The Bookstore at East Central Community College in Decatur held a Valentine’s Day Giveaway for its patrons. Bookstore employee Ashley Patterson (left) presents the winners, freshmen Shana Evans of Lawrence (middle) and Melanie Moore of Lake (right), with their prize teddy bears.
Faculty, staff, and students at East Central Community College’s Daycare Center in Decatur dressed up in decorated T-shirts on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to celebrate the 100th school day of the year. In addition to celebrating with decorated T-shirts, students in the Daycare spent the day practicing with the number 100 in their counting lessons.
Kaitlin Smith (seated, center), a 2014 graduate of Scott Central High School, is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue her softball career at East Central Community College in Decatur. Smith is a six-year member of the Lady Rebels softball team, was named all-state her sophomore year, received five hustle awards and was recognized in the 400 club. Also pictured are (seated) Lady Rebel softball coach Taylor Hughes and the signee’s mother, Pam Smith of Forest; and (standing, from left) Scott Central Attendance Center Athletic Director Johnny Mills and the signee’s father, Tim Smith, also of Forest. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Allen Baker/The Scott County Times)
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team recorded a pair of victories over Marion Military Thursday, Feb. 27 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors held on for 6-5 decision in the opener and cruised 11-3 in the second contest to improve to 14-2 under head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.
Karoline Holsonback belted at two-run double and Hayley Stephens contributed a two-run single in leading the EC offense.
Holsonback is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School and Stephens is a graduate of Union High School.
Morgan Porter of Enterprise ripped a double and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale singled.
Makayla Kelly picked up the win. She went 6 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. Kelly also fanned four batters and walked four. She is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School.
In the nightcap, Porter led the offense with two doubles and a single. She also knocked in a run.
Holsonback, Amber McBroom of Brandon and Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale had two singles each. McBroom and Beard were also credited with an RBI each.
Other hitters were Anna Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, double and two RBIs; Stephens, single and RBI; and Turner, single.
Kendra Wilson went 4 2/3 innings and picked up the win. She allowed two earned runs on three hits. She also fanned three batters and walked five.
The Lady Diamond Warriors battle Jones County Junior College Saturday, March 1. Doubleheader action begins at 1 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
Struggles on the diamond continue for East Central Community College’s baseball team following a doubleheader loss to Mississippi Delta Community College Thursday, Feb. 27 on the Moorhead campus.
EC was edged 3-2 in the opener and was outscored 11-9 in the nightcap.
The Diamond Warriors jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but Delta rallied for three runs in the second inning and held on for the victory in the first contest.
EC hitters were Ben Cooley of South Jones, Dyan Little, a product of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School, John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, singles each.
Zach May of Newton County was also credited with an RBI.
In the second contest, EC grabbed an early 3-0 lead following Jake Bush’s solo homer and RBI singles from McCullough and Lane Fazende, a product of Pearl River Central High School. Bush is a product of Brookwood (Ala.) High School.
The Diamond Warriors stretched their lead to 9-0 in the third but the Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the frame and later tied the contest at 9-9 in the bottom of the sixth. Delta took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth and held on for the win.
Other hitters for EC were Cody Daigle, a product of Parkview Baptist High School in Addis, La., two singles; and Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale, Chance Whitten of South Panola and Little, singles each.
Also credited with RBIs were Little and Will Myers of Leake Academy, who each knocked in a run.
The Diamond Warriors (4-8) have two games scheduled Saturday, March 1 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
EC battles Wabash Valley at noon and Northeast MS Community College at 5 p.m. Both games are nine-inning contests.
The Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.
East Central Community College sophomore Teylor Martinez of Louisville represented the state’s community college students during the annual Capitol Day event held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the State Capitol in Jackson. During her remarks at the mid-morning Press Conference, Martinez expressed appreciation to EC’s ‘caring faculty’ in providing her with a quality education. “I will transfer to a university well-prepared for the next step in my education because the faculty and staff took a personal interest in helping me achieve a degree.” She urged lawmakers to support community and junior college students by providing funding as requested for the 15-college system. Martinez is a product of Nanih Waiya High School.
JACKSON – In remarks to students, faculty and other supporters of the 15 community colleges gathered at the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, key legislators voiced support for the colleges and their efforts to achieve Mid-Level funding.
Rep. Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis, chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee and Appropriations Committee, is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia.
“I will tell you up front I’m one who supports Mid-Level funding. It certainly will allow you the opportunity to provide a greater opportunity for our citizens in Mississippi,” Mettetal said.
“Thank you so much for training and educating almost a quarter of a million students annually. It’s amazing how you have established yourself as the greatest value in higher education in Mississippi. It’s also quite fascinating the fact that 64 percent of all freshmen are enrolled in a community college. Pretty remarkable,” he said.
The Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges (MFACJC) sponsored the annual event.
In 2007, legislators promised to fund the colleges at the Mid-Level point – per-student funding halfway between K-12 education and the regional public universities – but the community colleges are only getting 52 percent of the promised funds. The colleges are seeking to regain the ground they lost since the legislation was passed. It will take $86.6 million to make it half-way to the Mid-Level target.
With 64 percent of all freshmen as their students, Mississippi’s 15 community colleges play a key role in our state’s higher education system that leads to a more educated populace and a trained workforce.
“We have a diverse student body in the community college system and that’s what it’s all about – and that’s what it takes to make Mississippi prosper,” said Sen. John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee.
Mid-Level Funding mandates per-student funding for community colleges that is midway between per-student funding for K-12 students and regional public university students. Using data from FY 2012, the regional public universities were funded at $6,125 per student and public schools were funded at $4,828 per student. Accordingly, community colleges should have been funded at $5,476 per student, but instead received only $3,075 per student.
“Middle skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, make up the largest segment of jobs in the current economy. Community colleges are the pivotal link in preparing a competitive workforce in Mississippi,” said Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College in Raymond and legislative chair for the 15-college system.
Johnny Allen, vice president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and president of Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, said the money is there this year for the legislators to appropriate money toward Mid-Level funding.
“We want to make sure we have the means to support our students with quality faculty not only today but in the future, to provide access to quality higher education through the lowest possible tuition costs and the means to employ modern technology to make sure we have the tools to do the teaching job,” Allen said. “We believe that the means are there. We are calling on the members of the Legislature to make sure we preserve one of the most outstanding aspects of public education. “
The community colleges enroll more than 75,000 students, including 54 percent of all undergraduates and nearly half of all students taking a credit course.
"Mid-Level Funding is a means to keep tuition affordable, to recruit and retain quality faculty, and prepare more students for work. It is also simple fairness," said Dr. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.
Organizing the event was Doug Donohue, president of the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges, which hosts the annual Capitol Day event. Donohue is an instructor at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.
“We are 15 colleges, speaking with one voice for our students,” Donahue said. “The quality of our programs, the affordability of a college education and the stability of a highly credentialed faculty workforce depend upon equitable funding for community colleges. Our students deserve the same support the Legislature provides for K-12 and public universities.”
The faculty association joins college presidents, students, alumni and trustees in asking legislators to support more funding for community colleges. Since Fiscal Year 2000, community college enrollment has grown 44.7 percent while state support per student has declined by 16.8 percent.
Also participating at the Capitol were colleges’ Student VOICES groups, a student-led advocacy that encourages students to be civically engaged. Topping student concerns is the cost of a college education.
“Because of the caring faculty that I came in contact with from day one, I feel like I’m making a solid foundation for my future endeavors. I want to urge you to support the community college students today and our funding request for our schools,” said Teylor Martinez of Louisville, a sophomore at East Central Community College in Decatur. Martinez is a graduate of Nanih Waiya High School.
About 80 percent of new jobs being developed in the current economy require college-level learning, and, in Mississippi 54 percent of all undergraduates in public institutions attend a community college.
“We are the platform not only for the future careers of our students, but the future of our state as well,” said Dr. Ben Cloyd, director of the Honors Institute at Hinds Community College.
The 15-college system serves nearly 250,000 Mississippians each year in university transfer, career/technical, workforce and adult education programs.
Andrea Williams of WTOK-TV in Meridian served as keynote speaker for the annual Black History Month program held Feb. 19, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Williams’ message for the evening was “Be Better, Not Bitter.” She said, “Black history is American history. It’s not saying that one group is better than another or that one group is more superior. It means that we all have worked together to make this country what it is today.” She continued, “Right has no color – black, white or any other. Right is what right is.” Williams also emphasized the importance of following the words of the Bible in everyday life. “The Bible is our guiding post in life and God shows us how to be better and not bitter. His son Jesus, who suffered so much, became better not bitter. That’s the example we all have to follow.” Williams joined the WTOK-TV staff in 1999 and currently serves as host of the popular Good Morning Meridian program. The ECCC Black History Month event is sponsored by the college’s Gospel Choir, which also performed. Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson serves as gospel choir sponsor.
Captains for the 2014 East Central Community College baseball team are sophomores (from left) Maxwell Harmon (10) of Meridian, an infielder/outfielder and product of Enterprise High School; John Morgan Berry (27) of Madison, a first baseman/outfielder from Madison Central High School; and Mason Woodrow (9) of Taylorsville, a right-handed pitcher and product of Taylorsville High School. The ECCC Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims. ECCC is located in Decatur.
Dr. Max Grivno, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, will present Workshop of the Confederacy: East Mississippi in the Civil War, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Dr. Grivno’s presentation will be held in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria and is one of several special programs scheduled in association with The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records.
Dr. Grivno teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American History at USM. He is a former instructor at the University of Maryland, where he received his PhD.
He is a recipient of several honors at USM, including the Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award (2011) and the Faculty Senate/University President Award for Junior Faculty Research (2010).
Dr. Grivno is the author of The Gleanings of Freedom: Free Labor and Slavery along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860.
He has also published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly publications and has received numerous fellowships and grants.
Dr. Grivno is currently working on Bandits, Klansmen, Rioters, and Strikers; Violence in the Mississippi Black Belt, 1830-1916.
He is a member of the American Historical Association, Labor and Working Class History Association, Mississippi Historical Society, Organization of American Historians and Southern Historical Association.
The Smithsonian exhibit was officially unveiled during a Grand Opening ceremony held Monday, Feb. 24.
The free exhibition will be open to the public and on display from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday, March 28, in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. (The exhibition will be closed from March 8 – 16 due to the Spring Break holiday but will reopen Monday, March 17.)
The Way We Worked explores how work has become a central element in American culture during the past 150 years through documenting the lives of ordinary American workers.
The exhibit is a part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.
Additional presentations and special events associated with The Way We Worked include the following:
Workforce Appreciation Day – Reception and Guest Luncheon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. The featured speaker is Dr. G. Wallace Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, who will discuss The Scope and Significance of the Poultry Industry in Mississippi.
Ovid Vickers, retired ECCC English instructor and local historian/author who will present, Work in Literature, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
Senior Day – Exhibition is open to all visiting high school seniors during special activities planned Friday, March 28 and featuring former NFL coach and NBC’s Football Night in America commentator, Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy will provide remarks to the visiting seniors as part of the annual event.
For more information or to arrange a tour of the exhibit, please contact event coordinator/art instructor Chris Brady, at 601-635-6229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, 601-635-6202 or email email@example.com.