Governor Bryant to speak at MDCC graduation
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker for Mississippi Delta Community College’s 2014 graduation commencement ceremony to be held Fri., May 9 at 10 a.m. in the college’s J.T Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss.
Bryant was sworn in as Mississippi’s 64th governor on January 10, 2012. He was elected in November 2011 after capturing 62 percent of the vote.Prior to becoming governor, Bryant served one term as Mississippi’s 37th lieutenant governor after earning 59 percent of the vote in November 2007. He also served Mississippi as state auditor and represented his legislative district in the Mississippi House of Representatives for five years.
Bryant, the son of a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed home with her three boys, learned early the values of hard work and the importance of education. The Moorhead, Miss., native and former deputy sheriff earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Hinds Community College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Mississippi College, and before assuming his role as governor, Bryant served as an adjunct professor of government at MC.
“We are honored to have Governor Bryant serve as our 2014 commencement speaker. We know he will inspire our graduates to strive for excellence in the next chapter of their lives,” said Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors.
Mississippi Delta Community College is a comprehensive community college that offers a wide variety of academic, career, and technical courses in day, evening, and on-line classes. In addition to the main campus at Moorhead, MDCC 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, MDCC partners with Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University to offer students the opportunity to complete their four-year degree in one location.
Mississippi Delta Community College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and has a statewide articulation agreement guaranteeing the transfer of academic courses to all public institutions of higher learning in the state of Mississippi.
Incoming students are invited to attend 2014 orientation and registration this summer. Students interested in any career, technical, or health care certificate or an Associate in Applied Science Degree should attend MDCC’s June 24 orientation session. Students interested in any academic program leading to an Associate of Arts Degree should attend the June 26 orientation session.
For more information, visit our website at www.msdelta.edu or call 662-246-MDCC.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ended the 2014 baseball season with a pair of wins Saturday at Summit as they defeated the Southwest Community College Bears 7-6 in game one and 9-0 in the nightcap.
The Trojans scored one run each in the first two innings but the Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and one run in the second to hold onto a 3-2 lead through three innings. MDCC broke the game open with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Southwest made a comeback effort with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh but fell one short of sending the game into extra innings.
Delta scored seven runs on nine hits with seven errors while Southwest scored six runs on nine hits with two errors.
Carson Crites went 2-3 at the plate for Delta and scored two runs while Jacob Shempert two RBI’s on two hits. Lane Williams took the win on the mound going five innings and giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Mississippi Delta had little trouble in game two scoring two runs in the first, three runs in the second, one in the sixth and three in the seventh while holding the Bears scoreless. The Trojans’ nine runs came off nine hits while Southwest had six hits in the game.
Jacob Shempert led the Trojans at the plate going 2-3 with a double and a homerun and driving in five runs in the game while Carson Crites went 2-3 at the plate. Chandler Massengale took the win going four innings and giving up no runs on four hits with just one walk.
The Trojans end their season with a 25-19 overall record and a 12-12 North Division record.
Leading hitters for Mississippi Delta this season included third baseman Carson Crites who had 52 hits (four homeruns) 32 RBI’s and 38 runs for a .354 batting average. Freshman pitcher Jason Berry had 38 hits (four homers) 28 RBI’s and 18 runs for .392 average while second baseman Jacob Shempert had 41 hits (eight homers) 42 RBI’s, and 27 runs for a .250 average. And outfielder Brandon Cummins had 36 hits (two homers), 23 RBI’s, and 29 runs for a .343 average.
On the mound, freshman Drew Pellum went 3-0 in 16 games with four saves striking out 220 and walking 11 for a 2.60 ERA. Left-hander Paul Carpenter went 4-2 in 12 games striking out 33 and walking 16 for a 2.49 ERA.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans hopes of post-season play were dashed Wednesday as they dropped both games of a double header to Holmes Community College losing game one 9-5 and game two 1-0 in eight innings.
The Trojans fell behind by nine runs in game one as the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, five runs in the second, and one run in the fourth inning. Delta finally got on the board with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh (leaving a total of five runners stranded) before adding a single run in the eighth.
Holmes’ nine runs came off seven hits (and seven Trojans’ errors) while MDCC’s five runs came off nine hits. The Bulldogs left seven runners on base while the Trojans stranded 12 runners.
Game two was a pitching duel that saw MDCC sophomore lefthander Devontae Wilson go 6.2 innings without giving up a run. He gave up just two hits while striking out four and walking five before being relieved by Matt Ray who took the game into extra innings before Holmes scored on a fielder’s choice to win the game.
The Bulldogs one run came off just three hits. They had five errors and left five runners on base. The Trojans had six hits with one error and left five runners on the base paths.
The Trojans are now 23-19 overall and 12-12 in the North Division. The two losses drop MDCC from fourth place in the division and ends their chance for post-season play. MDCC has a double header scheduled with South Division foe Southwest Community College Saturday in Summit. Games are at 2:00 and 4:30.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a pair of baseball games with the Itawamba Community College Indians at Moorhead Wednesday losing game one 10-7 and winning game two 7-1.
Itawamba scored first in game one with a run in the third inning but the Trojans answered with two runs in the third and took a 4-1 lead with two runs in the fourth inning. The Indians regained the lead in the fifth with five runs off three walks and a grand slam.
Delta regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs to make it a 7-6 affair, but Itawamba exploded for another four runs off six hits in the seventh to take the win. The Trojans used six pitchers in the game and Lane Williams earned the loss going two thirds of an inning and giving up four earned runs on six hits. Tre Hobbs started the game for Delta going four complete and giving up four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Catcher Chase Palasini led the Trojans at the plate with three hits and an RBI while Carson Crites, Jacob Shempert, and Conner Osborne all had two hits and an RBI apiece. Tyler Mize and Brandon Cummins had RBI hits while Danny Springer added two hits and Jason Berry added one.
The Trojans turned things around in game two with one run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth inning while holding the Indians to just one run, this coming in the fourth inning.
Paul Carpenter took the win on the mound for Mississippi Delta going 5.2 innings and giving up just one run on four hits while striking out four and walking three batters. The Trojans’ seven runs came off six hits with no errors while the Indians’ one run came off five hits with six errors.
Brandon Cummins, Tyler Mize, Jacob Shempert, and Conner Osborne all had RBI hits while Carson Crites and Jason Berry had a hit each.
The split brings the Trojans’ record to 23-15 overall and their North Division record to 12-8 which leaves them in third place in the division race with division games remaining against Northeast CC on Friday, April 18th, at Booneville and Holmes CC on Wednesday, April 23 at home.
Mississippi Delta Community College sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia was named MVP of the women’s MACJC All-Star basketball game held last Friday at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Spencer poured in a game-high 13 points to lead the North All-Star team to an 81-69 victory over the South All-Stars. Mississippi Delta sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw was the North’s second high scorer with 11 points.
On the men’s side, MDCC sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo City was the second highest scorer for the North team which lost 121-117 in a shootout to the South. Trojan sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis scored three points for the North.
Audra Perry has been selected by her peers as Mississippi Delta Community College's Staff Member of the Month. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., she currently resides in Greenville, Miss., and has been employed at MDCC for three years. Perry stated, "Whether it is faculty, staff, or administrators, I enjoy collaborating with and getting to know people who work in departments across campus. Being in the student services area is exciting because each day brings about its own set of challenges. It is fulfilling to know my work allows me to have a positive impact on others' lives."