Homecoming Assembly will be streamed live

  • Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:43

The Homecoming Assembly is today at 10:30 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum! The Homecoming court will be presented, and the 2017 Homecoming Queen will be crowned. It will also include performances by the MDCC Cheerleaders, Spirit of the Delta Band, and Delta Dancers.

If you can't make it to campus, watch it live online on the MDCC YouTube channel!

dr larry naborsMOORHEAD – The president of Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) will retire at the close of the 2017-2018 school year, he announced Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of faculty and staff.

MDCC President Dr. Larry J. Nabors announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2018. Nabors said he and his wife, Tonya, have cherished their time with the college and its people.

The College’s eighth president, Nabors took the reins of Mississippi Delta Community College February 1, 2013.

Further information will soon be provided by MDCC’s Office of Public Relations. For latest news and events, visit MDCC’s website at www.msdelta.edu.

 

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Joe Ray is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Trojan Service Award. This prestigious award is given to an alumnus who has exhibited great loyalty, service, and commitment to Mississippi Delta Community College and the MDCC Alumni Association.

Ray was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Delta State University and did additional graduate work at Mississippi State University. He began his career at Mississippi Delta Junior College in 1970 when he was hired by Dr. J.T. Hall to work in admissions and recruiting. In July 1972 Ray became the director of financial aid and continued to work in admissions. During his tenure as director of financial aid he was responsible for establishing the President’s Scholarship which awards tuition and housing to students of high academic achievement. He also helped establish the MDCC Men’s Soccer Program. Joe was promoted to vice president of student affairs at Mississippi Delta Community College in June 2000. In his capacity as vice president, Ray supervised admissions, recruiting, financial aid services, and certified all degrees awarded to MDCC students. Under his leadership, the use of computer generated transcripts was implemented. After his retirement in 2012, Joe returned to MDCC in 2013 and worked until 2017 as a part-time employee in the Office of Admissions. He was a beloved and respected figure on the MDCC campus for forty-seven years.

Looking back, Joe said that he spent his entire working life at MDCC and always enjoyed working with the faculty and students. “It was fun coming to work.”

Ray also enjoys being involved in community service. He was a member of the Moorhead Rotary Club and coached with the Greenville Youth Soccer Program.

Joe and Donna, his wife of 36 years, live in Madison, Mississippi and are members of Pinelake Church. They are the parents of Beth Pate and Emily Damiens and have three grandchildren.

 

Tabb named Trojan Spirit Award winner

  • Monday, 16 October 2017 08:24

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Each year the Mississippi Delta Community College Alumni Association recognizes a faculty or staff member at Homecoming for his or her distinguished service to the college. The 2017 recipient of the Mississippi Community College Trojan Spirit Award is Vicki Tabb.

Vicki graduated from MDCC with an Associate of Arts degree. While at MDCC she was a member of the Spectator Society and Phi Theta Kappa. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Delta State University.

Tabb is a third generation Trojan instructor: her grandmother, Nell Stonestreet, was an English instructor, and her grandfather, J.D. Stonestreet, taught mathematics and coached football. Each year the J.D. Stonestreet Award is given to the most outstanding male athlete, and the J.D. Stonestreet dorm is named in his honor. Vicki’s mother, Millie Clark, was the first instructor in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program and her father, Bob Clark, taught in the Automotive Machine Technology Program. Vicki has taught mathematics classes at MDCC for seventeen years.

On campus Vicki is known for her positive attitude, innovative teaching methods and dedication to academic excellence. Her commitment to her students extends beyond the classroom. She is often seen supporting her students at extra-curricular events and activities. Vicki is an advocate of the following quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” She serves as the Math Coordinator for the Math/Science Division and is a member of the Curriculum Committee, Alumni Association, and Faculty Association. In addition, she volunteers her artistic talent to decorate the bulletin boards in the Harper Science Building.

Vicki is a member of the Moorhead Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School. She and her husband, Robert are the parents of Amanda and Dalton. Amanda, a graduate of MDCC, attends Delta State University and Dalton currently attends MDCC.

 

Homecoming festivities to start Monday

  • Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:33

Mississippi Delta has a great line up of activities for Homecoming week for all the students, faculty and staff to enjoy.

Monday kicks off with the ice cream social at 10 a.m. followed by a Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar at noon and the Trojan Luau Dance at 8 p.m., all in the Vandiver Student Union.

Tuesday begins with our second annual Fresh Check Day located around and inside the union. Fresh Check Day, created by the Jordan Porco Foundation, aims to create an approachable atmosphere where college students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and connect with campus and community mental wellness resources. Interactive expo booths, free food and entertainment will be on site for all to participate. Extreme Game night will be from 8 to 10 that night in the union.

The Homecoming Assembly will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. The Homecoming court will be presented, and the 2017 Homecoming Queen will be crowned. At noon, students with their campus ID’s will be able to eat at the Luau Cookout in the Trojan Grove.

Wednesday is also the day of the 5K Run/Walk at Jim Randall Stadium at 4 p.m. and the bonfire and fireworks at the men’s residence hall at 8 p.m.

The annual grilling competition will be Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Those participating in the competition need to turn their applications into the Office of Student Services by Monday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. Applications are available in the Office of Student Services and on the website at homecoming.msdelta.edu.

Friday night will be movie night for students in the union at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Homecoming Tailgate begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Trojan Grove, which is the grassy area adjacent to the union. The Alumni Association, which sponsors the annual tailgate picnics, invites all Trojans fans to participate. Tailgate tickets may be purchased at the picnic for $7 each. Menus for the meal vary, but always include a meat, sides, dessert and a drink.

Be sure to check out the schedule for the Homecoming events at homecoming.msdelta.edu!

Spivey named Alumnus of the Year

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:43

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Jon A. “Jonny” Spivey is the 2017 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year. Spivey received an Associate of Arts degree from Mississippi Delta Community College, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and completed additional studies at Delta State University.

Spivey has worked 33 years in the crop protection industry and is currently employed by Dow AgroSciences. He served as board member, vice president, and president of the Mississippi Agricultural Industries Council and was twice selected as the MAIC Man of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of the Indianola Academy Board of Directors and past assistant Boy Scout master. Jonny and his family attend the Inverness United Methodist Church where he serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Both of Jonny’s parents attended Sunflower Junior College in 1937 and 1938; his mother, Hazle Alford Spivey, did the artwork for the 1938 Retrospect. Jonny grew up in Moorhead and remembers countless hours spent at MDCC. Whether attending sporting events with his father, C.E. Spivey, Jr., riding his bicycle through campus, playing basketball in the gym, or listening to the jukebox in the Trojan Shield, MDCC was an important part of his youth. Coach Jimmy Bellipanni gave him the nickname Speedy when, during a Little League baseball game, Jonny was thrown out at first base on a hit that normally would qualify for a double or triple. While at MDJC he made many lifelong friends and was fortunate to have many mentors such as Dr. J.T. Hall, Miss Nannie Pearl Scroggins, Mr. Charles Foley and Coaches J.D. Stonestreet, Carl Grubb, Jim Randall, and Jimmy Bellipanni.

Jonny has been involved in the MDCC Alumni Association for many years and continues to be an active member. He has been a cook for Trojan Tailgate, a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club, supporter of MDCC athletics, and a sponsor for alumni chapter meetings. In leadership roles he has served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, district vice president, and currently serves as district president. He is also a member of the MDCC Foundation Board. Sandra Moore, vice president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, says that Jonny gives of his time freely and spares no expense in his efforts to “grow” the alumni membership.

Jonny has been married to MDJC graduate Sylvia Simmons Spivey for forty years. They have three daughters, Scarlett Miller of Meridian, Layne Mitchell of Cleveland, and Megan Burnham of Cleveland, and five grandchildren.

Vincent honored at ceremony

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:01

Josh VincentMOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College art instructor Josh Vincent of Indianola, Miss., was recently recognized as MDCC’s 2017 Humanities Teacher of the Year.

On Oct. 16, Vincent will be honored during an awards ceremony on the Moorhead, Miss., campus and present, “Twerking with Technology, Millennials in the Arts.” He will also be honored at the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet in Jackson in February of 2018.

Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Cat, have one daughter, Olivie.

October is Arts and Humanities Month, proclaimed annually by the President and Governor. To honor the event, the President or appropriate dean of each institution of higher learning in the state nominates a faculty member for the Humanities Teacher Award.

MDCC congratulates Josh Vincent on achieving this honor.

Second annual Fresh Check Day approaches

  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:00

MOORHEAD - Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its second Fresh Check Day on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vandiver Student Union on its Moorhead campus.

Fresh Check Day, created by the Jordan Porco Foundation, aims to create an approachable atmosphere where college students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and connect with campus and community mental wellness resources.

The mental health and suicide prevention event includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, entertainment, and exciting giveaways. Multiple campus departments and groups are involved.

“This day is so productive. At our first event, we had so many conversations with students about their personal experiences with suicide, and I felt as though we offered avenues of help. It was an incredible event! We made it easier to reach out for information,” says MDCC Greenwood counselor Katie Jones.

This second, expanded Fresh Check Day will feature food trucks, music, activities and prize drawings. MDCC thanks Mitchell Distributing especially for its continued civic engagement and support of this event.

Trojans announce 2017 Homecoming Court

  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:27

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MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta is proud to announce its 2017 Homecoming Court. Four freshman and four sophomore maids were selected by their peers.

Pictured from left are Me’Shya Thurman, of Greenville, Againette Dean, Youngsville, La., Shamiah Cannon, of Leland, Breanna Ferguson, of Brandon, Jaden Nichols, of Greenville, Aspen Myers, of Belzoni, Amber Smith, of Greenville and Mary Katherine Smith, of Greenville.

The queen will be crowned Wednesday, Oct. 18 during the Homecoming Assembly at 10:30 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. It is open to the public, but if you can’t attend be sure to watch it live on our website at msdelta.edu.

Lamplighter winners announced

  • Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:42

MOORHEAD - Three Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state's best community and junior college faculty members selected as Lamplighter award honorees. MDCC teachers Kenny Jobe, Linda Fratesi and Melissa Barrett are this year’s winners.

An MDCC employee for 15 years, honoree Kenny Jobe serves as the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning instructor. A resident of Sunflower, he received an applied science degree in sheet metal technology and an associates degree in business administration, both from MDCC. Jobe and his wife, Katrina, have two sons, Cole and Kyle.

Fourteen year Trojan veteran Linda Fratesi, of Greenville, teaches mathematics at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC). Fratesi holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics from Delta State University. She has three children, Lane, Kelly and Jamee, and is a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Greenville. Previously, she was named the first T.R.O.J.A.N. Teacher award winner at the GHEC.

Melissa Barrett is in her 11th year at the college as the sophomore Associate Degree Nursing instructor. Barrett received her Associate Degree of Nursing from MDCC, a bachelor’s from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s from the University of Mississippi. She lives in Cruger with her husband, Gene.  They have four children, Amanda, Parker, Andrew and Alexander and 10 grandchildren.

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