Athletes from every one of Mississippi Delta Community College’s five sports teams and three teams as a whole were recognized on either the state or national level for their academic excellence in the classroom this week, according to MDCC Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized the Trojans’ baseball, basketball and softball teams for their cumulative grade point averages. The Baseball team, under Coach Michael Avalon, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 3.37 GPA and was first in the state among the seven Mississippi teams recognized.
The Lady Trojans basketball team, under Coach Burnadette McDonald, finished the year with a 3.12 GPA and was first in the state among the four Mississippi teams recognized. The Lady Trojans softball team, under Coach Chris Watford, was also recognized nationally and finished the year with a 3.14 GPA.
In all, 15 MDCC athletes were also honored by Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges (MACJC) for their achievements in the classroom. These All-State Academic Scholars had a GPA of 3.25 or better. Those with a GPA of 3.80 of better were also recognized as Distinguished Honors. They were Bill McRight of Vicksburg (football), Danny Springer of Houston (baseball) and Kelli Stevens of Rolling Fork (softball).
The MACJC All-State Academic Scholars from the baseball team were Nathaniel Dickens of Canton, John Lafever of Holly Springs, Colby Maner of Morton, Tyler Mize of Paris, and Conner Osborne of West Monroe, LA. All-State from the football team were John Marsh of Greenville, Payton Pearson of Isola, and Eric Snow of Yazoo City. Women’s basketball All-State were India Overstreet of Hernando and Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia and men’s basketball was Michael Sapp of Holcomb. Softball was Sara Gunter of Pensacola, FL.
Nationally, during the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom.
Bill McRight, Danny Springer and Kelli Stevens received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Excellence for GPAs between 3.80 and 3.99. Sara Gunther, John Lefever, John Marsh, Colby Manor, Conner Osborne, and Michael Sapp received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for GPA's between 3.60 and 3.79.
Mississippi Delta Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony June 12 to celebrate the construction of the Moorhead, Miss., college’s new Vandiver Student Union. The new $4 million student center, named for the college’s first president, is slated to be completed by the fall of 2015.
“This new facility will provide a state-of-the-art union building for current and future students at MDCC,” says MDCC President Larry Nabors.
Designed by Beard & Riser Architects of Greenwood, Miss, the 11,600-square-foot student-centered facility, will feature lounge space, multipurpose conference room/meeting space, a suite of offices for the Office of Student Services, a food service grill, game room, restrooms and a fitness room.
The original Vandiver Student Union was demolished in 2011 and the campus has been without a dedicated a student center since.
Paula S. Sykes, chair of the MDCC board of trustees, says, “As a Board of Trustees, it is our vision that this building will be filled with opportunities for the enhancement of the quality of life for our students. Imagine the memories that will be created here as students learn, grow and interact with others. Students will learn, study, make friends, find job opportunities, create relationships that will follow them all through their adult life, and they may even meet their future wife or spouse in this very building.”
“The memories that will start here in this building are invaluable and life lasting. This building will be a show place to serve the entire six-county area of the Mississippi Delta Community College district for many years to come,” adds Sykes.
Designed to complement the existing campus architecture and open itself to the landscape for student gatherings, the new facility’s exterior design was influenced by existing campus buildings, with a muted palette of beige-colored brick, stucco and wood trim. Large gabled roof overhangs will provide deep porch areas to enhance student gathering and provide relief from the climate.
The project was funded by the Mississippi State Legislature through the passing of HB1701 in 2013. D. Carroll Construction, LLC, of Oxford, Mississippi was selected as the project contractor.
The staff appreciation committee is composed 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. The committee arranges a special gift basket for the monthly recipients. In addition, the committee organizes the annual luncheon held at the president's home. Committee members pictured left to right: Linda Clark, Audra Perry, Angela White, Tonya Rice, and Felicia Nash. (Not pictured: Sarah Buchanan)
President Nabors hosts 2013-2014 staff employees of the month for lunch
Mary Joseph, Christi Gregory, Jeri Kay Jones (not pictured: Diane Cook and Barbara Smith)
Miss Mississippi Delta Community College assists with sporting clay tournament
Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Kaylan Frye of Leland, Miss., is helping organize a sporting clay shoot to benefit the Miss Mississippi Pageant. The event is scheduled for Friday, June 13 at Turcotte Shooting Range in Canton.
All profits from this shoot will go to provide scholarship money for the Miss Mississippi and Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen contestants. Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick and contestants from both pageants will be running the stations as well as entertaining and networking throughout the day. Several former Miss Mississippi winners will also be in attendance.
A sporting clay tournament consists of teams of four members shooting clay targets that are released from 12 stations. Registration fees for the event are $500 for a four-member team or $125 for individual shooters. Participants in the 50-shot tournament may choose morning or afternoon flights.
In addition to the main tournament, a kamikaze dove shoot and a five-stand warm-up contest will be held. Each requires a $25 per person registration fee.
Hospitality station sponsors also are available for $1,000 each. Sponsor names will be featured on the tournament T-shirts worn by all contestants and Miss Mississippi staff members during the shoot. In addition, tournament sponsors will be recognized during the week of the Miss Mississippi pageant. Sponsors also will receive signage and a spot to bring networking materials and/or refreshments for the sponsored station. MMC Materials has graciously agreed to provide lunch for contestants and sponsors during which time Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick will entertain, take photos, and sign autographs.
A Mississippi Delta Community College sophomore, Frye was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Feb. 25 at Mississippi Delta Community College's Moorhead, Miss., campus. She will represent Mississippi Delta Community College at the Miss Mississippi Pageant to be held July 9 through 12, 2014 in Vicksburg.
At the Miss Mississippi pageant, Frye will continue to focus on her Miss Mississippi Delta Community College pageant platform, "Closure is needed." She says, "My platform attempts to encourage continued work on cold criminal cases, especially with regards to homicides. I believe it is important to bring closure to the families that have lost loved ones."
The College, the Mississippi Delta Community College Development Foundation, Inc., and the Mississippi Delta Community College Alumni Association sponsor the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant. Mississippi Delta Community College's Alumni Association and Foundation provide scholarships to the pageant winner. The College also provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to Mississippi Delta Community College the following academic year.
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. The state pageant began in 1934, has been held in Vicksburg since 1958, and provides more money than most other scholarship pageants in the Miss America Organization. The contestants are judged in talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.
Mrs. Christi Gregory was selected by her coworkers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s May 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Christi serves as counselor and work based learning coordinator for the Career-Technical Education Department. Her daily responsibilities include recruiting new students for career-technical programs and advising current students in pursuit of a degree or certificate. She fields many questions daily from prospective students asking for information about MDCC’s various career and technical programs.
Gregory said her greatest accomplishment at MDCC is “seeing students I have worked with graduate.” She says that teamwork is the key for successfully serving students and the college. “No single person can be successful in their job without the support of many others,” says Gregory. “I love MDCC and the many people who work together.”
Christi lives in Inverness, Miss., with her husband Dr. Brent Gregory and their two daughters– McKinley, 9 and Mary Lee, 6. A native of Philadelphia, Miss., Christi joined the MDCC staff in 2010 having previously worked at East Central Community College
For more information, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-6322.