Fears receives alumni award from Mississippi College

(press release provided by Mississippi College)

CLINTON – Mere seconds are left on the game clock as Derrick Fears instructs his basketball players how to hit the winning shot.

It’s something the Mississippi Delta Community College hoops coach has done countless times for the men’s team on the Moorhead campus.

Holding two degrees from Mississippi College, Fears took timeout from his basketball duties to be honored as the MC Communication Department’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

A former MC Choctaws hoops player under legendary Coach Mike Jones, Fears spend a few minutes at MC’s 2017 Homecoming thanking his professors for his successful journey. During his coaching tenure, Mississippi Delta Community College has won two divisional basketball championships.

“I thank God for Mississippi College,’’ Fears told dozens of communication students during his October 20 visit to the Clinton campus.

He dreamed of playing in the NBA one day. When that didn’t work out he played one year of pro basketball in Portugal before getting into coaching.

“Never giving up on your dream,’’ is the message that the Memphis native delivered to a new generation of MC students. They gathered at the Baptist Healthplex, less than a mile from where Fears once shined for the Choctaws on the hardwood at the A.E. Wood Coliseum.

The 1991 MC business communication graduate worked hard in the classroom and hustled on the court to be a Gulf South Conference standout. He received his MC master’s degree in 1995.

Fears thanked professors like Communication Chairman Cliff Fortenberry and the late Billy Lytal for offering constant encouragement along the way. His wife, Victoria, looked on as her husband offered insights for today’s students who may face obstacles as they pursue careers.

Fears also teaches a public speaking class on the Moorhead campus. His priorities include his family, faith and serving as a role model to young men in the Delta.

07 Dec 2017

Grinstead releases 2018 softball schedule

MOORHEAD – Head Coach Brad Grinstead and the Mississippi Delta Community College softball program will open the lid on its 2018 campaign on the road in Holly Springs on Friday, Feb. 2 with a double header against Rust College.

Grinstead is enthusiastic about his first season as the Lady Trojans’ new skipper and is ready to see his team in action after Christmas.

“I’m excited about what challenges we will face this spring, as we have some very talented and respected programs we will play throughout the season. I am looking forward to hitting the field and showing what our team and program is about,” says Grinstead.

“This spring will be the start of a new tradition here at MDCC, and we are excited about what the future holds.”

Home games include: Holmes Community College, Hinds Community College, Meridian Community College, Coahoma Community College, Jones County Junior College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College.

Be sure to check our website, www.msdelta.edu, or follow the Lady Trojans on Twitter (@MDCCSB) for information on video streaming home and away games.

Lee receives Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award

Marsha LeeNew Orleans, La. – The Community College Business Officers (CCBO) presented MDCC’s Marsha Lee, vice president of business services, with the 2017 Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award during its 35th Annual International Conference.

The award is given to business officers who have made outstanding contributions to business and financial management in higher education.

“We are very pleased to be able to recognize those who truly demonstrate excellence and exceptional service,” said Austin Bingler, managing director of the CCBO.

06 Dec 2017

Rives announces 2018 baseball slate

Head Coach Dan Rives and the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program will begin the 2018 campaign on the road in Millington, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 9 with a double header against Lincoln Trail (Ill.) College in game one and Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College in game two.

The Trojans, coming off a 29-19 season in Rives’ inaugural season in 2017, will compete in six consecutive games on the road before playing host to Mineral Area (Mo.) College on Feb. 23 at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex on the Moorhead campus.

“Our young men can’t wait to get the 2018 season going. Our entire program has put forth a tremendous amount of effort until now and are excited about playing such a tough schedule,” says Rives.

“I challenge our community and region to support our student-athletes by coming to see them play.”

The Trojans open conference play at home versus Northeast Mississippi Community College on March 21 in Moorhead.

Home games include: Mineral Area College, Rend Lake College, Bevill State Community College, Southeast Iowa Community College, Northeast Community College, East Central Community College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Itawamba Community College, Coahoma Community College and Co-Lin Community College.

Be sure to check our website, www.msdelta.edu, or follow Trojan Baseball on Twitter (@trojanbb) for information on video streaming home and away games.

CPRAM offers scholarship at two-/four-year schools

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State college public relations officials are doing their part to encourage students to continue their interest in the area of communication at Mississippi’s two- and four-year colleges with two $1,000 scholarships.

Students applying for the CPRAM (College Public Relations Association of Mississippi) scholarship must be majoring in one of the following fields of study: public relations, communications, journalism, advertising, mass communications, political communications, crisis management, graphic design or other communication-oriented major. The scholarships could be awarded to a student entering or enrolled at the state’s two-year or four-year colleges. The student must also be enrolled full-time.

Scholarship applicants must be in good standing and present three letters of recommendation from individuals connected to their academic institution. This includes college advisers, high school teacher/official, home-school teacher, etc. Students may be recommended by an active CPRAM member.

The applicants must complete in full the scholarship application and return it to the scholarship committee no later than Feb. 16, 2018. Applicants also must include a 500-word essay entitled, “With all the changes being made in the field of Communications, what skills do I have to keep up with these changes?”

Students receiving the scholarship can be awarded the scholarship for more than one year, but they must reapply every year. The scholarship committee reserves the right to make its decision based on need, merit and the number of applicants each year.

CPRAM reserves the right to revoke this scholarship if a student withdraws from school during the award year, changes his/her major, fails to maintain a 2.0 GPA or other grave instances of misconduct.

The committee will announce the winner(s) during its annual conference held in May. The scholarship will then be awarded for the 2018 fall term.

For more information, contact CPRAM scholarship chairman Steve Diffey at (662) 472-9068 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

03 Dec 2017

Mississippi Delta baseball to host spring showcase

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MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a spring showcase camp on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure to college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.

Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well as hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided, and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended as spots are filling up quickly. Click here for the registration form.

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.

For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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