Three MDCC Instructors Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

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.

09 Oct 2014

Wilson Named Staff Member of the Month

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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.

09 Oct 2014

MDCC Art Faculty Exhibit and Reception

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!

08 Oct 2014

Trojans Defend No.2 Division Rank Against Northwest Rangers

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.

MDCC to Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 17-18

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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/.

 

07 Oct 2014

Trojans Ranked Second In North Division after Defeating Tigers

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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ utilized a staunch defense and an offense that scored two touchdowns to come up with a 14-7 North Division win over the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers at Moorhead Thursday night.

The contest was a nail-biter to the end when it seemed that the Trojans would have to punt from their own 30 facing a fourth-and-17 situation with about 1:50 remaining in the game. Instead MDCC Head Coach Jeff Tatum told freshman punter Cody Lloyd to fake the kick. Lloyd did and raced up the right sideline for 18 yards and a first down that clinched the win.

The Trojans drew first blood on the first possession of the game as they marched 62 yards in just four plays. The big play was a 46 yard run to the Tiger’s eight yard line by Roshard Burney. Chauncey Matthews then scored from three yards out and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT kick put Delta up 7-0 with just over two minutes gone in the game.

Northeast responded in the opening minutes of the second quarter by going 50 yards in five plays helped along by a 30 yard pass from quarterback Brett Thompson to Rashad Turner. Thompson then hit Khalid Kornegay with a 10 yard TD pass to tie the game.

Northeast received the kickoff to open the second half but a penalty moved the Tigers back to their 14 and a swarming Trojans’ defense pushed them back to the one yard line on third down. A short kick from the endzone gave MDCC the ball on the Tigers’ 28. Four plays later Roshard Burney raced in from thee yards out to score the final TD of the game.

Delta’s defense, which has improved with each game, held the Tiger’s ground game to minus three yards for the night, according to unofficial stats. Northeast only ran the ball 22 times. Fourteen of those runs netted 58 yards while the Trojans “D” sacked runners eight times for minus 61 yards.

Northeast was much more efficient through the air where quarterback Brett Thompson and Trace Lee combined on 21 of 42 attempts for 247 yards and one touchdown. Thompson handled most of the snaps connecting on 18 of 30 passes for 232 yards and a TD with two interceptions.

Delta’s offense was much more balanced. The Trojans rushed 33 times for 110 yards and both touchdowns while freshman quarterback Devin Adams connected on 13 of 35 passes for 145 yards, with two interceptions, for a total of 255 yards.

Individually for the Trojans, Roshard Burney was by far the leading rusher with nine carries for 67 yards while freshman Quadre Butler was next with six carries for 20 yards. Defensively the Trojans’ linebackers Dwight Griggs and Alex Johnson snagged an interception apiece. Delta also recovered three Northeast fumbles with defensive end Brandon Smith causing and recovering one of those.

The Trojans are now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in North Division. They are tied for second place in the division with Northwest Community College which is 2-1 and 2-4 overall. That tie will be broken next Thursday in Senatobia when the two teams meet at 6:30 p.m.

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