Stapleton Named Staff Member of the Month

  • Thursday, 22 January 2015 02:35

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Melody Stapleton of Indianola, Miss., was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s Staff Member of the Month for January. Stapleton serves MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) as a librarian.

“The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is the interaction with students,” says Stapleton. An MDCC employee since July 2007, Stapleton’s daily responsibilities include assisting students with research, instructing students on basic computer skills, conducting library orientations, and managing library materials.

The Greenville Higher Education Center is a campus of Mississippi Delta Community College located south of Greenville, Miss, on Highway 1. Mississippi Valley State University and Delta State University also provide course offerings at the center.

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 Felecia Nash at 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..

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Clois Hill, Energi Insurance Services’ regional safety manager for the southern region, instructs commercial truck driver Reggie Daves with Scott Petroleum.

Advanced safety training for 150 of Scott Petroleum’s commercial truck drivers was recently held at MDCC’s Capps Center.

The course, taught by Scott Petroleum and Energi Insurance Services’ personnel, included both classroom training and hands-on training utilizing Energi’s Mobile Training Center. The mobile training center is a computer-based driving simulator generating real-life graphics and three high definition screens offering both forward and side window views for the trainee. The program includes realistic driving scenarios that could be encountered by delivery trucks ranging in size from three-quarter-ton flat beds to tractor-trailer rigs to fuel haulers.

Each driver undergoing the safety training was put through the simulator with the corresponding truck he or she drives daily. City and country driving conditions also were included in the programming with various driving situations specifically tailored for those driving a loaded rig.

John Conrad, MDCC's Capps Center training project coordinator, says, "Energi provides insurance solutions for various segments of the energy industry. They provided their mobile training simulator to improve safety training for clients of Energi Insurance Services."

Work Toward A Career Path While Earning Your GED

  • Wednesday, 10 December 2014 22:26

Continue your education in 2015 at Mississippi Delta Community College. Mississippi Delta is gearing up to begin Adult Basic Education/GED class registration for new students on Monday, January 5, 2015. To register for these tuition free classes you must be 18 years old or older and not enrolled in school.  Student must have a current Mississippi government ID (driver’s license or state ID).     Adult Basic Education/GED offers qualifying adults the opportunity to prepare for the GED exam while earning college credit.  We are excited to be able to offer the new GED computer based tests. Enroll in ABE/GED classes to refresh your academic skills and go online to www.ged.com and register to take the GED tests at Mississippi Delta Community College.

Classes and registration dates are listed below.

Class Registration Registration Time Class Meets Class Times

Cleveland WIN Job
119 Commerce
Cleveland, MS

January 5, 2015
April 2

8:00a.m. M, Th 8:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Friends of Children
803 MLK Jr Street
Belzoni, MS

February 3, 2015 1:00p.m. T, W 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

MDCC Greenwood Cntr.
207 West Park Avenue
Greenwood, MS

January 5-8, 2015
April 6-9

8:00a.m. M – Th 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

MDCC Greenwood Cntr.
Night Class

March 4, 2015 5:00p.m. T, Th 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

MDCC
Hwy 3
Moorhead, MS

January 5-8, 2015
April 6-9

8:00a.m. M – Th 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Charlie Capps Center
920 Hwy 82W
Indianola, MS

February 3, 2015 5:30p.m. T, Th 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Greenville WIN Job
Delta Plaza
Hwy 1 South
Greenville, MS

February 3, 2015
April 2

8:00a.m. T, Th 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Greenville Higher Ed. Cntr
Hwy 1 South
Greenville, MS

February 3, 2015 5:00p.m. T, W 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

For more information about these classes call 662-246-6524.

Nursing Students Inducted

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:15

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Inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society were (l. to r.) Director of Health Sciences Patti Livingston, Tyler Love, Julie Glenn, Anecia DeVillier, Katie Brower, Laura Baker Mabus, Catie Turner and Nursing Instructor Melissa Barrett.

Six Mississippi Delta Community College students were recently inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

The students, who were required to complete a Capstone project before induction, include: Katie Brower of Carrollton, Miss., Anecia DeVillier of Louise, Miss., Julie Glenn of Greenville, Miss., Tyler Love, of Inverness, Miss., Laura Baker Mabus of Greenville, Miss., and Catie Turner of Leland, Miss.

In the spring of 2012, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing approved the formation of a national honor society for Associate Degree Nursing programs, Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Mississippi Delta Community College was chartered as the Alpha Iota Chapter, and in the spring of 2013, inducted the first students into the chapter. To be considered for membership, the student must have attained a 3.0 overall GPA, maintained a 3.0 GPA in all nursing courses, and demonstrated conduct on campus and in the clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism. Participation in the nursing honor society gives recognition for academic excellence, potential scholarships for continued education, and quality addition to professional portfolio.

Nursing Students Host Blood Drive

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:07

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MDCC student Sydney Woodard, a sophomore dental hygiene major from Inverness, Miss., donates blood with the help of Mississippi Blood Services phlebotomist Cynethia Coleman.

MDCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program recently hosted a blood drive on the college’s Moorhead, Miss., campus. 

MDCC’s nursing program sponsored the blood drive to assist in the statewide blood shortage. According to Mississippi Blood Services, there is currently a critical need for donations of O negative, O positive, B negative, B positive and AB negative blood.

In partnership with Mississippi Blood Services, several student groups sponsor blood drives on all MDCC campuses throughout the year. “We are proud that our campus community takes a few minutes of their time throughout the semester to donate blood,” says Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services. “A few minutes out of our daily schedule can mean a lifetime for patients, their families and friends.”

To find a blood drive near you, visit www.msblood.com or call (888) 90-BLOOD.

Williams Winter Scholars Named

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:04

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Mississippi Delta Community College will have two representatives at the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, as both an instructor and a student at the school were recently named William Winter Scholars.

Jorene Pettiet, an English instructor at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center, is this year’s William Winter Faculty Scholar. Shelby Ballinger, a sophomore attending MDCC’s Greenville campus, is being recognized as a William Winter Student Scholar.

Pettiet and Ballinger were chosen by MDCC as the humanities division’s most outstanding student and faculty member.

Outstanding humanities division students, faculty members, and professionals from Mississippi’s universities, colleges, and community colleges are honored each year by being named William Winter Scholars at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. At the Feb. 26-28, 2015 event, "Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians," Pettiet and Ballinger will be honored during the opening and closing sessions, in the printed materials, and in publicity.

William Winter Scholars also are photographed with former Mississippi Governor William F.Winter, after whom the scholarship is named. Winter has served as director of proceedings for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration each year since the event began in 1990.

Humanities Award

  • Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:42

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Woodard Honored at Ceremony

Mississippi Delta Community College art instructor Jennifer Woodard of Rolling Fork, Miss., was recently recognized as MDCC’s 2014 Humanities Teacher of the Year.

During the Nov. 5 awards ceremony on the Moorhead, Miss., campus, Woodard presented, “An Introduction to Raku Pottery.” She will also be honored at the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet in Jackson in February of 2015.

A MDCC employee since 2001, Woodard earned her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and her master’s degree from Mississippi College. She and her husband, Allen, have three children, Roselea, Jilly, and Walt.

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 congratulations Jennifer Woodard on achieving this honor.

MDCC Recognizes Outstanding Student

  • Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:58

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Mississippi Delta Community College student Christin Manor was recognized recently as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) student of the year for 2014.

Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

A Hollandale native, Christin Manor is a sophomore at MDCC and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Delta Delegation. She is the daughter of Robert and Gail Manor, both alumni of Mississippi Delta Community College. After graduating from MDCC, Manor plans to attend Delta State University and then medical school.

Manor is among the state’s honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society and prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.

 

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Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 11, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.

Leflore was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Kaylan Frye of Leland, Miss. Leflore was presented roses by Dr. Larry Nabors, college president, and a title sash by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services.

Contestant Shannon McKinney of Indianola, Miss. was named first alternate. Keyairra Frison, also of Indianola, was named second alternate. Eleven MDCC students competed in the categories of talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.

The pageant is directed by Ms. Stacy Upton and is sponsored by the college, the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc., and the MDCC Alumni Association. The college provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to MDCC the next academic year. The Alumni and Foundation provide a stipend for wardrobe and fees associated with the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and state preliminary of Miss America. Mississippi Delta Community College holds a local pageant each year as a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Aycock to Head Computer Services Department

  • Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:46

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Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors is pleased to announce that Jim Aycock has been selected as the new director of the college’s computer services department. Aycock of Inverness, Miss., will assume his new duties in January of 2015 following the retirement of current director Jimmy Free.

“As a proud graduate of MDCC, I’m fortunate and thankful for this opportunity,” Aycock says. “I’ve worked the last seven years in MDCC’s computer services department, having been promoted to my previous position of network administrator in 2009. The knowledge I’ve gained during this time, as well as the college-wide relationships I’ve built, has prepared me for this leadership position. I am motivated and enthusiastic for the opportunity to implement new technology products that will enhance all aspects of the college. I recognize the importance of a campus-wide technology plan to enhance learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity.”

In addition to his experience at MDCC, Aycock previously worked in the field of computer services in the healthcare and food production industries. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi Valley State University.

Aycock is a board member and the social media chair of the MDCC Alumni Association, is a member of the MDCC Development Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a member of the Mississippi Community College Board’s Technical Operations Council, and is a member of the Mississippi Mobilization Task Force.