Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College recently held their induction ceremony on March 6 in the Yeates Fine Arts Building. Over 70 students were inducted.

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.

08 Mar 2017

Biles participates in STEM night

On Feb. 2, Amy Biles, an Mississippi Delta Community College physical science teacher, participated in the Henry M. Seymour Library’s STEM night for junior high and high school students. Biles performed several experiments for them and introduced them to the different careers in the STEM field. She also explained curriculum offered at MDCC that would steer them down a path for a job in this profession.

06 Mar 2017

Lamb named February Staff Member of the Month

Rosemary Craven Lamb, Ph.D., of Moorhead, was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s Staff Member of the Month for February. Lamb is the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness and accreditation liaison at MDCC.

Lamb provides direction and oversight for institutional assessment, student learning assessment, institutional research, strategic planning initiatives, and accreditation compliance standards. She also assists in writing grants for the college.

Lamb has also led MDCC’s accreditation efforts for its 10-year review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This is her third year at Mississippi Delta.

She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Jackson State University, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi, and a bachelor's degree in English from Delta State University.

Lamb and her husband, Chuck, have three children, Adrian Rose Dill, Darby Lamb and Leah Lamb Rybolt, and five grandchildren, Andrew, Will, Ben, Emma and Grace.

In 2015, the Southeastern Association of Community College Research (SACCR) honored Dr. Lamb with the Gwen P. Aldridge Award and the Outstanding Paper Award for her quantitative research on Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of Latino Males in America’s Community Colleges.

In 2013, the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research awarded Lamb the Jim Nichols Service Award, the highest honor presented to an individual who has shown exemplary service and leadership to the organization.

Lamb has served as an accreditation evaluator for SACSCOC at community colleges across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia.

She has also served as president of the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research, Member at Large of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research, and as a member of the SACSCOC Annual Conference Planning Committee. She is currently serving as treasurer of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research.

Lamb is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Indianola and an active member of the IOTA Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society.

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..

21 Feb 2017

Mr. and Miss MDCC announced

Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to announce Mr. Payton Lane and Miss Kaylin Lloyd as its 2017 Mr. and Miss MDCC.

Lane, a Columbus native, is a member of the Trojan baseball team and Phi Theta Kappa. He enjoys playing baseball, hunting and wakeboarding in his free time. He chose to attend MDCC to further his baseball career and to receive a quality education.

Upon graduating this spring from MDCC, Lane hopes to continue his baseball career at a university and major in chemical engineering.

Lloyd, a Belzoni native, is the starting catcher for the Lady Trojan softball team. When she isn’t playing softball, she enjoys spending time with family.

Her future goals include majoring in aviation management at Delta State University in the fall then attending Mississippi State University for Air Force ROTC.

Mr. and Miss MDCC are nominated and voted on by the student body each spring. For more information, visit msdelta.edu or call (662) 246-MDCC.

21 Feb 2017

MDCC receives funding for new programs

The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) has named Mississippi Delta Community College the recipient of three grants for more that $1.1 million via the 2017 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Challenge Grant.

The funding will be used to create the Industrial Maintenance Technology, Pharmacy Technology and Physical Therapist Assistant programs. The CTE Challenge Grants provide funding for workforce training programs in specific work fields within a college’s service area that do not qualify for traditional workforce training funding.

The Industrial Maintenance Technology program received $742,325, the Physical Therapist Assistant program received $215,300 and the Pharmacy Technology program received $175,500. The college is in the planning stages for developing curriculum, hiring instructors and sculpting the application process for each program.

Pending the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approval, MDCC intends to admit students for the Industrial Maintenance Technology and Pharmacy Technology programs beginning August 2017 and during the 2019 year for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

In a letter penned by the MCCB to MDCC announcing the funding, Assistant Executive Director for Workforce & Economic Development Dexter Holloway stated the college’s application for all programs “demonstrates a critical need to meet the workforce demand requested by the local business community to reduce the skills gap in your district.”

“Career and Technical programs, along with workforce training, are a necessity in the delta, and Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to offer those programs and technical training to its residents. The addition of these new programs will offer more educational opportunities for students in the region,” says MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors.

CTE Challenge Grant funds are to assist in the creation of each program. MDCC will be responsible for sustaining the programs’ expenses once the awarded funding is used.

13 Feb 2017

Lady Trojans notch 81-75 win over Coahoma

MDCC Lady Trojans defeated the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday at J.T. Hall Coliseum by a score of 81-75.

The hard fought contest left CCC playing catch up for most of the first half after the Lady Trojans jumped on top and scored 10 unanswered points.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald’s team would battle against the Tigers to carry the lead until 2:00 minutes left in the first half when CCC went ahead 37-35.

The Lady Tigers would go to the locker room up 39-37.

Down by two coming back from the break, the Lady Trojans would step it up a notch and challenge the Tigers in the second half forcing turnovers and turning them into scoring drives.

The Lady Trojans would regain the lead half way through the third period of play carry it through to the end.

CCC continually chipped away by adding points on the board, but could never quite catch the Lady Trojans.

Freshman guard Alexis Augustus would score a game and career high 28 points on the night and pull down six rebounds.

Sophomore forward O’Nesha Hunt would help in the score department by racking up 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

Other scorers for the Lady Trojans were India Sims (8 pts.), Asiah Ward (7 pts.), Ariana Sims (7 pts.), Markeita Morris (4 pts.), Cora Cooley (2 pts.) and Madisyn Collie (1 pts.).

With the win, the Lady Trojans improve to 2-13 (1-5) on the season.

They travel to Goodman Monday night to play against the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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