05 Nov 2015

Lamplighters attend 2015 conference

lamplighters2015wThree Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state's best community and junior college faculty members honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference, on Oct. 20-22 co-hosted by Meridian Community College and East Central Community College in Meridian, Miss.

MDCC teachers Jorene Pettiet, Christie Kisner and Frankie Chandler attended the annual three-day conference for professional development, entertainment, fellowship and fun.

Representing MDCC's English department, Jorene Pettiet of Leland is currently in her 8th year at Mississippi Delta Community College. She earned her bachelor's degree from Delta State University and her master's degree from Mississippi State University. Pettiet was the co-recipient of the 2015 Steinreide Grant.

An MDCC employee for 14 years, honoree Christie Kisner serves as the college's radiology clinical coordinator. A native of Baird, she received her bachelor's degree from Florida College of Health Sciences and her master's degree from University of Phoenix. Kisner and her husband, Robert Dale, and children, Matt, Taylor and Reagan, attend Eastwood Baptist Church in Indianola, Miss.

Serving as a Career and Technical instructor for Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) for four years, honoree Frankie Chandler is an MDCC Alumni. He is a graduate of the HVAC Program and continued studies at Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University. He and his wife, Patrice, reside in Ruleville, and have two children, Jacope Re and Franklin Pierce Chandler III.

The first Lamplighter Conference was held in 1989 with the goal of bringing in outstanding instructors who could share ideas. "Lighting the lamp" of the participants was to provide them the opportunity to return to their own schools and light the lamps of their fellow instructors. The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses, while also providing an opportunity to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is required. The program also gives effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that best promote learning.