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Alumnus of the Year

SpiveySpivey Named Alumnus of Year

Jon A. “Jonny” Spivey is the 2017 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year. Spivey received an Associate of Arts degree from Mississippi Delta Community College, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and completed additional studies at Delta State University.

Spivey has worked 33 years in the crop protection industry and is currently employed by Dow AgroSciences. He served as board member, vice president, and president of the Mississippi Agricultural Industries Council and was twice selected as the MAIC Man of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of the Indianola Academy Board of Directors and past assistant Boy Scout master. Jonny and his family attend the Inverness United Methodist Church where he serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Both of Jonny’s parents attended Sunflower Junior College in 1937 and 1938; his mother, Hazle Alford Spivey, did the artwork for the 1938 Retrospect. Jonny grew up in Moorhead and remembers countless hours spent at MDCC. Whether attending sporting events with his father, C.E. Spivey, Jr., riding his bicycle through campus, playing basketball in the gym, or listening to the jukebox in the Trojan Shield, MDCC was an important part of his youth. Coach Jimmy Bellipanni gave him the nickname Speedy when, during a Little League baseball game, Jonny was thrown out at first base on a hit that normally would qualify for a double or triple. While at MDJC he made many lifelong friends and was fortunate to have many mentors such as Dr. J.T. Hall, Miss Nannie Pearl Scroggins, Mr. Charles Foley and Coaches J.D. Stonestreet, Carl Grubb, Jim Randall, and Jimmy Bellipanni.

Jonny has been involved in the MDCC Alumni Association for many years and continues to be an active member. He has been a cook for Trojan Tailgate, a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club, supporter of MDCC athletics, and a sponsor for alumni chapter meetings. In leadership roles he has served as secretary/treasurer and president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, district vice president, and currently serves as district president. He is also a member of the MDCC Foundation Board. Sandra Moore, vice president of the Sunflower/Humphreys County Alumni Chapter, says that Jonny gives of his time freely and spares no expense in his efforts to “grow” the alumni membership.

Jonny has been married to MDJC graduate Sylvia Simmons Spivey for forty years. They have three daughters, Scarlett Miller of Meridian, Layne Mitchell of Cleveland, and Megan Burnham of Cleveland, and five grandchildren.

Distinguished Trojan Service Award

rayRay Named Distinguished Trojan Service Award Winner

Joe Ray is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Trojan Service Award. This prestigious award is given to an alumnus who has exhibited great loyalty, service, and commitment to Mississippi Delta Community College and the MDCC Alumni Association.

Ray was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Delta State University and did additional graduate work at Mississippi State University. He began his career at Mississippi Delta Junior College in 1970 when he was hired by Dr. J.T. Hall to work in admissions and recruiting. In July 1972 Ray became the director of financial aid and continued to work in admissions. During his tenure as director of financial aid he was responsible for establishing the President’s Scholarship which awards tuition and housing to students of high academic achievement. He also helped establish the MDCC Men’s Soccer Program. Joe was promoted to vice president of student affairs at Mississippi Delta Community College in June 2000. In his capacity as vice president, Ray supervised admissions, recruiting, financial aid services, and certified all degrees awarded to MDCC students. Under his leadership, the use of computer generated transcripts was implemented. After his retirement in 2012, Joe returned to MDCC in 2013 and worked until 2017 as a part-time employee in the Office of Admissions. He was a beloved and respected figure on the MDCC campus for forty-seven years.

Looking back, Joe said that he spent his entire working life at MDCC and always enjoyed working with the faculty and students. “It was fun coming to work.”

Ray also enjoys being involved in community service. He was a member of the Moorhead Rotary Club and coached with the Greenville Youth Soccer Program.

Joe and Donna, his wife of 36 years, live in Madison, Mississippi and are members of Pinelake Church. They are the parents of Beth Pate and Emily Damiens and have three grandchildren.

 

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Golf Scramble

MDCC’s Scramble for Scholarships golf tournament will be held Friday, October 20th at the Indianola Country Club.

The tournament will use a scramble format with four people per team playing a total of 18 holes of golf. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Registration is $300 per team, or $75 per golfer, with all proceeds benefiting the MDCC Alumni Scholarship Fund. For team registration or sponsorship information, please see the links below.

Completed registration forms and payment should be sent to:
MDCC Foundation, Inc.,
Golf Scramble
P.O. Box 710
Moorhead, MS 38761

Click here for the Team Registration flyer

Click here for the Sponsorship flyer

Homecoming T-shirts

Homecoming Tshirts
To celebrate Homecoming, the Bookstore will be selling t-shirts!  To buy a shirt visit or call the Bookstore.  Their information is below:

MDCC Bookstore
Tanner Building, Room 103
Moorhead Campus
662-246-6448

HOURS of OPERATION
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.