mooreRenee Moore (3rd from left) with her co-panelists at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2016.

MOORHEAD – On March 12, veteran English instructor Renee Moore spoke before peers during a session at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Her talk was titled “Cultural Competence: A Journey to Excellence.” The sessions featured work of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Moore was selected by the White House to participate in the conference.

“We are so proud of Renee for being selected to participate in the conference,” says Mary Ruth Brindley, MDCC’s English division chair.

“Renee is an excellent teacher, and I think she is the only instructor from MDCC selected to speak at this conference.”

The conference is sponsored by The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is open to all educators, policymakers, elected officials, college deans, researchers and other who work to improve teaching and learning.

Many issues were discussed including teacher leadership, computer coding, Common Core, global education, special education and much more.

SkillsUSA medals at State Competition

  • Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:12

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Several MDCC students competed at the Skills USA State Competition in Jackson on March 1-2. From left, Cordarious Walker, 2nd Place Electronics Technology, Jibril Jackson, 3rd Place Industrial Motor Control, Keith Clay and Matthew Adams (not pictured), 1st Place Masonry, Donald Jackson, 3rd Place Sheet Metal and Ricky Cooper, Stephen Elmore and Quanderius Williams all won 1st Place in Teamworks.  All of the 1st Place winners are invited to compete in the National Skills USA competition in Louisville, Ky in June.

Trojan Football visits Rosser Elementary

  • Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:08

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Head Coach Jeff Tatum (back, left) and Assistant Coach Juran Bolden (back, center) along with some of the Trojan football team played a flag football game with the third, fourth and fifth grade boys at James C. Rosser Elementary School in Moorhead Tuesday afternoon. After the game, the players and coaches reminded the youngsters to obey their teachers and parents and have fun in everything they do.

 

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame is inducting five new members Saturday, April 9 during its annual banquet and induction ceremony in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. The event starts at 5 p.m.

This year’s athletes include; Douglas Schultz (1976-78) basketball, Candy Green Vickers (1986-88) basketball and softball, Anthony Felston (1993-95) baseball and Juran Bolden (1993-95) football. The Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient is the former MDCC Sports Information Director Joe Wilson.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person ($5 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Department, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (662) 246-6478. The deadline to order is April 4. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

MDCC welcomes new Capps Center leader

  • Wednesday, 23 March 2016 08:04

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Mississippi Delta Community College is excited to welcome its new Vice President of Workforce Todd Donald to the Trojan family. The Alabama native, who will be housed in the MDCC Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center, touts an impressive resume holding 26 years of experience in leadership, budget management, recruitment, curriculum development, workforce training, structural pipefitting, structural pipe welding and production and cost monitoring.

He is eager to get his feet wet serving the Delta region and says he plans to first reach out to current businesses and satisfy their needs to help them succeed and grow. He then looks forward to expanding resources.

“We have to satisfy the skill level the existing businesses are expecting, so we have to get that done first,” says Donald.

Donald also wants to focus on developing the skills of the rural population by providing more training opportunities.

“One of the ideas I have in mind for some of the rural communities is possibly setting up remote craft training,” he says.

“So whether people have to travel to Greenville or Louisiana or Texas to find work, they’ll bring that money back to the community.”

Donald and his wife Ashley have been married for over 10 years and have four children, Megan, 23, Nathan, 18, Hailey, 8, and 5-year-old Kaelyn.

The Capps Center is a division of MDCC located in Indianola that provides customized training, education and skills improvement to new and existing businesses and industries within the Mississippi Delta service area.

The Capps Center's 30,000 square feet physical plant houses an office wing, a seminar room, food preparation area, and four high bay areas that occupy a total of 8,000 square feet of training space for mechanical, electrical, process and assembly skills. Classroom space, three computer labs, and a distance-learning lab complete the accommodations available in the Capps Center.

Ambassador dinner

  • Thursday, 10 March 2016 02:14

The MDCC Ambassadors are hosting a dinner on April 1st!  There are a limited number of seats, so get your tickets before they sell out!

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Annual Leflore/Carroll alumni meeting

  • Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:32
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MDCC held its Leflore/Carroll Alumni Chapter meeting on February 29th at the Leflore County Civic Center where fried catfish and chicken were on the menu and enjoyed by all. A silent auction was held and door prizes were also handed out to several lucky individuals. President Larry Nabors updated alumni on funding received over the past year, enrollment numbers and spoke about improvements the college is making. See dates below for upcoming chapter meetings.

Thursday, March 31
Bolivar/Coahoma Chapter Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Grover's Corner, Cleveland

Tuesday, April 12
Sunflower/Humprheys Chapter Annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Indianola Country Club

Saturday, May 14
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., car show MDCC Moorhead campus

Contact Debbie Gantz at 844-673-3582 or click here to visit the Alumni & Foundation website for more information on events.

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union opening

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the Vandiver Student Union will be tomorrow, Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. and faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The construction for the new edition started on June 12, 2014. Beard + Riser Architects of Greenwood designed the 11,600 square foot building that features lounge space, a multipurpose conference room/meeting space, a suite of offices for the Office of Student Services, a food service grill, game room, restrooms and a fitness room.

D. Carroll Construction, LLC, of Oxford, Mississippi was selected as the project contractor.

The Moorhead campus has been without a student center since the original building was demolished in 2011.

Hargett selected winner of QEP competition

  • Wednesday, 09 March 2016 02:20

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Jenni Hargett, center, received a $500 award from Dr. Rosemary Lamb, left, and a certificate from Allyson Lofton for writing the winning proposal for MDCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The college’s QEP will seek to improve the interactions advisors and counselors have between students in order for them to understand the importance of setting and achieving their academic and career goals.

The plan will be based on the premise that students who are actively involved in their education will be more successful throughout their educational careers and beyond.

MDCC will be using an online management system along with an online early alert system to monitor students. This helps notify advisors and counselors of students who are at risk of dropping out.

“I want to congratulate Jenni Hargett for winning the QEP proposal contest and I look forward to seeing it become a reality at MDCC in the near future,” says Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Rosemary Lamb, Ph.D.

Trojans win, tie with Blue Storm

  • Monday, 07 March 2016 08:41

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta (12-3-1) hosted Southwestern Illinois College (7-4-1) on the baseball diamond Saturday in what would end as an interesting doubleheader.

The Trojans would beat the Blue Storm 9-0 in game one. Playing small ball and precision would play a large roll in scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the tone for the game.

Redshirt freshman Austin Ashley would reach on a leadoff single then advance to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Clay LaBeff and Nathan Pilutti, which would bring Jake Hartman to the plate.

Hartman would knock a single up the middle to drive in Ashley and get MDCC on the scoreboard. Wendell Rieves and Ayreon Davis would reach on a single and walk respectfully to load the bases.

Freshman Payton Lane ripped a double to left field to rack up three ribbies and help move the Trojans to a 4-0 lead headed to the top of the third. Head Coach Michael Avalon’s squad would add on to that lead in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs and no runners on base, Weber Herbison would reach on a walk then advance to second on a hit-by-pitch to Ashley. Both would advance to the next bag on a single to LaBeff, which brought Pilutti to plate with the bases jammed and two outs.

With a 1-1 count, Pilutti hit a tape-measure blast over the left center wall for a grand slam that put the game at 8-0 in the Trojans favor.

MDCC would one more run in the bottom of the six inning to take the 9-0 lead and the victory. Both games were seven innings long.

Peyton White got the start on the mound for the Trojans and went five innings and gave up two hits, two walks, no runs and tallied four strikeouts. Kenny Hinton and Skyler Lawson would each see one inning of relief work today. White improves to 3-0 on the season.

Game two would play out a little differently for both teams. The Blue Storm would strike first in the top of the third by scoring three runs on four hits and a walk. They would add to that lead in the top of the fifth when freshman Ray Adams hit a two-run homer to make it 5-0.

But MDCC would answer in the bottom of the sixth by scoring a pair of runs off a string of hits and a hit-by-pitch to make it a 5-2 ballgame.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pilutti would find a hole in left field to reach on a single and Hartman would follow him on the base path by reaching on a SWIC error. Rieves would smash a long ball over left center field near the scoreboard to tie the game 5-5 to send it to extra innings.

Both teams would struggle to score in the eight and ninth innings. The umpires were forced to call the ballgame after playing nine due to no field lighting and the sun was setting making it hard to play.

Tyler Dowdy started on the mound for MDCC and went 2 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs (all earned) and one walk. Tyler Milligan came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief giving up three hits, two runs and recording two strikeouts.

The bullpen was very active in game two, sending Cole Henson and D.J. Stewart in to help their teammates out. Henson threw one inning giving up two hits. Stewart hurled two innings giving up two hits, one walk and earning one strikeout.

The Trojans will play host to Arkansas Baptist on Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

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