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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

Date(s): 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses

Date(s): 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015

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Jones County Junior College ... Greene County Center in Leakesville
JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will be registering students for two non-credit courses offered at its Greene County Center in Leakesville on Monday, July 13, at 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. A deposit of $150 is required for the welding course and a deposit of $200 is required for the pipefitting course. The course will meet the same day as registration.

The non-credit pipefitting course will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a night class will meet at 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The course ends in December and costs $500.

Non-credit welding will be offered on Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the class will meet from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. only, beginning July 13, through December for $350.
For more information about these courses contact the Center at 601-394-4421 or 601-394-4423 or email menyone.barrow@jcjc.edu or clint.james@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Kemper County High School Registration for the 2015-2016 School Term

Date(s): 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015

8:15 A.M-4:00 P.M & 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Kemper County High School P. O. Box 429 DeKalb, MS 39328 Telephone (601) 743-5292 Fax (601) 743-5952

Calvin C. Melton, Principal
Kelvin K. Fuller, Assistant Principal

Kemper County High School announces registration for the 2015-2016 school term. Parents of ALL students MUST complete this registration process prior to the start of school. Staff will work registration on the following days:
July 13, 14, 15, and 17 (8:15 A.M-4:00 P.M) and Thursday, July 16th from 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Registration will close from 12:00-1:00 daily for lunch.

The following are items needed for registration:
Two(2) proofs of residency will a physical address(Note: P.O. Box information will not be accepted)
1. Current Utility Bills
2. Driver’s License
Immunization forms including T-DAP information for entering 7th graders.
Other forms will be completed during registration.

Calvin C. Melton, Principal
Kelvin K. Fuller, Assistant Principal

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ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

Date(s): 7/30/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm

East Central Community College ... at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “Starting a Business – First Steps” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps of starting a business, including regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan, and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

Date(s): 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

DECATUR, Miss.—For the second straight year, students who transferred from East Central Community College to four-year institutions earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all community college transfers in the state of Mississippi.

Students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.22 GPA, according to data released from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Students from the community/junior college with the second highest GPA earned a 3.21. The average for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.13 GPA.

The report also again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions. The “native” students earned a 3.10 GPA.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said that he was extremely proud of the former students and for the role East Central Community College faculty and staff played in preparing the students to transfer to the four-year university level.

“This data, compiled and reported by the IHL, affirms the results of our college’s dedication to Student Success and Teaching and Learning, two hallmark commitments of our strategic plan for the future, 2020 Vision,” Stewart said. “When we adopted this plan in February 2013, these are the results we anticipated. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for preparing East Central transfer students well for the academic challenges of a university. Based on the performance of our transfer students, no one does that better in the state of Mississippi than East Central Community College.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees, with more than 201 areas of concentration. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer as a result of an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the state’s public four-year colleges and universities.

The college also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career and technical fields of study.

For more information about attending East Central Community College, contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or e-mail rlee@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

Date(s): 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

Date(s): 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015, 7/21/2015, 7/22/2015, 7/23/2015, 7/24/2015, 7/25/2015, 7/26/2015, 7/27/2015, 7/28/2015, 7/29/2015, 7/30/2015, 7/31/2015, 8/1/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/3/2015, 8/4/2015, 8/5/2015, 8/6/2015, 8/7/2015, 8/8/2015, 8/9/2015, 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, 8/12/2015, 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015

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East Central Community College ... Louisville Career Advancement Center
ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

East Central Community College in Decatur will begin offering courses in its Electrical Technology program at the Louisville Career Advancement Center in Fall 2015.

The for-credit courses, which can lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree, will be offered via video conferencing, with a tech facilitator in the Louisville Career Advancement Center to assist with questions and hands-on course work and demonstrations.

Courses to be offered in the fall include Fundamentals of Electricity, AC and DC Circuits for Electrical Technology, Residential and Light Commercial Wiring, Blueprint Reading, and Electrical Power.

East Central is offering the courses thanks to a $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, which the college was awarded last fall to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, including in information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing.

The college applied for the grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of workers displaced due to the April 2014 tornado damage.

“We are excited that we can help anyone displaced by the tornadoes or who needs additional training and education to work towards their degree,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce education at ECCC. “Graduates will be well prepared for residential or industrial work or private business, among other electrical occupations.”

For more information on the Electrical Technology program, contact Eason at 601-635-6211 or weason@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

Date(s): 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Covington County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The program has expanded from Ellisville, Bay Springs, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg to Collins. This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director.

The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 13, through Thursday, August 19. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street, in Collins.

“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program meet the unmet needs of a community.”
The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors Peoples Bank of Collins.
Applications can be picked up at Peoples Bank in Collins or the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.

Interested participants need to register by July 6, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Michael Yarbrough named Educator of the Year

Date(s): 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Yarbrough named Educator of the Year
ELLISVILLE – The “newcomer” to the group of 11 GED teachers in the Jones County Junior College Adult Basic Education department earned a prestigious title recently. Michael Yarbrough of Laurel was named the Southern Region Adult Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators at their annual conference. Yarbrough teaches adult education classes at the WIN Job Center in Laurel and has been employed with JCJC for a year-and-a-half. Director of the ABE/GED program at JCJC, Jennifer Griffith explained Yarbrough’s adaptability and his innovative teaching earned him the recognition.

“In his first year-and-a-half teaching for Jones, he has been flexible in his work assignments, moving from the traveling adult education tutor, to substitute adult education teacher, to full-time single-site instructor. He has introduced innovative methods and approaches to his students while also achieving significant success with his classes.”
Yarbrough gives credit to his co-workers for their willingness to show him “the ropes” as well as being open to new ideas and perspectives.

“The award was definitely a surprise, said Yarbrough. “I have taught in various educational settings, but for the seven-years prior to coming to Jones, I taught 6th grade math at South Jones Elementary. Some may not see the connection, but teaching middle school math perfectly prepared me for being an Adult Basic Education instructor. It’s at that middle school level where the majority of our students began to struggle or fall behind. Most were not successful in the traditional educational setting. This challenges me, as an educator, to look for new and various ways to teach them,” said the newest Adult Educator of the Year.

He further explained as the instructor, he is a part of the team in guiding and facilitating student’s discoveries. Yarbrough said most of his students already have job and real world experiences.

“I am thrilled to see the connections from what we are learning in class to situations they are experiencing outside the classroom. All educators realize they are much more to their students than someone who presents them with information; this is even more true with our students. When they see that you care and are investing in their life, the learning potential goes through the roof!” said Yarbrough.

To even be considered for this honor, Yarbrough had to be nominated by a fellow teacher or director and had to have at least one-year of teaching experience in Adult Education. Griffith said there are about 360 teachers in the state who are eligible each year. Yarbrough’s “fresh ideas” and innovative methods made him stand out from the other nominees. She added Yarbrough not only came to the conference but he also presented at this year’s ABE Summer Conference.

“This is rare because most teachers with fewer than three-years of experience hardly ever present at the Summer Conference. His presentation was on adapting to the environment one teaches in, using the tools you have in the classroom and to address and approach students’ problems in new ways. Michael is definitely a great asset to our team. He is committed to our students and our college and we are thrilled to have him at Jones.”

Griffith said she also thinks how he handled three job title changes in less than one-year without complaint while always tackling the new assignment with vigor, made him an obvious choice for the judges. Yarbrough joins three other JCJC ABE instructors who also received this award in previous years: David Clark at Greene County, Jane Jones at the JCJC campus and Caleb Smith at the JCJC campus.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

Date(s): 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

ELLISVILLE –With only a couple of days to rehearse, about 30 musicians from Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Louisiana and Tennessee will perform a concert on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to this free concert featuring high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians, which concludes the first, Roger Bobo Brass Festival.

Bobo is a 77-year old brass pedagogue, adjudicator, clinician and conductor who is known internationally for his performance on tuba, and has performed with the L.A. Philharmonic. Bobo may be best known for revolutionizing the brass musician’s role in the music industry with his release of a series of solo recordings. He has also recorded with the L.A. Philharmonic, including many of Hollywood’s most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters. He also appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show several times and has taught in Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Mexico.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

Date(s): 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015

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East Miss. Community College
EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

MAYHEW – The first time Chris Clark cut someone’s hair other than his own, it did not go well.
“It was my first cousin when we were kids. I kinda cut a plug out of his hair. He reminds me of it to this day,” said Clark.
Clark, 22, of Starkville, can laugh with his cousin now because he doesn’t make many mistakes these days. And he estimates he has more than 40 regular customers at Kustom Kutz and Stylz in Starkville who will vouch for him.
Clark could have gone the route of many neighborhood barbers, cutting hair from home with no credentials. But as East Mississippi Community College Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson put it, barbers who want to make a career out of the trade owe it to themselves to get certified and licensed.
“Some guys need to be professional. And Chris is one of the guys that deserves professional pay, because he’s that good,” said Johnson.
Clark began taking classes under Johnson at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in 2011 and graduated in 2012. He chose EMCC because he could get financial aid through the Career-Technical division. At a private barber college, he would have to pay out of pocket.
Although he had years of experience doing amateur clipper cuts, Clark had to prove himself in the classroom in all that the Cosmetology program entails. Johnson said that wasn’t a problem for Clark, who was very quiet, but spoke with his hands.
“He’s an artist, and he picked up on all the skills that were thrown at him. He can do female hair, long hair, braids. I remember when I showed him how to do braids and he picked it up instantly.”
Clark admits he dreaded learning procedures like manicures and weaves, but he is licensed if he ever decides to start doing them professionally. And he does have a few female clients who wear natural hair styles.
Alan Evans, owner of Kustom Kuts and Stylz, said he hired Clark on the strength of his versatility.
“I knew he would be good because he was always teachable and had the urge to learn,” said Evans.
Clark attributes his talents in cutting hair to skills he picked up as an amateur artist. Throughout his youth, Clark loved drawing, which helped him develop a steady hand and the ability to translate ideas from his mind to the physical realm.
“That’s highly necessary in cutting hair. You can develop hand-eye coordination to some degree through practice, but you have to have some natural ability to build on,” he said.
Clark’s artistic ability came in handy in a more traditional way when his hand-drawn submission was selected by Mississippi Skills USA officials as the T-shirt design all Mississippi competitors would wear at the 2012 Skills USA national competition in Kansas City.
Clark usually works at Kustom Kutz and Stylz Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He accepts some walk-ins, but works mostly by appointment, which Johnson said is impressive.
“That is awesome to be so young and taking appointments as a barber. That’s wonderful,” she said.
To learn more about EMCC’s Cosmetology program, visit eastms.edu.
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

Date(s): 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

The following East Mississippi Community College students were named to the President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA) and Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA) for the Spring 2015 semester. Students are listed alphabetically by name with hometowns.

President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA)

Salawa Abdulla – West Point
Amandalyn Abney – Olive Branch
Neely Abrams – Brooksville
Amanda Aigner – West Point
Savanna Alford – Carthage
Morgan Allstot – West Point
Richard Anderson – Vernon, Ala.
Robert Anderton – Vicksburg
Shelby Anthony – Philadelphia
Maycee Arnault – McCool
Mary Atkins – Hamilton
Chlesea Austin – Columbus
Ana Bacallao – Starkville
Casey Bailey – Terry
Tanner Bailey – Calhoun City
Brooke Baker – Louisville
Pepper Baker – Des Allemands, La.
Ladaisha Ballard – Macon
Saraah Bardwell – Starkville
Vivian Barksdale – Starkville
Elizabeth Barnacastle – Toomsuba
Austin Beck – Columbus
Lauren Belcher – Caledonia
Michael Bennett – Starkville
Jordan Berry – Mantee
James Betts – Starkville
Christa Biddles – Meridian
Alexica Black – Brooksville
Tacara Black – West Point
Courtney Blaine – McCool
Valiree Blair – Richland
Kristen Bobo – West Point
Bradley Bolin – Starkville
Christopher Bonner – Columbus
William Bonner – Columbus
Brittany Bontrager – Macon
Holly Bontrager – Macon
Trisha Boone – Columbus
Frederic Bourrage – DeKalb
Cassady Bovee – Columbus
Cole Bowman – Ackerman
Rachel Bowman – Starkville
Logan Box – Winona
Franklin Boyd – Columbus
Donna Boykin – Brooksville
Gregory Boyle – Columbus
Colter Branton – Starkville
Pamela Brantzeg – Caledonia
Victoria Brooks – Starkville
Kelly Brown – Louisville
Kylie Brown – Steens
Pressly Brown – Mathiston
Donald Buckner III – Starkville
Chandler Buntin – Starkville
Madison Buntin – Starkville
Nathan Burkis – Starkville
Drew Cade – Brooksville
Cambrielle Campbell – Pearl
Cassie Campbell – Macon
Melissa Canham-Craig – Columbus
Justin Canull – Caledonia
Katherine Carr – Starkville
Mac Carver – Columbus
Yolanda Chamberlain – West Point
Prentess Chancellor – Macon
John Cheek – Kosciusko
Hanna Christopher – Louisville
Russell Clanton – Starkville
Bailee Clark – Ackerman
Christina Clark – Jackson
Jenny Clark – Madison
Jimmy Clark – Mantee
Jonathan Clayborne - Columbus
Shannon Clay – Mathiston
Tori Clearman – Collinsville
Emily Coggins – Starkville
Hailey Cole – Columbus
Laura Coleman – DeKalb
Luke Coleman – Oak Vale
Taylor Coleman – Starkville
Charles Collins – Starkville
John Cooper – Florence
Michael Costa – Toomsuba
Danetta Cottrell – Sweetwater, Ala.
Jamiyah Covington – Starkville
Heather Cox – Starkville
Stephen Craft – West Point
Brandon Craig – Caledonia
William Craig – Columbus
Dusty Craven – Hamilton
John Crenshaw – Union
Casey Crimm – Starkville
Caitlyn Croft – Caledonia
Charles Cross – Scooba
Chad Crowley – Maben
Brent Crutchfield – Columbus
Ava Cumberland – Philadelphia
Joshua Cummings – Starkville
Richard Dalton – Mathiston
Brandon Darling – Hamilton
Hannah Daugherty – Leroy, Ala.
MacKenzie Davidson – Vicksburg
Juan Davis – West Point
Maxwell Davis – Columbus
Robert Davis – Kosciusko
Tyrone Davis – Durant
Mary Decker – West Point
Dana Delgatto-Tate – Caledonia
Angela Depew – Cedar Bluff
Sanju Devkota – Starkville
Jacob Dickens – Aberdeen
Kirsten Dickerson – Columbus
Andrew Dippel – Starkville
William Disbrow – Macon
Karina Doss – West Point
James Doty – Aberdeen
Johnny Douglas – Weir
Anna Dudley – Scooba
Taylor Dunn – Sturgis
Jacob Dunstan – Starkville
Lucas Eads – Caledonia
Steven Eilders – Ridgeland
Clyde Ellis – Ridgeland
Lamarcus Ellis – Starkville
Wade Ellis – Ridgeland
Carl Estes – Macon
Ethan Ewing – Macon
Lauren Ezelle – Decatur
Anna Fairley – Starkville
Joseph Fenner – Starkville
Nicholas Ferrell – Starkville
Troy Field – Meridian
Dandrick Fifer – Byhalia
Heath Fisackerly – Columbus
Hillary Ford – Houston
Ryan Forrester – Columbus
Somiya Forrest – Weir
Mark Fortune – Columbus
Mary Fowler – Columbus
Wendy Franklin – Starkville
Thomas Freel – Macon
Ashley Fulgham – Maben
Harris Fyfe – Starkville
Chris Gable – West Point
Tyne Gann – Starkville
Nathan Gaudin – Starkville
Robert Giles – Caledonia
Abigale Gillispie – Starkville
Brittany Ginn – Columbus
Breanna Glass – Noxapater
Kyle Gordon – West Point
Mikayla Gore – Columbus
Margaret Grant – Columbus
Hayle Gregory – Columbus
Mallory Griffith – McCool
Kelsey Groves – Tupelo
Michalina Gullett – Starkville
Paulina Gullett – Starkville
Kathryn Hackett – Starkville
Alexius Hamilton – Hamilton
David Hamilton – Columbus
Lowell Haney – Olive Branch
Zachary Hanna – Preston
Hunter Harmon – Vardaman
Jordan Harmon – Starkville
Tabatha Harmon – Preston
Jaleesa Harris – Quitman
Chellea Hatch – Steens
Taylor Hawkins – Columbus
Mallory Head – Poplarville
Ian Hebert – Laurel
Dallas Heim – Meridian
Johnathan Hendrix – Columbus
Morgan Hendrix – DeKalb
Charles Hicks – Steens
Austin Hight – Philadelphia
Jonathan Hight – Philadelphia
Mark Hill – Amory
Katherine Hisaw – Noxapater
Kristen Hitt – Starkville
Markanne Hobart – Starkville
Haileigh Hodges – Eupora
Ashley Holbrook – Starkville
Carrie Holder – Starkville
Madison Holdiness – Louisville
Carley Hood – Columbus
Melissa Howell – Starkville
Tiffany Huddleston – Maben
Selenia Hudson – Louisville
Daniel Hughes – Columbus
Douglas Hughes – Columbus
Emily Hughes – Starkville
William Hunt – Sturgis
Rebecca Hyde – Columbus
Betty Jackson – Columbus
Emmanuel Jackson – Starkville
Randall Jackson – Hamilton
Stephanie Jacobs – Ocean Springs
Andrew James – Brandon
Kaila Jefferson – West Point
Andrienne Jemison – Columbus
Eber Jenkins – Columbus
Ralph Jennings – Pheba
Christopher Jerkins - Collinsville
Brandon Johnson – Lena
Imam Johnson – Starkville
Tailer Johnson – Columbus
Zachary Johnson – Pearl
Zaria Johnson – Columbus
Justin Johnston – Poplarville
Kelly Johnston – Columbus
Amanda Joiner – Deatsville, Ala.
Darnell Jones – West Point
Jabria Jones – Columbus
Jordan Jones – Scooba
Kajuania Jones – Quitman
Tyler Jones – Starkville
Katelyn Jordan – Louisville
Jeffery Jowers – DeKalb
Chandler Kellems – Ridgeland
Marilyn Kelly – Pachuta
Katelyn Kendrick – Steens
Kelsey Kennemer – Anderson, Ala.
Zachary Kimbrell – Columbus
Kathryn King – Louisville
Hannah Knox – Starkville
Lily Kormom – Starkville
Chrissta Koutsovalas – Caledonia
Destyn Ladner – Poplarville
Logan Lambert – Carthage
Marissa Landrum – Biloxi
Anna Lane – Macon
Kailey Lavender – Caledonia
Briana Lawrence – Starkville
Emily Layman – Starkville
Eli Leathers – Kosciusko
Marcus Leflore – Olive Branch
Elise Lingle – Columbus
Brenda Lobato Ford – Starkville
Christina Loftin – Canonsburg, Pa.
William Loper – Starkville
Whitney Lowe – Carrollton, Ala.
Anna Lowrey – Preston
Shanna Lowrey – Preston
Vegetta Lucas – Aberdeen
Luke Thomas – Preston
Will Lummus – West Point
Francesca Magario – Starkville
Howard Maheu – Bailey
Rachel Mangum – Columbus
Jennifer Mann – Eupora
Jalen Martin – West Point
Angela Maynard – West Point
Malik Mayweather – Olive Branch
Linda McBride – Columbus
Rachel McCain – Aberdeen
Haley McCullough – West Point
Michael McDaniel – Caledonia
Tabor McGee – Madison
Deitra McIntosh – DeKalb
Zachary McKee – Steens
Brianna McKie – DeKalb
Anna McLain – Brandon
Molly McLeod – Meridian
Morgan McMahon – DeKalb
Roderick McNairy – Prairie
Kennedy McReynolds – Starkville
Hannah McVay – West Point
Darren Miller – Macon
Shakyla Miller – Starkville
Cacovia Millsap – Columbus
Katherine Mills – Benton
Grace Mitchell – Rome
Kristen Mitchell – Meridian
Diana Mixon – Caledonia
Chantay Montgomery – Starkville
Thomas Moore – Columbus
Dixie Morgan – West Point
Dustin Morgan – Starkville
Matthew Morgan – Ethel
Stephanie Morris – Starkville
Charles Mosher – Philadelphia
Kathleen Mostella – Columbus
Mantrael Nabors – Abbeville
Angela Najera-Perez – Philadelphia
Christopher Necessary – Starkville
Allison Newton – Columbus
Katelyn Nicholson – Lawrence
Alaina Nickoles – Columbus
Luke Nunley – Starkville
Natalie Nunnery – Louisville
Bryanna Oglesby – Columbus
Subrina Oswalt – West Point
Kaehla Outlaw – Starkville
Jacob Owen – Scooba
Alice Oyeleye – Columbus
Erica Parish – Starkville
Megan Partin – Mililani, Hawaii
Lisa Patel – Scooba
Mihir Patel – Vicksburg
Courtney Patterson – Columbus
Sarah Perkins – Columbus
Tiffany Perkins – Columbus
Braxston Perrigin – Mathiston
Christopher Phillips – Starkville
Candise Pierce – Columbus
Pauline Pimolle – Marseille, France
Lincharles Pippins – Macon
Anna Pittman – Eupora
Abbey Pope – Columbus
Max Porter – Columbus
Derek Prendergast – Starkville
Lisa Pruett – West Point
Kayla Pruitt – Hamilton
Erin Quinlan – Columbus
William Rawls – Maben
Glenn Rawson – Daleville
John Redden – Columbus
Allen Reed – Eupora
Ashley Reed – Columbus
Angela Reives – West Point
Corley Reynolds – Pascagoula
Jennifer Reynolds – Benton
Carrie Rice – Columbus
Markeliah Rice – Prairie
Caleb Rich – Starkville
Ryan Rigby – West
Kimberly Rigdon – Scooba
Madison Rigdon – Columbus
Jeannette Robbins – Macon
Madaline Roberson – Riverside, Ala.
Kendall Robinson – Saltillo
Christian Rodriguez – West Point
Precious Rogers – Byhalia
Jessica Rowland – Greenville
Natalie Runyon – Columbus
Erin Russell – Starkville
Desiree Savage – Columbus
Trenell Scales – Sturgis
Joseph Schrock – Aberdeen
David Scott – Columbus
John Scott – Demopolis, Ala.
Lakaia Scott – Emelle, Ala.
Malik Seals – Columbus
Chris Sellars – Starkville
Christian Shelby – Toomsuba
Darian Sherrod – Columbus
Justin Shinn – Cedar Bluff
Preston Shotts – Starkville
Lee Shumaker – Ethel
John Shurden – Mathiston
Cotina Simpson – West Point
Danzsley Skinner – Philadelphia
Alonda Smith – Aberdeen
Amber Smith – Odenville, Ala.
Bobby Smith – Starkville
Brian Smith – Starkville
Harold Smith – Columbus
Kathy Smith – Columbus
Sommers Spencer – Scooba
Taylor Stafford – Columbus
Christopher Standland – Hattiesburg
Erin Stanfield – Columbus
Kasey Stanfield – Columbus
Devin Starkey – Starkville
Ta’china Starks – West Point
Aliyah Staten – Meridian
Lauren Stephens – Meridian
Lanie Stokes – Philadelphia
Hannah Strider – Charleston
Arl Taylor – Caledonia
Destany Taylor – Starkville
Brittany Terry – West Point
Joann Thomas – Columbus
Timothy Thomas – Ackerman
Billy Thompson – Pelahatchie
Julia Thompson – Starkville
Deshawn Tillman – Pittsboro
Tranecia Topps – Columbus
Hunter Townsend – Collinsville
Ashley Tribble – Nettleton
Shona Tunnell – West Point
Bryce Turner – Shuqualak
Jomanda Turner – Columbus
Susan Tyson – Columbus
Amanda Underwood – Caledonia
Trest Underwood – Seminary
Michael Unruh – Caledonia
Candice Vanderwalker – DeKalb
Colt Vanover – Columbus
Teeria Vaughan – Walterboro, S.C.
Stephanie Vazquez – Columbus
Darren Wade – Maben
Erie Walker – West Point
Lauren Walker – Pheba
Elitor Wallace – DeKalb
Genna Wall – Vicksburg
Alice Ward – Starkville
Jacob Ware – West Point
Abby Watson – DeKalb
Jennifer Weathersby – Starkville
Cody Welde – Meridian
Demarcus Wells – Brookville
Saherah Wells – Brooksville
Haley Whitehead – Collinsville
Nancy White – Preston
Quentin White – Columbus
Roger White – Columbus
Jaquanteiz Whitlow – Lafayette, Ala.
Jonathan Wiggins – DeKalb
Rebecca Wilcutt – Starkville
Nathaniel Willers – Maben
Jelani Williams – DeKalb
Nakaila Williams – Columbus
Tasha Williams – Columbus
Joseph Willis – Madison
Michael Windhorn – Starkville
Ineshia Winston – Scooba
Ashley Woods – Preston
Jonathon Wynne – Lake
Adam Young – Columbus
Brittany Young – Starkville
Brittany Younger – Steens
Kayla Young – Scooba
Lacy Young – Louisville
Megan Young – Meridian

Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA)

Heather Abney – Olive Branch
Nancy Alsobrooks – Columbus
Breanne Anderson – Columbus
Jordan Anderson – Steens
Stella Andrews – Starkville
T’kila Anthony – Lauderdale
Conner Baird – West Point
Jason Barfield – Jackson
Candace Barker – Aberdeen
Erica Barnes – Columbus
Logan Bell – Caledonia
Jakaylea Bennamon – DeKalb
Kala Benton – Reform, Ala.
Savannah Blair – Starkville
Misty Blendu – Starkville
Amanda Bluitt – Columbus
Mary Blunt – Columbus
Eric Boney – Hattiesburg
Katelyn Booth – Caledonia
Hailey Bowie – Forest
Elbert Bowser – Columbus
Ashley Boyd – Columbus
Jacob Bracewell – Chelsea, Ala.
Joseph Brackin – Caledonia
Michael Brandon – Shuqualak
Hunter Brannan – Lucedale
Dakota Brasher – Ackerman
Allison Brewer – West Point
Courtney Brooks – Starkville
Elizabeth Brooks – Columbus
Rhonda Brooks – Starkville
Christopher Brown – Starkville
Jason Brown – Columbus
Lanetra Brown – Starkville
Richard Brown – Hattiesburg
Caitlyn Buford – Starkville
Agnese Bukovska – Starkville
Eric Burney – Starkville
Rose Bush – Columbus
Wesley Buttrey – Columbus
Racheal Calhoun – Columbus
Vanessa Campbell – Columbus
Jennifer Candelaria – West Point
Aliya Cannon – West Point
Chekita Cannon – Cedar Bluff
Victor Carr – Starkville
Holli Carter – Caledonia
Simon Casey – Starkville
Joseph Caskey – West Point
Amanda Chandler – West Point
Kendrick Cheatham – Macon
Cathy Clark – DeKalb
Daytriona Clemons – Diberville
Melinda Daniel – Starkville
Angela Davis – Starkville
Tracy Davis – West Point
Jazmine Denman – Toomsuba
Robyn Depena – Starkville
Bliss Dinger – Caledonia
Brittani Dinning – Mathiston
Tanner Dinsmore – Macon
Raven Doss – Starkville
Steve Dragoo – West Point
Eric Duncan – Starkville
Marissa Dunlap – Starkville
Annessia Durham – Utica
Kathryn Dyck – Macon
Amanda Eaves – Louisville
Darian Edwards – Carthage
Kendall Edwards – Columbus
Kyle Ethridge – Collinsville
Megan Evans – Vicksburg
Laura Evins – Starkville
Lindsey Ezelle – Decatur
Jacob Fauver – Brookhaven
Christopher Fincher – Macon
Miguel Flores – Columbus
Paige Fogarty – Columbus
Nathan Fordice – Starkville
Akeyla Fox – Ackerman
Ashley Freeman – Caledonia
Dallas Fulton – Columbus
Dinah Gabitov – Starkville
Steven Gagle – Canton
Rhonda Galloway – Lauderdale
Devious Gandy – Starkville
Jacklyn Gates – West Point
Erin Gatlin – Columbus
Jessica Gehrett – Canton
Autumn Gilbert – D’iberville
Krista Greenwood – Carthage
Megan Grey – Starkville
Edward Griffin – Meridian
Jabresha Groves – Columbus
Charis Hadleman – Columbus
Courtney Hall – Columbus
Beatrice Harris – Columbus
Karleigh Harris – Canton
Peter Harris – Vicksburg
Allen Harvey – Columbus
Jessica Havis – Columbus
Larissa Hawkins – Steens
Michael Hays – Starkville
Jacob Hemphill – Louisville
Lexie Henley – Starkville
Shelvick Henry – Sebastian, Fla.
Shelby Henson – Weir
Tamiya Hibbler – DeKalb
Anna Hightower – Mathiston
Monica Hill – Shuqualak
Kelsey Hinton – Brandon
Megan Hogan – Columbus
Stephen Holder – Cleveland
Ariel Hopkins – Louisville
Katelyn Hopper – Columbus
Shanae Hunt – Columbus
Jelani Hutchison – Hinesville, Ga.
Kyle Jackson – Starkville
Rebecca Jenkins – Steens
Beverly Johnson – Columbus
Jamerron Johnson – Bruce
Keishana Johnson – West Point
Krystine Jolly – West Point
Jamarcus Jones – Columbus
Lucas Jones – Shuqualak
James Jordan – Bolton
Lesliee Kamaunu – Starkville
Joshua Kelley – Florence, Ala.
Deaundra Kelly – West Point
David Kennedy – West Point
Vera Keyes – Louin
Stephanie King – Ackerman
Michael Kozerovskis – Starkville
Wesley Lake – Columbus
Sara Langkawel – Starkville
Horacio Leal – Starkville
Ja’quaious Little – Artesia
Sarah Lolley – Meridian
Dwight Lomax Jr. – Orangeburg, S.C.
Kelsey Lowe – Natchez
Hayley Lowery – Columbus
Jaquitta Malone – Macon
Corey Massey – Meridian
Lauren Mathias – Macon
Shekeyna McAlister – Columbus
Anna McCrary – Columbus
Samuel McCrory – Starkville
Sarah McDaniel – Carrollton, Ala.
Kingdom McGee – Crawford
Beverly McKee-Beard – Columbus
John McRight – Vicksburg
Jessica McVay – West Point
Austin Merrill – Brandon
Melissa Miller – Philadelphia
Tiffany Miller – Starkville
Sarah Mitchell – Starkville
Raylee Moore – Meridian
Deloris Morgan – Columbus
Kimberly Morrow – Columbus
De’markis Mosley – Starkville
San-Antonio Mosley – Starkville
Dylan Murphy – Flowood
Raven Necaise – Kiln
Elisabeth Nolan – West Point
Timothy Pace – Lake
David Parker – Noxapater
Ruth Parker – Carrollton, Ala.
Stameka Parson – West Point
Vikash Patel – Louisville
Charles Patrick – Columbus
Emily Patrick – Coldwater
Clayton Patterson – Tupelo
Kiandria Patterson – Columbus
Kimberly Pearson – Starkville
Amber Peeples – West Point
Olivia Plant – Columbus
Jonathan Pounders – Caledonia
Alex Price – Foxworth
Dylan Propst – Madison
Leah Rayburn – Starkville
William Ray – Starkville
Joey Reed – Starkville
Marneisha Reed – Scooba
Frances Reilly – Brandon
Shelby Richardson – Macon
Richard Rigdon – Scooba
Kelly Robertson – Hamilton
Wyatt Roberts – Louisville
Ryan Robinson – Caledonia
Nicholas Roos – Columbus
Kennedi Sanders – Columbus
Christopher Sciple – Scooba
Troy Scott – Clinton
Adam Shackleford – Senatobia
Jared Shaw – Mountain Home, Idaho
Angela Smith – Columbus
Dustin Smith – Columbus
Emily Smith – Prairie
James Smith – Seminary
Javarjeh Smith – Cape Coral, Fla.
Shonda Smith – Mathiston
Diego Sotomeneses – Ackerman
Tayler Stephens – Decatur
Janice Stevenson – Aberdeen
Amos Stewart – Brooksville
Jercovie Stewart – Brooksville
Joi Stewart – Macon
Shayla Strickland – Pachuta
Wesley Swain – Columbus
Tia Sykes – Columbus
Thomas Taylor – Starkville
John Tedford – Columbus
Carlie Teffeteller – West Point
Heather Thompson – Mantee
Jill Thompson – Utica
Juanita Thompson – West Point
Nicholas Tiffany – Caledonia
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Abigail Turner – West Point
Madison Turner – Columbus
Randall Ulmer – Columbus
Andrew Vasser – Columbus
Kenneth Vowell – Weir
Dylan Vuncannon – Tupelo
Kayla Werner – Columbus
Alec Whalen – Marks
James White – West Point
Elizabeth Whitten – Bruce
Darius Williams – Macon
Jaalyn Williams – Brandon
Kayla Williamson – Starkville
Taylor Williams – Aberdeen
Mary Willis – Hamilton
Heather Wilson – Pheba
Isaac Wilson – Steens
Leah Wilson – Columbus
Shiloh Wilson – Columbus
Jackson Wood – Brandon
Jerome Woodson – Vicksburg
Katelyn Woodson – French Camp
Derrick Wooten – Louisville
Cortez Young – West Point
Kourtney Young – Columbus
Michael Young – Prairie
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Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Date(s): 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 spring semester honor roll scholars. Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0.

(NOTE: Honor roll scholars from your area are listed according to county and then hometown in alphabetical order. Some names may be listed in your county but they also listed themselves as a resident of a city in another county. Example: the student may be listed under Lamar County but claims Hattiesburg as their hometown or Jasper County as their county but claim Laurel as their hometown or mailing address.
Please include these names according to the county they claim.)
JCJC President’s List
Spring 2015
Honor Roll


Covington, Louisiana: Kimberly Ann Nilsson.
Clarke Heidelberg: Emily Kay Harwell.
Clarke Quitman: Kallie Lynn Belcher, Hannah Elizabeth Hampton, Hannah Elizabeth Harlan, Joshua DaShawn Robinson and Jonathan Tyler Turner.
Clarke Stonewall: Katelyn Tori Dew and Bethany Paige Rivers.
Covington Collins: Dillon Wade Chain, Matthew Dwain Cross, Julie Renee Hall, Jalyn La'Prestiana Lockhart, Alexandra Kelly Phillips and Nolan Kyle Stapleton.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes, Anthony Michael Hinton, Allison Denise Rutland and Taylor Ann Sasser.
Covington Seminary: Brandon Hosea Atwood, Rachel Suzanne Boling, Brandon Charles Carter, Richard Nathan Knotts, Angela Carol Pitts, Ryan Leon Smith and Kristen Marie Thompson.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Sara Katherine Anger, Timothy Dale Burke, Jason Brooks Byrd, Ronald Blake Crawford, Sara Elise Foster, Kirsten Alayna Groome, Phadre Yvonne Hocker, Stephanie Marie Horton, India Selena Kohli, Ryan Austin May, Arda'Sha Ariel Moody, Stephen Goyer Rogers, Natalie Beth Seales, Michael Isaac Wilson and Jermaine RoJohn Wright.
Forrest Petal: Krystal DaSharon Brown, Connor Joseph Chancellor, Anna Marie Dickinson, Jutta Hendri, David Landell Holmes Jr., Karen Anne Kennedy, Rachel Olivia Manning, Clayton Taylor Mikell, James Cory Moree, Lauren Danae Sheller, Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Anna Blake Smith, Callie Lorraine Stephens, Joseph Richard Tullos, Eric George Van Schaik, Seth Timothy Walters and Joshua Clinton Wilson.
Greene Leakesville: Emily Reve' Batley, Joseph Michael Storment and Hayden Mark West.
Greene State Line: Jamie Ray Parnell.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Nathan Daniels Lambeth and Brandon Joseph White.
Hancock Diamondhead: Jared Layton Lal.
Harrison Gulfport: Toronzo Jamel McInnis.
Hinds Terry: Charitei Stehene' Anderson and Christopher Oneal Pendleton.
Jackson Gautier: Bryce Vaughn Kinzer and Gabrielle Idalis Scott.
Jasper Bay Springs: Robert Sean McCary.
Jasper Heidelberg: Jacqwa Jamale Lindsey.
Jasper Louin: Colby Kane Pilgrim.
Jasper Paulding: Jessica LeAndrea Carmichael and Leeza Lanee Ducksworth.
Jasper Vossburg: Raven Caroline Chancellor.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Tiffany Nicole Audevert and Jacob Lee Jackson.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Brady Chaz Boleware, James Charles Fuller and Malcolm Jamal Gray.
Jones Ellisville: Lacey Marie Ainsworth, Trenton Wayne Black, Adreana Lakera Crosby, David Jacob
Driskell, Sherry Shaffer Farmer, Logan Brehnin Gerlach, Janae Nicole Keyes, Gavin Wayne Knight,
Josiah Da-ren Lim, Dallas Alis McKinnon, Ashton Marie Miller, Sunny Navin Patel, Monica Leann
Rowell, Sara Elizabeth Stevens, Luke Lowery Tucker, Hans Derek Van Houten, Megan Brook Whatley, Kendra Michelle Wilson and Martin Berlie Spell.
Jones Hattiesburg: Ashley Elizabeth Martinolich.
Jones Laurel: Shelby Victoria Biglane, Richard Blake Boykin, William Patrick Chard, Joseph Preston Cooley, Mason Chase Cook, Karmon Nicole Davis, Sydney Nicole Dickerson, Courtney LaChae Edwards, Lauren Millicent Farragut, Kimberly G Franklin, Jacob Dillon Hosey, Anna Bethel Houston, Josiah David Jones, Christopher Gayle LaPan, Robert Christopher Laypath, Catherine Jane Lyles, Amy Savannah Lyon, William Jackson McFarland, Lauren Elizabeth Norris, Aubrey Nicole Parker, Harley Dawn Perdue, James William Pistole, Samantha Kate Powell, Jessica Mavis Rogers, Marisa Renee Rushton, Cristina Lucerito Serrano, Ryan Anthony Shoemake, Jordan Alexandra Simmons, Gabriella Marie Watson, Thomas Patrick Watson, Breanna Grace Williams, Lauren Elizabeth Williams, Lindsay Lyle Williams and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Moselle: Hailey Lauren Ishee, Katherine Anne Martin, Dennis Christian McWilliams and Shelby Nicole Reed.
Jones Ovett: Oma Latresa Byrd, Taylor Allen Byrd, Landon Blake James, Jacob Cheyenne Manning, Deana Louise Nichols, Rachel Victoria Tucker and Brianna Hope Woodward.
Jones Sandersville: Christen N Leggett and Charmayne Laroze Walker.
Jones Soso: Ethan Garret Davis, Summer Nicole DeLoach, Penny Lashia Ducksworth, Geoffrey Charles Grayson, Ashley Nicole Hite, Timothy Hayden Logan and Corey Ray Welborn.
Lafayette Oxford: Thedford James Hollis.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, David Shane Berry, Kylie Ann Bohannon, Silvino N Bravo Hernandez, Leiloni Lynn Davenport, Daniel Justin Harris, Tyler Glenn Henry, Rebecca Joy Kahler, Madison Alicia Knoll, Lauren Elizabeth Lott, Scott Howard Martin, Tashara Danielle McGee, Denice Renee Pearson, Kayla Marie Phipps, Megan Anne Pruett and Clayton Dean Rowley.
Lamar Lumberton: Sierra LeeAnn Holmes.
Lamar Purvis: Jenna Allyn Hauk and Rachel Viola Raynes.
Lamar Sumrall: Jeff Lee Adams, Heather Lynn Carter, Jessica Burdette Clark, Lisa Marie Guy, Sheri Denise Lowery, Ann Marie Norris, Nathaniel Cade Parsons and Dustin Keith Russell.
Lauderdale Meridian: Mason LouAllen Irby.
Lawrence Jayess: Lauren Elaine Halase.
Marion Columbia: Emily Renee Hill and D'Andre Darrell Watts.
Panola Batesville: Taylor Everette Karr.
Pearl River Lumberton: Sylvia Dawn Flowers.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Lyric Ailiyah Brown, Jaricia Danielle Clark, Katie Lauren Pittman, Stephanie Cheri Valentine, Adam Reece Wigley and Eules Claude Williams.
Pike McComb: Ariana Luce Harrison.
Rankin Brandon: Olivia Jean Young.
Rankin Florence: Joshua Phillip Hester and Thomas Luke Sims.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Jordan Elizabeth Graves and Bailey Ann Miller.
Scott Morton: John Christian Rush and Lauren Gabriel Sanders.
Simpson Magee: Rebecca Suzanne Harrison, Danielle Dawn Marie Rando and Cady Nicole Smith.
Simpson Mendenhall: Tarena Michelle Marshall and Ashley Brooke Williamson.
Simpson New Hebron: Brody William Matthews.
Simpson Pinola: Damascus Luvell Sterling.
Smith Mize: Makayla LeAnn Bavido, Candace Megan Cole, Destiny Lynn Hux and Kaitlyn Nicole Sullivan.
Smith Raleigh: James M Arender, Chandler Dianne Hardin Lakin DanRielle Thornton.
Smith Taylorsville: Michael Robertson Coats and Dakota Lee Sills.
Stone Lumberton: Thomas Tyson Parker.
Walthall Tyletown: Breanna La'Shae Conerly.
Warren Vicksburg: Kristen Elizabeth Buchanan and Virginia-leigh Donohue.
Wayne Buckatunna: Kensey Lee Jordan and Victoria Hope Smith.
Wayne State Line: Kailey Breanna Scarbrough.
Wayne Waynesboro: Kayla Nichole Bishop, Rhonda Karen Brown, Alyssa Deione Cochran, Claymecia Shamere Everett, Jordynne Alexis Rose Grimes, Erin Elizabeth Knight, Kiana De'Marius McFadden, Michael Johnathon Platt, Felice A Ray, Rachel Amelia Reynolds and Abby Marie Trigg.
JCJC Dean’s List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Franklin, Louisiana: Kaitlyn Amber Kennedy.
Lake Charles, Louisiana: Rebecca Ann Monceaux.
Sheyenne, North Dakota: Derek Hugh Duckworth.
Georgetown, Texas: Kayleigh Grace Williams.
Adams Natchez: Kiera Michelle Knight.
Clarke Meridian: Victoria Lea O'Quin and Sammi Jo Rich.
Clarke Quitman: Kristen Paige Parker.
Clarke Shubuta: Cinderella Chapman, Melinda L Gray and Justin L'Tre Tillman.
Copiah Crystal Springs: Ashlyn Georgia Gaddy and Caitlyn Suzanne Gaddy.
Covington Collins: Jessica Laporshia Alexander, Faith Marie Anderson, Chrissy Marie Casey, Yasmine Sha'neca Fairley, Karlie Blake Hart, Jacob Brody Keys, Amber Marie Little, Alexander William Lott, Suzanna Marie Salinas and Laken Olivia Sanford.
Covington Mt Olive: Marisa Nell Daniel, Denzel Xavier Edwards, Cory Arron Ellis, Me'lea Yasmeen Johnson, Katlin Hope Lack, Joel Brian McBeth, D'Corey O'Neal Sullivan, Mary Baylea Powell, Ryan Edward Weston.
Covington Seminary: Jarred Clint Ashley, Richard Lee Cothran, Austin Wayne Davis, Sarah Caroline Ferris, Brandon Marc Hand, Justin Thomas Hurtt and Timber Josi Lott.
Covington Sumrall: Aaron Wesley Ward.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Jacob Nathaniel Billingsley, Meagan Leanne Blackwell, Alicia Edell Brooks, Madelaine Beck Collins, Lauren Elizabeth Howard, Emily Claire James, Mary Louise Johnson, William Robert Lamunyon, Bailey James Magee, Taylor Jordan McKenzie, Mark Hudson O'Neal, Adam Lee Rigney, James Michael Sheasby, Bethany Anne Stewart, Savanah Danielle Thompson and Khadedryck Devonte Todd.
Forrest Lumberton: Kiersten Angelene Hickey.
Forrest Petal: Laurence Gerald Barhum, Chase Ryland Barnes, Mary Amanda Brady, Tyler Reid Brown, Chasity, Nicole Buckley, Meagan Katherine Clatworthy, Christopher Leon DeBolt, Robert Blake Dunn, Tara Elizabeth Fisher, James Christopher Goodin, Amanda Rose Hensarling, Charles Kody Hill, Franki LaRae Hubbard, Kimberly Elaine Maliden, Andreona Rachelle McLaurin, Cody Michael Mims, Janie BreAna Moreno, George Washington Nicholson, Cheyenne Palmer, Joseph Allen Rider, Jacob Myles Rollin, Amanda Ortego Rowley, Kayla Cheree Sledge, Melanie Kristen Soldinie, Jaida Keizandria Thompson, Taylor Dianne Waguespack, Dalton Grant Walley, Brittany Nicole Ward and Cheryl Angela Webb.
Franklin Meadville: Christopher Lane Ivy.
George Lucedale: Elise Jensen Bowie, Jacob Scott McLeod and Macy Cristine Rogers.
Greene Leakesville: Jennifer Lynn Byrd, Taylor Olivia Fountain, Caitlin Gaberielle Harvison, Perry Franklin Turner and Kayla Joann Williams.
Greene Lucedale: Anndra Marissa Havard.
Greene Neely: Leah Danielle Dueitt.
Greene Richton: Lindsey Lauren Byrd, Cassidy Marissa Graham, Jonathan Marshall Henderson, Cady Layne Howard, Samantha Carolina Lassiter, Summer Destini Meadows, Robert Adam Smith, James Christopher Turner and Lexus Caroline Watson.
Greene State Line: Kaitlyn Nicole Hovatter and Sabrina Faye Strickland.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Victoria Alexis McCaa.
Hancock Diamondhead: William Richard Justice Hazen.
Hancock Kiln: Morgan Elizabeth Adam.
Hancock Waveland: Kendall Jon Island, James Patrick Ponder and Erubiel Alejandro Sandoval Araiza.
Harrison Biloxi: Bridgette Rochelle Wagner.
Harrison Gulfport: Jared Michael Brister, Jordan Alexander Jones, Heather Christine Nance and Alliyah Denise Thomas.
Harrison Long Beach: Savannah Jill Scafide.
Harrison Saucier: Kirstin Briana Woods.
Hinds Jackson: Toni Vontrell Leverette and Mickel Jared McCann.
Jackson Gautier: Justice Dukes Coleman.
Jackson Moss Point: Tiffany Elise McGuire and Shelby Lawson Nelson.
Jackson Ocean Springs: Jhadia Adajha Harris and Christian BreeAnne Miller.
Jasper Bay Springs: Laquisha Katrice Gavin, Cassidy Nicole Ulmer and Amber De'Vay Walker.
Jasper Heidelberg: Hope Elizabeth Beard, Brittny Kristen Belding, Destin Darnell Cooley, Kimberley Diane Guined, Keandra Nicole Lindsey and Annie Marie Shirley.
Jasper Laurel: Pamela Marie Brady, Donica Lynn Graham and Erin Elisabeth Miller.
Jasper Louin: Ricardo Ja'Roy De'nario Jones and Annette S Martin.
Jasper Raleigh: Rebekah LeAnne Sullivan.
Jasper Stringer: Michael Jason Gambrell, Bridges Case Johnson and Kaitlyn Bre'Ann Manning.
Jasper Taylorsville: Sharla Amanda Graham.
Jasper Vossburg: Courtney Lasha Darby.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Macon Cortez Holliman, Lisa Adelynn McNeil, Chandler Harper Brinson and Natalie Brooke Daley.
Jones Ellisville: Edwin Van Alford, Penny Cash Aultman, Malcolm L Bounds, Hunter Lamar Carpenter, Reagan Alana Chaney, Jacquelyne Carole Davis, Michael Paul Ellzey, Erin MiKaylan Ezell, Nathan Daniel Farrell, Jennifer Marianna Glaze, Jeffrey Adam Gregson, Aaron Maxwell Hall, Nicholas Stone Hardison, Elizabeth Enochs Herring, Christopher Shane Jackson, Landon Marquell Jackson, Jacob Scott Lightsey, Amanda Redditt Looney, Pamela G McDonald, Lindsay Michelle Miller, Priya Dilip Patel, Austin Allen Perkins, Sabrina Claire Rounsaville, Shelbie Elizabeth Suber, Alden Jae Swindle, Jami Leigh Taylor, Haley Brianna Wansley and Chris Norman Wallace.
Jones Hattiesburg: Shelby Leigh Gilliland.
Jones Heidelberg: Aubrey Suzanne Nickey.
Jones Laurel: Jeremy Arkel Arrington, Bailey Elise Brown, Miguel Antron Brent Brown, Evan Anthony
Buckley, Devin Leon Cartwright, Molly Marie Chandler, Brittany Alyssa Clark, William Chancellor
Clark, Rushie Antwanette Clayton, Courtney Michelle Corey, Nysha Nicole Crisp, Rosa Melissa Delgado, Morgan Phillips Duett, Lauryn Elizabeth Easley, Lucinda Mozingo Ellard, Andrea Alexandrea Ellis, Crystal Rose Farquhar, Megan Colleen Grafton, Christopher Lance Gray, Sarah Elizabeth Gregory, Kelsey Leann Hamilton, Seth Lee Harrison, James Wesley Herring, Jonathon David Hicks, Victoria Renae Hodge, Jordan Nichole Holifield, Matthew Hunter Holifield, Tamara Kali Hullings, Matthew Townsend Ishee, Shelby Reese Ishee, Kaitlin Elizabeth Johnson, Kiana Sharell Keys, Alexis Michelle King, Brock Duane Kizzar, Brittany Elizabeth Lee, Megan Elise Livingston, Lacy Angel Long, Latonya Rachelle Lyons, Collin Tyler McCraw, Christopher Jardian McDonald, Kaine Patrick Nichols, Destiny Alexis Odom, Cody Ryan Patrick, Christine B Pledger, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Lance Richard Risher, Pertina Lasalle Roberson, Taylor Lynn Sanders, Eryn LeAnn Sanderson, Patrick Lee Scoggin, Amanda Lynn Smith, Ashley Brianna Smith, Erica Denike Smith, Madison Kate Smith, Morgan Elizabeth Smith, Kimberly Anne Steed, David JeMahri Neil Strickland, Jasper De'Vonta Thompson, Charles Guy Turner, Tabitha Jo Flora Wade, Brittany Nicole Walters, Mollie Renee Ward, Leslie Jeanine Weaver, Alison Diana Williams, Reshma Rani Williams, Ryce Nicole Williams, Sara Elizabeth Williams, Benjamin Caleb Wilson, Hannah Lynne Wilson, Matthew Evan Wilson, Hannah Renee Wimberly, Benjamin Austin Winpigler, Zanquelis Amontte DeVonne Wolverton, Ian Andrew Yelverton and Kirsten Young.
Jones Moselle: Katie Breanne Nelson and Kellie Dianne Nelson.
Jones Ovett: Anna Kaitlyn Hinton and Jamie Randal Sauls.
Jones Richton: British Ileana McKenith and Marley Reagan Mills.
Jones Sandersville: Shasta Michele Pitts, Christy Lee Reeves and Krystina DeAnn Saul.
Jones Soso: Kaitlyn Danielle Hite, Rachel Harley Holifield, Chantal Lewis, Marianna Gayle Lunsford, Kasey Lynn Merchant and Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Jones Taylorsville: Mashayla Chauntell Harper, Cierra Leann Owens and Ca'Tory Al'Shun Waller.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paul James Andrews, Jansen Keith Bounds, Rayna DeShae Brumfield, Matthew Aaron Burgess, Nicholas Daniel Canner, Sasha Chanell Coyle, William Aultman Folkes, Undrea Le'Anna Harris,Terry Curtis Jackson, Ashley R Lavallais-Hocker, Kaci Alicyn Raimey, Kevin B Rieder and AJ Thomas Robinson.
Lamar Lumberton: Kimberly Ellen Chisholm and Kelsey Grace Hannaford.
Lamar Purvis: Kelsey Elaine Addison, Benjamin Harrison Bramblett, Reo Jay Grover, Anna Lauren Herrin, Crystal Lynn Jones, Taylor Hayden Long, Ashley Nicole McGarrah, Preston Earl Pitfield and Brittany Mashea Whiddon.
Lamar Sumrall: Caleb Austin Butler, David Rae Hobold, Jeffery Scott Jones, Rebecca Gail Turner and Nicholas David Underwood.
Lauderdale Meridian: Eric Benjamin Fera.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Lee Saltillo: Anna Claire Price.
Lincoln Bogue Chitto: Quenetta Donishia Wilson.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Kerri Brooke McGehee and Michael Landon Nettles.
Lincoln Wesson: Destiny Adrieanna Lloyd.
Lowndes Columbus: Lauren Elizabeth Holifield.
Madison Madison: Emily Hannah Jones and William Christopher Morgan.
Marion Columbia: Jacob Terrell Ham, Leslie Taylor Pounds, Jenna Denise Smith and Bri'Anna M Warren.
Marion Kokomo: Danita Daichon Stevenson.
Marion Sandy Hook: Alicia Monet Harris.
Marshall Waterford: Joshua Guy Keel.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland, Bobbie Christine Martin and Katelyn Danielle Seeley.
Perry New Augusta: Samuel Lee Hinton.
Perry Richton: Cody Tyler Bridges, Lauren Taylor Carpenter, James Logan Cooper, Jered Russel Creel, Ryan Ellis Finley and Krista Noel Robinson.
Pike McComb: Dorian Venice Felder and Pennie Marie Frith.
Rankin Florence: Daylin Connor Britt, Dalton Layne Middleton, Lindy Lee Tabor and Abigail Faith Taylor.
Rankin Pearl: Randa Katherine Amason and Abbey Nicole Scallorn.
Rankin Richland: Seth Davis Nash.
Scott Lena: Phillip Michael Parker.
Simpson Magee: Tyler Gordon King, Hanna Nicole Lester, Christopher Matthew Pickering, Robert Walton Prince, Stephen Reed Schaub, Anfernee Darnell Showers, McKinsey Lee Stanton and Joanna Catherine Word.
Simpson Mendenhall: John Langston Scarborough and Allie Annette Wallace.
Smith Bay Springs: Austin Luke Cargile.
Smith Louin: Javanna Charmaine McLaurin, Jessica Shalane McLaurin, Jessica Machelle Moore and Candice Marie Wilson.
Smith Mize: Zachary Taylor Bryant, Brooks Thomas Howell, Donnette Rachel Lowery and Matthew Chase Roberts.
Smith Morton: Kerri Danielle Hamilton.
Smith Pulaski: Heather Nicole Baker and Victoria Rose Craft.
Smith Raleigh: Kelsey Elizabeth Martin, Haley Leeanne Middleton, Jared Dewayne Revette and Adrian Nicole Robertson.
Smith Taylorsville: Ashleigh Marie Blakeney, Macy D'Lyn Hegwood and William Kolton James.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander and Traci Andrae Monroe.
Walthall Tylertown: Myeisha S Bickham and Cameron Edward Crawford.
Wayne Clara: Kaitlyn Nicole Freeman, Chelsea Breanna Miller, Allie Alyse Sehon and Donald Gray Utsey.
Wayne Richton: Brandi Nicole Woods.
Wayne Shubuta: Susan Lola Beasley.
Wayne State Line: Jennifer Annette Crager, Seneca Brenton Hayes and Michelle Elizabeth Walker.
Wayne Waynesboro: Madison LeAnn Allbrooks, Tyler Anne Beasley, Armanda Shaevon Bonner, Tracey Carol Bonner, Sharniece Verday Chambers, Haley Lynn Davis, Alexa Blake Deas, Brittany Renee Franks, Trenton Douglas Freeman, William Farish Freeman, Jacob Hildon Galjour, Jace Holden Gardner, Ashley Danielle Green, Logan Skylar Holyfield, Megan Shea Ingram, Rose Mary Odom, Jill Tonettee Phillips, Brandon Robert West, Breanna Nicole Whitfield, Raven Samon Williams and Laquisha Kristiana Wilson.
Wilkinson Woodville : Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.
Winston Louisville: William Austin Baskin.

JCJC Faculty List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Mandeville, Louisiana: Tyler Jeffrey Schwaner.
Shreveport, Louisiana: Peyton Lee Attaway.
Tennessee Colony, Texas: Elizabeth Laura-Marie Hensarling.
Adams Natchez: Jacqueline Anne Owens and Daniel Glen Speed.
Amite Gloster: Robert Cage Ashley and Brandi LaShae Norwood.
Carroll Carrollton: Haley Melaine Morgan.
Clarke Heidelberg: Verlina Latracey Barnett.
Clarke Quitman: Madison Viola Gandy, Memory Daniell Morris and Sydne Elizabethanne Spencer.
Clarke Shubuta: Zacchaeus Lavon Harris and Johnny De'Andre McCarty.
Copiah Hermanville: Jimmie Davies Johnson.
Covington Collins: Reagan Gerald Arnold, Edwind Jamal Blackwell, Annette Wade Culpepper, Bianca Alexxandra Edwards, Michael Jerome Flowers, Tristen Balee Hanegan, Bailey Anzie Holder, Jasmine Jenay Keys, Alyson Leann Knight, Madison Taylor Madden, Trenity Hanegan McClure, Jesse Adam McKenzie, Brittany Renee Pegram, Brianna Michelle Rials, Brittany Marie Riley, Alyssa Gale Sanford, Samantha Rae Sasser, Amber Diann Stuart, Quindon Shavon Wheeler and Erica Dianne Wylie.
Covington Mt. Olive: Mindy Renee Dennis, Marcus James Ferguson, Bronna Nicole Magee, Akili Saifullah McInnis-Hammond, Kenneth Dean Niles and Magadelyn Quantavia Pickering.
Covington Petal: Rachel Inez Watson.
Covington Seminary: Allysia LeAnn Broome, Hannah M Dutton, Angelyn Tempe Easterling, Katelyn Nicole Herring, Trace Joel Johnson, Hannah Marie Kelly, Kelsie Ruth Pierce, Anna Cathryn Sanford and Michael Tanner Windham.
Covington Sumrall: Marissa Faye Ciraco.
Covington Taylorsville: Maricus A Walker.
Desoto Olive Branch : Gabriel Nathan Brown.
Desoto Southaven: Hailee Nicole Kolwyck.
Forrest Brooklyn: Katelyn Elizabeth Albritton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Lauren Elizabeth Arnold, Corey Michael Barlow, Denisha Marie Bass, Madalyn McNeel Beckham, Jacob Matthew Blesse, Dalton Alexander Brewer, John Taliaferro Brown, Mary Katherine Carpenter, Dallas Joseph Carter, Marco Antonio Chapman, Noah Thomas Gower, Paige Louise Grayson, Ashley Lynne Green, Blythe Leighton Griffin, Katrina Evon Harrison, Lucas Kayne Hinton, Priscilla Sierra Holloway, Ian Aaron Hubble, Marsha Venitta Keys, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Darius De'Latti Magee, Samuel Carter Polles, Auston Jacob Simpson, J Daulton Speed, Phoebe Emily Jane, Strong, Summer Leigh Tyson, Jatasha Lanae Walker, Jennifer Elizabeth Williams, Alexandria Renee Wilson and Jessica Zamarripa.
Forrest Lumberton: Chance Levell Byrd and Kevin Matthew McCardle.
Forrest Petal: William Austin Boutwell, Zachary Tyler Bowman, Katelynn Renee' Brock, Thomas Josiah Byrd, Mitchell A Carley, Stacy Lashon Carter, Jewellisa Cheri Clay, Tyler Fondshay Hamby, Jenna Lynn Hegwood, Brittney Nichole Henley, Robert Allen Hertenstein, Jacob Matthew Hiatt, Kelly Grace Ingram, Jonathan Antonio Matheus, Christandre Chardette McCaskill, Brandon Rayshod McInnis, Brooke Rechelle Mcalexander, Mary Ellen Mitchell, Josiah Lee Montague, Robert Daniel Mullis, Justin Alexander Powell, Lauren Kate Raborn, Monica Rowell Rawlins, Carlton David Reid, Kelsey Marisa Riels, Crystal Lee Ross, Stephen Allen Ruffin, Michael Alexander Scott, Gabrielle Louise Shaw, Krissy Lynn Stutts, Ben Lee Swafford, Crystal Lynn Watkins, Joshua Tate Weatherford, Fredrick WR Woodruff and Tara Darlene Young.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech, Geneva Ellyn Catlett, Jeren Douglas Ferguson, Christopher Edward Holland, Logan Wayne Mason and Juliana Leigh Rouse.
Greene Leakesville: Cody Alexander Brown, Collin Robert Erkhart, Audrey Noel Gibson, Joseph Tyler Hand, Candace Michelle Hillman, Nick Adam Merritt, James Curtis Mizell and Amanda Marie Noaker.
Greene Lucedale: Jaina Braylon Brockaway.
Greene McLain: Reginald Shaquille Ball.
Greene Neely: Joseph Montgomery Denmark and Kimberly Ann Parker.
Greene Richton: Jesse Tyler Brewer, Lindsey Le'Rayn Brewer, Mason Lee Brewer, Nikita Charanne Brewer and Carrie Alexandria Byrd.
Greene State Line: Paige Elizabeth Crager, Tim Lomorris Hill and Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Hancock Bay Saint Louis: Caleb Aaron Ladner, Courtney Jade Miller, Jenna Lanell Bordages and Morgan Alexandra Kowalski.
Hancock Kiln: Jon Colin Byrd.
Hancock Waveland: Corey Matthew Stinson.
Harrison Biloxi: Rachel Amanda Hayes.
Harrison Gulfport: Stephen Perry Byrd, Karla Yadira Santiago and William Coten Wales.
Harrison Long Beach: Brianna Cortlyn Burns, Kailey Lynne Cuevas and Shawn Carlton Howze.
Harrison Pass Christian: Aliyah Alyse Nicole Bell and Travis Daniel Brogle.
Hinds Byram: Tasharri Le'Jessica Landrum and Megan Leigh McGowan.
Hinds Clinton: Veronica Elizabeth Walker.
Hinds Jackson: Taylor Elise Dodd.
Hinds Raymond: Bennett Arthur Davis and Lauren Nicole DePriest.
Hinds Utica: Shelldreonna M Odoms.
Jackson Gautier: Tanner Allen Crabtree and Briahna Nyael Dickerson.
Jasper Bay Springs: Logan Kyndall James, Christopher Deanthony Jones, Autumn Rivers Mattox, Denise Lashelle McAdoo, Mallory Ann Odom, Cory Wayne Parker, Jacob Dale Stringer, Devyn Scott Stringer, Shayn Donovan Wardrop and Zhane Lynette Williams.
Jasper Heidelberg: Deneshia Shanta Clayton, Charles Edward Darty, Kelly Ann Henry, Morgan Lindsey Holifield, Elenora Jackson and Emily Tara Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Adam Michael Clark, Briana Elizabeth Dixon, Brandon Douglas Gray, Anthony Scott Hill, Donna Chanel James, Brekelshie Jo'Merreia Knight, Justin Ra'Shad Moody and Dustin J Rayner.
Jasper Louin: LaDonavan Kryshun Halton and Thomas Lewis Tullos.
Jasper Pachuta: Taylor Amanda Dixon.
Jasper Paulding: Roshita LaDream Gates.
Jasper Stringer: Brianna Grace Buckley, Jameson Keith Buckley, Melissa Kaitlyn Collins, Destiny Leann Patrice Cook, George Douglas Dominguez, Kasey Elizabeth Fox, Charles Ledrue Hegwood, Dalton Emette King, Taylor Renea Parker and Laken Breanna Wood.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Victoria Maria Delancey, Hannah Kate Hathorn, Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman, Joshana Jacquette Thompson and Joel Phillip Wambolt.
Jefferson Davis New Hebron: Grant Randal Jones.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Lonnie Tavon Bass, Keyanna Untrell Booth, Valerie Holliman Evans, Keiana La'Chell Hartzog, Kiwanda Djuantavia Kelly, Kemisha Unique Miller, Jasmine Shaquilla Price, Calvin Lashad Sands and James Sterling Tanner.
Jones Ellisville: Abbey Dale Adams, Mary Frances Atwood, Haley Renee Biglane, Zachary Austin Biglane, Savannah Lee Boswell, Anthony Christopher Brown, Carla Jean Coleman, James Christopher Cooley, Carrie Allison Craven, Hayley Danielle Davidson, Kaylie Suzanne Flynt, Kelsie Hope Hathorn, Austin McKinley Herrington, Lea Crosby Jefcoat, William Corey Jefcoat, Thomas Kirk Johnson, Christopher Deshane Jones, Dylan Scott Leftwich, Crystal Suzanne Moreno, BreiAnna Dovie Morgan, Jerrica Dell Morgan, Jordan Olivia Niezgoda, William Matthew Poole, Brenden Alan Ramsey, Mary Peyton Roney, Clinton Thomas Sasser, Jonathan Blake Seymour, Harold Douglas Stewart, Abby Lynne Thornton, Stacey Elizabeth Varnell, Dalton Read Williamson and Alycia Marie Yarbrough.
Jones Heidelberg: Leonard Kyle Bell, John Aaron Broadhead, Kegan Bruce Kelley and Brittany Kay Kitchens.
Jones Laurel: Myrick Christopher Allen, Lamorris Cornelius Anderson, Colon Alexander Avera, Emily Kranz Bedwell, Abbey Elizabeth Boone, Illisia Marie Breazeale, Megan Taylor Bryant, Landon Blaise Bullock, Keundreiah Wa'ne Burns, Benjamin Wesley Carney, Katlyn Alexandra Carter, Jeremy Alexander Clanton, Colby Scott Cooley, Andrea Danyel Cox, Micheal Allen Cutrer, Emily Nicole Davis, Deavon Lee Dearmon, Alyssa Christine DiMauro, Brian Thomas Doyle, Dalton Christopher Drennan, Jordyn Robinson DuBose, Hunter Analisa Eady, Cassie Marie Ezzell, Joshua Wright Fisher, Peyton Rayburn French, Callen Mackenzie Gibson, Rachel Elizabeth Glossop, Jessie Leigh Hall, Hannah Grace Hankins, Rachel Michelle Hodge, Brittni Danielle Hollingshead, Aaron Holmes Huff, Joshua James Ishee, Alison Jaclyn Jenkins, Laken Nicole Jennings, Brynden Alexandria Johnson, Courtney S Johnson, Christopher Jacob Knight, Kimberly Jade Long, Tatina Jamika Lott, Jared Nathaniel Lowe, Andrew Shelton Luker, Katlyn Marie Martin, Jody Nicole Maxey, Jatari Dontae McCann, Amber Lorraine McCormick, Kissey Le'Trina McCray, Lacey Michelle McLain, Mikala Breanne McLaurin, Kyle Nathan Moorer, Lydia Noelle Myers, Cristen ShaLane Nash, Haleigh Lauren Nichols, Jeremy Loyd Noble, Mary Dianna Overstreet, Avery Gaines Owens, Robert Matthew Parish, Kadie Nicole Parker, Disha Bharat Patel, Daphney Danyelle Pickering, Billy Joe Pitts, Kalee Louise Poore, Adam Dean Poore, Joshua Ramos, Karly Lyn Ray, Sarah Mackenzie Rayner, Tiffany Lynn Renfroe, Brooke Alexandra Riley, Timothy Austin Rozek, Derrick Frank Russell, Aurella Marie Ruth, Jeremiah Samuel Scott, James Zachary Sherman, Matthew Chisolm Sherman, Katelyn Joy Smith, Madelyn Elizabeth Smith, Ricky Joe Smith, Victoria Eileen Sumrall, Hanna Da'Shae Tolbert, Dalton Adam Voge, Austin William Waldrup, Chikaylla Dejone Hearn Walker, David Thomas Walker, Haley Erin Walters, Lakken McKenzie Walters, Joseph M Watson, Kevin Jerome Watson, Christopher Alexander Whittington and Emily Nicole Wright.
Jones Moselle: Joshua Mack Byrd, Jessica Lynn Collins, Dakota Dewayne Davis, Brandi Lee Dayner, Wesley Michael Ross, Amanda Joy Schrader, Jessica Meagan Taylor and Dustin James Thompson.
Jones Ovett: Erica Faye Adams, Shaylee Khristine Ainsworth, Miranda Leighann Beesley, Cristy Lynn Kaufman, Madalyn Raine Walters and Brooke Erin West.
Jones Sandersville: Katy Nicole Mattison.
Jones Seminary: Rebekah Leigh Boe and Shelbi Felicia Coleman.
Jones Soso: Emily Renea Busby, Emily Lynn Davis, Jimmie Laverne East, Kasey Joy Gavin, Dustin Colt Logan, Tosha Lee Manasco, Mindy Dooley Mason, Trevor Aaron Moffett, William T Smith, Ross Graham Thompson, Lindsay Nicole Walters and Kristiona Lynn Williams.
Jones Sumrall: Ronald Trent Jefcoat.
Jones Taylorsville: Matthew Garland Huff, Sammie Lenar McDonald and Shavon Malise Young.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paige Holland Arnold, Cruise Allen Beeding, Amber Renee Busha, Annie Kaitlyn Caulfield, Carley Marie Clary, Kendall Nicole Cobb, Raymond Brett Cole, Mary Jaclyn Creel, Zachary Michael Culpepper, Eden Danielle Dearman, John Addison Ford, Joshua Scott Friend, Lashunda D Gardner, Lindsey Allison Garrity, Raymond James Gilson, Jason Allen Gooch, Nicole Lynda Hebert, Kristen Jarnae Hollingsworth, Santana Wenter Jackson, Cherish Noel Johnson, Rohini Malkani, Brandt Jordan Massey, Victor William Merritt, Hunter Keith Miller, Jamal Antonio Moore, Don Alexander Morgan, Brenna Kathleen Morris, Jennifer Mims Niemeyer, Krishna Dilip Patel, Ashley Morgan Peterman, Kaitlyn Megan Pittman, Shakira Michelle Pittman, David Brian Scott, Tanner Scott Shutze, William Patrick Simon, Clifton Allen Tice, Aaron Robert Turner, Stacy Lee-ann Wall, Sara Lisann White and Carlie Danielle Youngblood.
Lamar Purvis: Tyler Brooks Ash, Noel Chandler Bell, Danielle Cherise Girod, Shelby Brooke Hensarling, Jonathan Michael Jones, Ashley Nicole Lee, Justin Wendell Lee, Timothy Shaun Milling, Morgan Tyler Shows, Chandler Slade Suber and Triston Cecil Yates.
Lamar Sumrall: Madison Drew Aultman, Christopher Theadore Bond, Robert Matthew Breland, Garrett AlanClement, Katherine Maria Forsmark, Olyvia Anastasia Freeman, Austin Brentley Jackson, Chasity Nicole Lowe, Chelsie Muse Lozada, Allison Denise Lucus, Michael Alan Mann, Caitlyn Allie McRaney, Jeremy Dean Newsom, Andrew Taylor Thrash and Taylor Craig Varnado.
Lawrence Monticello: Leigh Ann Reeves and Hunter Garrett Stephens.
Lawrence New Hebron: Candice Angeline Lott.
Lawrence Silver Creek: Dana Nicole Baker.
Madison Madison: William Andrew Edgar and Virginia Elizabeth Endris.
Marion Columbia: Daniel Lance Blair, Zana Rychell Bridges, Heather Nicole Broom, Chelsea Ne'Kia Galloway, Lakin Briana Hill, Samuel Kirklan Landrum, Tyler Matthew Sanders and Destini M Swanigan.
Marion Kokomo: Robert Dale Warner.
Newton Hickory: William Troy Brand.
Noxubee Brooksville: Javoris Montez Glenn.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Carolina Summer Berryhill.
Pearl River Picayune: Sarah Faith Richard, Alyssa Tere' Scott and Jenny Denine Shirley.
Perry Beaumont: Justin Ray Lott.
Perry McLain: Peyton Mackenzie Harvison.
Perry New Augusta: Shirlesia Khadijah Hathorne, Christina Lavonne Mixon, Damarcus Latraun Moore and Thomas Adam Phillips.
Perry Petal: Billy Dillon Byrd, Jestin Matthew Clark, Julie Linh Nguyen, Chelsea Elizabeth Sanford, Devin Lee Travis, Kristina Lynn Travis and Amanda Danielle Williams.
Perry Richton: Keely Shaye Beasley, Leah Michelle Carpenter, Lindsey Alyssa Crane, Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia, Alec Travis Kittrell, Rachel Elizabeth Myrick, Albert Ryan Nicholson, Cheyanne Nicole Sketo, Brittany Kathleen Welsh and Victoria Lynn White.
Pike Magnolia: Desmon Da'Mon Robertson.
Pike McComb: Eniaya Janeise Leonard.
Pontotoc Pontotoc: Anna Marie Mills.
Rankin Brandon: Emily Ashlyn Moore, Caycee Lynn Sumrall and John Alan Wall.
Rankin Florence: Dillon Jared Boyte, Verl Parker Dykes, Victoria Renea Easley, Spencer Thomas Fyke, Joshua Thomas Hamby, Jake Kendall Holland and Sarah Beth Scarbrough.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Mary Katherine Shoultz.
Rankin Richland: Lauren Elaine Hosey.
Scott Morton: Hannah Elizabeth Beemon and Christyna Noel Mangum.
Sharkey Cary: Akeeia Shalese Carter.
Simpson Braxton: Madison Brooke Jones and Scott Claude Welch.
Simpson Magee: Nathan O Ashley, Jacob Mark Brown, Harley Diane Hilton, Molly Elizabeth McCool, Alison Nicole Padgett, Christopher Cullen Richardson and Jonathon Kevin Tebo.
Simpson Mendenhall: Charlene Michelle Hux and Kaci Danielle Powell.
Smith Bay Springs: Kimbra J Jones.
Smith Louin: Alexis Dominique Rambo, Victoria Jean Smith and Simeon Devon Wright.
Smith Mize: Tyler Cole Austin, James Allen Bynum, Bethany Hope Eubanks, Jean Luke Holston and Adam Brett Hughes.
Smith Morton: Vincent David Buffington.
Smith Raleigh: Steven James Craft, Treston Wilson Crumpton, April Littieanna Hall, Chitez Pwayne Keyes and Demarco Javez Sanders.
Smith Taylorsville: Connor Dewayne Atwood, Drew Autry, Kala Shontai Blackwell, Jeana Darlene Graves, Cassidy Noelle LeBlanc, Mildred Mechelle McCullum, Shannon Monique Nicholson, Keisha Sherree Payton, Yeshia Dyminyontia Pittman, Jessica Brianna Smith, Zachary Russell Walker, Landon Hall Wilson and Carlee Savannah Windham.
Stone Perkinston: Trinity Paige Henske.
Stone Wiggins: Reese Keeling Sloan and JaVarris Kentrelle Willis.
Sunflower Bay Springs: Patrick Douglas Lofton.
Walthall Tylertown: Jonathan Edward Novak.
Wayne Buckatunna: Shelly Linn Collinsworth, DeAshley Ariell Hill, Keri Ashley Rigney, Caitlin Elizabeth Taylor and Jared Levean Walley.
Wayne Richton: Amber Hope Landrum and Brandy Rae Nicholson.
Wayne Seminary: Lydia M McCall.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett and Akeiba Kashona Spencer.
Wayne State Line: Bridgette Lynn Gardner, Skyler Hope McLain and Shalan Shyann Whigham.
Wayne Waynesboro: Taylor McKenzie Agent, Chandler Evan Beard, Maegan Danielle Beech, Bailey Montanna Blair, Cody Ryan Boyles, Kalli Dawn Bunch, Ricky Bernard Chambers, Deborah LaKeith Craig, Jerrika Artese Davis, Katlyn Brianne Davis, DeMarkius Keontaequantez Everett, Raymel Everett, LaDashia Bresha Fields, Madison Brittany Freeman, Richard Dustin Freeman, Zachary Dakota Freeman, Kayla Michelle Gordon, Shaquavous On'Yale Harris, Walter Andrew Haynes, Colton James Henderson, Amber Alexandria Hernandez, Kent Doby Herring, Marcus Deshawn Howard, Justin Grant Hutto, Derrion De'Vontae Johnson, Mitchell Lonenzo Johnson, Alexis Camille Johnston, Victoria Michelle Jones, Jonathan Tyler Lewis, Kadeem Steven Lott, Lauren Ashley McCarty, Steven Craig Miller, Ashley Nicole Mills, Mykell Cetera Patton, Jabe Andrew Powe, Brittany Lasha Rigby, Haley Breann Sharp, Whitney Ashleigh Tucker, Lindsey Claire Walker, Natalie Paige Walley, James Thomas Williams and Kenicia S Williamson.
Wilkinson Woodville: John Kline Bolden, Tailor Jordon-rome Cutrer, Hannah Michelle Lanehart and Justin Edwin Ryan.

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Jones County Junior College
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East Central Community College Graduates Record Class ....

Date(s): 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015

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East Central Community College Graduates Record Class, Realizes One-Year 62% Increase in Pre-Baccalaureate Degree Completions

Initiatives implemented as part of East Central Community College’s 2020 Vision strategic planning process have resulted in the largest graduating class in the two-year college’s history and dramatic one-year increases in the percentage of students receiving pre-baccalaureate degrees and those completing all programs.

ECCC awarded degrees or certificates to 568 students after the 2014-15 academic year, the largest one-year total in the Decatur, Miss., college’s 87-year history. The college also saw a 62 percent increase over the 2013-14 academic year in the number of students earning the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and an overall 36 percent one-year increase in students completing all programs, including pre-baccalaureate degrees, technical degrees, and certificates.

The previous largest graduating class on record was 505 students in 2007.

ECCC third-year President Dr. Billy Stewart said the historic numbers are in part a result of initiatives developed and implemented in fulfillment of the college’s ongoing 2020 Vision strategic plan designed to shape and guide the institution’s future.

“These results over a one-year period are extremely uncommon, in our state or our nation,” said Stewart, who initiated the strategic planning process when he was named the college’s eighth president in 2012. “The success of our students is our top priority at East Central Community College. The initiatives we’ve implemented in fulfillment of the Student Success as well as Teaching and Learning institutional commitments of our 2020 Vision plan are helping to ensure that our students achieve their full potential, complete their degrees, and leave our college better prepared to achieve their career and life goals.”

East Central Community College researched best practices of two-year and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to develop several initiatives aimed at improving student success, particularly in the area of program completion. Among those initiatives were:

• The $40 graduation fee was waived beginning with the 2014-15 academic year as an incentive for more students to apply for graduation and officially complete programs of study.

“Among graduation fees nationally, $40 is probably on the low end,” Stewart said. “But to some of our students, it is a lot of money and a factor we felt was keeping them from graduating with their degree or certificate.”

• The number of hours needed for a two-year associate degree was reduced from 62 to 60.

“It takes 120 hours to get a baccalaureate degree, so it just made sense for us to lower our two-year associate of arts and associate of science degree requirement to 60 hours. At 15 hours per semester, our students have an opportunity to finish their requirements and receive their degrees in four semesters, or two years,” Stewart explained.

• The number of hours needed for a full-time course load was increased from 12 to 15 hours. Students successfully completing the full load of 15 hours over four semesters have an opportunity to graduate in two years.

• The number of hours needed for completion in the Associate of Applied Science technical degree and the career certificate programs was converted to allow exit points for students at 30 hours, 45 hours, and 60 hours.

“Our Associate of Applied Science and career programs are 60-hour programs, but by allowing exit points at 30-45-60 we are able to provide students with a stopping point if for some reason they need to exit their program,” said Stewart. “At 30 or 45 or 60 hours, a student will receive certification that will begin improving their career and life until they can come back and finish the full program at a later date.”

• Late registration was reduced from one week—or five class days—to two days.

“Every day a student registers late, after classes have begun, has a significant correlation with lower grades, not completing, or dropping out,” Stewart noted. “With only two days of late registration, our students only miss one Monday-Wednesday-Friday class or one Tuesday-Thursday class. Correspondingly, the attrition rate decreased 6 percent in two years.”

Stewart said that research at ECCC showed students missing three or more classes during the first week of a semester most times resulted in poor classroom performance and/or withdrawal.

• Every full-time faculty member at East Central Community College is now required to devote one hour per week tutoring students in the Success Center.

“Our research indicates that about one-third of ECCC students use the Success Center on a consistent basis, which is a tremendous amount considering we are considered a commuter college,” said Stewart. “And when they do, more than likely they will have a full-time faculty member ready to assist them.”

• The number of Reverse Transfers was increased by aggressively pursuing non-graduates at four-year colleges and universities and encouraging them to transfer credits back to ECCC for an associate degree.

In addition to these initiatives, ECCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa sponsored a “C4 Week” in November 2014 in conjunction with the national Phi Theta Kappa organization’s Community College Completion Corps, or C4, to create awareness on campus about the importance of completing a degree. Events included an address by Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of PTK, the international honor society for two-year colleges; a college fair; an emphasis on early advisement and registration; and a drive to get students to sign a pledge to complete their degrees at East Central Community College.

Stewart said that increasing the number of students who complete programs and graduate also is important as the state of Mississippi considers moving to a performance-based funding formula in the future.

“Many states now consider a college’s or university’s success at graduating students when awarding state funding instead of enrollment or other factors,” said Stewart, who is chairing a committee of community college administrators in Mississippi who are looking at the impact of such a formula for the state. “So it’s important that we continually seek improvements in our educational programs and learning environments that help our students successfully complete their programs of study.”

Adopted in February 2013, ECCC’s 2020 Vision strategic plan includes five institutional commitments—Student Success, Teaching and Learning, Community Partnerships, Resource Planning and Development, and Communication—which serve as core functions for the college to shape its vision and fulfill its mission. The plan includes the college’s long-term stated desire to be nationally recognized and locally preferred, while meeting the educational and training needs of its five-county district in Mississippi—Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties.

Stewart said that while he is pleased with the historic increases in student completions during the 2014-15 academic year at East Central Community College, it’s just one small part of a comprehensive plan for ECCC to be recognized as one of the finest community colleges in the nation.

“2020 Vision guides every decision we make as a college, whether it is student success or community partnerships, and we’ve made tremendous progress in the first two years of this plan in fulfillment of all five institutional commitments,” said Stewart. “There is much work to be done, and seeing the success this past year in creating a supportive learning environment for our students gives us that much more momentum as we move forward.”

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Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

Date(s): 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015

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East Central Community College
Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several day and evening courses during its July Term and registration is currently underway.

This four-week summer term begins July 1 and ends July 29. Courses are being offered on the Decatur campus, as well as at the college’s Forest, Carthage, Philadelphia, and Louisville locations.

To view courses being offered at any of the five locations, visit www.eccc.edu and click on MyEC and Summer 2015 Course Schedule.

For additional information, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu or 601-635-6205.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

Date(s): 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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Jones County Junior College M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.
JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Department will be hosting the first, Roger Bobo’s Festival of Brass Camp Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 for interested high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba) regardless of proficiency or performing level. The festival will include masterclasses, daily warm-up routines, chamber ensembles, mass ensembles, guest artist recitals, special classes on brass and music careers, all under the direction of legendary artist and pedagogue, Roger Bobo. The Brass Festival will culminate in a Gala Concert held on the final day of the session, Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in the JCJC M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.

“Roger Bobo will be conducting along with Dr. Richard Perry from USM, Travis Scott from Michigan, Dr. Tom Lukowicz from Wright State University and Dr. Jonathan Helmick from Jones County Junior College. Performing groups include chamber and small ensembles comprised of the camp participants playing the latest and greatest music written for brass. This will include a solo performance by Dr. Richard Perry of “Celebration” by Soichi Konayaga,” said Dr. Helmick, JCJC Director of Bands.

Founders of the Brass Festival, Dr. Jonathan Helmick along with euphonium performer from Michigan and Helmick’s colleague, Travis Scott said they wanted to find a way to reach out to more to the music community. They saw Roger Bobo recently work in a masterclass at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Bloomington, Indiana.

Helmick explained, “For those who are not aware, Roger is one of the patriarchs of brass playing and teaching. He has taught all over the world: Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the list is endless. He has appeared on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and has been a musical hero to generations of musicians.” Helmick added, “After Bobo agreed to do the Festival of Brass, we started to get participants from all over the United States: Hawaii, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, etc. This has turned into a national event for brass players everywhere!”

Bobo has released a series of legendary solo recordings that revolutionized the "game" for tubists, along with dozens of critically acclaimed recordings with the L.A. Philharmonic and many of Hollywood's most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters.

The Roger Bobo Brass Festival camp will provide students with the opportunity to work with Bobo in a one-on-one lesson setting, perform in chamber and large ensembles, and present a closing gala concert at the conclusion of the camp. Registration will continue through the first day of camp, June 11. There are limited dormitory housing plans available for participants in need which include a resident meal plan.

The cost of the camp is $275 for commuters and $330 for dorm residents, which includes meals. For more information click on the link: http://www.bobosfestivalofbrass.com/ or email, festivalofbrass@gmail.com or call JCJC’s Band Office at: 601-477-4095.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College

Date(s): 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015

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Meridian Community College
Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College
College for Kids, June 1-5 and June 8-12, 8 a.m. to noon, campus-wide. Tanya Thompson, 601-481-1325.

ACT Review Workshop, June 6, 8 a.m.-noon, Webb Hall, Rosenbaum Room, 601-483-8241.

ACT exam, June 13, 7 a.m., Ivy Hall. Mark Gunn, 601-484-8652.

High School Boys Soccer Camp, June 15-17, 9 a.m. to noon, Smith Soccer field. Coach Alex George, 601-484-8697.

Basketball Junior Day Camp for boys and girls in grades k-5, June 15-17, 8 a.m. to noon, Graham Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Individual Basketball camp for boys in grades 6-8th, June 15-17, 8 a.m.-noon; Ivy Hall Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Freshman Orientation, June 19, 8 a.m.-noon. Ivy Hall, Marie Roberts, 601-483-8241.

Summer Day Term II classes begin, June 29. Dr. Angela Payne, 601-481-1357.
Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu

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ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

Date(s): 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm each session

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer two “Understanding Business Financials” workshops in July at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia. The workshops will be on Tuesday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators and accounting terminology for small businesses.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for one of the workshops, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu

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ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll

Date(s): 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll
Students named to the 2015 spring semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur, according to Deanna Rush, director of admissions and records.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Robert Taylor

CARTHAGE: Emily Cook, John Davis, Alec Doggett, Haley Ezelle, Anna Girling, Julianna Ingram, Parker Jones, Kelsey Sikes and Brooklyn Stewart

CHOCTAW: Erin Cantrell and Elias Jimmie

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark, Ashley Gressett, Mikayla May and JoHannah Smith

COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt and Benjamin Pace

CONEHATTA: Nina LaBue, Kelsey McDonald and Genieveve Nichols

DECATUR: Adam Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Leah Corhern, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Katie Sanford, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, John Thames, Charles Thorne, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates

DEKALB: Jeremy Hudson

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson

FLORENCE: Durham Norman

FOREST: Christopher Brown, Lori Cox, Bailey Easterling, Kristen Gordy, Jennifer Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Brittney Rawson and Kaitlin Smith

FOXWORTH: Joshua Parker

GULFPORT: Carrissa Stevenson

HICKORY: Aaren Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexa Roberts, Timothy Rose, Makenzie Rowzee, Tabitha Walker, Haleigh West and Courtney Williams

KOSCIUSKO: Ashley Williamson

LAKE: Erynne Breland, Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Christian Kelly, Matthew Mitchell and Tyler Richardson

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell, Laura Shook and James Travassos

LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Kristen Richmond and Haley Watkins

LITTLE ROCK: Danielle Gregory, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington and Dylan Raines

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Alexander Bucklew, Bryan Burton, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Cara Jackson, Dylan Jones, Barbara Lawson, Jordan Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner Parkes, Jordan Prisock, Megan Robinson and Chandlor Swearingen

MCCOOL: Kierra Griffin

MERIDIAN: Rachel Laird, Hannah Mitchell and Samuel Robinson

MORTON: Morton Evan Derrick, Grayson Harrell, Carla Land, Joseph Patrick and Tyler Runnels

NEWTON: William Collins, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb Terry and Stephanie Willis

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett and Anna Webb

PASCAGOULA: Katherine Moran, Megan Parrish, Brittany Rasco and Alana Walker

PHILADELPHIA: Rashada Boler, Caleb Brown, Kendall Brown, Christy Bryan, Brian Cloys, Elizabeth Curran, Chelsea Doss, Katlyn Duke, Dylan Dunn, Jessie Hennington, Kathryn Hillman, Allison Johnson, Colt Killen, John Kilpatrick, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Joanna Maxie, Hosea McBeath, Bridgette McFarland, Kelly McLain, Michael McLain, Anna Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Peden, Madison Pike, Cappi Reese, Michael Skinner, Lydia Snow, Brittany Stinson, Sharon Strait, Kimberly Watkins, Michael Whitlock, Emma Winstead and Elizabeth Withers

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg

SOUTHAVEN: Katelyn Denton

UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Agatha Berryhill, Michael Hackett, Benjamin Killen, Karey Ladd, Keri Mayfield, Sean McElfish, Brady McElhenney, Brooke Payne, Leslie Smith and Taylor Townsend

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

WIGGINS: Robert Owen

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following students who achieved a 3.5 or above grade point average.
BATESVILLE: Robert Whitten

BAY SPRINGS: Kara Smith

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Tate

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Benson

CALEDONIA: Tyler Armistad and Jonathan Comer

CAMDEN: Ariel Enoch

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison

CARTHAGE: Austin Anderton, Rhett Bradshaw, Gloria Burgess, Emily
Crane, DenNisha Harvey, Evangeline Harvey, Hannah Peoples, Kaitlin
Pittman, Ryan Posey, Enoc Reynoso, Cody Smith, Johnny Stephens and Chloe Thaggard

CHUNKY: Denise Glover and David Martin

COLLINSVILLE: Lauren Cantey, TaVia Moore, Mallory Turner, Kimberly Talbert and Dakota Wright

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Andreka Buie, Garrett McDill, Joseph Shelley and Tiara Williamson

DECATUR: Mary Levin, Stephen Armstrong, Erick Bishop, BriAnna Bout, Melanie Brashier, Hannah Brown, Latoya Brown, Christopher Cain, Erika Cockrell, Sarah Freeman, Kaitlyn Holmes, Clayton Karcher, Yousef Khader, Alana Knowles, Alana Kron, William Mott, Christina Shoemaker and Ginger Vaughn

ELKHORN, WI: Dylan Moody

ELLISVILLE: Kaitlin Sellers

FLORENCE: Kayla Anderson

FOREST: Jeremy Collins, Candice Crimm, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Samantha Haralson, Taren Harrell, Grecia Hernandez, Kristine Jenkins, Catherine Kyzar, Taylor Lott, Judy Massey, Laron Moore, Madison Pettigrew, Bryce Power, John Reiss, Ephraim Ringo and Ananezia Triplett

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert

HICKORY: Regan Monk

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill

KOSCIUSKO: Justin Moore

LAKE: Emily Emmons, Tracy Gray, Jasmine Moore, Brittney Taylor and Keifer Wolfe

LAWRENCE: Benjamin Davis, Dominique Evans, Natalie Lyles and Anthony Valentine

LENA: Lorrie Moore and Tymaiya Gray

LITHONIA, GA: Tashiana Thompson

LITTLE ROCK: Mark Hale, Leslie Howington, Abbey Rigdon, Shala Smith, Cody Warren and Dustin Yeager

LOUIN: Dustie Chisholm

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Allen, Mary Boswell, Kaci Ewing, Christian Grice, Joelie Hill, Kegan Humphries, Deyanna Ingram, Jonathan McAdory, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Reel, Brody Richardson, Rebecca Rodman, Tristen Stanley, Madelon Taylor and Maya Wilmer

MADISON: Holly Logan, Kyle McCullouch and Kaitlin Thrash

MCCOOL: Samantha Morgan and Brittany Black

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers

MERIDIAN: Erica Lewis and Acea Ange

MORTON: Rachal Aburto, James Cornelison, Hope Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey and Memry Thompson

MOSS POINT: Stephen Eaker

NEWTON: Martina Jones, Brianna Buckley, Michael Buntyn, Audrey Carmichael, Michael Driggers, Ebony Ellis, Jazmine Evans, Julian Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Godwin, Michael Hamrick, John Hedrick, Matthew Lee, Clancy Norman, Kanisha Reed, Sonji Rose, Miahja Tirado and Jamey Tune

NOXAPATER: Hanna Hamilton, Colton Horne, Haley Pierce and Brooke Smith

PEARL: Breanna Clemons

PELAHATCHIE: Jessica Jones and Matthew Pennypacker

PETAL: Rachel Davis and Erin Golden

PHILADELPHIA: Caitlin Bounds, Shannon Brazzle, Jessica Bryan, Ayla Burton, Mary Collins, Lauren Coward, David Creekmore, Bryan Drury, Margurite Ferguson, Ryan Gardner, Grant Gordon, Angela Harrison, Shelby Hemphill, Robin Isaac, Destiny Kilpatrick, Layne Lepard, Karliscia Moore, Daniel Powell, Micheal Reynolds, Saul Rosales, Clarissa Smith, James Spears, Jeremiah Tindol, Carson Vanderpoorten, Jana Warren and William Myers

PRESTON: Dustin Burton

QUITMAN: Amy Beasley

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender

SAUCIER: Tyler Cook and Gabrielle Stapp

SEBASTOPOL: Natalie Guidry

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Little

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford

STARKVILLE: Kathy Davis and Michael Miller

STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton

TUPELO: Carlos Gutierrez Alonso

UNION: Ryan Burkes, Rebecca Hitt, Jessica Joyner, Victoria Malone, Breanna Morgan, Tyler Sistrunk, Sarah Tatum, Christopher Bankston, Ashley Bozeman, Brittany Bryan, Kirstin Eversoll, Jonathan Fortenberry, Samuel Kelly, Glenda Ladd and Sarah Ricamore

VOSSBURG: Walter Stallings

WALNUT GROVE: Nathanael Barber, Amber Chandler, Tatyana Johnson, Shannon McNeill, Dekendrick Rushing, Clay Summers-Jones and Sarah Wysocki.

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 or above grade point average:
BAY SPRINGS: Fredrick Milsap

BRANDON: Nicolaus Callahan, Jacob Huff and Keely Wilcher

CANTON: Jonathan Brown and Yumiko Linn

CARTHAGE: Kenshelsa Boyd, Madie Brantley, Hunter Brown, Thomas Brown, Jeremy Carson, Chelsey Daugherty, Brianna Dorricott, Greyson Dye, Tyler Faulkner, Jamari Green, Monica Hamilton, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Shannon Keene, Britney McCurty, Andrew McMillan, Victoria Sanders, Kayla Searcy, Lillian Shuler, Alycia Watkins and Kristin White

CHOCTAW: Merrell Mitch and Jonica Thomas

CHUNKY: Kayla Kennedy, Jordan Alonso, Everett Fisher, Taylor Godwin, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, Colby Skelton and Zachary Skelton

COLLINSVILLE: Mason Wooldridge and Savannah Alawine

COLUMBUS: Matthew Sykes

CONEHATTA: Courtney Johnson, Austin Jordan, Tania Rhodes, Darrin Rolison, Shawn Smith, Hanna Williams, Tanner Davis and Robyn Johnson

CORINTH: Tesia Keith

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson

DECATUR: Alisha Dunn, Colby Amis, Angela Anderson, Leah Chandler, Katy Ezelle, Chassidy Gates, Savannah Gates, Rachael Havard, Traci Lewis, James Nance, Michaela Rayner, Angela Reeves, Raigan Renfrow, Amanda Smith, Shannon Smith, Tylin Sorrells, Nicole Tucker and O'Sheana Wheaton

DESTREHAN, LA Jacob Johnson

ENTERPRISE: Jean Chandler

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough

FOREST: Acacia Brown, Arieel Carter, Dominick Fields, Louis Hernandez, Ian Lanthrip, Jaylon Lofton, Christain Mazique, John Miles, Lee Patrick, Shelby Patterson, Lauren Peterson, Chandler Powell, Jay Riser, Johna Shoemaker, Peggy Sims, Brandi Stewart and Chiquita Wilson

GAUTIER: Kevin Hughes

GREENVILLE: Charles Gammill

HARPERVILLE: Dean Martin

HATTIESBURG: Allen Fails, Johnta Hughes and Mahalia Gibson

HICKORY: Cody Buckley, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Stefan McClellan and Joseph Page

JACKSON: Denisha Jones and Treveontae Willis

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback

LAKE: Jonathon Hodge, Lacie Williams, Taylor Bone, Juan Cervantes, Rachel Clay, Rienzi Gray, Mara Hines, Wesley Hines, Melanie Moore, Clarissa Vanish and Colby Yarbrough

LAWRENCE: Glenn Bender, Shawna Bush, Daneisha Fulton and Tasha Willis

LENA: Katie Pigg

LITTLE ROCK: Duster Allgood, Christian Blum, William Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Hannah May, Daniel McMahan and Emily Skinner

LOUIN: Edward Jones and Kurtis Simoneau

LOUISVILLE: Bailey Talbot, Taylor Alexander, Blaire Bankston, Christopher Barnett, Faith Brown, Bristol Buffington, John Carter, Jason Dempsey, Benjamin Duty, Kira Hardin, Morgan Hillhouse, Kayla Jenkins, Cody Johnson, Lane Johnson, Dyquan Jordan, Jenna Lovorn, John Moore, Morgan Orr, Charles Parkes, Chandler Smith, Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Smith, Justice Steele, Carl Steward, Hayden Stokes, Channing Wall, Javon Yarbrough and Chapin Walters

MACON: Reagan Fleming

MAGEE: Addie Ambrosier

MERIDIAN: Shelby McKelvaine, Sharon Blanks, Brandon Downing, Jamie Mathis and Lasondra Mercer

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Melissa Barham, Tynequa Bryant, Patrick Harrell, Paxton Holmes, Meagan Johnson, Rachel Lopez, James O'Cain, Kelsey Porter, Kayla Sudduth, Daniela Vargas, Neely Watford and Kara Yates

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Tiffany Anderson, Catherine Arrington, Tyteania Bell, Shaneka Blaylock, Anthony Broach, Marvell Buckley, KimberLee Dawes, Jovodaka Finley, Zachary Hammons, Cedric Harris, Malinda Harris, Justin Hawkins, Dustin Hines, Cathy Johnson, Jurnee Jordan, Christopher Kelley, Hester Knight, Tanya Lewis, Austin Mize, Zachary Munn, Toretha Norman, Trenea Pruitt, Hannah Robinson, Charles Roebuck, Anthony Wansley and Catherine Yohe

NOXAPATER: Steven Curtis, Taylor Deese, Weiying Wang, Anna Wells and Shamari Williams

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Megan Yarbrough

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous

PHILADELPHIA: Shaneisha Willis, Brittany Anderson, Clymene Bacon, Fallon Beckham, Jessie Boatner Jason Bradley, Cheryl Brown, Erin Cumberland, Quantel Deaton, Tammie Easley O'Neal, Virginia Easley, Shana Ely, Aaron Hancock, Leslie Heath, Jordan Jay, Amber Jones, Myeisha Jones, Sherry Keith, Colt Kilpatrick, Christina Lewis, Christopher Lyons, Grayson Moorehead, James Parten, Contessa Peebles, Dudrika Pickens, Lauren Posey, Damian Savage, Daniel Skipper, Brittnae Smith, Mackenz Smith, Tashina Taylor, Jeannie Triplett, Savannah Vanlandingham, Christopher Warren, Jeremy Watkins, Peyton Williamson, Sa'Toya Wilson and Andrew Winstead

PRESTON: Karla Higginbotham, Jessica Richardson and Jwanaque Triplett

PULASKI: Kimberly Harrison and Robert Strong

QUITMAN: Mallory Lee and Jelisa Pearson

RALEIGH: Justin Thornton

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley

SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero

SARDIS: Keyon Jefferson

STARKVILLE: Patricia Young

STURGIS: Bay White

SUMRALL: Trenton Haden and Jordan Thomas

TAYLORSVILLE: George Owens

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell

TUPELO: Omar Gutierrez Alonso

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla

UNION: Tiffany Smith, Jennifer Anderson, Katelynd Andrews, Brittany Burnham, Toby Edwards, Rachael Justice, Brandi Kilpatrick, Matthew Mason, Ryan Montgomery, Casey Parker, Maggie Peebles, Daniel Giles, Kirkland Griffin, Rebecca Harrison, Kristen Hawks, William Kennedy, Stephanie McCrary, Courtney Moorehead, Haley Moorehead, Russell Smith and Colby Todd

WALNUT GROVE: Ashland Ellington, Tanisha Imhof, Amber Pierce, Erin Thornton, Reba Thornton and Emily Price.

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JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is holding regular registration for summer classes on Friday, May 29, in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The half-price summer tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate of $60 includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17 with the last opportunity to register for fall classes are during regular Fall Registration on Friday, August 14.

All prospective students should begin the registration process by completing an Application for Admissions Application which can be found on the JCJC web page or by clicking on the link. Previously enrolled students or transferring students may call the Student Success Center for an early registration appointment for summer or fall classes at (601)-477-4184.

Individuals who have not yet attended Jones for college credit should visit the New2Jones section of the website for guidance by clicking on the link: http://www.jcjc.edu/new2jones.php. Future students will find a checklist for requirements for admissions, ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete before classes begin.

To register for summer or Fall 2015 classes, new students are required to make an appointment for “Jones UpClose.” The half-day program is designed to welcome new students to the Jones community in a small group setting. The dates for Jones UpClose can be found at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration. New students must make an appointment for one of these dates by calling the Office of Recruiting at (601)-477-4116.

Before students can register, all entrance requirements must be met. Students must have a final high school and /or college transcript, or a GED score. An ACT score is also required. The Admissions and Records Office in the Hutcheson-Hubbard Administration Building can determine if entrance requirements have been met. For more information call the Admissions and Records office at (601)-477-4025.

Jones also offers convenient class times and online classes for those who are unable to attend classes at the Ellisville campus. Students enrolling in the MSVCC (100% online classes) or Jones hybrid on-line classes (75% online classes) should register prior to June 1 by contacting the Student Success Center at (601)-477-4184. General information concerning the requirements of the online classes is available through the JCJC eLearning web page at http://www.jcjc.edu/elearning and at specified registration terminals. Initial communication from online instructors to students will be through the campus e-mail system. Online classes begin Monday, June 1, through July 24. The online class fee is an additional $30 per MSVCC online class. Students can call the eLearning office for additional information at (601)-477-5454.

The summer registration fee is $40. Mississippi students will be charged $60 per semester hour this summer and out of state students will be charged an additional $10 per semester hour. All students are charged a Technology fee of $3 per hour up to $36 and a $40 health fee for free visits to the campus nurse practitioner and use of fitness center. Additional lab fees and eBooks may also apply. For more information call (601)-477-4000 or (601)-477-4184.


Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– Twelve Jones County Junior College sophomores are eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams. Six other graduating students were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards during graduation practice.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Jacob Ivy of Taylorsville and Brooke Miley of Sumrall. Leadership Gold Key recipients are Jonathan Nelson of Petal and Lindsay Miller of Ellisville. Baseball player, Chris Morgan of Madison and softball player and NJCAA Player of the Year, Tori Dew of Stonewall were selected for the Athletic Gold Key Award. These students were voted on by the sophomore class for this special recognition.

The twelve JCJC students expected to receive the Academic Gold Key honor include: Brandon Atwood of Seminary; Trent Black of Ellisville; Lauren Halase of Jayess; Emily Hill of Columbia; Anna Houston of Laurel; Kensey Jordan of Buckatunna; Lauren Lott of Hattiesburg; Lauren Sanders of Morton; Jordan Simmons of Laurel; Chandler Hardin of Raleigh; Lakin Thornton of Raleigh and Breanna Williams of Laurel.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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East Central Most Beautiful & Most Handsome Pageant

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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East Central Community College
East Central Pageant Selected as the Outstanding Pageant of the Year
DECATUR - The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges selected East Central Community College’s Beauty and Beau Pageant as Outstanding Pageant of the Year recently. Each year, the association presents an award for an outstanding pageant that recognizes excellence in the pageant industry. The award was presented to Maria McLeod, co-chairman of the ECCC pageant during the organization’s annual awards’ banquet.
The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges Board made selection of this award. The pageant was judged and nominated by a member of a panel of judges selected from the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges membership who feel the pageant is excellent in areas of organization, contestants’ knowledge of competition expectations, knowledgeable and rehearsed masters of ceremony, attention to detail in decoration, programs, admission, score sheet and tabulation structure and contestant flow, etc.
“For East Central to be recognized by such a distinguished group as the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges is quite an honor especially considering the number of pageants throughout the state with which they are involved each year,” said McLeod.
Shirley agreed with McLeod and said she was exceptionally excited to receive the news that the pageant had been chosen for such a prestigious honor.
“There is a lot of work, behind-the-scenes prior to the pageant actually takes place that is key to the success of the event,” Shirley said. “We are fortunate to have a good group of people working together to host a top-notch production.”
The ECCC Pageant Committee members include Co-chairman McLeod and Shirley, Bill Wagnon, Ronald Westbrook, John Everett, Ed Girling, Gennie Taylor, Deanna Rush, Daniele Brock, Amanda Walton, Carla Jacome-Cluff, Barry Karrh, Stacey Pollock, Kristie Pilgrim and Mae Thornton.

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ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

Date(s): 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

The East Central Community College eLearning Education Program has received a $10,000 grant through the Mississippi Virtual Community College Innovative Learning and Design Grant Program designed to enhance the experience and success of students enrolled in online learning courses.

Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education, said that ECCC will use the grant to expand the college’s eLearning Education facilities and testing services and for faculty professional development.

“East Central Community College has seen a significant growth in online enrollment in the past decade, which has resulted in an immediate need to expand our testing services and facilities, and this grant will help us achieve the first phase of a three-phase process,” said LeBrun.

ECCC’s eLearning Education Program will move to a larger physical location in fall 2015 to better accommodate the increasing online enrollment. The new location will include expanded office and lounge space to allow faculty and staff to better serve students and a testing center that accommodates 29 testing carrels and proctoring computers to replace the 14 testing stations available in the current location.

LeBrun said that ECCC currently services about 5,000 online testing and proctored examinations each semester.

“Doubling the capacity of our testing center will give us a facility that is comparable to national standards and ensures academic integrity and reliable proctoring services using the most state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

The expanded testing center will allow for future implementation of non-traditional services for peak, night, and weekend testing, as well as be ADA compliant.

The grant also will support professional development for eLearning faculty on Canvas, the learning management system that East Central uses to deliver online instruction.

“It is important that our instructors have opportunities to learn new and emerging technologies,” said LeBrun. “Technology changes almost daily and this will allow our faculty to be at the forefront of the most recent changes in order to enhance the educational opportunities for our students.”

MSVCC is a consortium of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources, including faculty, courses, support services, and technology.

MSVCC’s Innovative Learning and Design Mini-Grants, or MILD, are awarded to consortium institutions to support faculty and staff through innovative learning and design services and activities that benefit the mission and strategic plan of the MSVCC to better serve and educate students.


Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015

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East Central Community College Decatur, MS
ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule
The 2015 Kids’ College Program at East Central Community College in Decatur kicks off July 6 and continues through July 17 with classes ranging from athletics to archery to baking.
The registration fee is $50 per class and each participant receives a Kids’ College T-shirt. The deadline to register is Friday, May 29.
Kristi Smith serves as Kids’ College director.
“We are excited about this year's Kids College program, which offers a variety of classes that we hope participants will enjoy” Smith said.

Course offerings include the following:
July 6-10
Little Warrior Tennis: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn and practice basic grips, forehand and backhand strokes, and how to serve and volley. Students should bring a tennis racquet and wear tennis shoes. Pete Mazella will serve as instructor.
Theater: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn theater skills and techniques through creative exercise and games, and performances of short theater plays. ECCC English Instructor Rachel Tyson will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Baseball: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn various skills including pitching, hitting, catching and running, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring baseball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC Assistant Baseball Coach Jake Rowell will serve as instructor.
Archery: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Archery for beginners is sponsored by Archery Addicts Anonymous. Participants will learn the basics of shooting a compound bow like a pro in competitive 3-D, field and hunting applications. Every student will need to bring his or her own bow simulator (an inexpensive long ladies’ synthetic silky scarf). Terry Rivers will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Basketball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 to noon. Instructions will be provided in the areas of dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive plays. ECCC Assistant Basketball Coach Devarus Walker will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Softball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn the skills needed to pitch, hit, catch and run, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring softball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC softball assistant coach Courtney Nunn will serve as instructor.
Chefs in Training: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn to make simple dishes full of flavor and fun. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.

July 7 and July 8
Spa Kamp- 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Ages 5-9, Tuesday, July 7; ages 10-12, Wednesday, July 8. Students will learn the steps of a guided facial, have their hair washed and styled, have their nails painted and receive a foot bath and pedicure. ECCC cosmetology instructor Carla Jacome-Cluff will supervise the day’s activities and cosmetology students will perform procedures. Please Note: space is limited for these classes and seating is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 13-17
Little Warrior Soccer: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the techniques of dribbling, passing, defending and scoring. Students should bring soccer equipment including cleats, ball and shin guards. ECCC soccer oaches Kenneth Thompson and Gray Massey will serve as instructors.
Little Warrior Football: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn skills needed to pass, score, catch and kick while mastering offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring cleats. ECCC football assistants Ben Cooper and Tylan Martin will provide instruction.
Budding Bakers: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn to make kid-friendly Southern desserts. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.
Mad Scientist: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn that science is fun by experimenting with crazy concoctions, including gruesome goo, monster bubbles and an active volcano. ECCC Science Division Chair Curt Skipper will serve as instructor.
Drawing/Painting: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn basic drawing and painting techniques and learn to use a variety of different art utensils. Ben Wall will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Cheerleading: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn sideline cheers, floor cheers, stunts and dances. Chafony Poole will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Smith at 601-635-6213. The e-mail address is ksmith@eccc.edu. The registration form can be downloaded from the college’s website at www.eccc.edu.
601-635-6213

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“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015

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Jones County Junior College
“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor
ELLISVILLE- Among the hundreds of Jones County Junior College graduates recently was 57-year old Jami Taylor of Ellisville. Faced with unemployment when the sewing factory in Laurel and Richton closed where she had worked in accounts payable for 18-years and sewed for 10-years, she didn’t know if she could find another job. She discovered, through the help of family and friends, an opportunity to return to college and get “re-trained.” Having only a 10th grade education and not feeling confident in her educational skills, Taylor was very hesitant about taking college courses.

“I was scared to death at the thought of coming back to school! I have to support myself so I really didn’t have a choice. College wasn’t in my plans but God opened the doors,” said Taylor.

Among some of the “Guardian Angels” at JCJC, as Taylor calls her teachers are Jane Jones, Kimberly Bradshaw and Teresa Robertson. She said they helped her every step of the way. Taylor explained, growing up she never went to the same school for an entire year because her parents constantly moved. In second grade she failed reading and was terrified of taking Algebra.

“I have to have help. I thought college was too big of a goal for me to reach,” shared Taylor. The difference she said was, “Some teachers went above and beyond to help me, tutoring me, wiping my tears, counseling me and even working with me until I fell asleep,” said Taylor. “Jane Jones held my hand and prepared me to take the ACT again. Without these teachers I would not be here today, graduating!”

The upbeat single mother of two adults, Wendy Allen of Petal and Laura Parker of Ellisville, took on the challenge for two years and “did nothing” but study. Her hard work paid off because she graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Last fall, she received an invitation to join the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. As an active member, she generously gave her time helping with community and campus activities. Taylor also earned a couple of scholarships through the Non-Traditional Student Association.
“I had no desire or even thought I could do this. Now, I can’t wipe the smile off my face because I can’t believe I graduated with honors! If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Taylor, who is grateful for the JCJC teachers who made her realize anything is possible.

While the teachers made a huge impact on her, Taylor said the kids also made an impression on her too. Jatari McCann of Laurel is one of the many new friends she gained over her two years who encouraged Taylor, and vice versa.

McCann said, “I just reminded Jami, ‘We got this!’ every time she got stressed.”

Now with a smile on her face, Taylor says proudly, she is a graduate of JCJC and would recommend Jones to anyone because everyone was so helpful. “I never thought I'd graduate from college!”

Her daughter Laura Parker of Ellisville admitted, while preparing for the commencement ceremony, her mother’s success has inspired her to think about getting her college degree.

“I’m extremely proud of my mom. She worked hard with lots of late nights studying. I’m thinking about coming back to school now that my kids are older,” said Parker.
Taylor found a job about three weeks ago at a local transportation company in accounts receivable. She said she’s also hoping she will be able to help her daughter Laura reach her college goals while spending some fun time with her grandkids.


Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

ELLISVILLE- The application deadline for Jones County Junior College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program for the fall 2015 semester has been extended to June 5, 2015. The program at Jones County Junior College is designed to train a sonographer to work in each type of general sonography setting and to proficiently perform each task. General sonography includes, but is not limited to; abdominal organs, pediatric studies, obstetrics and gynecology and the endocrine system. Although our program does not offer a full vascular study, due to the organization of our clinical sites, our students are exposed to a considerable amount of vascular sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum offers three and five month options as well as a one-Year program completion. This program combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the sonography field.

Admission requirements for the program include: must be accepted to or eligible for enrollment at Jones County Junior College, have a minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT), have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, have either a Bachelor’s of Science degree in any field from an accredited institution OR be a Registered Radiologic Technologist (A.R.R.T.) and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, OR have successfully completed a two-year patient care based program from an accredited institution and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application package. Students must have also completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, college algebra and a physical science course.

Each freshman Diagnostic Medical Sonography class at Jones County Junior College begins in the fall semester. Students receive approximately forty (40) hours of combined classroom instruction, clinical instruction and practical experience each week during the one-year program. Classroom and lab instruction are offered at Jones County Junior College. Clinical participation and scheduled rotations are offered at the clinical sites. Clinical Affiliates are located in Hattiesburg, Collins, Picayune and Magee. In the future, the Sonography Program may offer additional sites.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as sonographers under the direct supervision of a physician. Students will be prepared to work in any sonographic setting and will be trained in all areas of general sonography. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam to become registered sonographers.

For more information or to request an application packet call, 601-477-4220, or email Wanda Finch at wanda.finch@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/medicalsonography/index.php.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00

Date(s): 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

7:00 pm

Meridian High School Ray Stadium
Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium.

Here are a few items that we would love your help in spreading the word about:
-Guest seating will be limited to the West side of the stadium (press box side) due to on-going construction on the East side of the stadium.
-For those who may need wheelchair accessible accommodations, parking will be available in front of the Multi-purpose building. Wheelchairs will enter through the gate beside the Multi-purpose building, and a seating area has been designated for Wheelchairs Only.
-Parking will be available on the band practice field, the student parking lot, and the football practice field.


Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 5/21/2015

10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic School 2700 Davis Street Meridian, MS
What: St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 2700 Davis Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate an new addition to St. Patrick Catholic School in Meridian, Mississippi.



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

Date(s): 5/28/2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian
EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

East Mississippi Community College invites the public to an “Alumni & Friends Night” on Thursday, May 28.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian. The evening will begin with an hour of visiting. Several members of the EMCC team will give updates and take questions beginning at 6 p.m.

“We had a gathering like this several years ago, and we felt like it was time to touch bases again with alumni, friends and supporters in Lauderdale County,” said Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said the college hopes to host similar events throughout its six-county district.

“It’s a chance to call our alumni and friends together, talk about the good things that have happened and share some of the things the college has planned for the future,” Young said. “When I speak, I’ll be updating the group on plans for new building projects at the Scooba campus. These include an athletic administrative center and a new dorm, which has been sorely needed for several years.”

Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, will give an update on a new workforce center to be built soon near Columbus and the college’s role in training employees for the first phase of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi’s new plant in West Point, scheduled to begin production this fall.

“There is a direct correlation between the economic prosperity of an area and the level of service provided by community colleges,” Young said. “We want to partner with Meridian Community College and the economic development officials in Lauderdale County to replicate the successful workforce model EMCC has helped build in the northern end of its district.”

Also scheduled to speak is head football coach Buddy Stephens, who has led the EMCC Lions to three NJCAA national championships in the last four years. Director of Bands Stephen Stringer, whose Mighty Lion Band has grown 400 percent since he arrived in Scooba in 2009, will round out the evening’s reports.

All members of the community are welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by telephone or email to Gina Cotton of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, gcotton@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5063.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Nicky Fleming of Shubuta, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman, Gary Holcomb of Randolph and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb of Randolph, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman and Nicky Fleming of Shubuta. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Will Chancellor of Brooksville, Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala., John Brown of Hoover, Ala., and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, John Brown of Hoover, Ala., Will Chancellor of Brooksville and Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Gary Holcomb of Randolph was the First Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 90 of 100 targets. Holcomb’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Brian Fleming of Shubuta was the Second Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Brian Fleming, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 89 of 100 targets. Fleming’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015

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Jones County Junior College
SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship
ELLISVILLE –The newly established scholarship by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Inc. was awarded after Jones County Junior College’s May commencement ceremony to ten JCJC students. The largest and most diversified regional planning and development entity in the United States, endowed $100,000 to provide $750 scholarships to the following incoming sophomore students: Covington County’s Nolan Kyle Stapleton and Paris Ramon Edwards; Greene County’s Tyshayla Mimbes and James Christopher Turner; Jones County’s Matt Ishee and Zachary Biglane; Perry County’s Samuel Lee Hinton and Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia; Wayne County’s Justin Hutto and Shakela Leggett. These five counties are part of the SMPDD’s 15-county district.

“On behalf of the SMPDD Board of Directors we are thrilled to be able to offer these scholarships to this group of future leaders in our communities. One of our main goals at SMPDD is to look for educational opportunities for our citizens,” said Leonard Bentz, Executive Director of the SMPDD. He added, “Each year, this scholarship will be awarded to two students from each of the five counties with one student in an academic program and one student in a skills related program who meets the full-time status and cumulative GPA requirements.”

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, through the leadership of the local officials comprising its Board of Directors and through the synergy of its staff, assists 38 municipal governments within its 15-county district of Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. Since its beginning in 1967, SMPDD has continually evolved to meet the needs, discover opportunities and anticipate the trends challenging the economic vitality, environmental integrity, and overall quality of life enjoyed in South Mississippi, which includes offering assistance to future leaders.
Jones County Supervisor, Johnny Burnett said he is glad to be a part of this new scholarship opportunity for some of his constituents. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to give to the children in our area because they are our future.”
JCJC forestry major, Samuel Hinton said he feels honored to be one of the first recipients of this newly established scholarship. “It will help a lot!” said Hinton. “It is going to be great not to have to worry about paying for all of my college expenses.”
Hinton’s future plans include transferring to Mississippi State University after graduating next May from Jones and work with his family’s timber management company.
JCJC VP of Advancement and the Executive Director of the JCJC Foundation, Charlie Garretson said scholarships are one way to extend and perpetuate the legacy of a company and its community. “We appreciate every donation we receive to assist students and their families with funding college expenses. This scholarship endowment will also help two incoming freshmen this inaugural year, which have not yet been identified.”

According to the District’s web site, it perceives its function as “a change agent to add value to the information and resources it possesses.” True to its mission, JCJC officials and students are already seeing the positive effects changing the future of ten JCJC students with this new SMPDD Scholarship.
The District consists of 15 counties including the following counties and cities within the county: Covington County: Collins, Mount Olive, Seminary; Forrest County: Hattiesburg, Petal; George County: Lucedale; Greene County: Leakesville, McLain, State Line; Hancock County: Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, Waveland; Harrison County: Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport , Long Beach, Pass Christian; Jackson County: Gautier, Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Pascagoula; Jefferson Davis County: Bassfield, Prentiss; Jones County: Ellisville, Laurel, Sandersville, Soso; Lamar County: Hattiesburg, Lumberton, Purvis, Sumrall; Marion County: Columbia; Pearl River: Pearl River County, Picayune, Poplarville; Perry County: Beaumont, New Augusta, Richton; Stone County: Wiggins; Wayne County: Waynesboro.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

East Mississippi Community College held receptions May 14 at its Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses for retiring faculty and staff members. The Scooba campus had two honorees, Bob Walker and James McMullan, both of Meridian. Bob Walker was recognized for 14 years of service to the college as a Forestry Technology instructor. Before joining the faculty at EMCC, Walker worked as a registered forester for 30 years with three private companies.
James McMullan was recognized for nine years of service to the college. Over the years, McMullan has taught psychology, human growth and development and criminal justice. He has also served as distance learning coordinator and director of EMCC’s extension location at Naval Air Station Meridian.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS
TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division, in partnership with Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is offering a summer camp for students in middle and high school.

Camp AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Professionals) will be held at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. The week-long sessions in June and July will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Camp AMP is the perfect opportunity for both middle and high school students to be exposed to what awaits them in the real world,” said Susan Baird, assistant dean in the Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division.

“Unfortunately, most students do not realize how many job opportunities are available to them right here in their own back yard. Camp AMP will provide both industry tours and hands-on skills training for students so that they can get a better understanding of the technology that is involved in the advanced manufacturing companies in our area.”

Camp AMP will introduce seventh- through 12-graders to manufacturing methods such as computer-aided design, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping. Students will learn about job opportunities in and around the Golden Triangle and will get a first-hand glimpse at what those jobs look like via tours of local industries.

Slots are still available in five of the six Camp AMP sessions. Seventh- and eighth-graders will attend Camp AMP June 1-5 (full) and July 6-10. Ninth- and 10th-graders will attend June 8-12 and July 13-17. 11th- and 12-graders will attend June 15-19 and July 20-24.

Only 12 slots are available for each session. Students do not have to live in the EMCC district to attend Camp AMP. The registration deadline for all sessions is May 29. Visit the “Camp AMP” link on the home page at www.eastms.edu to download registration forms and liability waivers. Hard copies of the paperwork can be mailed, delivered or faxed to EMCC. Registration is $25.


For more information, call Susan Baird at (662) 243-2686 or email sbaird@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Jones County Junior College
District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed
ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College 2015 Graduation was a day of memorable firsts: a noteworthy number of graduates, the first honorary degree awarded, and the first time in recent memory the guest speaker was a parent of a participating graduate.
A record number of 901 students were eligible to graduate with 629 participating in commencement exercises. Thousands of friends and family turned out to watch the day’s event.
The keynote speaker, Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley shared with students how he first came to America, with two suitcases, $600 and knowing no one. He gave students this advice: visualize a goal, have a plan to achieve that goal and then put it into action, and he used his own life as an example. Taking a class on the U.S. Constitution was his inspiration to go to law school, which in turn inspired him to become district attorney.
“One of the main things I think is great about America is your education system,” said Buckley. “It allows you time to figure out what you want to do with your life. If you couple the education system with the American work ethic and integrity, then you can succeed in whatever you set your goals to. America still rewards those who are educated, work hard and have integrity.”
To illustrate another lesson, Buckley held up a golf ball for the audience to see, a golf ball that he keeps on a shelf in his office next to the scales of justice. He explained that when the golf ball was first created in Scotland, it was originally smooth, but it wouldn’t go far or in the direction it was hit. It was discovered that the more dings and nicks the ball received, the straighter and farther the ball would go.
“That’s the same with life for you,” Buckley said. “You’re going to have setbacks and disappointments, dings and nicks like that golf ball, but it’s how you react to them and learn from them. Instead of seeing them as a roadblock, you can knock it down that fairway far and straight.”
His son, Evan Buckley, a pre-med major and a top soccer player for the Bobcats, participated in the graduation ceremonies. Although he had opportunities to attend other colleges, Evan chose Jones and said he was happy with his choice.
“Everyone here has been fantastic. My experiences have been great,” he said. “I realize I still have a lot more work to do, but I’ve had a really good two years and hopefully the rest of the years will match up to what it’s been like here at Jones.”
Evan plans to continue his education at Ole Miss, where his older sister, Emily, went straight out of high school.
“I saw how hard it was for her transitioning from high school to a university, so it helped me decide it would be better to go to a junior college.”
His younger brother, Erik, will begin JCJC this fall and will play soccer like his brother.
When Evan first heard that his father was speaking at his graduation, he didn’t believe it.
“I really thought he was joking because he jokes all the time. Turns out he wasn’t. It’s definitely cool to have your dad giving your college graduation speech.”
The college’s first Honorary Degree was awarded to Richton businesswoman Oma Hibbler, owner of Community Development Incorporated (CDI). The $3 million business assists the community through services such as assisted living, adult daycare, personal care and transportation. Her company provides transportation for students from Wayne and Greene counties to JCJC.
JCJC Dean of Students Dr. Samuel Jones nominated Hibbler for the Honorary Degree because of the work she is doing in communities within the college district.
“Ms. Hibbler created this business because she saw a need in her community because she has the heart of a servant. She is truly an asset to the community and she has been a beacon of light for many. I believe because of her, many have been inspired, challenged and provoked to see themselves as people who can overcome barriers to press toward a better life,” said Jones. “She’s really inspiring our students to be great every single day. She’s a great example for us all. Even if you don’t have a college degree, you can still work hard and make a difference in your community, and that’s why she’s being recognized.”
Said Hibbler of her first college degree, “Words cannot explain how I feel. It is so hard to come to the realization that people who love and care for you would go to the lengths to help you achieve your dreams. I often tell my staff, I do not have an education and often dream secretly of how it would feel. I am humbled by the award.”
Hibbler credits God with the start and success of her business. Although she hesitated beginning her business due to fear of rejection and her lack of a college education, with her faith she persevered, and today, not only does she own a multi-million dollar business, but she has now received the diploma she always wanted.
“I am grateful, humbled, amazingly excited and praise God for His miracles,” she said, quoting Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks ...

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks in Student Success, Retention, and Other Measures

In accordance with Mississippi House Bill No. 1071 from the 2010 legislative session, East Central Community College in Decatur has released its 2013 Community College Performance Profile, or Report Card. The bill created an Education Achievement Council which was established to set education achievement goals for institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges in the state and to assist in monitoring progress towards those goals through the preparation of annual institutional and state report cards.

The Community College Report Card, designed to reflect the unique mission of community colleges, incorporates measures closely aligned with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges. Therefore, each report card includes information for the specific community/junior college, along with corresponding figures for the state system, which includes all 15 Mississippi community/junior colleges. Information contained in the report includes student enrollment, degrees awarded, student success, student retention, student progress, workforce development information, and GED® and adult basic education statistics, as well as enrollment and success in remedial coursework (college readiness).

In the 2013 Community College Report Card, ECCC compared well against state averages in numerous categories. In the crucial category of Student Success, ECCC excelled in the area of overall graduation rates, particularly among pre-baccalaureate and technical students. Also evident is ECCC’s top-tier performance in preparing students to transfer to four-year institutions. In the overall summary measurement of student success, ECCC achieved elite status.

Another category of excellent comparative strength for ECCC within credit programs was overall student retention (freshman students progressing in enrollment to the next year), particularly in pre-baccalaureate programs.

In workforce training activities, the data reveals ECCC continued to be a leader in the number of individuals served, and ranked in the top third in the state in the number of individuals experiencing increases in wages subsequent to training.

In addition, ECCC continued to display a commitment to outreach and excellence in the awarding of GEDs, placing among the state’s very best in the number of GEDs awarded.

“The 2013 Report Card documents that ECCC is continuing to do many things well as we fulfill our 2020 Vision strategic plan,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We are very proud of that and look to strengthen those aspects of our vision and mission that rank above the state average. However, as it does each year, the Report Card has identified areas of improvement for our college. Likewise, we look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to improve in those areas as ECCC strives to become nationally recognized and locally preferred. The overall results of the Report Card demonstrate that ECCC is making progress in many areas that enable our students to experience an excellent postsecondary education right here at home.”

The 2013 Performance Profile (Report Card) for ECCC can be found on the college’s website at http://www.eccc.edu/consumer-information. In addition, a copy of the 2013 Performance Profile can be obtained from the Office of the President.


Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown
ELLISVILLE – Longtime Jones County Junior College band director, Jeff Brown has called the band hall his second home for the last 33 years. He has been the Fine Arts Division Chair, Director of Bands, Assistant Director of Bands, JC Jazz Band Director and “percussion guru” over those years, impacting thousands of students. His last performance as conductor and drummer was at the April Java & Jazz concert which had many former students and friends bid him “farewell,” like JCJC alumnus and former JCJC Director of Bands, and current Pearl High School Band Director, Matthew Pickering. He explained Brown taught him a hard life lesson about procrastination.

“I submitted my Music Theory 4 final project two days after the deadline. He accepted my work but deducted ten points per day for each day that it was late, and that resulted in my final grade for the class being a B. Although I was disappointed in making a B in my favorite class, I knew that I deserved it and I did not question his grading policy or ask for an exception,” said Pickering. He added, “Jeff Brown is one of the most compassionate and selfless individuals with which I have ever worked. He sincerely enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skill sets with his colleagues and students, and his work ethic was phenomenal. In short I guess you could describe him as a gentleman and a scholar, and I will forever be grateful for the time that I was allowed to work with him.”
Another JCJC Maroon Typhoon alumnus, Ricky Williamson remembers how Brown taught him to be on-time for practice.

“During band camp in 1993, I remember I stayed out too late one night and overslept. Mr. Brown sent someone to my dorm room with some 20-inch Zildjian cymbals and used them as an alarm clock. Needless to say, I didn't oversleep again. Thanks Mr. B. for the privilege of playing snare at JC.”

Williamson said Brown inspired hundreds of musicians over the years. Although most have quit playing since college, he said Brown gave them something they can take with them for a lifetime: self-discipline, a hard work ethic, the importance of comradery, and memories that will last forever.

“To this day my friends and I still talk about the impact Mr. Brown made in our lives. I know that we were hard to deal with at times and tested his nerves, but he always had enough patience to let us be college kids and at the same time trusted us to make JCJC's drumline great,” said Williamson.

Another 1993 JCJC alumnus, Ryan Walker added, “Mr. Brown was and still is a great influence on my life. He is the sole reason I chose JCJC. I wanted to be a better player and I knew I could be under his supervision. He entrusted me as Captain and allowed me the freedom to write and teach my own pieces for the drumline. That year our drum line won the top section award six times and we dedicated our year to him. As you know, drummers are usually the rebellious ones in a band, so winning six times meant we were focused. We were for him and would run through walls for him and still would. He is a class act and helped mold thousands over his career. I'm blessed to be one.”

While the Lexington, Mississippi native said he’s looking forward to retirement after a total of 40-years of teaching students, there is one thing Brown will unequivocally not miss about teaching.

“The thing I will not miss is ‘paperwork.’ No one gets into the teaching profession to do paperwork, and I realize that there is a certain amount of paperwork that must be done. However, over the years it seems that the amount of paperwork has dramatically increased, or maybe I am just tired of paperwork. Anyway, I won't miss paperwork!” said Brown.
Of course, he said he will miss students, especially the students who were eager to learn, who always had questions, and never gave up. When asked if there is a favorite memory over his years of teaching, Brown shared this story.
“It is extremely difficult to select one favorite moment or trip. There are so many moments from which to choose. There have been some memorable comments, however. After one rather poorly attended jazz concert a student told me ‘I had fun, even if there was no one in the audience.’ I also had a parent tell me after a concert, ‘You made my daughter fall in love with the saxophone again!’ I will cherish those times!”
In his spare time Brown said he plans to play more on his drums and with his two grandchildren, write music, teach a few private lessons and volunteer at Jones. The question the students wanted to know is, will there be a “Party at Mr. Brown’s House” in the near future? That phrase became a joke at the end of each summer band camp because they knew Mr. Brown never rested.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Meridian Public School District - "Winding Down in May Events"

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Magnolia Middle School Red Carpet Affair
*This event is really neat – the students get to really dress up and get treated like stars!*
Saturday, May 16 – 5:00 p.m.
First New Hope Baptist Church Association Building at Hawkins Crossing
Magnolia students will be honored for good grades and behavior during this special event.

Poplar Springs Elementary ‘Celebrate Arts!’ Arts Festival
Monday, May 18 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Arts is a school wide arts festival featuring local artists. Students rotate to stations to view art and create art in all forms. This is sponsored in part through the Meridian Council of the Arts. A Brown Bag Lunch concert will be held featuring the MHS Lamplighters.

MPSD Retirement Reception
Tuesday, May 19 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Kahlmus Auditorium – MSU Meridian
Please join us as we honor the 2015 retirees of the Meridian Public School District.

Meridian High School Graduation
Friday, May 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium

We will have early dismissal of school on the last three days ...
Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 – Elementary dismisses at 12:40 p.m. and Middle and High at 1:10 p.m.
Friday, May 22 – Elementary dismisses at 12:00 p.m. and Middle and High at 12:30 p.m.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

MAYHEW – Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi stole the show Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
The Japanese tire manufacturer, preparing to open its 1 million-square-foot Clay County factory this fall, received the Director’s Award, the event’s highest honor. YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto delivered a progress report on the plant – and checks for $250,000 to EMCC and Mississippi State University.
Other honorees included PACCAR Engine Company, which took home the Best Practices Award, and special recognition for Randy Kelly of The Mississippi Partnership, and Wanda Land, who is retiring from the Mississippi Development Authority.
“We need people with more than just the ability to work hard. We need people who can think and solve problems. And that’s what all the people in this room are working toward,” said Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president of EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering division.
In presenting YTMM with the Director’s Award for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes,” Shaunak said EMCC looks forward to a “very long relationship” with the company.
He said the $250,000 YTMM presented to EMCC will provide scholarships to eleventh and twelfth grade students to take MTE division credit courses, particularly in the recently added electro-mechanical and mechatronics programs, as well as manufacturing summer camps for sixth grade students.
“We need every business in this room, government as well as private business, to expose these students to real work environments,” said Shaunak.
Some of the money donated by YTMM will also be used to bolster manufacturing training at EMCC’s West Point Center.
During his progress report, Yamamoto said the YTMM plant should be operational sometime in October, producing about 1 million truck and bus tires per year with a staff of around 500 employees.
Explaining the rationale behind locating the YTMM plant in Clay County, Yamamoto said the company looked at 3,000 U.S. counties, including 116 in the Southeast, before settling on Clay County due to cost, available workforce, government incentives and “Southern hospitality.”
As of April, YTMM had hired 180 employees, with more than half having been trained at EMCC.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, who is retiring in June, took one final opportunity to brag about the Workforce Services team at EMCC, which worked in concert with the Golden Triangle Development LINK to bring Yokohama to Clay County.
“Our Workforce training team is among the best in the nation, without a doubt. And our success is the community’s success,” said Young.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500
ELLISVILLE – A special class project turned into a big win for a team of Jones County Junior College welders. The team of four students, Jared Revette of Raleigh, Ethan Wimberley of Myrick, Matt Arender of Raleigh and Nestor Castro of Laurel brought home the Hammerhead 500 winner’s trophy and some cash with the “car” they created.

“This car was designed and built in the JCJC welding shop at the Ellisville campus by students,” said Rod Tolbert, JCJC welding instructor, race coach and Industrial Services Division Chair. “The car was made out of a steel square tubing frame with an aluminum body. This is a fun project that the students look forward to each year because the welding students get some great fabrication experience as well as the satisfaction of winning.”

JCJC students not only won first place in the college division at the Hammer Head 500 in Bay Springs after being unsuccessful in last year’s competition, but they also beat out a big competitor: Mississippi State University.

Jared Revette said the win was extra special beating MSU. However, the experience was even more important. “This was a great opportunity for us to learn multiple fabrication techniques, which are skills that will help us in the workforce.”

The Bobcat team also earned third place in the Open Division of the annual Brick Street Derby with the car that had to be less than 500 pounds and no more than 12 feet long or 5 feet wide. The re-engineered Bobcat car earned the team $300 for first place.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions
New and transfer students planning to attend 2015 fall classes at East Central Community College are encouraged to attend one of three remaining registration sessions scheduled this summer on the Decatur campus.
The three sessions will be held Saturday, June 6; Thursday, July 9; and Friday, August 14, announced Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.
“We encourage students to attend the earliest session possible in order to get the classes they want for the fall semester,” Lee said.
Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register.
“As in years past, students may arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register,” Lee said. “Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted for admission should have received a letter in the mail instructing them how to proceed on the day of registration. Students who have not completed the application process are welcome to attend if they have the ACT or COMPASS score report and transcripts turned in and will begin the process in the Eddie M. Smith Student Union on the west side of campus.”
On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.
Students who have not taken either the ACT or COMPASS test should be prepared to take it at 8:30 a.m. on the day of registration. The cost is $20.
Lee added, “A complimentary meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria for students and parents.”
Fall classes begin Monday, August 17.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur
ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur officially dedicated the completion of paving, sidewalk, and lighting projects with a joint ribbon-cutting on West Broad Street in front of the campus Tuesday, May 12. Helping cut the ribbon, were ...
Decatur Alderman Mark Buntyn, ECCC Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, Mississippi Department of Transportation Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Decatur Mayor Pat O’Neill, State Rep. Randy Rushing (District 78), and ECCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Jerry Smith. The projects were made possible by Surface Transportation Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding provided through the Mississippi Department of Transportation

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center
JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center will be offering an Introduction to Personal Computers class beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The class will meet each Tuesday night for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $55.00 which includes books. CEUs are available at the conclusion of the class for $10. Registration is required one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228.
For the most current schedule of JCJC’s non-credit courses, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC ADN Graduates

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC ADN Graduates
These East Central Community College students received their Associate Degree Nursing pins during a special ceremony held Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Graduates and their respective hometowns include
Tiara Bailey, Meridian; Melissa Barham, Polkville; Sherrie Perry, Decatur; Jessica Steen, Kosciusko; Robyn Johnson, Sebastopol; Kenya Hickman, Louisville; Casie McClendon, Forest; Shelby Harthcock, Newton; and Hayden Stokes, Louisville
Tiffany Anderson, Newton; Kayla Jenkins, Louisville; Traci Lewis, Decatur; Hailey Smith Jones and Bethany Jones, both of Philadelphia; Aimee Woods, Louisville; Chassidy Gates, Decatur; Mary Catherine Hunt, Louisville; Taylor Deese, Noxapater; Reagan Anderson, Philadelphia; Tony Sistrunk, Sebastopol; John Mark Carter, Louisville; and Amber Pierce, Carthage
Nikki Smith, Union; Sharley Hardin, Rebecca Wicker and Danielle Pettigrew, all of Forest; Bailey Talbot, Louisville; Aleta Shade, Carthage; Kimberly Noblin, Forest; Amy Whittle and Chesney Spence, both of Philadelphia; Kayla McCleary and Victoria Sanders, both of Carthage; Angela Reeves, Decatur; and Alex Meador, Chunky
Marty Boatner, Louisville; Kalecia Bean, Bruce; Emily Price, Sebastopol; Katie Pigg, Carthage; Eula Lewis, Brandon; Darryl Cooks, Walnut Grove; Trilandra Ware, Forest; Kurt Simoneau, Louin; Patience Haynes, Noxapater; Jordan Clearman, Philadelphia; Samantha Ellingburg, Little Rock; Shakeela Flournoy Taylorsville; and Shane Wilbourne, Forest. Denita Thomas serves as Dean of Healthcare Education.
Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

East Central Community College in Decatur honored four retirees during its annual end-of-the-year luncheon held Friday, May 8, 2015, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on campus.

Bubby Johnston of Forest (vice president for public information), who retired after 28 years of service; Joe Barrett of Decatur (workforce development coordinator), who retired after 10 years; Robin Fulton of Louisville (mathematics instructor), who retired after six years; and Debbie Gordon of Louisville (computer science instructor), who retired after 11 years.

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC


ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Enterprise High School Valedictorian Justin Williams and Salutatorian Miranda Espey participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown, and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers, and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC


ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Wayne County High School Valedictorian Taylor Hathorn and Salutatorian Mackenzie Hutto participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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Jones County Junior College ... in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.
Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available in the Fine Arts Auditorium with a simulcast of the ceremony. Commencement will also be streamed on the web page, www.jcjc.edu or www.jcjc.tv.

A record number of 901 students are eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate. Additionally, 242 students have already met graduation requirements after the fall semester and may participate in spring commencement ceremonies with 629 who have said they would participate in commencement exercises.

The keynote speaker will be Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley. He has been the top prosecutor since 2003, when he first ran against an incumbent. In his third term beginning in 2011, Buckley did not to have an opponent and became the first District Attorney in Jones County to be elected for more than two terms. During this election year, he again faces no challenger and will begin his fourth term as Jones County’s District Attorney in January of 2016.
The Sheffield, England native went to school in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire and graduated with Honors in 1987, from the University College of Swansea in the United Kingdom. As part of his undergraduate degree he was required to complete a year at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. After undergraduate school, he pursued a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg before going on to law school at Mississippi College in Jackson to earn his law degree in 1992.
Buckley calls Calhoun his home, where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Michelle and his three children, one of whom is graduating from Jones.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC
ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Hattiesburg High School Valedictorian Janecia Seymore and Salutatorian Millicent Krebs participated in this year’s celebration.
WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.
The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia
Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Addressing his fellow graduates during East Central Community College’s 86th Commencement held Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Zach Allen of Louisville encouraged his classmates to overcome their fears.

“Ed Helms said, ‘Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.’ Fear is a major obstacle in the world today. Whether it is a fear of trying new things or what people think of us, in the end, it all doesn’t matter,” said Allen, who is an ECCC Hall of Fame recipient and president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

He continued his remarks by reminiscing about the fear he had during his first week at East Central and how he chose joy as opposed to worry or dread, which in turn lead to a great college experience.

“I came to East Central in hopes of receiving a good education that would equip me for further learning,” Allen said. “I am leaving East Central better prepared not only academically, but spiritually as well. Thank you to all of the faculty and administration for investing your time in us students on campus and especially me. You all have played a part in making East Central the No. 1 community college in the state where we do things the EC Way-Excellence With Class.”

He concluded his remarks by quoting Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear because God is with you.”

In addition to Allen, those participating in the program included graduating sophomores Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, invocation; Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, benediction; and Haleigh West and Makenzie Rowzee, both of Hickory, who presented the musical selection “Whenever You Remember.”

College President Dr. Billy W. Stewart awarded degrees and certificates to nearly 600 graduates. Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction, presented candidates.

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EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM ...

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

MAYHEW – Arl Taylor is proud to be a part of East Mississippi Community College history.
Taylor, of Caledonia, was part of the first class to enter the Recreational Turf Management program at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus when the program was launched in 2013. He graduated along with more than 500 EMCC students who took part in three separate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.
Taylor, 45, wanted his sons to see him receive his associate of applied science degree. And he also wasn’t about to let his instructor down.
“Mr. Danny asked all the members of the fist class to walk. And if Mr. Danny asks, I’ll be there,” said Taylor.
Danny Smith has helmed the fledgling program at Lion Hills — formerly the Columbus Country Club —since its inception. He did most of the footwork to get the program off the ground, and Taylor’s class accompanied Smith through many changes in its first two years, helping it evolve into the program students will know in the future.
“Arl is like having a second instructor in the class. He came to the program with experience maintaining a golf course, but he’s always been a team player and he accepts criticism. He’s dependable. He’s got a positive attitude and good communication skills. He was a great mentor for the young guys in the program,” said Smith.
Taylor’s help was right on time as the program found its footing in its first years.
“The first year was totally different from the second. We were helping with a lot of really hard projects for the golf course. The bunker renovation and helping with the new irrigation system on the front side.
“The young guys would complain sometimes, but Mr. Danny would tell them this is very valuable experience. The golf side of things isn’t all riding around on equipment and using expensive tools. A lot of it is getting your hands dirty.”
Taylor had worked in golf course maintenance since leaving Weyerhaeuser in 2003. It was during that time that he says he “figured out what I want to do with my life.”
He had considered going to school at Mississippi State on multiple occasions, but said he wouldn’t change the scenario that brought him to EMCC.
“If a person wanted a four-year degree in turf management, I would tell them to spend the first two years at EMCC. You’re going to get more practical skills. More hands-on knowledge. And Mr. Danny is going to be very involved with you and push you hard to get you ready,” he said.
During his time at EMCC, Taylor was awarded an Outstanding Achievement scholarship from the Mississippi Turf Grass Association and was honored by Smith two years in a row as Recreational Turf Management’s Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore Student of the Year at the annual Awards Day program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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EMCC STUDENT GRADUATES WITH ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS ... Elizabeth Barnacastle

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC STUDENT GRADUATES WITH ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS

SCOOBA – Elizabeth Barnacastle impressed more than just her instructors during her time at East Mississippi Community College.
The Meridian native is one of only two community college students in the country to earn the 2015 GEICO Pathway to Completion Baccalaureate Scholarship, which she’ll take to Mississippi State after graduating along with more than 500 EMCC students who took part in three separate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.
Barnacastle was surprised with the news of her GEICO scholarship by a representative from the insurance company in April as she and fellow Phi Theta Kappa honor society members attended the PTK National Convention April 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas.
“They said they wanted to see my face when they told me the news. Honestly, I was so shocked,” said Barnacastle.
But she left San Antonio with more than just the GEICO scholarship. Barnacastle was also named to PTK’s All-Mississippi Academic 1st Team, which carries its own scholarship, and received a Coca-Cola Bronze scholarship through PTK.
Proud as they are of her awards, Barnacastle’s instructors at EMCC’s Scooba campus aren’t exactly surprised.
“In all my years of teaching on the community college level, I have never encountered someone with as much self-motivation as Elizabeth has. She is an exceptional student and an outstanding role model to her community and her peers,” said Janet Briggs, EMCC Humanities Division chairman and PTK sponsor at the Scooba campus.
Having proven she can compete with the best students in the country, Barnacastle is content to stay close to home. She attended EMCC’s Scooba campus because it’s “far enough away from home, but close enough that I can go home every day if I wanted.” And she’ll be even closer to home when she transitions to MSU’s Meridian campus in the fall.
The accounting major will stay busy over the summer thanks to an internship with a Meridian accounting firm. She said she’s “always loved math” since her days at Northeast Lauderdale High School and looks forward to crunching numbers for a living.
Always humble, Elizabeth has yet to even count up her own scholarship totals, although she has more pending. And it’s that same easygoing attitude that brought her to the Scooba campus in the first place.
“It’s not too big and not too small. There are lots of activities on campus, so how much you want to get involved is up to you,” she said.
In addition to being a member of PTK, Barnacastle was a Scooba campus Student Ambassador and a member of the Student Government Association.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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EMCC GRADUATES MORE THAN 500 "Part A"

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC GRADUATES MORE THAN 500

East Mississippi Community College held spring 2015 graduation ceremonies May 8 and 9 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included more than 500 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
A list of graduates, sorted by county and hometown, is included below.


ALCORN
Corinth: Osiris Copeland

ATTALA
McCool: Mallory Griffith, Cody Miller
Sallis: Dennison Bell

CALHOUN
Calhoun City: Tanner Bailey, Trisha Williams

CHICKASAW
Houlka: Jason Christensen
Houston: Hillary Ford, Taylor Kelly, Ross Moore, Chloe Tapley, Magen Tapley, Christopher Upshaw
Okolona: Jason Brown
Woodland: Anna Whitt

CHOCTAW
Ackerman: Bailee Clark, Emma James, Pamela Keeton, Cody Landrum, Donna McKinney, Brandi Medders, Miranda Miller, Nicholas Morrow, Sherry Moss, Kendall Odom, Jodi Peden, Melissa Swanner, Timothy Thomas
Weir: Kenneth Vowell

CLARKE
Pachuta: Marilyn Kelly
Quitman: Ashley Davis, Jaleesa Harris, Kajuania Jones, Rebecca Weis, Tyler Williams
Shubuta: Jeremy Sumrall

CLAY
Pheba: Akia Johnson, Willie Owens, Audrey Walker
West Point: Ashley Acker, Hannah Allen, Mamie Allen, Shay Atkins, Conner Baird, Christina Bradshaw, Monique Bradshaw, Ashton Childress, Aaron Conley, Stephen Craft, Jefferson Ellis, Thomas Ellis, Chris Gable, Christina Gibbs, Kyle Gordon, Joshua Guest, Athen Hambey, Taylor Harris, Jordan Hawkins, Trey Heard, Dominique Jones, Sierra Jones, Steven Jones, Tawona Lewis, Angela Maynard, Megan McBrayer, Joel McClain, Wendi McMinn, Jessica McVay, Mark Minor, Brittany Montgomery, Christian Rodriguez, Abby Scott, James Smith, Joshua Smothers, Justin Sumner, Alexis Taylor, Amberely Thomas, Morgan Vanderbraden, Caitlyn Walker, Dustin Weedon, James Weston, James White, Amber Wilkerson

COPIAH
Crystal Springs: Clayton Denson, Devin Harper
Hazlehurst: Demetrius Cain

DESOTO
Olive Branch: Heather Abney, Kristopher Ausburn
Southaven: Brett Purnell

FORREST
Hattiesburg: Christpher Standland
Petal: Charles Simmons

GEORGE
Lucedale: Hunter Brannan

HARRISON
Gulfport: Jonathan Liberto
Pass Christian: William Lassabe

HINDS
Clinton: Conner Mounger
Jackson: Tori Moses
Terry: Lauren Lewis
Utica: Jill Thompson

JACKSON
Ocean Springs: Stephanie Jacobs
Pascagoula: Andrew Crane

JASPER
Louin: Vera Keyes

KEMPER
De Kalb: Dakota Aust, Melvin Benamon, Jakaylea Bennamon, Morgan McMahon, Cadarius Odom, Angel Robbins, Elitor Wallace, Jonathan Wiggins, Donald Williams, Jelani Williams, Tevin Williams
Porterville: Cordesha Anderson, Jaburious Jackson, Vickie Jackson
Preston: Zachary Hanna, Neil Leonard, Thomas Luke, Michael Resh, Robniecha Rush
Scooba: Cordarius Cross, Jasmine Granger, Jordan Jones, Shaquisha Mosley, Marneisha Reed, Susan Reynolds, Richard Rigdon, Sommers Spencer, Tyesha Terrell, Amy Thomas, Inieshia Winston

LAUDERDALE
Collinsville: Tyler Cole, Christopher Jenkins
Daleville: Erin Henry, Dennis Parker
Lauderdale: Sharmane Hopson, Nick Kosier, Shalonda McDonald, Carolyn Parker, Dylan Smith
Meridian: Desmond Anderson, Cassie Collins, Antonio Finley, Bryson Gant, Edward Griffin, Dallas Heim, Colby Howard, Blake Key, Sarah Lolley, Corey Massey, Jackson Mayatt, Christopher Roney, James Roberts, Ryan Scott, Aliyah Staten, Lauren Stephens, Katelyn Tomberlin, Cody Welde, Samuel Williams
Toomsuba: Elizabeth Barnacastle, James Randall, Christian Shelby

LEAKE
Carthage: Darren Hardage, Krista Greenwood, Chekita Cannon
Walnut Grove: Myra Boler

LEE
Tupelo: Kelsey Groves, Kortney Seal, Ayana Johnson, Dylan Vuncannon

LOWNDES
Artesia: Jeremy McGee
Caledonia: Kevin Blizard, Jacob Britton, Cassie Brown, Michael Bruce, Brandon Craig, Haylee Crouch, Katherine Davis, Hunter Griffin, Devin Jordan, Lowell Lee, Kailey Lavendar, Mark McCoy, Raymond Mims, Vonetta Moore, Jeremy Reed-Wood, Klara Scott, William Seabrooks, Davids Smith, Sidney Snapka, Arl Taylor, Michael Unruh, Allison Williams, Darby Williams, Jackson Yeager
Columbus: Shailexis Allen, Johnathon Andrews, Andrew Ashton, Quadevious Atterberry, Matthew Barnes, Jaylan Barry, Darrin Black, Christopher Bonner, William Bonner, Trisha Boone, Cassady Bovee, R.D. Bradford, Anthony Brewer, Elizabeth Brooks, Tawanda Brooks, Jacqueline Bullock, Kaylee Cade, Mac Carver, Carl Cheatham, Carol Cassell, Kendrick Conner, Corey Council, Dequanata Eckford, Miguel Flores, Mark Fortune, Ericia Gammon, Charles Gardner, Jasmine Gardner, Mikayla Gore, Charline Grace, James Gunter, Jabresha Groves, Becky Hairston, Lizzie Harris, Patrice Harris, Johnathan Hendrix, Alfred Hill, Raymond Hollivay, Erica Horton, Luke Hudson, Daniel Hughes, Douglas Hughes, Jasmine Jackson, Jeremiah Jeffery, Abigail Jenkins, Breuna Jones, Jamarcus Jones, Keuna Jones, Lawrence Jones, Thaddieus Jones, Zachary Kimbrell, Rickey Knox, Kelvin Lagrone, Marcus Lagrone, Wesley Lake, Sammie Lee, Curtis Leech, Preston Long, Corey Lowery, Anthony Malone, Michael Manley, Jonathan Martin, Ashley Massey, Alicia McBride, Anna McCrary, Joshua McKay, Jonathan Meadows, Cacovia Millsap, Tavares Mixon, Robert Moore, Jonathan Morris, Demarco Morgan, James Mullis, Thomas Nettles, Brody Parker, Charles Patrick, Martha Patterson, Ashlee Peacock, Skylar Pearson, Campton Pittman, Olivia Plant, Christina Pleasants, Max Porter, Turner Pounders, Antonio Pratt, Edward Preston, Desmon Psalms, Marino Randle, Richard Rast, Ashley Reed, William Reeves, Brandon Reynolds, Acia Rice, Adrienne Saffore, Kennedi Sanders, David Scott, Harold Smith, Kelsea Smith, Kristen Smith, Y’lan Smith, Nicole Sparks, Erin Stanfield, Kasey Stanfield, Benjamin Taylor, Jasmine Taylor, Orlando Taylor, John Tedford, Colt Vanover, Mason Vaughn, Cole Walker, Allen Ward, Lashayla Wells, Caleb Westmoreland, Jada Williams, Monica Williams, Steely Wilson, Chelsee Young,
Crawford: Jamal Lasker
Steens: Bryson Bailey, Ricky Baker, Jesse Black, Kylie Brown, Rebecca Davis, Houston Greggs, Larissa Hawkins, Charles Hicks, Matthew Hudson, Katelyn Kendrick, Zachary McKee, Ronald Williams, Isaac Wilson, Kody Winter, Elizabeth Younger

MADISON
Canton: Max Morgan
Madison: Hunter Poe, Amy Tubertini, Adelaide Wilson
Ridgeland: Wade Ellis, Eric Wiggins

MARSHALL
Byhalia: Precious Rogers

MONROE
Aberdeen: Shantion Eckford, Jacob Dickens, James Doty, Cecile Fields, Deja Holliday, Joseph Schrock, Taylor Williams, Vonsha Ewing, Zavia Forshee
Amory: Barton Hudson, Britt Reynolds, Andrew Pearson
Hamilton: Brandon Fikes, Alexius Hamilton, Blake Pritchett, Justin Taylor, Randall Jackson, Kelly Robertson
Nettleton: Ashley Tribble
Prairie: Shanette Johnson, Roderick McNairy, Temeka Reese

MONTGOMERY
Winona: Logan Box

NESHOBA
Philadelphia: Miranda Crenshaw, Ava Cumberland, Jessie Gregory, Kendra Henderson, Austin Hight, Jonathan Hight, Mallory Johnson, Melissa Miller, Ayana Whitlock
Union: Jessie Gill

NEWTON
Chunky: Kandi Collins
Decatur: Justin Reeves
Lake: Timothy Pace
Newton: Kenyatta Griffin

NOXUBEE
Brooksville: Holly Borntrager, Dennis Brooks, Diamond Brooks, Terance Bryant, Prentess Chancellor, Katie Cumberland, Genesis Ivory, Jenecia Lockett, Miyake Jones, Darren Miller, Johnathan Orr, Elvalena Shields, Crystal Stevens, Amos Stewart, Joi Stewart, Britney Taylor, Douglas Triplett, Annetta Wells
Macon: Samitria Crook, Laron Dooley, Ethan Ewing, Christopher Fincher, Fernando Phillips, Jeanette Robbins
Shuqualak: Michael Brandon, Monica Hill, Lucas Jones, Michael Robertson, Kayla Thomas

OKTIBBEHA
Maben: Paul Allen, Chad Crowley, Clayton Fulgham, Daniel Winfield, Nathaniel Willers
Starkville: Rohit Addanki, Preston Baker, Matthew Barnes, James Betts, Terranekqa Blair, Bradley Bolin, Amanda Brackin, Colter Branton, Victoria Brooks, Lanetra Brown, Chandler Buntin, Madison Buntin, Justin Burger, Charles Butler, Michael Carraway, Angelia Chandler, Charles Collins, Jamiyah Covington, Joshua Cummings, Angela Davis, Joseph Devlin, Nathan Dixon, Franklin Dodds, Raven Doss, O’Brandon Duck, Jacob Dunstan, Brittany Edgil, Melvin Edgil, Jaquita Ellis, Nicholas Ferrell, Doris Foster, Devious Gandy, Nathan Gaudin, Marcolan Gibson, Megan Grey, Alexandra Grieves, Quintin Hall, Robert Hansford, Tamra Harrell, Leonard Harris, Michael Hays, Prinston Henderson, John Hill, Purcell Hinton, Carrie Holder, Ciera Holliday, Emily Hughes, Jolly Jackson, Kyle Jackson, Christian Jordan, Wesley Keesling, Andrew Lark, Kaitlyn Lomen, Jasmine Manguel, Courtney Martin, Rob Martinson, Samuel McCrory, Naqwuis McCullough, Christpher McHann, Austin Miles, Jordan Miller, Hollie Mullins, Fanecia Murphy, Christopher Necessary, Matthew Oliver, Kimberly Pearson, Matthew Phillips, Eric Plummer, Derek Pendergast, William Ray, Marlon Reese, Caleb Rich, Preston Shotts, Aisha Smith, Bobby Smith, Devin Starkey, Patrick Swoopes, Phillip Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Najeea Waters, Morgan Williams, Raymond Wise, Regina Yarbrough
Sturgis: Zachary Fulgham, Alena Jones, Charles Makamson, Obie Peterson, Michaela Pitts

PEARL RIVER
Poplarville: Justin Johnson

RANKIN
Brandon: Jon McCoy, Aubry Moak, Sha’myia Evans-Patrick, Alexus Sparkman, Jaalyn Williams
Florence: Payton Tucker
Pearl: Danny Alford, Alecha Gibbs

STONE
Perkinston: James Pender

WARREN
Vicksburg: Megan Evans, MacKenzie Davidson, Jerome Woodson

WASHINGTON
Greenville: Jessica Rowland
Hollandale: Carson Smyly

WEBSTER
Bellefontain: Kristen Pittman
Eupora: Daniel Bright, Walter Meek, Allen Reed, Katelyn Rodgers, Elliot Stroud, Billy Salley
Mantee: John Chism III, Karlie Henley, John Smith, Isabella Valdez
Mathiston: Joseph Cook, Richard Dalton, Curtis Helms, Keriann Johnsey, Patricia Kelly, Austin McGinnis, Braxston Perrigin, Candis Phelps, Bailey Williams

WINSTON
Louisville: Kelly Brown, Michael Castle, Hannah Christopher, Tyler Foster, Sheri Hickman, Candace Hunt, Katherine Jones, Katelyn Jordan, Taylor Moody, Natalie Nunnery, Jay Watson, Matthew Wright
Noxapater: Jonathan Swain

OUT OF STATE
Anderson, Ala.: Kelsey Kennemer
Carrollton, Ala.: Whitney Lowe
Demopolis, Ala.: John Scott
Duncanville, Ala.: Landon Williams
Emelle, Ala.: Shantae Jennings
Fayette, Ala.: Byron McCrary
Foley, Ala.: Katherine Norris
Odenville, Ala.: Amber Smith
Reform, Ala.: Kala Benton
Sweetwater, Ala.: Danetta Cottrell
Sebastian, Fla.: Shelvick Henry
Ludowici, Ga.: Logan Chapman
Suwanee, Ga.: Dante Sawyer
Des Allemands, La.: Pepper Baker
St. Amant, La.: Hayden Roddy
Romulus, Mich.: Shannon Defoe
Walterboro, S.C.: Teeria Vaughan
Knoxville, Tenn.: Camion Patrick
Martinsville, Va.: Gervelle Kidd
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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DR. THOMAS HUEBNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DR. THOMAS HUEBNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE


SCOOBA – When the call came, Dr. Thomas Huebner was standing on the pitcher’s mound at a ball field in Tuscaloosa, Ala. His son’s team had just won in extra innings. He looked down at the phone in his hand, and answered as he scanned the bleachers for his wife’s face.

It was Kathy Dyess, chairman of East Mississippi Community College’s board of trustees, and the news was good.

The EMCC Board named Huebner as president of the college Monday night during a regular meeting. Currently serving as dean of student services at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Huebner will succeed Dr. Rick Young, who retires June 30 after 11 years leading the college.

Huebner will assume his new position July 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Huebner as president of East Mississippi Community College. Even though he has very large shoes to fill, we are confident that he will lead EMCC into a bright new future,” Dyess said.

“Dr. Huebner has experience in virtually every area of community college administration, including instruction, student life, fund-raising, workforce development, grant-writing, institutional effectiveness, marketing, enrollment, facilities management, athletics and accreditation.”

Huebner has been a leader at Shelton State for five years, and also served as interim president of Bevill State Community College in Jasper, Ala., from April 2014 to January 2015. Before moving to Alabama to be closer to family in Mississippi, Huebner served as vice president at Logan State University in Chesterfield, Mo., and Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.

“I’ve known about EMCC’s outstanding reputation for a long time, and I was so impressed with the people I met when I visited the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses last week,” Huebner said. “I’m excited to be a part of that community.”

Huebner is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where he earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in communication and English. He received his master’s degree in communication from the University of Georgia, and his doctorate in communication, with a doctoral minor in research methods, from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Huebner’s plan when he arrives at EMCC is straightforward: “I’m going to listen. I want to get to know people – faculty, staff, students, members of the community. I want to get a feel for our strengths and challenges. Then we’ll move forward together. But first, I’m going to listen and learn.”

East Mississippi Community College was founded in 1927. The college has two main campuses, located in Scooba and Mayhew, as well as extension locations in its six-county district, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale counties.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Matt Pellegrin, director of digital media (video) Office: (662) 476-8554 Cell: (662) 386-3137

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EMBDC will recognize the spring semester Head of the Class Winners from Ross Collins

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015

9:30 am

Ross Collins
What: The EMBDC will recognize the spring semester Head of the Class Winners from Ross Collins.

When: Tuesday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Ross Collins

Why: In an effort to promote the vocational and technical programs offered in the public schools in Meridian and Lauderdale County, the EMBDC recognizes students enrolled in these programs. Each semester, the schools are asked to submit the name of two students to be recognized as Head of the Class. One award will be for the career and technical student with the highest overall achievement, and the other will be for the career and technical student who shows the most improvement in grades, skill performance, and/or attitude.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 8 at Neshoba Coliseum

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015

6:00 pm

East Central Community College
ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 8 at Neshoba Coliseum
Nearly 600 graduates are scheduled to receive diplomas Friday, May 8, 2015, when East Central Community College holds its 86th Commencement beginning at 6 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
Included in the total are those who completed degree requirements following the 2014 summer and fall terms, according to Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction.
Those participating in the program include graduating sophomores Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, who will give the invocation; Zach Allen of Louisville, commencement speaker; and Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, benediction. Haleigh West and Makenzie Rowzee, both of Hickory, will present the musical selection “Whenever You Remember.”
Dr. Houston will present candidates for graduation and College President Dr. Billy W. Stewart will award degrees and certificates to the following:
CANDIDATES FOR MAY GRADUATION
(by hometown)
BATESVILLE: Robert Chance Whitten;

BAY SPRINGS: Edward Jones, Fredrick D. Milsap and Kara Hughes Smith;

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Anthony Tate;

BILOXI: Jerry Dalton Byrd;

BRANDON: Nicolaus Clinton Callahan, Rebecca Danielle Faron and Sarah Jennifer LaRochelle;

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Elizabeth Benson;

CALEDONIA: Tyler Miguel Armistad;

CANTON: Jonathan Daryl Brown;

CARTHAGE: Hunter Gauge Adams, Matthew Stanley Bishop, Kenshelsa Boyd, Brooklyn Burgess, John Samuel Davis, Alec Doggett, Blake Faulkner, Anna Girling, Den'Nisha K. Harvey, Parker Wade Jones, MaChasity S. Leflore, Joseph Blake McBeth, Kayla Elizabeth McCleary, Andrew William McMillan, Lorenzo Mobbs, Courtney Elizabeth Moore, Sherry Nash, Hannah Lane Peoples, Devin Romondo Pierce, Victoria Cardin Sanders, Aleta Sanyatta Shade, Kelsey E. Sikes, Cody A. Smith, Shana Ward and Amber Williams;

CHOCTAW: Allen D. Bell, Merrell Mitch and Edward Charles Tubby;

CHUNKY: Jordan Eduardo Alonso, Taylor Godwin and Mikayla Cathryn May;

CLINTON: Lauren Peterson;

COLLINSVILLE: Savannah Alawine, Lauren Kathryn Cantey, Tina Michelle Cole, Haley A. Covert, Christopher Chase Harris, Kimberly Talbert, Mallory Turner and Dakota Leigh Wright;

COLUMBUS: Jimmy Cockrell Jr., Marcus Lance Johnson Jr., Quanterris Deantray Newby and Matthew Berton Sykes;

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Breena LeShae Chickaway, Robyn Johnson, Amber C. Jones, Austin Jordan, Amy Renee May, Tania Marie Rhodes, Darrin Edwin Rolison Jr., Brittany Nicole Tatum, Christy Ann Williams and Hanna Williams;

CORINTH: Tesia Louise Keith;

DECATUR: Jonathan Amis, Angela J. Anderson, Dennis Jay Anderson Jr., Edward J. Boudreaux, Adam Brooks Bout, Hannah Brown, Erika Nicole Cockrell, Alisha Dunn, Katy Marie Ezelle, Sarah Freeman, Chassidy S. Gates, Savannah Marie Glover, Alana Nicole Kron, Traci Harrison Lewis, Abraham Mahdi, Sharon Kay Perry, Angela M. Reeves, Katie Yvonne Sanford, Tyler Spence, Charles L. Thorne, Nicole Cater Tucker, Lane Wilkinson and Seber Tyrone Williams;

DEKALB: Jeremy J. Hudson;

DURANT: Keenan Aaron Hodges;

ENTERPRISE: Nathan M. Patrick;

FLORENCE: Christopher Michael Yarbrough;

FLOWOOD: Kalecia La'Torea Bean;

FOREST: John D. Bobbitt Jr., Arieel Carter, Briana Cooks, Bailey Easterling, Shaquille T. Evans, Dominick Fields, Sandra C. Gallaspy, Kristen LeeAnn Gordy, Jennifer Ann Grove, Sharley R. Hardin, William Seth Hodges, Angela L. Irby, Kristine Jenkins, Todd Johnson, Catherine M. Kyzar, Ian Chandler Lanthrip, Casie Naomi McClendon, Daniel Matthew Monk Jr., Kimberly Noblin, Katlyn B. Patrick, Lee Anna Patrick, Danielle B. Pettigrew, John Regan Reiss, Desmone Ringo, Ephraim Isaiah-Rashard Ringo, Jay Riser, Maria J. Rivera Garcia, Thomas Jerome Robertson, Kirstie G. Shaw, Thomoz Smith, Markesha L. Strong, Ananezia Triplett, Trilandra Lakeesha Ware, Alan S. Wilbourne and Collin Ray Windham;

FOXWORTH: Joshua Warren Parker;

HICKORY: Aaren Danielle Avera, Benjamin D. Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexandria Meador, Timothy Blain Rose, Makenzie Nicole Rowzee, Lydia Hope Snow and Haleigh Jordan West;

HOUSTON: Kenrick Maxwell;

JACKSON: Marquis Hedge and Demarkus Carldarious Jones;

KOSCIUSKO: Reuben Fleming, Justin Scott Moore and Jessica Steen;

LAKE: Jamison Davis, Matthew Darrell Ferguson, Rienzi Gray, Tracy Bobbitt Gray, Wesley C. Hines, Jonathon L. Hodge, Dakota Gabrielle Hollingsworth, Shane Naquin, Lacie Williams and Keifer Martin Wolfe;

LAWRENCE: Dominique A. Evans, Kadeejha D. Gardner, Shaniqua Hardy, George E. Lee, Jr. and Laura Elena Shook;

LENA: Tymaiya Chantel Gray, William Leo Milner and Katie N. Pigg;

LITHONIA, GA: Tashi-Ana Thompson;

LITTLE ROCK: Jeffery Alexander, William Audie Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Danielle Gregory, Mark S. Hale, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington, Trystan E. Parker, Abbey E. Rigdon and Hunter Vance;

LOUIN: Lynsey Paige Johnson, Chad Glenn Simoneau and Kurtis Daniel Simoneau;

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Taylor Allen, Gary Martin Boatner Jr., Alexander C. Bucklew, Bryan Kenneth Burton, John Mark Carter, Ratrae Carter, Noah B. Corcoran, Diamond Goss, Ashley Breeann Grant, Alexis Nan Hartness, Patience D. Haynes, Joni Lauren Hickman, Kenya Hickman, Carissa M. Hudson, Kevin DeVonte LaShun Hughes, Mary Catherine Hunt, Cara Beth Jackson, Sarah Brianne Jackson, Kayla Caitlin Jenkins, Angela Jenkins-Coburn, Dyquan Xavier Jordan, Jenna Lynn Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner L. Parkes, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Thomas Reel, Brittney Rhodes, Brody O'Neal Richardson, Megan Nicole Robinson, Tommy Blaine Giraud Russell, Chandler LaRoss Smith, Kelsey Jade Smith, Justice Mystique Steele, Carl Eugene Steward, Hayden Stokes, Stephanie Tennyson and Jwanaque J. Triplett;

MADISON: Holly Christyn Logan and Kyle McCullouch;

MARION: Monica Brown;

MCCOOL: Sheneka Berry, Kierra Lanay Griffin and Samantha Nicole Morgan;

MERIDIAN: Rachel C. Adams, Acea Ange, Tiara Shavon Bailey, DeMarcus Brown, Birdia Rochelle Butchee, Brandon Christopher Downing, Edward Fluker, Tromeka Lashell Gathright, Michael Todd Hughes, Ashley S. Jones, Erika L. Joyner, Rachel H. Laird, LaSondra K. Mercer, Hannah Mitchell, Britney Michelle Nash, Rozelta Stokes and Hunter Allen Thrower;

MORTON: Kingsley Dakhota Amos, Melissa K. Barham, James Taylor Cornelison, Cahnesiyah Donald, Michael Elizondo, Grayson Brooke Harrell, Juan Carlos Miranda, Devonte Morgan, Justin Ray Nutt, Janiece Odom, Joseph Tyler Patrick, Tyler A. Runnels, Ty Stewart, David A. Tracy and Daniela Vargas;

NEWTON: Tiffany H. Anderson, Ricky Lee Armstrong, Glenn A. Bender, Jr., Shaneka Blaylock, Antonio Body, Anthony Justus Broach, Sidney Jamez Broach, Jeremiah A. Chapman, William Hunter Collins, Monica Dianne Donald, Jazmine JaNa' Evans, Jovodaka Finley, Brittany Foster, Julian Domingo Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Daniel Godwin, Kimberly Renee Gray, Shelby Harthcock, Justin Marquines Hawkins,Tommie D. Hawkins, Cathy Johnson, RaChristopher LaTrelle Jones, Timothy Alan Laird, Joshua K. Lang, Eric Wayne Laster, Shanell Denice Nick, Clancy Loper Norman, William Tyler Pace, Marcus DeVoya Quince II, Sonji Gabrielle Rose, Tiffany L. Skinner, Samantha Anastasia Smith, Shannon St. Clair, Jeffery Stevens, Jamey S. Tune, David K. Williams and Stephanie Kathleen Willis;

NOXAPATER: Madison H. Barnett, Mary Kathryn Boswell, Hunter B. Collins, Taylor Deese, Colton Louis Horne, Mychelle Aleece Hudson and Haley Pierce;

OCEAN SPRINGS: Kristian Isaiah Clark and Romario A. Cobb;

PACHUTA: Hector Daniel Ortiz;

PASCAGOULA: Alana Lynn Walker;

PELAHATCHIE: Matt T. Pennypacker;

PHILADELPHIA: Elizabeth April Abdelgadir, Sahinna Dawn Anderson, T'Keya Backstrom, Clymene Bacon, Matthew P. Beckham, Alicia D. Breedlove, Kendall Scott Brown, Jordan E. Clearman, Emily Cook, Lauren Shay Coward, Elizabeth E. Curran, Bryan Clay Drury, Virginia Easley, Tyieasha T. Evans, Angela Dawn Farmer, Margurite Lee Leah Ferguson, John Dylan Ford, Breona Wealth Foster, Ryan Gardner, Tara M. Gilmer, Jo Hellen Graham, Aaron Hancock, Tarra Shanice Hudson, Dustin K. John, Kayla John, Tabitha T. John, Allison Brooke Johnson, Bethany Morgan Jones, Colt Colby Killen, Destiny Christina Kilpatrick, Christopher Lyons, Rodney L. McClendon Jr., Stephanie Marie McCrary, Williesha Raynae McDonald, Bridgette Leigh McFarland, Tevin R. McNair, Kez McWilliams, Haley Alyssa Moore, William M. Myers, Tyasia Nicholson, Anna Katherine Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Craig Peden, Contessa Peebles, Damian Javon Savage, Jamian Davon Savage, Thomas Dalton Sellers, Brittnae Tyantra Smith, Cady Smith, Hailey Smith, Macken'z Nell Smith, Chesney Spence, Tashina Marie Taylor, Carson Vanderpoorten, Christopher Warren, Jana Morgan Warren, Amy Marie Whittle, Brendon Lee Williams, Nikita N. Wilson, Sa'Toya N. Wilson, Andrew Winstead, Aimee B. Woods, Asif Zaffar and Deanna Glass;

PRESTON: Bailey Ann Talbot and StephenTriplett;

PULASKI: Rachel Aburto, Kimberly Leanne Harrison, Jordan E. Maner,
Kathern Qualls, Robert Strong, Brady Lynn Warren and Rebecca L. Wicker;

RALEIGH: Brittney Nicole Taylor;

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis;

SAUCIER: Tyler Bond Cook;

STARKVILLE: Bristol Danielle Buffington, Keon C. McKinney, Carolyn R. Warren and Patricia A. Young;

SUMRALL: Trenton C. Haden;

TAYLORSVILLE: Shakeela D. Flournoy and George Davis Owens;

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell;

UNION: Reagan J. Anderson, Chris Bankston, Ryan D. Burkes, Brittany Nicole Burnham, Matthew Blake Callahan, Chireatha Drummond, Kirstin Meignon Eversoll, Jonathan Hunter Fortenberry, James Patrick Franklin, Daniel Mark Giles, Benjamin Scott Killen, Jessica L. Loper, Victoria Malone, David Mathis, Sean T. McElfish, Breanna Marie Morgan, Zachary Mowdy, Casey Jerome Parker, Shawna D. Peets, Shauncey Maria Rich, Hannah Grace Robinson, William John Schmid, Tiffany N. Smith, Sarah Joanna Tatum and Taylor N. Townsend;

VOSSBURG: Walter Caleb Stallings;

WALNUT GROVE: Aleiaha Kasha Bloodsaw, Darra Cooks, Darryl J. Cooks, Devin Hall, Tanisha Gail Imhof, Jim Jones, Shelly Rebecca Kyzar, Amber Lyn Pierce, Emily Frances Price, Tony Lee Sistrunk and Clay Vincent Summers-Jones;

WAYNESBORO: Jaleshia Jones;

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson and Lizzie C. Price;

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback;

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Brice Little;

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla;

WILMER, AL: Quinton Campbell;

TURRELL, AR: Sonya Jackson;

ADDIS, LA: Cody Gabriel Daigle;

FRANKLINTON, LA: Karlton Ginn.

DECEMBER 2014 GRADUATES
BAY SPRINGS: Heather Leann Downs and Cassandra Phillips;

BILOXI: Lekerra Q. McGilberry;

BRANDON: Ashlan Culberson;

CARTHAGE: Mary Elizabeth Burnside, William H. Coleman, Aaliyah Shanice Cook, Cameron Glyn Jolly, Jon Derek Smith, Wesley Thomas Webb and Christina Wilson;

CHOCTAW: DeShayna L. Hickman;

COLLINSVILLE: Brandon Lee Ballenger, Hannah Nicole Cade and Katherine Nichole Wilson;

DALEVILLE: Michael H. Watts;

DECATUR: Melissa Grace Anderson, Andrea Lynee McSwain and Jessica Thames;

FOREST: Eliud Alvarez, Cody Terrill Barber, Denzonia D'Jonay Fortune, Ryan D. McClendon and Tybrica Shante Odom;

HARPERVILLE: Marticeka Kincaid and Shaticeka L. Kincaid;

LAKE: Emmarald Jones;

LAWRENCE: Brandi Bianca Massey and Tiffany Nicole Watkins;

LENA: Kaitlyn Victoria Blanton and Tywonna Harris;

LITTLE ROCK: Olivia Harrison;

LOUIN: Christopher Ray McCarty;

LOUISVILLE: Shone Cumberland, Lillian Hatcher, Nathan Dalton Kelly, Sebrenia Miller, Tommy Blaine Giraud Russell and Austin Rogers Swart;

MCCOOL: Kierra L. Griffin;

MERIDIAN: DeMarcus Brown, Jeremy Montward Cole, Danica D. Crowther, Veronica Ramsey and Breonka Nicole Simpson;

MORTON: Kelsey Elizabeth Hall, Brandi Sanders and Victoria Smith;

MOSS POINT: Tyravian Miller;

NEWTON: Britney N. Johnson, Zachery Elias Mason, Shanice Quanta Walker and Kenadaria Latrell Watts;

NORTHPORT, AL: TeJimion Mareco Leatherwood;

NOXAPATER: Xenobia Rillon Lavender-Thomas;

PELAHATCHIE: Brittany W. Smith;

PHILADELPHIA: Kayla Lanae Bateman, Kelsey Paige Boswell, Tandy Breazeale, Corey Ray Burton, Heather Lee Clark, Julie Clark, Vanessa C. Frazier, Tyler S. Graham, Kayla Alexandria Greer, Damien Lewis, Walter Thomas McCool III, Chase McNair, Katie Elaine Mills, Lolita M. Moore, Julie Ann Pierce, Brett Pope, Chandler James Smith and Dakota Brooke Wilcher;

ROSE HILL: Jordan Wigington;

STATE LINE: Lamarcus Deion Franks and Dewayne Antione Parker;

UNION: Byron Bozeman, Sarah Hamm, Lindsey Jo Holland, Kristien Hope Winstead, Karleigh Moss and Shawna D. Peets;

WALNUT GROVE: Steven Tyler Brent Bloodsaw, Tyler Lee Jones, Brianna May, Janice Poling, Kristen Smith and Megan Elizabeth Thaggard;

WEST POINT: Michael D. Brown;

COCHRAN, GA: JaDerrick Shaquan Farrow.

AUGUST 2014 GRADUATES
ACKERMAN: Brittany M. Manuel;

BAILEY: Sharonnie Barney and Georgia K. Doner;

BAY SPRINGS: Amy M. Ishee;

CARTHAGE: Vicki Brown, Jimmi Callie Craig, Evan Clay Dowell, Jerry Perez Henson, Montego Jamaruez May, James W. McMillan and Jessie Faye Tate;

CHOCTAW: Taylor Raddell York;

CLINTON: Kennon Craft;

CONEHATTA: Savannah Hillman;

DECATUR: Kelli E. Dailey, Lauren Humphries, Alyssa C. Norwood and Miriam P. Williams;

FOREST: Tony Ladell Alford, Sean Gregory Johnson and Maria Isabel Martinez;

HICKORY: Matthew T. Majure;

HILLSBORO: Lanie Trencia Triplett;

LAKE: Jessica L. Alford and Shatarra Antwanette Ickom;

LAUDERDALE: Amanda Lynn Trulove-Breland;
LITTLE ROCK: Jessica Leighanne Wright;

LOUISVILLE: Heather N. Hannah, Conashya Headd and Stephanie Hope Linch;

MERIDIAN: Jenah Brown, Crystal Carter, Tratia Foster, Ashley Porsha Green, La'Shondra Hall, Tommy Kelley and Brittani Rhoney;

MORTON: Makenzie Layne Aycock, Allyson Nichols and Joseph Cole Thompson;

NEWTON: Nikki D. Jones and Victoria Lauren Shimfessel;

NOXAPATER: Brooklynn Paige Boyette and Zachery Seth Kemp;

PACHUTA: Natalia Maria Jones;

PELAHATCHIE: Aaron Bradley Cooper;

PHILADELPHIA: Arianna O. Creekmore, Glenda Wallace Gardner, Wendy Marshall, Hadley Shea Tate and Whitney Alyssa Waddell;

PULASKI: Ashleigh Hutson;

ROSE HILL: Candace I. Bradley;

SEBASTOPOL: Julie Sagona Guidry;

TAYLORSVILLE: Mason Taylor Woodrow;

UNION: Courtney D. Moorehead, Kelley Page and Hope Ware.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303


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ECCC Hall of Fame, Additional Award Winners Recognized

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Hall of Fame, Additional Award Winners Recognized

Recipients of Hall of Fame and other honors were recognized during the annual Awards Day program held April 30, 2015, at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Selection to the Hall of Fame is considered the highest honor a student can receive at the college, according to Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC president, who presented the awards.
“To be considered for the prestigious honor,” Dr. Stewart said, “students must demonstrate exemplary character, superior scholarship, worthy leadership and contribute to the betterment of East Central Community College.”
Hall of Fame inductees for 2015 include: Zachary Allen of Louisville, Lauren Cantey of Collinsville, Leah Ferguson and Allison Johnson, both of Philadelphia, Warner Parkes of Nanih Waiya and Caleb Stallings of Enterprise.

Zachary Allen
A 2013 graduate of Winston Academy, Zachary Allen, of Louisville is involved in various clubs and activities at East Central Community College, many of which he serves in a leadership role.
The sophomore biochemistry major is a member of the Student Body Association, Warrior Corps, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Astronomy Club, Baptist Student Union and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He serves as president of the college’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges; President’s Council; and of the sophomore class. In addition he represents the college as president of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa.
At ECCC, Allen received the Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award and was chosen to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students. He was awarded the Presidential, Yates, ACT, Mississippi Land Bank and Dizzy Dean Baseball scholarships.
He is the son of Todd and Janet Allen.
Those nominating Allen described him as an excellent student, saying, “He strives to do his best at everything he does. He always goes out of his way to help and does more than asked.”
Another nominator said, “Zachary is involved with East Central. Not many colleges have students who are passionate about their school and other students. He speaks to everyone and always has a smile on his face.”
Lauren Cantey
A 2013 honor graduate of West Lauderdale High School, Lauren Cantey is a sophomore at East Central Community College, where she has maintained a stellar grade point average. The Collinsville native’s career goal is to attend medical school and work in pediatric emergency medicine.
Cantey was selected to represent East Central Community College at the 2014-15 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence program. A President’s List scholar, she is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, in which she serves as vice president for leadership. In addition, she is a member of Warrior Corps, a select student group that assists in recruiting and serves as hosts for special events on campus. She was selected to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students and was a recipient of the Harvey Wheeler Pre-Med, J.C. White Memorial and ACT scholarships.
Cantey is the daughter of Michael Cantey and Dr. Sherri Cantey.
Those nominating Cantey described her as an “enthusiastic” member of the student body, saying, “She was selected as one of the vice presidents of Phi Theta Kappa and has performed admirably.”
In addition to her campus involvement, her nominators noted her academic achievements and ambitions.
One nominator said, “As a pre-med major, she has taken some of the most demanding courses available, stayed active and engaged on campus, and achieved a 3.950 grade point average.”
Another nominator said, “The young lady has big dreams and high goals. One day we will read in our alumni magazine about 'how Dr. Lauren Cantey, MD' got her start at East Central Community College.”
Leah Ferguson
Leah Ferguson, a sophomore education major from Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Neshoba Central High School. The Dean’s List scholar holds leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities at East Central Community College.
At ECCC, she serves as president of the student body, co-president of the Baptist Student Union, secretary of Phi Beta Lambda and vice president of the Student Education Association, her sophomore year. Her freshman year, she served as vice president for Phi Beta Lambda and freshman class president. In addition, Ferguson is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, Baptist Student Union council and Praise Band leader, EC ENCORE, President’s Council, Concert Choir and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She serves on East Central’s Recruitment and Retention and Student Activities committees.
Ferguson has won multiple state honors with PBL including 14th in the nation in Small Business Management Plan and selection for Who’s Who in PBL at national conference. She was the recipient of the Presidential, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers, Robert J. Moody, Jr. Special Education, Future Business Leaders of America and ACT scholarships. In addition, Ferguson was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community & Junior Colleges.
She is the daughter of Jerry and Christy Ferguson.
Ferguson’s nominators described her as a “top-notch” student. “She is involved in many leadership activities and does an exceptional job with them all. She goes over and beyond her duties and always has a positive attitude about anything asked of her.”
Another nominator said, “She is the epitome of an East Central student and does everything Excellent with Class. She is a well-rounded student who does everything with a smile. She is that quintessential student who so represents the ‘ideal’ ECCC student.”
Allison Johnson
Allison Johnson, a sophomore education major from Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Neshoba Central High School. The President’s List scholar has held leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities. She serves as president of the Student Education Association, opinions editor of The Tom-Tom newspaper staff, and was treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda her freshman year. She is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, where she serves as reporter. In addition, she is a member of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook staff, ECCC Environmental Club, Warrior Corps, President’s Council and the Baptist Student Union.
Johnson received multiple honors and scholarships based on her ACT score and grade point average. She received the Ben Meyers Memorial, Presidential and ACT scholarships. In addition, Johnson was selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Community & Junior Colleges and won a first place award in the 2015 Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspapers Contest-Student Division for Best General Interest Column.
Johnson is the daughter of Hillary Ann Hancock and Jeremiah Johnson.
Her nominators described her as an “all-around exceptional student.”
“She excels at everything she participates in and she is an effective leader. She has high moral character and is very involved in the college. She is the model student in all aspects and represents the college well,” said one nominator.
Another nominator said, “She works hard to be a good role model for other students at East Central, and to add to the outstanding reputation of the college. Allison exemplifies the qualities of a well-rounded, successful student, and displays an admirable amount of morality.”
Warner Parkes
A 2013 graduate of Nanih Waiya Attendance Center, Warner Parkes is an active part of East Central Community College’s student body, participating in various campus organizations and clubs as well as being a member of two of ECCC’s athletic teams.
He served as president of Warrior Corps for 2014-15 and of the Student Education Association his freshman year. Parkes was elected treasurer of the Student Body Association, freshman class favorite and was a homecoming court escort. He is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and President’s Council. Parkes is an active participant in intramural sports, serving as a referee for flag football in 2013-14. In addition, he is a member of the Warrior Cheerleader Squad and serves as basketball statistician and student assistant for the Warrior basketball teams.
A President’s List scholar, Parkes was selected Mr. ECCC by his peers and was chosen as a member of Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students.
Parkes was awarded the Presidential, ACT and Mississippi Association of Supervisors scholarships.
A sophomore optometry major, Parkes is the son of Tammy and Luke Parkes.
Those nominating Parkes said he “epitomized involvement ever since stepping foot on campus.”
“His leadership in Warrior Corps and SBA has been instrumental in helping ECCC accomplish one of its most successful student activities years ever.”
He was described by nominators as “dependable,” noting that his participation is “a given” in all campus activities, and one said Parkes seems to have “done it all.”
Multiple nominators described him as an “exceptional” student ambassador for the college. “Warner is and always will be a great ambassador for the college and truly loves ECCC.”
Caleb Stallings
Caleb Stallings, a sophomore pre-med major from Enterprise, is a 2013 graduate of Enterprise High School. The President and Dean’s list scholar has held several leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities at East Central Community College.
At East Central, he serves as president of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Residence Council. He is a dormitory Bible study leader and is a member of the Baptist Student Union’s Leaders Council. In addition, Stallings is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, Baptist Student Union, President’s Council, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Wo-He-Lo yearbook staff, Phi Beta Lambda and President’s Council.
Stallings was awarded the Mathematics Award his freshman year and was selected to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior Colleges Students his sophomore year.
He is the son of Cindy Stallings and the late Walter Stallings. Stalling’s nominators described him as a “great representation” of a well-rounded student.
“Every time I see him on campus he has a smile on his face and is so encouraging.”
Another nominator said, “Caleb is a very active student on EC’s campus, participating in several student organizations. As an instructor it is exciting to see young Christian students excel spiritually and academically. Caleb is never lost for words, always has a smile, and always is willing to learn.”
In addition, Stallings was credited for his boisterous personality.
“Caleb is a very outgoing and kind person. He never meets a stranger and loves to participate in all EC has to offer.”

Additional honors presented during Awards Day include the following:
Career award recipients include Kendrell Peden of Philadelphia, Residential Carpentry Award; Kelsey McDonald of Conehatta, Cosmetology Award; Sean Tyler McElfish of Union, Welding & Cutting "Taylor Cup;” and Tyler Faulkner of Carthage, “Career Student of the Year.”
Technical awards were presented to Christopher Warren of Philadelphia, Collision Repair Technology Award; Stephen Armstrong of Decatur, Automotive Technology Award; Leah Corhern of Decatur and Tania Marie Rhodes of Conehatta, co-recipients, Early Childhood Education Technology Award; William Milner of Lena, Electrical Technology Award; Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia and Chad Simoneau of Louin, co-recipients, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Awards; Sarah Tatum of Union, Culinary Arts Technology Award; Joseph McBeth of Carthage, Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology Award; James Travassos of Lawrence, Manufacturing and Machining Technology Award; Mark Hale of Little Rock, Network Support Technology Award; and Timothy Laird of Newton, “Technical Student of the Year.”
Recipients of healthcare education awards include Hayden Stokes of Louisville, Associate Degree Nursing Outstanding Achievement Award; Lauren Whitehead of Louisville, Practical Nursing Award; and Michael Reynolds of Philadelphia, Paramedic Technology Award.
Those receiving special awards were Eli Parker of Little Rock, Citizenship Award; Kristen Gordy of Forest, Ann Burkes Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Zachary Allen of Louisville, Dr. Margaret Mosal for Leadership Scholarship; Jeremy Hudson of DeKalb, Alford J. Deaton Physics Award; Zach Peden of Philadelphia, Richard Fisher Organic Chemistry Award; Noah Corcoran of Louisville and Matt Griffin of Union, co-recipients, East Central Environmental Club Award; Jenna Lovorn of Louisville, Astronomy Club Award; Quinton Campbell of Wilmer, Ala., Anthony Coleman Men’s Basketball Award; Jerry Byrd of Biloxi and Tesia Keith of Corinth, co-recipients, Roy Pete Award for Soccer; Kara Yates of Morton, ECCC Concert Choir Award; Anna Girling of Carthage, EC ENCORE Award; Keona Foster and Contessa Peoples, both of Philadelphia, co-recipients, ECCC Gospel Choir Award; Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, S. Lebrun Hutchinson Engineering Scholarship; John Bruce Hedrick of Newton, Freshman Mathematics Award; John Davis of Carthage, Sophomore Mathematics Award; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, Secondary Education Award; Keri Ann Mayfield of Union, Myrtle R. Hutchison Elementary Education Award; Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, Mississippi Business Educators Association Award and Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Austin Jordan of Conehatta and Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, both recipients of Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, Alyne Simmons Recruitment Grant; Madison Barnett of Noxapater, The Tom-Tom Award; Bristol Buffington of Starkville, ECCC Players Award; and Louise Berryhill of Union, Lucille Wood Scholarship.
Alumni Memorial Awards were presented to Hanna Williams of Conehatta, Billy Wayne Baucum Secondary Education Award; Charles Thorne of Decatur, W.A. Coursey, Jr. Engineering Award; Delton Harrison of Little Rock, Danny Ray Killens Engineering Award; John Thames of Decatur, Ruth Carr-Vincent Academic Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Education; Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, Opal McMullan Dickerson Elementary Education Scholarship; Rachel Laird of Meridian, Alatha Chaney English Award; Tiffany Watkins of Lawrence, Sara Carr Deaton Business Technology Award; Stephen Stewart of Decatur, Sue Yarbrough Fulgham Speech Award; Anna Katherine Nowell of Philadelphia, Arno Vincent Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics; Jeremiah Chapman of Newton, William S. Giffin Men’s Intramural Award; Jaleshia Jones of Waynesboro, Earline Wood Memorial Award for Women’s Basketball; Julian Fuentes of Newton, Homer F. Hunter Athletic Managers Award; LaMarcus Franks of State Line, Andrew F. Webb Football Award; Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, Howard Sessums Men’s Basketball Award; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award; and Zach Allen of Louisville, Dr. Edwin Miller Medical Services Award.
Faculty Memorial Awards were presented to Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Aaron R. Davis Memorial Scholarship; Pashien Simone Kelly-Johnson of Gulfport, Frank Edwin & Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Science Award; Sam Mitchell of Decatur, Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial Scholarship; Bryan Burton of Louisville, J. Wallace Bedwell Business Award; Brooke Payne of Union, Frank M. Cross Freshman Chemistry Award; Devin Skinner of Philadelphia, J. Andy Miller Freshman Engineering Award; Timothy Laird of Newton, O.L. Newell Drafting Award; Tracy Gray of Lake, Charles E. Pennington Business Technology Award; Tallie Johnston of Lake, Robert G. Fick Memorial Scholarship; Emily Cook of Carthage, Ruth Hull Memorial Wo-He-Lo Award; Chance Whitten of Batesville and Will Myers of Philadelphia, co-recipients, Jamie Clark Memorial Baseball Award; Kaylee Yates of Decatur, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers Leadership Award; Louise Berryhill of Union, L.B. Simmons History Award; John Hedrick of Newton, Thomas W. Thrash Memorial Scholarship; and Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, General William Patrick Wilson Academic Scholarship.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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Jones County Junior College main campus phone operations are currently down

Date(s): 4/29/2015

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Jones County Junior College main campus
Jones County Junior College main campus phone operations are currently down. Please call 601.477.4006 for necessary emergency contact purposes.

Finée R. Ruffin
Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting
Jones County Junior College
900 South Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
Office: 601.477.4082│E-mail: finee.ruffin@jcjc.edu
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Meridian Public Schools ...Events

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015

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High School Art Students Teacher Elementary Students
Thursday, April 30 from 1:40 – 2:35 p.m.
Ms. Fisher’s Art Room at MHS
Ten students from West Hills Elementary will be visiting MHS students in Elizabeth Fisher’s art class. The MHS students in Ms. Fisher’s class will teach the elementary students how to make a slab fish that correlates with the book Rainbow Fish. This project fulfills a grant that Ms. Fisher received from the Junior Auxiliary. This is a great example of how MPSD is incorporating the arts to make learning interesting and relevant to students.


MHS Believe in Blue Day
Friday, May 1 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MHS (outside- in between the main buildings)
MHS will host the third annual Believe in Blue Day this Friday. This is a time when the community is invited visit the campus to learn more about MHS and what the school offers to students. Students will lead tours around to schools so visitors can see class in action. There will also be musical performances by students in the Visual and Performing Arts Small Learning Community. We would love any promotion of this event in advance or on the actual day of the event.

Teacher Appreciation Week
2015 Teacher Appreciation Week is next week – May 4-8
Dr. Taylor would like to do an interview letting the community know about this week and asking everyone to please take a moment to thank teachers. As you know, a lot of changes have taken place in education this year, and our teachers are taking it all in stride and doing a great job. He just wants to ask the community to be sure they show appreciation to teachers especially during this week.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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ECCC, Town of Decatur to Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015

3:00 pm

East Central Community College ... on the front lawn of the college’s Richard C. Ethridge Hall
ECCC, Town of Decatur to Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Officials from East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur will participate in a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony May 12 to officially dedicate the completion of paving, sidewalk, and lighting projects.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the college’s Richard C. Ethridge Hall. The public is invited.

The projects were made possible by Surface Transportation Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding provided through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said, “We are grateful to our state legislative delegation, Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and the many others who provided assistance in securing these grant funds. The improvements to our campus and town are not only aesthetically pleasing, but most importantly, this area is now much safer for our students and the community.”
Participating in the program will be Dr. Stewart; Rep. Randy Rushing, House District 78; Mayor Pat O’Neill, Town of Decatur; Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, ECCC Board of Trustees chair; Commissioner Hall; Alderman Mark Buntyn, Town of Decatur; and Jerry Smith, ECCC Board of Trustees vice chair.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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JCJC’s Jasper County Learning Center is offering Stained Glass class

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs
JCJC’s Jasper County Learning Center is offering Stained Glass class
ELLISVILLE – The Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs is offering the popular Stained Glass Non-Credit Course. Enterprise’s North River Studio artist, B.J. Hatten will be teaching the class beginning on Thursday, May 7. The class meets from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., for six weeks. The cost is $75, which does not include supplies. Register to reserve your place because there is limited seating. Call the JCLC at 601-764-9393 for more information.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015

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East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

MAYHEW – The East Mississippi Job Fair has something for everyone – including people who already have jobs.
The Job Fair returns to East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus April 30. Organizers expect 50 or more employers and educational institutions to attend. And more vendor registrations are coming in every day.
Some of those employers will seek to fill immediate openings, while the educators will offer training that could help currently employed people “level up” to a better job.
“Whether you are seeking immediate employment, want to upgrade skills and credentials, network to learn about career opportunities in today’s economy, need assistance to transition from military to civilian life, or learn how volunteering can help your career, the East Mississippi Job Fair is for you,” said Linda Gates, EMCC district director of job placement and work-based services.
Hundreds of job-seekers attend the annual fair, which traditionally hosts representatives from local industrial heavyweights such as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, PACCAR, Steel Dynamics, Airbus and Stark Aerospace, as well as other regional businesses.
The EMCC Workforce Services team, which handles training for many industries in the region, will also be on hand to speak with participants interested in earning new credentials. Representatives from EMCC’s Adult Basic Education division, The Launch Pad, will also be there to discuss GED testing and preparation to transition to Workforce Services training or college credit courses.
“There’s something at the Job Fair for someone who doesn’t have a high school diploma all the way to people with graduate school experience. There are many avenues to get training and improve one’s upward mobility,” said Gates.
The list of vendors signed up to participate in the job fair is available on EMCC’s website, www.eastms.edu; look for the East Mississippi Job Fair link on the home page. This list will be updated until the final day before the fair. Additional resources can be found on EMCC’s website, including a Job Fair Survival Guide, which can help job-seekers get the most out of their visit.
There is also a pre-registration form available on the EMCC website to help participants gain quicker access on the day of the Job Fair.
East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is at 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate. For more information, call Linda Gates at (662) 243-1978 or email lgates@eastms.edu.

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ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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East Central Community College - Dacatur East Central Community College - Enterprise
ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer “How to Develop a Business Plan” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia and at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
Topics covered in this free workshop will include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and developing a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the two-hour class.
For more information or to register for one of the seminars, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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East Central Honors Employees at Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015

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East Central Community College
East Central Honors Employees at Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

East Central Community College staff members were honored for years of service at the Administrative Professionals Week Appreciation Luncheon held on the Decatur campus April 21.

Brenda Cheatham of Philadelphia, Lynn French of Lake, and Monica Rigdon of Little Rock, each recognized for 10 years of service to the college;

Vivian Taylor of Newton, honored for 15 years of service;

Martha Sibley of Newton, Virgie Thames of Louin, and Carole Germany of Union, recognized for 20 years of service.

Cheatham is an administrative assistant in Student Services, French is a business office clerk in Accounts Payable, Ridgon is an administrative assistant in Healthcare Education, Taylor is an administrative assistant in the Library, Sibley is an administrative assistant in Admissions and Records, Thames is an administrative assistant in the Small Business Development Center and Germany is an administrative assistant in the President’s Office

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EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS DAY CEREMONY

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS DAY CEREMONY

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College held its annual Scooba campus Awards Day ceremony on April 21.
Instructors from academic and career-technical programs recognized their most outstanding students from the past year, along with Scholar Athletes, Class Favorites, Mr. & Mrs. EMCC and students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Here’s a look at the award recipients, their hometowns and the areas for which they were recognized:


Academic & Career-Technical Programs

Amandalynn Abney (Olive Branch) – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Neely Abrams (Brooksville) – English Composition I
Christa Biddles (Meridian) – Freshman Music Theory
Mary Blunt (Columbus) – American National Government
Kylie Brown (Steens) – Ceramics
Cathy Clark (DeKalb) – Art History
McKenzie Davidson (Vicksburg) – Public Speaking
Tyrone Davis (Durant) – Welding and Fabrication
Terra Dentry (Caledonia) – Eastern Belles Dance Line
Anna Dudley (Scooba) – American (U.S.) History I, Chemistry I, Honors English Composition I
Abigale Gillispie (Starkville) – Short Fiction, Western Civilization I
Mallory Griffith (McCool) – American (U.S.) History II
Jaleesa Harris (Quitman) – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Mallory Head (Poplarville) – Chemistry II
Dallas Heim (Meridian) – Student in Forestry Technology
Katherine Hisaw (Noxapater) – Psychology
Keishana Johnson (West Point) – Ophthalmic Freshman
Marilyn Kelly (Pachuta) – Marriages & Family
Kailey Lavender (Caledonia) – General Biology II, Statistics
Brianna Lawrence (Starkville) – Principles of Biology II
Corey Massey (Meridian) – Lineworker
Cheleste McClendon (Preston) – Design
Darren Miller (Macon) – Physics with Calculus
Pauline Pimolle (Marseille, France) – Art Appreciation, Painting
Ebony Rush (DeKalb) – Human Growth & Development
Christian Shelby (Toomsuba) – Calculus I
Annie Silvers (Macon) – Creative Writing
Jeremy Sumrall (Shubuta) – Calculus II
Candice Vanderwalker (DeKalb) – Drawing, Exhibition
Genna Wall (Vicksburg) – Introduction to Sociology
Rebecca Weis (Quitman) – Mighty Lion Color Guard
Rachel Wheeler (Columbus) – 3-D Design
Haley Whitehead (Collinsville) – American Literature
Jonathan Wiggins(DeKalb) – General Physics
Nathaniel Willers (Maben) – English Composition II, Western Civilization II
Joseph Willis (Madison) – General Biology I, Trigonometry
Inesha Winston (Scooba) – Health Care Assistant
Jonathon Wynne (Lake) – Mighty Lion Marching Band
Kayla Young (Scooba) – Principles of Biology I
Megan Young (Meridian) – Theatre Appreciation

Scholar Athletes

Antonio Finley (Meridian) – Men’s Basketball
Lucas Jones (Shuqualak) – Rodeo
Kasey Stanfield (Columbus) – Softball
Teeria Vaughan (Walterboro, S.C.) – Women’s Basketball
Nathaniel Willers (Maben) – Baseball
Joseph Willis (Madison) – Football

Class Favorites

Attia Smith (Louisville) – Freshman Favorite
Cortez Young (West Point) – Sophomore Favorite

Mr. & Mrs. EMCC

Tavion Jones (Carthage) – Mr. EMCC
Jaalyn Williams (Brandon) – Mrs. EMCC

Who’s Who

New inductees: Cody Allsup (Caledonia), Holly Borntrager (Macon), Hannah Christopher (Louisville), Ava Cumberland (Philadelphia), MacKenzie Davidson (Vicksburg), Amanda Eaves (Louisville), Mallory Griffith (McCool), Zachary Hanna (Preston), Jaleesa Harris (Quitman), Stanley Haynie (Corinth), Emily Hughes (Starkville), Katherine Jones (Louisville), Marilyn Kelly (Pachuta), Kelsey Kennemer (Anderson, Ala.), Kailey Lavender (Caledonia), Sarah Lolley (Meridian), Thomas Luke (Preston), Malik Mayweather (Olive Branch), Darren Miller (Macon), Melissa Miller (Philadelphia), Kristen Mitchell (Meridian), Christian Shelby (Toomsuba), Christopher Standland (Hattiesburg), Kasey Stanfield (Columbus), Aliyah Staten (Meridian), Lauren Stephens (Meridian), Jeremy Sumrall (Shubuta), Tia Sykes (Columbus), Haley Whitehead (Collinsville), Nathaniel Willers (Maben), Jelani Williams (DeKalb) and Jonathon Wynne (Lake).
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

Date(s): 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015, 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

ELLISVILLE – Ten out of the seventeen Jones County Junior College students competing at the State Skills USA competition recently are headed to the national competition after taking top honors in Jackson. Students receiving first place will go against more than 6,000 students nationally in June in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I am very proud of the amount of extra hours of work our student competitors and their instructors put in outside of regular class time to prepare for competition. They worked hard and it certainly showed on awards night,” said Karen Kirk, JCJC drafting and design instructor and Skills USA sponsor.

The winners of the annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference were: Esthetics-Megan Pruett of Hattiesburg and her model, Lakken Walters of Laurel; Promotional Bulletin Board-Lacey McLain of Laurel, Katelynn Brock of Petal and Lexie King of Laurel; Related Technical Math-Josh Ramos of Laurel; Technical Drafting-Andrew Murry of Beaumont; Welding Fabrication-Ariel Johnson of State Line, Jacob McLeod of Lucedale, Russell Green of Leakesville; Welding-Garth Breland of Beaumont. Each student beat out the more than 1,200 outstanding career and technical education students from across Mississippi who joined in the hands on competition in different trade, technical, and leadership fields. To add to the stress to perform, students had to work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in job skills for occupations such as welding, technical drafting, automotive service, cosmetology and HVAC, and marketing, as well as competitions in leadership skills, such as job interview and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

“My test consisted of a huge variety of problems ranging in difficulty from calculating gas mileage to velocity of an airplane. I studied so hard for this test. Mr. Hearn really prepared me for this competition,” said JCJC’s first place winner in the Related Technical Math category, Josh Ramos of Laurel. JCJC civil engineering technology instructor, Ryan Hearn said this was the first time a Civil Engineering Technology student at JCJC competed in this category. He is proud Ramos earned the opportunity to prove his skills in Louisville.

“He did really well applying his trigonometry, geometry and other math skills to the real-world scenarios in the Skills USA competition,” said Hearn.

The welding team of Ariel Johnson, Jacob McLeod, Russell Green and Garth Breland also made history at JCJC by winning in both welding categories, Welding Fabrication and Welding. According to Clint James, JCJC welding instructor, Dean of Learning Centers & Outreach and Greene County Center Director, that has never happened before.

“We won both categories because of their teacher, Tommy Freeman. He has emphasized fabrication and we’ve never competed in that category,” said James.

Three ladies in drafting and design, Lacey McLain, Katelynn Brock and Lexie King won first place in Promotional Bulletin Board because of their combined skills, explained McLain. King’s niche’ is art and drafting and design, Brock is a Microsoft Office guru while McLain is at ease doing presentations.

“I really like the hands-on experience,” said McLain. “My job was to ‘sell’ the bulletin board and what set our board apart from others was we promoted Skills USA according to the guidelines. This was an eye-opening experience for us.”

The three JCJC students earning second place include: Charitei Anderson of Hazlehurst in Job Interview (cosmetology); Hans Vanhouten of Moselle in Motorcycle Service Technology; and Brekae Robinson of Ellisville in Nail Care with Haley Davidson of Ellisville as her hand model. Third place winners include: Garrett Lancaster of Petal in Architectural Drafting; Tyler Henry of Hattiesburg in Automotive Technology; Brittney Henley of Hattiesburg in Cosmetology; and Colten Wales of Gulfport in Power Equipment Technology.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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1968 Class of Shirley-Owens H.S - Committee Meeting

Date(s): 5/11/2015

12:00 noon

Quitman Library
Event Title: Committee Meeting

Event Date: May 11, 2015

Text: The 1968 Class of Shirley-Owens H.S. will meet
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Quitman library.

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Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015

9:00 am

Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School 2362-A Long Creek Road
What: Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m.

Where: 2362-A Long Creek Road. Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for the new playground addition at Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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West Hills First Graders Celebrate Earth Day

Date(s): 4/22/2015

1:00 PM

West Hills Elementary
West Hills First Graders Celebrate Earth Day
1:00 p.m.
First graders have been studying the importance of conserving engery and recycling, so this activity will be a celebration of all that they have learned.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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JCJC offers ACT Prep Camp

Date(s): 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015, 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC offers ACT Prep Camp
ELLISVILLE– High school students entering their sophomore year and older next fall are encouraged to participate in an opportunity for academic enhancement and leadership development through Jones County Junior College’s ACT Prep Camp. The three-day camp, June 8, through 10, includes instruction from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., is also the week of the national ACT test on June 13.

The cost for the ACT Prep Camp is $150 and includes a copy of the book, “The Princeton Review” ACT prep book, test taking strategies, 15-hours of instruction in four content areas and lunch. The goal of the camp is to provide a variety of learning activities that will enhance educational goals.

The deadline to register for the ACT test is May 8, and the deadline to register for the ACT Prep Camp at JCJC is May 22. To request an ACT camp registration form, call Jamie Williams at 601-477-4030 or email her at: jamie.williams@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC Centralettes Chosen for 2015-16

Date(s): 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Centralettes Chosen for 2015-16
Members of the East Central Community College Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, were recently chosen following auditions on the Decatur campus.
Those selected and their respective hometowns include: Taylor Alexander, Joelie Hill, Paige Johnson and Ashley Young, all of Louisville; Makenzie Byrd and Taylor Fulkerson, both of Conehatta; Kaley Bufkin, Abby Reeves, Sylvia Thames and Kaylee Yates, all of Decatur; Lauren Cassel, Union; Hailey Clark and Madison Hannis, both of Carthage; Emily Dykeman and Brianna Easterling, both of Forest; Kaitlyn Evans, Morton; Taylor Phillips and Chandler Posey, both of Philadelphia; and Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater. Melonie Washington of Philadelphia serves as coordinator of the Centralettes.

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ECCC students presented State PBL awards

Date(s): 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015

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ECCC students presented State PBL awards
These Phi Beta Lambda members at East Central Community College in Decatur received various honors at the State PBL Leadership Conference held recently at the Mississippi University for Women. Award-winners and their respective areas of competition include

Mark Hale of Little Rock, first place in Cyber Security, third place in Network Design and Who’s Who; Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign and Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Who’s Who and Outgoing Mississippi PBL State Secretary; Austin Jordan of Conehatta, Who’s Who; Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, first place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report and Small Business Management Plan and Who’s Who; and Bryan Burton of Louisville, first place in Small Business Management Plan, fourth place in Personal Finance and Rufus T. Jones Scholarship Recipient

Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign and elected Mississippi PBL State President; Austin Savell of Philadelphia, third place in Information Management and Network Design; Zachary Allen of Louisville, first place in Community Service; Ben Pace of Collinsville, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign and third place in Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Kimberly Watkins of Philadelphia, first place in Small Business Management Plan and third place in Entrepreneurship Concepts; Michael Elizondo of Morton, third place in Network Design and fourth place in Networking Concepts; and Katie Hillman of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign and third place in Business Cmmunication;and

CrisAnn Bryan of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign; Alisha Dunn of Decatur, second place in Desktop Publishing and third place in Sales Presentation; Layne Lepard of Philadelphia, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign; and Madelon Taylor of Louisville, first place in Community Service. ECCC’s PBL Chapter placed first in fundraising for the March of Dimes and was one of only two chapters in the state recognized as Gold Seal Chapters. The group was also named a Foundation Member and the largest chapter in the state. Students placing first and second in presentation events and students placing first, second or third in written events have an opportunity to attend the PBL National Conference in Chicago this June. ECCC workforce education faculty members who serve as advisers include Judy Hurtt, Christy Ferguson, Thomas Fortenberry and Laura Sullivan

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ECCC Officially Opens New Disc Golf Course

Date(s): 4/21/2015, 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015, 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Officially Opens New Disc Golf Course
East Central Community College officially opened a new Disc Golf Course during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Monday, April 20, on the Decatur campus.
The challenging nine-hole course, which wraps around the college lake, is open to the public.
ECCC Workforce Education instructors Luke Howell and Chris Ryals, who designed the course, concluded the ceremony by providing information and a demonstration on how to play the game.
Members of the Student Body Association first approached College President Dr. Billy Stewart with the idea for the new recreation venue, which he says is another step towards meeting the goals of the college’s 2020 Vision.
“We feel providing this venue will assist us in our efforts to facilitate student success by expanding opportunities for participation in student activities and other programs that promote campus involvement and personal development,” Dr. Stewart said.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-636-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.
Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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JCJC’s Will Graves inspires high school juniors at “Jr. Preview Day”

Date(s): 4/21/2015, 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015, 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Will Graves inspires high school juniors at “Jr. Preview Day”
ELLISVILLE – The college admissions process may be intimidating to some high schools students. In an effort to inform and expose students to Jones County Junior College and “All Things Jones,” about 400 high school juniors were invited to the Ellisville campus for “Junior Preview Day.”

VP of Marketing and Recruiting at JCJC, Finee’ Ruffin said high school juniors from 18 school districts had the opportunity to discover what Jones County Junior College has to offer them. They listened to faculty, students and some alumni to gain insight into how JCJC can help them help reach their educational goals.

“This group of students is deciding on their futures, hearing from college recruiters and exploring options. We want prospective students to know Jones can provide a quality education locally with access to teachers in a small classroom setting, with numerous scholarship opportunities, and be just as successful as those attending a University,” said Ruffin.

Keynote speaker and JCJC 2012 alumnus, Will Graves shared his “FROG” message, or Fully Rely On God, with the group. The West Jones, JCJC and Mississippi State graduate explained how fear keeps us from where we need to be, limiting us from achieving great things. He shared, a car accident in 2010 left him with many physical limitations and he was fearful about many things, including his future.

“I have limitations but I refuse to let fear limit me,” said the former West Jones High School football player. “God has a plan for me and you and He will walk with you. God surrounds himself around his people”

Graves continued to share with students the importance of a solid foundation. People who care for you, about you, and for you will help you.

“I wasn’t sure how I was going to get around campus but everyone embraced me and my needs at JCJC. This prepared me for the hard times that will come in your life. Build your core foundation with people who will help you overcome the hard times. God will help you too, if you fully rely on God,” said Graves.

High school junior from South Jones, Lindsey Jenkins said, “I really appreciated Will’s talk about overcoming fear because I’m feeling the pressure of measuring up for college and sports.”

For more information about scheduling a tour or for more information contact the Office of Recruitment at 601-477-4027.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

East Central Community College ... Sutphin Healthcare Building
ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

The East Central Community College Healthcare Division will host its second annual Healthfest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 and 24 in the Sutphin Healthcare Building on the Decatur campus.

During the day’s events, EC faculty and current students will present a simulation exercise based on Mass Casualty Triage Care after a massive tornado and will demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of various health professionals.

Participants will also have an opportunity to tour campus; talk with current students, faculty and administration; and become familiar with healthcare education opportunities available at ECCC.

Anyone interested in a career in the healthcare field is invited to attend. Those who wish to bring a group should make prior arrangements by contacting the Healthcare Division at 601-635-6293 or email mrigdon@eccc.edu.

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FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL TO LION HILLS, GUEST CHEF CHIPS IN AT EMCC

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FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL TO LION HILLS, GUEST CHEF CHIPS IN AT EMCC

COLUMBUS – Fresh off of cooking at the Masters last week, Chef Carlos Montemayor returned to Lion Hills Wednesday.
Montemayor, head chef at Lion Hills’ previous incarnation, the Columbus Country Club, from 2007 to 2009, spent the previous week cooking for the Mitsubishi Hitachi company at August National Golf Club, home of the world’s most famous PGA golf tournament. Then he returned to Columbus to help out an old friend, EMCC culinary instructor and Lion Hills chef Matt Molina.
“Matt and I went to culinary school together and worked together at Old Waverly golf course in West Point. I told him I was coming through after the Masters and asked if I could come help out. I’m just an extra pair of hands, doing whatever needs to be done,” said Montemayor.
The timing couldn’t have been better as Lion Hills served nearly 300 lunch guests while hosting the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s Education Excellence Luncheon and multiple civic clubs Wednesday. Molina said the situation played to Montemayor’s strengths.
“He’s an excellent banquet chef. He can feed the masses in an efficient way and keep his food way above standard,” said Molina.
Lion Hills executive chef David Wilkerson said the buffet featured southwestern chicken spaghetti that showed off Montemayor’s Tex-Mex cooking style. And afterward, the guest chef was gracious enough to sit in on a few culinary classes.
“Our students see us every day, so to work alongside and hear from other people who have been successful in the industry offers a new perspective on what they can do after they graduate,” said Wilkerson.
And Debby Gard, EMCC vice president for Lion Hills, said Montemayor’s visit was helpful for her chefs as well: “Our chefs are young and some are graduates of EMCC’s culinary program, so you have some mentoring going on with Chef Montemayor.”
EMCC’s Hotel-Restaurant Management Technology and Culinary Arts programs are housed at the college’s Lion Hills center.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

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East Mississippi Community College
FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

COLUMBUS – East Mississippi Community College doesn’t have academic classes on Fridays. And yet somehow every day is Casual Friday in science instructor Eric Ford’s class.
Ford, generally outfitted in his trademark ponytail, untucked (frequently Hawaiian) shirt and cargo pants, doesn’t look like the most buttoned-down instructor at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. Yet, he was the one recognized Wednesday at Lion Hills in Columbus as the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s 2015 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year.
“It’s a tremendous honor because it’s given to you by your peers and supervisors. I’d like to thank (assistant dean of instruction) Gina Thompson and (vice president for instruction) Dr. Tommy Ware for the confidence they have in me to take care of these students,” said Ford from his newly renovated microbiology lab at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
Ware vouched for Ford’s efficacy, praising him for “going beyond teaching biology and microbiology to give students intensive advising to get them to their life goals.”
Ware also called Ford a “consummate professional,” despite his sartorial choices.
“Eric is very dedicated and represents EMCC well. He gets to know his students and works hard to properly prepare them for whatever career they choose,” he said.
For his part, Ford said students like his casual demeanor.
“It gives them something tangible to relate to, so they hang in there with me. If I lecture in a suit and tie, I’m going to lose them. So if I have to be weird or funny, then we’ll spend 30 minutes a day talking about pus,” said Ford.
A graduate of New Hope High School, Ford credits teachers like Coach Ricky Jones with sparking his interest in science, and his instructors at the University of West Alabama for fanning the flame.
Ford teaches microbiology, anatomy & physiology and one section of honors biology in the fall at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. He has taught at EMCC since 2001.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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ECCC Hosts Student Art Exhibit ... Opening Reception

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East Central Community College ... Vickers Fine Arts Center
ECCC Hosts Student Art Exhibit; Opening Reception Scheduled April 23
The East Central Community College Art Department will host its annual Student Art Exhibition Monday, April 20 through Friday, May 1 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.
The exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture and designs produced by EC students during the 2014-2015 college term.
An opening reception, including refreshments provided by the college’s Culinary Arts Department, will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the lobby of the Vickers Fine Arts Center. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.
Students featured in the exhibit and their respective hometowns include Bristol Buffington, Starkville; Shawna Bush, Lawrence; D.J. Creekmore, Philadelphia; Kelly Dixon, Carthage; Deyanna Ingram, Louisville; Katherine Kelley, Brandon; Jessica Loper, Union; Kayley Pennington, Pelahatchie; Clay Summers-Jones, Walnut Grove; and Rebecca Tero and Courtney Tillman, both of Decatur.
Chris Brady serves as art instructor.

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JCJC students learn from Grammy winner, Laurel Massé

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC students learn from Grammy winner, Laurel Massé

ELLISVILLE – Private lessons are required of music majors, however some Jones County Junior College students had the unique opportunity to learn from one of the founders of the jazz quartet, Manhattan Transfer. The vocal ensemble, JC Voices spent a Saturday morning under the tutelage of Grammy Award winner, Laurel Massé. JC Voices, directed by Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, said she and the students really appreciated Massé’s insight.

“It’s good to have different ideas and suggestions about performing, especially jazz. Ms. Massé does this more and the Manhattan Transfer performed a lot of the songs JC Voices performs,” said Dr. Smith.

Her forty years in the music business also impressed sophomore pharmacy major, Lauryn Easley. The Laurel native was excited about practicing with the lady who was instrumental in the beginnings of the vocal jazz revolution in the 1970’s.

“It’s not often you get to work with someone who has won a Grammy award!” said Easley. She added, “I have really enjoyed learning these pieces. They are fun to sing and it’s a challenge for us since the style and range are so different than the other repertoire we have recently performed.”

Three of the songs the group performed for Massé, Java Jive, Trickle, Trickle and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square were also Manhattan Transfer favorites. While performing A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Massé teared up at the student’s performance.

Connecting with her on a deeply emotional level she shared, “This is one of the hardest arrangements with all the key changes….It’s a magical song and you brought me back to a magical time,” said Massé. She continued, “The audience may be emotional geniuses but they may not be musically sophisticated. If you get it right and they enter their ‘magic time’…they will be fully engaged in the story you’re singing.”

JC Voices also performed two traditional songs that “wowed” the jazz singer, Chariots and The Road Home. She exclaimed when they were finished, “Beautiful job of showing me your many colors! This was quite wonderful and I’m so happy to have heard you.”

Massé wrapped up the morning sharing some music industry tips like how to deal with competition and how to handle the negativity. “It’s true you will fight that. The culture thinks it’s all about competition and you can’t make a living; it’s a difficult profession. However if they want you, they want you. Beyoncé is not me and I’m not her so she’s not taking jobs away from me. Have allies in the music business; build a community of loyal friends.”

JCJC students said they took advantage of Massé’s direction as they performed their last concert, Java and Jive the week after their private lesson. Hattiesburg, sophomore music major, Harlan Mapp said he really appreciated the private lesson with Massé. More importantly, he said, “We owe Dr. Susan Smith for all of these opportunities to meet these professionals. We owe her our lives, education and job we get because of her efforts.”

For more information about the JCJC Fine Arts program, call the office at 601-477-4094 or email: susan.smith@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Walk For Wellness

9:00 - 11:00 am

Meridian Community College - at the Track
Walk For Wellness at Meridian Community College.
April 17th
Brought to you by: MCC Wellness Committee
(601) 484-8628

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ECCC to form new vocal ensemble ‘Voce’ ...

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East Central Community College
ECCC to form new vocal ensemble ‘Voce’
East Central Community College in Decatur will introduce a new vocal ensemble for the 2015-16 academic year, announced Vicki Blaylock, Fine Arts Division chair and music instructor.
“Our new ensemble will be called Voce, which is the Italian word for voice, and that is what this new group will be all about,” Blaylock said. “This a cappella group will be a more inclusive group and will perform selections which could range from madrigals to songs similar to the popular group Pentatonix.”
Voce will take the place of the Ac’cents show choir, which is being retired at the end of the spring 2015 term.
“The show choir tended to limit our selection of students who could participate. Many great singers did not get involved with Ac’cents because of the dance requirement. With the elimination of dance, we hope more students will audition,” Blaylock said.
Blaylock said she hoped that this new endeavor would also provide opportunities for students beyond the community college level.
She added, “A cappella groups are the new trend across the country and students will be able to leave East Central and audition at the university level where show choirs were usually not an option at the four-year level.”
Retiring the show choir was bittersweet for Blaylock who said there was much thought and deliberation put into the decision.
“As director of the Ac’cents, I have had the opportunity to work with some talented students over the years. These students gave 100 percent to the group and the college. I am saddened to retire the show choir, but I also look forward to a new challenge and to offer more students an opportunity to grow musically by being a part of Voce.
“The implementation of this new group has started a wonderful ‘buzz’ among our students. They are so excited about this new opportunity and we can’t wait to watch them learn and grow musically.”
Auditions for both Voce and the EC Concert Choir are open to high school students at 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Those auditioning for Voce will need to prepare a solo. Auditions include an evaluation of tonal memory, music reading skills and vocal range.
For more information, contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College held its annual Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony April 9.
Instructors from academic and career-technical programs recognized their most outstanding students from the past year as well as new inductees to the National Technical Honor Society, Syzygy (EMCC’s art magazine) award winners and students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Here’s a look at the award recipients and the areas for which they were recognized:

Academic

Alison Atkins – Art Appreciation
Myzhana Bell – Theatre
Eugene Bluhm – Human Growth & Development
Brittany Bontrager – American History, Anatomy & Physiology, Music Appreciation, Psychology
Trisha Boone – Outstanding Honors Student
Chandler Buntin – British Literature
Bridget Caristrom – Spanish II
Emily Coggins – Honors Composition
Caitlyn Croft – Mathematics
Steven Eilders – Accounting
Najee Fisher – Italian
Nathan Gaudin – Criminal Justice, General Biology
Adrian Griffin – Drawing
Jabresha Groves – Mathematics (CAFB campus)
Catherine Hartmann – Nursing
Mark Hill – Chemistry
Casey Hunley – Microbiology
E.J. Jenkins – Calculus
Taylor Johnston – World Civilization
Katelyn Kendrick – Computer Science
Andrew Lark – Sculpture
Haley McCullough – Choir, Economics
De’Markis Mosley – Ceramics, Painting
Natalie Nunnery – Western Civilization
Courtney Patterson – Humanities (English)
Sandy Pinkerton – Bible
Olivia Plant – Outstanding Art Student
Alyssa Price – Sociology
Angela Price – Marriage & Family
Nick Rutland – English Composition II
Nicole Sparks – World Literature
Joseph Stoll – English Composition I
Mason Vaughn – William Winter Scholar
Kaitlin Walls – Design
Carolyn Ware – Public Speaking
Leah Wilson – Statistics

Career-Technical

Kortney Barksdale – Practical Nursing
Steven Betts – Welding & Fabrication
Nathan Burkis – Electrical Technology
Stephen Craft – Computer Networking Technology
Brent Crutchfield – Paramedic
Carl Estes – Business & Marketing Management Technology
Ethan Ewing – Precision Machining 1st Year
Nicholas Ferrell – Automotive Technology 1st Year
Tyler Foster – AAS Degree in Welding Technology
Mary Fowler – Office Systems Technology
Chris Gable – Precision Machining 2nd Year
Kyle Gordon – Industrial Electricity
Elizabeth Hammond – Healthcare Data Technology
Karlie Henley – Banking & Finance Technology
Brenda Lobato-Ford – Hotel Restaurant Management Technology
Chris Necessary – Electronic Engineering Technology
Suzanne Robbins – Culinary Arts
David Scott – Automotive Technology 2nd Year
Arl Taylor – Golf/Recreational Turf Management
Colt Vanover – Industrial Electronics
Brianna Warren – Associate Degree Nursing

National Technical Honor Society

New inductees: Michael Bennett, Kortney Barksdale, Mac Carver, Brent Crutchfield, Jacob Dickens, William Disbrow, Mary Fowler, Chris Gable, Michalina Gullett, Paulina Gullett, Mark Ann Hobart, Andrienne Jemison, Emily Layman, Hannah McVay, Stephanie Morris, Ralyn Nester, Bryanna Oglesby, Charles Patrick, Kimberly, Pearson, Max Porter, Caleb Rich, Suzanne Robbins, David Scott, Devin Starkey, Jennifer Weathersby, Issac Wilson

Syzygy

Megan Dobbs – Betty Killibrew Literary Award
Resa Hanna – Painting
Jodi Peden – Poetry
Olivia Plant – Drawing
Kaitlin Walls – Design, Overall Art

Who’s Who

Amanda Aigner, Shay Atkins, Kortney Barksdale, Bradley Bolin, William Bonner, Trisha Boone
Logan Box, Amanda Brackin, Dakota Brasher, Caitlyn Buford, Chandler Buntin, Nathan Burkis, Rose Bush, Drew Cade, Bailee Clark, Stephen Craft, Steven Eilders, Paige Fogarty, Hillary Ford, Chris Gable, Nathan Gaudin, Larissa Hawkins, Stephanie Jacobs, Abigail Jenkins, Eber Jenkins, Darnell Jones, Katelyn Kendrick, James Little, Megan McBrayer, Joshua McKay, Wendi McMinn, Katherine Mills, Natalie Nunnery, Max Porter, Angela Price, Dylan Propst, Kathy Reed, Jessica Rowland, Abby Scott, Preston Shotts, Kelsea Smith, Nicole Sparks, Chloe Tapley, Benjamin Taylor, Timothy Thomas, Bo Thomasson, Amy Tubertini, Lauren Walker, Darby Williams, Taylor Williams


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Brittany Bontrager of Macon accepts the Psychology award from instructor Jill McTaggart April 9 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony. In addition to the Psychology award, Bontrager also earned the outstanding student awards in American History, Anatomy & Physiology and Music Appreciation.

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Dr. Linda Farrar, left, Hotel-Restaurant Management Technology instructor at East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Hills campus, presents the outstanding student award for her program to Brenda Lobato-Ford of Starkville April 9 during the Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony. Lobato-Ford was also recognized for placing first in Mississippi DECA and SkillsUSA competitions this spring.

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Arl Taylor of Caledonia, left, receives a hug and the Golf/Recreational Turf Management outstanding student award from program instructor Danny Smith April 9 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony.

EMCC GT NTHS 2015
East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus held its 2015 National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony April 9. NTHS recognizes students in career-technical programs who maintain a 3.25 GPA throughout the year. Students were inducted from Clay, Londes, Monroe, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

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ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshop

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East Central Community College
ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshop
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer “Understanding Business Financials” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, on the Decatur campus.
This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators and accounting terminology for small businesses.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the two-hour class.
For more information or to register for one of the seminars, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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Washington to Direct ECCC Centralettes

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East Central Community College
Washington to Direct ECCC Centralettes
Melonie Washington of Philadelphia was recently selected coordinator for the East Central Community College Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall ‘O Sound Marching Band, announced Vicki Blaylock, Fine Arts Division chair for the college.
"We are excited to have Melonie Washington as our Centralette Coordinator at East Central,” Blaylock said. “Melonie not only was a Centralette herself but brings new and exciting ideas to our dance team.”
Washington serves as special education teacher and is the former cheer coach at Neshoba Central High School (NCHS) in Philadelphia.
She is also a former Centralette, receiving her Associate of Arts degree from ECCC in 2002. She was named ECCC’s Homecoming Queen in 2001. Washington earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from Mississippi State University in 2006.
She was named National Federation of High Schools Spirit Coach of the Year for Mississippi in 2014. Washington’s NCHS cheer squads earned the Mississippi High School Activities Association varsity small division state cheer championship in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She received the award of excellence from the Neshoba County School District in 2013 and 2014.
Washington is married to Mangold Washington III and they have two daughters, Marlee, 8 and Isley, 2. She is the daughter of Houston and Martha Moore of Philadelphia.
Washington is a member of Mount Ary Church in Philadelphia.
Gennie Taylor, 601-635-6364

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is offering summer classes

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is offering summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is now registering students for its three college level classes this summer, non-credit and GED summer classes offered at its Greene County Center in Leakesville. All three college courses are hybrid classes, meeting only five times with the majority of work done online. Western Civilization will meet on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning June 2. English Comp I will meet on Wednesday nights, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning June 3. Physical Science will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning June 4.
Non-credit pipefitting will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The course ends in December and costs $488. Non-credit welding will be offered on Monday and Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning July 13, through December for $350.
For more information about these classes contact the Center at 601-394-4421 or 601-394-4423 or email menyone.barrow@jcjc.edu or clint.james@jcjc.edu.

Summer College Credit Classes:

Western Civ.-(Hybrid) Class meets on Tuesdays, June 2,16,30, and July 14, 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

English Comp 1-(Hybrid) Class meets on Wednesdays, June 3, and 24, and July 1, 15, and 29, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Physical Science-(Hybrid) Class meets on Thursdays, June 4, 18, and July 9,23, and 30, from from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Summer Non-Credit Classes
Pipefitting Day & Night class Class meets on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Cost $488.

Welding Day & Night class Class meets on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning July 13. Cost $350.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Java & Jazz at JCJC

7:00 pm

Jones County Junior College in the Banquet Hall of the C.L. Neill Student Center
Java & Jazz at JCJC
ELLISVILLE - JC Jazz and JC Voices, two of the small ensemble student groups at Jones County Junior College will continue a fourteen year tradition with its annual Java & Jazz concert on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the C.L. Neill Student Center. This free concert will feature works by Irving Berlin, Sy Oliver, Glenn Martin, Don Menza and Tito Puente, among others. In addition, JC Jazz director, Jeff Brown will premiere an original tune entitled, “A Tune for Jude and Malcolm.”

JC Voices, directed by Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, promises to delight the crowd with vocal selections originally written for the popular quartet, Manhattan Transfer. The group had the unique experience of working with one of the original artists, Laurel Massé over the weekend. She offered her advice and expertise as the group rehearsed songs performed by the jazz quartet, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Trickle, Trickle, and Java Jive. Students were excited about this opportunity and were grateful to be exposed to an artist that helped start the vocal jazz revolution in the 1970’s.

“It’s not often you get to work with someone who has won a Grammy award!” said sophomore, Lauryn Easley of Laurel. She continued, “I have really enjoyed learning these pieces, they are fun to sing and it’s a challenge for us since the style and range are so different than the other repertoire we have recently performed.”

This year’s Java & Jazz concert will be a quite special and perhaps a little melancholy as it will be Jeff Brown’s last jazz concert here at Jones as he begins retirement after teaching at Jones for 33 years.

“The years surely do go by fast! I have been lucky to teach so many great students over the years. Jones Junior College is a part of me and I will hold the faces and memories of those students in my heart always. I have also been lucky enough to have been there at the exact moment that some of my students have learned something new - you can tell by the way the expression on their faces change and when they say, ‘Wow! I get it now!’ Most of the time students learn gradually and you may only notice progress over a period of days or weeks. To be there to witness that change of expression is rare and when it happens it gives you a feeling that you will cherish forever.”

Bass player and guitar major from Soso, Dustin Logan, is one of Brown’s students in JC Jazz who has enjoyed playing in this type of ensemble.

“I don’t think there’s anything he doesn’t know! He’s so insightful,” said Logan.

Brown’s contributions to the Fine Arts Department at Jones have been immeasurable. Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith recalls a student years ago who asked if Brown was “the head music dude.” She said, “The term has affectionately stuck over the years. “His experience and wisdom will be missed but we have his phone numbers if we need them!”

Java & Jazz promises to be a lively evening with coffee and light refreshments along with jazz of all kinds. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.



JC Jazz Personnel
Saxophones
Brandi Field, Hattiesburg
Cale Green, Laurel
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville


Trumpets
Shanice Bolton, Hattiesburg
Sophia Daniel, Kokomo
Caleb Gilbeau, Ellisville
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
Kenneth Swan, Madison

Trombones
Marcellus Bolton, Hattiesburg
Leah Dueitt, Neely
Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Andrew Watson, Ovett

Piano
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville

Bass
Dustin Logan, Soso

Vibes
A.J. Robinson, Hattiesburg

Drums
Timothy Milling, Purvis

JC Voices (as pictured from left to right)
Front Row:
Elizabeth Hensarling, CA
Ashley Mills, Waynesboro
Morgan Smith, Laurel
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg

Second Row:
Isha Williams, Mobile, AL
Leah Dueitt, Neely
Victoria O’Quin- Meridian
Dr. Susan Smith, Director

Third Row:
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
James Cooley, Hopkinsville, KY
Reagan Arnold, Collins
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville

Back Row:
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville
Stephen Jones, Starkville
David Walker, New Orleans, LA
Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Gary Young, Ellisville

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC's Jasper County Center offers summer classes

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JCJC's Jasper County Center offers summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is registering students now for its three college level classes this summer at its Jasper County Center in Bay Springs. Psychology and Speech will be hybrid classes, meeting only five times with the majority of work done online. Psychology will meet on Monday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning June 1. Speech will meet from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 2. College Algebra will meet on Wednesday, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The summer session begins June1, and ends July 30.

Currently, the only non-credit class being offered this summer is the Stained Glass course offered on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning on May 7. The class will be taught by BJ Hatten with a class fee of $75 plus supplies.

All three college credit classes are three credit hours with tuition costs of $60 a credit hour this summer. Prospective students can register online at, https://www.jcjc.edu/onlineapplication/. Applications for admissions are also available at the JCJC Admissions office. For assistance with admissions call (601)-477-4025 or for additional information about classes and registration contact the JCJC Center in Bay Springs at (601)-764-9393.

Summer classes will meet in the downtown location of the Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs. The downtown Center will continue to operate until the new facility is completed.

Summer College Credit Classes:
Psychology-(hybrid) 1310 PSY 1513, for 3 credit hours with class meetings on Mondays, June 1, 15, July 6, 20 and 27, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Caren Griffin will be the instructor.

Speech-(hybrid) 1311 SPT 1113, 3 credit hours with class meetings on Tuesdays, June 2, 23, July 7, 14 and 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. John Burks will be the instructor.

College Algebra-1312 MAT 1313, 3 credit hours with class meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., beginning June 3, with additional Friday classes on June 19 and July17. Lynn White will be the instructor.

Non-credit Summer Class: (pre-registration required)
Stained Glass class will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, May 7th through June 11. The class will be taught by BJ Hatten with class fee of $75 plus supplies.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Bay Springs & Waynesboro

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Bay Springs & Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in the Pine Belt area will now have more opportunities to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business is now offered in Bay Springs and in Waynesboro. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director.

The training program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Classes will meet in two locations: Bay Springs at the Omni Bank, at 6 N 3rd St # A, and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program fill the unmet needs of a community.”
The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors like Omni Bank in Bay Springs and First State Bank in Waynesboro. Applications can be picked up at First State Bank, Omni Bank and the JCJC-Wayne County Learning Center in Waynesboro or at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville or by email.

Interested participants need to register by May 1, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu or Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC Students Win State SkillsUSA Honors

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ECCC Students Win State SkillsUSA Honors
DECATUR—East Central Community College workforce education students received various honors at the Mississippi SkillsUSA Competition held in Jackson in March.
First place award-winners and their respective areas of competition include Jay Riser of Forest, cabinetmaking; Blake Faulkner of Carthage, carpentry; William Milner of Lena, electrical construction wiring; Chad Simoneau of Louin, plumbing; and Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia, sheet metal. As a first-place winners they will represent Mississippi at the National SkillsUSA Competition scheduled June 22-27, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.
Matthew Bishop of Carthage won a second place award in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Third place award-winners and their respective areas of competition include Stephen Armstrong, diesel technology and Jason Forrest, technical drafting, both of Decatur; Justin Winstead of Union, motorcycle service technology; Wally Triplett of Nanih Waiya, industrial motor control; Jennings Davis of Louisville, CNC milling; Austin Mize of Newton, commercial baking; and Enoc Reynoso of Carthage, food and beverage service.
For more information, contact Wayne Eason, director of workforce education at ECCC in Decatur, 601-635-6211 or e-mail weason@eccc.edu.

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Poplar Springs Elementary ... hosting Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics

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Poplar Springs Elementary
On Friday and Monday, Poplar Springs Elementary will be hosting Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics to help students review skills for the upcoming tests in fun, hands-on team activities. On Friday, fifth graders will participate and the Olympics will include science. On Monday, the fourth grade students will participate. We would love for you to cover this, so please feel free to stop by on either day and as your schedule allows.

Poplar Springs Elementary School Math, English, Language Arts, & Science Olympics
Friday, April 10 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
PSE Main Parking lot
Fifth Grade students will review Math, English, Language Arts, and Science skills through hands-on activities in teams.

Poplar Springs Elementary Fourth Grade Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics
Monday, April 13 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
PSE Main Parking Lot
Fourth Grade students will review Math and Language Arts skills through hands-on activities in teams.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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JCJC is offering intercession courses in May

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC is offering intercession courses in May
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is offering five intercession courses beginning May 18, through May 29, 2015. These “face-to-face” classes are for students who are serious about working to complete a course during the holidays. The same assignments for the regular semester courses will be completed during this time frame. Cost for taking a course will be $60 per semester hour plus the cost of books and regular fees. The last day to register is May 15, in the Student Success Center.

The classes will meet from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily except for the last day, which will meet for a two-hour final exam. Meeting Dates are: May 18, through May 22, and May 25, through May 29. The classes will be counted as part of the total hours for the 2015 summer semester. If a student has financial aid available for the summer semester, payment can be applied for the summer semester for eligible students.

Classes being offered are:

Course# Prefix & Number Course Title Time Days Building Instructor

1363 GEO 1113 World Geography 8-12:50 M-F JONES 135 Garick

1354 HPR 1213 Personal & Comm. Health 8-12:50 M-F JONES 128 Robinson

1335 MAT 1234 Intermediate Algebra 8-12:50 M-F STHUFF 122 Rayner

1364 PSY 1513 Psychology 8-12:50 M-F JONES 132 Vinzant

1336 SPT 1113 Public Speaking(Speech) 8-12:50 M-F JONES 122 Cooley

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC hosts: The Clothesline Project~ A Sexual Assault Awareness Event

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Jones County Junior College C.L. Neill Student Center front porch or ... inside the cafeteria lobby if bad weather.
JCJC hosts: The Clothesline Project~ A Sexual Assault Awareness Event

WHO: JCJC’s Counseling Center and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Hattiesburg

WHAT: JCJC is hosting the Clothesline Project, which features T-shirts made by victims of sexual assault and domestic violence against women in order to give students a visual reference of how women are affected. **Materials will be available for others to make a T-shirt to add to the clothesline.

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

WHERE: C.L. Neill Student Center front porch or inside the cafeteria lobby if bad weather.

MORE INFORMATION: JCJC Counselor, Jacquelyne Barnett Ed.S, LPC is the coordinator of the event and the media contact. Her office # is: 601-477-4083.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Wayne County Center is offering summer classes

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Jones County Junior College’s Center in Waynesboro
JCJC’s Wayne County Center is offering summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Waynesboro is currently enrolling students for college credit courses this summer. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand, however the summer evening class schedule begins on Monday, June 1, through July 30. The following five classes are currently scheduled for this summer. More credit and non-credit classes may be offered later.

Summer tuition is half of the regular cost at $60 a credit hour. Interested students can register in person at the Wayne County Center at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro, or by calling 601-735-2228 or emailing Melanie.james@jcjc.edu. For more information, click on the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/.
Summer College Credit Classes:
Speech (Hybrid) Mondays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Class Meets: June 1, 15, 22, July 13, 27.
College Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Western Civilization I Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
English Comp. II Thursdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Non-Credit Class:
Non-credit welding will begin Wednesday, May 6, for approximately six weeks. This class will meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The cost is $175.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery

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Jones County Junior College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery
JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery
ELLISVILLE – Nine Jones County Junior College sophomores are the featured artists through May 8, for the Sophomore Art Exhibit currently on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery. The public is invited to a free reception honoring the sophomores on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on the Ellisville campus.

This year's featured sophomores are Andrew Adams from Hattiesburg, Chip Cooley from Laurel, Lauren DePriest from Pearl, Cassie Ezzell from Laurel, Shalanda Keys from Collins, Katy Mattison from Sandersville, Harley Perdue from Laurel, Cheyenne Sketo from Richton and Shavon Young from Taylorsville.

“I am excited to have people see my work,” said JCJC graphic design major, Shalanda Keys of Collins. She added, “A couple of things I need to work on, as I prepare to graduate and transfer to the Art Institute of Tennessee, is to stop comparing my artwork with others and I need to do more abstract artwork.”

West Jones graduate, Chip Cooley said the Sophomore Art Show is an opportunity to gain some experience. The art major shared, “Before coming to Jones, I had little understanding of color theory and composition, but I feel much more knowledgeable about the two subjects.” Cooley said he enjoyed Art History the most because of the impact it has had on his own work. “I never really had an understanding of the different art movements of the past. Now I’m much more likely to consider my own place in the art world and what I want to say as an artist.”

Graphic design major, Harley Perdue from Laurel, said it means a lot to her to be able to show some of her pieces. “Jones has definitely prepared me. All three art teachers at Jones are great and are very different from each other. They give interesting assignments that force you to think in different ways and I've benefitted from them…. With design, I love that on projects you can be really precise and detailed or somewhat loose and still produce a strong design with either approach.”

Cassie Ezzell of Laurel shared a couple things she liked about her Jones “experience.”

“I enjoyed experiencing peer critiques for the first time as well as learning my love for ceramic art.”

This is the final opportunity for these sophomores to show off their talents but as JCJC art instructor Melanie Eubanks explains, exhibiting artwork is a new experience for JCJC graduates.

“This show offer students another chance to get some experience displaying artwork and learn the best way to show art at an exhibit. There is much more to it than just hanging the artwork on the wall,” said Eubanks.

The exhibit includes various forms of artwork including charcoal drawings, paintings, graphic design, ceramics and pottery. Students learned how to do matting, mounting, and spacing of two-dimensional works, as well as lighting and arrangement of pedestals for three dimensional works as part of the learning process.

For more information about the JCJC art show contact the gallery at 601-477-4148 or visit the gallery which is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC Ac’cents to Perform April 30

7:00 pm

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
ECCC Ac’cents to Perform April 30
Members of the East Central Community College show choir, The Ac’cents, will present their spring campus concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. This year’s music includes “Takin’ It to the Streets” by the Doobie Brothers, “Lips are Moving” by Meghan Trainor, “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink and Nate Ruess, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson. Performers and their respective hometowns include (front row, from left) Haleigh West, Decatur; Dee Jay Rolison, Conehatta; Kirk Griffin, Decatur; and Makenzie Rowzee, Newton; (second row, from left) Ben Pace, Philadelphia; Tallie Johnston, Lake; and Eli Parker, Duffy; and (back row, from left) Kaishanna Young, Philadephia, Ryan Godwin, Newton; Kelli Boulton, Hickory; Zach Peden, Philadelphia; and Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya. The Ac’cents perform throughout the ECCC district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, as well as various community events and campus concerts. For more information contact director Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or e-mail vblaylock@eccc.edu. (EC Photo)

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC Concert Choir, Show Choir Auditions Scheduled April 24

1:00 pm

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
ECCC Concert Choir, Show Choir Auditions Scheduled April 24

Auditions for the East Central Community College Concert Choir and the show choir, Ac’cents, are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, April 24, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Concert Choir members receive a half tuition scholarship and Ac’cents members receive a full tuition scholarship.

Interested students may audition for one or both groups.

For more information, contact director Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

East Central Community College Sutphin Healthcare Building
ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

The East Central Community College Healthcare Division will host its second annual Healthfest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 and 24 in the Sutphin Healthcare Building on the Decatur campus.

During the day’s events, EC faculty and current students will present a simulation exercise based on Mass Casualty Triage Care after a massive tornado and will demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of various health professionals.

Participants will also have an opportunity to tour campus; talk with current students, faculty and administration; and become familiar with healthcare education opportunities available at ECCC.

Anyone interested in a career in the healthcare field is invited to attend. Those who wish to bring a group should make prior arrangements by contacting the Healthcare Division at 601-635-6293 or email mrigdon@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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East Central Community College Wall O' Sound Band Department will present “Night O' Jazz"

6:30 pm

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
The East Central Community College Wall O' Sound Band Department will present “Night O' Jazz" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC’s Jazz Band, led by assistant director of bands Ed Girling, will perform the following selections of jazz standards and pop music: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams; "In the Stone" by Earth, Wind, and Fire; "Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers; "Six String Shuffle;" "Arnge Drank;" "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles; "Summertime" by George Gershwin; "The Lady is a Tramp" by Rodgers and Hart; "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller; "Cold Duck Time," "Soul Bossa Nova;" "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago; "Fowl Play;" and "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima.

There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Hunter Corhern, ECCC director of bands, at 601-635-6123 or email hcorhern@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC Concert Choir to Perform April 27

7:00 pm

East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Concert Choir to Perform April 27

The East Central Community College Concert Choir will present its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Vicki Blaylock serves as director and Natalie Emmons serves as accompanist.
Some of the selections include “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” by Orban; “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” arranged by ECCC alumnus and adjunct faculty member Justin Sharp;”Luminescence” by Ramsey; and “Amazing Grace,” arranged by McCutchen.
Choir members and their respective hometowns include:
Jordan Alonso, Chunky; Austin Anderton and Anna Girling, both of Carthage; Louise Berryhill, Ashley Bozeman and Brad Taylor, all of Union;

Kelli Boulton, Hannah Brown, AnnaLea Clarke, Katy Ezelle, Kirk Griffin, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alana Kron, Ryan Mott, Adam Porter, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, Courtney Tillman, Caleb Vaughn, David Wilson, Haleigh West, Sarah Wysocki and Kaylee Yates, all of Decatur;

Paige Brown, Leah Ferguson, Kaelin Gentry, Cameron Higgason, Sarah Hall, Euphrates Jones, Randi Kelly, Bridgett McFarland, Zach Peden, Sequence Spears and Kaishanna Young, all of Philadelphia;

Ethan Dunavant, Brittany Foster, Julian Fuentas, Ryan Godwin, MacKenzie Gannon and Hannah Robinson, all of Newton; Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Jonathon Hodge and Regan Monk, all of Lake; Rebecca Faron, Brandon;

Dominick Fields, Katherine Fortenberry, Jenny Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Taylor Lott and Ephraim Ringo, all of Forest; Danielle Gregory, Troy Gregory, Lacye Harrison and Daniel McMahan, all of Little Rock;

Grayson Harrell and Kara Yates, both of Morton; Karla Higginbotham, Preston; Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya; Elias Jimmie, Choctaw; Rachel Laird and Hannah L. Mitchell, both of Meridian; Ian Lanthrip, Sebastopol;

Garrett McDill and Dee Jay Rolison, both of Conehatta; Hannah Mitchell, Lawrence; Ben Pace, Collinsville; Eli Parker, Duffy; Darryl Rogers, Laurel; MacKenzie Rowzee and Courtney Williams, both of Hickory; Kara Smith, Bay Springs; Charles Taylor, Preston; Madelon Taylor, Louisville; and Anna Claire Webb and Anna Katherine Wells, both Noxapater.

For more information contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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Heavy Equipment Operator Training at JCJC

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Jones County Junior College
Heavy Equipment Operator Training at JCJC
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Workforce Development Team is training students for a career as an entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator. The class will meet at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center on Monday and Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with hands-on training on Saturdays at 8 a.m. The first class meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Technology Center. The Heavy Equipment Operator Training tuition is $714. Tuition assistance may be available through your local WIN Job Center.

This course will include lecture, simulator training and hands-on training. Trainees will learn basic operation of excavators and dozers from the ground up with a strong emphasis on safety. Learn valuable skills that will open up new career opportunities by calling JCJC to register and for program information at: 601-477-4114 or 601-578-0293 or contact us by email at webb.evans@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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