President Nabors invites members of the MDCC community to participate in naming process

Dear MDCC Supporters,

The naming of a building is an honor that contributes to the college’s sense of its heritage and is a significant event in the history of our institution. Named buildings serve as a consistent reminder of the contributions and legacies of some of the most notable individuals in the history of our college. As we now celebrate our 90th anniversary, we invite you to participate in the process of selecting names for some unnamed buildings on the Moorhead campus.

The MDCC Board of Trustees is seeking proposals from all members of the college community including alumni, friends, supporters and former employees. The Naming Committee of the Board of Trustees has approved the following criteria for naming a facility in honor of an individual:

A. A proposed honoree shall have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:
1)While serving the college in an important employee capacity, the individual has rendered distinguished service that warrants recognition of the individual’s exceptional contributions to the welfare of the college and/or service district.
2)The individual has contributed in truly exceptional ways to the welfare of the institution or achieved such unique distinction to warrant recognition.
B.When an individual has achieved distinction as recognized above, a proposal may be made for naming in honor of the individual on the earlier of the following:
1)Following the retirement or other separation from the college or from elected or appointed office; or,
2)Following the person’s death, if the person has not yet retired or otherwise separated from the college or District.

If you would like to nominate an individual who meets the above criteria to be considered by the Naming Committee, please send your written nomination, including a description of how the individual’s contributions to MDCC meet one of the criteria, to Dr. Nabors at the address indicated below. Alternatively, nominations can be made online at or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submission of nominations is September 5, 2016. Thank you for assisting us with this important task.


Dr. Larry Nabors, President
Mississippi Delta Community College
P.O. Box 668
Moorhead, MS 38761


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16 Aug 2016

Now accepting applications for Steinriede faculty/staff development fund grant

The Robert W. Steinriede Faculty & Staff Development Fund seeks to provide faculty and staff with financial resources for projects, professional development, equipment, and other areas that support the educational mission of the college.

All faculty and staff (full time & part time) are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2016 at 5pm.

Individual requests are limited to a maximum of $1,000 each. Joint proposals, submitted by a partnership of faculty/staff across different areas/departments of the College, may request up to $2,000.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff. Announcements will be made by January 2015. For more information, contact the MDCC Foundation at (662) 246-6272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for the application.

09 Aug 2016

MDCC responds to Netflix documentary

In light of the recently released Netflix documentary series, “Last Chance U,” Mississippi Delta Community College takes issue with the portrayal of the in-game altercation that occurred during the Oct. 22, 2015 East Mississippi Community College football game.

Mississippi Delta has openly cooperated with the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). MDCC accepts responsibility for its actions in the altercation and is abiding by the punishment assigned. Our administration, the MACJC and the NJCAA investigated and took corrective measures in this matter last fall.

The NJCAA issued a two-game suspension for players and coaches of both teams. Mississippi Delta is enforcing its punishment during its first two 2016 season games. In addition, MDCC held its players accountable for their actions.

At no time did our coaching staff encourage our student-athletes to initiate an altercation of any type.

While the game of football is an important part of the spirit of MDCC, no athletic program or event supersedes the mission of the college, which is to provide a “quality education through academic, career, technical, health sciences and workforce training programs.”

Providing a safe and diverse learning atmosphere is and will continue to be the college’s main priority.

Our coaches and administration regret the situation, and have worked hard to ensure unfortunate events such as this do not happen again. We hope others in the league will do the same.



Jamie M. Scrivener
Public Relations and Sports Information Director
Office of Advancement & Public Relations
Mississippi Delta Community College
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Office: (662) 246-6271

D. Reed Abraham
Associate Vice President
Office of Advancement & Public Relations
Mississippi Delta Community College
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Office: (662) 246-6273

01 Aug 2016

MDCC mourns tragic loss of faculty member

Dr. Carroll “Dennis” Elmore, an MDCC faculty member since 2005, died in an auto accident ‪July 27, 2016. Dr. Elmore taught science courses primarily at MDCC's Greenville Higher Education Center. Services will be held for Dr. Elmore at Leland Presbyterian Church Tuesday, August 2, 2016 with visitation at 1:30 p.m. and ‪funeral services at 3 p.m.  Grave side internment to follow at Stoneville Cemetery.

Obituary: Dr. Carroll “Dennis” Elmore

Carroll “Dennis” Elmore died in an auto accident ‪Wednesday afternoon, July 27, 2016. Dennis was born April 3, 1940 in clay county Mississippi to Clarence and Nadine (Berry) Elmore.  Dennis is survived by his two brothers and one sister-in-law Glen(Ellen) of Naples, Florida and Robert Elmore of Maben, Mississippi; three daughters, Elizabeth of Leland, MS, Anne of Atlanta, GA, and Harriet of Atlanta, GA; one grandson, Peyton(Anne) and one nephew, Christopher (Glen and Ellen) of St. Louis, MO.  Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Noble Elmore (2014).

Dennis grew up in East Mississippi and graduated in 1958 from Cumberland High School in Webster County Mississippi.  He continued his education at Mississippi State University earning his bachelors degree in 1962.  After graduation, he served for the United States Army as a Lieutenant at Fort Polk, LA.  After his discharge from the Army, Dennis continued his education completing a Masters’ Degree from the University of Arizona in 1966 and a PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1970.

After completing his PhD, Dennis moved to Leland, Mississippi where he began a 32 year career as a research scientist at Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center(USDA-ARS).  Dr. Elmore’s primary research centered around plant physiology, genetics, and weed and herbicide applications. His research culminated in several published books and field study guides on morning glories and weeds.  Dennis was the editor of the Southern Weed Science Society’s Weed Identification Guide. His work culminated in him receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Society.  Dennis retired from the USDA in 2003, and after his retirement was able to continue his love of learning and teaching by serving as an adjunct faculty at Mississippi Delta Community College at Moorhead and their satellite campus in Greenville. Dennis taught botany and biology at Mississippi Delta from 2005 until his death.  

Along with teaching, Dennis’s passions were centered around his family, friends, and his church. He was a longtime member of Leland Presbyterian Church where he held many leadership and volunteer positions during his over 40 year membership, including leading his Sunday school class, the Good News.

Besides tirelessly following his 3 children everywhere and supporting all of their pursuits plus his devotion to the Church, Dennis enjoyed researching his family genealogy , sharing his love of plants and especially flowers, and also spending time and effort helping his community.  Dennis for the past several years has dedicated his time to volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul’s and Mission Mississippi, where he also has served on the board.  

Visitation and funeral will be held for Dennis Elmore at Leland Presbyterian Church, visitation ‪at 1:30 funeral services to follow ‪at 3:00.  Grave side internment to follow at Stoneville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to his favorite charities, Leland Presbyterian, St. Vincent DePaul’s, or Mission Mississippi.

31 Jul 2016

Bellipanni retires after 30 years of service

Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) announces the retirement of long-time Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

Bellipanni began at MDCC in 1986 as head athletic trainer and was an instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, of which he later served as the division chair. He accepted the role of athletic director in 2005.

“Mr. Bellipanni has dedicated 30 years of his life to Mississippi Delta Community College and we appreciated all of his hard work and dedication to the school,” says MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors. “We wish him the best in his retirement.”

Bellipanni received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University. He is an Indianola native and graduate of Indianola Academy.

“He’s done a tremendous job at Mississippi Delta Community College in the capacities he has held as athletic trainer, athletic director and the chair of the HPR Department. He’ll be severely missed and we wish him the best in his retirement,” says Jim Southward, director of athletics activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.

Before joining the Trojan family, Bellipanni served as athletic trainer, assistant football and track coach, athletic purchasing agent and equipment manager at Indianola Academy from 1980-1986. He was also the assistant football coach, golf coach, athletic trainer and instructor at Washington School for two years starting in 1978.


Jamie M. Scrivener
Public Relations and Sports Information Director
Office of Advancement & Public Relations
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office: (662) 246-6271

D. Reed Abraham
Associate Vice President
Office of Advancement & Public Relations
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office: (662) 246-6273

29 Jul 2016

Rives joins MDCC as new head baseball coach

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MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomes Dan Rives as its new head baseball coach. Rives was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its July 14 meeting.

Rives has been the assistant baseball coach at Hinds Community College since 2005 and also served as the college’s sports information director since 2007.

Rives is a Cleveland native and graduated from Cleveland High School. He started his college baseball career at MDCC and played infield for the Trojans.

He went on to play at Delta State University and Mississippi College (MC). He received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a minor in health from MC in 2005 and a Masters of Arts with a major in social science from there in 2007.

At Hinds, he was the recruiting coordinator and in charge of strength and conditioning for the program. He also worked with the Eagles’ infielders and assisted with hitters and base runners.

“I’m very excited to come back home. This is home for me and my wife and to be offered the head coaching position at a college I played for is extra special to me,” says Rives.

Rives helped lead Hinds to three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

“It’s great to have Dan on board as our new head baseball coach,” says Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni. It’s always nice to have a former Trojan return as a part our college family and community.”

Rives is married to Andrea Atchley Rives and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and a four-year-old son, Luke.

Rives replaces former head coach Michael Avalon who accepted the head coaching position at Pearl River Community College.