Above are members of the 2014 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College, who were selected during elections held recently on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (seated from left) sophomore maids Anna Katherine Nowell,of Philadelphia and Cara Jackson of Nanih Waiya; queen Nikki Triplett of Forest; maid of honor MaChasity Leflore of Carthage; and sophomore maid Mallory Turner of Meridian; and (standing from left) freshman maids Courtney Hamilton of Philadelphia, Kaley Bufkin of Decatur, Skylar Davidson of Morton and Sydney Keith of Philadelphia. The queen and her court will be presented during halftime of the Warriors’ Homecoming battle with Jones County Junior College scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11.
Numerous Choctaw Central High School and Neshoba Central High School graduates are continuing their education this fall at East Central Community College in Decatur. College officials welcomed the outstanding students during the first Native American Club meeting of the 2014-15 school year. Pictured on the steps of Burton Library are (first row, from left) Melanie Kopaddy, Shaneisha Willlis, Emily Shoemake and Breanna Lasiloo; (second row, from left) Tara Dixon, Shaya Chickaway, Dakota Hicks and Brandi Charlie; (third row, from left) Gary Willis, Benjamin Guyette, Kelly Dixon and Cristen Jim; (fourth row, from left) Juan-Diego McMillan and Kayla Stephens (fifth row, from left) Michael Alexander, EC academic counselor/recruiter; Shawn Smith; and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart; and (sixth row, from left) Dr. Randall Lee, ECCC Vice President for Student Services; Quinn Carlisle, former Choctaw Central counselor; and Claire Threatt, current Choctaw Central counselor.
Making final preparations for East Central Community College’s Homecoming scheduled Saturday, October 11, 2014, are the above Alumni Association officers and Board of Directors. Seated from left are Bruce Lee of Louisville, Winston County representative; Ann Hunter Burkes of Decatur, Newton County representative; Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction; Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for foundation and alumni relations; Dow Thomas of Louisville, Association president; and Matt Alford of Forest, Scott County representative. Standing from left are Paul Chamblee and Pete Lucovich, both of Carthage, Leake County representatives; Bill Freeman of Forest, Scott County representative; Harvey Trapp of Decatur, Newton County representative; Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC President; and Dr. Bob Tom Johnson of Forest, Association past president. For more information on Homecoming 2014, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, at 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barlow Jacobs, a screen writer and actor residing in Los Angeles, Calif., discusses the “Hollywood life” to students in Jason Armstrong’s Film as Literature class during his recent visit to East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Jacobs, a longtime friend of Armstrong, has worked with Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Shannon, Ray McKinnon, Hal Holbrook, David Gordon Green and many others. He has worked on several featured-length films including Shotgun Stories, The Master, That Evening Sun and many more. Jacobs is married to Ruth De Jong, a production designer on major Hollywood productions, including There Will Be Blood and Water for Elephants) as well as nationally distributed commercials.
East Central Community College soccer player Landry Lofton (2) demonstrates his athletic skills while maintaining possession during the Warriors 2-0 win over visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Friday, Sept. 26. Landry is a sophomore forward from Pascagoula.
Allie Turner (5) was the top scorer in East Central Community College’s 4-0 shutout over Southwest Mississippi Community College Friday, Sept. 26 in Decatur. Turner scored three goals and was credited with an assist on another as the Lady Soccer Warriors improved to 8-1-1 on the 2014 campaign. Turner is a freshman midfielder and product of Horn Lake High School. Also shown is EC freshman midfielder Kayla Anderson (8) of Florence. The Lady Soccer Warriors are led by second-year head coach Gray Massey.
Soccer matches will be played for the first time at night and on the new synthetic turf at Bailey Stadium when East Central Community College hosts Copiah-Lincoln Community College Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, on the Decatur campus.
The women’s contest is set for 5 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s battle at 7 p.m.
The Lady Soccer Warriors are 8-1-1 overall and sit atop the MACJC North Division standings at 3-0-1. Gray Massey is in his second year as head coach.
The Co-Lin women are 0-11 overall and 0-5-0 in the MACJC South Division.
EC’s Soccer Warriors are 5-5-0 overall and 1-3-0 in league play. Kenneth Thompson is in his 16th year as head coach.
The Co-Lin men are 2-9-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the South.
ECCC soccer coaches invite the public to attend the contests at Bailey Stadium and be a part of school history.
“We hope to fill the stands for this historic event,” said the two EC soccer coaches in a joint statement. “We appreciate everyone support as we continue our efforts to make EC soccer the best in the state.”
East Central Community College running back Lemarcus Franks (22) takes the handoff from quarterback Ethan Hamilton (8) during the Warriors’ MACJC South Division battle with Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 25 in Wesson. Franks led EC rushers with 86 yards on 18 carries. The 5-7, 142-pound sophomore speedster is a product of Greene County High School. Hamilton hails from Noxapater High School. The nationally ranked Wolfpack won easily, 43-0.
Sophomore wide receiver Xavier Willis (9) and the East Central Community College offense struggled for yardage against nationally ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 25, as the Wolfpack cruised to a 43-0 MACJC South Division victory in Wesson. Willis, a Newton County High School product, caught three passes for 20 yards and had one rushing attempt for 12 yards.
For the third consecutive year, East Central Community College in Decatur has been designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is “extremely proud” the college has again earned recognition as a Military Friendly School.
“East Central Community College has a strong commitment to our country’s men and women in the military as evidenced by being named a Military Friendly School for the third year in a row. We will continue to provide high-quality programs and services to assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals. I want to thank Jessica Gibson and Deanna Rush in the Office of Admissions and Records, and Dr. Randall Lee in Student Services for their leadership in providing these important services as well as applying for and securing the prestigious award,” said Dr. Stewart.
The Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate, Criteria for consideration can be found on the Military Friendly Schools website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.
The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in year’s past, the 2015 Military Friendly Schools results were independently tested by Ernest and Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academy Advisory Board.
Victory Media is service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. The company’s data-driven Military Friendly lists are published in G.I. Jobs. Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.
For more information regarding services provided military veterans at ECCC, contact Jessica Gibson in the Office of Admissions and Records, at 601-635-6392 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 392. The email address is email@example.com.