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.


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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.

New student orientation coming up in Greenville and Greenwood

Mississippi Delta Community College is gearing up for new student orientation to be held in Greenville and Greenwood in July.

Orientation will be held at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) Tuesday, July 19 and in Greenwood Thursday, July 21. The sessions are open to all majors interested in attending any MDCC campus.

It’s not too late to register! Students can still register for orientation online by visiting

A make-up session will be held August 11 at the main campus in Moorhead at 10 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

MDCC offers a variety of academic, career, technical and health science programs. For more information, visit or call (662) 246-MDCC.

13 Jul 2016

Athletic programs spotlighted for academic success

MOORHEAD, MS – The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) released its 2015-16 Academic All-State Teams, and Mississippi Delta Community College took the top spot in two sports.

The Trojan baseball team earned Academic All-State status sporting a 3.40 grade point average (GPA), meaning they had the highest out of all the baseball programs in the conference. Women’s basketball also captured the Academic All-State award with a 3.23 GPA.

“I’m always proud of how our athletes perform in their respected sports, but I’m prouder of their performance in the classroom because it is most important,” says Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

The MACJC has also released its individual academic awards with MDCC having six honorees. Students receiving Exemplary Academic Achievement awards are Clay LaBeff (Baseball), Lee Quates (Baseball), Kenya Arnold (Women’s Basketball) and Taylor Latham (Softball). The two student-athletes earning Superior Academic Achievement awards are Jerry Johnson Jr. (Football) and McKinnon Skeen (Women’s Basketball).

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will release its national academic honors in the coming days.

2015-16 MACJC Academic All-State Teams

Men’s Overall Academic All-State Team of the Year
Golf: Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 3.62 GPA

Women’s Overall Academic All-State Team of the Year
Tennis: Itawamba Community College, 3.80 GPA

Men’s Athletics
Baseball: Mississippi Delta Community College, 3.40 GPA
Basketball: Southwest Mississippi Community College, 3.48 GPA
Football: Itawamba Community College, 2.90 GPA
Soccer: Itawamba Community College, 3.25 GPA
Tennis: Meridian Community College, 3.44 GPA

Women’s Athletics
Basketball: Mississippi Delta Community College, 3.23 GPA
Soccer: Itawamba Community College, 3.76 GPA
Softball: Itawamba Community College, 3.60 GPA

Tisdale named Northern Region Teacher of the Year


MOORHEAD – JoAnn Tisdale, a nine-year veteran with Mississippi Delta Community College, was recently named Northern Region Teacher of the Year for 2015-16 at the ABE State Summer Conference in Vicksburg.
Tisdale is the lead instructor and mentor for Adult Basic Education (ABE) at MDCC. She teaches in all areas of ABE and team-teaches classes such as business mechanics, business communications and business accounting. She also mentors instructors who teach adult education classes at other MDCC locations.

“I celebrate any success that a student achieves,” says Tisdale. “But when a student passes their last part of their High School Equivalency, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. I love being a part of the student’s journey from the very beginning to whatever pathway they choose.”

Tisdale was also elected as the 2015 Mississippi Association for Adult and Community Education (MAACE) President.

She and her husband Lynn have two sons, Logan and Josh, and live in Isola.

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