East Central Community College in Decatur was well represented at the National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, as an adviser and students representing Theta Chi chapter received various honors at the annual competition held earlier this summer in Nashville. Award winners include (seated from left) Hannah Clark, fifth place, Parliamentary Procedure and Leah Ferguson, 14th place, Small Business Management Plan and Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda for Mississippi, both of Philadelphia; Patricia Thweatt and Latisha Johnson, 14th place, Business Ethics, both of Decatur; and Jessie Boatner, fourth place, Local Chapter Annual Business Report and fifth place, Parliamentary Procedure, and Virginia Easley, eighth place, Integrated Marketing Campaign and 14th place, Small Business Management Plan, both of Philadelphia; and (standing from left) adviser Thomas Fortenberry of Union, computer networking technology instructor; Chance Lovern of Philadelphia, fifth place, Parliamentary Procedure; participant Josh Bradley of Union; Jeremy Hudson of DeKalb, fifth place, Parliamentary Procedure; Denzel Clemons of Philadelphia, 14th place, Small Business Management Plan; Austin Jordan of Conehatta, fifth place, Parliamentary Procedure; and business technology instructor Christy Ferguson of Philadelphia, who was selected PBL Adviser of the Year in Mississippi. In addition, Theta Chi was one of two state chapters to receive the prestigious Gold Seal recognition. (Submitted Photo)
After serving the past two years as a part-time assistant softball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Courtney Nunn was recently named a full-time assistant on the Lady Warrior softball staff.
Nunn, who is the pitching and strength and conditioning coach, will officially begin the 10-month position on August 1, 2014.
Softball Coach Kristin Chaney, who begins her third year as Lady Warriors head mentor, said Coach Nunn “has really bought into our teachings at East Central. She has a huge heart and truly cares for the betterment of our girls.”
Nunn assisted in leading the Lady Warriors to the Region 23 Tournament in 2013 where they finished their season 31-17. The Lady Warriors ended their 2014 season in the MACJC playoffs with a 33-16 record.
Prior to joining the ECCC coaching staff, Nunn assisted with recreational projects for the Jackson Parish Recreation Department in Jonesboro, La. The Jonesboro native also has experience as an umpire for softball and baseball games on several levels. In addition, she has provided pitching instruction to young softball players in her hometown and the five-county district area of ECCC. She also served as a volunteer pitching coach for a softball clinic hosted by East Mississippi Community College.
Nunn is a former softball standout as a pitcher on the high school, community college and four-year college levels.
At Jonesboro-Hodge High School, she received first team All-State honors in 2007 and 2008 and was a first-team All-District selection in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was named second team All-District in 2005 and was recognized as the LHSAA All-North Strikeout Leader in 2008. She helped lead Jonesboro-Hodge to the state semi-finals in 2006.
Nunn continued her career at East Mississippi, where in 2010 she received All-Region and MACJC All-State honors as a pitcher and was named MACJC All-North Division Defensive Player of the Year. She also earned MACJC All-State honors in 2009. She received an Associates of Arts degree in May 2010.
At Mississippi College, Nunn was named ASC Conference Pitcher of the Year and received first team All-Conference honors in 2012. She helped lead the Lady Choctaws to the ASC Conference and NCAA Regionals in 2011. In addition, she received “Pitcher of the Week” honors on three occasions during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. She earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in May 2012.
She is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Nunn of Jonesboro, Louisiana.
The East Central Community College Centralettes, the danceline for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, will be among special groups performing at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28 at Founders’ Square Pavilion during “EC Day” activities at the Neshoba County Fair. They will also provide entertainment later that evening during the Miss Neshoba County Fair Pageant at the Grandstand. Centralettes and their respective hometowns include (front row, from left) Courtney Hamilton, Madden; Grayson Harrell, Morton; Lauren Cassel, Union; Kaylee Yates, Decatur; Ashley Young and Jordan Lovorn, both of Louisville; Hannah Mitchell, Meridian; Meshach Martin, Newton; Delia Wilder, Carthage; La’Kimberly Patrick, Forest; Cara Jackson, Louisville; and Mackenzie Gannon, Decatur; and (back row, from left) Kelli Boulton, Decatur; Taylor Alexander, Megan Robinson and Joelie Hill, all of Louisville; Malorie Hunt, Collinsville; Jessica Moffett, Meridian; Emily Cook, Carthage; Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater; Brittney Rawson, Forest; Sydney Keith, Philadelphia; and Kaley Bufkin, Decatur. Also pictured is Tina Sanders of Little Rock who serves as coordinator/choreographer.
Michelle Li Lee was recently selected sociology instructor at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Lee, who will begin her full-time duties this fall, previously served as an adjunct sociology instructor at ECCC and East Mississippi Community College. She also taught marriage and family at EMCC. She earlier served as an English instructor and AmericaCorps tutor and supervisor with ECCC.
She is also a former pre-school and Spanish teacher.
Lee said her favorite part of teaching besides the fact that she is “endlessly intrigued by my subject matter” is the students.
“I learn so much from my students and I feel so privileged to get to know so many great people,” Lee said. “I am regularly moved by their intelligence and insight and their kindness.”
Lee has lived in 11 states and is originally from Maine but said she considers Mississippi her home.
“I love the state of MS and its unique history, people and culture,” Lee said.
The 1998 graduate of ECCC earned her bachelor of arts degree in social sciences in 2008 from Southern New Hampshire University in Brunswick, Maine and her masters of arts in teaching degree with emphasis in sociology in 2013 from Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Lee is married to her husband of 26 years, Dr. Randall E. Lee. They have two grown children, one daughter and one son, and a daughter-in-law, and their first grandchild is “on the way.”
She is active in the MS Auxiliary of the Gideons International, and she is a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Little Rock where she teaches Sunday School to the youth.
Tips on starting a new business will be available during a workshop scheduled Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Small Business Development Center in Philadelphia.
The free information session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Ronald B. Westbrook, SBDC Director, will serve as guest speaker.
To advance register or to receive more information, contact Ronald Westbrook at 601-635-6297 or Virgie Thames, administrative assistant, at 601-635-6296. Their respective e-mail addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Area youngsters who participated in Lil’ Warrior Soccer, offered as part of Kids’ College activities at East Central Community College in Decatur, included (kneeling from left) Abigail Graham of Philadelphia, Brody Parkes of Louisville, Reid Massey, Charley Hollingsworth and Kent Selman, all of Decatur, and Jonah Mayes of Walker, Louisiana; and (standing from left) Eva Swann of Chunky, Tyler Ray and Donald Blake, both of Decatur; Thomas Dyess and Trey Posey, both of Philadelphia; and Camden Mayes of Walker, Louisiana. Not pictured is Hob Carleton of Union. ECCC men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson and ECCC women’s soccer coach Gray Massey led the camp.
Participating in Lil’ Warrior Basketball held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur were (front row, from left) Cohen Bout of Decatur, Kaden Holdiness of Noxapater, Addisyn Fox of Union, Miles Taylor of Philadelphia, Caden Spence of Decatur, Brylee Weems of Noxapater and Max Bout of Decatur; and (back row, from left) Jeremiah Johnson of Newton, Thomas Dyess, Sam Durant, Katelyn Taylor and Trey Posey, all of Philadelphia; Evan Tally of Lake, Micah Garrison of Newton, and Kimari Brown of Decatur. ECCC Assistant Basketball Coach Devarus Walker led the camp. Lil’ Warrior Basketball is among Kids’ College activities offered each summer on the ECCC campus.
These youngsters received instruction in theatre offered as part of Kids’ College activities held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Front row from left are Hayden Chaney of Philadelphia, Alexa Gann of Little Rock, Katelyn Payne of Union, Bryanna Gann of Little Rock and Brady Thorne of Newton; and back row from left are Jaylon Robinson of Newton, Mia Mazuelos of Decatur, Natalie Nelson of Little Rock, Gracie Humphreys of Newton, Grace Hall of Decatur, and Mallory McGee and Autumn Payne, both of Union. ECCC Players sponsor Stacey Pollock served as instructor.
These youngsters received instruction in art techniques offered as part of Kids’ College activities held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Front row from left are Charley Hollingsworth of Decatur, Brady Thorne of Newton, Chloe Cooper and Katelyn Payne, both of Union; and Miyah Henry of Philadelphia; and back row from left are Ella Phillips of Decatur, Jenna Flynt of Union, Atley Thomas of Hickory, Mia Mazeulos of Decatur, Lily Swann of Chunky and Anna Grace Copeland of Philadelphia. ECCC art teacher Chris Brady (top right) served as instructor.
These youngsters received instruction in art techniques offered as part of Kids’ College activities held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Front row from left are Chase Dill, Gracie Johnston and Blair Whittle, all of Philadelphia and Callie Jenkins of Newton; and ECCC art instructor Chris Brady, Russ Wagner of Hickory, Lacie Nelson of Little Rock, Cynthia Cumberland of Philadelphia, Kaylie McDowell of Newton and Anna Grace Reed of Decatur.