Mississippi Delta Community College third baseman Carson Crites was named this week to the Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges’ All-State Baseball Team for the North Division.
The freshman, from Amarillo, TX, was the Trojans’ second leading hitter this season with a .354 batting average. Crites had 52 hits including 11 doubles, two triples and four homeruns with 32 RBI’s and 29 runs. On offense, Crites ended the season with an .843 percentage.
He helped MDCC to a fifth place finish in the North Division with a 12-12 record (one game short of making the playoffs) and a 25-19 overall record.
- Dr. James Terry “J.T.” Hall (88) died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Dr. Hall served as President of Mississippi Delta Community College from 1966-1989. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Leland. Burial will follow in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Boone Funeral Home in Greenville.
Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) held its 2014 Academic and Career-Technical graduation ceremony Friday, May 9, 2014, in the J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss. This year the college awarded 524 diplomas with 291 students marching in Friday’s ceremony. In 2013, MDCC awarded 547 diplomas and ranked in the top five community colleges in the state as having one of the largest percent increases in students graduating.
The ceremony included graduates from academic, career, and technical programs with diplomas awarded in Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Arts (AA), and MDCC Certificates (from one year certificate based programs).
The MDCC Concert Ensemble provided music for the prelude and the processional. Dr. Peter Jackson (MDCC Board of Trustees) provided the invocation with Dr. Ed Rice (Vice-President of Student Services) welcoming and recognizing guests in attendance. Dr. Larry Nabors (MDCC President) also gave opening remarks with special music provided by James Shannon (Director of MDCC Ambassadors and Singers) and Breuna Kimbrough (Student Vocalist).
MDCC was pleased to have Governor Phil Bryant onstage during the ceremony. Governor Bryant provided wisdom and encouragement to graduates as the commencement speaker. Addressing the graduates, Bryant stated “I’m so glad to see you here today. I know that you will enjoy much success following your experiences at MDCC. Be proud of this wonderful state. Stay here and help us continue in our accomplishments.”
Mississippi Delta is a comprehensive community college which offers a wide variety of academic, career and technical courses in day, evening and online classes. The college offers workforce training, ABE/GED classes, and continuing education courses for local citizens.
Mississippi Delta supports its students with a full range of student services including financial aid, counseling, career placement and on-campus housing. Mississippi Delta instructors are well-trained professionals who are truly dedicated to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in their future careers. The college offers quality, collegiate level courses in small classes with individualized instruction.
In addition to the main campus at Moorhead, Mississippi Delta Community College also offers classes at its off-campus sites in Greenville, Greenwood and Drew, as well as workforce training at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Technology Center in Indianola. At the Greenville Higher Education Center, Mississippi Delta partners with Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University to offer students the opportunity to complete their four-year degree in one location. The Greenville Center also offers conference facilities for the use of business and industry in the Delta region.
Incoming students are invited to attend 2014 Orientation and Registration this summer. Students interested in attending this fall should visit kickstart.msdelta.edu to register for summer orientation. Graduates from Friday’s ceremony can purchase photos by visiting www.gradimages.com. For more information, visit our website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-MDCC.
Pictured: Dr. Rodney Frothingham addresses MDCC’s health science graduates
Mississippi Delta Community College held its Health Sciences Pinning and Graduation Ceremony Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the J. T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead Campus. The ceremony included graduates from the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the Dental Hygiene Program, and the Radiologic Technology Program.
DeAron Washington provided the invocation with opening remarks by Dr. Larry Nabors. Dr. Nabors joined MDCC in February 2013 as the college’s eighth president. Dr. Rodney Frothingham presented the commencement address. A Rolling Fork, Miss., native, Frothingham is currently a neurological disease consultant for North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville, Miss. A graduate of Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi School of Health Sciences, and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Frothingham completed his surgical residency at Duke University and served in the U.S. Army as a senior flight surgeon and commanding officer of a hospital detachment.
"If you're not changing, you're not doing anything," said Frothingham. Addressing the graduates, he continued "Always question and review what you're doing and why you're doing it. Never be content with mediocrity and always give it your best shot. Remember the importance of communication with your family, coworkers and those you serve. Talk to each other. Problems get better and relationships get stronger when you communicate. Always be willing to learn something new; but remember, knowledge must be accompanied by a positive attitude, your best effort and good old common sense."
In total, 71 students graduated in the three health science programs. Each program, including Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Radiologic Technology, prepares students for an exciting healthcare career. Graduates of these programs are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree from Mississippi Delta Community College.
Forty-nine individuals completed the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a rewarding career that will help meet the expanding healthcare needs of the community. The program prepares the individual to practice as a Registered Nurse, according to Mississippi law. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.
Nine individuals completed the Dental Hygiene Technology Program. Students in MDCC’s dental hygiene program prepare for careers as preventive dental professionals who have a choice of working in a variety of settings. Graduates obtain jobs in school systems, nursing homes and dental supply firms, as well as private dental offices. Fully accredited by the American Dental Association‘s Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 83-credit-hour program has 12 prerequisite courses, and requires four semesters of full-time study.
Thirteen individuals completed the Radiologic Technology Program. The Radiologic Technology Program provides a general education and clinical training program that prepares students for a career in radiography. The technical program combines theory through traditional classroom instruction and laboratory experience on campus, and clinical experiences in affiliating hospitals to provide opportunities for students to develop skills needed to enter the radiology profession. The Radiologic Technology Program commences in August of each year and runs for 22 consecutive months with a projected graduation date in May.
For more information about MDCC’s Health Science programs, visit the website at www.msdelta.edu. Students interested in enrolling in a healthcare program should register for orientation by visiting kickstart.msdelta.edu. Orientation will be held in the J. T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College.
Mississippi Delta Community College will host final cheerleader tryouts Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead campus. Tryouts are open to all new and returning MDCC students. Individuals selected for the 2014-2015 cheerleading squad will be eligible for a full scholarship including tuition, room and board.
Anyone interested in becoming a cheerleader should arrive at the coliseum for registration no later than 10 a.m. Participants will attend a two-hour workshop with competitive judging starting at 1 p.m. For more information, contact incoming Cheer Coach Megan Cunningham at (662) 719-4595 or visit www.msdelta.edu
STATE HALL OF FAME RECIPIENT John Benge (left) is pictured here as he receives his gold medal and crystal plaque
from Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors during induction ceremonies Tuesday night.
Greenville native John Benge was inducted into the 2014 Mississippi Community & Junior College Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday night at Hinds Community College's Clyde Muse Center in Pearl. A crowd of several hundred family, friends, and fellow athletes were on hand as the 14 inductees were honored with a banquet and watched them receive gold medals and crystal plaques.
John Benge came to Sunflower Junior College from Greenville High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track.
The 6-foot, two-inch, 190-pound Benge, under the tutelage of Coaches Jim Randall, Jimmy Bellipanni and J.D. Stonestreet, played on two of the better football teams to play back-to-back at SJC.
In his freshman year, the Trojans went 7-3 losing 34-25 to Jones in the Lions Bowl. His sophomore year SJC went 8-1 overall losing only to Southwest Junior College 13-0. That season the Trojans outscored their opponents 215-51 and were selected to play in the first-ever Mississippi Hospitality Bowl in Biloxi. SJC was edged 13-12 by San Angelo Junior College in that game.
For his efforts, Benge was selected as a First Team All-American both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1955 the LA. Times also named him a First Team All-American. He was also a member of the “S” Club both years.
Benge ran track for the Trojans his sophomore year and in the 1955 State Track Meet he took first place in the 440 yard dash and fourth place in the discus. He also anchored the mile relay team that won first place in that meet.
The tall, good looking guy from Greenville was also well liked by his fellow students. He was selected as President of the Freshman Class and was voted Most Handsome both his freshman and sophomore years.
Benge went on to play football for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs during the 1957 and ‘58 seasons and was named an All-Southeastern Conference end his junior year.
After graduating from Mississippi State, Benge coached four years at Tupelo and then returned to his alma mater to coach one year at Greenville. He left coaching to go into the boat business where he sailed and manufactured boats for the next 31 years.
He left the water for dry land in 1993 and went into the trucking business for the next 10 years.He retired in 2003, following the death of his wife, and now lives in Winnsboro, LA.