Letter to the editor from Athletic Director

  • Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni penned an open letter to the editor that was sent to numerous media sources concerning the incident that unfolded at the East Mississippi - Mississippi Delta football game on Oct. 22.

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Dear Editor,

I write this open letter to the editor to state the facts and correct the misinformation being dispersed after an in-game altercation occurred between Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College on Oct. 22.

Several media sources have reported inaccurate information over many news outlets, including but not limited to social media, television broadcasts and newspapers.

It has been reported that an EMCC receiver was tackled out of bounds and then shoved back to the ground after the hit was made. However, after reviewing game film multiple times with our coaching staff and administration to understand how the altercation occurred, the footage shows the EMCC player was tackled approximately nine yards inside the white line that marks the out of bounds territory – meaning he was in bounds.

The receiver ran a short pass play toward the Mississippi Delta sideline and the ball went through his hands for an incompletion. Contact was made toward the end of the play by an MDCC defender, which prompted the official to throw a flag. According to a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) official, the flag was thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact.

In the game film, you can see that no MDCC player shoved the EMCC receiver back to the ground, as has been reported. The footage shows both players involved with the play standing up and exchanging words, which led to the EMCC player hitting two different MDCC defenders in the facemask, which started the altercation.

It is a fact that football is a very physical sport and athletes sometimes lose their cool in the heat of a game. Incidents, such as this, happen when student-athletes play with passion and emotion and coaches can’t predict when something like this will happen. It takes a combined effort from officials, coaches and players to keep their actions in check and under control.

MDCC does not defend the unsportsmanlike behavior of some of its players and those players will serve the punishments assigned by the MACJC. The athletic department and college are satisfied with its findings and are ready to turn the page. The spreading of misinformation, as in this case, can shed a negative light on a very positive thing, such as MDCC Athletics, and I would suggest a little fact checking be conducted in the future.

Sincerely,
Domino Bellipanni
Athletic Director
Mississippi Delta Community College

Lamplighters attend 2015 conference

  • Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:04

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.

MDCC hosts its 2016 scholarship pageant

  • Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:24

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Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its 2016 Miss MS Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant, a Miss America Preliminary Pageant, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Yeats Fine Arts Auditorium on the Moorhead campus.

Ten young ladies are competing for the title this year. An admission of $7 will be taken at the door and $3 for all MDCC students, faculty and staff with their valid school ID.

Pictured are this year’s contestants with the 2015 Miss MS Delta Community College winner Hannah Leflore (middle). From left, Alexis Austin, Greenville; Taylor Couey, Rosedale; Jessica Tedford, Drew; Keyairra Frison, Indianola; Briana Knox, Vicksburg; Hannah Leflore, Miss MS Delta Community College 2015, Greenwood; Kiviyon Jones, Greenville; Jasmine Towers, Pace; Amber McCollum, Cleveland; Shakira Birge, Cleveland; Caroline Bradley, Drew.

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

McKinnon Skeen

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..