Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

  • Wednesday, 08 March 2017 00:00

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.

Biles participates in STEM night

  • Monday, 06 March 2017 09:27

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.

Lamb named February Staff Member of the Month

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:50

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..

Mr. and Miss MDCC announced

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:06

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.

MDCC receives funding for new programs

  • Monday, 13 February 2017 05:37

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.

Lady Trojans notch 81-75 win over Coahoma

  • Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:44

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.

Trojans take down Tigers 90-73 in rivalry game

  • Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:19

Mississippi Delta battled against the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday in an anticipated rivalry match-up at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

CCC took the lead for the first 4:19 of the game before the Trojans took control and ran away with the contest.

In the first half, MDCC would steadily add to their lead by staying poised and not giving up turnovers.

MDCC would out score CCC by 23 points and go to the break with a 48-25 lead. The Trojans would go up 66-35, which was the biggest lead they had in the contest, with 13:13 left to play in the ballgame.

The Trojans wore the Tigers down by utilizing their size under the basket and constantly challenging their post players.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ squad would add a win to its record with a final score of 90-73.

On the game, MDCC shot 51 percent from the field, 24 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the charity stripe. The Trojans were perfect from the free throw line in the first half sinking 6-of-6.

Sophomore centers Michael Sission and Xavier Appleberry along with freshman point guard Queshod Young were big factors on the night with all three scoring 15 points for the Trojans.

Sission’s other stats tallied eight rebounds with two assists. Young had three rebounds with six assists while Appleberry brought down nine rebounds on the night.

Other scorers were freshman forward James Jones and sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery with 14 and 12 points respectfully.

The win improves the Trojans record to 8-9 (3-3) on the season. 

The Trojans travel to Goodman Monday night to face Holmes Community College with tipoff slated for 8 p.m.

Amber Kelly, of Belzoni, was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s Staff Member of the Month for January. Kelly is the director of financial aid.

Her daily responsibilities include assisting students in obtaining Financial Aid at the federal state and institutional levels.

“I enjoy seeing students we help in the Office of Financial Aid succeed and reach their maximum potential,” said Kelly.

Kelly earned an Associate of Arts degree from MDCC, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Delta State University.

She was awarded the Trojan Spirit Award in 2014-15 and is a member of the Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Mississippi Community and Junior College Student Aid Administrators Association.

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..

Trojans announce 2017 baseball schedule

  • Friday, 20 January 2017 21:32

Head Coach Dan Rives and company will open the 2017 campaign on the road Feb. 10 in Millington, Tenn. with a double header against Dyersburg State Community College in game one and Lincoln Trail College in game two.

The Trojans will compete in eight straight games on the road before playing host to Southwest Tennessee Community College on Feb. 25 at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex on the Moorhead campus.

Rives is in his first year at MDCC and eager to show what his Trojans bring to the table against the rest of the MACJC.

“We are very excited about getting the 2017 season underway. Our players and coaching staff have worked extremely hard to this point and are looking forward to playing a challenging slate,” says Rives.

“I hope our community and surrounding areas will support these young men by coming out and watching them play.”

The Trojans open conference play at Northeast Mississippi Community College on March 22 in Boonville.

Home games include: Southwest Tennessee Community College, Arkansas Baptist College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Pearl River Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College and Hinds Community College.

Be sure to check our website, msdelta.edu, or follow us on Twitter (@MDCCATHLETICS) for information on video streaming home and away games.

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Trojans fall in hardwood nail biter

  • Friday, 13 January 2017 08:02

MOORHEAD – The Trojans (5-7, 0-1) opened division play at home Thursday night against the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College.

A valiant second half rally by the Trojans would make the game exciting for those in attendance, but it would not be enough for the win. Holmes defeated the Trojans 71-68 in the final seconds of the game.

The game was a back and forth physical one from start to finish. Holmes would lead the game until half way through the second half when MDCC started pushing back.

In the last five minutes of the game, the teams would tie the score four times. Sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery would draw a foul and sink two freebies to put MDCC up 66-64 with 1:32 left in the contest.

But with 1:00 minute left, the Bulldogs answered the call by scoring two to tie it 66-66.

Mikkel Norment would go to the hoop, make the shot, draw the foul and head to the free throw line with under one minute to play. Normen’s basket on the foul and made free throw would inch the lead to 69-66.

MDCC would take the ball down the court and get the layup to fall to make it 69-68. Holmes would do the same on their end of the court to take the last lead of the night at 71-68 with under 15 seconds left in the contest.

The Trojans travel to Fulton Tuesday, Jan. 17 to face the Indians of Itawamba Community College. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Follow us on Twitter (@MDCCATHLETICS) for the streaming options for all home and away division basketball games.

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