Spivey named Alumnus of the Year

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:43

Spivey

Jon A. “Jonny” Spivey is the 2017 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year. Spivey received an Associate of Arts degree from Mississippi Delta Community College, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and completed additional studies at Delta State University.

Spivey has worked 33 years in the crop protection industry and is currently employed by Dow AgroSciences. He served as board member, vice president, and president of the Mississippi Agricultural Industries Council and was twice selected as the MAIC Man of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of the Indianola Academy Board of Directors and past assistant Boy Scout master. Jonny and his family attend the Inverness United Methodist Church where he serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Both of Jonny’s parents attended Sunflower Junior College in 1937 and 1938; his mother, Hazle Alford Spivey, did the artwork for the 1938 Retrospect. Jonny grew up in Moorhead and remembers countless hours spent at MDCC. Whether attending sporting events with his father, C.E. Spivey, Jr., riding his bicycle through campus, playing basketball in the gym, or listening to the jukebox in the Trojan Shield, MDCC was an important part of his youth. Coach Jimmy Bellipanni gave him the nickname Speedy when, during a Little League baseball game, Jonny was thrown out at first base on a hit that normally would qualify for a double or triple. While at MDJC he made many lifelong friends and was fortunate to have many mentors such as Dr. J.T. Hall, Miss Nannie Pearl Scroggins, Mr. Charles Foley and Coaches J.D. Stonestreet, Carl Grubb, Jim Randall, and Jimmy Bellipanni.

Jonny has been involved in the MDCC Alumni Association for many years and continues to be an active member. He has been a cook for Trojan Tailgate, a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club, supporter of MDCC athletics, and a sponsor for alumni chapter meetings. In leadership roles he has served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, district vice president, and currently serves as district president. He is also a member of the MDCC Foundation Board. Sandra Moore, vice president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, says that Jonny gives of his time freely and spares no expense in his efforts to “grow” the alumni membership.

Jonny has been married to MDJC graduate Sylvia Simmons Spivey for forty years. They have three daughters, Scarlett Miller of Meridian, Layne Mitchell of Cleveland, and Megan Burnham of Cleveland, and five grandchildren.

Vincent honored at ceremony

  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:01

Josh VincentMOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College art instructor Josh Vincent of Indianola, Miss., was recently recognized as MDCC’s 2017 Humanities Teacher of the Year.

On Oct. 16, Vincent will be honored during an awards ceremony on the Moorhead, Miss., campus and present, “Twerking with Technology, Millennials in the Arts.” He will also be honored at the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet in Jackson in February of 2018.

Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Cat, have one daughter, Olivie.

October is Arts and Humanities Month, proclaimed annually by the President and Governor. To honor the event, the President or appropriate dean of each institution of higher learning in the state nominates a faculty member for the Humanities Teacher Award.

MDCC congratulates Josh Vincent on achieving this honor.

Second annual Fresh Check Day approaches

  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:00

MOORHEAD - Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its second Fresh Check Day on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vandiver Student Union on its Moorhead campus.

Fresh Check Day, created by the Jordan Porco Foundation, aims to create an approachable atmosphere where college students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and connect with campus and community mental wellness resources.

The mental health and suicide prevention event includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, entertainment, and exciting giveaways. Multiple campus departments and groups are involved.

“This day is so productive. At our first event, we had so many conversations with students about their personal experiences with suicide, and I felt as though we offered avenues of help. It was an incredible event! We made it easier to reach out for information,” says MDCC Greenwood counselor Katie Jones.

This second, expanded Fresh Check Day will feature food trucks, music, activities and prize drawings. MDCC thanks Mitchell Distributing especially for its continued civic engagement and support of this event.

Trojans announce 2017 Homecoming Court

  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:27

Homecoming Court 2017

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta is proud to announce its 2017 Homecoming Court. Four freshman and four sophomore maids were selected by their peers.

Pictured from left are Me’Shya Thurman, of Greenville, Againette Dean, Youngsville, La., Shamiah Cannon, of Leland, Breanna Ferguson, of Brandon, Jaden Nichols, of Greenville, Aspen Myers, of Belzoni, Amber Smith, of Greenville and Mary Katherine Smith, of Greenville.

The queen will be crowned Wednesday, Oct. 18 during the Homecoming Assembly at 10:30 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. It is open to the public, but if you can’t attend be sure to watch it live on our website at msdelta.edu.

Lamplighter winners announced

  • Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:42

MOORHEAD - Three Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state's best community and junior college faculty members selected as Lamplighter award honorees. MDCC teachers Kenny Jobe, Linda Fratesi and Melissa Barrett are this year’s winners.

An MDCC employee for 15 years, honoree Kenny Jobe serves as the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning instructor. A resident of Sunflower, he received an applied science degree in sheet metal technology and an associates degree in business administration, both from MDCC. Jobe and his wife, Katrina, have two sons, Cole and Kyle.

Fourteen year Trojan veteran Linda Fratesi, of Greenville, teaches mathematics at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC). Fratesi holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics from Delta State University. She has three children, Lane, Kelly and Jamee, and is a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Greenville. Previously, she was named the first T.R.O.J.A.N. Teacher award winner at the GHEC.

Melissa Barrett is in her 11th year at the college as the sophomore Associate Degree Nursing instructor. Barrett received her Associate Degree of Nursing from MDCC, a bachelor’s from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s from the University of Mississippi. She lives in Cruger with her husband, Gene.  They have four children, Amanda, Parker, Andrew and Alexander and 10 grandchildren.

MDCC Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Review

  • Monday, 02 October 2017 14:44

The public is invited to participate in a review of Mississippi Delta Community College’s (MDCC) Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.

A meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the Conference Room of the Vandiver Student Union located on the Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead Campus, Highway 3 & Lucas Street, Moorhead, MS 38761.

Copies of the plan will be available at the meeting. In addition, the public may view the plan online by visiting the Hazard Mitigation Plan page on the MDCC website (click here).

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) completed an initial State review of the draft plan and coordinated with MDCC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA completed a review of the draft plan for compliance with the Federal hazard mitigation planning requirements. FEMA determined that the Mississippi Delta Community College Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is compliant with Federal requirements, subject to formal community adoption.

For additional information, please contact D. Reed Abraham, Chair of the Hazard Mitigation Planning Council, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (662) 246-6272.

Hargett-Lee Hall was briefly evacuated after smoke was detected in the women's residence hall Saturday evening. Smoke originated from a laundry room and was coming from an overloaded washer.

Housing personnel responded quickly to evacuate the dormitory and no one was injured. Students were temporarily relocated to the Vandiver Student Union while officials cleared lingering smoke from the building.

Mississippi Delta Community College's Campus Police Department and the Office of Student Services responded to the building and were assisted by the Moorhead Fire Department.

Students were allowed to return to their rooms that evening.

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Welcome Week @MDCC! (Aug 21-24)

  • Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:07

Monday, August 21, 2017

Event: Cook Out & Sno Cones
Location: Student Union
Time: 8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Event: Kickball
Location: Trojan Grove
Time: 6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Event: Cook Out & Sno Cones
Location: GHEC
Time: 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Event: T-Shirt Give-Away
Location: Student Union
Time: 10:00a.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Event: Sno Cones
Location: Greenwood Center
Time: 10:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Event: Freshman Mixer
Location: Student Union
Time: 8:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Event: Pool Game Exhibition
Location: Student Union
Time: 7:00p.m. - 9:30p.m.

MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a fall showcase camp on Sunday, Sept. 24, 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 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 to visit the Trojan Baseball Fall Showcase page 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 Sept. 24.

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..

Grinstead named new MDCC softball skipper

  • Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:00

Brad GrinsteadMississippi Delta Community College welcomes Brad Grinstead as its new head softball coach. Grinstead was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its August 10 meeting.

He has been the assistant softball coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas since 2014. Under his leadership, the program set single season win records during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Lyon is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During the 2015 season, the team finished second in the American Midwest Conference.

From 2010 to 2013, Grinstead was the assistant softball coach at Hendrix College, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school in Conway, Arkansas.

At Lyon and Hendrix, he was responsible for developing daily practice schedules and game plans along with recruiting and implementing strength and conditioning workouts.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the program,” says Grinstead. I’m looking forward to our first game and bringing a championship program to Mississippi Delta.”

Grinstead is a Colorado native and graduated from Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado. He played college baseball at Hendrix College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011.

“It’s great to have Brad here as the new head softball coach,” says Athletic Director Jeff Tatum. He has hit the ground running from day one, and we’re excited to add him to the athletic department.”

Grinstead replaces former head coach Chris Watford who accepted the head softball coaching position at Washington School.

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