Numerous East Central Community College students, faculty and staff members show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing “pink” for “Power of Pink Day” Tuesday, October 8. Pictured are (first row, from left) instructors Susan Fox Smith and Christy Ferguson, Delphine Edwards of Raleigh, Jared Jim of Philadephia, Yashica Ickom of Lake, Patricia Thweatt of Union, Gloriana Latham of Morton, Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, Latishia Johnson of Decatur, Brianna Parkman of Lake, Nikita Barney and Virginia Easley, both of Philadelphia; and (second row, from left) instructor Judy Hurtt, Tyeshia Meeks and Cindy Burnside, both of Decatur; Chelsea James of Union, Demetria Jones of Newton, Jeremy Hudson of DeKalb, Hannah Smith of Madden, Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, Adrian Tucker of Conehatta, Juan Cervantes of Forest and Dareen Hicks of Louisville. “Power of Pink Day” was sponsored by the College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter. Several activities are being held this week on the Decatur campus of East Central Community College in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Think Pink Week” got under way Monday, October 7, with the distribution of pink ribbons. “Bright Pink Day” is set for Wednesday, October 9. Survey forms will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tucker Applied Technology Center to determine one’s risk for breast cancer. Additional information about breast cancer will be available Thursday, October 10, as Association of Student Nurses representatives plan to distribute pamphlets regarding the disease and provide instruction on self-breast exams. The week’s activities conclude with a “Pink Balloon Release” scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, October 11, in the East Mall area. Balloons are available for $1 each in memory or in honor of those who have fought or continue to fight breast cancer. Donations must be received by Wednesday, October 9 for the balloon release. For more information, contact PBL adviser Christy Ferguson, 601-635-6292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Central Community College soccer teams recently participated in a community service project involving second-graders from Newton County Elementary School. The Lady Warriors and Warriors conducted various soccer drills with the young athletes, including an activity on scoring goals as shown above. Approximately 140 Newton County students participated in the one-day event, coordinated by ECCC men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson. The ECCC soccer field also serves as host site for “Serious Soccer” activities held each fall and sponsored by Clarke-Venable Baptist Church.
A fireworks show, performances by area bands, and presentation of the 2013 homecoming court are just some of the activities planned for East Central Community College’s Homecoming Pep Rally scheduled Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The annual event gets under way at 7 p.m. with the introduction of Homecoming Queen Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville and her Court by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
The Wall O’ Sound Marching Band follows the presentation by performing the Warrior Fight Song as football players and coaches enter the stadium.
Also scheduled are performances by the Warrior Cheerleaders and Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band.
First-year head football coach Ken Karcher will provide remarks and introduce team captains for Saturday’s battle with Mississippi Delta Community College.
Activities conclude with the fireworks show and performances by the ECCC Collegians and area bands on the deck inside Bailey Stadium.
The public is invited to attend the free event.
For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6202 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 202.
Members of the 2013 East Central Community College women’s basketball team recently participated in a community service project at Newton Elementary School. Players and managers read books to kindergarten and first-grade students, assisted with their homework and concluded activities by playing various games outside. In the above photo, (from left) freshman guards Whitney Williams of Chicago, Andreka Harper of Forest and Keoceania Yarbrough of Louisville take turns reading to students in Mrs. Cindy Strickland and Mrs. Faye Chapman’s first-grade class. Lady Warrior head coach Crandal Porter, who previous led Newton High School basketball programs, initiated the community service project. “Because of my obvious connection with the Newton community, I felt the need to show the connection between sports, and basketball in particular, and education,” said Coach Porter. “Also, I wanted to see the impact that athletes could have on the lives of young kids. We plan to make appearances in other communities and schools as well.”
Several activities are being held this week on the Decatur campus of East Central Community College in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda, “Think Pink Week” gets under way Monday, Oct. 7, with the distribution of pink ribbons from 10 a.m. to noon on the East Mall, near Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
Staff members and students are encouraged to wear pink on “Power of Pink Day” scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 8. A group photo of those wearing “pink” will be taken at 2:15 p.m. in the McGee Gold Room in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
“Bright Pink Day” is set for Wednesday, Oct. 9. Survey forms will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tucker Applied Technology Center to determine one’s risk for breast cancer.
Additional information about breast cancer will be available Thursday, Oct. 10, as Association of Student Nurses representatives plan to distribute pamphlets regarding the disease and provide instruction on self-breast exams.
The week’s activities conclude with a “Pink Balloon Release” scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the East Mall area.
Balloons are available for $1 each in memory or in honor of those who have fought or continue to fight breast cancer.
Donations must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 9 for the balloon release.
For more information, contact PBL adviser Christy Ferguson, 601-635-6292 or e-mail email@example.com.
Leaders of East Central Community College’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa include (from left) Kacey Smiley of Newton, executive board; Hannah McCurdy of Morton, vice president of scholarship; Bryant Williams of Hickory, vice president of fellowship; Jacob Oliver of Little Rock, vice president of leadership; adviser Jenna Wright, math instructor; Mary Margaret Bailey of Philadelphia, president; advisers Chris Ryals, drafting and design technology instructor and Amanda Walton, workforce education counselor; Sydney Dawkins of DeKalb, executive board; Nathan Powell of Meridian, vice president of service; and Jessie Barrett of Lake, executive board. Advisers and officers were recognized at the fall induction ceremony held Sept. 23, 2013, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
East Central Community College quarterback Donnie Farmer (11) avoids a tackle from Jones County defensive lineman Allen Young (44) of McComb to complete a pass during the MACJC South Division matchup held Thursday, Oct. 3 at Bailey Stadium. Farmer, a freshman signal caller from Harrison Central, finished the night by connecting on 13 of 22 pass attempts for 129 yards. The Warriors remain winless in 2013 as the No. 3 ranked and undefeated Bobcats cruised to a 47-0 victory.
Struggles continue on the gridiron for the young East Central Community Warriors who were victims of another nationally-ranked team Thursday, Oct. 3 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
After trailing just 7-0 following first-period action, East Central was simply no match for the No. 3 Jones County Junior College Bobcats who added 24 points in the second quarter on their way to an easy 47-0 victory.
Jones County improved to 6-0 overall and leads the MACJC South Division with a 4-0 mark. East Central dropped to 0-6 and 0-4.
“Jones is a much-better football team than us,” said first-year Warrior head coach Ken Karcher in a post-game interview. “We had a couple of chances (to score) but when you don’t capitalize against a good team you’re not going to have those things happen.”
One such opportunity collapsed following the Bobcats’ first score when the Warriors drove from their own 19 to the Jones County 32, where the drive stalled on fourth and short yardage. A highlight of the 49-yard march was JaDerrick Farrow’s 12-yard run on a fake punt when EC faced fourth and six near midfield. Farrow is a freshman defensive back from Bleckley County High School in Blakely, Ga.
EC missed another scoring opportunity late in first-half action while trailing 31-0. Quarterback Donnie Farmer connected on a 61-yard pass play to wide receiver Hakeem Parker, which gave the Warriors possession on the Bobcat 10-yard-line. However, the drive stalled and Austin Franklin’s 23-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked.
Farmer, a freshman signal caller from Harrison Central, finished the night completing 13 of 22 passes for 129 yards. Parker, a sophomore from Joseph S. Clark High School in New Orleans, led EC receivers with five grabs for 84 yards. Franklin, also a sophomore, hails from Petal High School.
The Warriors reached the Bobcat 17-yard-line on their final drive of the night but turned over possession when Farmer’s pass attempt fell incomplete on fourth and nine.
The Bobcats were led by freshman quarterback Steven Swindle of Oak Grove, who completed eight of 10 passes for 192 yards and two scores.
His top receiver was sophomore wide receiver Quartez Cooks of Quitman, who had four catches for 158 yards and scored on 45- and 24-yard receptions from Swindle.
The Jones rushing attack was led by freshman running Keshod Willis of Lumberton, who had 106 yards on 14 carries and scored on a one-yard.
Also scoring for Jones were sophomore running back Justin Harris of Morton, who gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead on his four-yard run midway in the first period; freshman quarterback Kenneth Coleman of Hazlehurst, who tallied on a two-yard run; and freshman running back Jamal Hatten of Hattiesburg, whose two-yard plunge gave the Bobcats their final tally.
Sophomore kicker Grant McLaurin of Forrest County AHS connected on 47- and 45-yard field goals and made five of six PATs.
EC’s rushing attack was led by sophomore Martin Johnson of Nanih Waiya, who had 15 attempts for 50 yards. Freshman running back Lamarcus Franks of Greene County contributed 22 yards on nine carries.
The Warriors host Mississippi Delta Community College in the annual homecoming battle Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium.
The Trojans are 0-5 prior to their matchup with Northwest Mississippi Community College scheduled Saturday, Oct. 5 on the Senatobia campus.
Several East Central Community College tennis players reached the consolation finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held Sept. 19-21 at Meridian Community College.
Javon Yarbrough of Louisville and Juan Miranda of Morton were defeated by MCC’s T.J. Carter and Reed Wade to conclude competition in men’s doubles.
Yarbrough and Miranda, along with Daniel Giles of Union and Hunter Tharp of Clinton advanced through the first round in men’s singles.
Dianne O’Neill and Robert Thompson serve as EC tennis coaches.
East Central Community College’s golf team participated in the annual Jim Redgate Invitational held at Briarwood Country Club in Meridian Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2013, and hosted by Meridian Community College.
The Warrior linksters finished sixth with a 959 total in the three-day event, won by Central Alabama Community College’s squad which posted an 891 total.
Faulkner State was second at 898, followed by MS Gulf Coast, 904; MCC, 907; and Copiah-Lincoln, 923.
Aaron Tucker and Sawyer Williams led EC with a 234 total. Tucker posted rounds of 76, 80 and 78, and Williams recorded scores of 80, 80 and 74. Tucker is a product of Leake Central and Williams hails from Parkers Chapel High School in Eldorado, Ark.
Other team members, their respective scores and high schools include Kirk Stonestreet, 251 (80-89-82), Kosciusko; Jonathan Amis, 256 (87-88-81), Newton County; Michael Jones, 258 (85-84-89), Forest; and Sam Williams, 266 (94-87-85), Newton County Academy. Karlton Ginn began competition with scores of 81 and 75 but had to withdraw in the final round due to a wrist injury. Ginn is a product of Franklinton (La.) High School.
Chris Clark serves as Warrior golf coach.