Melaney Emerson of Moorhead, Miss., was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College's Staff Member of the Month for October. Emerson serves as MDCC's webmaster and public relations coordinator.
"I love my job! It is a joy to promote an institution that's purpose is to better the lives of others," she said. "The passion and dedication that you find within the MDCC community makes this college a wonderful place to work."
An MDCC employee for 10 years, her daily responsibilities include web and social media content management, marketing, and college publications.
The Southeastern Association of Community College Research (SACCR) recently honored Dr. Rosemary Craven Lamb, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Mississippi Delta Community College, with the Gwen P. Aldridge Institutional Effectiveness Award. Lamb was recognized for her leadership and advancement in the field of institutional effectiveness and her contributions in the areas of community college program evaluation and accreditation.
SACCR also honored Dr. Lamb with the Outstanding Paper Award for her quantitative research on Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of Latino Males in America's Community Colleges. Her research on student engagement was recently selected for publication in the NASAP Journal of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals.
In 2013, the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research awarded Lamb the Jim Nichols Service Award, the highest honor presented to an individual who has shown exemplary service and leadership to the organization.
Dr. Lamb has served as an accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) at community colleges across Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. She has also served as president of the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research, treasurer of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research, and as a member of the SACSCOC Annual Conference Planning Committee.
Dr. Lamb holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Jackson State University, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi, and a bachelor's degree in English from Delta State University. Lamb and her husband, Chuck, have three children and five grandchildren.
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William “Mickey” Thompson of Cleveland, Miss., is the 2015 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year.
Thompson earned an associate’s degree in drafting and design from Mississippi Delta Junior College and after graduation attended Delta State University. While at MDJC, Thompson was the president of several college clubs and served on student council.
Thompson, an active supporter of MDCC, has continued his association with the college in numerous capacities. He serves on the MDCC Board of Trustees and has been a faithful member for 25 years. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for MDCC’s Bolivar/Coahoma alumni chapter, has been a chapter meeting sponsor, and is a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club.
In addition, Thompson supports Trojan athletics and the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame, and each year, shares his Corvette convertible for use in MDCC’s homecoming parade. A believer in the importance of education, he, along with Pat Denton, established an academic scholarship for MDCC students from Bolivar County.
Thompson has a long record of community and civic involvement. He was elected mayor of Shelby for two terms and served six terms as Bolivar County Tax Assessor/Collector. Active in his hometown of Cleveland, he serves on the Heritage Committee, the City Planning Commission, the Cleveland Crime Stoppers Association, and is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church.
Previously, he served as a Boy Scout leader, PTA president for Pearman Elementary School, and Delta Arts Alliance director. In addition he has been a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Rotary Club, Exchange Club, and Delta State Booster Club.
On the state level, Thompson has served as president of the Mississippi Tax Assessor/Collector Association and President of the Mississippi Chapter of International Assessors Officers Association. He has worked with the Mississippi state legislators in upgrading and introducing new laws for the State Tax Commission. Thompson has received numerous awards, including district service awards from both the Mississippi Tax Assessors College and the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Currently, he works as a property tax consultant for Humphreys County.
Thompson has been married to the former Jean Neel of Indianola for more than 50 years. They have two sons, Mike of Dallas, and Jeffrey of Cleveland, Miss.
David Grant has been named the 2015 Trojan Spirit Award recipient. The annual award, chosen by the Mississippi Delta Community College Alumni Association, recognizes a faculty or staff member for his or her distinguished service to the college.
Grant graduated from MDCC with an associate’s degree in industrial electricity. While at MDCC, he was an active member of Skills USA and was a gold and silver medalist at the state level competition. As a student, he received the Departmental Award for Industrial Electricity and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. He also graduated with honors from Mississippi Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics technology.
As a loyal and strong supporter of Mississippi Delta Community College, Grant is a familiar figure at campus events and is active in all aspects of college life. He chairs Phi Theta Kappa, the National Technical Honors Society, and Trojan Tailgate, and is an active member of the Alumni Association board of directors. In addition, he was a driving force in the formation and success of the Trojan Grilling Competition. On campus, Grant is known as the “go-to guy,” as he is always available if something needs to be done or someone needs help. He is the first to arrive and the last to leave, and brings to any task tremendous energy and a great attitude.
An innovative instructor, Grant often combines instruction with community service. Using a hands-on approach, his students’ projects have benefitted many members of the surrounding communities. Under his tutelage, through the Baptist Town Project, they have set up Katrina cottages in Greenwood for low-income housing. They also rewired and renovated a future classroom, rewired a shed for Holcomb Baptist Church, added circuits and lighting to the Moorhead Train Depot, and provided lighting for the Indianola Green Space. His MDCC peers also selected him for the Lamplighter Award.
Grant, and his wife Monica, are the parents of James Thomas, John Arthur, and Ava Bowles.
Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) was awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) Program. MDCC applied for this competitive-based grant for the purpose of improving educational outcomes of African American males through the implementation of an Integrated Student Success Initiative. The college will receive $600,000 annually for five years to fund the Success Initiative.
“Students at MDCC will benefit tremendously thanks to this award being provided by U.S. Department of Education,” said MDCC President Larry Nabors. “The College will be able to create a very valuable Student Success program aimed at increasing student achievement.”
The program will identify and address black males’ challenges related to poverty, academic unpreparedness, lack of academic and social integration into the education system, low levels of meaningful student engagement, retention issues, and low levels of achievement.
Through participation in Student Success, Black males will have access to an online student success credit course, educational materials, technology, tutoring, academic advising, counseling, mentoring, career preparation, and cultural awareness services. An online early alert and advising system will provide a means for advisors, counselors, and PBI staff to help black males stay on track and persist to graduation.
Mississippi Delta Community College is a two-year public, rural, residential and commuter campus, headquartered in Moorhead, Mississippi, with four off-campus centers in the cities of Greenwood, Greenville, Indianola, and Drew. For more information, visit www.msdelta.edu or call 662.246.MDCC.