Grant-funded lab kits enhance hands-on learning

A grant from the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund at Mississippi Delta Community College is helping one biology instructor better explain scientific principles through experiential learning.

Developed in 2013, the first-ever privately funded faculty and staff development fund was created through the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. The program provides MDCC's faculty and staff with the opportunity to develop projects that support the educational mission of MDCC. Faculty and staff at the college review applications for the funds.

As one of the fund's first grant recipients, Dr. Ioana I. Dinu will use the grant she received from the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund to purchase genetics kits for her classes at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) in Greenville, Miss. Dinu says the kits will enhance students' learning experiences and their access to practical experimentation.

"This project implements a range of laboratory procedures for hands-on practical experimentation and demonstration of scientific principles of cellular and molecular biology and genetics," says Dinu. "We propose to enhance the student learning experience through practical simulation laboratory activities demonstrating cell division and genetic recombination."

The newly purchased genetics kits will provide Dinu's MDCC students with hands-on learning opportunities during the instruction of genetic inheritance patterns, including the genetics of blood types. Students also will learn the basics of DNA fingerprinting, as well as the characteristics of plant and animal cells.

The ongoing project benefits first and second-year college students enrolled in MDCC's introductory biology courses.

For more information about the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund, or how you can support it, please contact Reed Abraham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 662-246-6373.

Capps Center Welcomes Kimberly Gatewood

  • Wednesday, 09 April 2014 03:49

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Kimberly Gatewood has joined the staff at the Capps Technology Center in Indianola, Miss., as a Workforce Investment Act counselor and rapid response coordinator.

"Her experience at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security with job seekers and business representatives will ensure a smooth transition to her new responsibilities at the Capps Technology Center. We welcome Kim to our team," says Dru Morgan, director of workforce education.

Lamb Joins MDCC Administrative Staff

  • Monday, 07 April 2014 12:50
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Rosemary Craven Lamb is settling into her new position as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and SACS Liaison at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, Miss.

Lamb comes to MDCC from Coahoma Community College where she served as SACS liaison. Prior to working at Coahoma Community College, she taught secondary language arts in several high schools, including in Coahoma County where she chaired the language arts department, and was selected as District Teacher of the Year in 1998.

"I am excited about becoming a member of such a dynamic team and look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to make a positive difference in the Mississippi Delta," she says.

Lamb is past president of the Mississippi Association of Institutional Research and is on the board of directors for the Southeastern Association for Community College Research. Lamb currently serves on the board of directors for Coahoma County's industrial foundation and Clarksdale's youth leadership program.

She received her bachelor's degree in English education from Delta State University, and her master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in urban higher education at Jackson State University.

MDCC Partners with Pepsi

  • Wednesday, 02 April 2014 22:42

Kickstart Your Life theme also is unveiled

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Mississippi Delta Community College officials announced a new partnership with Pepsi at an April 3 press conference on the Moorhead, Miss., campus. The joint venture includes a 10-year beverage contract and $140,000 sponsorship, as well as a marketing partnership to promote the college's 2014 Kickstart Your Life, orientation sessions and Pepsi's new Kickstart line of energizing drinks.

Under the 10-year contract, Pepsi becomes the exclusive beverage provider for Mississippi Delta Community College, and in exchange, Pepsi provides MDCC with a $140,000 sponsorship.

"Pepsi is now our exclusive beverage provider, and Pepsi brand beverages will be the only brand sold on all MDCC campuses," says Reed Abraham, MDCC's associate vice president for public relations. The contract includes those beverages sold in vending machines, at all athletic events, in the cafeteria and in the bookstore.

MDCC's recent press conference also featured the unveiling of the school's 2014 orientation theme, Kickstart Your Life. As part of the school's partnership with Pepsi, the company's new Mountain Dew Kickstart energizing drinks will be given away to students in connection with this summer's orientation sessions.

The college's fall orientation will be held at the Moorhead campus on June 24 for career technical and allied health students, and June 26 for MDCC's academic study students. A make-up session is scheduled for July 22 in Moorhead. In addition, orientation for GHEC students will be held July 8 at the Greenville center's campus.

MDCC students who registered in advance of their scheduled orientation session online at kickstart.msdelta.edu will have their names put into a drawing for an Apple iPad mini. An Ipad mini will be given away at each orientation session.

Pell funding is available for qualifying, incoming first-time MDCC students to attend the 2014 summer session. "We encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity and Kickstart their education at Mississippi Delta Community College," says MDCC President Larry Nabors.

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The MDCC Jazz Combo will be in performance on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7pm at the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, MS.  This is a part of their monthly 'First Thursday' concert series.

The performance is free and open to all.

Cheerleader Tryouts to be Held

  • Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:23

Interested in a rewarding and exciting sport that teaches teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, leadership, and school spirit?  If so, try out for the 2014-2015 Mississippi Delta Community College Cheerleaders!

TRYOUT DATES 

April 4th, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AND
April 5th, 2014 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Both dates must be attended in order to be considered for a spot on the squad.*

For the application and more information, click here for the Cheerleader Tryout Packet.

Come out to support our Lady Trojans today!

  • Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:19

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Stop by the Cafeteria for Your Sunday Lunch!

  • Wednesday, 19 March 2014 06:59

The MDCC Cafeteria is open from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Sundays for lunch.  The cafeteria offers a full buffet, pizza, grill, deli, salad, soup, dessert, and three entrees.

Prices:

Adults  --- $6.00
Children (Ages 2-6)  ---  $4.75
Children under 1 ---  FREE

The cafeteria also offers discounts for 10 meal tickets at $52.50 (a savings of $0.25 per meal) or 20 meal tickets at $100.00 (a savings of $0.50 per meal).

For more information, call the cafeteria at 662.246.6465.

Capitol Day 2014

  • Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:54

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MDCC students and staff visit with legislators

Several Mississippi Delta Community College students traveled to the state capitol Tuesday to participate in Capitol Day, hosted by the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges.

The MDCC students were among the colleges' Student VOICES groups, a student-led advocacy that encourages students to be civically engaged. Ultimately, the goal of Student VOICES is to produce a desire for students to understand, be involved, and support the political process of lawmaking.

While in Jackson, the MDCC students met with Delta-area legislators and toured the Capitol. Topping student concerns is the cost of a college education.
In remarks to students, faculty and other supporters of the 15 community colleges gathered at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, key legislators voiced support for the colleges and their efforts to achieve mid-level funding.

Rep. Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis, chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee and Appropriations Committee, is a graduate of Northwest Community College in Senatobia. "Thank you so much for training and educating almost a quarter of a million students annually. It's amazing how you have established yourself as the greatest value in higher education in Mississippi. It's also quite fascinating that the fact that 64 percent of all freshmen are enrolled in a community college. Pretty remarkable," he said.

In 2007, legislators promised to fund the colleges at the mid-level point - per-student funding halfway between K-12 education and the regional public universities - but the community colleges are only getting 52 percent of the promised funds. The colleges are seeking to regain the ground they lost since the legislation was passed. It will take $86.6 million to make it halfway to the mid-level target.

With 64 percent of all freshmen as their students, Mississippi's 15 community colleges play a key role in our state's higher education system that leads to a more educated populace and a trained workforce.

"We have a diverse student body in the community college system and that's what it's all about - and that's what it takes to make Mississippi prosper," said Sen. John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee.

"Middle skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree, make up the largest segment of jobs in the current economy. Community colleges are the pivotal link in preparing a competitive workforce in Mississippi," said Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College and legislative chair for the 15-college system.

Johnny Allen, vice president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and president of Northeast Community College, said the money is there this year for the legislators to appropriate money toward mid-level funding.

"We want to make sure we have the means to support our students with quality faculty not only today but in the future, to provide access to quality higher education through the lowest possible tuition costs and the means to employ modern technology to make sure we have the tools to do the teaching job," Allen said. "We believe that the means are there. We are calling on the members of the Legislature to make sure we preserve one of the most outstanding aspects of public education."

The community colleges enroll more than 75,000 students, including 54 percent of all undergraduates and nearly half of all students taking a credit course. "Mid-level funding is a means to keep tuition affordable, to recruit and retain quality faculty, and prepare more students for work. It is also simple fairness," said Dr. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.

The 15-college system serves nearly 250,000 Mississippians each year in university transfer, career/technical, workforce and adult education programs.

Noyce Teachers for a New Tomorrow (TNT) Scholarship Program

  • Seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) majors to become secondary mathematics and science teachers
  • Eligible applicants may qualify for a scholarship of up to $20,000 per year (not to exceed the university's cost of attendance) to complete their STEM degree from the University of Mississippi and obtain teaching certification
  • To begin the application process, students can simply complete the brief, on-line Pre-Application Survey to determine if they meet the qualifications to proceed
  • The application process, along with more detailed information about the program, can be found at www.olemiss.edu/cmse/noyce
  • Application deadline is April 1, 2014

For more information, contact Audra Perry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Signe Adams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).