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EMCC’S ADDY, SESSER HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

Event Dates and Times

2/11/2016 - 2/20/2016
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EMCC’S ADDY, SESSER HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

JACKSON – An East Mississippi Community College student and teacher were recognized among the best in higher education in the state at an awards luncheon at the Mississippi State Capitol.
Sophomore Matthew Addy of College Station, Texas, and Information Systems Technology instructor Andrew B. Sesser were named EMCC’s 2015-16 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) Award recipients at a luncheon that took place Feb. 2. At the banquet, a student and teacher from each community college and university in Mississippi were recognized for their outstanding work.
“The represented EMCC quite well at the banquet,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said.
The Appreciation Day is the Legislature's way of saying "thank you" to these students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi. Each year, honorees are invited to the state capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. A luncheon follows during which each student and faculty honoree is recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.
Addy, the son of Noel and Shelley Addy, is the student chapter president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals at EMCC. He is majoring in Computer Networking Technology.
“I chose this path because it is ever-growing,” Addy said. “The job possibilities are all the way across the board: from PC repair, to network security, to systems administration, or a combination of all of them. The career field has enough options to explore, and become proficient at, that learning is always a must.”
“Matthew is a hard worker and he always is willing to help others to brush up on their skills,” Sesser said of Addy, who is one of Sesser’s students.
Sesser earned an Associates in Applied Science degree from EMCC in 2005. He was awarded professional certifications in A+, Network+ and Security+.
Sesser, who has worked for EMCC for nine years, lives in Starkville with his wife, Amy. They have a son, Rain, and daughter, Maisy.
Sesser, the co-sponsor for EMCC’s Association of Information Technology Professionals, credits his mother, who was a teacher, for influencing his career path.
“I wanted to make a difference in education by being someone who is passionate and fun to learn with, and from,” Sesser said. “If money was my only goal in life, I would have chosen a different profession.”
Sesser said helping students grasp new concepts is one of the things he most likes about teaching.
“I also love the fact that in my field staying current is a must, so I am always learning new things about equipment, students and myself,” Sesser said. “I love what I do so much it is not a job. It is a time for me to work with more technology.”
Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office
(662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR, EMCC PRESIDENT TOUT QUALITY OF STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

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2/10/2016 - 2/18/2016
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GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR, EMCC PRESIDENT TOUT
QUALITY OF STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lent their voices in support of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges and their role in providing workforce training throughout the state.
Both Bryant and Reeves spoke Feb. 3 at the annual Capitol Day event hosted by the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges (MFACJC) and attended by a number of community college students, faculty and presidents.
Bryant repeated his desire to use $50 million in funds from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help fund workforce training. Bryant noted that the state has “great opportunities … to train the workforce of the future in the community colleges across this great state. I’ve asked the Legislature to help us,” he said. “Those funds can go to the community colleges directly to help train the workforce of the future. We understand there is no better place to invest that $50 million than the community college workforce program.”
Bryant is a graduate of Hinds Community College who was working changing tires when he got a postcard inviting him to come to Hinds.
“I got in my 1955 Chevy and drove to Raymond. The next day I was a college student,” he said. “Hinds Community College and colleges all over the state in the 1970s and today open the door for higher education to a blue-collar generation that that would have never been able to achieve success without a community or junior college. And it goes on today.”
Like Bryant, Reeves touted the quality of the state’s colleges.
“The fact is our tremendous community college system in Mississippi puts us at a competitive advantage compared to many other states when trying to recruit business and industry to our state,” he said. “This system also puts us at a competitive advantage because of all the work they do on workforce development to provide the skills necessary not for the jobs of 50 years ago but for the jobs of the next 50 years.”

National attention

While the focus of Capitol Day was on workforce development, Mississippi’s community colleges have garnered national attention for providing quality instruction across all fields of study. In August, WalletHub, a financial analyst company for small business and consumers, gave Mississippi’s community colleges the top national ranking for cost, classroom experience and education/career outcomes.
WalletHub’s analysis is underscored by the recent announcement that eight community colleges in the state are eligible to compete for the prestigious 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
East Mississippi Community College is among the contenders for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which represents the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
"The choice to attend EMCC is a choice to engage in an important, relevant and life-changing education,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “From programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions to those designed to equip graduates for careers in business and industry, every dollar invested in us by the residents of Mississippi is a dollar well-spent. EMCC does an exceptional job of helping our students make a difference in their families and in their communities. We appreciate the confidence shown to us by Governor Bryant and Lt. Governor Reeves and we take that responsibility very seriously."
Last month, a report released by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, ranked Mississippi sixth in the nation for the number of community college students who transfer to a university and fourth in the nation for the percentage of low-income community college students who transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.
“With continued support from our Legislature, Mississippi’s community and junior colleges will continue to provide a great return on investment for our students, citizens and state,” said Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instructor Brian Carriere, president of the 1,000-plus member MFACJC.

Doing a lot with a little

While community colleges have had much success in Mississippi, they’ve had to do it with lean funding. The community colleges are asking for “fair and equitable funding” in comparison to their K-12 and university counterparts.
The colleges are focusing their efforts on demonstrating their value and return on investment.
Community College leaders are asking for about $83 million to keep tuition costs down, produce more graduates and skilled workers, attract and retain qualified faculty, expand allied health programs and update technology. General operating funds and faculty salaries are top priorities.
The second priority for the colleges is $20 million for Workforce and Economic Development. Half of this money would go toward the MI-BEST Career Pathways program. MI-BEST is a team teaching model in which GED preparation and job skills training are done concurrently. Only 57 percent of Mississippi’s prime working age adults are employed, and many of those who are not have no education or training to fall back on. The rest of the money would go to updating Career-Technical Education equipment and facilities and to update or start new programs.
The colleges’ third priority is $75 million for capital improvements, including $37,500 in bonds for FY 2017 and 2018 each. This approach gives community colleges the same opportunities universities already have for a multi-year bond bill.
About 22 students and 10 faculty and staff from EMCC traveled to Jackson to take part in Capitol Day. Community colleges from across the state sent representatives to the event to meet with legislators to lobby for mid-level funding – per student funding halfway between K-12 education and the regional public universities.
Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490
Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

Event Dates and Times

2/9/2016 - 2/22/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

Students named to the 2015 fall 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.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, full-time students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Jacob Huff

CARTHAGE: James Cain, Haley Ezelle, Andy Pilgrim, Brandy Quick, Laura Shelton and Danny Smith;

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark and JoHannah Smith;

COLLINSVILLE: Jamie Cantey;

CONEHATTA: Makenzie Byrd, Amber Chaney, Austin Jordan and Nina LaBue;

DECATUR: Codi Ballard, Erick Bishop, BriiAnna Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Kaitlyn Holmes, Richard Horton, Sydney Kennedy, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Austin Spears, Samuel Tero, John Thames, Samuel Thompson, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates;

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson;

FLORENCE: Durham Norman;

FOREST: Zachary Boswell, Josh Crutcher, Christopher Fortenberry, Alex Grace, Kelli Lewis, Kaitlin Smith,Tyler Sullivan and Trace Wade;

GULFPORT: Christian Bellew and Carrissa Stevenson;

HICKORY: Tabitha Walker;

LAKE: Alexandria Crout, Anthony Emmons, Mary Harris, Matthew Mitchell, Tabatha Richardson and Kaitlyn Ware;

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell;

LENA: Blake Barnes and Shelly Dowell;

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil;

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Faith Brown, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Benjamin Duty, Joelie Hill, Barbara Hudson, Kegan Humphries, Katie McCool, Samantha McCrimon, Morgan Orr, Courtney Prisock, Rebecca Rodman, Charles Smith, Chelsea Smith and Lainey Smith;

MACON: Reagan Fleming;

MADISON: Blake Morton;

MERIDIAN: Kaitlyn Knuth, Sarah Laird and Gage Leifried;

MORTON: Hope Craft, Paxton Holmes, Morgan Jones, Tyler Runnels, Memry Thompson and David Westberry;

NEWTON: Lindsey Ayllon, Amanda Creekmore, Anthony Grimes, Kendra Miller, Caleb Terry and Sarah Whittle;

NOXAPATER: Mychelle Hudson, Christina McKinnion, Kayla Thompson and Anna Webb;

PASCAGOULA: Richard Jacobson, Katherine Moran and Brittany Rasco;

PASS CHRISTIAN: Tyler Ladner;

PEARL: Lauryn Tucker;

PHILADELPHIA: Sydney Battle, Fallon Beckham, Cheyenne Bradley, Caleb Brown, Christy Bryan, Ayla Burton, Katlyn Duke, Shana Ely, Brelan Gardner, Lora Goodin, Brianna Griffin, Kathryn Hillman, Benjamin McDaniel, Anthony Miller, Katie Mills, Taylor Phillips, Cody Stevens, Marissa Thomas, Khalil Triplett, Taylor Ward, Dianna Wesley and Michael Whitlock;

PRESTON: Madison Johnson, Chancellor Taylor and Alan White;

PURVIS: William Roseberry;

RALEIGH: Michael Boggan;

UNION: Agatha Berryhill, Brittany Bryan, Brentley Comans, Emily Crenshaw, Kolt Hagan, Jacob Hamm, Shelby Harrison, Jon Henry, Samuel Kelly, Keri Mayfield, Breona Moore, Karleigh Moss, Alejandra Salgado, Ashley Tillman and Karey Williams;

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland and Hannah Pope;

WEST: Benjamin Nail

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following full-time students who achieved a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average.
BRANDON: Jala Hobson and Presley McLemore;

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison;

CARTHAGE: Joseph Atkison, Steven Barnett, Bethany Bradley, Autumn Cheek, Demetrius Clark, Chelsea Cleveland, Berenice Felix, Jaycie Malone, Meagan Perry, Kaitlin Pittman, Emily Quin, Lillian Shuler, Chloe Thaggard, Jessie Verry, Charlie Wilcher, Kaitlin Withers and Justin Wooten;

CHUNKY: Monica Culpepper, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, David Martin, Morgan Smith and Christy Stewart;

COLLINSVILLE: Kyle Hoskins, Lauren Cantey and Benjamin Pace;

COLUMBUS: LaTerrica Jefferson;

CONEHATTA: Cassidi Bout, Mollie Cordeiro, Tanner Davis, Michael Eichelberger and Baylee Green;

DECATUR: Rebekah Buckley, Jessica Forrest, Maria Hawks, Courtney Kelly, Hamzeh Khader, Alana Knowles, Mary Levin, Anna Norman, Stephen Stewart, William Stewart, Rebecca Tero and Nathaniel Thorne;

ETHEL: Mikella Vance;

FLORENCE: Kenzie Jenkins;

FLOWOOD: Zachary Claycomb;

FOREST: Caleb Bates, Christopher Brown, Candice Crimm, Emily Dykeman, Kara Falcon, Katherine Fortenberry, Michiel Gaddis, Eric Gunn, Lindsay Hedge, Holly Hendershot, Natalia Londono, Taylor Lott, Amy McDaniel, TaNissa McNair, Tomaz McNair, Laron Moore, Andrea Neal, Bryce Power, Brittney Rawson, Mary Schwab and Johna Wedgeworth;

FULTON: Aniyah Marshall;

GAUTIER: Hagan Brown;

HAMPTON COVE: Cole Prestegard;

HATTIESBURG: Mahalia Gibson, Johnta Hughes and Patrick Walker;

HICKORY: Mary Brand, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Chaney Mills, Madison Parks, Alexa Roberts and Courtney Williams;

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner and Dalton Wilson;

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill;

LAKE: Tyler Bennett, Rachel Clay, Anastasia Crout, Tallie Johnston, Shelby McGrew and Shelby Wilkerson;

LAWRENCE: Shawna Bush and Daneisha Fulton;

LENA: Celeste McDonald, Lorrie Moore and Hayley Slay;

LITTLE ROCK: Quenten Brown, Matthew Cress, Jody Kennedy, Hannah May and Cody Warren;

LOUIN: Kent Shelwood;

LOUISVILLE: Taylor Alexander, Madelyn Ball, Abegail DePriest, Hallie Doster, Tracy Grabher, Morgan Hillhouse, Dylan Jones, Jamey Kinard, Andi McCrimon, Cassidy Pearson, Brandon Rogers, Brantlie Sheets, Amaziah Sierra, Stephanie Smith, Chandlor Swearingen, Madelon Taylor, Branden Vick, Jerome Warren, Logan Webb and Kristen Yarbrough;

MADISON: Kenneth Bonds;

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers;

MERIDIAN: Brandy Little, Randa Mathis and Samuel Robinson;

MORTON: Jasmine Brown, Crystal Davila, Evan Derrick, Kaitlyn Evans, Patrick Harrell, Anna Housley, Carla Land, Carrie Thompson, Tina Vaughn, Neely Watford and Saylee Yount;

NESBIT: Gabriel Gross;

NEWTON: Michael Buntyn, Jalen Cox, Deborah Luke, Lamont May and Zachary Munn;

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett, Jamie Carter, Hanna Hamilton, Brooke Smith and Weiying Wang;

OCEAN SPRINGS: Corey Hilliard;

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Kayla Young;

PASCAGOULA: Megan Parrish;

PELAHATCHIE: Marley Maddox;

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous;

PHILADELPHIA: Kayla Alexander, Breann Boatner, Natalie Bounds, Cayley Branning, Shannon Brazzle, Cheryl Brown, Patrick Burrage, Kiara Cruz, Kiara Cunningham, John Eakes, Michael Ellingburg, Destiny Files, Grant Gordon, Jarard Greer, Shelby Hemphill, Madison Marshall, Hosea McBeath, Johnathon Moore, Tatiana Moore, Kimberly Poole, Chandler Posey, Briana Roberts, Alisha Savell, Emma Savell, Michael Skinner, Clarissa Smith, Warlchez Spencer, Kimberly Watkins, Aspen White, Tristan Willis, Abby Winstead and Felicia Wright;

PRESTON: Dustin Burton and Karla Higginbotham;

PURVIS: Elizabeth Frey;
QUITMAN: James Parker and Jelisa Pearson;

RED LODGE: Kaitlin Wolff;

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender and Blake Paben;

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley;

SAUCIER: Gabrielle Stapp;

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg;

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford;

SHAW: Deshawn Davis

SOUTHAVEN: Nicholas Thomas;

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton;

STURGIS: Bay White;

UNION: Landon Bounds, Lee Bowen, Brandon Clark, Emily Hunter, William Kennedy, Brandi Kilpatrick, Brady McElhenney, Wamon Monk, Haley Moorehead, Shauna Mowdy, Brooke Payne, Hannah Payne, Maggie Peebles, Tyler Sistrunk, Cassie Smith, Leslie Smith and Colby Todd;

VANCLEAVE: Lucas Orchard;

WALNUT GROVE: Sarah Barfield, Caitlan Dearman, Tatyana Johnson, Jonathan McDill, Dalen Parker, Dekendrick Rushing and Elizabeth Tatum; and

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following full-time students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average:
BAILEY: Danny Howell;
BRANDON: Alec Gibbs, Micah Parten, Zachary Vickers, Brett Warren and Caleb Welch;

CARTHAGE: Landon Alexander, Austin Anderton, Mariah Boyd, Joseph Burgess, Bobby Burns, Hailey Clark, Triston Coats, Mia Coleman, Cassandra Flores, Stephanie Griffin, Monica Hamilton, Madison Hannis, Ravion Henry, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Tristan Johnston, Patricia Jones, Shannon Keene, Alana King, Jaylon Leflore, Amanda Mosley, Enoc Reynoso, Letecia Rome, Joshua Sanders, Johnny Stephens, Calvin Tate, Kristen Upchurch, Katilyn Walker, Olivia Walters and Corey Wilder;

CHOCTAW: Cynthia Cooley, Elias Jimmie and Malcolm York;

CHUNKY: Destinee Buckley, Everett Fisher and Colby Skelton;

CLINTON: Michael Davis;

COLLINS: Austin Balthazor and Peyton Lott;

COLLINSVILLE: Steven Bufkin, Leslie Kinney and Mason Wooldridge;

COLUMBUS: Rahsaan Lang;

CONEHATTA: Whitney Billings, Christon Flores, Taylor Fulkerson, Courtney Johnson, Morgan Leach, Garrett McDill, Cody Shaw and Reagan Warren;

DAPHNE: Andrew Joiner;

DECATUR: Niva Alexander, Colby Amis, Andrew Barnett, Melanie Brashier, George Brown, Malcolm Chambers, Leah Chandler, Alyssa Chesney, Luke Clark, Karen Cleveland, Antonio Curry, Savannah Gates, Meagan Higginbotham, Abigail Hollifield, Jantzen Jones, Mary Jones, Madalynn Myers, James Nance, Jordan Phillips, Chelsea Pilgrim, Lindsey Savell, Kayla Taylor and Hailey Williams;

DIAMONDHEAD: Chase Freeman;

ENTERPRISE: Patrick Pittman;

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough;

FLOWOOD: Madison Greer;

FOREST: Britney Allen, Sabrina Buckner, Myeshia Dukes, Brianna Easterling, Trenton Evers, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Jodashia Greenhouse, Christian Guy, Levi Harmon, Zachary Harmon, Louis Hernandez, Christain Mazique, Rachel Miles, Alexus Mobbs, Elliott Parish, Brittany Parrott, Ariel Patrick, Chandler Powell, Aline Ramirez-Lopez, Jay Riser, Yuritza Rosas, Joseph Sanders and Tyler Self;

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket;

GAUTIER: Toni Lowe;

GEISMAR: Bria White;

GOODMAN: Jamal Keith;

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert;

HATTIESBURG: Bradston Burnside, Samantha Duncan, Janiya Evans and Allen Fails;

HICKORY: Jacob Cooley, Harleigh Embrey, Robert Johnson, and Stefan McClellan;

HORN LAKE: Jakob Williams;

JACKSON: Eric McPherson and Isiah Thomas;

LAKE: Justice Battle, Jawuan Bell, Angela Boyd, Shadejha Brown, Heather Buckley, Adrianna Crout, Emily Emmons, Mara Jones, Kardarius McClendon, Joshua Parkman and Colby Yarbrough;

LAUDERDALE: Arkeem Johnson;

LAUREL: Heath Morris and Timothy Murphy;

LAWRENCE: Zachary Richardson, Micah Tillman and Anthony Valentine;

LENA: Elizabeth Harris, Randell Morgan, Mya Smith and Dearron Stewart;

LITTLE ROCK: Shea Alexander, Duster Allgood, Stephanie Gilbert, Elizabeth Hennington, Elisha McDaniel and Billy Murphree;

LOUIN: Kayla Dawkins and Kendrick Holder;

LOUISVILLE: Tamara Boydstun, Austin Chambliss, Sara Fuller, Kira Hardin, Jeremy Harrington, Kiaa Haynes, Quanaeqa Hunt, Cody Johnson, Gina Johnson, Lane Johnson, Peyton Jones, Alexandria Lee, Jonathan McAdory, William Miller, Margaret Morris, Jordan Prisock, Abigail Ray, Cody Reed, Gabriel Roark, Jennifer Smith, Channing Wall and Maya Wilmer;

MADISON: Kaitlin Thrash;

MAGEE: Ariana White;

MCCOOL: Brittany Black and George Freeman;

MEMPHIS, TENN.: Derrick Dandridge and Keion Peoples;

MENDENHALL: Billy Cameron;

MERIDIAN: Sharon Blanks, Samantha Boykin, Maliyah Brown, Chantel Henderson, Keith Hudson, Christopher Ivy, Shelby McKelvaine, Terrell Palmer, Sharee Parrish, Miracle Rushing and DeMichael Williams;

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Leonel Costilla, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey, Shamyia Hughes, Aerian Keeton, Lucas Morgan, Maci Phillips, Kelsey Porter, Christina Shoemaker and Grayson Smith;

MUNFORD: Shaliyah Wiggins;

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Ethan Dunavant, Alexandria Evans, Kyra Evans, George Garner, Zachary Hammons, Malinda Harris, John Hedrick, Eddie Houston, Meshach Martin, Austin Mize, MontAja Norman, Miriam Rivers, DaQuaun Robinson, Charles Roebuck and Anthony Wansley;

NOXAPATER: TreKena Carter, Steven Curtis, Sarah Johnson, Chase Jordan, Mitzi Kirk, Sara Thorne, Anna Wells and Steven Womble;

OLIVE BRANCH: Megan Yarbrough;

PAULDING: Devon Jones;

PEARL: Connor Brennan and Shaeffer Pennington;

PELAHATCHIE: Kayley Pennington;

PETAL: Erin Golden;

PHILADELPHIA: Butch Adcock, Brittany Anderson, Christina Bates, Madison Baysinger, Emily Beckham, Jerron Bennett, Christopher Boatner, Abby Bowman, Breanna Charley, Mary Collins, Daniel Driskell, Luke Eldridge, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Juanesha Griffin, Angela Harrison, Amber Hill, Karye Ingram, Sherry Keith, Ashton Killen, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Brandon McCarty, John Meazell, Karliscia Moore, Tyasia Nicholson, Diamond Parks, Kendrell Peden, Casaja Phillips, Saul Rosales, Skyla Sims, Wesley Smith, David Stell, Lacy Stone, JaQuanna Stribling, Kristi Taylor, Michael Thomas, Truvette Thompson, Peyton Williamson, Andrew Winstead and Marcus Woodward;

PINE BLUFF, ARK.: Kabion Ento and Henri Murphy;

PRESTON: Ragan Case;

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes, Carlie Batte and John Hill;

RICHTON: Kalen Meggs;

ROSE HILL: Jennifer Watkins;

SEBASTOPOL: Billy Marshall and Holly Summers;

STARKVILLE: Ciara Harris, Michael Miller and Thomas Pugh;

SUMRALL: Brittney McCray;

UNION: William Alford, Jennifer Anderson, James Arthur, Henry Benson, Brandon Davis, Ryan Eakes, Valarie Ferguson, Michael Harrison, Rebecca Harrison, Meredith Keady, Tommie Killen, Matthew Mason, Breanna McBeath, Mason McDill, Tatum McMullan, Jason Morgan and Haley Taylor;

WALNUT GROVE: Demond Clark, Bryant Flake, Jasmine Jones, Jasmine Payton and Trace Thrash;

WINONA: Joshua Carpenter

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EMCC: BEAUTY & BEAU PAGEANT, THREE STAND-ALONES

Event Dates and Times

2/9/2016 - 2/24/2016
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC: BEAUTY & BEAU PAGEANT, THREE STAND-ALONES

EMCC, Beauty & Beau Top 5 Beauties:

The top five contestants in East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant are ...
Hannah Daugherty of Leroy, Ala., Addison Lowery of Columbus, “Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson of DeKalb, Carlie Teffeteller of West Point and Sara White of Calhoun City. Abby Watson is the daughter of Robert and Joy Watson. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. Watson enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the river and beach and attending sporting events. After graduating from EMCC, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. The Beauty & Beau Pageant was held Feb. 4 at Stennis Auditorium on EMCC’s Scooba campus.


EMCC, Beauty & Beau Top 10 Beauties:

The top 10 contestants in East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant are ...
Caroline Walker of Columbus, Addison Lowery of Columbus, Lauren Ware of Mayhew, Pooja Shaunak of Starkville and Hannah Daugherty of Leroy, Ala.
“Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson of DeKalb, Carlie Teffeteller of West Point, Anna-Douglas Brown of Columbus, Carlee Doty of Brookhaven and Sara White of Calhoun City. “Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson is the daughter of Robert and Joy Watson. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. Watson enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the river and beach and attending sporting events. After graduating from EMCC, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. The Beauty & Beau Pageant was held Feb. 4 at Stennis Auditorium on EMCC’s Scooba campus.


EMCC, Beauty & Beau, Most Beautiful-Most Handsome:

Abby Watson of DeKalb was crowned “Most Beautiful” and Zachery Kauffman of Macon “Most Handsome” at East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant. Abby Watson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. After graduating from EMCC, Watson plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. Zachery Kauffman is an EMCC Student Ambassador and a resident assistant for a Scooba dormitory. He plans to pursue a career as a welding and fabrication technician.

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JCJC enrollment continues to grow despite trends

Event Dates and Times

2/9/2016 - 2/26/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC enrollment continues to grow despite trends
ELLISVILLE – Nationwide and statewide, the enrollment figures at community colleges are on the decline except for a few, like Jones County Junior College. Both fall and spring enrollment numbers show increases of students attending classes. The Jones 2016 spring enrollment figures show a four-percent increase over spring 2015. VP of Marketing and Recruiting, Finee’ Ruffin has a few ideas why Jones has been the exception to the rule, but she is not willing to reveal all of her strategies.
“We are going against the grain. We are not doing ‘business as usual.’ In order to get different results, you have to do things differently and we are really focusing on our students and giving them every opportunity to succeed,” said Ruffin.
It will be hard to keep up with the “Joneses” if President, Dr. Jesse Smith has his way. He’s proud of every success the college is able to earn because it also means students are succeeding.
Offering multiple-entry points throughout the semester, with short term and fast track class options are some methods Jones students have to allow them more opportunities to be successful and to make college more accessible whenever they are ready.
“Despite the declining enrollment predictions in national statistics, we are beating those expectations, and I am very pleased.” said Dr. Smith. “It means we’re doing something right.”
Not only is the focus on recruiting, both administrators explained the focus is also on retaining students. Retention is one of the contributing factors for the upward trend in enrollment.
“We’re doing a better job of getting our ‘story’ out to the communities we serve in our eight-county district and we’re improving accessibility to higher education through our four, County Centers in Bay Springs, Leakesville, Quitman and Waynesboro,” said Ruffin. “I think in a competitive job market, more people are realizing they need more training and a college degree to improve their economic future.”
A unique partnership with county supervisors has allowed students in Greene and Jasper County’s to take classes at JCJC at little or no cost. The Tuition Assistance Guarantee Program enables its residents taking college courses at their local Center facilitated by JCJC or at the Ellisville campus. This is another pathway for the residents of those counties to attend JCJC while county funds are available. Eligibility requirements for prospective students vary by county.
“Even with county assistance or scholarships, Jones still offers a quality education at an affordable price. Last year we offered summer courses at a reduced tuition cost because we know money is another big factor in making a college education accessible. However, even without a discounted tuition, I believe more people are realizing the value of a higher education and they are investing in themselves, their county and their state with a college degree, and improved skills,” said Dr. Smith. “I hope more people will focus on their future and realize the importance of a college degree from Jones.”

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

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ECCC Plans Black History Month Program Feb. 17th

Event Dates and Times

2/14/2016
East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium
ECCC Plans Black History Month Program Feb. 17th.
East Central Community College will hold its annual Black History Month program Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, on the Decatur campus.
Activities begin at 7 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.
There is no charge for admission.
James Miller, ECCC dean of students, will serve as guest speaker.
Special music will be provided by The Gospel Song Birds of Meridian.
The ECCC Gospel Choir sponsors the Black History Program and will also perform.
Mrs. Brenda Johnson serves as gospel choir sponsor.
For more information, contact Johnson at 601-635-2111.

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LEIA HILL NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT AT EMCC ... MEGAN REYNOLDS SELECTED AS NEW RECRUITER

Event Dates and Times

2/8/2016 - 2/18/2016
East Mississippi Community College
LEIA HILL NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT AT EMCC
MEGAN REYNOLDS SELECTED AS NEW RECRUITER

SCOOBA – Leia Hill has been named assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement at East Mississippi Community College.
In addition to directing college-wide recruiting efforts, Hill will be responsible for overseeing the college’s media, public information and marketing teams.
“Leia has many exciting ideas about how we can collectively utilize our media, marketing and recruiting resources to improve opportunities for those we serve,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said.
Hill has worked at EMCC since February of 2015, when she was hired as the recruiter for the Scooba campus. She served as the staff sponsor for Student Ambassadors and the Student Government Association and helped with orientation programs like JourneyEAST.
Before joining EMCC, Hill worked for eight years in the community college system where she was responsible for community outreach. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and community relations. In 2014, she started a consulting firm focused on social media and online presence management, where she worked with a number of successful clients in Meridian and surrounding areas.
Hill, who resides in Lauderdale with her husband and two sons, recently completed a graduate certificate focused on social media from the University of Florida. She will begin her master’s in Higher Education Leadership later this year.
“This position is unique because I will be involved in several different areas through our foundation: community relations, alumni affairs and recruiting. East Mississippi Community College has a strong presence in the region and I am excited to be a part of our future growth.”
EMCC employee Megan Reynolds has been selected to fill Hill’s former position as recruiter. Reynolds has been employed with the college since 2014, and most recently served as the administrative assistant to the vice president of the Scooba campus.
Reynolds is a lifelong resident of Scooba. Her mother works in the IT department at EMCC’s Scooba campus. Reynolds has attended events at the college for as long as she can remember.
“I am excited about the opportunity to promote the school I have been involved in all my life,” Reynolds said. “A lot of people come to EMCC’s campus in Scooba and learn to love it. I already love it. It is my home.”
Reynolds earned a degree at EMCC’s Scooba campus in Health-care Data Technology and a certificate in Business and Office Technology. While enrolled at EMCC, Reynolds served as a Student Ambassador and a residential assistant. She was also a member of the Student Government Association and was a Compass leader with JourneyEAST, an interactive orientation program for incoming students.
“When considering who would fill the recruiting position, Megan was the immediate choice,” Hill said. “Her work ethic has been evident in all that she has accomplished at EMCC, and I am excited to see her succeed in this position as well.”
Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees

Event Dates and Times

2/5/2016 - 2/12/2016
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ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees
Sophomore Ben Pace of Philadelphia and mathematics instructor Jenna Wright of Madden represented East Central Community College in Decatur at the 2015-16 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program held Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Jackson.
The annual HEADWAE observance was established by the Mississippi Legislature to honor academically talented students and faculty members from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges.
Pace is a pre-dental major and a graduate of Neshoba Central High School. A Dean’s List scholar, he was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team.
He serves as president of the Presidents Council, co-president of Warrior Corps and Phi Theta Kapa, and is a member of the Concert Choir, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is a former member of the Wall O’ Sound Band and Ac’cents Show Choir.
He is the son of Derek and Patty Pace of Philadelphia.
Wright has been employed at the college since 2012.
She earned the bachelor’s degree in math education at Troy University and completed a master’s in statistics at Mississippi State University.

She is a former graduate teaching assistant at Mississippi State.

She and her husband, Eric, reside in Madden.

Honorees were invited to the State Capitol where they were welcomed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and recognized in each legislative chamber.
A luncheon was also held at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson, during which each student and faculty honoree was recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.
In addition to the public recognition, a booklet was published featuring photos and biographical sketches of each honoree.

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ECCC Instructors Ryals, Evans Nominated for MSVCC Awards

Event Dates and Times

2/4/2016 - 2/8/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Instructors Ryals, Evans Nominated for MSVCC Awards

East Central Community College instructors Chris Ryals and Chas Evans were recently nominated for the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) instructor of the year award.

Ryals teaches drafting and design technology and has been employed at the college since 2011.

Evans teaches guitar and music classes and also serves as director of the Collegians rock and roll band. He joined the ECCC staff in 2014.

The two finalists will travel to the Creating Futures Through Technology conference in Biloxi March 2-4, 2016. All finalists from the 15 community colleges in Mississippi will be recognized at the MSVCC luncheon on March 2, where the recipient of the award will be announced.

The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 stipend courtesy of MSVCC.

For more information contact Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education at ECCC, at klebrun@eccc.edu.

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EMCC RALLIES AFTER TORNADO AT SCOOBA CAMPUS

Event Dates and Times

2/4/2016 - 2/7/2016
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EMCC RALLIES AFTER TORNADO AT SCOOBA CAMPUS


SCOOBA – It was a bad day. A tornado touched down at East Mississippi Community College, doing serious damage to student housing and athletic facilities. But it was a good day, too. Campus officials in Scooba put an emergency plan into action with speed and efficiency. All students were in their safe places when the metal-twisting, tree-snapping winds arrived.
“We were in our cottage, watching TV, when we got a message from coach telling us to go right now to the Hawkins Building. We stayed in interior rooms with no windows until they told us we could leave,” said baseball player Drew Golden.
“On the way back, we saw the damage to the field and fences first, then we saw the cottages. It’s not a great situation, for sure, but we’ll get through it. We have God on our side.”
Most of the damage at EMCC from Tuesday afternoon’s tornado was confined to the athletic village where Golden and his teammates live. Small cottages line the village’s short cul-de-sac. Members of the basketball and rodeo teams live there, too.
One cottage was turned over. Several had shifted on their blocks. Porches and steps were skewed. A metal storage building by the adjacent batting cages was a heap of bent metal. Outfield fences were blown down at the baseball field. Trees were toppled or broken in half.

Quick action in Scooba

As the storm approached Tuesday afternoon, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner was driving back from Jackson. With the possibility of tornadoes in the forecast, all EMCC locations had closed at 2 p.m.
For most of the trip, the skies had been clear, even sunny. But then they darkened to the north. Huebner stayed in contact by phone as the weather got worse, the tornado warnings came, and his team in Scooba started moving students to safety.
Freshmen Aysia Marchbanks, Sierra Roberts and Quaisha Betts were in Gilbert Anderson Hall, a women’s dormitory. EMCC staff barricaded doors and windows and ushered the students downstairs, where some took refuge in the lobby and others huddled in an interior bathroom.
“We weren’t taking it too seriously,” Marchbanks said. “But then we heard a loud noise and the lights went out. We took it seriously then. I was scared.”
In the nearby women’s Honors Dorm, Maegan Stewart was in a downstairs bathroom with other students: “I was worried and called my mom. She was trying not to be freaked out because she knew I would have been freaked out too.”
Dr. Huebner arrived on campus about two minutes before the tornado.
“I joined my family in the administration building. I couldn’t see anything. I could only wait,” Huebner said. “After the storm passed, I got a call from our assistant police chief. He said, everybody’s fine, but you need to come out to the cottages.”
About 80 students had nowhere to sleep. School officials made arrangements for half to spend the night in a nearby motel. EMCC students made room for the other half, doubling up in dorms all over campus.
Huebner praised EMCC employees for their quick, sure action.
“Our team did an outstanding job. They moved our students to safety long before the storm hit, and our students had a great attitude, too. I appreciate all the hard work done in advance on EMCC’s emergency plan. It made the difference.”

In the morning

On Wednesday morning, clean-up and repairs began. EMCC student athletes joined employees, picking up debris and hauling cottage skirting out of the tree line.
An EMEPA crew removed broken lamp posts and installed new ones. Ben Dudley, director of the Kemper County Emergency Management Agency, visited campus as he inspected sites that had sustained damage. Kemper County supervisors and other local officials toured the area in pick-up trucks.
Kyle Jordan, senior field representative for U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, arrived mid-morning: “We wanted to check on the students and talk to Dr. Huebner about what services EMCC might need from us.”
There were a lot of people pulling together.
“If you don’t think Mississippi has a sense of community, live through a disaster. By the time I had a chance to check my phone last night, I had more than 200 messages from faculty, staff, neighbors and friends. I heard from virtually every community college president in the state,” Huebner said.
“The messages were all the same and all from the heart. Prayers, encouragement, offers of help and support. It was overwhelming.”
Recovery will take time. Students can’t move back into the cottages until they’ve been inspected and repaired. EMCC needs to consult insurance adjusters and help local officials as they look into whether federal disaster assistance is an option.
“But all of that is about things, not people. You can replace things,” Huebner said.
“Our students are safe and our hearts are grateful. We hoped we would never need an emergency plan but, as bad situations go, this is as good as it gets.”

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ECCC - Canceled classes

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016
East Central Community College
Due to the latest weather information available to East Central Community College, all classes and campus activities that begin at 1 p.m. or after on today, Tuesday, February 2, both on the Decatur campus and all off-site locations, will be cancelled. All college offices will close at 2 p.m.

We anticipate resuming normal operations on Wednesday, February 3.

We encourage all students and staff to exercise extreme caution while driving today and when making travel decisions. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times, and remain aware of the weather situation.

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The Meridian Public School District will be dismissing school early

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016
Meridian Public School District
The Meridian Public School District will be dismissing school early today due to the possibility of severe weather.
Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:40 p.m.
Middle and High Schools will dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

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

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Neshoba County School District will be dismissing at 1:15pm ...

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016
Neshoba County School District
Neshoba County School District will be dismissing at 1:15pm ...
Today, Feb. 2nd, 2016

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ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016 - 2/8/2016
Workforce Development Center in Decatur.
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center in Decatur.
This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as license 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, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu

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ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’ Seminar in Philadelphia

Event Dates and Times

2/12/2016 - 2/23/2016
Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’ Seminar in Philadelphia
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as license 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, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

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ECCC ... Hurtt, Ferguson Receive MBEA Awards

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016 - 2/7/2016
East Central Community College
Hurtt, Ferguson Receive MBEA Awards

East Central Community College instructors Judy Hurtt
and Christy Ferguson were honored at the Mississippi Business Education Association’s (MBEA) annual conference. Hurtt received the MBEA Outstanding Community College Business Educator award and Ferguson received the Outstanding Career and Technical Business Educator award. Hurtt also serves as community college representative to MBEA and Ferguson is president-elect.

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Welding Class Offered in Philadelphia

Event Dates and Times

2/1/2016 - 2/15/2016
Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center
Welding Class Offered in Philadelphia
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer an eight-week welding course at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center beginning Monday, Feb 15.
Registration will be held at 6 p.m. and the first class meeting will follow. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight consecutive Mondays.
Instruction will be offered in MIG, TIG, gas and stick welding. Joey Irby will serve as instructor and the cost to attend is $150 per person.
For more information or to register, contact Chris Clark, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu.

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JCJC Black History Celebration ...

Event Dates and Times

2/11/2016
Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
Multi-talented Forrest County Justice Court Judge, Gay Polk-Payton is JCJC Black History Celebration’s featured guest speaker

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Office of Student Affairs will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration on Thursday, February 11, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. The program’s theme, “'An Education that Makes a Difference,” will feature singer, songwriter, radio host, motivational speaker, author and Forrest County Justice Court Judge, Gay Polk-Payton to be the guest speaker.

“She is someone whom I admire, she's a friend of mine and my wife, Sarah and she has a very diverse background to support this year's theme, ‘An Education that Makes a Difference.’ Gay is very talented and she is not afraid of trying something new. I really wanted to expose our students, faculty and staff to hear her life experiences. It is my hope that everyone who attends will learn how to have the courage to step out to try something different in their life by allowing their education to be the foundational support for their journey,” said JCJC VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones.

The public is invited to this free event to hear Payton speaking on how her varied education has impacted her life. She has three degrees from three different universities yet she finds value in something “bigger.”

“The most valuable part of my education has come from understanding where I fit in the big picture and knowing how my knowledge and capabilities can help to make the world a less chaotic place. Conversely, if you allow the atmosphere surrounding your college education to have an internal, self-centered focus, what you gain in college can turn out to be a cluster of semester hours that won't benefit anyone...not even yourself.”

Payton has used her education to truly make a difference, explained Dr. Jones. In addition to various musical talents, she is a licensed attorney, an aerobics instructor and a Justice Court Judge, which gives her a wide range of life experiences and stories to tell, and sometimes with a melody.

The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native was certified to practice law in the state of Mississippi in September 1996 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans while additionally earning a Master’s in Business and a Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law.

Payton is a member of the Mississippi, Magnolia and American Bar Associations, the Trial Lawyers Association, the Mississippi Justice Court Judge Association, the Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and she is past president of the South Central Bar Association. Recently she was able to add to her list of accomplishments as being elected as 12th district commissioner for the Mississippi Bar Association.

She is currently employed with the Forrest County Justice Court where she serves as an elected Judge, and is the owner of Polk-Payton Law Office. She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Mississippi, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court. Payton has previously served as an adjunct faculty member in USM’s Human Performance and Recreation Department and she is a Certified Fitness Instructor.

The accomplished singer has also been writing songs for more than a decade but released her first single, “Real Man” on August 10, 2012. Both “Real Man” and the song, “God Gives Me” which are both written and performed by Payton, are featured in the movie soundtrack of “Blackbird,” directed by Patrik-Ian Polk with stars, NAACP Image Award and Oscar Award, Mo'Nique Hicks for her role in “Precious,” and Grey’s Anatomies', Isaiah Washington.

She has performed in various venues including an NFL Football game, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Coca-Cola Classic rodeo, USM football, basketball, baseball and softball games, ACS Cancer Walks, AHA Heart Walks, My Mother’s Heart Foundation events, the City of Hattiesburg Police Department’s Memorial, 9/11 & DARE programs, and at National Night Out Against Crime events.

The judge has spoken on a number of topics ranging from legal issues, leadership and motivation, to parenthood and relationships. She is the author of the book, “This Has Been a Public Service Announcement.” She is the daughter of the late Ollie and Fannie Polk and she is the mother of one son, Gaybriel “Kobe” Payton.

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

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GED TEST: “PASS” SCORE LOWERED

Event Dates and Times

1/27/2016 - 1/31/2016
East Mississippi Community College
GED TEST: “PASS” SCORE LOWERED
More than 600 Mississippians to earn diploma retroactively

Earning a GED just got easier. The company that administers GED testing for many states has lowered the score it takes to pass each subject area from 150 to 145.
Officials with GED Testing Service announced the changes Tuesday, explaining that data shows students who took the GED test were being held to a higher academic standard than their counterparts in high school.
Mississippi has adopted the lower test score effective immediately, according to an email to community college educators by Sandy Crist, state director for Adult Education & High School Equivalency, Mississippi Community College Board.
Officials with GED Testing Service also recommend that states grant a GED to students who have taken the test since Jan. 1, 2014, and scored at least 145 in each subject area.
“What this means for Mississippi: We will be issuing an additional 637 High School Equivalency Diplomas – grandfathering those students in from January 1, 2014,” Crist wrote in the email.
At East Mississippi Community College, Adult Basic Education Director Jim Bearden said Tuesday his staff is scrambling to identify students who have passed all or portions of the test under the new guidelines.
Bearden said his office has already identified eight students who have taken the test and now qualify to receive their diploma. There may be more.
On the GED test, students must earn a passing score of 145 in each of the following areas: Reasoning through Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Science; and Social Studies. Students who earned a 145 or greater in any of the four test areas will not need to retake that portion of the test, Bearden said.
“The pressing need right now is to get the word out so people who have passed part of the test will not be rescheduling to take that part again,” Bearden said. “We want students who have taken the test to review their account, so they don’t pay to retake a portion of the test if they do not need to do so.
“I’ve got a list of 37 or 38 people who have passed parts of the test who do not know that they passed. Some are current students and some are former students. All of my staff are trying to call them to let them know.”
Nationwide, GED Testing Service officials estimate more than 25,000 adults will be eligible to receive their GED diploma under the new guidelines, and more than 100,000 now have a passing score in one or more GED test subject areas.
Students who received a passing score under the new guidelines can expect to see their updated scores and information on their MyGED account on March 1. Students who have moved should update their address on their account.
Bearden said the lower score requirement will make it easier for those who have struggled with the test.
“There are a lot of people who took the practice test and could not quite get over the hump, scoring a 147 or a 148,” Bearden said. “We want to encourage students who have been holding off, thinking they weren’t quite ready, to renew preparations to take the test now that the passing score has been lowered.”
GED Testing Service has also added two additional performance levels: GED College Ready, used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses; and GED College Ready + Credit, which may qualify students for up to 10 hours of college credit.
The new GED test performance levels are:
● Pass / High School Equivalency (Score > 145)
● GED College Ready (Score > 165)
● GED College Ready + Credit (Score > 175)
More information about the testing requirements is available online at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs.

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Registration Open for ECCC’s Spring Intensive Term II On-Campus and Online

Event Dates and Times

1/25/2016 - 2/25/2016
East Central Community College
Registration Open for ECCC’s Spring Intensive Term II On-Campus and Online

It’s not too late to register for classes at East Central Community College in Decatur for the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II on-campus courses and the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II online courses.

The last day to register for on-campus courses in the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II is Tuesday, March 1. Classes begin on Monday, Feb. 29.

Classes offered include Introduction to Business, Machine Drafting I, Structural Drafting, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Calculus II, Music Appreciation, and Public Speaking I, among other courses.

The last day to register for online courses in the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II is Tuesday, March 15. Classes begin Monday, March 14.

Classes offered include Art Appreciation; Introduction to Business; Computer Applications I; Human Growth and Development; English Composition II; Introduction to Health, P.E., and Recreation; First Aid and CPR; Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries; Western Civilization I; Intermediate Algebra; College Algebra; Music Appreciation; New Testament Survey; Introduction to Philosophy; General Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Marriage and Family; and Public Speaking I, among other courses.

A complete Spring Term class schedule can be found at the MyEC tab at www.eccc.edu.

For more information, please contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or 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
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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/366073591.html | 366073591

ECCC Cheer Clinics Offered Beginning Jan. 31

Event Dates and Times

1/21/2016 - 1/31/2016
ECCC - South Campus Gymnasium
ECCC Cheer Clinics Offered Beginning Jan. 31

Students interested in trying out for the 2016-2017 cheerleading squad at East Central Community College in Decatur are invited to participate in free stunt clinics beginning Jan. 31.

Clinics will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays in the college’s South Campus Gymnasium.

For more information, contact ECCC Cheer sponsor Pauline Karcher at paulinekarcher@gmail.com or contact the Athletic Department at 601-635-6310.

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HVAC Apprenticeship Class Offered at ECCC

Event Dates and Times

1/21/2016 - 2/11/2016
ECCC ... in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building on the Decatur campus
HVAC Apprenticeship Class Offered at ECCC
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer an HVAC Apprenticeship (Class Core and Level I) course beginning Thursday, Feb. 11.
The class meets in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building on the Decatur campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays until the required 192 instructional hours are completed.
The course will include instruction in safety, proper use of hand tools, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a national credential through the National Center of Construction Education and Research.
The cost to attend is $625 per student. Inquiries regarding financial assistance should be made to the student’s local WIN Job Center.
For more information, contact Chris Clark, workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu

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GED TESTING NOW AVAILABLE AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

Event Dates and Times

1/21/2016 - 2/21/2016
East Miss. Community College
GED TESTING NOW AVAILABLE AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS


SCOOBA – Some area residents who wish to take the GED test won’t have to drive as far to do so.
The Adult Basic Education department at EMCC administered the first GED tests at the Scooba campus on Jan. 19. Previously, the test was only available at the Golden Triangle campus and those who live in Kemper and Noxubee counties had to drive north to Mayhew or south to Meridian to take the test.
“It is a good, central location,” EMCC Chief GED Examiner LaRonda Gathings said.
Four people took the General Education Development test on its first day in Scooba.
“It went smoothly,” Gathings said. “There were no hang-ups.”
Preregistration is required online at https://ged.com. People can register on the website, schedule a day and time to take the test and pay the required cost. There are practice tests available on the website for a fee.
“All they have to do on the day of the test is show up,” ABE Director James Bearden said.
The ABE office at the Scooba campus can accommodate six test-takers at a time. Gathings said same-day testing may be available if room allows: “They can call ahead and schedule the test for the same day and won’t have to pre-register.”
To schedule same-day testing, call (662) 476-5096.
Candidates for testing must be: residents of Mississippi; at least 18 years old; and not enrolled in public secondary school (proof of withdrawal may be required).
Contact Gathings for information on testing of 16- and 17-year-olds, and for requesting testing with special accommodations, at (662) 243-1981.

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ECCC To Offer Basic Carpentry, Residential Maintenance Classes in Neshoba County

Event Dates and Times

2/1/2016 - 2/10/2016
Integrated Technology Training Center in Choctaw
ECCC To Offer Basic Carpentry, Residential Maintenance Classes in Neshoba County
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer courses in Residential Maintenance and Basic Carpentry in Neshoba County beginning in February.
Residential Maintenance will meet eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Integrated Technology Training Center in Choctaw beginning Feb. 10, 2016. Registration will be held at the first class meeting.
Instruction will include basic residential wiring, plumbing repair and installation.
Cost to attend is $150 per person. Robert Kilpatrick will serve as instructor.
Basic Carpentry will meet eight consecutive Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center beginning Feb. 11, 2016. Registration will be held at the first class meeting.
Instruction will include basic carpentry skills such as power tool safety, floor systems, wall systems, rafter layout and roof framing.
Cost to attend is $150 per person. James Boykin will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Chris Clark, workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/365620251.html | 365620251

BBQ Ribs Fundraiser - $25

Event Dates and Times

2/1/2016 - 2/5/2016
Southeast Lauderdale High School 2362 Long Creek Road Meridian, MS
BBQ Ribs Fundraiser - $25
We are raising money to purchase technology for our classrooms by selling tickets for racks of ribs. Tickets can be purchased from the high school office or any high school teacher. Pickup is February 5th from 4:00-8:00 in the school gym during the basketball game.

Tickets need to be purchased before January 29th.
Call 601-483-5501




Russell Keene - Principal
Southeast Lauderdale High School
2362 Long Creek Road
Meridian, MS 39301-9319
Phone 601-483-5501
www.sehstigers.com

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ECCC Astronomy Club to Watch the Moon Blot Out Aldebaran Star

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2016 - 1/19/2016
In front of Cross Hall, located on West Broad Street.
ECCC Astronomy Club to Watch the Moon Blot Out Aldebaran Star

Weather permitting, the Astronomy Club at East Central Community College in Decatur will host a viewing of stars with telescopes beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in front of Cross Hall, located on West Broad Street.

That evening, people looking high up toward the southeast will see a bright red star on the dark side of the gibbous moon. This star, Aldebaran, will suddenly disappear as the Moon orbits in front and then will later reappear.

People around Meridian should see Aldebaran disappear a few minutes after 8:10 p.m. and suddenly reappear around 8:50 p.m., give or take a few minutes, depending upon exact location. Those in coastal counties may see the Aldebaran blink as the star passes between the mountains of the Moon midway between these times.

Visitors wishing to see Aldebaran disappear should bring their own binoculars or telescope or just watch directly. While waiting for the star to reappear, people can view the Pleiades star cluster with the college’s large telescope.

Anna Claire Housley, Astronomy Club president, said, “I am excited to experience this rare and educational event.”

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ECCC Career Advancement Center Offers Various Classes During February

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2016 - 1/28/2016
East Central Community College Career Advancement Center in Carthage
ECCC Career Advancement Center Offers Various Classes During February
The East Central Community College Career Advancement Center in Carthage will offer various courses during the month of February, including Conversational Spanish I and II, Basic Electrical AC/DC, HVAC Enhancement, and Writing a Winning Resume.
Conversational Spanish I will meet for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 2. The fee is $50 and Martha Metcalf will serve as instructor. CEUs are available.
The course is designed to develop basic conversational skills and grammar structure necessary for speaking the Spanish language.
Conversational Spanish II begins Feb. 4 and will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays. The fee is $50 and Martha Metcalf will serve as instructor. CEUs are available.
This course is designed for students who have taken Spanish I or have the basic fundamentals of speaking the language and will build and reinforce skills. Emphasis will be placed on mastering grammatical structures and increased functional vocabulary.
Basic Electrical AC/DC will meet for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 16. The fee is $150 and Blake Warren will serve as instructor.
This course is designed to introduce students to basic electrical systems for residential and commercial applications.
An HVAC Enhancement course begins Feb. 15 and will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight consecutive Monday nights. Paul Evans will serve as instructor. The fee is $150 and students have the option of an additional $3 at the end of the course for EPA testing.
The course provides instruction in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
A free workshop on Writing a Winning Resume will be offered Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Instruction will be provide by Matt Riley and participants will receive information on writing a resume, enhancing an existing resume and what employers look for in a resume.
Those interested can register Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ECCC Career Advancement Center located at 121 West Main Street, on the square in Carthage.
For more information, contact Matt Riley, center coordinator/personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/365401911.html | 365401911

Ely Receives ECCC Surgical Technology Honor

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2016 - 1/21/2016
East Central Community College in Decatur
Ely Receives ECCC Surgical Technology Honor
Shana Ely of Philadelphia was selected Surgical Technology Student of the Year at East Central Community College in Decatur. Ely was presented an award in recognition of her academic excellence in the classroom and performance in clinical settings. She received the award from program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley and instructor Kristie Pilgrim . The presentation was made during the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/365401871.html | 365401871

ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2016 - 1/21/2016
East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates
These students recently completed the 12-month surgical technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special group was honored at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Graduates and their respective hometowns include Tyasia Nicholson, Dekalb; Shana Ely, Philadelphia; Jasmine Brown, Morton; and Bailey Wedgeworth, Forest; Jennifer Anderson and Emma Savell, both of Philadelphia; and Aleia White of Raleigh; and Christopher Ivy, Meridian; Lahoma Hawkins, Decatur; Morgan Hillhouse, Louisville; and Haley Moorehead, Union. Ely was chosen Surgical Technology Student of the Year. LeAnn Shirley serves as program director/instructor and Kristie Pilgrim serves as instructor.For more information on ECCC’s healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or email dthomas@eccc.edu.

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ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Decatur

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016 - 2/16/2016
Workforce Development Building on the Decatur campus.
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Decatur
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a Pharmacy Technician course beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in the Workforce Development Building on the Decatur campus.
Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Tuesdays. The cost is $275 per student and the textbook is included in the course fee. The national certification exam is an additional $129 and payable to the National Pharmacy Certification Testing Board at the time of the exam. Rhonda Wilson serves as instructor.
Registration is open Feb. 1-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Workforce Development Center or students may register at the same location between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.
For more information, contact Debra Hutchins, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6295. The email is dhutchins@eccc.edu.

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ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Choctaw

Event Dates and Times

2/2/2016 - 2/18/2016
ECCC Integrated Technologies Training (ITT) Center in Choctaw.
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Choctaw
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a Pharmacy Technician course beginning Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Training (ITT) Center in Choctaw.
Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Thursdays. The cost is $275 per student and the textbook is included in the course fee. The national certification exam is an additional $129 and payable to the National Pharmacy Certification Testing Board at the time of the exam. Rhonda Wilson serves as instructor.
Registration is open Feb. 1-10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ITT Center or students may register at the same location between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.
For more information, contact Debra Hutchins, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6295. The email is dhutchins@eccc.edu.

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ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll - TBA

Event Dates and Times

1/11/2016 - 1/21/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll - TBA

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Fall Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Event Dates and Times

1/11/2016 - 1/21/2016
Jones County Junior College
Fall Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 fall 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.

JCJC PRESIDENT’S LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015

Millry, Alabama: Aaron Lee Pruett.
Franklinton, Louisiana: Kaitlyn Amber Kennedy.
Round Rock, Texas: Kassidy Mikal Tolbert.
Clarke Enterprise: Miranda Kaye Espey.
Clarke Quitman: Madison Viola Gandy and Hannah Elizabeth Hampton.
Covington Collins: Karlie Blake Hart, Arianna Faith Kitchens, Amber Marie Little, Nolan Kyle Stapleton, Amber Diann Stuart and Patrick Wayne White.
Covington Mount Olive: Denzel Xavier Edwards, Anthony Michael Hinton, Hannah Victoria Love and Allison Denise Rutland.
Covington Seminary: Rachel Suzanne Boling, Brittany Nicole Byrd, Sarah Caroline Ferris, Cameron Charles Harvey, Amanda Nicole McKenzie, Marcus Lamar Phillips, Angela Carol Pitts and Kamrie PaigeWalters.
Covington Taylorsville: John David Blackwell.
Forrest Brooklyn: John Wesley Aust.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Meagan Leanne Blackwell, Alicia Edell Brooks, Carolyn Kay Bullock, Blythe Leighton Griffin, Phadre Yvonne Hocker, Alexis Nicole LaNeve, Haley Rene' Martin, Erica Lynn Murphy, Rebecca Katherine Polley, Kia Deshae Pruitt, Austin M Riels, Natalie Beth Seales, Savannah Marie Troyer and Michelle Renee Wentz.
Forrest Petal: Marjorie Louise Bach, Connor Joseph Chancellor, Meagan Katherine Clatworthy, Jeffrey Michael Creel, Karen Anne Kennedy, Hanah Rhian Lott, Andreona Rachelle McLaurin, Clayton Taylor Mikell, James Cory Moree, Makenzie Jo Nagy, George Washington Nicholson, Mollie Kathryn Pitts, Jenna Marie Sewell, Madeline Claire Sheller, Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Joshua Tate Weatherford and Kenneth Lane Wittig.
George Lucedale: Alyssa Victoria Megan Hopkins.
Greene Leakesville: Kara Elizabeth Bailey.
Greene Lucedale: April Vanessa Pierce.
Greene Neely: Malcolm Conner McLendon.
Greene Richton: Jacob Randall Finley.
Hancock Diamondhead: Jared Layton Lal.
Hancock Kiln: Brina Ashley Breaux.
Hancock Waveland: Erubiel Alejandro Sandoval Araiza.
Harrison Biloxi: Zachary Alexander Torricelli.
Harrison Long Beach: Samantha Lynn Dean and Sarah Catherine Ryan.
Harrison Saucier: Hannah J Walker.
Jackson Pascagoula: Kinley Elese Davis.
Jasper Bay Springs: Julie Elizabeth Fail and Terry X Keyes.
Jasper Laurel: Adam Michael Clark, Donica Lynn Graham and Donna Chanel James.
Jasper Louin: Jacquelyn Sarah Jones, Ashley Nichole McDonald, Ieesha Necole Moore and Thomas Lewis Tullos.
Jasper Stringer: Kasey Elizabeth Fox.
Jasper Vossburg: Raven Caroline Chancellor and Malik Reshad Sampson.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Carrie Nicole Broome.
Jones Ellisville: Lea Valeree Adlaon Abao, Lacey Marie Ainsworth, Edwin Van Alford, Natalie Nicole Buckley, Hunter Lamar Carpenter, Bridgett Nicole Cooley, Rachel Suzanne Ellzey, Sherry Shaffer Farmer, Jonathan Ryan Fennell, Kelsie Hope Hathorn, Elizabeth Enochs Herring, Cayden Granger Hill, Karly Lane Jones, Gavin Wayne Knight, Morgan Olivia Lewis, Pamela G McDonald, Durland Dwight McGill, Kaylee Alyssa Parker, Shreyaben Dilip Patel, Cody Lane Robertson, William Cody Sanderson, Alyssa Jade Sumrall, Jonathan Tyler Turner and Hans Derek Van Houten.
Jones Hattiesburg: Abby Rebecca Cascio and Katelyn Angela Stone.
Jones Heidelberg: Samantha Hailee Davis.
Jones Laurel: Emily Kranz Bedwell, Cheyanne Marie Boyd, James Nathaniel Breland, Anthony Maurice
Brown, Erik Thomas Buckley, Landon Blaise Bullock, Jeremy Bryce Bynum, William Alexander Chancellor, Benjamin Paul Council, Lauren Elizabeth Craven, Callie Lynn Crosby, Shelby Milia Edwards, Deserae Leigh Grafton, Abbey Faye Graham, Sarah Elizabeth Gregory, Jessie Leigh Hall, Brayden Alexander Hodge, Jordan Nichole Holifield, Mason Alan Howell, Tamara Kali Hullings, Robert Dean Cody Johnson, Christopher Gayle LaPan, Megan Elise Livingston, Brandi Ann Lott, Monica Lanelle Ozugha, Aubrey Nicole Parker, Cody Ryan Patrick, Jennifer Joan Payne, James William Pistole, Carter Burke Poister, Samantha Kate Powell, April Machae Rudolph, Marisa Renee Rushton, Susan L. Sturdivant, Brittany Nicole Walters, Chelsee Jeanette Washington, Thomas Patrick Watson, Leslie Jeanine Weaver, Taylor Pyeatt White, Benjamin Caleb Wilson and Hannah Lynne Wilson.
Jones Moselle: Thomas Lee Bryant, Matthew Glen Eavenson, Katherine Anne Martin and Shelby Nicole Reed.
Jones Ovett: Austin Edward Flynt and Brianna Hope Woodward.
Jones Sandersville: Jacqueline Elizabeth Holifield and Shasta Michele Pitts.
Jones Seminary: Jason Thomas Gunnell.
Jones Soso: Blake Dempsey Beach, Ethan Garret Davis, Geoffrey Charles Grayson, Rachel Harley Holifield, Marianna Gayle Lunsford and Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Lafayette Oxford: Thedford James Hollis.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Deena Leigh Barnes, Latosha Michelle Bass, Elijah Grant Cummins, Rita Maria Griffis, Joseph Anderson Hollomon, Toney Tamario Johnson, Cade David Lott, Felicia R Miller, Denice Renee Pearson, Vivian Marie Sills, Leia Claire Swilley and Bethany McKayla Thornton.
Lamar Lumberton: Katlyn Marie Wennett Barrett and Sierra LeeAnn Holmes.
Lamar Purvis: Kelsey Elaine Addison, Jenna Allyn Hauk, Kaliana Marshay Holloway, Crystal Lynn Jones,
Shameria Juanese Jones,Evelyn Kay Lawson and Brittany Mashea Whiddon.
Lamar Sumrall: Nicholas Mack Davis, Kimberly H Miley, Ann Marie Norris and Sarah Elizabeth Whiddon.
Lauderdale Collinsville: Brittany Ellen Hedgpeth.
Lauderdale Meridian: Mason LouAllen Irby.
Lawrence Monticello: Joanna Leigh Espy.
Leake Carthage: Jeremiah Donavan Tindol.
Lowndes Columbus: Abigail Camille Wilson.
Marion Columbia: Rachel Marie Shinn and Jeffrey Daniel Sloan.
Pearl River Poplarville: Kristina Nicole Pertuit.
Perry New Augusta: Stephanie Lynn Hill.
Perry Petal: Tracey Quynh-Tram Hoang Nguyen.
Perry Richton: David Brandon Breland, Alec Travis Kittrell and Makayla Jordan Waites.
Rankin Florence: Joshua Phillip Hester, Alexandria Stori Parker and Thomas Luke Sims.
Simpson Magee: Christopher Matthew Pickering, Cady Nicole Smith and Joanna Catherine Word.
Simpson Mendenhall: William Aeron Jones, Tarena Michelle Marshall, Abigail Marie Sullivan and AshleyBrooke Williamson.
Smith Bay Springs: Danah McKean Sigler.
Smith Mize: Samuel Stone Allen, Destiny Lynn Hux, Christina Laverne Lewis, Matthew Chase Roberts,Ashton Breann Rouse, Joseph Paskell Speir.
Smith Raleigh: Ny'Kierra Danielle Stribling.
Smith Taylorsville: Kayla Jaquaya Clark, Amber Nicole Meador and Erin Delane Norris.
Warren Vicksburg: Virginia-leigh Donohue.
Wayne Buckatunna: Tristin Noel McLain.
Wayne Shubuta: Dylan Trent Loper and Charseanna Sharae Odom.
Wayne State Line: Katie Amelia Westbrook.
Wayne Waynesboro: Kayla Danielle Bunch, Alyssa Deione Cochran, Lashunda Hundley Everett, Kristen
Tomorrow Gandy, Logan Skylar Holyfield, Brooks Francis Little, Teleshia Marshea Miller, Sharianna Shermaine Parker, NaTasha D Ramey, Dallas Paige Sanderson, Savannah Leeann Sharkey, Jeri Renee' Singley, Katherine Colleen Singley, Corey Allen Stevens and Lindsey Claire Walker.
JCJC DEAN’S LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015

Chatom, Alabama: Madeline Joanna Everett.
Fruitdale, Alabama: John David Thornton.Abbeville, Louisiana: Ashailee Renee Brailey.
Mount Vernon, Alabama: Alyssa Marie Sullivan.
Satsuma, Alabama: Courtney Helen Parker.
Sarasota, Florida: Taqel Tamrin Lewis.
Ellenwood, Georgia: Kanisha Renae Tharpe.
Amite, Louisiana: Dylan Daniel Dover.
Denham Springs, Louisiana: Amanda Marie Holliday.
Houma, Louisiana: Lanie Marie Ronquille.
Houston, Texas: Scott Tyler Jarvis.

Carroll McCarley: Cori Lane McCrary.
Claiborne Hermanville: Jimmieya BriShay Anderson.
Clarke Enterprise: Breanna Leigh Cunningham.
Clarke Meridian: Victoria Lea O'Quin.
Clarke Quitman: Jordan Olevia Graham, April Kristine Lawson, Joshua DaShawn Robinson and Shiwuan Lamar Saddler.
Covington Collins: Faith Marie Anderson, Justin James Aultman, Dillon Wade Chain, Tristan Schrader Coulter, Matthew Dwain Cross, Kristi Nicole Doby, Fate Massengale Eiland, Jacob Brody Keys, Blake Dell Lightsey, Suzanna Marie Salinas, Laken Olivia Sanford, Karla Ann Wilson and Kaitlyn Jasmine Windham.
Covington Hattiesburg: Lakan Diana Guelker.
Covington Mount Olive: La-Deja Monet Janae Easterling, Jacqueline Nicole Grantham, Jessie Jameel Hills, Me'lea Yasmeen Johnson and Tyler Calvin Kennedy.
Covington Seminary: Jarred Clint Ashley, Timber Josi Lott, Kristen Nicole Nelson, Kirkland Chad Sharplin, Kelsey Madison Venable, Victoria Ryan Hope Wheat and Leila Celeste White.
Covington Sumrall: Marissa Faye Ciraco.
Covington Taylorsville: Gregory Paul Bolton.
Forrest Carriere: Mallori Lynn Rodrigue.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Madalyn McNeel Beckham, Noah Lance Billingsley, Jacob Matthew Blesse, Matthew Baron Breland, Shooter Glenn Carswell, Kamron Chance Carter, Breauna Nicole Chapman, Mary Cathryne Crutchfield, Kenya Latrece Culpepper, Kyrstin Necole Dahmer, Adam Christopher Danner, Joshua Aaron Goldman, Scott Tyler Jarvis, Mary Louise Johnson, Chelsey Lyn Jones, India Selena Kohli, Uniqua Jhane Lewis, William Robert Lowery, Michael Jason McCool, Dezarae Faye Quintero, Marisa DeeAnn Redmond, Adam Lee Rigney, Kayla Dione Satcher, Kristin Dominique Shelby, Ericson Heath Wade and Michael Taylor Webb.
Forrest Laurel: Megan Louise Meadows.
Forrest Petal: Jared Evan Bennett, Katelynn Renee' Brock, Matthew Warren Bryant, Stacy Lashon Carter,Stephanie Nicole Collier, Zackary Ray Eddy, Trystan Tyler Hancock, David Landell Holmes Jr., Franki LaRae Hubbard, Clint Owen Lee, Briana Joy Lewis, Shanta Cieanna Magee, Christandre Chardette McCaskill, Louis Charles Powell and David Anthony Williams.

Forrest Petal: Carrie Rene Robertson, Amanda Ortego Rowley, Jared Michael Sewell and Seth Timothy Walters.

George Lucedale: Geneva Ellyn Catlett, Joni Marie Creel, Alexis Michelle Horton, Tanner Lang Huddleston, Jerrica Brooke Miller and Juliana Leigh Rouse.

Greene Leakesville: Emily Reve' Batley, Melissa Dial Clark, Brandon Skyler Parker, Joseph Michael Storment and Kayla Joann Williams.
Greene Lucedale: Kody Paul Davis.
Greene McLain: Jonathan DeWayne Draughn and Robert James Rhodes.
Greene Richton: Lindsey Lauren Byrd, Shelby Lynn Freeman, Jonathan Marshall Henderson, Huston Alexander Kittrell, Regan Ashley Nicholson, Kristen Elizabeth Templeton, James Christopher Turner and Lexus Caroline Watson.
Greene State Line: Kaitlyn Nicole Hovatter.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Morgan Alexandra Kowalski.
Hancock Waveland: James Patrick Ponder.
Harrison Biloxi: Jhadia Adajha Harris and Sabrina Jean Sagers.
Harrison Gulfport: Jordan Alexander Jones.
Harrison Long Beach: Melody Alexa Howard and Jessica Lee Seal.
Harrison Saucier: Natalie Lauren Hogue and Kirstin Briana Woods.
Hinds Jackson: Taylor Elise Dodd and Toni Vontrell Leverette and Chase Tyler Pennington.
Hinds Terry: Chancee Lynn Davis.
Jackson Moss Point: Okemah Deshawn Durgan and Shelby Lawson Nelson.
Jackson Pascagoula: Chris Todd Daugherty, Catherine Elizabeth Locklear and Lanecia Shakari Stallworth.
Jasper Bay Springs: Mayson Elizabeth Barnes, Selena Susan Cannon, Autumn Rivers Mattox, Keshundra
Leaisa Moore, Anna Claire Odom, Fallon Rebekah Sims, Amber De'Vay Walker and Bailey Diane White.
Jasper Heidelberg: Brittny Kristen Belding, Lenora Carter Carr, Phillip Mason Gray, Erica Jeanell Hobson and Bailey Christian Nichols.
Jasper Louin: Ricardo Ja'Roy De'nario Jones.
Jasper Raleigh: Robia SheraeBobbett and Rebekah LeAnne Sullivan.
Jasper Stringer: Stormy Cheyenne Boyanton, Quade Tanner Clark, Michael Jason Gambrell, Bridges Case
Johnson, Taylor Renea Parker, Ryan Chanler Smith and Ashley Caselle Valentine.
Jasper Vossburg: Morgan Lindsey Holifield.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Hannah Kate Hathorn and Jacob Lee Jackson.
Jefferson Davis New Hebron: Brianne Lyn Kelly.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Courtnay Lorraine Evans, Mary LeAnne Griffith, Macon Cortez Holliman, Jasmine Shaquilla Price and Tyler Chadwick Shivers.
Jones Ellisville: Abbey Dale Adams, Penny Cash Aultman, Kayla Alicia Donald, David Jacob Driskell, Dylan Milton Finch, Christen Nicole Ford, Austin McKinley Herrington, Kasey Katherine Hughes, Thomas Kirk Johnson, Christa Beth Knight, Ethan Patrick Laird, LeDaria Noel Moody, James Brandon Perry, Jamie Devonte Pruitt, Sabrina Claire Rounsaville, Austin Harold Rowzee, Clinton Thomas Sasser, Kaitlin Diane Sellers, Carly McKinnon Shoemake, Sarah Mackenzie Shows, Cory Austin Skellion, Alden Jae Swindle, Luke Lowery Tucker, Chris Norman Wallace, Lenzi Nicole Weems, Alexus Nicole Wilks.
Jones Hattiesburg: Alexis LeAnn Guthrie.
Jones Heidelberg: Brittany Kay Kitchens.
Jones Laurel: Laura Ann Armour, Kayte Anne Avera, Britany Nicole Blakeney, Bailey Elise Brown, Charles
Edward Brown, Madison Lynn Brownlee, Keundreiah Wa'ne Burns, Kaitlynn Amber Busby, Anna
Nicole Caldwell, Mason Chase Cook, Amber Dawn Craven, Emily Nicole Davis, James Aaron Tyler Dyess, Hunter Analisa Eady, William Robert Farquhar, Lauren Millicent Farragut, Rexal Bernard Heidelberg, Victoria Renae Hodge, Aaron Holmes Huff, Bryan Andrew Hutchinson, Joshua James Ishee, Matthew Townsend Ishee, Reese Timothy Ishee, Shelby Reese Ishee, David Keith Jones, Lindsey LeeAnn Jones, Alexis Michelle King, Kacie Danielle King, Robert Christopher Laypath, Karley Brooke Livingston, Latonya Rachelle Lyons, Donaldo Vicente Martinez, Brittany Leigh Matthews, Shareena Marie McCullin, Hannah Colleen McFarland, Lacey Michelle McLain, Mikala Breanne McLaurin, Destiny Arianna Molloy, Marcie Lynn Napier, Jeremy Loyd Noble, Lauren Elizabeth Norris, Chad Hubert Parker, Katherine Elizabeth Phillips, Peyton F Ramsey, Willie Thomas Segrest, Cristina Lucerito Serrano, Brandon Louis Shelby, Madison Kate Smith, Bridgett Alexis Taylor, Lucy Caroline Taylor, Phebe Alexis Tisdale, Jacob Chauncey Walker, Mollie Renee Ward, Allison Lane Wigley, Matthew Evan Wilson, Haylee Alexandria Windham, Benjamin Austin Winpigler, Shelby Lea Yarber and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Moselle: Curtis Walter Maney, Dennis Christian McWilliams, Stephanie Lauren Murrell, Katie Breanne Nelson, Lourdes Sanchez Paz and Mercedes Starr.
Jones Ovett: Taylor Allen Byrd, Donna Lamanda Collins, Andrew James Hargrove, Steven Tyler Lirette, Rachel Victoria Tucker and Jessica Glenita Creppel.
Jones Richton: Caitlin Brooke Malone.
Jones Soso: Quentin Sace Buck, Emily Lynn Davis, Miles Dwayne Dennis, Ashley Nicole Hitem, Kaitlyn Danielle Hite, Joshua Laz Newcomb, Nathaniel Austyn Sumrall and Ross Graham Thompson.
Jones Taylorsville: Debra Dian Carr, Matthew Garland Huff and Zandreka Quashai Ratcliffe-Graves.
Jones Wesson: Johnkil Wiyon Skipper.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paul James Andrews, Cruise Allen Beeding, Rayna DeShae Brumfield, Emily Allison Burnett, Mary Jaclyn Creel, Leiloni Lynn Davenport, Eden Danielle Dearman, Brian Charles Evans, Lindsey Allison Garrity, Nicole Lynda Hebert, Kristen Jarnae Hollingsworth, Terry Curtis Jackson, Zane Robert Jarvis, Joshua Stephen Kemp, Rushton Lewis Kennedy, Jillian Leigh Ladner, Ashley R Lavallais-Hocker, Rachel Lynn Martin, Alejandra Ortiz, Joseph James Patterson, Kayla Marie Phipps, Kaitlyn Megan Pittman, AJ Thomas Robinson, Ethan Buck Rushing, Tanner Scott Shutze, Natalie Lauren Woo and Madison Alicia Knoll.
Lamar Lumberton: Haven Cheyenne Kiser.
Lamar Purvis: William Noah Clark, Logan Wade Scott, Bailey Nicole Simmons, Cody Randal Steele and Madison Kate Torres.
Lamar Sumrall: Stephen Heath Benson, Christopher Theadore Bond, Katherine Maria Forsmark, Jared Anthony Idom, Sheri Denise Lowery, Brianna Laine Risley, Dustin Keith Russell, Patrick Dalton Smith and Rebecca Gail Turner.
Lawrence Monticello: Sarah-Rebecca Karissa Citlahua.
Lee Saltillo: Anna Claire Price.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Madison Rae Currie.
Madison Canton: Courtney Simone Catchings and Jaylin Nicole Goodloe.
Madison Madison: Kiyah LaNiece Hillman and Emily Hannah Jones.
Madison Ridgeland: Carlie Elizabeth Kellems.
Marion Columbia: Jordyn Nicole Brown, Jacob Terrell Ham, Samuel Kirklan Landrum, Ashley Lauren Purvis and Jenna Denise Smith.
Marion Kokomo: Sophia Jerenea Daniel and Danita Daichon Stevenson.
Marshall Waterford: Joshua Guy Keel.
Neshoba Philadelphia: Bethany Hope Young.
Newton Hickory: William Troy Brand.
Newton Newton: Toshiaunna Lashun Evans.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Michael Frederick Godley, Stephen Harris Jones and McClain Michelle Morgan.
Pearl River Picayune: Taylor Nashira Haralson and Paige Elizabeth Monnin.
Perry Petal: Destiny Elizabeth Barrett, Billy Dillon Byrd and Julie Linh Nguyen.
Perry Richton: Lyric Ailiyah Brown, Janson Scott Conway, Melanie Brooke Dunnam, Emily Milagros Frometa, Camille Brooke Fulmer, April Marie Graham, Krista Noel Robinson, Adam Reece Wigley and Eules Claude Williams.
Pike McComb: Pennie Marie Frith.
Rankin Brandon: Madison Renee Frazier, Cannon Jennings Gibbs, Shelton Mackenzie Wallace and Ethan Alexander Williams.
Rankin Florence: Abigail Faith Taylor.
Rankin Pearl: Katelyn Renee Files and Benjamin Malone Husbands.
Simpson Magee: GlenCade Cockrell, Porcha Mishia Leggett, Molly Elizabeth McCool and Anfernee Darnell Showers.
Simpson Mendenhall: Aaliyah Zhane Chatman and Megan L Fewell.
Simpson New Hebron: Brody William Matthews.
Smith Bay Springs: Samantha Alese Dupree, Madison Taylor Matthews and Thomas Jack McMullan.
Smith Louin: Regina Markesial McLaurin and Alexis Dominique Rambo.
Smith Magee: Joshua Noel Allen and Katelyn Elizabeth Martin.
Smith Mize: Tyler Cole Austin, Makayla LeAnn Bavido, James Allen Bynum, Kimberly Leann King, Hannah Alyse Middleton, Marissa Fay Mulconrey, Bethany Brianna Pace, Paul Devin Pinkerton, Donnette Rachel Sanderford and Amanda Kay Turnage.
Smith Mt. Olive: Courtney Shanta Autman and Jonathan Kendall Goforth.
Smith Raleigh: Monica Faith McDonald, Roslyn Nico Miller, Kevin Dean Sullivan, Bethany Lynn Vanderford and Tyler Mitchell Wells.

Smith Taylorsville: Joseph Cade Atwood, Ashleigh Marie Blakeney, Ethan Aaron Blakeney, Rhonda Jean Blakeney, William McKinley Butler, Michael Robertson Coats, Justin Micheal Evans, Lukas Thomas Ishee, Zachary Taylor McKinley, Samantha Denise Pitts, Joylynn Marie Rhinehart, Dakota Lee Sills, Seth Walters and Raegan ReeAnn Yelverton.
Stone Perkinston: Traci Andrae Monroe.
Sunflower Bay Springs: Patrick Douglas Lofton.
Walthall Sandy Hook: Caleb Mitchell Ladner.
Walthall Tyertown: Jahmaad Isaac Harrell, Cameron Edward Crawford, Raven Deshawn Owens and Coleman Seth Reagan.
Warren Vicksburg: Kristen Elizabeth Buchanan, Alexis Jolene Hearn and Katie Liane Schroeder.
Wayne Buckatunna: Kayla Rene Hopkins.
Wayne Shubuta: YaRaeonna Luisa Gandy, Seitoku Michael Hoffman and McKensie Elise Pugh.
Wayne State Line: Jennifer Annette Crager and Jone't Dominique Johnson.
Wayne Waynesboro: Larry Daquon Carter, Tyler Reed Cochran, Alexa Blake Deas, Sumerlea Covington Douglas, Alaynna Rose Eidson, Larryme Shantina Everett, Madison Brittany Freeman, Kayla Michelle Gordon, Ashley Danielle Green, Shaquavous On'Yale Harris, Natalie Quatraile Howard, Jordynne Alexis Rose McCarty, Branna Shanay McDougle, Kiana De'Marius McFadden, Tracey Skylnn McGill, Shy Erviyunna Moore, Adaisha Kieanna Nobles, Michael Cade Owen, Devante Lashawn Ramey, Kianna Antwanetta Ramey, Kassidy Mikayla Smith, Janice Renee Tiner and Corrina Vidalia Waller.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.
JCJC FACULTY LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015
Grand Bay, Alabama: Ashley Mache' Mitchell.
Mobile, Alabama: Mugisho Moses Muhubao.
Little Rock, Arkansas: Christian Terrale Robertson.
Sarasota, Florida: Lew Andre Johnson.
Alpharetta, Georgia: Carlos Montez Burse.
Smyrna, Georgia: Quonterius D Thomas.
Harvey, Louisiana: Wendion Marisha Bibbins.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Jonathan Thomas Parker.
Jamaica, New York: Janae Cattyana Humes-Fairley.
Memphis, Tennessee: Kazeto Alisio Lakok.
Tennessee Colony, Texas: Elizabeth Laura-Marie Hensarling.

Adams Natchez: Kiera Michelle Knight.
Claiborne Port Gibson: Xavierana LaTerraneka Nicholas.
Clarke Enterprise: Katlyn Alyssa Mosley.
Clarke Heidelberg: Bridgette Nicole Ross.
Clarke Meridian: Sammi Jo Rich and Haylee Dawn Riley.
Clarke Quitman: Kristen Brooke Nichols and Monshae La'Trese Williams.
Clarke Shubuta: Thomas Michael Campbell, Trey Tajarius Gilliam, Zacchaeus Lavon Harris and Johnny De'Andre McCarty.
Clarke Stonewall: Bethany Paige Rivers.
Clay Cedarbluff: Mikka Gail Davis.
Covington Collins: Edwind Jamal Blackwell, Chrissy Marie Casey, Victoria Whitney Darby, Alyssa Nicole
Ervin, Yasmine Sha'neca Fairley, Julie Renee Hall, John Adam Hart, Bailey Anzie Holder, Savannah
Marshall, Jesse Adam McKenzie, Elizabeth Hope McNair, Rosalind Michelle Pittman, Brianna Michelle
Rials, Brittany Marie Riley, Kathryn Rae Taylor, Allie Keyera Trotter and Erica Dianne Wylie.
Covington Mount Olive: Mindy Renee Dennis, Ericka Hope Ingram, Taylor Ann Sasser, Joel Brian McBeth, Mary Baylea Powell, Ryan David Sanford and Akili Saifullah McInnis-Hammond.
Covington Seminary: Megan Brianna Aultman, Shynequa Shira Booth, Allysia LeAnn Broome, Jessica Renee Carter, Hannah M Dutton, Kathryn Rose Hester, Allison Leigh Humphrey, John Patrick Kitchens, Coty Allan Owens, Kala Shontai Owens, Jenna E Sanford, Ronald James Smith, Austin Rocky Thornton, Bryan Carlton Travis, Alison Paige Williams, Michael Tanner Windham and Tyler Wayne Windham.

Covington Sumrall: Whitney DeAnna Clinton, Christian Joseph McLaurin, Amy Hosey Smith and Aaron Wesley Ward.
Desoto Olive Branch: Dalton Jacob Skelton.
Desoto Southaven: Jessica Dale Bumpous.
Forrest Brooklyn: Zachary Taylor Breazeale andDevin Clay Vete.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Mandy Renee Baker, Laramie BreAnn Barlow, Asia Wicole Bennett, Brian Keith Bennett, Hunter Gage Bounds, Darian Kristine Brown, Jordan Lee Callahan, Sabrina Ann Carlisle, Dallas Joseph Carter, Marco Antonio Chapman, Casey Daniel Coleman, Braxton Fletcher Eubanks, Miesha Janae Ford, Charles Donald Funderburk, Joseph Burton Goff, Hannah Leigh Guy, Lucas Kayne Hinton, Jamal Malik Jackson, Tevin Brendan Kirkham, Misty Lee Larmore, David Joseph Mapp, Santresa Michelle Myers, Matthew James O'Quinn, Sandra Bailee Reid, Bryce Kirkland Sheasby, Elizabeth Danielle Smith, J Daulton Speed, Jessica Alexandria Strickland, Nakedra Chantay Toney, Cynthia Nicole Waller, Derek Duane Walley, Toni Briana White and Meghan Bianca Williams.
Forrest Petal: Zane Thomas Adams, Savannah Leigh Barnett, Carlton Zachary Blackwell, Diana Carolina Bolanos, Stuart Williams Bowman, Mary Amanda Brady, Joseph Orville Edward Brewer, Krystal DaSharon Brown, Tyler Reid Brown, Michael Thomas Bullock, Bradford Jacob Crosby, Payton Channing Culpepper, Vicenta Del Pilar Delgado, William Clayton Dueitt, Michael Anthony Garnand, Seairra L Hayes, Jenna Lyn Henry, Amanda Rose Hensarling, Maggie Alyssa Herrin, Jacob Matthew Hiatt, Graceanna J Hickman, Kennedy Blake Hogan, Shaneshia Yakaia Huderson, Amber Marie Hudson, Victoria Jean Jackson, Alexis Chante' Keyes, Zachary Andrew Kizer, Tristan Wayne Labove, Justin Ross Lingle, Hayle Raegn Lott, Brooke Rechelle McAlexander, Crystal Val Marie McNair, Calder Hale Mikell, Keisaac Wayne Moore, Chasity Nichole Pierce, Asia Renata Ramsey, Olivia Grace Rhodes, Ryan Lynn Rich, Kelsey Marisa Riels, Alexandria Lauren Robinson, Jessica Elizabeth Rogers, Owen Anderson Scott, Kayla Cheree Sledge, Tristan Alexander Smith, Jane Ann Stansell, Lexie Ann Swaim, Russell Wayne Thompson, Taylor McKenzie Townsend, May Lia Tran, Thomas Edward Turner, Collin Andrew Tweedle, Ashlyn Raine Vallon, Sydney Tristan Wade, Brittany Nicole Ward, Kyle Evan Watkins, Hanna LeAnn Wells, Jonathan Dawson Wilkerson,Timothy Luke Williams, Fredrick WR Woodruff, Angel Tyra Young and Tara DarleneYoung.
Franklin Roxie: Amy Claire Champion and Sarah Elizabeth Conn.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech, Devin Nelson Boothe, Elise Jensen Bowie and Enrique Diaz, Trenton Cole Fairley.
Greene Leakesville: Bailey Abigail Summers, Gregory Neilsen Cochran, Laura Elizabeth Cooley, Joseph Tyler Hand, Lillian Peyton McArn, Abbie Elouise Moreno, Amanda Marie Noaker, Aaron Brett Pugh, Logan Conner Robbins, Ashley Marie Strickland, Dalton Dakota Strickland and Steven Skylar Tribble.
Greene Lucedale: Tristan Eugene Blankinchip, Lauren Michelle Turner and Logan Noel Young.
Greene Neely: Joseph Montgomery Denmark.
Greene Richton: Jesse Tyler Brewer, Kristan Loretta Brewer, John Peter Clark, Cassidy Marissa Graham, Cady Layne Howard, Jesie Rhea Allison McLain, Devin Kyle Overstreet, Harrison Ely Pitts, Andrew Keith Roberts.
Greene State Line: Garner Ted Leverette, Emily Faith Walley and Emily Michelle Stewart.
Grenada Grenada: Kendra Shamera Lee.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Tyler Anne Kelley.
Hancock Pearlington: Daiquiri Marquis Gladys Burton.
Hancock Waveland: Brandon Keshawn Jones and Nicholas Robert Proulx.
Harrison Biloxi: Rachel Amanda Hayes.
Harrison Gulfport: Jared Michael Brister, Stephen Perry Byrd and Grace Alexandra Carter.
Harrison Long Beach: Brianna Cortlyn Burns, Jonathan Joseph LaCourse and Wilson Theodore Miller.
Harrison Pass Christian: Aliyah Alyse Nicole Bell and Zachary Thomas Ladner.
Harrison Saucier: Reagan Donald Wease.
Hinds Byram: TarRon Chardonae Walker.
Hinds Jackson: Tatyana Danae Lofton, Mickel Jared McCann and James C Williams.
Hinds Terry: Darius Walker Bowen, Allison Dijon Bradley and Christopher Oneal Pendleton.
HindsUtica: Shelldreonna M Odoms.
Jackson Moss Point: Markelia Shuntrice Roberson.
Jackson Pascagoula: Jirany S Davis.
Jackson Vancleave: Kassie Lynn Hunt.
Jasper Bay Springs: Jordan Montel Bolden, Rebecca Leigh Cargile, Jakayl Alexandria Gavin, Laquisha Katrice Gavin, Logan Kyndall James, Rebecca Lynn Malone, Heather Nicole McNeil, Mallory Ann Odom, Kendalen Carol Russell, Rustin Kyle Smith and Whitley Lauren Smith.

Jasper Heidelberg: Deneshia Shanta Clayton, Jasmine Denae Goins, Kaliyah Di'Jon Heidelberg, Kendra Nicole Russell, Caleb D Schubert, Caroline Denise Turner and Le'kilo Montreon White.
Jasper Laurel: Baylee Nicole Arender, Mandy Ellise Hester, Anthony Scott Hill, Erin Elisabeth Miller and Olivia Suzanne Russell.
Jasper Louin: Breuna Gray, LaDonavan Kryshun Halton, Javien Demicheal Hamilton, Mila Ann Hillman and Kiamilia Audriana Ross.
Jasper Paulding: Malik Rashad Porter, Melanie D'anne Trotter and Jahtai Charrelle Whitfield.
Jasper Stringer: Jameson Keith Buckley, Reagan James Holifield, Dalton Emette King and Taylor Clarke Sprouse.
Jasper Vossburg: Calijah Shantel Cooley and Ge'Randall Trevail Horne.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Tiffany Nicole Audevert and Latricia Ju'Juana Kay Fairley.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Joel Phillip Wambolt.
Jefferson Davis Carson: Amanda Michelle Creel.
Jefferson Davis Oakvale: Raven Deshasta Armstrong and Christianna Deareale Williams.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Brennen Jordan Boleware, Valerie Holliman Evans, Jamarius Rae'shawn Fairley, Amaris Vonnae Gray,Tinea Trameker Jackson, Lisa Adelynn McNeil, DeAnna Rachelle Moore, Cabrina Anna Offutt, Joy Dionne Powell, Calvin Lashad Sands and Myyah JaNae West.
Jones Ellisville: Mary Frances Atwood, Wesley Coulter Beasley, Haley Renee Biglane, Allen Tee Boleware, Brittany Denise Boleware, William Alan Boot, Shelby Anthony Bounds, Savannah Joyce Bynum, Reagan Alana Chaney, Taylor Morgan Clark, Austin Michael Delmas, Jacob Chase Evans, Hannah Grace Ewing, Erin MiKaylan Ezell, Kaylie Suzanne Flynt, John Tyler Graves, Leighton Nicole Griffin, Joseph Wesley Holybee, Christopher Shane Jackson, Landon Marquell Jackson, Kennedy Alissa Jarrell, Mary Kathryn Landrum, Madison Webster Manning, Kayla Hope Maskew, Kaleb Robert Meeks, Dallas Alis McKinnon, Corey Richard Motes, Kathleen Schinell Murphy, Bethany LeeAnn Nobles, Jessica Erin Nowell, Austin Allen Perkins, Sandra Lee Portillo, Ashtyn Kay Rowell, Krystal Samantha Shamburger, Shakeisha Shaynell Sims, Morgan Rebecca Sparrow, Martin Berlie Spell, Gelinda K Stewart, Joetta Marie Stewart, Jordan Marie Touchstone, Cheyenne Renee Weems, Lauren Victoria Welch, Hayden Rayne West, April Allissa Willey, Tyler Alex Wilson, McLain Robison Windham and Lyndsay Danielle Wuertz.
Jones Hattiesburg: Blake Mackenzie Cowart and Ashley Elizabeth Martinolich.
Jones Heidelberg: Morgan Renee Kitchens, Aubrey Suzanne Nickey and Breanna Rashelle Waller.
Jones Laurel: Morgan Paige Alizzi, Emily Joy Armour, Zoe Nicole Baldwin, Alexandra Leigh Ball, Cassandra Dawn Bates, Ebony Sherelle Blockmon, Heath Alan Blue, Illisia Marie Breazeale, Eryn Sanderson Brown, Nathan Cale Bynum, Katlyn Alexandra Carter, William Patrick Chard, Christan Dayne Clark, Jammi Phanvongsa Clark, Mary Hannah Clark, Melody Lee Clark, Morgan Elise Clark, Seleta Marie Coleman, Casey Gabrielle Cook, Courtney Michelle Corey, Robert Westley Crane, Ebony Nychelle Davis, Jacquelyne Carole Davis, Laquata Aquanette Davis, Malik Rashad Davis, Sydney Nicole Dickerson, Dalton Christopher Drennan, William Thomas Drennan, Lakisha Rena Ducksworth, Brodrick Donte Everett, Andrew Fredrick Fiala, Allison McKenzie Foster, Jackeline Francela Gaitan, Kimberly Dianne Gill, Madison Leigh Harbour, Damian Michael Harman, Brooke Danielle Hembree, James Wesley Herring, Jeffrey Hunter Herrington, Lauryn Glennisha Hicks, Haley Brooke Hill, Philip Kaleb Hilton, Sarah Jessica Hinton, Priscilla Victoria Hodge, Destiny Faith Hodgson, Rickey Juwan Holden, Markyse Cornelius Holmes, Jessica Nichelle Hosey, Kelsie Chase Hosey, Reginald Keith Hunter, Hannah Nichole Hutson, Vincent Sinclair Hutton, Rhonda LeAnne Jones, Teresa Ann Jones, Karley Michelle Keene, Leundra Nicole King, Ainsley Nicole Lapan, Brittany Elizabeth Lee, John Walter Leggett, Rodolfo Patricio Lopez, Kendra Rochelle Lyons, Katlyn Marie Martin, Mindy Dooley Mason, Haden Alexis Mauldin, Dane Michael McCormick, Collin Tyler McCraw, Christopher Jardian McDonald, Vincent M McGill, Keturah Monique Milsap, Benjamin Charles Mitchell, Brandy Lanell Morris, Cristen ShaLane Nash, Haleigh Lauren Nichols, Clifford Brandon Noel, Hailey Breanne Parish, Tanner Kenneth Parker, Wendy Lynn Penny, Abigail Danielle Pitts, Dagan Dewain Pitts, Eric Steven Pitts, Lexi Nichol Pitts, Michael Davis Porter, Peyton Leigh Prine, Katie RaeAnn Rayner, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Brooke Alexandra Riley, Jermarcus Lovell Ross, Timothy Austin Rozek, Denward, Levi Sasser, Jimi Santanna Sims, Jordan Ann Slade, Katelyn Joy Smith, Madelyn Elizabeth Smith, Alexis Hope Starcher, Kelli Sue Sullivan, Zachary Tyler Tew, Hannah Elizabeth Thornton, Hanna Da'Shae Tolbert, Shaquino Aurora Triplett, Dalton Adam Voge, Tabitha Jo Flora Wade, Austin William Waldrup, Demant S Walker, Jade Marcelle Walley, Gabriella Marie Watson, Jaquaveon Malek Watson, Austin Tyler West, Alana Michelle Westmoreland, Kimberly Michelle White, Jon Weston Widener, Salena Hope Wilson, Zanquelis Amontte DeVonne Wolverton, Timothy Jordan Wooten and Kerisha Khantay Young.
Jones Louin: Connie Dessica Payton.
Jones Moselle: Dakota Dewayne Davis, Randy W Duhon, William Austin Hodges, Christopher Andrew James, Amberlly Hope Jarrell, Kaylin Nikole Ryals, Amanda Joy Schrader, Lauren Hope Stringer, Jessica Reagan Taylor and Rachel Lorin Webb.
Jones Ovett: Hannah Shae Brooks, Zachary Layne Cole, Gregory Alan Herrington, Anna Kaitlyn Hinton, Landon Blake James, Jared Allen Russell, Courtney Paige Scarbrough, Coby Brice Walters, Brooke Erin West and Michaelah Kirstin Clark.
Jones Richton: Gabriel Edward Malone.
Jones Sandersville: Christy Lee Reeves.
Jones Seminary: Richard Blake Ellis.
Jones Soso: Cole Alexander Bynum, Christopher Ray Davidson, Grant Edward Dillard, Kasey Joy Gavin,
Pamela Lynn Huddleston, Kaylee Elizabeth Jones, William Alan Knotts, Samantha Diane Phillips,
Tiffany Lynn Renfroe, William T Smith, Kennedy Elizabeth Taylor, John Robert Walters, Kristiona
Lynn Williams and Santiago Emmanuel Yanez.
Jones Taylorsville: Tiffany Danyale Barnes, Jaylen Kordell Butler, Caswanna Kaneisha Keyes, John Tyler
Moore and MaRhonda Jaqavia Ratcliffe.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Kemper Dekalb: Brittany Elizabeth Baty.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Amanda Lee Boyd, Lamonte Juwan Brown, Erica Vivan Brumfield, Zachary Michael Culpepper, Lisa Gayle Diaz, India R-Miracle Edison, Joshua Scott Friend, Lashunda D Gardner, Matthew Lawrence Havard, Joe Vonte Robert Hinton, Tyler Andrew Hunt, Brandon Kyle Hussey, Desirae Nichole Knight, Nathaniel B Lavallais-Hocker, Charlotte Louise Lear, Nicos D Martin, Tycelin Rodnae McDonald, Myja Caree McKenzie, Jamal Antonio Moore, Sarah Jane Murdock, Tara Lane Nance, Jennifer Mims Niemeyer, Ashley Morgan Peterman, Holly Ann Pike, Shakira Michelle Pittman, Kaci Alicyn Raimey, Kevin B Rieder, Ian Elias Robinson, Kwadric Rashad Smith, Mary Lashae Smith, Alexandra Leann Thaggard, Misty Dawn Trosclair, Aaron Robert Turner, Stacy Lee-ann Wall and Reid Don Wilder.
Lamar Lumberton: Shelby Nicole Gray, Kelsey Grace Hannaford and Brandi Lee Overstreet.
Lamar Purvis: Connor Robert Boleware, Shane Tyler Bolin, Kira Armani Gaines, Joshua Ray Gargis, Colby
Ellis Goggans, Toni Janae Gray, Shelby Brooke Hensarling, Justin Wendell Lee, Nathan Lane
Letchworth, Jacob Alexander Moore, Ashley Nicole Patterson, Jazmon Patrece Rankin, Trace Alan
Robinson, Tanner Graham Shows and Nicholas A Young.
Lamar Sumrall: Madison Drew Aultman, Brittany Lee Bland, Hannah Marae Boyte, Robert Matthew Breland, Haleigh Ann Brock, Garrett Alan Clement, Jackie Dustin Davis, Austin Brentley Jackson, Briana Victoria Lee, Allison Denise Lucus, Michael Alan Mann, Mollie Anniston Munn, Ariale Marie Nelson, Jeremy Dean Newsom, Brittney Ann Smith, Taylor Craig Varnado and Malia K Zortman.
Lauderdale Meridian: Nathan Perry Lucky.
Lawrence Monticello: Carlie Braiden Ard, Melissa Lorraine Errington and Jennye Allyssa Hanna.
Lincoln Bogue Chitto: Quenetta Donishia Wilson.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Yasmine Kiara Hill.
Lowndes Columbus: Samantha Nicole Vogel.
Madison Camden: Patrice Danielle Tate.
Madison Madison: William Andrew Edgar and Virginia Elizabeth Endris.
Madison Ridgeland: Ryan Shelton Kennington and Madison Brooklyn Leigh Smith.
Marion Columbia: Makayla Nicole Bell, Shannon Kay Breeden, Zana Rychell Bridges, Ashley Nicole Delancy, Cody Austin Dubose, Madaline Marie Langford, Shabre J'Etta Mingo, Andrew Russell Palmeri, Charles Jacob Speights, Doniqua Gleniece Strickland and Anna Leslie Wilks.
Marion Foxworth: Amanda Lynn Creel, Courtney Katherine Lowery and Destini M Swanigan.
Marion Kokomo: Robert Dale Warner.
Marion Sandy Hook: N'Tyrhee Myte' Watts.
Marion Tylertown: Megan Irene Pounds.
Newton Lawrence: Gregory O'Neal Jones.
Newton Newton: Cortez Montrell Page and Rhian Christopher Young.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Zebedee Rice.
Pearl River Carriere: Lindsey Rhae Lee and Ashley Reece Roche.
Pearl River Picayune: KarDarius Malike Cross and Hannah Leann Talavera.
Pearl River Poplarville: Emetric Jamil Fells.
Perry Beaumont: Colton Bryant Freeman and Dalton Michael Jordan.
Perry New Augusta: Samuel Lee Hinton, Steve Allen Lambert, Christina Lavonne Mixon and Thomas Adam Phillips.
Perry Petal: Ryan Matthew Breland and Kaylee Marie Simpson.
Perry Richton: Keely Shaye Beasley, Taylor Danielle Breland, James Logan Cooper, Lindsey Alyssa Crane, Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia, Brianna Laine Freeman, Pamela Leann Henderson, Mary Katherine Ivy, Hunter Lane Jones, Rachel Elizabeth Myrick, John Adam Newell, Nekeyous Tre Robertson, Bridge Summer Tucker and Brittany Kathleen Welsh.
Pike McComb: Brandon Charles Andrews, Dorian Venice Felder and Eniaya Janeise Leonard.
Pontotoc Pontotoc: Mattie Renee Mills.
Rankin Brandon: Joshua Adam-Wendell Alford, Chance Robert Allen, Brooks Reed Edwards, Daniel Bernard Haggerty, Baylee Alexis Parker, Sandra Faye Reddick, Blake James Taylor and John Alan Wall.

Rankin Florence: Kelton Malik Carr, Trace Aidan Duncan, Spencer Thomas Fyke, Joshua Thomas Hamby, Jake Kendall Holland, Sarah Beth Scarbrough, Ali Noelle Sullivan and Rylee Morgan Sullivan.
Rankin Flowood: Luke William Armstrong.
Rankin Pearl: Xavier Lamar Howard.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Mary Katherine Shoultz.
Scott Morton: John Christian Rush.
Simpson Braxton: Scott Claude Welch.
Simpson D'Lo: Natassja Jane' Griffin.
Simpson Magee: Jacob Mark Brown, Unique Markell Cooper, Samantha Ann Grubbs, Juwuan D'Untez Hill, Harley Diane Hilton, Christin Jordan King, Alison Nicole Padgett, Christopher Cullen Richardson and Tyler Cantrell Slater.
Simpson Mendenhall: William Isaac Allen and Laraven Simone Stapleton.
Simpson New Hebron: Eric Christopher Welch.
Smith Bay Springs: Ashley Janell Hosey, Claire Ann Hutchinson and Matthew Taylor Sullivan.
Smith Forest: Marisa Lynne Morgan.
Smith Louin: Jessica Shalane McLaurin and Candice Marie Wilson.
Smith Mize: Dakota Aleczander Brannon, Kolby Lee Burton, Bethany Hope Eubanks, Allison Danielle Harris, Christopher Troy Hinsz, McKenzie Claire Rice and Kaitlyn Nicole Sullivan.
Smith Mt. Olive: Pearlie Ann Knight.
Smith Pulaski: Brittany Ann Bradshaw.
Smith Raleigh: Katie Carsyn Arender, Dawnya Jhonell Hammons, Adrian Nicole Robertson, Dmarco Javez Sanders, Tyler Christian Shepherd, Hannah Danielle Smith and Kimberly Lynn Vinson.
Smith Seminary: Jared Patrick Smith.
Smith Taylorsville: Olivia Helen Adams, Alaina Nicole Harper, Macy D'Lyn Hegwood, Amanda Latrice Hill, Brianna Taylor McMillan, Bethany Leandra Newell, Keisha Sherree Payton, Cassidy Laurel Rice, Justin Tyler Sharpley, Jeremy Phillip Skinner, James Dallas Stringer and Nicholas Kaine Wilson.
Stone Perkinston: Taylor Michelle DeHarte.
Stone Wiggins: Dalton Wesley Stanley.
Walthall Jayess: Victoria Lacey Webb.
Walthall Tylertown: William Edward Bowman, Shadana Lanae' Daugherty, A'taizha Monae' Thornton and Cody Lee Wilhite.
Wayne Buckatunna: Ashtin Holly Beasley, Zachary Kade Feather, Derek Michael Manning and Jared Levean Walley.
Wayne Heidelberg: Summer Anne Moore.
Wayne Laurel: Sarah Elisabeth Carlisle.
Wayne State Line: Taylor Paige Cartwright, Bridgette Lynn Gardner, Skyler Hope McLain, Darrion Levon Miller, Alaysia Brieanna Pou and Demarius L Street.

Wayne Waynesboro: Chase Elie Bedwell, Kayla Nichole Bishop, Shania Brielle Bradley, Kayleigh Christina Brown, Haley Lynn Davis, Jessica Rose Doby, Emma Christine Everett, Ethan Daniel Freeman, Sevin Marc Gandy, Montana BreAnne Goodwin, Devonte Lavoris Hayes, Jessica Simone Howard, Saterria Shradai Howard, Victoria Michelle Jones, Erin Elizabeth Knight, Jalin Brejon Lacey, Paige Sharon Lanter, Jacob Troy Lee, Zackary Taylor Lewis, Katelyn Elizabeth Malone, Chelsea Elise McCarty, Keri Alexandra McDonald, Abbeygail G Miller, Steven Craig Miller, Gary Rashaan Myers, Rose Mary Odom, Jill Tonettee Phillips, Jabe Andrew Powe, Andreanna Shanae Rankin, Chelsie Kimberly Richardson, Kelsie Faith Richardson, Devon Michael Sickinger, Braelyn Faith Smith, Abby Marie Trigg, Marissa Jalin West, James Thomas Williams, Kaley Brooke Williams and Laterrius M Williams.
Webster Eupora: Autumn Michelle Frost.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jacelia LaSha Fountain and Hannah Michelle Lanehart.

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

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ECCC President Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Presidential Advisory Board

Event Dates and Times

1/11/2016 - 1/20/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC President Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Presidential Advisory Board

East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart has been appointed to the new Presidential Advisory Board for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Stewart is one of only 33 college presidents nationwide on the board, which will provide input into the organization’s strategic plan, priorities, and direction. Advisory Board members will advocate for Phi Theta Kappa, its members and its mission; serve as liaisons between Phi Theta Kappa headquarters and the college leaders in their states; and advise Phi Theta Kappa’s executive director and other leaders.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the Presidential Advisory Board for an organization that recognizes the academic achievements of community college students,” said Stewart, who was named the eighth president of East Central Community College in Decatur in July 2012. “Having attended the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board, I look forward to continuing to participate in the discussion among community college leaders from across the nation in regards to initiatives that will enhance Phi Theta Kappa’s impact on student success. And, having two children who are currently members of Phi Theta Kappa here at East Central, I am personally invested in the outcome of those discussions.”

Phi Theta Kappa, with headquarters in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in the U.S. and overseas. East Central Community College is home to the Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

A native of Pearl, Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his doctorate in higher education administration from Mississippi State University.

At East Central, Stewart initiated a strategic planning process to shape and guide the future of the institution. As a result, 2020 Vision was adopted in February of 2013 and includes a long-term desire to be nationally recognized and locally preferred while meeting the educational and training needs of all residents of the college district.

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 to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

Event Dates and Times

1/4/2016 - 1/8/2016
Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center
ECCC to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center is offering a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center in January and February.

Registration for the course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4-8, 2016, at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Training Center located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw.

Classes will begin on Monday, January 11, and will meet from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for six consecutive weeks. Clinicals will also be required, with a date and time to be announced. The course will be taught at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center located at 900 Valley View Drive in Philadelphia.

The cost of the course is $766, which includes everything but a required TB Skin Test.

To determine if you qualify for financial aid, contact your local WIN Job Center.

For additional information, please contact Teri Killens at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Training Center at 601-389-0832 or tkillens@eccc.edu.

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EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDS ...

Event Dates and Times

12/22/2015 - 12/30/2015
EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDS
375 DIPLOMAS TO SUMMER AND FALL GRADUATES


East Mississippi Community College awarded 375 associate’s degrees and vocational certificates during two graduation ceremonies held Dec. 11 to honor its summer and fall graduates.

The first ceremony, at 2 p.m., included graduates from EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, Columbus Air Force Base Extension, Lion Hills Center and West Point-Clay County Center. The second, at 6 p.m., included students from the Scooba campus and Naval Air Station Meridian Extension.

EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner was the commencement speaker at both ceremonies.
“I’ve long held the belief that success in one small facet of life can breed success in every other facet of life,” Huebner said. “In other words, pass an assignment and you can pass a class. Pass a class and you can get your degree. Get your degree and you can change the direction of your family forever.”
Huebner told the story of an Arkansas family with the determination to follow their dreams. The wife, a young high school drop-out, just like all her siblings, was from a tough home environment. The husband, whose mother had died when he was 8 years old, whose father was not in the picture, had attended 14 schools in four states.
They fell in love and married. A child was born. With another on the way, the young family packed up and moved to a big city. The husband, barely in his 20s, started work in the mailroom of a large airline and began taking night classes at the local community college.
And the wife? Life was rough, Huebner said, but dreams are strong.
At the age of about 30, she enrolled in a program that allowed her to earn a high school diploma two years later. At 45, she finally fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. Her husband worked hard, went to school at night and eventually completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
“All four of their children graduated from college. Three of them have graduate degrees. One is special assistant to the president of a university in St. Louis, Missouri. One is a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. One created a successful computer networking business but sold everything to start a church in an economically depressed inner city community in Texas,” Huebner said.
“And one of the four, the oldest, is the president here at East Mississippi Community College. I guess that would be me.”
“From drop-out to graduate. Night school. Hard work. Sacrifice. It took a long time, but it was worth it because their commitment changed the journey for their family. You can do whatever you are determined to do. Frame your future. Stay focused on your dream.”
Here’s a look at East Mississippi Community College’s December 2015 graduates, listed by county and hometown:
Alcorn County
• Corinth: Osiris Copeland

Attala County
• McCool: Codee McGee, Courtney Blaine

Calhoun County
• Pittsboro: Deshawn Tillman

Chickasaw County
• Houston: Christopher Upshaw

Choctaw County
• Ackerman: Hal Aurell, Chase Brandon, Dakota Brasher, Erin Chandler, Emma James, James Little, Sierra McKnight, Alyssa Price, Jimmy Reed, Jasmine Robinson, Taylor Stephenson, Mary Willmott

Clarke County
• Quitman: Dominique Plummer
• Shubuta: Ronald Ollie

Clay County
• Cedar Bluff: Terri Scott, Lasha Guyton, Mia Randle
• Pheba: Jessica Pruitt
• Prairie: April Hopkins, Roderick McNairy, Markeliah Rice
• West Point: Salawa Abdulla, Amanda Aigner, Kristen Bobo, Whitney Cummings, E’lexus Davis, Abigail Falkner, Quandra Gillespie, Joseph Golson, Kayla Jolly, Darnell Jones, Jameka King, Haley McCullough, Hannah McVay, Robert Mullins, Lyndon Robertson, Tyneshia Shelton, Ta’china Starks, Britany Terry, Adam Tumey, A’lexia Walker, Brianna Warren, Cortez Young

DeSoto County
• Hernando: Robert Wylie
• Olive Branch: Marcus Leflore, Malik Mayweather

Forrest County
• Hattiesburg: Eric Jalen Boney

Grenada County
• Grenada: Erin Carney, Jeremy Lidell

Harrison County
• Gulfport: Jonathan Liberto

Hinds County
• Jackson: James Davis

Jones County
• Laurel: Jermarco Arrington

Kemper County
• DeKalb: Kashia Benoman, Latasha Bohannon, Ariel Cunningham, Robert Dancy, Jasmine Daniels, Tavorise Hudson, Bionnica Hurst, Erika Kirk, Arianna Love, Danzel McCoy, Recious Miller, Andrea Sciple
• Porterville: Ronisha Hopson, Arnasha Jenkins
• Preston: Amber Payne
• Scooba: Margie Beaty, Jatorance Johnson, Alexis Turnage, Sanqueshia Windham, Andreco Wooten

Lauderdale County
• Collinsville: Camryn Lee
• Daleville: Erin Henry
• Lauderdale: Hunter Baskin, Blake Dial, William Roberts
• Meridian: Nicole Aceituno, Keeandra Dancy, Erin Denne, Chasity Graham, Jaterion Irby, Jeremy McFadden, Zackary Sciple, Katelyn Tomberlin
• Toomsuba: Michael Costa, James Randall

Leake County
• Carthage: Logan Lambert, John Tyler Palmer, MacKenzie Snuggs
• Lena: Minnye Mazique

Lee County
• Shannon: William Ogg

Lowndes County
• Artesia: Tiffany Sanders
• Caledonia: Eunice Betts, Pamela Brantzeg, Lucas Eads, Austin Faris, Robert Giles, Rachel Guyton, Andrew Kilburn, Kaleigh Reynolds, Laura Sandifer, Lucy Sandifer, Zachary Taylor
• Columbus: Nancy Alsobrooks, Christin Anderson, Chelsea Austin, Kortney Barksdale, Amber Brown, Ambreauna Brown, Carrie Brown, Vanessa Brown, Rachel Burns, De’ambril Bush, Racheal Calhoun, Kakila Campbell, George Cole, Hailey Cole, Cynthia Cotton, Jacqueline Crosland, Brent Crutchfield, Shaleasha Cunningham, Kirsten Dickerson, Christopher Edwards, Collin Enea, Tichina Ervin, Paige Fogarty, Mary Fowler, Charles Gardner, Tracie Gholar, Daniel Gregory, James Gunter, Charis Haldeman, James Hardin, Trey Harris, Shanice Harrison, Taylor Hawkins, Hannah Hill, Alisha Howell, Vestori Hughes, Casey Hunley, Kenneth Hunt, Rebecca Hyde, Lemarcus Isaac, Eber Jenkins, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Tyra Johnson, Keuna Jones, LaKeisha Jones, Lawrence Jones, Kayla Kelley, Andrew Kisman, Calandra Lashley, Quakeshia Latham, Jaquila Lawrence, Candice Lewis, Christian Magden, Chad McPherson, Robert Meady, Thomas Moore, Fontella Nabors, Ralyn Nester, Bryanna Oglesby, Alice Oyeleye, Javonte Peoples, Sarah Perkins, Olivia Plant, Christina Pleasants, Abbey Pope, Brittney Porter, Turner Pounders, Chelsea Psalms, Amanda Putnam, Mary Ramos, Marino Randle, Patricia Rast, Acia Rice, Janaysha Rice, Lindsay Rice, Madison Rigdon, Natassia Riley, Antoria Sanders, Robert Sanderson, Darian Sherrod, Chad Slate, Angela Smith, Haley Smith, Sarah Smith, Kaliegh Starnes, Whitney Strickland, Lauren Sullivan, John Tedford, Brandon Thomas, Corey Thomas, Rachael Thomas, Charles Thompson, Samantha Thompson, Jomanda Turner, Amanda Vice, Houston Walker, Mattie Walls, Angel Weems, Shantrilla Wells, Portia Wilson, Gregory Wright, Taylor Woods
• Crawford: Shacarious Hairston, Marquise Miller, Jalen Tucker
• Steens: Bryson Bailey, Jessie Gavin, Rebecca Jenkins, Kapri McCrary, Brittany Younger

Madison County
• Canton: Rachel Summerlin
• Madison: Joseph Willis
• Ridgeland: Steven Eilders, Chandler Kellems

Monroe County
• Aberdeen: Sammie Burroughs, Kimberly Catledge, Tiquisha Evans, Cecile Fields, Demaria Robinson, Taylor Williams
• Amory: Dario Robinson
• Hamilton: Brandon Darling, Mary Willis

Montgomery County
• Duck Hill: Jatela Cooley

Neshoba County
• Philadelphia: Mercedes Cotton, Melissa Miller, Brianna Moody, Hannah Turk, Shikira Moore

Newton County
• Chunky: Kandi Collins
• Dectaur: Lauren Ezelle
• Hickory: Chayvontae Chapman
• Little Rock: Megan Howington

Noxubee County
• Brooksville: Courtney Brewer, Katie Cumberland, Antraveon Jamison, Jercovie Stewart, Demarcus Wells, Saherah Wells, Samantha Wilkins
• Macon: Shaterrica Brown, Quaneshia Chandler, Keechen Foote, Ivan Goodwin, Genesis Ivory, Jaquitta Malone, Cassandra McCall, Katega Spencer, Britney Taylor, Diesha Verdell, Tabitha Washington

Oktibbeha County
• Maben: John Ellis, Bo Thomasson, Breanna Wylie
• Starkville: Rohit Addanki, Daryl Ayers, Ana Bacallao, Preston Baker, Leah Ballard, Ashley Bedolla, Nicholas Bishop, Alisha Box, Shanetta Bradford, Courtney Brooks, Chelsea Brown, Graeme Buchanan, Donald Bucker III, Brian Burns, Tobarius Burrage, Patrick Callahan, Telina Candy, Katherine Carr, Heather Cox, Casey Crimm, Brooklyne Davis, Jessica Dennis, Michael Eaves, Shanora Edwards, Lamarcus Ellis, Morgan Fant, April Freelon, Tommie Fulton, Devious Gandy, Tyne Gann, Joshua Gill, Austin Gillis, Paisley Hamilton, Robert Hansford, Ja’Quesha Harris, Weston Havard, Kristen Hitt, Markanne Hobart, Thomas Holley, Jerlynn Hudson, Jasmine Johnson, Jawon Johnson, Christian Jordan, Raquel Kwong, Emily Layman, Ashley Lowery, Tierra McGee, Koal McMillan, Shakyla Miller, Stephanie Morris, John Peeples, Christopher Phillips, Gelesia Rice, Malaysha Rice, Sana Richardson, Mary Roberts, Dan Russell, Santarrow Russell, Abigail Schimmel, Chris Sellars, Kayla Stevenson, Victory Taylor, Johnathan Tentoni, Darnell Trotman, Mary Valentine, Manuela Villegas, Jessica Wallace, Railey Ware, Jondia Weatherspoon, Cleotha Webster, Andrew Wilbourn, Jermaine Wilson, Kaelyn Young
• Sturgis: Victoria McClendon, Cody Mills, Trenell Scales

Out-of-state
• Atlanta, Ga.: Nicholas Johnson
• Cape Coral, Fla.: Javarjeh Smith
• Carrollton, Ala.: Sarah McDaniel
• Chester, Va.: Cary Reavis
• Deatsville, Ala.: Amanda Joiner
• Emelle, Ala.: Derrion Rush, Lakaia Scott,
• Jacksonville, Ark.: Charles Barbee
• Martinsville, Va.: Gervelle Kidd
• Pensacola, Fla.: Isaiah Jones
• Sunrise, Fla.: John Franklin

Rankin County
• Brandon: Aubry Moak, Cheri Parkman
• Florence: Gavin Callahan
• Pearl: Zachary Johnson

Scott County
• Morton: Anna Nichols

Tallahatchie County
• Charleston: Hannah Strider

Tishomingo County
• Golden: Samuel Orr

Washington County
• Greenville: Gregory Bernardi

Webster County
• Eupora: Cortina Bingham, Kathy Faulkner
• Mantee: Alexis Lee
• Mathiston: Keely Avent, Shannon Clay, Lemuel Dunn, Patricia Kelly, Austin Seawright

Wilkinson County
• Woodville: Allenzae Staggers

Winston County
• Louisville: Tyler Foster, Joshua Hudson, Wyatt Roberts, Attia Smith, Meiyauki Triplett
• Noxapater: Linda Kelly

Yazoo County
• Yazoo City: Kelsey Davis

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MPSD Winter Break

Event Dates and Times

12/18/2015 - 1/4/2016
See Schedule
MPSD Winter Break
Monday, December 21, 2015 through Tuesday, January 5, 2016
All MPSD students will be out of school for Winter Break from December 21 through January 5. Students return to school on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362787121.html | 362787121

“Puppy time” helps JCJC students during finals

Event Dates and Times

12/17/2015 - 12/30/2015
Jones County Junior College
“Puppy time” helps JCJC students during finals

ELLISVILLE – Everyone knows final exams are stressful and to help relieve some of the tension at Jones County Junior College, students were given a little “puppy love.” Several activities are planned each finals week and this year, the Student Government Association and its sponsor, Sonya Dykes decided on a different type of “therapy.” After reading about pet therapy and how universities had invited puppies to campus to play with students as a stress reliever Dykes decided to see if Jones students would respond positively.

“It was amazing to see the transformation in the students,” Dykes said. “Some of them literally walked up like zombies and within a few minutes of picking up a puppy they were smiling and relaxed. One girl broke into tears!”

With the help of humanities instructors Patti Smith and Murray Windham, both of whom volunteer at the Animal Rescue League, nine puppies were brought to the JCJC campus for students to enjoy for a couple of hours. Griffin Schrock had been studying for a western civilization exam when the opportunity arose to chill out with puppies.

“I had been in the library for a long period of time and I needed some stress relief,” said Schrock, a business and public relations major from Jackson. “Petting puppies was the best idea Jones has ever had for stress relief during exams. I think they should do it every semester for finals.”

The puppy who won his heart was a little black Labrador retriever. “I just held him and played with him,” Schrock said. “He even fell asleep after a while. It was adorable.”

Pre-vet major Bridgett Cooley from Ellisville realized she was headed on the right career path as she put her black Labrador retriever asleep.

“This was the best way to get rid of stress with finals!” said Cooley. “It might be a little difficult to return to the books.”

About 50 students gathered on the lawn to play with and hold the puppies, which is also a form of therapy for the dogs. Dykes explained that the interaction with humans is very important for the puppies, too.

“This one-on-one play time is great socialization for the dogs and it will help them get ready for their ‘forever homes’,” Dykes said. “This event is a definite win-win for the students and the pups!”

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362625651.html | 362625651

ECCC Holds Recognition Ceremony for Renovated Residence Halls

Event Dates and Times

12/16/2015 - 12/20/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC Holds Recognition Ceremony for Renovated Residence Halls

East Central Community College recognized members of the Mississippi Legislature, the ECCC Board of Trustees, and other key people today for their role in the much-needed summer 2015 renovation of two male residence halls on the Decatur campus.

The ceremony was held in the newly renovated Stella W. Newsome Hall. After the ceremony, members of the ECCC Board of Trustees, local area legislators, and others in attendance toured a residence hall room and common areas of the facility.

Newsome Hall, along with L.O. Todd Hall, underwent extensive renovations during summer 2015. The renovations included new flooring, furniture, lighting, restroom facilities, and heating and air conditioning, among other improvements. Common spaces also were updated with new furniture and large screen televisions.

The $2.1 million cost of the renovations was funded by state of Mississippi bond funds.

Speaking at the Recognition Ceremony were ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart; State Rep. Randy Rushing of Decatur; Taylor Guild of Jackson, principal of EGH Architects; Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake, chair of the ECCC Board of Trustees; and Jerry Smith of Philadelphia, vice chair of the ECCC Board of Trustees.

“These dormitories were built in 1957 and have welcomed and housed countless students since that time, with only minor upgrades. Today, we recognize the individuals and groups who without their support we would have been unable to complete this project. … We are blessed to partner with all of you as we strive to meet the needs of our students,” said Dr. Stewart.

Rep. Rushing, who spoke on behalf of the legislative delegation, said “We know the value we have in this college. I have seen it grow to what it has become today and I couldn’t be any prouder. We work hard to do what we can when we can and we appreciate the opportunity to serve such a great educational institution.”

Providing comments on behalf of the college, Dr. Hollingsworth said, “We appreciate all you have done to make today possible. ‘Nationally recognized and locally preferred’ is not just a slogan, but it has become a reality for East Central Community College. We are proud to dedicate these renovated residence halls, which are just one more step in our 2020 Vision.”

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362625261.html | 362625261

JCJC’s practical nursing program graduates 30 students

Event Dates and Times

12/16/2015 - 1/9/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s practical nursing program graduates 30 students

ELLISVILLE – Thirty new practical nursing graduates of Jones County Junior College’s one-year program are ready to enter the workforce. The Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony signified the completion of the rigorous program. These JCJC graduates are now ready to take the national licensure exam, which is necessary before they can begin working as an LPN.

“This class has been a very dedicated and hard-working class. Several have had personal tragedies that added to the stress of nursing school, but they pressed on, and were successful in completing the program,” said JCJC Practical Nursing Program Director, Lori Tally. “I am proud of these student nurses who become graduates today. Our area healthcare facilities have job openings for practical nursing and several of our students are already interviewing for jobs.”

JCJC practical nursing student graduates include: Mandy Renee Baker, Hattiesburg; Bailey Montanna Blair, Shubuta; Chance Levell Byrd, Hattiesburg; Kevin Matthew Byrd, Hattiesburg; Michaelah Kirstin Clark, Richton; Annette Wade Culpepper, Collins; Victoria Whitney Darby, Collins; Melissa Lorraine Errington, Monticello; Valerie Holliman Evans, Prentiss; Roshita LaDream Gates, Pauling; Adrianna Ke'Brodnee Goodman, Jackson; Candace Michelle Hillman, Leakesville; Brittany Charanda Jones, Hattiesburg; Tatina Jamika Lott, Taylorsville; Darius De'Latti Magee, Franklinton, LA; Haley Rene' Martin, Hattiesburg; Jaquita D Martin, Laurel; Katlyn Marie Martin, Laurel; Lindsay Rigdon Moody, Louisville; Mary Dianna Overstreet, Laurel; Kimberly Ann Parker, State Line; Stephen Allen Ruffin, Petal; Marisa Renee Rushton, Soso; Amanda Joy Schrader, Moselle; Vivian Marie Sills, Madison; Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Petal; Lyndi Christine Stapp, Laurel; Jessica Alexandria Strickland, Hattiesburg; Kimberly Nicole Taylor, Richton; Tara Darlene Young, Petal.

During the pinning ceremony, JCJC students reflected on their year long journey highlighting obstacles and their favorite teacher’s memories. The day concluded with the traditional candle or lamp lighting which was inspired by Florence Nightingale’s search for patients during the Crimean War in 1854 with a lamp. The new practical nursing graduates also took the nursing pledge before friends and relatives who gathered for this special occasion.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362358481.html | 362358481

JCJC selects New Century Scholars/All-State American Team representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2015 - 1/6/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars/All-State American Team representatives
ELLISVILLE – Six Jones County Junior College sophomores were recently nominated for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s New Century Scholars/All-State American Team honors. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36 hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, and doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee.
The nominees were Ethan Davis, an English major from Laurel; Natalie Seales, an English major from Hattiesburg; Kiana McFadden, a physics and environmental law major from Waynesboro; Aubrey Parker, majoring in nursing from Laurel; Adam Wigley, majoring in nursing from New Augusta and Brianna Woodward, a biochemistry major from Ovett. McFadden and Seales were chosen from the six to go on to compete for state titles and national honors.
“All of these students are excellent candidates, making it very difficult for the Scholarship Committee to choose a small group from the nearly 5,000 JCJC students, and then narrow it down to just two students. All of you have very positive attributes,” said Julie Atwood, one of the JCJC PTK sponsors.
The six students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators. JCJC president, Dr. Jesse Smith offered some advice for all of the nominees as they focus on their future academic endeavors.
“Some students have great ability, minds and opportunity but some students don’t have the drive to succeed. Think about what you want and what you want to give back. Be deliberate about living a life of blessings and make a difference.”
For Waynesboro native, Kiana McFadden giving back is what has driven her to excel. She manages her tough academic schedule which includes being a part of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, PTK VP of Leadership, a member of the marching band and saxophone quartet, along with volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, chemistry tutor, and helping at numerous events like the campus Voter Registration Drive and the Student Council Workshop at JCJC. Her goal is to become an environmental lawyer for government agencies like NOAA or NASA. Being selected as a PTK All-State representative was very special for McFadden.
“I’m very honored to be chosen and to witness how God continues to bless me,” said McFadden. “It’s almost like I’m dreaming or something. I’m really shocked because I didn’t expect to get it with the level of students competing. To have this opportunity is really unbelievable and I hope to make Jones proud as I go through the process.”
Her career interest and desire to serve the public stem from a science fair project in eighth grade. Building a magnetometer to detect the Earth’s magnetic field sparked an interest in preserving the Earth through the legal system.
Seales also has a dual career focus involving the legal system and service. Her initial desire is to assist with estate planning and litigation. She said her love of English and literature will also be a solid foundation for her career as she pursues her passion to serve mankind.
“Putting other people before yourself is always rewarding. The greatest joys in my life have come from serving other people. Life is about people and relationships and I find purpose in helping others,” said PTK VP of Service.
The Hattiesburg resident enjoys being busy and represents the Humanities Department as a Senator for the Student Government Association, she tutors students in the Student Success Center and she coordinates volunteer opportunities for JCJC students like the American Heart Association 5K/Walk and Relay for Life events. Seales is also a member of the English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta and she mentors young girls through First Presbyterian Church’s Urban Ministry in Hattiesburg.

“I am really excited to be able to represent JCJC on the state level. It’s humbling to be chosen. I hope I can live up to their expectations as I do my best,” said Seales.
While McFadden and Seales will continue competing for scholarships at the state and national levels, each of the six students has the opportunity to earn additional scholarships through Phi Theta Kappa and other organizations as a nominee.
Both McFadden and Seales will have to complete an application and essay about their volunteer efforts for the PTK selection committee. They will be honored next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition. The USA Today Academic Team program annually recognizes 60 outstanding two-year college students. First, Second, and Third Teams, each consisting of 20 members, are selected from the nominees. The 20 First Team members receive stipends of $2,500 each. All 60 members of the All- USA Academic Team and their colleges receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362353811.html | 362353811

JCJC’s Brown earns Mississippi Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2015 - 1/8/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Brown earns Mississippi Nurses Foundation Scholarship
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College associate degree nursing student, Krystal Brown was recently awarded the Mississippi Nurses Foundation Scholarship. The non-traditional student from Petal was honored with the surprise in front of her student peers by Mississippi Nurses Foundation Executive Director, Rosalyn Smith-Howard. Brown said the $1,000 scholarship will be a big financial relief with college expenses.
“Being a nurse has always been a dream of mine since I was child,” said the mother of two girls aged 22 and 19. “This is a big blessing from God! I can’t thank the Mississippi Nurses Foundation enough.”
Brown had worked in Laurel as an L.P.N. for 12 years before deciding to come back to school to become an R.N.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362353111.html | 362353111

JCJC student earns Charles M. Leggett Foundation scholarship

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2015 - 1/7/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC student earns Charles M. Leggett Foundation scholarship

ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College sophomore Steven Miller recently received the Charles M. Leggett Scholarship at the JCJC Foundation Inc., sponsored Award’s Day program. This scholarship is funded annually by Charles M. Leggett of Waynesboro for an upcoming sophomore from Waynesboro attending Jones County Junior College. Miller’s goal is to graduate from JCJC with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration December 2015, and transfer to MSU-Meridian’s College of Business to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in marketing.

“I am grateful and honored to have received this scholarship to provide the necessary funding to complete my sophomore year at JCJC. I’m glad I came back to get my college education at Jones and I look forward to my new future,” said Miller.

Miller is involved in the NTSA (Non-Traditional Student Association) and serves as the Wayne County Liaison for the group, as well as being involved in the JCJC College Republicans. He is proud to have made the President's List (4.0 GPA) Honor Roll and the Faculty List (3.5-3.0 GPA) Honor Roll during his years at Jones.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362352161.html | 362352161

MI-BEST Helps ECCC Students Earn GED, College Credit Simultaneously

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2015 - 12/21/2015
East Central Community College in Decatur
MI-BEST Helps ECCC Students Earn GED, College Credit Simultaneously

East Central Community College in Decatur is now offering Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST), a program that allows qualified participants to obtain their high school equivalency diploma while simultaneously working on college credit courses.

Erin Tramill and Whitney Amis serve as recruiters/navigators for ECCC’s MI-BEST program.

Tramill holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University and is a former case manager at Central Mississippi Residential Center in Newton.

Amis received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Mississippi State University and is a former classroom instructor for both Brandon and Newton County high schools.

Tramill said, “We are allowing students to dual enroll in the GED program and six technical hours or the equivalent in one of the following workforce programs: Heating and Air Conditioning, Collision Repair, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, and Industrial Maintenance.”

The new program begins in January for those who qualify. There is no cost for tuition for MI-BEST students.

Prospective students should contact Tramill at 601-635-6255 or email etramill@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/362351031.html | 362351031

JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers spring classes

Event Dates and Times

12/15/2015 - 1/10/2016
Jones County Junior College’s Center in Stonewall
JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers spring classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Stonewall is offering college credit and non-credit courses beginning in January. Most of the classes are offered at night this spring with two hybrid classes. Other class dates and times may vary depending on demand.
Tuition costs can be found on the JCJC website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/. If you have any questions, call Rachel Harris at 601-659-0622 or email her at rachel.harris@jcjc.edu.

The following are the classes currently scheduled for this spring:
Spring College Credit Classes:
Western Civ. I (Hybrid) Wednesday, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp I (Hybrid) Monday, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Intro. to Sociology Tuesday, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Spring Non-Credit Classes:
Welding (8 weeks) Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Basic Computer (6 weeks) Thursday, 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
NCCER CORE (8 weeks) Monday, 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Oilfield Certification (semester) Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/361565541.html | 361565541

ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2015 - 12/15/2015
East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

Offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, for registration for the spring 2016 semester. Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin Wednesday, Jan. 6

For more information on registering for the spring 2016 semester, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/361555341.html | 361555341

ECCC Students Selected for Who’s Who

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2015 - 12/27/2015
East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Students Selected for Who’s Who
These students at East Central Community College in Decatur were recently named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges for 2015. Students were nominated by faculty and staff and are chosen based on academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular clubs and organizations. Students and their respective hometowns include ...
Alisha Savell, Philadelphia; Brittney Rawson, Forest; Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater; Morgan Orr, Louisville; BriAnna Bout, Decatur; Nina LaBue, Conehatta; Rashada Boler, Philadelphia; Keri Ann Mayfield, Union; Kaylee Yates, Decatur; Hannah May, Little Rock; Fallon Beckham, Philadelphia; Rebecca Tero, Decatur; Brittany Bryan, Morton; and Layne Lepard, Philadelphia
Megan Parrish, Pascagoula; Tatyana Johnson, Walnut Grove; Cole Duty, Louisville; Zack Hammons, Raleigh; Courtney Williams, Hickory; Bree Burnley, Kosciusko; Mary Levin, Philadelphia; Kara Yates, Morton; Madelon Taylor, Louisville; Hannah Mitchell, Lawrence; Pashien Kelley-Johnson, Gulfport; Lindsay Hedge, Forest; Katie Fortenberry, Raleigh; Alexa Roberts, Hickory and Alana Knowles, Decatur
Shelly Dowell, Lena; Skylar Davidson, Morton; Lalah McMullan, Decatur; Reagan Fleming and Joelie Hill, both of Louisville; Sydney Keith, Philadelphia; Kaley Bufkin and AnnaLea Clarke, both of Decatur; Tallie Johnston, Lake; William Mott and Louise Berryhill, both of Decatur; Clarissa Smith, Philadelphia; Lillian Shuler, Carthage; Brittany Rasco, Pascagoula; Brandi Kilpatrick, Union; and Kimberly Watkins and Macken’z Smith, both of Philadelphia
Sam Mitchell, Decatur; Taylor Lott, Forest; Gabby Stapp, Gulfport; Allie Turner, Horn Lake; Erin Golden, Petal; Carrissa Stevenson, Gulfport; Brooke Payne, Union; Devin Skinner, Philadelphia; Dylan Jones, Louisville; Stephen Stewart, Decatur; Evan Derrick, Morton; Caleb Terry, Newton; Anthony Emmons, Lake; Dylan Snypes, State Line; Jacob McNeil, Pineville; Matthew Mitchell, Lake; and Chris Yarbrough, Florence; and
Peyton Caine, Hickory; Durham Norman, Florence; D.K. Boydstun, Louisville; John Hedrick, Newton; John Thames, Magee; Thomas Nazary and Taylor Nazary, both of Carthage; Michael Whitlock, Philadelphia; Kellen Clark, Chunky; Reed Fisher, Hickory; Mason Wooldridge, Collinsville; Jacob Huff, Puckett; Taylor Creighton, Stonewall; Reagan Warren, Conehatta; Michael Davis, Clinton; and Ben Pace, Philadelphia

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/361410631.html | 361410631

ECCC will be holding a “Recognition Ceremony”

Event Dates and Times

12/10/2015 - 12/15/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC will be holding a “Recognition Ceremony” on Tuesday, Dec. 15, for our two male residence halls that received extensive renovation over the summer, thanks to Mississippi bond funds. Rep. Randy Rushing, a member of the architectural team, the chair of the ECCC Board of Trustees and others are on the brief agenda. The local legislators from the college’s district who helped the secure funds for these projects are expected to attend. I wanted to extend a welcome to you to cover the event. After the brief ceremony, those dignitaries will tour some of the rooms in Newsome Hall. We will begin at 12:45 p.m. in Newsome Hall. Newsome is the first residence hall on the left after you turn right off Broad Street onto North 6th Avenue.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/361271911.html | 361271911

ECCC Wall O’ Sound Band Invited to Participate in Governor’s Inaugural Parade

Event Dates and Times

12/16/2015 - 1/12/2016
Downtown Jackson, MS
ECCC Wall O’ Sound Band Invited to Participate in Governor’s Inaugural Parade

The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band will participate in the Inaugural Parade for Mississippi’s Gov. Phil Bryant at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in downtown Jackson.

Director Ed Girling received the invitation on Dec. 8 from Inaugural staff member Gordon McMullin on behalf of Governor Bryant and the First Lady.

Girling said, “This is an excellent opportunity for the college in general and specifically for our band program. The inaugural parade only comes around once every four year and participation is by invitation. For most of our students, this will be their only chance to participate in history. What an honor for the college and the band.”

Following the Inaugural Ceremonies, the governor and his family will make their way to the Governor’s Mansion, leading a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands and floats. The governor, his family and other elected officials will then view the parade as it passes in front of the grandstand in front of the mansion.

The 2015 edition of the Wall O’ Sound boasts 170 members and performed for each home football game and for selected road games and Christmas parades. The band’s most recent performance was during the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas, where the Warrior football team defeated Kilgore College 35-21.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/361271131.html | 361271131

MI-BEST Helps ECCC Students Earn GED, College Credit Simultaneously

Event Dates and Times

East Central Community College in Decatur
MI-BEST Helps ECCC Students Earn GED, College Credit Simultaneously

East Central Community College in Decatur is now offering Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST), a program that allows qualified participants to obtain their high school equivalency diploma while simultaneously working on college credit courses.

Erin Tramill and Whitney Amis serve as recruiters/navigators for ECCC’s MI-BEST program.

Tramill holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University and is a former case manager at Central Mississippi Residential Center in Newton.

Amis received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Mississippi State University and is a former classroom instructor for both Brandon and Newton County high schools.

Tramill said, “We are allowing students to dual enroll in the GED program and six technical hours in one of the following workforce programs: Heating and Air Conditioning, Collision Repair, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, and Industrial Maintenance.”

The new program begins in January for those who qualify. There is no cost for tuition but there is a $75 student fee.

Prospective students should contact Tramill at 601-635-6255 or email etramill@eccc.edu.

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ECCC PTK Inductees

Event Dates and Times

12/9/2015 - 12/20/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC PTK Inductees
Twenty-one East Central Community College students were recently inducted into Theta Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, during fall ceremonies held on the Decatur campus. Inductees and their respective hometowns include ...
Christian Kelly, Lake; Lee Bowen, Philadelphia; Katherine Moran, Pascagoula; Genieveve Nichols, Newton; Haley Ezelle, Carthage; Melanie Brashier, Decatur; Chandler Posey and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia; Jasmine Payton, Carthage; and Cheyenne Bradley, Union, Brittany Rasco, Pascagoula; Austin Anderton, Carthage; Brady McElhenney, Union; Shelly Dowell, Lena; Erick Bishop and Samm Thompson, both of Decatur; Taylor Phillips, Emily Crenshaw, Kinsey Gentry and Sydney Battle, all of Philadelphia; and Kaitlin Thrash, Madison. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree and must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Amanda Walton, workforce education counselor; mathematics instructor Jenna Wright and James Miller, dean of students, serve as advisers.

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EMCC OFFERS EXTENDED HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2016 REGISTRATION

Event Dates and Times

12/8/2015 - 12/30/2015
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC OFFERS EXTENDED HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2016 REGISTRATION


The spring 2016 semester starts in January and registration is under way at all East Mississippi Community College locations.
EMCC will be closed for classes from Dec. 14 to Jan. 1, but students can register for the spring semester from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on these days during the Christmas break:
1. Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18; and
2. Monday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The college offers on-campus classes throughout its six-county district at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses, Columbus Air Force Base, West Point-Clay County Center, Lion Hills Center, Macon and Naval Air Station Meridian. EMCC also offers a full range of online/eLearning classes.
"The spring semester gives students a great way to jump into classes. You may have just missed the registration deadline in the fall and want to enroll now, or maybe you want to transfer to EMCC," said Recruiting Coordinator Michael Black of the Golden Triangle campus.
"Whatever your situation, we will meet you where you are and help you with a smooth transition to EMCC. And, just as in the fall, financial aid is available."
Scooba Recruiting Coordinator Leia Hill agreed: "Students can enroll for the first time, continue on their current path at EMCC, or transfer from another college to begin their Journey East."
Here’s a look at spring semester options:
On-campus classes: Traditional, on-campus classes begin at all EMCC locations on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The final registration period is Jan. 4-5. The full-term semester ends in early May.
Mini-semesters: At many EMCC locations, mini-semesters are also available. These are also called intensive semesters because they compress classes into a much shorter period of time. Classes for mini-semesters start the same day, Jan. 6, but end in early March.
Online classes: Online/eLearning classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.
For more information, look for the spring registration links on the home page at www.eastms.edu. Prospective students can also email answers@eastms.edu.

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EMCC STUDENT WRITERS TO BE FEATURED ON MPB’S RURAL VOICES RADIO

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2015 - 12/11/2015
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EMCC STUDENT WRITERS TO BE FEATURED
ON MPB’S RURAL VOICES RADIO

SCOOBA – English students from East Mississippi Community College will be featured Dec. 7-11 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Rural Voices Radio program.
In all, 19 students will be featured reading their stories about life in Mississippi. The first segment will air Monday, Dec. 7, on MPB radio stations. The essay, called “Birthday Party,” was written by Brianna Pinion of Meridian.
During the recording session last month, Pinion said she was prepared.
“I’m more excited than nervous, but the nerves are kicking in now,” Pinion said.
“When you’re on the spot, you realize there’s a lot of preparation that goes into it. You have to be focused on what you’re doing.”
Pinion’s segment will be followed on Wednesday, Dec. 9, by Antoine Watts reading his essay, “Born in Meridian.” And, on Friday, Dec. 11, MPB listeners can catch Indigo Tillman of West Point as she reads her essay, “Costume Characters.”
All Rural Voices Radio segments air at 3:28 p.m.

How did it happen?

EMCC instructor Shannon Pendergrass contacted Rural Voices Radio after her students expressed an interest in taking their work to the next level.
“We talked about living in Mississippi, whether you’ve lived here all your life or whether you’ve just come to Mississippi for the first time to attend EMCC,” Pendergrass said.
“We talked about what those experiences are like and then the students started writing. The essays went through several drafts, first with instructors at EMCC and then Dr. Sherry Swain met with each student writer on the night the essays were recorded.”
Swain is a senior research associate with the National Writing Project.
“Rural Voices Radio is a program of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute and it has been our privilege to partner with MPB on this program since 2003,” Swain said.
“We have research to show it has an impact on students' academics and an impact on the quality of their writing, so we're very excited to be able to be here. This is our first time to partner with a community college on Rural Voices Radio. We're breaking new ground, and working with these students has just been delightful.”

What’s next?

More EMCC stories will air later on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Rural Voices Radio. The complete list of featured writers includes:
• Tyler Cumberland, Brooksville
• Amber Franks, West Point
• Chelsea Griffin, DeKalb
• Ka’daisa Jones, Macon
• Charles Langley, Camp Hill, Ala.
• Alexander Lipscomb, Columbus
• Jaylin Miller, Weir
• Haden Patterson, Shuqualak
• Brianna Pinion, Meridian
• Diamante Pounds, Guntown
• Amber Robinson, Emelle, Ala.
• Keona Robinson, Prairie
• Danesha Seales, DeKalb
• Cole Steward, Philadelphia
• Kristina Telano, Maben
• Keiown Terry, Columbus
• Indigo Tillman, West Point
• Antoine Watts Jr., Meridian
• Kaleb Wilson, Porterville
Contact:
Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879

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JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/1/2015
Jones County Junior College ... See Schedule
JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society are hosting the second annual, community wide Christmas caroling event called, “Lighting of the Lake” on Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 5:15 p.m. JCJC is inviting the public to join in the Christmas tree lighting and caroling event around the Lake behind Jones Hall. Dr. Mark Taylor will lead the crowd in Christmas Carols at 5:30 p.m. while the trees are lit surrounding the lake. Christmas music will continue through 6 p.m. for your walking and listening enjoyment. The Bobcat Santa will be at the lake for kids to take pictures with and to listen to kids sharing their Christmas lists. For more information contact Sonya Davis at 601-477-4229.

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

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ECCC to Postpone This Year’s Warrior Wonderland to Devote Support to Football Bowl Game

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/4/2015
East Central Community College ....
ECCC to Postpone This Year’s Warrior Wonderland to Devote Support to Football Bowl Game

The second annual East Central Community College Warrior Wonderland originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, on the Decatur campus will not be held as planned this year so that the college community can devote its full support to the Warrior football team at the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas.

East Central accepted an invitation yesterday (Nov. 17) to play in the postseason football bowl game, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. East Central will face Southwest Junior College Football Conference Champion Kilgore College out of Kilgore, Texas, in the contest.

Only 14 community college football teams in the nation were invited to bowl games this year.

East Central Community College has only participated in three bowl games since it began playing football in 1928, the most recent a 7-6 win over Middle Georgia College in the 1996 Huddle House Golden Isles Classic in Brunswick, Ga.

East Central President Dr. Billy Stewart said that the decision not to hold Warrior Wonderland this year was difficult, but that the football team, coaches, band members, and cheerleaders deserved the support of the entire campus community and that those fans who supported the team throughout the season deserved the opportunity to attend the game.

He said an event will be planned on campus during the spring of 2016 so that the college can treat the local communities to a day or evening of fun, food, and fellowship at East Central Community College.

“A lot of people work extremely hard in many areas at East Central Community College to achieve student success and this includes athletics,” said Stewart. “Being one of 14 schools in the entire nation invited to a bowl game is a reward for that hard work. The football team deserves to be rewarded, but this is more than just about the student-athletes. Our band, our cheerleaders, and our athletic administration and coaches put in hundreds of hours of work during the football season to support our team and entertain our fans. They deserve the opportunity to attend this game, as do our students, faculty, staff, and fans who supported us at record levels this year both at our home games and also on the road.

“Everything we do at East Central Community College is done the EC Way—Excellence with Class, and unfortunately we logistically can’t do both events at the same time and maintain that expectation of excellence and class.

Stewart said last year’s highly successful inaugural Warrior Wonderland was held right after the Decatur Christmas Parade and included fireworks, music by East Central performing groups and others, photos with Santa, bounce houses and carnival rides, movies, a nativity scene, food and drink, and various specialty booths set up by campus clubs and organizations.

“Our plan is for this to be an annual event to bring the college and our local communities together to celebrate Christmas,” Stewart said. “We have every intention of hosting our second Warrior Wonderland in December 2016 and to do so with the class and excellence that our communities expect and deserve.”

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’s art gallery features JCJC faculty, Paula McNair Pierce and Mark Brown

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/14/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s art gallery features JCJC faculty, Paula McNair Pierce and Mark Brown

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College art instructors, Paula McNair Pierce and Mark Brown will have their work on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery through December 15. McNair-Pierce’s work features “Beetles,” the bug, not the rock band, and Brown’s display includes sculptures and 3-D creations or assemblages.

“This is a collection of various works that visualize items to mark or identify a time and place, therefore the name of the display is, ‘Origins.’ For example, I have my dad’s flight helmet, a scene from my childhood where we played under the street lights in Miami, Florida, to a view of the Alaskan water when I lived there,” said Brown.

The son of a Commander and pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard, Brown moved from the northern most state of Alaska where he was born, to Miami, Florida where he was first introduced to art and artifacts at the King Tut exhibit. He eventually made Mississippi his home after annual visits to his grandparent’s small farm in Lumberton. The former Curator of Education at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel said he has always been drawn to unique methods of art, especially those of Robert Rauschenberg. The notion of any material or object being intended as a component of a larger whole is appealing to him.

“Technically, my sculpture draws upon gestural and figurative approaches. Furthermore, I employ discarded items to take advantage of their aesthetic attributes and to achieve desired effects. Because I choose to assemble such a wide range of materials, the process of art making has become as important as the finished object itself. It is my intention that the viewer becomes aware of this process through the investigation of the layers,” said Brown.

The JCJC Humanities Teacher of the Year recipient will also display some of his acrylic paintings incorporating items from his past.

Paula McNair Pierce’s display centers around the theme of the beetle bug. She creatively displays the small creature in various visual colors and mediums, showing off the black creatures’ features.

“Several months ago I saw an image of a beetle and became intrigued with the shape and color. After some research, I learned there are a quarter of a million species of beetles. I am also astounded by God’s use of metallic color in nature and a beetle is just one place to find it!” said McNair-Pierce. “I decided to do an installation of approximately 50 beetles, 8”x10” in size, using mixed media. The installation is primarily meant to be a comical slant on the insect. In other words, the viewer need not look for it to be scientifically correct but instead find the humor sprinkled throughout.”

Some of the media used in this body of work are acrylic paint, fabric, gold leaf, oil pastel, block print, and spray paint. The use of bright colors and sparkly items gives the boring black bug a new look in this display. The flashy look for the plain old bug was very enjoyable to create, said the 1982 JCJC graduate.

“The process of doing anything creative simply serves as fuel for the next artistic attempt. It was challenging to bring the installation process to an end. Finding ideas and material had become a habit over the last couple of months and I found it difficult to stop. This has been a very therapeutic study and enjoyable to work on. I hope it’s fun to look at!”

Also hidden in the body of the beetles are well known historical figures and unusual textures, forcing the viewer to take another look at this often overlooked bug.

The JCJC art show is free and open to the public from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The JCJC campus will be closed during the week of Thanksgiving, November 23 through 29. For more information call 601-477-4148.

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JCJC’s Concert Choir features guest soloist, Lori Guy in its Christmas Concert

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/6/2015
in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Laurel
JCJC’s Concert Choir features guest soloist, Lori Guy in its Christmas Concert

ELLISVILLE–Jones County Junior College’s Concert Choir will be performing its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 6, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Laurel. JCJC choral director, Joel Dunlap will be leading the 102-member concert choir in John Rutter’s “Gloria” and invites the public to this event, free of charge.

The JCJC Concert Choir’s Christmas concert will also feature soloist, Lori Birrer Guy who is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi and is studying with Dr. Maryann Kyle. Guy will be the featured soloist on three musical pieces.

Assisting the choir as the group’s accompanist is JCJC’s fine arts faculty member and organist, Kay Guiles. For more information contact the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094

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JCJC - A Jingle Jazz Christmas

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/3/2015
Jones County Junior College
ELLISVILLE –The Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Department is inviting the public to start the holidays with, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas,” featuring the JC Jazz and JC Voices. The evening of jazzy Christmas tunes will be Thursday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in the Bobby Shows Exhibit Hall in the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center, located in the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. There’s one twist to this holiday gathering. The students and faculty of the JCJC Fine Arts Department request that you bring one new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program as your admission to the concert. Toys, including sports equipment, board games and plush animals will be given to a child in our area this Christmas.

“We are thrilled to partner with the local branch of the Salvation Army to support the Angel Tree Program. Many of our students are on scholarship and they look forward to performances like this one where they can give back to the community and showcase their talent,” said Dr. Susan Smith, JCJC Fine Arts Department Chair.

In return for your donation, Jones music students will provide an evening of beautiful holiday favorites like, “O Holy Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and big band Christmas favorites performed by JC Jazz, under the direction of Jeff Cannon. The audience will also be serenaded by the JCJC select vocal ensemble, JC Voices, under the direction of Dr. Susan Smith and accompanied by Dr. Victoria Johnson. JC Voices will sing several selections with JC Jazz, including “Gettin’ in the Mood for Christmas,” and the classic, “We Need a Little Christmas.” The ensemble will also share popular tunes like “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and several cherished sacred selections.

The Angel Tree began in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1979 and provided a way for the local citizens to be personally involved in sharing with those less fortunate in their community. The Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Department is pleased to partner with the Salvation Army this year in providing a bit of Christmas cheer for “angels” in the Pine Belt. Join us for an evening of jazz and giving on December 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094 or follow JCJC Fine Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

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ECCC To Present ‘Fine Arts Christmas Spectacular’ Dec. 1

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2015 - 12/1/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC To Present ‘Fine Arts Christmas Spectacular’ Dec. 1
The East Central Community College Fine Arts Department will present a “Fine Arts Christmas Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
The presentation is being held as part of the college’s second annual Cultural Arts Series. Tickets are $15 per person. A reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room will follow the performances.

The Christmas Spectacular serves as a fundraiser for the Series and will feature performances by various East Central musical groups, including the Concert Choir, Voce, Wall O’ Sound Band, and various other ensembles. The art department will also present a display of various mediums.

The Cultural Arts series brings performing artists and visual artists to the campus throughout the year for both EC students and the community, according to Vicki Blaylock, ECCC Fine Arts Department Chair.

“I hope through the effort of the Cultural Arts Series we can afford all the students at East Central, not just the music majors, an opportunity to enhance their education by providing these cultural opportunities,” Blaylock said.

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

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MPSD ... “The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success”

Event Dates and Times

9/22/2015 - Starts: 6:00 PM
MCC - Tommy Dulaney Center
Meridian Public School District ...
MPSD to Host “The Compass-Our Roadmap to Success”

The Meridian Public School District is continuing the Parent University program with “The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success” event to be held Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the MCC
Tommy Dulaney Center.
“The Meridian Public School District is committed to the success of all students,” said MPSD Superintendent
Dr. Alvin Taylor. “We have worked very hard with administrators, teachers, and parents to create a new,
district-wide plan that we are excited to share with all of our parents and community members.”
“The Compass – Our Roadmap to Success” event will feature important information pertaining to the new
direction of the school district including the new mission and vision statements, core values and beliefs as
well as expectations for students, teachers, and parents.
“The Meridian Public School District has a rich tradition of academic excellence that we want to build upon
so that students have equitable access to learning opportunities,” said Taylor. “Our goal is to prepare all
students in a parent and community partnership to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and
character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world, so the Compass is the blueprint that drives that
goal.”
Special entertainment for the event will include vocal performances by the Honor Choir from all of the
Elementary Schools, cheerleaders from MHS and other schools, the MHS Drum Line, and more. Parents and
community members will rotate through interactive stations designed to explain the various aspects of the
new Compass. Door prizes will also be given.
“I would like to invite parents and community members out to this event because I believe that we are
stronger when we all work together for the betterment of Meridian’s children,” added Taylor.
All parents and community members are invited to attend.
About Meridian Public School District: The Meridian Public School District’s mission is to empower
students to become productive, competitive, and responsible citizens in a global society. MPSD serves
approximately six thousand students on 13 school campuses. For more information, please visit us on the web
at www.mpsd.k12.ms.us.
Meridian Public School District
Contact: Elizabeth McDonald
Phone: 601-482-0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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ECCC Announces Homecoming Honorees

Event Dates and Times

10/17/2015
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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Homecoming Honorees

East Central Community College will recognize Alumni Association award recipients during the annual Homecoming celebration scheduled Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, on the Decatur campus.

Polly Matthews Gordon (Class of 1954) of Union is this year’s Alumna of the Year and Dr. Jack C. Evans (Class of 1972) of Laurel was selected Alumnus of the Year.

Former football standout and coach Dan Chatwood (Class of 1959) of Fairhope, Ala., and Forest native and former football player Thomas Hannah (Class of 1958) of Spartanburg, S.C., are this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Gordon is a retired teacher and counselor, having spent the majority of her 52-year career at Union High School.

In addition to her long and rewarding career in education, Gordon has also been heavily involved in community activities.

She has been a member of the Union Present Day Club since 1959 and has served in various leadership roles, including three terms as president. She was selected Club Woman of the Year in 2006. Gordon has also served on the district level for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs/Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC/MFWC).

Evans is beginning his 33rd year as a family physician with Laurel Family Clinic, which provides traditional primary care in family medicine.

Among Evans’ honors are his selection as the sixth recipient of the Arthur Derrick Award, given annually to a physician for outstanding efforts to contribute to the quality of medical care in Mississippi. He was also elected by his medical peers to The Best Doctors in America for the past 15 years and was named Laurel Leader Call’s Best Doctor on four occasions, an honor based on a public opinion poll hosted by the local newspaper.

Chatwood was a member of the 1957 and 1958 EC football teams, where he was a standout halfback and at times played on defense for the Warriors.
He continued his playing career at the University of Chattanooga and later returned to East Central and served as an assistant football coach. He became head coach in 1965.

During his tenure leading the Warriors, East Central won the Exchange Bowl Championship and Chatwood was named Mississippi Junior College ‘Coach of the Year’ for the 1965 season. He was also elected to serve as president of the Mississippi Junior College Coaches Association.

Hannah was a member of the 1956 and 1957 Warrior football teams before continuing his athletic career at the University of South Carolina, where he played two seasons for the Gamecocks.

He is a member of the University of South Carolina Association of Letterman and received both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USC. He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Executive Program and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Mr. Hannah retired as president, chief executive officer, and board member of Collins and Aikman, an organization engaged primarily in the design, engineering and manufacture of automotive interior components, systems and modules, in 1998.

Hannah is currently president and chief executive officer of USLC, LLC, which has manufacturing plants in Nicaragua.

Several reunion groups and numerous activities are also scheduled as part of ECCC’s 2015 Homecoming celebration.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and the Foundation, 601-635-6327, toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327, or email sholling@eccc.edu.

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Choctaw County High School "Tailgating Reunion"

Event Dates and Times

10/9/2015 - 10/10/2015
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The Choctaw County High School Alumni Association will host a "Tailgating Reunion" - Oct. 9th beginning at 7:00 pm at Tiger Stadium.
Over 20 graduated classes will participate. ...Everyone is welcome.
ALSO .........
Alumni Social at the Jimmerson Building - Hwy. 17 Oct. 10th beginning at 8:00 pm
$5.00 admission
Dress is casual attire BYOB

facebook: CCHS Alumni Association

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JCJC offers core workforce training course in Jasper County

Event Dates and Times

9/21/2015 - 10/1/2015
Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Training Center in Bay Springs
JCJC offers core workforce training course in Jasper County

BAY SPRINGS – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Training Center in Bay Springs is offering a non-credit, core class as a pre-requisite for welding, millwright and machining. This course will meet on Thursdays, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning October 1 through November 19.
The core class will cover basic safety, introduction to construction math, introduction to hand tools, introduction to power tools, introduction to construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic employ-ability skills and an introduction to material handling. At the end of the course, participants will be able to safely and effectively apply their new skills to satisfactorily complete all the of the CORE tasks required to enter the next level of welding, precision machining or millwright and receive a certificate of completion. The cost for the non-credit core class is $150.

For more information and to register for the class, prospective students should contact Lela Bryan at 601-764-9393 or email her at: lela.bryan@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 Bobcat Math League teams launch into action

Event Dates and Times

9/19/2015 - 9/25/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Bobcat Math League teams launch into action
ELLISVILLE – High school mathletes wasted no time battling for the first place spot in the first week of Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League competition. As the fourth season begins, the four new teams to the League didn’t get a warm welcome from the League’s high school math teams. The Leagues’ perennial winners easily rose to the top-of-the ranks in their respective divisions.
In the Einstein Division, Sacred Heart secured the top spot beating newcomers, Wayne Academy 86 to 9. Helping the Crusaders with the win was mathlete Matthew Gallardo who scored a perfect, 100-percent on his individual performance. The Mustangs of West Jones stomped on their new opponents, Heidelberg High School with a 32-20 win. Wayne County’s War Eagles had a tough time with the Cougars of Lawrence County, suffering a 29-44 loss to the Lawrence County Cougars. Wayne County secured the third place position in the Einstein division while Lawrence County also landed in third place in the Euclid Division based on their cumulative points compared to their division’s teams.
The Red Devils of Stringer whipped up a big win against the Seminary Bulldogs, 108 to 15 and secured the first place slot in the Euclid Division. The Laurel Tornadoes handed the Bay Springs Bulldogs a 44-21 loss in this first week of competition.
As expected, the Oak Grove Warriors of the Fibonacci Division wasted no time taking the top slot. The Warriors slaughtered newcomers, the Greene County Wildcats, 118 to 18. Oak Grove scored the most cumulative points overall in a match with two mathletes, Allen Huang and Peter Liang performing perfectly with 100-percent accuracy. The Perry Central Bulldogs chewed up the Heidelberg Academy Rebels with a 21 to 7 victory which was good enough to take the second place in the division. The Richton Rebels also began the season wounded with a solid win by the Northeast Jones Tigers of the Pythagoras Division, 58 to 13.
The Tigers of Northeast Jones are first place in the Pythagoras Division with the Columbia Academy Cougars on their heels. Columbia Academy defeated the Mt. Olive Pirates with a 39 to 20 triumph. Collins’ Tigers jumped past the Sylva Bay Saints with a narrow win, 21 to 15.
The Bobcats of Presbyterian Christian High School had no trouble trouncing on BML novices, the Enterprise Bulldogs in their first match of the season. PCS’s 100 points sent Enterprise packing with its 32 points. Taylorsville’s Tartars turned out a win against Quitman’s Panthers, 47 to 10. In third place in the division, the South Jones Braves narrowly escaped the jaws of defeat from the Raleigh Lions, winning, 25 to 23.
Perfect scorers, Matthew Gallardo of Sacred Heart, Key’Shawn Johnson of Stringer, Allen Huang of Oak Grove and Peter Liang of Oak Grove share the Most Outstanding Player title with a four-way tie amongst the perfect scorers. Five students tied with 80-percent accuracy in their competitions.
Next week’s matches won’t get any easier for the four newcomers as Heidelberg faces Sacred Heart, Wayne Academy will duke it out with county rival, Wayne County, Enterprise will try to knock off South Jones and Greene County will try to get a win from Mt. Olive.
Results will be posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League web page under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@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 Will ‘Black-Out Bailey’ at Thursday’s Football Game

Event Dates and Times

9/24/2015
6:30 pm
East Central Community College
ECCC Will ‘Black-Out Bailey’ at Thursday’s Football Game

The East Central Community College Warriors play host to undefeated and No. 1 ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 24, and all Warrior fans are encouraged to wear black on the annual “Black-Out Bailey” night. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

“Black-Out Bailey” is sponsored by East Central’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

It also is “Be Our Guest” night, when students from all area high schools will be admitted free to the game, with one lucky student being selected to attempt a field goal to win free tuition for the 2016 fall semester.

East Central is 3-1 on the 2015 football campaign, while Copiah-Lincoln enters the contest at 4-0 and ranked No. 1 among all community colleges in the nation.

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’s Bobcat Math League expands in its fourth season

Event Dates and Times

9/15/2015 - 9/21/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Bobcat Math League expands in its fourth season
ELLISVILLE – As the fourth season of Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League begins, high school “mathletes” will see some new faces with four teams entering competition this year. Last year, Columbia Academy, Heidelberg Academy and Oak Grove, joined the competition. The 2015 season welcomes Enterprise High School, Greene County High School, Heidelberg High School and Wayne Academy. With these four joining the Bobcat Math League’s original 19-members, mathletes will encounter some new challengers.

“We are excited about the additional schools joining this year’s JCJC Bobcat Math League because it will add yet another dimension to the competition. However it has also forced a few changes,” said BML Commissioner and JCJC math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch.

According to JCJC Math Division Chair, BML scoreboard technician and referee, Dr. Corey Jones, some other changes involve how the teams are divided. “Instead of four divisions, we have added a fifth division. The divisions are based on proximity to schools and competition results from previous years so schools are fairly and equally challenged.”

The regular season begins Monday, September 14 through Tuesday, October 20, with the final playoffs and Math “Super Bowl” to be held on November 4, 2015. All 26 teams will be invited to attend the post season when the top players will be recognized from each team. Also, the All-League Team and Most Outstanding Player will be recognized at the final competition.

“This year we will have one less wildcard team in the playoffs. Additionally, last year we limited the number of teams from one division that could qualify for the playoffs to three teams. This year, there is no limitation,” said Bob Stevens, JCJC math instructor, BML statistician and referee.

The eight playoff teams will be determined by regular season results. The five division winners will automatically advance to the playoffs. The remaining three playoff teams will be non-division winners who will advance to the playoffs as wild card teams based on criteria outlined in the 2015 League rules.

“Our players, teams, and coaches have become more competitive each year, and we expect no less from them again this year,” said Dr. Bunch.

The recent two week pre-season testing at each of the 26 high schools helps “coaches” formulate a team roster. Each team will either travel to or host their divisional foes for five weeks of competition in the six weeks of regular season competition. Presbyterian Christian High School won the overall competition the last two years. Newcomers to the competition last year, Oak Grove were hot on their trail, missing a question in the last round. Needless to say, the Warriors are looking for vindication in the upcoming season.

“Several of our team members graduated in May, but I know that our returning students and new members are ready for the challenge!” said Oak Grove math coach, Whitney Necessary. “I loved that our students were challenged to learn new math. One of my favorite aspects of the competition is the camaraderie the team members developed after working together. They pushed to learn new topics.”

The 2014 third place winner, Sacred Heart is also looking to move up in the ranks this season. Crusaders Coach, Rick Muli said his students love the competition but the prize money has piqued more student’s interested in participating.

“After a good season last year, our principal presented the prize money to the team members during a school assembly. As a result, I had more than 10-students ask about try-outs for next year and two asked to be time-keepers or roadies!”

Math teachers/coaches and students may enjoy the competition but there’s an added benefit everyone is really starting to take notice of because of the math competition. Sacred Heart’s Kyle Mistich sums it up.
“I finally had time to finish the math portion on the ACT and I was even able to go back and check some of my work. It must have been all that practice we did for the Math League!”

Also noticed by math teachers/coaches is their students have become better mathematical thinkers, ACT scores have improved and they are challenged with new ideas and information. Columbia Academy coach, Kathy Pearce said she has seen an increase in math scores because of the BML.

“Our students felt like it was a good review for the ACT. One student made a 36 on the math portion for ACT and another student increased their score to 30 on math.”

Northeast Jones senior, and BML participant for three years, Daniel Easley attributes his ACT score increasing by four-points to a 32 because of the BML. Oak Grove junior, Allen Huang added, “I liked Math League because it gives me a chance to challenge myself and learn new math.”

There will be plenty of time to practice math skills during the next six weeks of competition and ensuing playoffs. With the formulation of a fifth division, everyone will face-off against new teams in their division. The Pythagoras Division is the only division with three original teams remaining: Collins, Perry Central and Sylva Bay. Joining them will be Columbia Academy and last year’s fourth place team, Northeast Jones.

The Fibonacci Division consists of 2013 and 14 winners, Presbyterian Christian, Enterprise and Wayne Academy as newcomers, and perennial competitors, Raleigh and Taylorsville. Competing against PCS could be quite the challenge for this division. However, Enterprise High School math teacher/coach, Justin Sollie said his team is eager to have this opportunity to meet and compete against other great math minds like themselves.

“I think its’s very valuable for them to be exposed to problems of difficulty they may not normally see in their math classes here. The students seem nervously excited about the competition since it’s our first year doing it.”

Greene County will be part of the Newton Division, joining Oak Grove, Heidelberg Academy, Mt. Olive, Richton and South Jones. This is the largest division with the most seasoned, top performing teams. With 2014’s second place winners, Oak Grove leading the pack, they could pose a threat for all involved.

Stringer Attendance Center will battle for the top spot with Lawrence County in the Euclid Division. The Red Devils tied with Sacred Heart for third place last year and the Cougars have been a formidable force in past years. Also vying for the lead will be Bay Springs, Laurel and Seminary.

In the Einstein Division, newcomers Heidelberg High School will have to stop Sacred Heart and Wayne County who have been perennial top-teams. Quitman and West Jones will shake up the division, also proving to be calculating and tough foes.

Regular season matches will continue to be partly written test and partly quiz bowl type competition for students. Everyone will take tests with paper and pencil for the first half of the regular season. The second half will prepare students for the final playoffs with the addition of the buzzer system and a moderator asking questions. The final eight teams will compete for cash and prizes at the playoffs in November, and the two top teams will strive to earn the title, “2015 JCJC Bobcat Math League Champions.”

“We are very appreciative of our coaches, players, principals, superintendents, parents, business sponsors and JCJC faculty and administration for their commitment to and support of the Bobcat Math League,” said Dr. Bunch.

In 2013, the BML was recognized as one of the state’s top school-community partnership programs during the 2014 Governor’s Awards luncheon, receiving the University/College Partnership Award at the 12th Annual Mississippi Association of Partners in Education’s Governor’s Awards for Outstanding School-Community Partnerships.

Donations from the private sector and community groups have enabled the League to be very visible with the participants having the option to dress out in League T-shirts. Fans can find scores in real time, at the JCJC Bobcat Math League’s Facebook page. High school students and coaches can also upload photos during practices or training sessions to share with their fan base. Local newspapers and media web pages have been invited to share competition results with weekly stories and pictures.

Dr. Bunch said she hopes every community will continue to support the Bobcat Math League by establishing prizes, donations, scholarships, gas money or by simply checking scores and reading the weekly stories in the newspaper, web page and the League’s Facebook page.

Results will be posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League web page under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu.

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

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Local artist, Mandy Buchanan’s “Florals” on display at JCJC

Event Dates and Times

9/13/2015 - 9/25/2015
Jones County Junior College
Local artist, Mandy Buchanan’s “Florals” on display at JCJC
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery will feature the floral art works of Sandersville resident, Mandy Buchanan through September 25. Her floral still life acrylic paintings will be display at no cost to the public.

Buchanan is also scheduled to share about her artwork and techniques at a lecture with JCJC students on September 22, at 1 p.m. in the gallery. This session with the artist is also open to the public and is free of charge.

When the JCJC alumna isn’t painting or creating, she facilitates the Education Programs at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Buchanan works closely with museum staff to create activities and educational opportunities correlating with exhibits and events. She also works closely with Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Outreach Coordinator, Angie King. The two can be seen in many places within the community such as convalescent homes, schools or community centers leading impactful art activities including painting, pottery, sculpture and art history projects.

JCJC art instructor, Mark Brown said he is proud to have such a talented alumna’s work on display this month. He explains Buchanan is able to create using various mediums and in different artistic ways.

“Although skilled with many media, Buchanan is known for her still life paintings. Mandy draws inspiration from artists such as Henri Matisee, as well as those within the museum collection. Her still life paintings are full of vibrant color. Buchanan mildly abstracts her subjects, while keeping their form and color. Mandy's images allow for the perception of the real object, while still retaining the desired texture and fluidity of paint. Another of her talents includes reclaiming discarded surfaces such as shelves or antique doors, which further enrich her play on texture,” said Brown.

The gallery is open: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. and is closed during lunch from 11:30--12:00. Fridays the gallery is open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30p.m.

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

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JCJC is offering Commercial Truck Driving in Wayne County

Event Dates and Times

9/13/2015 - 9/30/2015
Wayne County Center in Waynesboro
JCJC is offering Commercial Truck Driving in Wayne County

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering a non-credit, Commercial Truck Driving class at the Wayne County Center in Waynesboro. This course will meet on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., beginning October 3, through November 21.

The commercial truck driving class will cover MDOT Rules, basic safety, air brakes, hazardous materials, emergencies, driving practices, vehicle inspections, proper shifting, maneuvering coupling, uncoupling, backing loading and unloading cargo, verifying loads against shipping records, log books, paperwork preparation and map reading. At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion and they will be prepared for the road test. The cost for the non-credit commercial truck driving course is $650.

For more information and to register for the class, prospective students should contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228 or email at Melanie.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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Meridian High School Band and JROTC - September 11 Remembrance Program

Event Dates and Times

9/11/2015 - Starts: 6:45 PM
Meridian High School Ray Stadium
The Meridian High School Band and JROTC will be presenting a special September 11 Remembrance program tonight at Ray Stadium. It will take place immediately before kick off. So, arriving by 6:45 would be best. We would love any coverage you could provide this! The kids have worked really hard to put together a special program.

Also, West Hills Elementary School will host the Junior Beta Club induction ceremony on Sunday at 2 pm in the Northwest Auditorium.

Elizabeth McDonald

Public Relations Director

Meridian Public School District

601.482.0423

emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

Elizabeth McDonald

Public Relations Director

Meridian Public School District

601.482.0423

emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOMECOMING MAIDS

Event Dates and Times

9/26/2015 - Starts: 2:00 PM
EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOMECOMING MAIDS

East Mississippi Community College will welcome alumni and friends to Homecoming in Scooba on Saturday, Sept. 26. The college’s 2015 Homecoming Maids are ...
Lexi Harden of West Point, Subrina Oswalt of West Point, Hailey Bowie of Forest, Brittany Bell of Mathiston, Logan Lambert of Carthage and Hannah Lynn Daugherty of Leroy, Ala. also, Megan Coston of Soso, Taylor Campbell of Starkville, Carlee Doty of Brookhaven, Brooke Williams of DeKalb, Anna Douglas Brown of Columbus and Ashley Woods of Preston. One of these ladies will be crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime of the EMCC Lions vs. Itawamba Indians game at Sullivan-Windham Field. Kickoff is 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.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
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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EMCC FUNERAL SERVICE PROGRAM TO HOST BUCKET LIST GOLF TOURNEY

Event Dates and Times

9/21/2015 - 9/27/2015
Lion Hills in Columbus
EMCC FUNERAL SERVICE PROGRAM TO HOST BUCKET LIST GOLF TOURNEY

COLUMBUS – East Mississippi Community College’s Funeral Service Technology program will host the 3rd Annual Bucket List Golf Tourney Sunday, Sept. 27, at Lion Hills in Columbus.
Registration is at 7 a.m. and tee time is 8 a.m. for the three-person scramble.
FST instructor Octavia Dickerson said hosting a tournament at EMCC’s home golf course is a natural fit because many funeral home directors play golf. So, in addition to serving as a fund-raiser, the event is a networking opportunity for students in EMCC’s FST program.
“The first year we hosted the Bucket List, we didn’t know what to expect. But, we got a good group of golfers and we all had a great time. The next year, even more players came out to support the program,” Dickerson said.
“We’re looking forward to our third year. And, I wanted to mention one other thing. It’s a small thing. The top three teams receive cash prizes, but I like to make sure that everyone gets a door prize or a gift from EMCC. Nobody goes away empty-handed!”
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Funeral Service Technology program. Entry is $150 for a three-person team or $50 per individual.
To register early, call the Lion Hills Pro Shop at (662) 328-5584 and the entry fee will be due when players arrive for the tournament. Players can also register early by returning the form posted with the “Bucket List” link on the home page at www.eastms.edu.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Hole-in-one prizes will also include $15,000 in cash, a Sharp LCD flat screen television, a set of Callaway irons and round-trip domestic airfare for two.
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. by the Lion Hills pool and is included in the cost of registration.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those who want to give a little extra. If sponsoring or making a contribution, please call Octavia Dickerson at (662) 476-5101 to discuss proper signage.
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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EMCC CARE CLOSETS

Event Dates and Times

9/10/2015 - 9/28/2015
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC CARE CLOSETS

The Housing Department at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus partnered this fall with students and faculty/staff volunteers and area churches on a new service – EMCC Care Closets. Located in dormitories, Care Closets are lending pantries for emergency items. Students may borrow from the lending pantry when they run out of personal care supplies. Back-up dorm foods may also be available for students who are staying on campus over long weekends.
Anyone may contribute with new items to keep the pantries stocked. For more information, contact LaPari Morant of the EMCC Housing Department at (662) 476-5443.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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EMCC TO HOST ARTIST TROY CRISSWELL

Event Dates and Times

9/22/2015 - 10/14/2015
East Mississippi Community College ...
EMCC TO HOST ARTIST TROY CRISSWELL

SCOOBA – Award-winning painter Troy Crisswell will bring his unique perspective to East Mississippi Community College with an exhibit of his work opening Sept. 22.
An award-winning oil and watercolor painter from Birmingham, Ala., Criswell is the author of “Thoughts on Painting.” He will attend an opening reception at Aust Hall on EMCC’s Scooba campus Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 15.
The public invited to the reception and to visit the exhibit throughout its run.
EMCC art instructor Terry Cherry said Crisswell’s works present an unusual but approachable perspective on everyday life.
"Troy Crisswell's art is a perfect combination of realism and imagination. He takes recognizable things and presents them in ways that are more like dreams or fantasy,” said Cherry.
Crisswell describes his art as “surreal,” combining atmospherics and realism. It’s a style that has served him well, earning him the Award of Excellence at the Montevallo Art Show in Montevallo, Ala., and 1st Place at the Love Affair Art Show in Tifton, Ga., both in 2010. He’s also found success in EMCC’s six-county district, claiming the 1st Place Painting prize at the 2009 Prairie Arts Festival in West Point.
Crisswell is married to clay artist Becky Bolton Crisswell. His work can be viewed at his website, troycrisswell.com.
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. RICK YOUNG TO ACCEPT DUAL AWARDS AT EMCC HOMECOMING 2015

Event Dates and Times

9/20/2015 - 9/26/2015
East Mississippi Community College
DR. RICK YOUNG TO ACCEPT DUAL AWARDS AT EMCC HOMECOMING 2015

SCOOBA – Less than three months into retirement, former East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Rick Young is returning to Scooba.
Dr. Young, who ended his 11-year tenure as president at the end of June, will be recognized as both the Distinguished Service Award winner and the Alumnus of the Year at EMCC’s Homecoming 2015 Sept. 26 at the Scooba campus.
EMCC Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Institutional Advancement Nick Clark said this is the second time one person has received both awards in a single year. The last dual award winner was Dr. Young’s predecessor, former EMCC President Dr. Tommy Davis, after he retired in 2004.
“The Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Service Award selection committee felt that Dr. Young, having contributed 40 years to our school, was certainly the most deserving candidate for both awards,” said Clark.
The “service” aspect of Dr. Young’s tenure is undeniable. The list of improvements at EMCC bearing Dr. Young’s fingerprints is deep and broad. There are buildings – Sullivan-Windham Field, the F.R. Young Student Union, the Golden Triangle Student Union, the Chapel in the Pines, the Orr Center for Christian Activity, the rodeo barn, the original Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence, and the planned Communiversity. There are satellite campuses – West Point-Clay County Center and Lion Hills. There’s athletic achievement – three NJCAA national football titles, four MACJC state football titles. And there are instructional programs, among them the return of associate degree nursing and the honors program. Plus his 29 years as an instructor and Golden Triangle campus director before becoming president.
What might surprise people who haven’t been associated with EMCC as long as Dr. Young is that he is also an alumnus.
“A lot of people don’t know, but I took management night courses under the late Ben Murphy during my time as an instructor at the Golden Triangle campus back in the 80s,” said Dr. Young.
“I also took a lot of continuing education classes like real estate, and I got my open-water scuba diving certification and took advanced diving classes back when we partnered with Mississippi University for Women to use their pool.”
Dr. Young said he’s flattered to receive the awards, but he’s more excited to get back to Scooba and see the folks he hasn’t seen in three months: “That’s the thing I miss the most, the people. My team members. My interaction with people both within the college and the community.”
He’s looking forward to hearing how several projects begun during his tenure are progressing, but not because he’s worried about them. He knows the school is in good hands with Dr. Thomas Huebner, who moved from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa to assume the presidency July 1.
“I’m very pleased Dr. Huebner has taken the projects we’ve started to the next level and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for his own ideas,” said Dr. Young.
More Homecoming 2015 events are listed below. For information about any of these items, contact Gina Cotton of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs at (662) 476-5063 or gcotton@eastms.edu:

Wednesday, Sept. 23
• 6 p.m. Homecoming Parade: The public is invited to attend. Parade route starts at the Business Office building.
Friday, September 25
• 6 p.m. Induction ceremony, reception and banquet for the 2015 EMCC Sports Hall of Fame class. This event is by invitation only. Inductees include: Wayne T. “Bugar” Bailey, Football, 1963-64; Milford Brown, Football, 1999-2000; James Cantrell, Basketball, 1960-61; George Henry Cummings Jr., Baseball/Football, 1958-59; Tony McCullough, Football, 1973-74; Virgil Seay, Football, 1976-77; Louie Spinks, Football, 1963-64; Syd Thweatt Jr., Baseball, 1965-66
Saturday, September 26
• 9 a.m. Alumni will meet to register and share coffee and refreshments in the Stennis Hall lobby. The Foundation Board will meet at the Davis Administration Building. Guests will gather at the Korean War Memorial for a prayer. The Chapel in the Pines and Orr Center will be open to guests. Tailgating areas will open.
• 9:15 a.m. Korean War veterans will meet in Stennis Hall, Room 120.
• 10 a.m. Alumni/Foundation joint meeting in Stennis Hall auditorium.
• 11 a.m. The renovated band hall will be dedicated in honor of the Dottie Smith family.
• 11:30 a.m. Alumni & Friends Luncheon will begin at the F.R. Young Student Union dining hall. Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Service Award honors will be presented.
• 2 p.m. EMCC kicks off against Itawamba at Sullivan-Windham Field.
• 1st Quarter EMCC’s 1965 State Champion baseball team will be recognized on the field.
• Halftime The 2015 EMCC Sports Hall of Fame class will be recognized on the field. The Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Service Award honors will be presented on the field. The 2015 Homecoming Court will be presented on the field, where the Homecoming Queen will be crowned.
• Postgame Guests are invited to adjourn to the F.R. Young Student Union for fellowship.

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ECCC Releases 2015 ‘Cultural Arts’ Schedule

Event Dates and Times

9/8/2015 - 10/10/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC Releases 2015 ‘Cultural Arts’ Schedule

East Central Community College kicks off the second season of its Cultural Arts Series Wednesday, Sept. 30, when Dr. Justin Sharp presents a piano recital at 1 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.

Sharp joined the ECCC faculty in August and serves as music/keyboard instructor. He previously served as an adjunct instructor at ECCC, a consultant in the development of Early Childhood Music Curriculum and as a private piano instructor.

His experience also includes serving as a teaching assistant and assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an instructor at the Armstrong Community Music School located in Austin.

Sharp received his associate degree from East Central Community College and his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College. He earned a master’s degree in composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.

Additional series performances include:

Oct. 28 – ECCC art instructor Jeff Hodges to present a gallery talk and art exhibit at 1 p.m. in Vickers Fine Arts Center; a reception will follow. Free admission.

Nov. 12-13 – Mystery Masquerade Dinner Theater to be held at 7 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale Monday, Oct. 12.

Nov. 19 – ECCC Concert Choir and Newton County High School Choir will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. in Huff Auditorium. Free admission.

Dec. 1 – Fine Arts Christmas Spectacular scheduled at 7 p.m. in Huff Auditorium. Tickets are $15.

The Cultural Arts Series began as a way to bring performing artists and visual artists to the campus throughout the year for both EC students and the community, according to Vicki Blaylock, ECCC Fine Arts Department chair.

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

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Area Students Invited to ‘Be Our Guest Night’ at ECCC

Event Dates and Times

9/24/2015 - Starts: 6:30 PM
East Central Community College
Area Students Invited to ‘Be Our Guest Night’ at ECCC

Area high school students will be special guests of East Central Community College when the Warriors battle Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 24, on the Decatur campus. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.

“We encourage all area high school students to come enjoy a night of exciting football on us,” said Dr. Randall E. Lee, vice president for student services. “For those who have not attended a Warrior football game, you will be surprised not only with the exciting competition on the field but also with the talent of our amazing cheerleaders, Centralettes dance line, and one of the largest and best marching bands in the state, the Wall O’ Sound!”

Lee said the special guests (9th through 12th grade students) will be admitted free to the football game and will be recognized throughout the game. Door prizes will be awarded and one of the visiting students will have an opportunity to win free tuition for one semester by successfully kicking a 20-yard field goal during halftime activities. Tuition is currently set at $990 per semester.

The evening is also being hailed as “Black-Out Bailey” night and those in attendance are encouraged to wear black to support the Warriors. The special activity is being hosted by Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

East Central Community College serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties and the surrounding area.

For more information on “Be Our Guest Night,” contact Romonica Evans in Student Services, 601-635-6300 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 300. Her e-mail address is revans@eccc.edu.

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Meridian Public Schools - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

9/2/2015 - 9/3/2015
See Schedule
Ribbon Cutting at New Safe Routes to School Walking Bridge on T.J. Harris Elem Campus
Wednesday, September 2 – 1:00 p.m.
The City of Meridian and the MS Dept of Transportation worked together to provide a new walking bridge as part of the Safe Routes to School grant. The bridge was recently completed, and the City and MDOT are hosting a press conference regarding this tomorrow afternoon. The city will be sending you a press release with more details, but I just wanted to invite you as well.

MPSD and MCC MOU Signing for Dual Credit
Thursday, September 3 – 9:30 a.m.
MCC Casteel Gallery
I am sure that MCC has already invited you to this event, but I wanted to make sure you knew about the annual MOU signing to be held on Thursday. This is the annual agreement between MPSD and MCC (Lauderdale Co Schools sign as well) to work together to offer students dual credit classes.

Northwest Middle School Science Fair Workshop for Parents
Thursday, September 3 – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Parents and students are invited to learn more about the Science Fair, gain tips and ideas, and enjoy refreshments during the Science Fair Workshop.

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

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ECCC Collegians Selected for 2015-16

Event Dates and Times

9/1/2015 - 9/12/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC Collegians Selected for 2015-16

Members of the East Central Community College Collegians were recently selected for 2015-16, announced director Chas Evans.

The popular rock ‘n’ roll group includes vocalists Garrett McDill of Sebastapol, Peyton Jones of Nanih Waiya, Dustin Morgan and Aleia Sharp, both of Union, Tallie Johnston, a homeschooler from Lake, and Anna Wells of Winston Academy; bass guitarist Houston Martin, lead guitarists Stephen Stewart, alto saxophonist Brad Taylor and tenor saxophonist Graham Mumphree, all of Newton County; keyboardist Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, drummer Chris Kelley of Newton, auxiliary percussionist Caleb Franklin and trombonist Evan Derrick, both of Morton; and trumpeter Anastasia Crout of Lake.

Technicians are Michael Buntyn, Ryan Packer, Troy Gregory and Hannah Mitchell, all of Newton County; Christian Bounds and Lucas Bates, both of Lake; Danny Smith of Carthage, Christian Richardson of Union and Sam Mitchell of Leake Academy.

The Collegians perform on campus each semester and are available for a limited amount of school and civic performances throughout the year. For more information, contact Chas Evans, 601-635-6227, or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 227. His email address is cevans@eccc.edu

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ECCC to Offer Welding Course in Winston County

Event Dates and Times

10/1/2015 - 10/12/2015
Louisville/Winston County Career-Technical Center
ECCC to Offer Welding Course in Winston County

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a course in Welding beginning Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the Louisville/Winston County Career-Technical Center.

Classes will meet from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for eight consecutive weeks. The cost is $150 per student and the class includes instruction in MIG, TIG, stick and gas welding. Shane McDaniel will serve as instructor.

For more information or to register, contact Melissa Allman, personal development specialist/Louisville site coordinator, at 662-773-2292. The email is mallman@eccc.edu.

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JCJC is registering students for new Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

Event Dates and Times

9/1/2015 - 9/8/2015
Clarke County Center in Stonewall
JCJC is registering students for new Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program is taking applications September 1, through September 8, 2015 at the Clarke County Center in Stonewall. Classes begin, Tuesday, September 8 through December 11. The one-semester training program will meet Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Additional training will be held off-campus for two-three weeks on training rigs like the “Mr. Charlie” in Morgan City, Louisiana.

The ELPT program at JCJC is designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the oil & gas industry. Students will be ready to enter the workforce as an entry level seamen, roustabout or floor-hand. Upon completion of this course the graduate will be prepared and qualified to secure employment or to further their training into more technical positions of the oil & gas industry. Multiple certificates will be available for eligible students who successfully complete the program, including Safety Environmental Management Systems, RigPass/SafeLand/SafeGulf, Forklift, First Aid/CPR, Fire Watch, Basic Marine Firefighting, NCCER CORE Curriculum, NCCER Advanced Rigging, IADC WellSharp, Capital Safety Fall Protection/Working at Heights, Capital Safety Confined Space, HUET, TWIC card and the Mr. Charlie Experience.

Salary ranges at oil and gas industry jobs, including graduates of JCJC’s ELPT program, can range from $30,317 - $66,000 (www.salarylist.com). Prospective students must register in person at the Clarke County Center. For more information please contact the Clarke County Center at 601-659-4659 or email: travis.thrash@jcjc.edu or jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu. The Clarke County Center is located at 1200 South Erwin Rd. in Stonewall, MS 39363.

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 ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

Event Dates and Times

9/10/2015 - 9/21/2015
East Central Community College’s 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. Monday, Sept. 21, 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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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” small business training in Waynesboro

Event Dates and Times

9/1/2015 - 9/28/2015
Jones County Junior College’s ... Wayne County Center
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” small business training in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Wayne 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.” A free introduction of the program, sponsored by First State Bank of Waynesboro will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 9 a.m. at the JCJC Wayne County Center. At this meeting, JCJC Operation JumpStart instructor, Deborah Smith will discuss the six-week, nationally-recognized, highly successful training model to those 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 Deborah Smith, JCJC Operation JumpStart instructor.

The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon, for six weeks beginning on Monday, September 28, 2015 through November 4. Classes will meet in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

With help from sponsorships from First State Bank in Waynesboro, the Operation JumpStart tuition is $250. Applications can be picked up at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville or from Daryll McDonald, the Director of the JCJC Wayne County Center in Waynesboro. Contact McDonald by calling 601-735-2228 or email at daryll.mcdonald@jcjc.edu.

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 Deborah Smith by emailing: projectjumpstartinfo@yahoo.com.

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

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Southeast Lauderdale Homecoming 2015 ... and then some

Event Dates and Times

9/28/2015 - 10/2/2015
Southeast Lauderdale High School
Southeast Lauderdale Homecoming 2015
Southeast Lauderdale High School would like to release the following information regarding
Homecoming this year. We have a full week of events for our students and the public.
Monday, September 28 – Powder Puff Football Game @ 7:00 – Juniors vs. Seniors
Come out and support the junior and senior class!
Tuesday, September 29 – Family Fun Night @ 5:30-7:00
A fun night for all ages with food and games!
Wednesday, September 30 – FCA Rally on Football Field @ 6:00
Come out and support our Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Thursday, October 1 – Parade and Bonfire @ 6:30
The parade will start at the middle school and end in the lower practice field.
Friday, October 2 – Southeast vs. Choctaw Central @ Kick Off at 7:00

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart,” small business training expands to Covington County

Event Dates and Times

8/28/2015 - 9/2/2015
Jones County Junior College’s ... "Covington County"
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart,” small business training 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.” A free introduction of the program will be held on Thursday, September 3, at 3 p.m. at Peoples Bank in Collins to discuss the six-week, 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 Deborah Smith, JCJC Operation JumpStart Instructor.

The training program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, October 15. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street in Collins.

With help from sponsorships from Peoples Bank in Collins, the Operation JumpStart tuition is only $250.
Applications can be picked up at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.

If you are unable to attend the information workshop, others will be planned around the Pine Belt. 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 Deborah Smith at projectjumpstartinfo@yahoo.com.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322962751.html | 322962751

Story Teller Coming to Newton County Elementary School

Event Dates and Times

8/27/2015
See Schedule
Newton County Elementary School - gymnasium
Terrence Roberts will also be speaking to students, beginning at 8:30 on Thursday, August 27th, through 2:00. Please know you are welcome to this high energy Literacy event. Thank you!

Weaving the World Together One Story At a Time!

The Family Literacy Team, Faculty, Administration, and Staff at Newton County Elementary School invite you to a night of excitement with Da Terrence Roberts, on Thursday, August 27th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the NCES gymnasium.

Over the last five years Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver," has been rapidly evolving as a Teaching Artist/Storyteller. The majority of his stories are meant to entertain, educate and enlighten. He is also a pastor of a church and has incorporated storytelling into his Sunday messages for many years. As a storyteller in the West African style of Jaliyaa, the ancient West African bardic craft, he embraces the power of words and music. The wordsmiths of West Africa are popularly called “Griots,” but in the West African Language of Bamanakan the term Jali or Jeli is preferred.



Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver "found that students were fascinated with the culture, stories and musical instruments of the region. His classroom storytelling performances are filled with teaching moments, not just in West African culture but, science, creative writing, and historical events. In August of 2010, he was given the opportunity to learn more about becoming a teaching artist.
He enrolled in the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Teaching Artist Workshop. The workshop helped to clarify the role and importance of artists working with teachers in educational settings.
In November 2010, he attended the Level II Teaching Artist Workshop.
This workshop helped him develop a plan to work with schools to enrich and enhance the education of K-12 students. He quickly had an opportunity to put this newly acquired knowledge to work. He began working as a substitute teacher in the Meridian Public School District. This afforded him the opportunity to come in to the classroom and offer an Artist Residency for the classes he taught.
Later he became a permanent substitute for a Special Needs Class at Meridian High School, using an arts integrated lesson plan on a daily basis. He quickly saw a change in the learning abilities of his students. A year later, he became the director of a pre-GED alternative detention program called the YET Street School. The School helped prepare juvenile offenders to take the ABE/GED tests.
He not only taught an arts integrated program, but he also provided
training for his teachers to use arts integrated lesson plans. He is
currently involved in professional development training as a part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The two year partnership has provided him with both training and hands on experience in working with students with Special Needs. He has conducted residencies in inclusion classrooms as well as arts integrated lessons in self-contained special education classes.

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

8/25/2015 - 8/31/2015
Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE – Five non-credit computer classes will be offered at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville this fall. The Tuesday and Thursday night classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55 for the basic courses on Tuesday night and Thursday nights, and $75 for Advanced classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic is offered on Tuesday nights beginning September 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s. Introduction to Personal Computers is offered on Thursday night beginning September 3 through 24 for 1.5 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Basic is offered on Thursday night beginning October 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced meets on Tuesday night beginning October 6 through December 8 for 2.7 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Advanced on Thursday night beginning November 5 through December 17 for 1.8 CEU’s.

All materials used in the class will be provided. To register one week before classes begin, call Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114, or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu. CEU credits are available upon request for $10 at the end of the class.

For the most current schedule, 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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JCJC’s Phi Beta Lambda students earn national awards

Event Dates and Times

8/25/2015 - 9/20/2015
Jones County Junior College ... see schedule
JCJC’s PBL students earn national awards
ELLISVILLE –Four Jones County Junior College students attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Chicago, Illinois and returned with national honors. The network design team of Aaron Huff of Laurel, James Fuller of Prentiss and Robert Mullis of Petal placed 2nd in the nation, receiving a $100 cash award and trophies.
“I was very proud of our student’s accomplishments,” said JCJC PBL Adviser, David Ray. “We had two top ten winners and also a team to place 2nd in the nation by beating out over 25 other first place team winners from various states across the country. This is a testament to the hard work put forth by the students and their level of instruction here at Jones. These students worked hard to get to Chicago and to watch their efforts pay off as they received recognition among about 1,000 of their peers is very rewarding.”

Additionally, Aaron Huff placed 7th in Cybersecurity and James Fuller placed 9th in Network Concepts at the national competition. Brandon McInnis of Hattiesburg competed in the Future Business Executive category but was unable to place in the top ten. Each of the four JCJC students placed first or second in the state PBL conference in March to qualify for the national competition in June.
“The experiences we had in Chicago not only benefited me as a student, but as a person. The opportunities to expand not only my knowledge, but also my association with some of the brightest students in the nation will forever push me to be the best I can in my field,” said Fuller.
Also recognized at the conference was JCJC’s PBL advisor David Ray, who was awarded Mississippi’s PBL adviser of the year. Ray assists at the PBL state and national conferences by working and/or organizing different competitive events. He also organizes and oversees the Southern District FBLA conference at Jones hosts each year, in addition to his responsibilities as the student’s PBL adviser.

“I am very humbled by the award. There are many outstanding advisers in the state, so to be selected out of this group of Mississippi PBL advisers is definitely an honor,” said Ray.

He added he enjoyed attending the national conference because the energy level of the thousand, young, future entrepreneurs gathering to compete in various business events was very exciting to witness.

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

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GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

Event Dates and Times

8/25/2015 - 9/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

MAYHEW – Mississippi’s first early college high school has discovered its inner Wildcat.
Students at Golden Triangle Early College High School, which offers students simultaneous college credits while advancing through high school, learned the result of their vote for the school’s mascot and colors in an unveiling ceremony Monday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. GTECHS, or “G-Techs” as the staff calls it, are the Wildcats. And their colors are blue and gold.
The mascot and colors were voted on last week by the 61 freshmen enrolled in GTECHS’s inaugural class. Students will submit their original art before another vote to choose the official logo.
“This is a great way to reward these students for being brave enough to attend a totally new high school,” said GTECHS principal Jill Savely.
“G-Techs will eventually add grades 10 through 12, and these students will graduate and move on, but they’ll leave a permanent impression on this school’s history and legacy. All of these students came from somewhere different. Now there is an ‘us.’”
“Yeah, it’s pretty clean,” said student Cameron Farmer of West Point, voicing his approval of the logo.
GTECHS welcomed students, who came from schools all over the Golden Triangle area, to their first day of classes Aug. 10. An opening convocation was held the first day of class that included comments from Savely, Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi state superintendent of education, Dr. Thomas Huebner, president of EMCC, and Dr. Paul Miller, executive vice president of EMCC and vice president of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
At convocation, GTECHS students erupted in wild cheers when greeted by Dr. Miller’s “Welcome Class of 2019!” Additional grades will be added each year until GTECHS has a full complement of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors for the 2018-19 school year.
“Y’all are famous,” Dr. Huebner told the gathered freshmen.
“You’re the first. Not just of this school, but the first in Mississippi. You’re trailblazers, and you’re making a difference.”
Dr. Wright spoke to the practical advantages of attending an early college high school, citing a 2014 American Institutes for Research study that found 81 percent of early college high school students enroll in college following graduation and pointing out the economic benefits of an early start.
“These college credits are valuable in so many ways. First, they don’t cost you anything to earn. Your work in high school can save your families two years’ worth of college tuition,” said Wright.
Savely said GTECHS students have already begun working toward their college credits, even on the first day of class: “They began taking their first college course the minute they stepped on campus.”
“They’ll leave here prepared to do anything they choose. They can take an academic pathway and enter a four-year university as a junior or take the career-technical path and be ready to go to work,” said Savely.
BankFirst, one of GTECHS’s business partners, also presented a donation of $20,000 to the fledgling school during the convocation program.
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 receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

Event Dates and Times

8/25/2015 - 9/20/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

ELLISVILLE- More than $416,000 in a Transportation Alternative Project or TAP grant was officially awarded to Jones County Junior College for a campus improvement and safety project. The money will be used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian corridor.
“It’s a campus beautification project connected with enhancing the safety of one of the main drives through the campus,” said JCJC president, Dr. Jesse Smith. “The purpose of this project is to create a pedestrian plaza where students can go in between classes and not be put in harm’s way crossing a busy street. Additionally, it’s an area we’re able to access some federal funds with Commissioner King’s guidance through the TAP program.”

Eighty-percent of the project or $416,399 will be paid with federal funds, through the TAP grant. The other 20-percent of the project or $104,099 will be paid by JCJC, for a total of $520,498 for the pedestrian corridor project.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to present this grant to JCJC,” said MDOT Southern District Commissioner Tom King. “I think it will do a great job as far as esthetics. It’s going along College Drive making it a corridor or pedestrian walkway.”

College officials received the federal grant money from Southern District Transportation Commissioner, Tom King earlier in August. However the process began months ago, with JCJC’s Director of Campus Operations, Michael Bradshaw applying for the grant and developing the proposal. For the next year, Neill Schaeffer’s consultants, architects and engineers along with Bradshaw, will draw up the detailed plans and receive construction bids for the project.

“We hope by the summer of 2016, after graduation in May we will begin construction. The majority of the heavy machinery work should be completed by the time students return for the fall semester,” said Dr. Smith.

The proposed improvements will consist of brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards with the JCJC logo in the center of the plaza. The existing campus marquee sign at the intersection of College Drive and Dan Jones Memorial Drive will remain. Once construction begins, the project is estimated to take 18-months to complete.

“The Mississippi Department of Transportation is proud to partner with JCJC on this important pathway project on campus,” said Commissioner King. “Projects like this one greatly improve the quality of life on college campuses and we are honored to assist with making this project a reality.”

In the future, JCJC may extend the corridor on College Drive to the end of the Hutchison-Hubbard Administration Building and A.B. Howard Gymnasium area and on Dan Jones Memorial Drive, behind the Terrell Tisdale Memorial Library to the Humanities Center.

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

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JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition

Event Dates and Times

8/25/2015 - 9/20/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College Cosmetology student Megan Pruett of Hattiesburg brought home the Gold Medal for First Place in Esthetics at this year’s national SkillsUSA Championships, held in June in Kentucky. Cosmetology instructor Tonya Moreno was presented the Gold Medal in Esthetics for an instructor.
“We are very proud of Megan and Mrs. Moreno,” said Jason Dedwylder, JCJC’s dean of career and technical education. “This award is a culmination of a year's worth of preparation and hard work. Mrs. Moreno is a true champion of her students and is an expert in her field. We are proud to have her leading our program and preparing students for their career.”
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. A total of 27 Jones students competed in state competition in the spring with 10 winning first place. Those 10 moved on to the national competition where they were pitted against more than 6,000 students in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to Pruett winning first place with her work with model Lakken Walters of Laurel, she received her workplace ready certificate based on her written test scores. Pruett said the competition week was long, and she did her best, hoping just to place.
“When they were calling out the winners at the Awards Ceremony they started with bronze (3rd place) and worked up to Gold,” she explained. “By the time they announced the winner of Silver, I hung my head and closed my eyes and thought ‘darn it, I didn't place’ but I was proud of my work and my efforts. Then, all of a sudden, the entire JCJC crowd is screaming and clapping and my model, Lakken Walters, grabbed me and yelled ‘Megan...You just won!’ I was in shock, completely stunned. It was a very proud moment in my life, to experience the culmination of all our hard work and receive National recognition for it.”
Also bringing home accolades was the drafting team, who placed fifth with a Promotional Bulletin Board and presentation. These students include Lacey McLain of Laurel, Katelynn Brock of Petal and Lexie King of Laurel. All three received their workplace ready certificate based on their written test, and McLain and King each received a $1000 scholarship.
Other JCJC students who placed at nationals include technical drafter Andrew Murry of Beaumont, who placed tenth; the welding fabrication team from the Greene County Center, Jacob McLeod of Lucedale, Russell Green of Leakesville and Arial Johnson of State Line, placed 16th; and welding competitor Garth Breland of Beaumont placed 26th.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322625432.html | 322625432

EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

Event Dates and Times

8/23/2015 - 9/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College ... See Schedule
EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

East Mississippi Community College art instructor Lisa Spinks’ drawing, titled “Sneakers,” won her 1st Place in the drawing category at the Meridian Museum of Art’s People’s Choice competition July 25. The colored pencil drawing of Spinks’s shoes netted her $100 and the chance to have her piece, along with another of her drawings titled “Heels,” displayed at the museum and entered into the Bi-State Juried Art Competition. “I was shocked I won first place. There was some really great art in the competition this year,” said Spinks, who has taught art at EMCC for eight years.
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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322625382.html | 322625382

Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Event Dates and Times

8/23/2015 - 9/12/2015
Jones County Junior College
Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 summer 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 Summer 2015 Honor Roll

Tallahassee, Florida: Markel Ja'quise Winters.
Covington Collins: Amber Marie Little.
Covington Mount Olive: Anthony Michael Hinton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Kirsten Alayna Groome and Ian Aaron Hubble.
Forrest Petal: Jennifer Lynne Simmons and Joseph Richard Tullos.
Jones Laurel: Zoe Nicole Baldwin, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Marisa Renee Rushton, Bradley Austin Welch and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Soso: Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, Vivian Marie Sills and Clifton Allen Tice.
Lamar Sumrall: Heather Lynn Carter, David Rae Hobold, Sheri Denise Lowery and Nathaniel Cade Parsons.
Smith Bay Springs: Thomas Jack McMullan.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander.
Wayne Waynesboro: Natalie Paige Walley.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.

JCJC Dean's List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Forrest Hattiesburg: Emily Claire James and Caryn Marie Kersh.
Forrest Petal: Monica Rowell Rawlins and Heather Marie Rozar-Abney.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech.
Greene Leakesville: Joseph Tyler Hand and Abbie Elouise Moreno.
Greene Lucedale: Aaron Wesley Arnett and Tristan Eugene Blankinchip.
Greene Richton: James Christopher Turner.
Greene State Line: Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Jasper Heidelberg: Lenora Carter Carr.
Jasper Laurel: Anthony Scott Hill.
Jefferson Davis Sumrall: Shelby Lynn Ryals.
Jones Ellisville: Aubrey Annette Daniels, Hannah Grace Ewing and Krystal Samantha Shamburger.
Jones Laurel: Courtney LaChae Edwards and Kevin Jerome Watson.
Jones Moselle: Jessica Lynn Collins.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Brennan Struthers James and Alyssa Shay Johnson and Allyson Kennedy Reid.
Simpson Magee: Christopher Matthew Pickering.
JCJC Faculty List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Copiah Wesson: Javarious K Tanner.
Covington Collins: Kaitlyn Jasmine Windham.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes and Jessica Sanders Sullivan.
Covington Seminary: Tommi Lynne Gilmore.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Ashley Lynne Green, Demesha Vonsha Hall, Marsha Venitta Keys, Misty Lee Larmore,
Haley Rene' Martin, Emily Elizabeth Rowell, Jessica Alexandria Strickland and Summer Leigh Tyson.
Forrest Petal: Mary Amanda Brady, Zachary David Martin, George Washington Nicholson, Brittany Nicole Ward.
Greene Neely: Kimberly Ann Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Philip Tyler Sims.
Jasper Louin: Cierra Renae Hilton.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Valerie Holliman Evans and Priscilla Sierra Holloway.
Jones Ellisville: Cesar Lara Cabrera, David Jacob Driskell, Hannah Iona McCarthy, Lindsay Rigdon Moody, and Megan Brook Whatley.
Jones Laurel: Nestor Addiel Castro Guzman, Christan Dayne Clark, Colby Scott Cooley, Ashley Nicole Eddy, Vincent Sinclair Hutton, Tatina Jamika Lott, Katlyn Marie Martin, Stephanie D Pollet, Lance Richard Risher, Danishica Phalessia LaHoma Trotter and Joseph M Watson.
Jones Moselle: Cassandra Leann Anderson.
Jones Seminary: Charleen Abigail Johnston.
Jones Taylorsville: Sammie Lenar McDonald.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Richard Todd Little, Hope Danielle Lucus, Rohini Malkani and Victor William Merritt.
Lamar Sumrall: Andrew Taylor Thrash.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Marion Columbia: Heather Nicole Broom.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Janson Scott Conway and Kelly Jeanette Edwards.
Smith Mize: Sabrina Toni Bolivar and James Allen Bynum.
Smith Raleigh: Lydia Danielle Coleman and April Littieanna Hall.
Smith Taylorsville: Chanah Danielle Jones and Mildred Mechelle McCullum.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett.
Wayne State Line: Halana Rose Wynn.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322517532.html | 322517532

JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant

Event Dates and Times

8/21/2015 - 9/14/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant
ELLISVILLE – For several years, Jones County Junior College has offered students and staff opportunities to improve health and fitness through the Bobcat Fitness Center. Being awarded a $272,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will now enable the college to expand health initiatives while also ensuring more individual health and fitness levels will increase.
“We certainly applaud the efforts of JCJC in implementing health and wellness initiatives with the focus on healthy eating and exercise,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “(We’ve) designed a list of best practices for achieving health and wellness cultures on campus that extend into the surrounding communities and schools. Jones County Junior College submitted their best practices they plan to implement this year based on (our) model and the Foundation is pleased to support those efforts.”
One of the most tangible benefits of the grant is the addition of a Circuit Room to JCJC’s Bobcat Fitness Center. With several different pieces of exercise equipment designed to work the entire body, a group of people can work each piece of equipment in 20-minute intervals. For added privacy, the Circuit Room is located away from the Fitness Center and is designed especially for faculty and approved groups, like the Emergency Technology program’s students. Instructor Benji Sessums explained he has incorporated physical training as part of the curriculum and the Circuit Room is an extension of his classroom.
“The changes I see in students are significant. Their physical fitness changes, their attitudes change and they get to know their instructor and classmates in a whole different setting. They learn how to believe in themselves and the people around them,” said Sessums.
Emergency Technology program sophomore Joshua Goldman from Belleville, Illinois said working out relieves his stress. It has helped with school and exercising will better prepare him for the physical demands of his job as a paramedic.
“It’s hard to find a good program that offers a personal trainer and good equipment on a college campus,” said Goldman.
A personal wellness or “life” coach and an additional personal trainer were hired with the grant money to assist college students and staff reach wellness and fitness goals. JCJC Wellness Committee member and VP of Marketing and Recruiting, Finee’ Ruffin added the personnel additions provided by the Health Grant translates to more opportunities for the campus to obtain the college’s mission to have a healthy student body and staff.
“This means we’re fully staffed now. There’s a personal trainer available after work, there’s one for us here at lunch. Exercise and spin classes are offered before work, during lunch and after work. It’s really reaching out to our staff and faculty because our students were our main focus initially. This has allowed the college to branch out and touch more lives on our campus every day,” said Ruffin.
At JCJC’s “Next Steps in Health” kick-off luncheon for faculty and staff, the trainers were available to schedule individual assessment appointments and they learned how to submit recipe’s for a healthy “make-over.”

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322398022.html | 322398022

Meridian Public School District - (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year

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Meridian Public School District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year for
2014-15 school year include:
Beth Thrasher, Oakland Heights Elementary School; Mary Diltz, Meridian High School; Melanie Pittman, Carver Middle School; Evelyn Cole, Marion Park Alternative School
Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent; Nicole Gamble, Crestwood Elementary School; Rachel Pomeroy, Poplar Springs Elementary School; Phyllis Collier, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School; Gwendolyn French, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; LaMarshia Johnson, West Hills Elementary School; Beth Hill, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center
Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School; Rosie King, Northwest Middle School; and Howard Hagwood, MPSD PBIS Director.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322396952.html | 322396952

East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams ...

Event Dates and Times

8/20/2015 - 8/21/2015
East Central Community College
The East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both open their seasons Friday, Aug. 21, at Meridian Community College. The men’s teams will take the pitch at 1 p.m., with the women’s teams to follow at 3 p.m. The home opener for the ECCC men’s and women’s teams will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at 1 and 3 p.m. against Southwest Mississippi Community College

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322294952.html | 322294952

JCJC welcomes new faculty members

Event Dates and Times

8/19/2015 - 9/10/2015
Jones County Junior College
JCJC welcomes new faculty members
ELLISVILLE – Four new faculty members were recently welcomed to the Jones County Junior College family. Administrators introduced them to various departments and equipped them with the tools to prepare them for their new students at a New Faculty Orientation.
Jay Aultman, Heating and A/C
Judson Vance, English
Barath Kandula, Physics
and Brad Ellzey, Automotive.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322275652.html | 322275652

Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football

Event Dates and Times

8/19/2015 - 8/27/2015
East Central Community College
ECCC Warrior Football ‘Voices’

Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football for the 2015 campaign are longtime announcers
Gilbert Barham of Madden, Melvin Wooten of Starkville
and Frank Edmondson of Lake. Barham is in his 21st year as game analyst for radio broadcasts, Wooten returns for his 12th year as the play-by-play announcer on radio, and Edmondson begins his 18th year as public address announcer for home football games. All ECCC football games can be heard on 98.3 “The Groove” and by audio stream on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu. In addition, all home games can be watched via livestream at www.eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322275442.html | 322275442

2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’

Event Dates and Times

8/19/2015 - 8/24/2015
East Central Community College
2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’
Fans of the East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band can look forward to “fun entertainment” during the 2015 marching season, according to Ed Girling, interim director of bands.
Girling said, “Our halftime show is titled ‘One Hit Wonders’ and features tunes that were the only hit song by their respective performing group. Although the performers never gained a lot of notoriety, the songs were mega hits that stick in the brain.”
When the entire show is on the field, those in attendance will hear clips from “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, “Vehicle” made popular by Ides of March, “8675309, Jenny” by Tommy Tutone, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega, “Macarena” made popular by Los Del Rios, Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
“All of these tunes have been used in movies, TV, and commercials. They provide instant recognition for music fans of all ages,” Girling said.
The show is designed so that the home audience will see something new every time the Wall O’ Sound performs until the homecoming game on Saturday, October 17, when the entire show will be on the field.
The 2015 edition of the Wall O’ Sound boasts 170 members and performs for each home football game. The band will also perform at Pearl River Community College during ECCC’s road game scheduled Thursday, Oct. 22. The Wall O’ Sound Pep Band will perform during additional road games.
Members and their respective high schools include:
Treydon Green and Jarrod Taylor, both of Callaway

Kobe York and Cristen Jim, both of Choctaw Central

Kaitlyn Evans, East Rankin Academy

Jennifer Argueta-Martinez, Emily Dykeman, Alan Graham, Lindsay Hedge, Yuritza Rosas, Malcolm McBride and Chris Windham Pulaski, all of Forest

Katie Fortenberry, a home-school graduate from Forest

Taylor Bone, Acacia Brown, Jessica Reed, Tyler Sullivan, Katie Boone, Amanda Brown, Baylee Buckley, Adrianna Crout, Alexandria Crout, Anastasia Crout, Zachary Emmons, Anthony Emmons, Mikenia Ickom, Surpriyce McDaniel and Kaitlyn Ware, all of Lake

Tallie Johnston, a home-school graduate from Lake

Darryl Rogers, Laurel

Cole Atkison, Mariah Boyd, Hailey Clark, Tasha Dixon, Stafford Griffin, Stephanie Griffin, Madison Hannis, Angel Johnson, Tristen Johnston, Patricia Jones, Shannon Keene, Daleshia Leflore, Keyanna Luckett and Lorrie Moore, all of Leake Central

Te-Anna Viverette, Leake County

Amber Gill, Joelie Hill, Malek Penro, Kalee Stennis, Tammie Triplett, Ashley Young and Che'Darius McGuire, all of Louisville

Tehearia Campbell, Evan Derrick, Caleb Franklin, Aerian Keeton and Kayla Sudduth, all of Morton

Triston Coats, Tommy Burnside, Sara Thorne, Kelcey Burrage, Aleaya Carothers, Erin Cumberland, Destiny Files, Cami Goodin, Cardale Greer, Jonathan Keen, Taylor Phillips, Coco Porter, Kimberly Smith, Landon Bounds, Austin Gray, Thashanna Jackson, Jacolby Jenkins, Ticondria Gray and Mary Levin, all of Neshoba Central

Chris Kelley, Jeremiah Chapman and Meilii Tumbling, all of Newton

Cameron Boggan, Houston Martin, JoHannah Smith, David Wilson, Taylor Fulkerson, Nina LaBue, Brii Bout, Kaley Bufkin, Amber Chaney, Alyssa Chesney, AnnaLea Clarke, Rachael Havard, Sydney Kennedy, Ryan Packer, Abby Reeves, Michael Robinson, Stephen Stewart, Sylvia Thames, Benji Walton, Jacob Willis, Radiance Wright, Kaylee Yates, Harleigh Embrey, Dana Jones, KK Williams, Courtney Williams, Hannah Mitchell, Duster Allgood, Peyton Foreman, Troy Gregory, Hope Hennington, Alex Moore, Graham Murphree, Jalen Cox, Alex Evans, Louise Berryhill, Amberlynn Ratcliff, Courtney Tillman, Kirk Griffin and Brad Taylor, all of Newton County

Lily Addy Hickory, Newton County Academy

Chris Johnson and Anna Claire Webb, both of Noxapater

Justice Boler, Paige Brown, Tumese Brown, Kiara Cunnningham, Antonia Dupree, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Jeremy Huddleston, Randi Kelly, Quormesha Lindsey, Tatiana Moore, Chandler Posey, Keona Sanders, Keanu Smith, Rissa Smith and Kaishanna Young, all of Philadelphia

Jacob McNeil and Justin Thornton, both of Raleigh

Adam Anderson, Jeremy Collins, Brianna Easterling and Douglas Kennedy, all of Scott Central

Makenzie Byrd, Garrett McDill, Chelsea Jackson and Alejandra Salgado, all of Sebastopol

Jacob Robinson, Southeast Lauderdale

Anna Claire Norman, Eariel Campbell, Lauren Cassel, Kris Davis, Danielle Horne, Rachael Justice, Matthew Mason, Christian Richardson, D'Auja Temple and Lindsey Vance, all of Union

Darnell Myrick, Velma Jackson

Taylor Alexander and Paige Johnson, both of Winston Academy

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322162642.html | 322162642

Classes begin at JCJC

Event Dates and Times

8/18/2015 - 8/24/2015
Jones County Junior College
Classes begin at JCJC

ELLISVILLE – The rain didn’t seem to keep Jones County Junior College students from making their way to the first day of classes on Monday (August 17). Although traditional classes have already begun, online classes begin Monday, August 24. Students have until Friday, August 21, to register for online classes unless they are currently enrolled.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/322138672.html | 322138672

Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play

Event Dates and Times

8/18/2015 - 8/22/2015
Meridian High School Auditorium
Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 7pm, at Meridian High School Auditorium. Bring your whole family to this Inspirational, Life Changing, Hilarious, and Riveting Encore Production. Cast includes: Alfred Wright, Darius Ewing, Lynn Dickson, Pastor Perry Fletcher, Joanie Bolden, Anita Larkin, Lakken Johnikin-Davis, Veronica Mcdonald, Teresa Jones, Terry Kirk and many more. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, Please stop by Sam's Fashions, or call (601) 620-8089.

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