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JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Quitman Library
Event Title: Committee Meeting

Event Date: May 11, 2015

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





Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

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

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

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

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



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org




West Hills First Graders Celebrate Earth Day

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

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




JCJC offers ACT Prep Camp

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

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

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

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




ECCC Centralettes Chosen for 2015-16

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




ECCC students presented State PBL awards

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

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

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

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




ECCC Officially Opens New Disc Golf Course

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

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

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

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

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

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




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

East Miss. Community College ... See Schedule also
FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL TO LION HILLS, GUEST CHEF CHIPS IN AT EMCC

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

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056



FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

East Mississippi Community College
FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

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


Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056



ECCC Hosts Student Art Exhibit ... Opening Reception

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




JCJC students learn from Grammy winner, Laurel Massé

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Walk For Wellness

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




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

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

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




EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

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

Academic

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

Career-Technical

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

National Technical Honor Society

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

Syzygy

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

Who’s Who

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


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

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

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

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




ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshop

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

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




Washington to Direct ECCC Centralettes

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


Gennie Taylor, 601-635-6364


JCJC’s Greene County Center is offering summer classes

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

Summer College Credit Classes:

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

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

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

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

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

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




Java & Jazz at JCJC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

Piano
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville

Bass
Dustin Logan, Soso

Vibes
A.J. Robinson, Hattiesburg

Drums
Timothy Milling, Purvis

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

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

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

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

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




JCJC's Jasper County Center offers summer classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




ECCC Students Win State SkillsUSA Honors

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




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

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

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

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

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




JCJC is offering intercession courses in May

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

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

Classes being offered are:

Course# Prefix & Number Course Title Time Days Building Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




JCJC’s Wayne County Center is offering summer classes

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

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

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

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




JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




ECCC Ac’cents to Perform April 30

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

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




ECCC Concert Choir, Show Choir Auditions Scheduled April 24

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

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

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

Interested students may audition for one or both groups.

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

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




ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




ECCC Concert Choir to Perform April 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Heavy Equipment Operator Training at JCJC

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

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

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




ECCC Students Selected for Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble

East Central Community College
ECCC Students Selected for Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble

East Central Community College students Caleb Franklin of Morton and Anna Girling of Carthage were recently selected to participate in the Mississippi Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble, announced Ed Girling, assistant director of bands and percussion instructor.

The All-Star Ensemble, composed of the top high school, community college, and university percussion students from the state of Mississippi, will perform a concert at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Percussive Arts Society's "Day of Percussion" at Hinds Community College in Raymond.

"This is a tremendous honor for both of these students to interact with other fine percussion students and professors," Girling said. "They will receive instruction from guest artists and perform a variety of new music."

“Their selection is no surprise as both students earned first-chair positions in the Mississippi Junior and Community College Band Association's Inter-Collegiate Band back in January,” said Hunter Corhern, ECCC director of bands. “Franklin, a freshman music industries major, earned first chair percussion, while Girling, a sophomore music education major, earned first chair mallets. This is especially a great honor for Mr. Girling, as Anna is his daughter.”

The Mississippi Percussive Arts Society is dedicated to percussion education in Mississippi and hosts the "Day of Percussion" each spring. The event features the All-Star Ensemble as well as a percussion ensemble from the high school, community college, and university level.

Last year, the ECCC Percussion Ensemble was featured as the community college performing group. The guest artists for this year include Christopher Deane, associate professor of percussion at the University of North Texas in Denton; and Troy Breaux, the direction of percussion studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Vashti Muse Band Hall on the Raymond campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m. General admission is $15 and members of the Percussive Arts Society will be admitted for $5.

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




ECCC Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 23

East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 23

The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band will conclude the spring performance season on Thursday, April 23, when the Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble perform at 6:30 p.m. in Huff Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

"In the past, these two groups would perform on separate nights," said Director of Bands Hunter Corhern. "This year, due to time constraints, we were forced to combine these concerts, so we'll have an incredible two-hour concert to wrap up our semester!"

The ECCC Concert Band, under the direction of Corhern, will perform selections including "The Magnificent Seven" by Elmer Bernstein; "Flight of the Vampire" by John Prescott; "Gadget" by Randall Standridge; "Cute" by Neal Hefti; and "Pixar Movie Magic" arranged by Michael Brown. This program of light pop and concert music will entertain and excite the young and old.

Following the Concert Band, Assistant Director of Bands Ed Girling will lead the “Can Bangers” percussion ensemble in innovative, original percussion music featuring both traditional and non-traditional instruments.

The ECCC Mallet Ensemble will conclude the night's festivities with original and pop selections including "Cruzin' Jamaica," "Oyo Como Va" by Santana, "The Addams Family and Munsters," "Cantina Band" from Star Wars, "Amnesia" by 5 Seconds of Summer, "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, and "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, which also features Collegians director and guitar instructor Chas Evans.

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




Newton County Elementary School Kindergarten Pre-registration

May 7, 2015 2:00-6:00 pm

NCES Library, Decatur, MS
Pre-registration for the Class of 2028
Thursday, May 7th, 2:00-6:00 pm


Tracy Holliman, 601-635-4902, tholliman@newton.k12.ms.us


JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers summer & fall classes

Jones County Junior College - in Stonewall
JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers summer & fall classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Stonewall is offering college credit and non-credit day and night courses this summer. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. The following are four of the classes currently scheduled for this summer. Summer tuition is half of the regular cost at $60 a credit hour. The cost for non-credit welding is $125.
The fall class schedule for Clarke County will include both credit and non-credit courses. Tuition costs can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/. If you have any questions call the Center at 601-659-0622 or email the Clarke County Center Director, Jody Buchanan at jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu.

Summer College Credit Classes:
Intermediate Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civ. I Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp I Thursdays, 6p.m. until 9 p.m.

Summer Non-Credit Classes:

Non-credit Welding Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Fall College Credit Classes:
English Comp II Mondays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
College Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civ. II Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Fall Non-Credit Classes:

Non-credit Welding Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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




ECCC offers array of class options for summer 2015

East Central Community College
ECCC offers array of class options for summer 2015
East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several summer class offerings, including a three-week intersession term, June and July day and evening terms, online courses and courses at its off-campus locations in the five-county district it serves.
The three-week intercession term officially begins the summer class scheduled offered by ECCC. The special three-week intersession term begins May 11 and ends May 28, 2015.
Course offerings include General Biology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Microbiology and Lab, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Public Speaking I, Theater Appreciation and Child Health and Safety.
JUNE TERM
The first four-week summer term begins June 1, 2015 and concludes June 29, 2015 on the Decatur campus. Classes are held Monday through Thursday.
Course offerings include General Biology I and Lab, General Biology II and Lab, Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, General Chemistry I and Lab, English Composition I, English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Spanish I, Spanish II, Music Appreciation, Public Speaking I, Theater Appreciation, Administration of Preschool Programs, Residential/Light Commercial Wiring, Switching Circuits for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Application, College Study Skills, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems.
JUNE TERM EVENING CLASSES
The June Term summer evening class schedule on the Decatur campus begins June 1, 2015 and ends June 29, 2015.
June Term evening course offerings include English Composition I, Western Civilization I, Intermediate Algebra, Old Testament Survey, General Psychology and Social Problems.
JULY TERM
The second four-week summer term begins July 1, 2015 and ends July 29, 2015 on the Decatur campus.
Course offerings include General Biology II and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, General Chemistry II and Lab, Methods and Materials, Commercial and Industrial Wiring, Motor Control Systems, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, American National Government, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Marriage and Family.

JULY TERM EVENING CLASSES
The July Term summer evening class schedule on the Decatur campus begins July 1, 2015 and ends July 29, 2015.
July Term evening course offerings include English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, College Algebra, General Psychology and Social Problems.

ONLINE COURSES
East Central Community College also offers numerous summer online courses. Classes begin June 1 and end July 24, 2015.
Course offerings include Principles of Accounting, General Biology I and Lab, General Biology II and Lab, Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, Microbiology and Lab, Keyboarding, Document Formatting and Production, Applied Business Mathematics, Business Accounting, Medical Office Terminology I, Medical Office Terminology II, Mechanics of Communication, Introduction to Business, Business Statistics, The Legal Environment of Business, Computer Concepts, Computer Applications I, Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior, Student Teaching II, Principles of Macroeconomics, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, English Composition II, Creative Writing I, American Literature I, American Literature II, British Literature I, World Literature I, World Literature II, World Geography, Personal and Community Health, Introduction to Health Physical Education and Recreation, First Aid and CPR, Recreational Leadership, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Career Exploration, College Study Skills, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Music Appreciation, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Jesus and The Gospels, Introduction to Philosophy I, American National Government, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Cultural Anthropology, Public Speaking I and Theater Appreciation.
SUMMER CLASSES OFFERED AT DISTRICT LOCATIONS
East Central Community College also offers evening classes at various locations in the five-county district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.

FOREST
The course offering at the Forest/Scott County Career and Technology Center includes Programmable Logic Controllers. Class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.

CARTHAGE
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage include English Composition I and College Algebra. The June Term classes begin June 1 and end June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage include English Composition II. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
PHILADELPHIA
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center include Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, Intermediate Algebra and General Psychology. June Term classes begin June 1 and end June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center include English Composition II. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
LOUISVILLE
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Winston-Louisville Career-Technical Complex include College Algebra. The June Term class begins June 1 and ends June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Winston-Louisville Career-Technical Complex include Intermediate Algebra. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
A complete list of summer classes with course codes is also available on the college website, www.eccc.edu. For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6205 or visit www.eccc.edu.

Gennie Taylor
Publications Coordinator

East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129 • 15738 Highway 15 • Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6364
1-877-462-3222
Fax: 601-635-4398
www.eccc.edu




JCJC offers half-price summer tuition

Jones County Junior College
JCJC offers half-price summer tuition

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is offering a “hot” deal for those interested in going to summer school to get ahead. The normal summer tuition rate of $120 per credit hour has been cut to $60. The half-priced tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Registration for summer classes is currently going on now. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Registration will be held in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17. The last opportunity to register for fall classes is Friday, August 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Treasurer Lynn Fitch Speaking at West Lauderdale High School about Financial Literacy

West Lauderdale High School
Treasurer Lynn Fitch Speaking at West Lauderdale High School about Financial Literacy

Treasurer Lynn Fitch will be traveling to West Lauderdale High School to discuss financial literacy and the Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM) initiative.
WHAT: State Treasurer Lynn Fitch will be speaking at West Lauderdale High School
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:30AM – 10:30AM
WHERE: West Lauderdale High School
9916 W Lauderdale Road
Collinsville, MS 39325

Contact: Julia Wise, Director of Communications
(601) 359-9272 or (703) 772-3762
julia.wise@treasury.ms.gov




ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

East Central Community College
ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

East Central Community College sophomores Kristen Gordy of Forest and Zachary Allen of Louisville were recently named to the 2015 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team.

They were honored along with other outstanding community and junior college students from across the state during an event in Jackson. Activities began with a meet and greet with state legislators, followed by a press conference on the south capitol steps, a tour of the state capitol, and an awards luncheon at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon. State Senator Terry Burton of Newton served as master of ceremonies.

The All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in the state’s two-year colleges.

Gordy, a liberal arts major, was one of 15 students named to the First Team. She received a $1,000 scholarship and was featured in The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) newspaper.

Gordy is a Dean’s List and President’s List scholar at East Central. She serves as vice president of fellowship for the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the international honor society for community college students; and is a member of Warrior Corps student recruiting group, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Encore, East Central’s musical theatre organization. She also was selected for “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”.

A graduate of East Rankin Academy, she is the daughter of Wayne and Rachel Gordy of Forest.

Allen, a biochemistry major, was one of 42 students named to the Second Team.

At ECCC, he serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa and of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa. He also is president of the President’s Council and of the sophomore class. He is a member of the Student Body Association, Warrior Corps, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Astronomy Club, Baptist Student Union and SADD. He was chosen to “Who’s Who Among Community/Junior College Students”.

A graduate of Winston Academy, he is the son of Todd and Janet Allen of Louisville.

Both Gordy and Allen received medallions, certificates, and printed resolutions from the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives.

The All-Mississippi Academic Team program is coordinated by The Clarion-Ledger, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the Mississippi Community College Board.

Students named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team compete for placement on the national All-USA Community College Academic Team, sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, presented by USA Today and with additional support from the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

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



Jones County Junior College - Recital Series

Jones County Junior College
Recital Series
ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in April at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour. This musical event begins on Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through May 1. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.

Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. in JCJC’s Foote Chapel the Series begins with Duo Cintemani, the husband and wife team of Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. They will present 20th Century music from Spain and the United States by composers Zaninelli, Beaser and Rodrigo.

Love is in the air with tenor, Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal on piano presenting, “Love Hurts - Love and Loss in 19th and 20th Century Art Song.” This recital features songs by Schubert, Duparc, and Janáček on Friday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.

The Impromptu Piano Quartet with Stephen Redfield, violin, Hsiaopei Lee, viola, Alexander Russakovsky, cello, and Theresa Sanchez, piano, will join us on Friday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel for a program entitled, “Youthful Genius: Music of Beethoven and Brahms.” The Impromptu Piano Quartet was formed in 2006, and is part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Touring Artist Roster.

Woodwind performers Meredith Hite on oboe, Kim Woolly on bassoon and pianist, Ellen Elder will present “A Breath of Fresh Air: Music for Double Reeds and Piano--Music of Handel and Poulenc.” The trio will take center stage on Friday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.
MORE ABOUT MUSICIANS:
Duo Cintemani
Duo Cintemani is a husband and wife duet with Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. The duo has been performing together for over fifteen years and enjoys consistent recognition for their inventive programming and skillful, expressive performances. Praised as “an exceptionally musical and accomplished guitarist,” Nicholas Ciraldo is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. Rachel Ciraldo, principal flutist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, has won awards in several international flute competitions and enjoys a successful solo career. The Ciraldo duet merges a pair of unique musical talents to form a distinctive and colorful ensemble.

Their interest in original and innovative programming has led to new works being written specifically for them as well as performances of transcriptions and established works for flute and guitar. The duo also pursues engagements that help improve music education in America through partnerships, including collaborations with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Classical Guitar Society.

Nicholas and Rachel reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rachel is the Office Manager and Development Coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association.

Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal
A native of Idaho Falls, ID, tenor Jonathan Yarrington is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining the faculty at USM, Yarrington was a member of The Dallas Opera Studio from 2011-2014, singing nearly one hundred performances in the title roles of their educational and outreach productions of Doctor Miracle and Jack and the Beanstalk. In 2012 he made his main stage debut with The Dallas Opera as The Messenger in Aida.

Yarrington has sung more than fifteen leading roles with UNT Opera, UNL Opera, and BYU Opera, including Jeník (Zápisník zmizelého) Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), William Marshall (Regina), Jeník (Prodana nevĕsta) Stage Manager (Our Town), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Herman (The Most Happy Fella), Don Ramiro (Cinderella), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Marco Palmieri (The Gondoliers), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Nanki Pooh (The Mikado), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).

He has appeared in concert with The Rapides Symphony Orchestra, The Plano Civic Chorus, The Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Fort Worth Baroque Society, The Texas Camerata, The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and The Utah Festival Opera Company. Mr. Yarrington holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from The University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Stephen F. Austin. He is a former student of retired Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee, and he won the Nebraska District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2005.

Dr. Lois Leventhal, pianist, received her doctorate of music at Indiana University and is currently a professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her performing career includes concert appearances throughout Mississippi, as well as solo and chamber recitals in Chicago, New York, London and, under the auspices of the United States Information Agency, Argentina and Uruguay. Dr. Leventhal, whose performances have been broadcast widely, can also be heard on compact disc on Crystal and Albany labels with colleague Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist.

The Impromptu Quartet
Violinist Stephen Redfield has taught violin and chamber music at the University Of Southern Mississippi School Of Music since 1996. He spent 2011-12 on leave as Chair of the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, where he is also concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica. Each summer since 1992, Stephen has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival. He is a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, often featured as concertmaster and in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc "Credo." Stephen plays with his faculty colleagues in the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and performs regularly as a Baroque violinist with the Albuquerque Baroque Players and with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. He has also performed concerts with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Newberry Consort. His Sebastian Ensemble with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh has performed throughout the US and in Spain, Cuba and Peru.

A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Cincinnati, Hsiaopei Lee has performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist with orchestras both in the USA and Taiwan in a series of recitals featuring contemporary music for viola. Her principal teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, and Ting-Hui Chen.

Dr. Lee is currently an Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Southern Mississippi, where her excellence in teaching has been recognized by several university awards. In 2012, she was awarded the Artist Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission. She performs regularly with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and serves as principal violist of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Her first CD, ODYSSEY: NEW MUSIC FOR VIOLA BY AMERICAN WOMEN COMPOSERS was released by Centaur Records in June 2014.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Santa Barbara, Alexander Russakovsky has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances in Russia, Israel, Europe and the United States. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, he has also performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Bargemusic in New York City, and the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Russakovsky joined the music faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has previously served on the faculties of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, the IV Violoncello Biennal in Peru, and the CICA Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Dr. Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel, and Latin America. His disc, featuring Russian works for cello and piano, was released by Brilliant Classics in April 2014.

Pianist Theresa Sanchez pursues a varied performing career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has performed as soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (including the Southern Nights CD) and The Wind Ensemble. With the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, she premiered and recorded Carey Smith’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Dr. Sanchez was the founding Artistic Administrator for the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival and performed in each series with various outstanding artists. She has been a faculty member at Jones Junior College since 1995 and is a past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She currently serves as Chamber Music Coordinator for the Hattiesburg Concert Association and FestivalSouth, and is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Touring Artist Roster.

Meredith Hite, Kim Woolly and Ellen Elder
Oboist Dr. Meredith Hite has performed and taught throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi, she was a member of the ten-piece Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative chamber ensemble in Chicago. She previously resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player. Meredith is deeply committed to connecting with the next generation of musicians and audiences alike, through music education and community outreach. In addition to her oboe studio duties at Southern Miss, she teaches a class for all freshman performance majors on professionalism, music entrepreneurship, and how to thrive in college and beyond.

Dr. Kim Woolly is Associate Professor of Bassoon at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching bassoon, Performance Practice and courses in woodwind pedagogy and literature, she performs as a member of faculty ensembles Category 5 and The Magnolia Reed Trio. Dr. Woolly is a member of the Mobile and Meridian Symphonies and formerly principal bassoon with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Her performance credits include solo recitals or lectures at several conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium and the International Computer Music Conference. She has also given performances and master classes in Brazil and Panama. She has performed with the orchestras of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Heidelberg, Germany, Schlossfestspiele, and the Victoria Bach Festival, and has participated in the festivals of Sarasota, Swannanoa, Chatauqua, Brevard, and Bowdoin. She holds a BA in music from Wellesley College, an MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DM from Florida State University.

Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is the coordinator of the piano accompanying program, teaches applied piano, class piano, and collaborates with faculty and guest artists. In 2011, Dr. Elder founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performance. She holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors included Louis Nagel, John Ellis, and Joanne Smith. She did additional study in vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and fortepiano with Penelope Crawford. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi (student of Stanley Waldoff). She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College, and William Carey University. She has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen and the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute.

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




MCC - April 2015 Calendar of Events

Meridian Community College
April 2015 Calendar of Events

MCC closed for Easter break, April 3-6. Classes resume April 7.
MCC Baseball, Eagles vs. Pearl River, April 3, 2 p.m.; Eagles vs. East Central, April 8, 4 p.m.; Eagles vs. Northwest, April 25, 6 p.m.; Scaggs Field, Coach Dillon Sudduth, 601-484-8844.
MCC Library Book Sale, April 7 and 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Casteel Gallery. Rita McClure, 601-484-8761.
Computer class, Microsoft Excel (Advanced), April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Computer Class, Microsoft Excel (Advanced), April 7-21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Words and Characters = Creative Writing, April 7- 28, 6-8 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development class, Meridian Public Safety Academy Part-Time Reserve Law Officers, April 7, 6-10 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Softball, Eagles vs. Co-Lin, April 8, 3 and 5 p.m., Eagles vs. Southwest, April 11, 2 and 4 p.m.; Tommy McDonald Field, Highland Park, Coach Faith Robinson, 601-484-8890.
Personal Enrichment, Oodles and Kaboodles of Noodles: Kids Homemade Pasta Workshop, April 9, 4-6 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Container Herb Gardening, April 9, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Stock Market Fundamentals, April 9, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Tennis, Eagles vs. Holmes Community College, April 10, 10 a.m., Northeast Tennis Complex, Coach Wanda McPhail, 601-484-8790.
Personal Enrichment, Caring for the Elderly or Disabled, Lay Caregiving Workshop, April 11, 10 a.m.-noon, 601-482-7445.
MCC Golf, April 13-14, MACJC No. 5, Briarwood Country Club. Ronny Key, 601-484-8663.
Personal Enrichment, Stained Glass Crosses, April 13-22, 10 a.m.-noon, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, College4Kids registration begins, April 14, 7:30 a.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Cake Decorating, April 14-May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Job Fair, April 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 601-482-7445.
Arts & Letters Series production, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, April 16-18, 7 p.m., and April 19, 2 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8696.
Workforce Development, Fiber Optic Cabling, April 16 - June 4, 6-10 p.m., Workforce Development 104, 601-482-7445.
MCC Wellness Committee Walk for Wellness, April 17, 9-11 a.m., MCC track. Stephanie Brown, 601-484-8664.
Workforce Development, Forklift, April 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Workforce Development 101, 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, IV Therapy Re-Certification for Licensed Practical Nurses, April 18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Computer Class, Microsoft Word (Advanced), April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Literary Review and Poetry Month Celebration, April 23, 2:30 p.m., Casteel Gallery, Todd Library. 601-484-8806.
Computer Class, Microsoft Word (Advanced), April 23-May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Wreaths: Summertime, April 23, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Arts and Letters production of Dimensions Spring Semester Concert, April 23, 7 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8696.
Freshmen Honors Orientation, April 24, 9 a.m., Ivy Hall. Marie Roberts, 601-553-3440.
Workforce Development, Basic Life Support/ CPR, April 24, 1-5 p.m., Cost: $15, 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, Street Defensive Driving, April 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Furniture Painting Demonstration: Questions & Tips with Cathy Lee, April 25, 10 a.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Fine Arts Student Exhibition opening reception, April 28, 4:30 p.m., Miller Art Gallery, Ivy Hall; John Marshall, 601-484-8647.
MCC Gospel Choir Spring Concert, April 28, 7 p.m., McCain Theater. Deborah Nettles, 601-553-3404.
Personal Enrichment, Chocolate Workshop, April 30, 6-8 p.m., 601-482-7445.





JCJC’s Music Department presents Spring Band Concert

Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
JCJC’s Music Department presents Spring Band Concert

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Symphonic and Concert Bands will be presenting their annual Spring Concert on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to the concert free of charge. The bands will perform a program containing modern and traditional music from Latin America, English and contemporary composers, including Rob Romeyn’s, Fortius and Mosiacs by Jared Spears. The Symphonic Band is directed by Dr. Jonathan Helmick, JCJC’s Director of Bands and the Concert Band is under the direction of Lindsey Keay, Assistant Director of Bands.
Joining the Symphonic and Concert Bands will be the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of retiring director, Jeff Brown. For 33 years, Brown has taught music classes at Jones and conducted the JC Jazz band and the Percussion Ensemble. The JCJC Percussion Ensemble is made up of eight members who will perform some challenging music like H. Owen Reed’s, “Mass” from La Fiesta Mexicana and Terig Tucci’s, “Lola Flores.”
For more information about the JCJC Band Program, contact Dr. Jonathan Helmick at 601-477-4095 or email: jonathan.helmick@jcjc.edu.

JCJC Symphonic Band Members


Flutes:
+Victoria O' Quin, Enterprise
Ashton Miller, Ellisville
Emily Batley, Laurel
Alden Swindle, Ellisville
Selena Cannon, Bay Springs

Oboe:
Tanner Crabtree, Gautier

Clarinets:
+Brandi Field, Hattiesburg
Alyssa Di Mauro, Laurel
Kennedy Jarrell, Sandersville
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
Mikala McLaurin, Laurel
Carrie Sullivan, Raleigh
Brandy Nicholson, Waynesboro
Brandi Pittman, Seminary
Katie Pittman, Hattiesburg
Reagan Chaney, Ellisville

Bass Clarinets:
Hannah Beemon, Morton

Alto Saxophone:
+ Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Cale Green, Laurel
Kiana McFadden, Waynesboro
Michael Mann, Sumrall

Tenor Saxophone:
Adam Wigley, Richton

Baritone Saxophone:
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville

Trumpets:
+Caleb Guilbeau, Ellisville
Lukas Ishee, Taylorsville
James C. Cooley, Jr., Hopkinsville, KY
Sophia Daniel, Kokomo
James C. Cooley, Jr., Hopkinsville, KY
Kenneth Swan, Madison

Horns:
+Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
Ashley Mills, Waynesboro
Bridgette Gardner, Stateline
Neva Catlett, Lucedale

Trombones:
+Leah Dueitt, Neely
Landon James, Ovett
Hayden Pendergrast, Petal
Allison Bradley, Terry
Ryan Ingram, Seminary

Bass Trombone:
Joshua Wilson, Pearl

Euphoniums:
+ Kent Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Eric Fera, Meridian

Tubas:
+Simone Johnson, Hattiesburg
Tyler Hand, Hattiesburg
Clint Tisdale, Ellisville

Percussion:
+Hailey Biglane, Ellisville
Daniel Speed, Natchez
Hunter Carpenter, Ellisville
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Timothy Milling, Purvis
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville
Zach Biglane, Ellisville
A.J.Robinson, Hattiesburg

Timpani:
+ Hailey Biglane, Ellisville

String Bass:
Dustin Logan, Soso

+ Denotes Principal


Concert Band Members


Flutes:
+Kelly Ingram, Petal
Lauren DePriest, Pearl
Hannah LeBlanc, Hattiesburg

Clarinets:
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
+Destiny Cook, Stringer
Erin Knight, Waynesboro
Brandi Pittman, Seminary
Toni Leverette, Jackson
Natia Roberts, Columbia
Sarah Steele, Fruitdale, AL
Christyna Mangum, Morton
Nikki Brewer, Richton

Bass Clarinets:
Jewellisa Clay, Petal
Stacy Gilbert, Laurel

Alto Saxophone:
+ Adrian Robertson, Magee
Jeremy Carter, Laurel
Brittany Walters, Laurel
Shane Sims, Laurel
Lyric Brown, Richton
Diante Coker, Mendenhall

Tenor Saxophone:
Victoria Hodge, Laurel

Baritone Saxophone:
Billy Loper, Seminary

Trumpets:
+Sean Dolan, Vicksburg
Shanice Bolton, Hattiesburg
Elizabeth Harbin, Richland

Horn:
Kayla Wilson, Pearl

Trombones:
+Andrew Watson, Ovett
Maricus Walker, Seminary
Stephanie Murrell, Moselle
Hunter Riley, Enterprise
Lakendrick Carter, Waynesboro
Marcellus Bolton, Hattiesburg

Euphoniums:
James Williams, Waynesboro
Shalanda Keys, Collins
+Landon Monk, Columbia
Brian Doyle, Laurel

Tubas:
+Richard Cothran, Seminary
Ricky Chambers, Waynesboro
Jason Chapman, Hattiesburg
David Walker, Laurel
Logan Colbert, Laurel
Michael Beckwith, Lake
Lycedrick Johnson, Bassfield

Percussion:
+Kayla Andrews, Laurel
Kayla Pitts, Ellisville
Jordan Blackwell, Hattiesburg
Kuadias Smith, Shubuta
Malik McNair, Magee
Destiny Lloyd, Brookhaven
Jeremiah Creagh, Magee
Kashunta Merritt, Meridian
Lydia Myers, Laurel
Bobby Knight, Laurel
Brad Crowe, Waynesboro
Timothy Milling, Purvis
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg



Note: + Denotes Section Leader



Percussion Ensemble

Haley Biglane, Ellisville
Hunter Carpenter, Ellisville
Hailey Ishee, Moselle
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Bobby Knight, Laurel
Destiny Lloyd, Brookhaven
Timothy Milling, Purvis
A.J. Robinson, Hattiesburg

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




EMCC PRESENTS “POPS AND A PLAY”

East Mississippi Community College Orr Center
EMCC PRESENTS “POPS AND A PLAY”

The Choral Music Department at East Mississippi Community College will present an evening of song and theatre April 10 as “Pops & A Play” returns to the Orr Center, Scooba campus. The Reflection Singers will open the show at 7 p.m. with a selection of pop numbers. Music Theatre Workshop takes the stage next with its production of “Unhappily Ever After.” The cast includes ...
Mary Utz, Michael Bilbo and Katie Cumberland
Shelby Richardson, Tremaine Rencher, Kayla Young, Chelleah Hatch, Kate Jones and Quadevious Atterberry
Johanna Carter, Desiree Savage, Tony Little, Rachel Wheeler and Ayanna Johnson. This one-act musical is set in a counselor’s office and takes a satiric look at what really happened at the end of our favorite fractured fairy tales. Admission is free and light snacks will be served. For more information, contact Choir Director Wendy Smith at wsmith@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5004.




East Central’s Thaggard Wins National Softball Pitcher of Week Honor

East Central Community College
East Central’s Thaggard Wins National Softball Pitcher of Week Honor

East Central Community College freshman softball pitcher Chloe Thaggard of Philadelphia has been named the Division II National Pitcher of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Association for the week of March 23-29.

Earlier this week, the right-hander from Leake Academy also received the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Softball Pitcher of the Week award.

Thaggard was 2-0 during the period, including an 8-0 win over Pearl River Community College March 24 and a 4-1 victory over No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College March 27.

Against Pearl River, she faced 23 batters and only allowed two hits and one walk while striking out nine. Against Jones County, Thaggard held the Lady Bobcats to just one unearned run on six hits, while striking out seven batters.

On the year, she has a 15-2 overall record and a 1.72 earned run average.

It is the second time this season a Lady Warrior softball player has received the national honor. Freshman pitcher Lacey Hill of Kilbourne (La.) High School was the NJCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 16-22.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are 28-8 overall and 14-5 in MACJC South Division play.

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




EMCC STUDENT WINS 1st PLACE IN STATE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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EMCC STUDENT WINS 1st PLACE IN STATE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

SCOOBA – The best picture taken at a Mississippi community college this year was taken in Scooba.
East Mississippi Community College student Pauline Pimolle, of Marseille, France, won 1st Place in the photography category at the 2015 Mississippi Community College/Junior College Art Instructor Association’s Student Art Competition. Her winning submission was displayed March 26 – April 1 at the MC/JCAIA Exhibition at Meridian Community College.
Pimolle’s photo, titled “Veiled,” is a black-and-white self-portrait taken during her first year in America as a student at EMCC’s Scooba campus.
EMCC art instructor Terry Cherry said that, while he and the Art Department at EMCC are very proud of Pimolle, they’re not exactly surprised she claimed the award for best photo: “She’s very dedicated to her art and she always comes up with a vision for her ideas that’s completely unique.”
She enrolled at the Scooba campus in the fall to be closer to her American boyfriend, whom she met online via a shared interest in art.
“I always wanted to study in the United States, but I didn’t know which state specifically because you have so many,” she said.
“Even though France is its own country, it’s like Mississippi has as much history as France.”
Pimolle is documenting her experience through pictures for her family and friends back in France, sharing them through Facebook and email. Her work is also featured on the art website beautifulbizarre.net.
She eventually hopes to study art and photography at Mississippi State University.




EMCC REFLECTION SINGERS VISIT GOLDEN TRIANGLE SCHOOLS

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EMCC REFLECTION SINGERS VISIT GOLDEN TRIANGLE SCHOOLS

The East Mississippi Community College Reflection Singers visited two Golden Triangle area schools March 27 during a spring recruiting tour. The elite singing group made stops at Starkville Academy and Caledonia High School, singing traditional choral music and a number of classic popular hits, like “What I Did for Love,” “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and “Come Sail Away.” Pictured are EMCC students with audience members from Starkville Academy. The EMCC Reflection Singers are under the direction of Wendy Smith, director of choral and vocal music instruction. Scholarships are available for the fall 2015 semester. For more information, contact Wendy Smith at wsmith@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5004.





JCJC receives gift from Sanderson Farms

Jones County Junior College
JCJC receives gift from Sanderson Farms
ELLISVILLE – The gift that will keep on giving and growing was recently delivered to Jones County Junior College recently from Sanderson Farms. Two commercial tractor-trailers were donated to the college’s Commercial Truck Driving program with the hopes of increasing the number of professionally trained truck drivers entering the workforce.
“This gift will enable the college to provide quality trained potential employees for the transportation industry and in particular Sanderson Farms. We are honored that they have confidence in us and are fully committed to furthering the success of their company and other industries in our service areas,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. He also noted, “Sanderson Farms, its founders, board members and employees have long been benevolent partners with the college.”

Sanderson’s gifts, which include a sleeper truck, live haul trailer, feed tractor and feed trailer, have a combined total of an estimated $25,000. Lampkin Butts, President and Chief Operating Officer for Sanderson Farms, said the company is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities to those within our local communities who are interested in acquiring new skills to further their careers.

“Commercial truck drivers compose an integral part of our company’s workforce and we hope this donation inspires future drivers to join our company after completing their education and training,” said Butts.

The transportation industry is a major component to the success of Sanderson Farms. Company officials said without good truck drivers, business is interrupted.

“Having skilled truck drivers is a necessity to our industry. Commercial drivers ensure that our flocks are safely transported and provided with the feed necessary to ensure proper health and growth,” according to Randy Pettus, Sanderson Farms’ Director of Production. “We hope that this donation will help to equip new drivers with the skills necessary to sustain not only a successful career in the commercial driving industry, but also a successful career with Sanderson Farms.”

Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Fleet Manager Kevin Butler also anticipated an influx in commercial drivers as a result of the donation.

“We wanted to partner with JCJC and the Commercial Truck Driving program so we could both benefit from having quality drivers. Sanderson Farms is looking for quality drivers to help us get past the driver shortage and hopefully this will lead to a long term relationship between our company and the college.”

JCJC’s Commercial Truck Driving instructor, Kim Bridges explained the demand for good truck drivers is overwhelming. He said he has had requests for female drivers, and he has noticed more veterans are taking advantage of the short training time.

“I see this as a big benefit for Jones because there is more demand than supply for good truck drivers. Every one of my students has a job, if they are willing to work,” said Bridges. “I feel the JCJC truck driving program has and will always continue to help with our economy, including the currently laid off individuals from the oil fields.”

Since the program’s launch in August, 2007, 151 students, including 25 women have passed and earned their Class CDL. Bridges said he has a 100 percent job placement rate. The JCJC Commercial Truck Driving program meets Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for eight weeks. Students take a Skill Driving Test in their seventh week.

“If they pass, they get their Class ‘A’ CDL. They also get a Certificate from the truck driving program and a certificate from Jones,” said Bridges.

The next class will begin in May and is filling up fast said Bridges. For more information about the JCJC Commercial Truck Driving program call 601-477-5440 or email kim.bridges@jcjc.edu.

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




East Central Community College - newspaper award

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ECCC Student Newspaper Staff Receives Top Awards at State Competition

East Central Community College’s student newspaper, The Tom-Tom, received 11 awards, including second place in General Excellence, the top award granted for student newspapers, in the 2015 Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Student Division for Community Colleges.

The awards were presented at the annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference held March 26, 2015, at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.

The Tom-Tom received a total of three first place, four second place, and four third place awards in the annual competition.

In the Better Newspaper Competition, members of The Tom-Tom staff earned the following awards:

First place in General Interest Column for Allison Johnson, a sophomore from Philadelphia and The Tom-Tom opinions editor.
First place in Cartoon for Claire Griffin, a May 2014 graduate from Decatur.
First place in Website for The Tom-Tom staff.
Second place in General Excellence—The Tom-Tom staff.
Second place in General Interest Column for Madison Herrington, a sophomore from Union.
Second place in Design for Hannah May, a freshman from Little Rock and design editor.
Second place in Front Page for The Tom-Tom staff.
Third place in General News Story for Madison Barnett, a sophomore from Noxapater and editor.
Third place in Editorials for Barnett.
Third place in Single Advertisement for The Tom-Tom staff.
Third place in Miscellaneous Advertisement for The Tom-Tom staff.

The Tom-Tom is a student-led newspaper representative of the student body of East Central Community College in Decatur. The staff is led by Madison Barnett of Noxapater, editor; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, opinions editor; Hannah May of Little Rock, design editor; and Macken’z Smith of Philadelphia, cartoonist. ECCC Publications Coordinator Gennie Taylor of Forest serves as adviser.


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



EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate at the Lyceum auditorium
EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

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

INFO BOX:

WANT TO GO?
 What: East Mississippi Job Fair
 When: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
 Where: Lyceum auditorium at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus, 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate
 More info: Look for the job fair link on the home page at www.eastms.edu for a list of employers who will be attending the fair, as well as the “Job Fair Survival Guide,” which can help job-seekers get the most out of their visit.
 Questions: Contact Linda Gates, EMCC district director of job placement, (662) 243-1978 or lgates@eastms.edu.


Contacts:
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



East Mississippi Community College ... OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER & FALL CLASSES BEGINS APRIL 7th

East Mississippi Community College
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER, FALL CLASSES BEGINS APRIL 7

Open registration for summer and fall classes at East Mississippi Community College begins Tuesday, April 7. Classes are available at all locations: Golden Triangle, Scooba, Columbus Air Force Base, Lion Hills, West Point-Clay County Center and Naval Air Station Meridian.
The deadline to register varies according to which semester is chosen.
EMCC offers both on-campus and online classes to accommodate students’ personal schedules. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Here's a look at upcoming semesters:

Full-term summer semester
May 21: Registration deadline
May 26: First day of classes
July 30: Final exams

1st intensive summer semester
May 21: Registration deadline
May 26: First day of classes
June 25: Final exams

2nd intensive summer semester
June 26: Registration deadline
June 29: First day of classes
June 30: Final exams

Summer online semester
May 29: Registration deadline
June 1: First day of classes

Full-term fall semester
Aug. 14: Registration deadline
Aug. 17: First day of classes
Intensive and online classes also available

For more information, visit the homepage at the EMCC website, www.eastms.edu. You can also email answers@eastms.edu.




EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS THEATRE PRESENTS “SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER”

East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle campus ... at the Lyceum auditorium
EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS THEATRE PRESENTS “SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER”

MAYHEW – A lesser-known play by Columbus native Tennessee Williams will make its Lowndes County debut next week at East Mississippi Community College.
The theatre program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus will present “Suddenly Last Summer” at the Lyceum auditorium. The production is scheduled for four weekend performances – April 10 at 7 p.m., April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Dr. Don R. Vaughan, theatre instructor and the play’s director, chose this Tennessee Williams play to introduce his students to the famed writer. So many students auditioned for the Golden Triangle campus’s third annual spring production that it has the largest cast to date. In fact, two separate casts will perform the play.
Rivers Roberson of Starkville, who acted in the EMCC production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” in 2014, returns this time as the production’s student director.
“We’re running into some bumps in rehearsal, as all plays do. But the two casts are coming along very well,” said Robertson.
Vaughan agreed that the cast members, many of whom are new to theater, are exploring their roles with enthusiasm. And he praised Roberson, who has been involved in theater since his days at Starkville High School, for being particularly adept at spacing the actors and ensuring that their movements on stage are coordinated.
The play takes place in 1950s New Orleans as the play’s main character, Mrs. Venable, attempts to get to the bottom of her son’s mysterious death the previous summer.
The action plays out on the back porch of Mrs. Venable’s Victorian era house, on a set constructed in-house at EMCC. The four-scene play runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.
Admission is $5 at the door. EMCC students and employees will be admitted free with their school IDs.

The cast of “Suddenly Last Summer” at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.
Performances are scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12 at the Golden Triangle campus.




MDE Recognizes 51 Schools for Academic Progress, Closing Achievement Gap

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MDE Recognizes 51 Schools for Academic Progress, Closing Achievement Gap

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education recognized 51 schools for academic achievement or progress during a ceremony today at the Central High School Building. Schools that earned the title of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Title I Distinguished under federal Title I guidelines were honored as "Champions of Change."

The federal Title I program provides funding to schools across the country for students at risk of failure and living in or near poverty. The goal of Title I funding is to provide students with a fair and equal opportunity to meet challenging academic standards and to help school districts close the achievement gap.

“It takes exceptional people with patience, knowledge, experience, and dedication to make schools successful,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “School leadership, community partnerships, parental engagement and school building level teamwork brought this honor to the schools and districts.”

The High Progress status is awarded to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps among students. This award status goes to schools that represent the highest 10 percent of schools that have improved in overall performance over the past two years and showed performance gains of the lowest 25 percent subgroup of students.

The High Performing status is awarded to schools for demonstrating the highest performance across all Title I schools in the state. High Performing schools represent the highest 20 percent of all schools in performance over the past two years, show performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup of students, meet all annual measurable objectives (AMOs), and earn a high graduation rate.

The Exemplary Inclusion award is being presented to schools for demonstrating and encouraging full inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of academic and extracurricular activities.

The Distinguished School status is awarded to the top 20 Title I schools for academic student performance, in Reading, Language Arts, and Math for two or more consecutive years while effectively closing the achievement gap between the black and white subgroups. Two schools earned national recognition as Title I Distinguished Schools – Bassfield High School, Jefferson Davis County School District and O’Bannon Elementary, Western Line School District.

“Ceremonies of this nature highlight the resilient ability of the administrators, teachers, parents, and students to overcome academic barriers created by poverty,” said Marcus E. Cheeks, director of federal programs.

Here is a complete list of honorees:

High Progress
1. Jonestown Elementary, Coahoma County School District
2. Sherard Elementary, Coahoma County School District
3. Heidelberg Elementary, East Jasper School District
4. Charleston Elementary, East Tallahatchie School District
5. Benndale Elementary, George County School District
6. Armstrong Elementary, Greenville Public School District
7. Coleman Middle, Greenville Public School District
8. Pineville Elementary, Harrison County School District
9. Bolton‐Edwards Elem/Middle, Hinds County School District
10. Bailey Middle APAC, Jackson Public School District
11. Chastain Middle, Jackson Public School District
12. Davis Magnet, Jackson Public School District
13. Dawson Elementary, Jackson Public School District
14. Key Elementary, Jackson Public School District
15. McLeod Elementary, Jackson Public School District
16. Northwest Middle, Jackson Public School District
17. Power APAC, Jackson Public School District
18. Moselle Elementary, Jones County School District
19. Byhalia Middle, Marshall County School District
20. Oakland Heights Elementary, Meridian Public School District
21. I.T. Montgomery Elementary, Mound Bayou Public School District
22. Falkner Elementary, North Tippah School District
23. Simpson Central, Simpson County School District
24. Batesville Junior High, South Panola School District
25. Pope Elementary, South Panola School District
26. James Rosser Elementary, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
27. Ruleville Middle, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
28. Dundee Elementary, Tunica County School District
29. Vicksburg Intermediate, Vicksburg‐Warren School District
30. West Bolivar Elementary, West Bolivar School District
31. Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
32. Wilkinson County Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
33. William Winans Middle, Wilkinson County School District

High Performing
1. Weddington Elementary, Greenville Public School District
2. Casey Elementary, Jackson Public School District

Exemplary Inclusion
1. Pass Christian Middle, Pass Christian School District
2. Lockard Elementary, Sunflower County Consolidated School District

Distinguished Schools
1. Bassfield High, Jefferson Davis County School District*
2. O’Bannon Elementary, Western Line School District*
3. Saucier Elementary, Harrison County School District
4. Ruleville Middle, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
5. Heidelberg Junior High, East Jasper School District
6. Thrasher High, Prentiss County School District
7. Delisle Elementary, Pass Christian School District
8. Woodley Elementary, Hattiesburg Public School District
9. Jonestown Elementary, Coahoma County School District
10. West Lowndes Middle, Lowndes County School District
11. Key Elementary, Jackson Public School District
12. Byhalia Middle, Marshall County School District
13. Wesson Attendance Center, Copiah County School District
14. North Panola High, North Panola School District
15. East Hancock Elementary, Hancock County School District
16. Richland High, Rankin County School District
17. Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
18. Denman Junior High, McComb School District
19. Southeast Lauderdale Elementary, Lauderdale County School District
20. Seminary High, Covington County School District

*National Recognition



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




ECCC - Girling and Hodge To Present Sophomore Recital April 22

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Girling and Hodge To Present Sophomore Recital April 22
East Central Community College music majors Anna Girling of Carthage and Jonathon Hodge of Lake will present their sophomore recitals at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium on the Decatur campus. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. Girling is double-majoring in piano and percussion and Hodge is a vocal music major.





Mississippi Department of Public Safety donates police vests to ECCC

East Central Community College
Mississippi Department of Public Safety donates police vests to ECCC.

Jim Armstrong, director of governmental affairs for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, and State Rep. Randy Rushing of Decatur, presented bullet-proof vests to the East Central Community College Campus Police Department. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety recently donated 15 bullet-proof vests to ECCC Campus Police, thanks in part to the efforts of Rushing, who represents Mississippi’s District 78 of Neshoba, Newton, and Scott counties.

Armstrong said that it was Rushing’s assistance in helping the Mississippi Highway Patrol in his district obtain new vests that allowed the Department of Public Safety to provide the used vests to ECCC. Armstrong hopes to provide used in-car cameras to the college in the future.




Get Pulsed Fitness and The University of Southern Mississippi ...

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Dance Fitness Master Class and Instructor’s Training @ The University of Southern Mississippi. It’s full speed ahead for Get Pulsed Fitness and The University of Southern Mississippi, as they come together to present a Dance Fitness Class for the Community on April 17th and extensive training to train instructors to teach the Get Pulsed program along with a workshop on how to market their fitness business. Fitness Instructors and students will travel to the event from across the US.

LOCATION: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
DATE: April 17th & 18th, 2015
Get ready to move to the groove as The University of Southern Mississippi host GetPulsed™ Fitness taught by renowned fitness instructor, Alana Sanders, to offer a new wave of fitness.

The Fitness Dance Party presented by instructor Alana Sanders, is a fun and unique way to get fit while dancing. It doesn't matter if you have never worked out before or if you are a full-time fitness pro, this dance experience is sure to please.

Dance, Fitness and Fun is an exciting combo-package that brings the party to The University of Southern Mississippi this spring with GetPulsed ™. There will be 100+ happily dancing people all gathered for the same reason...to get fit and to dance off the calories!

Join us for the first installment of this amazing phenomenon sweeping the nation.

What is Get Pulsed?
GetPulsed ™ is a term used to motivate those who are into fitness or starting their journey into a healthier and fit lifestyle. It is also a brand that encompasses dance and toning all in one. With it being a cardio program it gets your heart rate up and your body moving.

Website: www.GetPulsed.com Email: Fitness@GetPulsed.com




EMCC SYMPHONIC WINDS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERTS

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EMCC SYMPHONIC WINDS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERTS

The East Mississippi Community College Symphonic Winds will present two spring band concerts, one at each end of the college’s six-county district. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
• Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. – Highland Baptist Church, 3400 27th St., Meridian
• Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m. – Lyceum auditorium at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, 8731 Frontage Road, Mayhew
“We’ve performed up at EMCC’s Mayhew campus in the past, and that works out well because it’s a central location for people who live in the Golden Triangle area,” said Director of Bands Stephen Stringer.
“But we’re also trying to grow our presence in the southern end of the district. It’s easy to do a concert at the Scooba campus and say, take a drive to see us. But this time, we’re going to take the drive and bring a concert to the community and to the parents and friends of our band members from Lauderdale County.”
More than 50 musicians make up the EMCC Symphonic Winds.
The one-hour program will open on a patriotic note with “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Other selections include: “Appalachian Morning,” a sound poem by Robert Sheldon inspired by sunrise in the Cumberland Gap; “Nessun Dorma/None Shall Sleep,” an aria from the Puccini opera “Turandot”; and “Homeward Bound,” a march by John Philip Sousa.
The Meridian concert will also include a guest conductor, Highland Minister of Music Rev. Franklin Denham, as church organist Greer Goldman and church pianist Lorrie Stringer join the Symphonic Winds to perform “I Stand in Awe.”
The Mayhew concert will feature a special slide-show presentation as the Symphonic Winds perform “Auld Lang Syne.”
Stringer chose a high-energy composition called “Fire” as the evening’s closer: “It’s a very fast piece, a musical portrait of what it’s like to have fire dancing and crackling all around you.”
Meridian concert-goers will remember Stringer as director of the MHS Wildcat Band for three years before he signed on with EMCC in 2009.
Under his guidance, the Mighty Lion Marching Band has grown by 400 percent. In addition to the marching and symphonic bands, EMCC musicians also play in the ROAR rock band and the EMCC Jazz Ensemble.
Three levels of scholarships are available to students chosen as members of EMCC’s band program. For more information, contact Band Director Stephen Stringer at sstringer@eastms.edu or Assistant Band Director Chris King at cking@eastms.edu.


Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879



ECCC Business, Education and Healthcare Expo Scheduled March 26

East Central Community College in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
ECCC Business, Education and Healthcare Expo Scheduled March 26

Career and educational opportunities will be available for East Central Community College students when the 13th annual Business, Education and Healthcare Expo is held Thursday, March 26, 2015, on the Decatur campus.

The public is also invited to attend the free event, which is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

“We are looking forward to another successful Expo,” said Wayne Eason, Director of Workforce Education and Expo committee chairman. “Many EC students began their careers because of this event each year, and we very much appreciate all the vendors not only for their participation but also for the services provided our students.”

For more information, contact Wayne Eason at ECCC, 601-635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222, ext. 211. The e-mail address is weason@eccc.edu.

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




East Central Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” ...

East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Collegians to Present Spring Concert April 13

East Central Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” will present its annual spring campus concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. The popular group will perform hits by Bruno Mars, Scorpions, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Kelly Clarkson and many more. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) technician Acea Ange of Meridian; vocalists Garrett McDill of Conehatta, Ryan Godwin of Newton and Nick Stewart of Philadelphia; and technicians Justin Moore of Kosciusko and Michael Buntyn of Newton; (second row, from left) technicians Patrick Embrey of Hickory, Hannah Mitchell of Meridian, and Jeremy Collins of Forest; auxiliary percussionist Matt Mason of Union; vocalists Tallie Johnston of Lake, Cara Jackson of Louisville and Anna Wells of Noxapater; keyboardist Anna Girling of Carthage; director/guitarist Chas Evans and technicians Ben Avera of Hickory and Ryan McClendon of Forest; and (top row, from left) trombonist Evan Derrick of Morton, saxophonist Zach Peden of Philadelphia, drummer Chris Kelley of Newton, trumpeter Nina LaBue of Conehatta, guitarist Stephen Stewart of Decatur, trumpeter Daniela Vargas of Morton, bass guitarist Houston Martin of Union and technician Ryan Packer of Decatur. (EC Photo)


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




JCJC’s Music Department hosts Spring Recital Series

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Music Department hosts Spring Recital Series
ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in April at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour. This musical event begins on Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through May 1. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.

Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. in JCJC’s Foote Chapel the Series begins with Duo Cintemani, the husband and wife team of Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. They will present 20th Century music from Spain and the United States by composers Zaninelli, Beaser and Rodrigo.

Love is in the air with tenor, Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal on piano presenting, “Love Hurts - Love and Loss in 19th and 20th Century Art Song.” This recital features songs by Schubert, Duparc, and Janáček on Friday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.

The Impromptu Piano Quartet with Stephen Redfield, violin, Hsiaopei Lee, viola, Alexander Russakovsky, cello, and Theresa Sanchez, piano, will join us on Friday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel for a program entitled, “Youthful Genius: Music of Beethoven and Brahms.” The Impromptu Piano Quartet was formed in 2006, and is part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Touring Artist Roster.

Woodwind performers Meredith Hite on oboe, Kim Woolly on bassoon and pianist, Ellen Elder will present “A Breath of Fresh Air: Music for Double Reeds and Piano--Music of Handel and Poulenc.” The trio will take center stage on Friday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.
MORE ABOUT MUSICIANS:
Duo Cintemani
Duo Cintemani is a husband and wife duet with Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. The duo has been performing together for over fifteen years and enjoys consistent recognition for their inventive programming and skillful, expressive performances. Praised as “an exceptionally musical and accomplished guitarist,” Nicholas Ciraldo is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. Rachel Ciraldo, principal flutist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, has won awards in several international flute competitions and enjoys a successful solo career. The Ciraldo duet merges a pair of unique musical talents to form a distinctive and colorful ensemble.

Their interest in original and innovative programming has led to new works being written specifically for them as well as performances of transcriptions and established works for flute and guitar. The duo also pursues engagements that help improve music education in America through partnerships, including collaborations with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Classical Guitar Society.

Nicholas and Rachel reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rachel is the Office Manager and Development Coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association.

Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal
A native of Idaho Falls, ID, tenor Jonathan Yarrington is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining the faculty at USM, Yarrington was a member of The Dallas Opera Studio from 2011-2014, singing nearly one hundred performances in the title roles of their educational and outreach productions of Doctor Miracle and Jack and the Beanstalk. In 2012 he made his main stage debut with The Dallas Opera as The Messenger in Aida.

Yarrington has sung more than fifteen leading roles with UNT Opera, UNL Opera, and BYU Opera, including Jeník (Zápisník zmizelého) Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), William Marshall (Regina), Jeník (Prodana nevĕsta) Stage Manager (Our Town), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Herman (The Most Happy Fella), Don Ramiro (Cinderella), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Marco Palmieri (The Gondoliers), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Nanki Pooh (The Mikado), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).

He has appeared in concert with The Rapides Symphony Orchestra, The Plano Civic Chorus, The Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Fort Worth Baroque Society, The Texas Camerata, The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and The Utah Festival Opera Company. Mr. Yarrington holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from The University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Stephen F. Austin. He is a former student of retired Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee, and he won the Nebraska District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2005.

Dr. Lois Leventhal, pianist, received her doctorate of music at Indiana University and is currently a professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her performing career includes concert appearances throughout Mississippi, as well as solo and chamber recitals in Chicago, New York, London and, under the auspices of the United States Information Agency, Argentina and Uruguay. Dr. Leventhal, whose performances have been broadcast widely, can also be heard on compact disc on Crystal and Albany labels with colleague Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist.

The Impromptu Quartet
Violinist Stephen Redfield has taught violin and chamber music at the University Of Southern Mississippi School Of Music since 1996. He spent 2011-12 on leave as Chair of the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, where he is also concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica. Each summer since 1992, Stephen has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival. He is a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, often featured as concertmaster and in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc "Credo." Stephen plays with his faculty colleagues in the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and performs regularly as a Baroque violinist with the Albuquerque Baroque Players and with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. He has also performed concerts with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Newberry Consort. His Sebastian Ensemble with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh has performed throughout the US and in Spain, Cuba and Peru.

A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Cincinnati, Hsiaopei Lee has performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist with orchestras both in the USA and Taiwan in a series of recitals featuring contemporary music for viola. Her principal teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, and Ting-Hui Chen.

Dr. Lee is currently an Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Southern Mississippi, where her excellence in teaching has been recognized by several university awards. In 2012, she was awarded the Artist Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission. She performs regularly with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and serves as principal violist of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Her first CD, ODYSSEY: NEW MUSIC FOR VIOLA BY AMERICAN WOMEN COMPOSERS was released by Centaur Records in June 2014.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Santa Barbara, Alexander Russakovsky has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances in Russia, Israel, Europe and the United States. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, he has also performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Bargemusic in New York City, and the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Russakovsky joined the music faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has previously served on the faculties of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, the IV Violoncello Biennal in Peru, and the CICA Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Dr. Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel, and Latin America. His disc, featuring Russian works for cello and piano, was released by Brilliant Classics in April 2014.

Pianist Theresa Sanchez pursues a varied performing career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has performed as soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (including the Southern Nights CD) and The Wind Ensemble. With the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, she premiered and recorded Carey Smith’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Dr. Sanchez was the founding Artistic Administrator for the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival and performed in each series with various outstanding artists. She has been a faculty member at Jones Junior College since 1995 and is a past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She currently serves as Chamber Music Coordinator for the Hattiesburg Concert Association and FestivalSouth, and is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Touring Artist Roster.

Meredith Hite, Kim Woolly and Ellen Elder
Oboist Dr. Meredith Hite has performed and taught throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi, she was a member of the ten-piece Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative chamber ensemble in Chicago. She previously resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player. Meredith is deeply committed to connecting with the next generation of musicians and audiences alike, through music education and community outreach. In addition to her oboe studio duties at Southern Miss, she teaches a class for all freshman performance majors on professionalism, music entrepreneurship, and how to thrive in college and beyond.

Dr. Kim Woolly is Associate Professor of Bassoon at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching bassoon, Performance Practice and courses in woodwind pedagogy and literature, she performs as a member of faculty ensembles Category 5 and The Magnolia Reed Trio. Dr. Woolly is a member of the Mobile and Meridian Symphonies and formerly principal bassoon with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Her performance credits include solo recitals or lectures at several conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium and the International Computer Music Conference. She has also given performances and master classes in Brazil and Panama. She has performed with the orchestras of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Heidelberg, Germany, Schlossfestspiele, and the Victoria Bach Festival, and has participated in the festivals of Sarasota, Swannanoa, Chatauqua, Brevard, and Bowdoin. She holds a BA in music from Wellesley College, an MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DM from Florida State University.

Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is the coordinator of the piano accompanying program, teaches applied piano, class piano, and collaborates with faculty and guest artists. In 2011, Dr. Elder founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performance. She holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors included Louis Nagel, John Ellis, and Joanne Smith. She did additional study in vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and fortepiano with Penelope Crawford. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi (student of Stanley Waldoff). She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College, and William Carey University. She has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen and the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute.

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




JCJC is offering “Kids’ College” summer camp

Jones County Junior College
JCJC is offering “Kids’ College” summer camp

ELLISVILLE – First through six graders will have the opportunity to check out college this summer as a part of Jones County Junior College’s Kids’ College summer camp. Campers will gather Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. until noon. The $95 tuition includes all supplies and snacks and is non-refundable.
Kids’ College courses include Plants Pallooza, Kids’ Cuisine from Around the World, Zoology: Animals Up Close and Personal, Physical Science/Exploring the World Around Us, Art, and Physical Education.

For more information call Missie Meeks at 601-477-5427 or email missie.meeks@jcjc.edu or check out the web page at www.jcjc.edu/camps.

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




Southern Miss Holds Ribbon Cutting ...

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Southern Miss Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fitness Center, Health Center and School of Social Work on Gulf Park Campus

LONG BEACH, Miss. – As a commitment to provide services to benefit students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi, three buildings have been renovated on the university’s Gulf Park campus for a Fitness Center, Health Center and new facility to house the School of Social Work. The university celebrated the completion of these building projects with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 17.
“I am excited that we are now able to offer students the opportunity to learn and thrive in close proximity to fitness and wellness facilities on our Gulf Park Campus,” said Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett. “I am also confident that the new academic space for the School of Social Work will enhance our ability to improve the quality of life in our communities by enriching the educational opportunities we provide to a new generation of social work scholars.”
The completed building projects are located on Beach Park Place on the east side of the Gulf Park campus. To assist with parking on campus, as well as its location adjacent to the new facilities, a new parking lot located to the south of the Fitness Center has been completed and is available to Fitness Center patrons. In addition, a lighted parking lot located to the north of the Health Center will be paved providing 20 additional parking spaces and handicap accessibility.
“These facilities signify the university’s administration is listening to its stakeholders and making investments that matter to them,” said Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. “What you are seeing here today is a demonstration of the university’s commitment to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
The renovations for each facility were designed by architect Larry Jaubert of Bay St. Louis. Gibson Maintenance, LLC, of Long Beach, served as the contractor completing the renovations. Consulting with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, along with Jaubert, Southern Miss worked to preserve many of the historic details in each building. The cost of renovations totaled $750,000.
Representing the student body, McKenzie Irish, vice president of the Student Government Association on the Gulf Park campus, said, “We are very happy all three facilities are here to improve the collegiate experience at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. High quality classroom and academic space matters to students and has a direct impact on student learning and student success.”
For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.




ECCC Nursing Curriculum to Change Models Beginning With Fall 2015 Classes

East Central Community College
ECCC Nursing Curriculum to Change Models Beginning With Fall 2015 Classes
A curriculum change for East Central Community College’s Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs was recently adopted, moving from the current “medical model” to a newly designed “concept model.”

As a result of the changes, new admission requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing program were also approved and are available on the college website www.eccc.edu/healthcare-education.

Applications for Fall 2015 classes are also available on the website and must be received with all documentation by Monday, June 1, 2015. Successful candidates will be notified by June 5.
“The curriculum change will link nursing content together in order to enhance understanding of nursing concepts,” said Denita Thomas, ECCC Dean of Healthcare Education. “It is a streamlined curriculum which better prepares today’s nurse to succeed in our ever-evolving healthcare industry.”
With the ongoing curriculum changes, the program of study has not yet been established, but upon final approval, it will be emailed to each applicant and available on the college website.
Thomas said national leaders of medicine, nursing and nursing education published reports calling for transformation in nursing education as early as 2010.
The emphasis of change in nursing is for patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, use of evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, focus on safety, increased use of informatics and new roles for nurses.
Proposed changes in nursing education are student-centered learning and engagement, partnerships in the educational process, improved clinical reasoning/critical thinking, use of critical thinking in arts and sciences and infusion of technology.
“Transitioning to the concept-based curriculum allows ECCC to be at the forefront of these national changes in nursing and nursing education,” Thomas said.
Thomas said all nursing programs in Mississippi have either completely transitioned or are in transition to a concept-based curriculum, which is a form of critical thinking in which students organize and categorize content using concepts. It does not rely on memorization, but instead stresses the understanding of the altered concepts in patient care scenarios.
“Conceptual learning challenges students to think at more advanced levels and to relate previously learned concepts to new learning outcomes,” she added.
For more information, contact Thomas at 601-635-6294 or email dthomas@eccc.edu.

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




EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS READY FOR PINE GROVE FESTIVAL

East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS READY FOR PINE GROVE FESTIVAL

SCOOBA – The Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus next week.
The celebration of arts, from visual to choral to culinary, kicks off Saturday with an employee Grill Master BBQ competition at the EMCC baseball field before the Lions’ 2 p.m. doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
On Monday, Starkville artist Joe MacGown will return to EMCC with a selection of his work for a reception at 2:30 p.m. in Aust Hall. MacGown last exhibited his work at EMCC in 2008, but returned to speak to art students last year. The public is invited to attend the reception.
MacGown describes his work as “subconscious meandering.” He uses multiple media (pen & ink, acrylic paint, spray paint, water colors) to layer ideas of a similar theme without a concrete vision of the final product.
“Things just wander out of my head and take their own shape or form. They have meaning, but I’m not trying to force a certain theme,” he said.
Tuesday will feature a new Pine Grove event, the Fun Run 1-Mile Walk/Run at Sullivan-Windham Stadium at 4:30 p.m. The traditional Crawfish Boil will immediately follow the Fun Run.
Both the EMCC Choir and Band are scheduled to perform in the F.R. Young Student Union during the Festival, with the Choir performing Tuesday in the breakout room at 11 a.m. and the Band performing in the breakout room Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Both performances are open to the public.
EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew will host its version of the Pine Grove Festival April 28 with free hot dogs for students, a talent competition and other fun activities.
For more information, call EMCC at (662) 476-5000.




Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices for a celebration of music ...

First Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel
JC Voices perform in Laurel
ELLISVILLE - The public is invited to join Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices for a celebration of music, hope, peace and the dawn of possibilities as it presents, Serenade to Music, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at First Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel. The annual spring concert begins at 7 p.m. and is a free event.
The concert will feature works by Dominick Argento, Ralph Vaughan Williams, György Orbán, Eric William Barnum, Stephen Paulus, Ola Gjeilo, and others. The chamber singers, conducted by Dr. Susan A. Smith and accompanied by Dr. Victoria Johnson are also joined by a host of collaborating instrumentalists this year. The singers will perform everything from the a cappella selection Pange Lingua, Orban’s impressive piece based on an ancient liturgical text, with driving percussive rhythms and complicated chromatic lyricism, to Eric Barnum’s Dawn, a meditation on the coming light-filled day and all the possibilities it brings, and Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home, a “Prospect” tune from Southern Harmony.
A string quartet, as well as organist and JCJC faculty member Ms. Kay Guiles, will join JC Voices, Dr. Smith and Dr. Johnson on one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ best-loved works, Serenade to Music, with text by William Shakespeare. This work, originally written for sixteen singers and commissioned by the conductor Sir Henry J. Wood to mark his fiftieth anniversary as a conductor, was written not to be in praise of him, but rather a work, as stated by Sir Henry Wood, ‘that could be used at any time and for any occasion.’
Dr. Michael Boyd, JCJC guitar instructor will also join the group on the regional premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s unpublished work The Lake Isle. The singers will also perform Gjeilo’s stunningly beautiful piece, “The Ground,” based on a chorale from the last movement of his Sunrise Mass, drawing on portions of texts from “Sanctus,” “Benedictus,” and “Agnus Dei.”
Dr. Patrick Richards, JCJC horn instructor, will perform with the singers on the Richard Nance setting of Set Me As a Seal from Song of Solomon, and violinist Pedro Oseias will accompany the JCJC men’s ensemble on a traditional American Folk Song, The Girl I Left Behind Me.
The women’s ensemble will sing Away from the Roll of the Sea, first made famous by Canada’s award winning women’s choir, Elektra, and the chamber ensemble will also perform Bob Chilcott’s The Singing Heart, as a double choir, incorporating tone chimes. Culminating one of the group’s most challenging and collaborative programs to date will be Péter Louis van Dijk’s a cappella works, Chariots, a piece commissioned by the Texas State University Chorale and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir. Chariots is based on Psalm 20: 1-9, a prayer for success. And embedded within the text of the song is our hope for the year: “may He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”


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



M H S Marching Band and Chorus was invited to Disney World ...

Disney World in Orlando, FL
A group of local students took a magical trip over their spring break. Meridian High School Marching Band and Meridian High School Chorus was invited to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Band students marched through Main Street in the Magic Kingdom as a special guest feature opening the Electric Parade in front of record crowds. Chorus members performed at Saratoga Springs Performance Hall. Band Directors, Chorus Directors, Band Boosters, Parents, students and the community worked together through fundraising and special events to make the trip possible. The group left in three Meridian Coach busses late Wednesday evening, traveling overnight and arrived at Animal Kingdom Thursday Morning. The group visited Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios where they rode the Tower of Terror, Rockin Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. They enjoy live stunt shows and performances such as The Festival of the Lion King. The group even dined on the top floor of Planet Hollywood. Directors, chaperones and students arrived home safely Sunday Morning. We want to thank everyone person who helped make this dream come true for us!!!




Lamar School 2015 Spring Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella G2K

Lamar School Cafetorium
Lamar School 2015 Spring Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella G2K
March 27th @ 7:00 P.M. - $5.00
March 28th @ 1:00 P.M. - $5.00
March 28th @ 6:00 P.M. - $25.00 – Dinner Theatre
Pecan crusted pork tenderloin with a strawberry balsamic glaze, au gratin potatoes, garden salad with home made Italian dressing, and a choice of chocolate cake or lemon cake, with water or sweet tea to drink
Located in the Lamar School Cafetorium

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MIGHTY LION BAND TO HOLD AUDITIONS SATURDAY, MARCH 21

East Mississippi Community College Scooba Campus
MIGHTY LION BAND TO HOLD AUDITIONS SATURDAY, MARCH 21


Auditions for East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Scooba campus. All students trying out should register online. Go to www.eastms.edu and look for the “Band auditions” link on the homepage.

Color guard and dance line students should report to the Scooba campus at 8:30 a.m. to register. At 9 a.m., these students will learn the audition routine in a fundamentals workshop. Color guard and dance line auditions follow after lunch.

Students auditioning for instrumental and percussion positions should use the online form to request individual appointment times. Audition music will also be available for download through the “Band auditions” link. EMCC will contact these musicians individually to confirm an appointment.

All students auditioning for the Mighty Lion Band should report to the band hall, which is on the north end of campus, across from the old football field.

Band auditions will also be held on Saturday, March 28, at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.

For more information, email Director of Bands Stephen Stringer at sstringer@eastms.edu or Assistant Director of Bands Chris King at cking@eastms.edu.

Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879



NEW EMCC RECRUITER BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO SCOOBA CAMPUS

East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
NEW EMCC RECRUITER BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO SCOOBA CAMPUS

SCOOBA – There’s a new recruiter at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus, and she’s setting her sights on the southern end of the college’s district – especially Lauderdale County.
Leia Hill, a Collinsville native, brings a unique blend of skills and experience to her new role as Scooba campus recruiter. Hill worked in the community college setting for over eight years prior to joining EMCC and has also worked in promotion, marketing and public relations for advertising agencies and private businesses. She’s even pursuing a master’s degree in communication and social media online from the University of Florida and operates her own social media consulting firm.
But she says all those jobs boil down to a couple essential ingredients that she’ll bring to EMCC.
“My biggest strengths are networking and relationship building. I have a lot of contacts everywhere I’ve been, and I’m ready to put it all to use in Scooba,” said Hill.
“My primary goal is to reach out to Lauderdale students. EMCC does a great job recruiting in Kemper and Noxubee, but I want to strengthen our relationship with Lauderdale students. They’ve heard about us, but they may not know enough about who we are, or they don’t know that we have tuition guarantee, or they don’t know that our campus life is the best in the Mississippi community college system.”
Between her husband and two sons, grad school and her consulting firm, Hill stays plenty busy. She said she’s lucky to get five hours of sleep in a night. Fortunately, she also has the indefatigable energy of a natural public relations professional and a strong belief in the value of education.
“I love community colleges, and feeling like I’m part of something and helping people. Everybody I’ve ever known who has worked at EMCC or gone to school here has loved it. So it’s my job to reach the people who haven’t heard our story yet,” she said.
Hill began her tenure at EMCC in February. In addition to recruiting, she is the staff sponsor for campus groups such as the Student Ambassadors and Student Government Association and helps with orientation programs like JourneyEAST.

Leia Hill of Collinsville began her tenure as East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus recruiter in February. “Everybody I’ve ever known who has worked at EMCC or gone to school here has loved it,” she said. “So it’s my job to reach the people who haven’t heard our story yet.”




E C C C College ENCORE production of “Wizard of Oz

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
East Central Community College ENCORE production of “Wizard of Oz” scheduled March 24-28 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Matinees are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, March 24, 25 and 27. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the College switchboard at 601-635-6215 or 1-877-462-3222, ext. 215.

For more information, contact Encore director Natalie Emmons at 601-635-6347 or email nemmons@eccc.edu.




JCJC hosts unique art display

Jones County Junior College
JCJC hosts unique art display

ELLISVILLE- This month’s art show at Jones County Junior College could be summed up in one phrase: off-the-wall. There are literally works of art hanging from the ceiling, some are just “unique” because of its contents and some work is being called eclectic. The creative works of three artists, Adrienne Callander, Rowan Haug and Robert Ring will have you looking at art in a different way at the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery. The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through March 27, except during Spring Break, March 9-13.

“This show is all about theory,” said Mark Brown, JCJC art instructor. “Students will hopefully recognize some design theory looking at Callander’s work in particular. Some may think the artists have forgotten art theory because it is very different than some art shows we’ve hosted before.”
Callander’s work is the only art hanging on the wall in frames, appearing to be your typical framed art work. Looking closer, Brown insists art theory like the “Golden Mean” will be obvious to students of art. She uses pieces of brown paper bags and material with deliberate stitching and placement.

“Ultimately, I take things apart to discover new wholes. Sewing also marks time and, as a process, runs parallel with my interest in beginnings and ends. Sometimes I extend a material history. I might restructure an object so that past and present identities exist in tandem,” said Callander, who currently lives in Starkville and teaches at MSU. She is also the art gallery curator and served as the Interim Coordinator for the Sculpture Program at Mississippi State.

The artwork of Rowan Haug can be found hanging from the ceiling, draped over a display block or pinned to the wall. The Starkville native teaches 3-D Design and works with the MSU art department’s Fiber and Paper Arts Club. Her current work is mostly the “hands-on” type of creative display of art work.
“I choose to work with textiles and the methods, techniques and processes of slow making, of handwork and hand-dye. They have a memory (like) your grandmother’s quilt made from your mom’s baby clothes, or a material memory like natural dyes made from plants or minerals that bond with a new fiber or fabric surface,” said Haug.

Japanese native, Robert Ring’s work can be described as gaudy, colorful and “off-the-wall” to most viewers. He is famous for taking items made in Japan, like cheap objects you’d find in a thrift store, and combining them with other found items to re-create a new form of 3-D art.

“I have tried to create a context for the viewer which is derived from their sum. Cheap objects produced in multitude that individually only announce their poor taste but in mass repetition create an aesthetic appeal. Seeking an aesthetic that is the sum of these objects but also for me is also the suggestion that illustrates my heritage,” said Ring.

His father was an American soldier during WWII when he met his Japanese mother. Ring moved to the U.S. when he was two-years old. His artwork intertwines his ethnicity with his American identity.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For special accommodations call the gallery at 601-477-4148.

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




Wagnon Selected ECCC Administrator

East Central Community College
Wagnon Selected ECCC Administrator
Bill Wagnon of Fort Smith, Ark., was recently selected Associate Vice President for Public Information at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Prior to beginning his employment on March 2, 2015, Wagnon served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive annual marketing plan and supervised staff in the areas of marketing and communications, graphic design, social media, photography and web management.
“I am confident that Mr. Wagnon will serve ECCC and our communities well,” Dr. Stewart said. “He is very familiar with the College’s 2020 Vision and is committed to doing all he can to see our vision become a reality.”
In total, Wagnon has 29 years experience in public relations/higher education including similar positions at the University of West Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama.
Wagnon received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations/Journalism from Auburn University and completed a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration at Mississippi State University.

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




M S U ... Starkville and Meridian campuses will be open for all classes as usual on Friday, March 6.

M S U ... Starkville and Meridian campuses
Mississippi State University's Starkville and Meridian campuses will be open for all classes as usual on Friday, March 6.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to exercise caution on bridges in their travels and to allow extra time for travels. MSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to monitor the media for changing weather information and asks that each person exercise caution and good judgment in making travel decisions.




JCJC is offering welding classes in Clarke County

Jones County Junior College Clarke County Center in Stonewall
JCJC is offering welding classes in Clarke County

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering an eight-week welding class at JCJC’s Clarke County Center in Stonewall. Classes will begin Monday, March 16, through May 13, 2015.

The welding class is offered at 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Monday and Wednesdays. Students in this course will learn Oxy Fuel Cutting and Cover Stick Welding. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready for NCCER Certification. The cost of the class is $100.

For more information contact the Clarke County Center at: 601-659-0622, or email jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu or travis.thrash@jcjc.edu.

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




JCJC is offering Pipefitting classes at the ATC in Ellisville

Jones County Junior College Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering Pipefitting classes at the ATC in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering a new seven-month class on Pipefitting at the JCJC Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. Classes will begin Monday, March 30, through October 22, 2015. Registration will be held in Ellisville at the ATC on Monday, March 30, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The night class will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This course will cover Core, Pipefitting Levels 1 and 2. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready for NCCER Certification.

The cost of the class is $488 and it will cover basic safety, an introduction to construction math, and expose students to hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, basic rigging, various fabrication methods, communication and employability skills. The Pipefitting course will also orient students to the trade and cover pipefitting hand and power tools, oxyfuel cutting, motorized equipment, ladders and scaffolding.

For more information contact Paul Johnson at 601-477-4244 or contact Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu.

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




JCJC Sophomore Music Students Perform

Jones County Junior College
JCJC Sophomore Music Students Perform
ELLISVILLE – Seven Jones County Junior College sophomore music students invite the public to hear their last solo performances before graduation. The final performances will be held in the Foote Chapel on the JCJC campus in Ellisville on three nights in April.
Scheduled to perform on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., will be Ashley Mills of Waynesboro on horn, Leah Dueitt of Neely will give a performance on piano and Gary Young of Ellisville will perform a vocal recital.
On Monday, April 13, Doby Herring of Waynesboro will perform on his euphonium while Caleb Guilbeau will give a trumpet recital.
Final performances for Neely’s Leah Dueitt on trombone and vocalist, Harlan Mapp of Hattiesburg will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Each recital is free and open to the public and is a part of the sophomore music student’s degree requirements for JCJC. For more information about the JCJC music program or the sophomore recitals call the Fine Arts department at 601-477-4094.

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





JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE – Four non-credit computer classes will be offered at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville this spring. 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, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic on Tuesday nights beginning May 12, through June 9, and Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic on Tuesday night beginning March 19, through April 16.

The advanced course fee is $75 for Microsoft Word 2013 Advanced which meets beginning March 17, through May 5. Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced begins April 23, through June 11. All materials used in the class will be provided. CEU credits are available upon request. To register call Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114, or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu.

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




JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center
JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center will be offering an Introduction to Personal Computers class beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The class will meet each Tuesday night for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $55.00 which includes books. CEUs are available at the conclusion of the class for $10. Registration is required one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228.

For the most current schedule of JCJC’s non-credit courses, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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




ECCC ... school closing

East Central Community College
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the winter weather developments in the five-county service area throughout the morning. According to the most recent weather reports, winter weather continues to cause hazardous traveling conditions throughout the district. Icy road and bridge conditions have now been reported by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Winston County, Leake County, and Neshoba County. In addition, temperatures continue to drop in and around our area. Based on this information, all ECCC offices will be closed today and all DAY and EVENING classes will be canceled on Thursday, March 5, 2015. At this time, we anticipate resuming our normal office and class schedule on Friday, March 6, 2015.
We will continue to monitor weather developments this afternoon and throughout the evening. As always, should developments in weather conditions necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/ schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations. Please continue to monitor the College website and ECCC social media for updates.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed today and all DAY and EVENING classes will be canceled on Thursday, March 5, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.

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




JCJC’s Clarke County Center opens the state’s 1st Petroleum Program

JCJC’s Clarke County Center
JCJC’s Clarke County Center opens the state’s 1st Petroleum Program

ELLISVILLE- Clarke County officials, along with Stonewall, Quitman and Enterprise city officials joined Jones County Junior College representatives in a long awaited ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the college’s newest educational and workforce training facility. What started as a vision more than two-years ago has produced JCJC’s fourth off-campus Center.

“It took a lot of effort from a lot of people,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “They planted a seed and a building grew out of it. The Supervisors had a vision and it’s come to fruition.”

Funding for the Center came from the combined efforts of the USDA, Rural Development and the East Mississippi Electric Power Association bringing in $1,360,000, with the MDA and Clarke County Supervisors putting $2,000,000 towards the project.

“This is going to be an asset for years to come. I’m certainly proud to have it in our county,” said Paul Moseley, District 4 Clarke County Supervisor.

The 15,400 square-foot center includes two buildings and an outdoor training facility on 10-acres of land on Highway 513. It also features seven classrooms, a state-of-the-art welding lab and a petroleum lab. A 20,000 square foot laydown yard will also be used for fire field training, and the location of the oil rig and derrick. Students will be able to get hands-on training for the oil field through the Roustabout Program.

“Oil field related jobs are the county’s biggest employers. This is going to be the first school of its kind in the state. We’ll implement the petroleum technical workforce training and help our guys get good paying jobs,” said Troy Smith, District 3 Clarke County Supervisor. “The economy is slow but it’s coming back and this training is a way for people to stay here where their roots are and provide for their families.”

The Clarke County Center’s unique oil field training should help bolster the “oil belt” and give these potential workers an edge in their competition for jobs.

“They’ll have the same safety training and heights certifications that a roustabout trainee needs. Our guys will work on the oil rig here and at the ‘Mr. Charlie’training facility in Morgan City, Louisiana, along with welding certifications. They’ll be a step ahead of the crowd,” said Clarke County Center Director and JCJC welding instructor, Jody Buchanan.

Expectations are high for the first Petroleum Technology Program in the state in Stonewall because nearly two-thousand jobs were cut with the closing of two textile factories in the past decade in Clarke County. Those county officials now hope this educational opportunity will provide an avenue towards boosting the economy.

“This is going to be a nucleus of job creation and making lives better, not only for Stonewall but for Clarke County, all of East Mississippi and really the state,” said Representative Greg Snowden. “This is a dream come true because Stonewall has had its share of hard knocks. I’m so excited about today.”

“We built this and I hope they come and get the word out to our young people that if they want to make it they can start here. This is a nice facility and we need to keep it going,” said Cleveland Peebles, President of the Clarke County Supervisors.

Dr. Smith added the fastest pathway to a job is through the Community College system. The Clarke County Center is part of a strategy to ensure growth and opportunities in the region.

“Community colleges provide workforce training and college level courses. Increasing access to education improves access to the workforce with training credentials to fill jobs. Access is the key for regional development.”

The Center is currently offering GED/ABE courses with the Non-credit Entry Level Petroleum Trainee and Basic Welding classes starting March 16. College courses like Algebra, English Composition and Western Civilization will begin this summer with Non-Credit Commercial Truck Driving starting in the fall. For more information about the Center, call the main office at 601-659-0622.

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




EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Winter Weather Update

EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Winter Weather Update
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:30 a.m.
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the winter weather developments in the five-county service area throughout the evening. According to the most recent weather reports, there is an increasing potential for winter weather conditions causing hazardous traveling conditions throughout the district early this morning. Therefore, all ECCC offices will open at 12:00 noon and classes will begin at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. We will resume our normal class schedule at 12:55 p.m.
We will continue to monitor weather developments this morning. As always, should developments in weather conditions this morning necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations. Please continue to monitor the College website and ECCC social media for updates.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will open at 12:00 noon and classes will begin at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel to campus. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.

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




All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed on Thursday, March 5

All East Mississippi Community College locations
All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed on Thursday, March 5, due to inclement winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions. Food service at the F.R. Young Student Union in Scooba will continue as usual for residential students.

Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879




Read Across America with Community Leaders / Diversity Career Fair

West Hills Elementary ALSO ... Northwest Middle School
West Hills Elementary Read Across America with Community Leaders
Friday, March 6 – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Dignitaries and members of the community will be visiting students at West Hills to read books in honor of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Northwest Middle Diversity Career Fair
Friday, March 6 - 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Northwest Middle School Gymnasium
The goal of the Career Fair is provide all students with career guidance and to empower them to realize that any career is possible if set their goal, stay in school, and work hard. There will be police officers, doctors, insurance sales representatives, hospital representatives, funeral homes directors, architects, city officials, and many others on hand to discuss with students the amount of education, training, and what steps must be taken to have a successful career in the field they are representing.

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




Meridian Community College - Events for March 2015

Meridian Community College
March 2015
Computer Class, Microsoft Excel (Beginning), March 3-17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Program, Understanding the Culture of Today’s Youth, March 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Wreathes: East Cross, March 5, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Gardening 101, March 5, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges State Art Competition Show Opening Reception, March 5, 4:30 p.m., Miller Art Gallery, Ivy Hall. John Marshall, 601-484-8647.

MCC Tennis: March 5, MCC vs. Hinds Community College, 2 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 14, MCC women vs. Seminole, 1 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 24, MCC vs. Itawamba Community College, 2 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 28, MCC vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 1 p.m., MCC campus. Coach Wanda McPhail, 601-484-8790.

MCC Softball: March 6, MCC vs. Pearl River Community College, 2 and 4 p.m.; March 21, MCC vs. Jones Junior College, 2 and 4 p.m.; March 24, MCC vs. Gulf Coast Community College, 3 and 5 p.m.; March 30, MCC vs. East Central Community College, 3 and 5 p.m.; Tommy McDonald Field (Highland Park), Coach Faith Robinson, 601-484-8890.

College will be closed for spring break, March 9-13. Classes resume March 16.

Term II classes begin, March 16. Admissions, 601-483-83241.

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, March 17, 6 p.m., McCain Theater, Ivy Hall. Lucy Ferguson, 601-484-8640.

MCC Baseball: March 17, MCC vs. Delta Community College, 3 p.m.; March 21, MCC vs. Itawamba Community College, 2 p.m.; March 25, MCC vs. Northeast Community College, 3 p.m.; March 28, MCC vs. Southwest Community College, 2 p.m.; Scaggs Field, Coach Dillon Sudduth, 601-484-8844.

Workforce Education class, Call Center Customer Service Evening Class, March 16-April 13, 5-8 p.m., Webb Hall Room 129. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Education class, Foundations of Computer and Digital Literacy, March 17-July 30, 5-8 p.m., MCC Workforce Development Center. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Clay Sculpture. Participants can choose either March 18 or March 19, 9-11 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, Microsoft Word (Beginning), March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, Microsoft Word (Beginning), March 19-April 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, QuickBooks, March 19-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development Class, Forklift, March 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MCC Workforce Development Center Room 101. 601-482-7445.

Basic Life Support/CPR, March 20, 1-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Caring for the Elderly or Disabled: Lay Caregiver Workshop, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon. 601-482-7445.

Arts & Letters Series production, Community Band Concert, March 22, 2 p.m., McCain Theater, Ivy Hall. 601-484-8696.

Workforce Education class, Call Center Customer Service Day Class, March 23-25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Education class, OSHA General Industry 10-Hour Certification, March 23-25, 4:30-8 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Crosses, March 24, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Fairy Container Gardens, March 24, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Today’s Bully: In the Classroom and the Boardroom, March 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Stock Market Fundamentals, March 26, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Four Meals for Busy Cooks, March 26, 6-8 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Antiquing/Junking/Treasures, March 26, 10 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Tuberculosis Surveillance and Testing Certification Workshop, March 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Fun with Frames, March 28, 10 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development class, Street Defensive Driving, March 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

MCC and MSU-Meridian College Connect, March 31, noon, Tommy E. Dulaney Center. Nedra Bradley, 601-484-8674.




EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

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EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

JACKSON – An East Mississippi Community College student and teacher were recognized among the best in higher education Feb. 17 in Jackson.
Jonathan Wiggins of DeKalb and Octavia Dickerson of Columbus were named EMCC’s 2015 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) Award recipients. The pair attended a luncheon where a student and teacher from each community college and university in Mississippi were applauded for their outstanding work.
Wiggins, a pharmacy major, has maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned induction to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. During his time at EMCC, he captured the attention of his instructors with his work.
“Jonathan, as a student, is a teacher's dream. He is responsible, reliable and produces work of the highest standard,” said Derrick Conner, English instructor and PTK sponsor.
Wiggins, who plans to attend the University of Mississippi, chose to attend EMCC first to remain close to home for awhile and transition to a college atmosphere.
Dickerson, or “Miss D” as students call her, has been a popular instructor for years in the Funeral Service Technology program.
“Octavia was selected because of her commitment to academic excellence and her hard work to increase the national board scores for the Funeral Service Technology program at EMCC,” said James Rush, EMCC associate dean of instruction.
“I’ve had many students tell me that ‘Miss D’ demands a lot in the classroom. However, after taking the national board, they say her efforts and expectations were warranted. And many of those same students still visit her on campus and support the FST program.”
The daughter of two educators, Dickerson became a teacher later in life but found her home in the classroom. She said the best part of teaching is seeing her students become successful professionals.
“I have many graduates who stay in contact, and I know I can call on any of them to help the program,” Dickerson said. “It makes you feel blessed to know you had a hand in that person growing and developing into a productive citizen and a wonderful human being.”


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



E M C C Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC DISTRICT MATH TOURNAMENT STAND-ALONES


EMCC MCTM 7th Grade Winners

East Mississippi Community College hosted the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament Feb. 20 at its Scooba campus. The top two finishers in the seventh and eighth grade categories will move on to the MCTM State Tournament April 11 at Hinds Community College in Jackson, with the third-place finisher serving as an alternate. The seventh grade winners are, from left, 1st place Catherine Li of Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, 2nd place Guillermo Hoffman of Armstrong Middle School and 3rd place Nyshedra Jordan of B.F. Liddell Middle School in Macon.



EMCC MCTM 8th Grade Winners

East Mississippi Community College hosted the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament Feb. 20 at its Scooba campus. The top two finishers in the seventh and eighth grade categories will move on to the MCTM State Tournament April 11 at Hinds Community College in Jackson, with the third-place finisher serving as an alternate. The eighth grade winners are, from left, 1st place Hamilton Wan of Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, 2nd place Bates Bennett of Starkville Academy and 3rd place Gloria Zhang of Armstrong Middle School.

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



Night classes at all E M C C locations have been canceled for tonight, Thursday, Feb. 26 ...

East Mississippi Community College
Night classes at all East Mississippi Community College locations have been canceled for tonight, Thursday, Feb. 26. Unless otherwise notified, normal operating hours for the college will resume Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m.

Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879




all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m

East Central Community College
all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, to allow for employees and commuters to travel to campus as the temperature rises above freezing.
With this delayed start, ECCC will make one class schedule modification. The 9:25 – 10:45 a.m. class will be held from 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. with Activity Period being canceled on Thursday. We will then resume our normal class schedule at 11:30 a.m.
As always, should developments in weather conditions in the morning necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel to campus. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.




Meridian Public School District - Delayed start of classes

See Schedule
Due to the possibility of unfavorable road conditions, MPSD will have a delayed start this morning ...Thursday, February 26.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.

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




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Hattiesburg & Waynesboro

2 locations .... Hattiesburg at the Woodall Center, on the Pearl River Community College campus at 906 Sullivan Drive and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Learning Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Hattiesburg & Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in the Pine Belt area will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

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

The training program will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, March 23, through Thursday, April 30. Classes will meet in two locations:
Hattiesburg at the Woodall Center, on the Pearl River Community College campus at 906 Sullivan Drive and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Learning Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

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

Interested participants need to register by March 17, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


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




JCJC's Theater department presents, “Guys & Dolls”

Jones County Junior College
JCJC's Theater department presents, “Guys & Dolls”
ELLISVILLE – The “Golden Age of Broadway” will be resurrected in Ellisville as Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts department presents, “Guys and Dolls.” The 1950 Tony Award winning musical will be presented on Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22. The weekend shows are at 7 p.m. in the M.P. Bush Auditorium with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and will be available in the lobby each night. All students, from any school can watch the show at no cost with a valid school ID.

The cast is made up of a motley crew of gamblers, female night club performers and Salvation Army workers determined to win souls. These unlikely groups are intertwined in a tale of good and evil, love and deception and the challenges of life. The abundance of male talent in her theater class prompted JCJC producer and musical director, Nikki Johnson to showcase the classic musical which takes place in New York City.

“’Guys and Dolls’ is the perfect musical for this group of students and we often laugh because so many of the roles seem to be people we know and love. We will definitely be making type-casting jokes long after this production,” said Johnson.

Rob Mulholland continues as guest director for the production and JCJC music instructor, Jennifer Hart joins the team as the orchestra conductor and assists with music and producing the show. The leading man in this year’s spring musical is a familiar face and familiar to being the lead. Hattiesburg’s Harlan Mapp plays gambler and self-described “goof,” Nathan Detroit. His fiancé of 14-years, Miss Adlaide, the lead dancer at the “Hot Box” night club is played by newcomer to the JCJC stage, Lydia Myers of Laurel.

“My character, Nathan Detroit’s relationship is comical and his wit is quick which I find easy to tap into,” said Mapp. “My favorite part of this show has been getting to star alongside Lydia Myers, my character’s fiancée. She’s very talented both as an actress and as a vocalist. She’s so quick to adapt to any situation we’re in.”

Myers is also very complimentary of Mapp’s skills and being able to adjust to anything. Both said they push each other to do more and to be better actors.

“We have great stage chemistry so we can work off of each other,” said Myers, who has been on the stage in pageants and dance since she was two-years old and plays since she was seven. “When one of us does something unexpected, the other can immediately adapt and play off of it. That’s the great thing about working with him; he’s ready for anything!”
Morgan Scott of Meadville is returning to the JCJC stage as Sarah Brown, a Salvation Army worker determined to save all the sinners in New York. Things get dicey when Mapp’s character bets Sky Masterson, played by JCJC freshman, Steve Jones of Starkville, he can’t get Sarah Brown to fall in love and leave the country with him. The funny thing is Sky’s charms seem to be working!

“Compared to the previous roles I have had at JCJC, I love this one the most!” said Scott. “My character has a tough exterior…but throughout the show, that exterior begins to break down.”

Jones admitted playing Masterson was a little difficult at first because it is very different from his personality.

“While I enjoy Sky Masterson’s character, I don’t at all like the beginnings of his character. He is suave, while very fake trying to uphold his reputation. It made it difficult to relate to him at first,” said Jones, who is no stranger to the stage with previous lead roles like Ren in “Footloose,” Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes,” and the Geni in “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.”

These four actors are surrounded by a cast made up of sinners and saints who dance and gamble, chased by Salvation Army soul-winners who all roll the dice on love and adventure. For more information about “Guys and Dolls,” contact the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.


Cast of Characters in Alphabetical Order
Agatha Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
Arvide Abernathy Reagan Arnold, Collins
Assistant Stage Manager Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Big Jule Jordan Sanders, Ellisville
Benny Southstreet Gary Young, Ellisville
Brandy Bottle Bates Chip (James) Cooley, Hopkinsville, KY
Crew Victoria Craft, Raleigh
Crew Sophia Daniel, Hattiesburg
Crew Brian Doyle, Taylorsville
Crew Simone Johnson, Hattiesburg
General Cartwright Roxie (Taylor) Hudgins, Collins
Harry the Horse Dominic Vellon Diamondhead
Hot Box Girl Lauryn Easley, Laurel
Hot Box Girl/Mimi Hanna Lester, Magee
Hot Box Girl Katie Garretson, Hattiesburg
Hot Box Girl/Martha Hannah Hankins, Laurel
Hot Box Girl Victoria O'Quin, Meridian
Hot Box Girl Jenna Smith, Columbia
Liver Lips Louie DeJuan Sam, Stateline
Lt. Brannigan James Moss, Petal
*Miss Adelaide Lydia Myers, Laurel
*Nathan Detroit Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Nicely-Nicely Johnson David Walker, Ellisville
Rusty Charley Austin Perkins, Ellisville
*Sarah Brown Morgan Scott, Meadville
Scranton Slim Tanner Crabtree, Gautier
*Sky Masterson Steve Jones, Starkville
Society Max Ricky Chambers, Waynesboro
Stage Manager Leah Dueitt, Neely
The Greek Reed (Stephen) Schaub, Magee
*Lead Roles


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




All East Mississippi Community College locations ... weather info

All East Mississippi Community College locations
All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 25, due to impending severe winter weather. Food service at the F.R. Young Student Union will continue as usual for residential students at the Scooba campus. A decision about Thursday classes will be made that morning about 6 a.m.


Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879




EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Winter Weather Update

EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Winter Weather Update
for
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the potential for winter weather developments in our five-county district throughout the day. In anticipation of a significant weather event beginning early in the morning, several school districts in our service area have made the decision to close tomorrow. Therefore, acting upon the best information we have at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed and all activities canceled on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Please know that predicting weather developments and their impact on our College, our communities, our students, and our employees is an inexact science. It is my intention to always make a wise decision in these circumstances. And, although I prefer, and would normally wait, to make this type of decision in the morning, the potential timing of the weather event early Wednesday morning will preclude me from waiting this time.
It is anticipated that this significant weather event will occur from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Therefore, we do not anticipate any changes to Thursday’s schedule. Also, Tuesday night classes and the ECCC Beauty Pageant will go on as scheduled. However, should developments in weather conditions necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations.
For our dormitory students, all meals will be served in Mabry Cafeteria (the Grille will be closed) on Wednesday, February 25, according to the following schedule:
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Supper 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed and all activities canceled on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times during this potential winter weather development.




Meridian Public School District - Delayed start of school

Meridian Public Schools
Due to the possibility of unfavorable road conditions, the Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start today ...Wednesday, February 25.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.

We will continue to work with the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) throughout the night and in the morning. If conditions should worsen, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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




Oakland Heights Elementary School Black History Program

Oakland Heights Elementary
Since we had a delayed school start this morning, Oakland Heights has changed the performance times for the Black History program. They will have it at 10:30 and 12:30 today.


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




JCJC holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new Clarke County Center

the new Clarke County Center 1200 South Erwin Road, Stonewall MS
JCJC holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new
Clarke County Center


WHAT: Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Clarke County Center in Stonewall

WHO: JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors, State and County representatives, elected officials along with Clarke County school representatives will be a part of the ceremony.

WHERE: 1200 South Erwin Road, Stonewall MS

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, February, 26, 2015.


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




Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start

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Due to the possibility of winter weather, the Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start ... Today, February 24.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.


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