LETA graduates new cadets

  • Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:54

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The next generation of law enforcement professionals recently graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College's Law Enforcement Training Academy on the college's Moorhead, Miss., campus.

Graduates not only received their law enforcement certification, but also completed 22 college credit hours.

Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to host law enforcement training for the officers of the great state of Mississippi. Our Law Enforcement Training Academy, more commonly known as LETA, is accelerating by leaps and bounds.

In an effort to produce more efficient and safety conscious officers, we offer our cadets a twelve-week training regimen including physical fitness examinations, firearms certification and classroom training. In addition to the mandatory 12-week training course, LETA also offers advanced training to police officers.

MDCC's basketball season tips off Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum with the Lady Trojans hosting Hinds. The men's team is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.

Featured Trojan Athletes
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Travon Haper

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A native of McNeil, Ark., sophomore forward Travon Harper is looking forward to the start of basketball season Nov. 2.

Harper is a physical education major and plans to continue his studies and college basketball career at a university after leaving MDCC.

His favorite professional athlete is Kobe Bryant and enjoys hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers when he isn't on the court

On the women's side, sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen is ready to go head-to-head with her MACJC opponents.

Skeen is a math major from Cleveland, Miss. and plans to continue her education at a university after graduating from MDCC.

She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her favorite professional athlete is Steph Curry.

MDCC's Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members

  • Saturday, 31 October 2015 23:43
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The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College recently held their induction ceremony.

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of PTK was chartered on the Sunflower Junior College campus is 1947. Since that time PTK has been an integral part of campus life, encouraging academic excellence.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa have opportunities to receive some of more than $37 million in scholarships provided exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members. Members in the United States are also eligible to participate in the All-USA Academic Team program, co-sponsored by USA Today, and by extension their own statewide academic teams. Members also receive automatic nominations to the National Dean's List and job postings exclusively for Phi Theta Kappans.

MDCC Electrical Utility Lineman Trainees are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month. Trainees are pictured wearing pink hard hats presented to them by Mitzi Woods of South Delta Planning and Development District, one of the supporting organizations that assist with funding for this program.

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On Oct. 29, the class will wear the pink hard hats while competing against each other in MDCC's Lineman Trainee Competition. The public event will be held on the Moorhead campus adjacent at the Lineman Training area located adjacent to the baseball field starting at 8:30 a.m.

Each timed event measures the trainee's level of skill plus the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe practices required to accomplish tasks. Please call 662-887-2876 for further details.

The next lineman class begins in January and applications are still being accepted. To apply, visit www.thecappscenter.com and submit your information by Oct. 30.

Since fall of 2010, the MDCC Electrical Lineman Training Program has graduated 111 trainees. Over 90 percent of those graduates are working in the electrical transmission or construction industry.

Gregory joins national fellowship program

  • Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:22

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The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), a national program that develops a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders for effective public policy, is pleased to welcome Mississippi Delta Community College administrator Dr. Brent Gregory as a member of the 2015-16 cohort of fellows.

This year, more than 320 Fellows are participating in the program-the largest cohort in EPFP's 52-year history. The program's alumni network continues to grow as well and includes 8,500 alumni across all 50 states.

EPFP combines regular meetings and activities specific to each state-based site program with events of national scope to provide an enriching experience for participating Fellows. The national cohort is a diverse group of leaders which includes educators and school leaders, district administrators, higher education faculty and leaders, nonprofit professionals, government officials, and leaders from complementary sectors such as health and human services, business, and social services. Diversity across the national cohort and within sites brings unique perspectives to discussions among Fellows that enrich their experience in the program.

EPFP focuses on three pillars-policy, leadership, and networking-and throughout the 10-month Fellowship, participants build their skills and knowledge in each of these areas. In addition, several sites participate in regional leadership forums in the fall, and all Fellows come to Washington, D.C., in April for the Washington Policy Seminar, EPFP's national capstone conference.

Launched in 1964, EPFP is a program of the Institute for Educational Leadership, based in Washington, D.C. Learn more about EPFP at http://epfp.iel.org and connect with the program on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Brindley named HEADWAE Instructor of the Year

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:06

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Mississippi Delta Community College instructor Mary Ruth Brindley of Indianola, Miss., recently was recognized as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Instructor of the Year 2015.

Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi's higher education institutions who made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

Brindley, chairperson of the college's Division of English, has taught composition and literature classes at MDCC for 19 years. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English education from the University of Memphis and her Master's degree from Delta State University.

"Mary Ruth is a valuable faculty member and division chairman at Mississippi Delta Community College. She is so deserving of this outstanding honor," says Carol Walden, MDCC vice president of instruction.

She and her husband, John, have two children, John (wife Myra) of Memphis, TN, and Anne (husband Ray Comer) of Aberdeen, MS. They have four grandchildren: Claire and Collin Brindley and Brindley and Allie Comer. They are long-time members of the First United Methodist Church in Indianola where John is director of music.

Brindley is among the state's honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society and prepared to meet future challenges.

 

Melaney Emerson named staff member of the month

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015 05:04

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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 MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. and Sodexo (MDCC Cafeteria) sponsor the Staff Employee of the Month Award. The staff appreciation committee is comprised 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. For more information about the selection process, contact Felicia Nash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Lamb recognized for contributions to education

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:00

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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.

 

Plan for your future at College Fest

  • Monday, 05 October 2015 05:56

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Wondering about your options upon graduation from MDCC? Visit College Fest tomorrow to find out!

Talk with university recruiters from DSU, MVSU, The W, Blue Mountain College, University of MS - Grenada, MSU, and JSU.

Click here for the flyer (PDF)

Thompson Named Alumnus of Year

  • Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:23

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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.