushing.
Northwest is led by sophomore quarterback Karsten Miller (6-3, 225) of Lexington, SC. He is hitting 64% of his passes for 197 yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions. His three favorite receivers are Jamarius Mabry (6-4, 185) sophomore from Jackson who is averaging 45 yards a game, Galen Gaston (6-1, 205) sophomore from Saltillo who is averaging 42 yards and Kentrell Spencer (5-9, 160) from Starkville who is averaging 38 yards.
When the Rangers run the ball they rely almost exclusively on freshman running back Justin Crawford (6-0, 195) of Columbus, GA., who is averaging a whopping 140 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry and has six touchdowns.
Thus far this season, Mississippi Delta quarterback Devin Adams is hitting 49% of his passes and averaging 101 yards per game. Leading receivers are Derrick Jenkins with 36 yards per game and Kameron Carter with 33 yards per game. Leading rushers are Roshard Burney with 52 yards per game (5.3 per carry) and six TD’s and Quadre Butler with 44 yards per game (6.1 per carry) and two TD’s.
(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/.