Tau Iosia of Meridian is all smiles after winning a La-Z-Boy South recliner, the top door prize in the 12th Annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held June 27, 2013, at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw. Iosia was a member of the Valley Foods Corporate Team. Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, the Warrior Golf Classic serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships. This year’s event netted $11,300, according to event organizer Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations. For more information, contact Dr. Hollingsworth, 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is email@example.com.
Community Bank captured overall and corporation division honors in the 2013 East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held Thursday, June 27 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart (left) is shown presenting the championship award to team members Steve Gibson of Forest, Ray Riley and Gary Jolly, both of Madison; and Tim Leitaker of Carthage, who carded an 18-under par 54 in the four-person scramble held on the Azaleas course. Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, the 12th annual event is held to provide scholarships for students residing in the College’s district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties. This year’s event netted $11,300, according to Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations.
Community Bank took home the championship trophy but area students were the real winners following the 12th annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held June 27, 2013, at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw.
Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, this year’s four-person scramble netted $11,300 for student scholarships, according to Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations.
“The Warrior Golf Classic provides much-needed and appreciated scholarships for EC students,” said Dr. Hollingsworth. “We very much appreciate the support we have received the past 12 years and encourage others to participate in this worthwhile event.”
Since the tournament’s inception in 2001, more than $40,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students residing in the College’s district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties. Scholarship presentations are made during the annual ECCC/AT&T Scholarship Awards Luncheon held in June.
Community Bank carded an 18-under par 54 to claim overall and corporate division honors in the 18-hole event, held on the Azaleas course. Team members included Steve Gibson of Forest, Tim Leitaker of Carthage and Ray Riley and Gary Jolly, both of Madison.
The Sean Mowdy team (Sean Mowdy, Jody Blount, Tim Cleveland and Eric Graham, all of Union) finished Championship Fight runners-up with a 55, followed by Cox and Associates (Aubry Cox, Jimmie Bell and Jimmy Brown, all of Carthage; and Bob Jordan of Kosciusko), 56; Southern Pine Electric Power (Ken McBroom, Michael Tolbert and Jason Siegfried, all of Brandon, and Will Whittington, Carthage), 56; Trustmark National Bank (Larry Waggoner, Randy Carson, Frank Rhea and Matt Gregory, all of Carthage), 57; Glynn Griffing and Associates (Milton Walker, Brent Walker, Gage Walker and Joel Ross, all of Brandon), 58; and Prince Oil Company Team 1 (Neil Pettigrew and Wayne Hielbronner, both of Kosciusko, and Ben Peebles and Mark Fleming, both of Philadelphia), 59.
First Financial Bank Team II captured First Flight honors with a 61. Team members included Gayden Bell and Ty Johnston, both of Carthage; and Melissa Jerry and Steve Cameron, both of El Dorado, Ark.
The Chris Harris/Stifel Nicholas team (Chris Harris and Robert Thompson, both of Decatur; Rickey Chaney, Little Rock; Barry Boatner, Meridian; and Joey Smith, Quitman) finished First Flight runners-up with a 62, followed by IN Sports, Inc. (Greg Nowell and Jim Eakes, both of Philadelphia; Wes Kight, Louisville; and Andy Woidtke, Canton), 62; Tyson Foods, Inc. in Forest (Eddie McDill, Hal Patterson and Shelby Patterson, all of Forest; Steve Langford, Lena), 62; Prince Oil Company Team II (Joey Walters, Michael Graham and J.B. Ware, all of Union; Jacob Hedgepeth, Philadelphia), 62; and Industrial Training Solutions (Chris Crawford, Ridgeland; Joe Barrett and Chris Clark, both of Decatur; Roger Whitlock, Union), 63.
First Financial Bank Corporate Team I won the Second Flight with a 65. Team members included Jerry Bullard and Chris Hegi, both of El Dorado, Ark.; and Brad Ogletree and Van Ray Bowman, both of Carthage.
Valley Food Services, Inc. (Tau Iosia, Meridian; Ken Ricketts and Randy Roberts, both of Brandon; and Tony Myers, Madison) finished second with a 66, followed by Polo Custom Products, Inc. (Tanner Long, Tyler Maffit, Chris Covington and Jack Edmonson, all of Louisville), 68; La-Z-Boy South Corporate Team II (Danny Simoneau, Louin; Dustin Yeager, Little Rock; Chris Davis, Decatur; and Brian Waddell, Philadelphia), 68; Sequel Electrical Supply (Artie Foreman and Virgil Rigdon, both of Little Rock; Duane Ashmore, Collinsville; and Tim Pilgrim, Philadelphia), 70; La-Z-Boy South Corporate Team I (Don Mather and Tom Keith, both of Decatur; Kevin Rigdon, Union; and Randy Loper, Rose Hill), 72; and Neshoba County General Hospital (Dale Joyner, Philadelphia; Johnny Crenshaw, Union; and Dr. Billy Stewart and Ronnie Westbrook, both of Decatur), 74.
Will Whittington of Carthage made the “shot of the day” by recording the second hole-in-one in tournament history and obviously claiming closest-to-the-pin honors. He aced the 135-yard #4 and was presented a Taylor Made golf bag provided by the ECCC Golf Team.
Also winning closest-to-the-pin honors were Dr. Billy Stewart of Decatur, on #13; Larry Waggoner of Carthage, on #7; and Bob Jordan of Kosciusko, on # 16.
Gage Walker of Brandon won the Birdies for Charity closest to the line driving contest.
Tau Iosia of Meridian won the top door prize – a recliner donated by La-Z-Boy South, Inc., in Newton.
For more information on the ECCC Warrior Golf Classic, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth at ECCC, 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucretia Williams of Lena was recently selected Director of Workforce Development at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Williams, who began her new duties in May 2013, previously served the College as Personal Development Specialist, a position held since 2006. She began her employment at EC in 2005 as WIN Job Center Education and Training Coordinator.
Prior to joining the EC Workforce Development staff, Williams served two years as Human Resources Supervisor at HiSan, Inc., in Carthage.
She is also a former Human Resources Assistant at Koch Foods and served as an Executive Assistant/Recruiting Specialist at B.C. Rogers Food Service, both located in Morton.
In all, Williams has 19 years of service with area businesses and industries.
A graduate of South Leake High School, Williams received a Bachelor of Science in 1993 and a Master of Science in Workforce Education in 2007, both from Mississippi State University in Starkville. She is currently enrolled in the Community College Leadership Doctoral program at Mississippi State.
She and her husband Michael have two sons, Zachary and Brandon.
East Central Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter received various honors at the 2013 National PBL Conference held in Anaheim, Calif. Award-winners and other conference participants included (front row, from left) Tanner Fortenberry of Union, fourth place, Small Business Management Plan and Mississippi’s representative to Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda; Chelsea Gilmer of Philadelphia, fifth, Free Enterprise Project; Ashleigh Savage of Union, fifth, Free Enterprise Project and 14th, Integrated Marketing Campaign; Yashica Ickom of Lake, selected Mississippi PBL Vice President; Timmie Ivey Wiggins of Little Rock, fourth, Small Business Management Plan; and Haleigh Graham of Sebastopol,14th, Integrated Marketing Campaign; and (back row, from left) Jessie Boatner of Philadelphia, fifth place, Free Enterprise Project; Cindy Burnside of Decatur, seventh, Local Chapter Annual Business Report; Denzel Clemons of Philadelphia, fourth, Small Business Management Plan; and Latoya Steele of Louisville. Fortenberry is the third EC student to be chosen as Mississippi’s Who’s Who award recipient. The outstanding students were accompanied by PBL advisers Christy Ferguson, business technology instructor; and Thomas Fortenberry, computer network support technology instructor. (Submitted Photo)
These career-technical students representing East Central Community College in Decatur received various honors at the 49th Annual SkillsUSA Conference held earlier this summer in Kansas City, MO. Award-winners and their respective areas of competition included (from left) Wesley Clark of Decatur, 21st, Collision Repair Technology; and Brittany Smith of Decatur, Sarah Orr of Noxapater and Wanda Harrison of Walnut Grove, fifth place, Promotional Bulletin Board. (Submitted Photo)
East Central Community College will hold its Summer 2013 GED Graduation Thursday, July 18, 2013, on the Decatur campus.
The semi-annual ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in Huff Auditorium.
Approximately 60 students are expected to receive their high school equivalency diplomas from ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, according to Ryan Clarke, Director of Adult Basic Education and GED Testing.
Three students – Brittany Perkins of Carthage and David Gerard Hebert and Stephen Hampton, both of Louisville – are scheduled to provide testimonials during the special program.
The Rev. Mark Vincent, pastor, Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, serves as guest speaker. ECCC faculty member Natalie Emmons will provide special music.
Other program participants include ECCC Vice President for Instruction Dr. Teresa Houston, presentation of candidates for diplomas; and Adult Basic Education/GED instructor Edward McGowan, invocation/benediction.
ECCC offers free ABE/GED-Preparation classes throughout the College’s support district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.
For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, 601-635-6387 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 387. His email address is email@example.com.
Activities begin at 1 p.m. at Founders’ Square Pavilion and features performances by the Collegians, Ac’cents Show Choir, Warrior Cheerleaders and the Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band.
Signed copies of “The East Central I Knew: A History of East Central Community College,” compiled by retired EC English instructor Ovid Vickers, will be available for purchase during the performances. Cost is $26.70, which includes sales tax.
EC representatives will be available throughout the day at the College’s Display Booth in Exhibit Hall to provide information on the various academic, health-related, technical, career and other opportunities available on the Decatur campus and at off-campus locations.
Registration for the 2013 fall semester will be held Friday, August 9.
Classes begin Wednesday, August 14.
For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Riley of Walnut Grove was recently selected Personal Development Specialist/Site Coordinator at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Riley, who began his new duties on July 1, 2013, previously served the College as Community Based Job Training (CBJT) Grant Coordinator, a position held since 2010.
In his new position, Riley is assigned to coordinate day-to-day activities of the ECCC Career Advancement Center (CAC) in Carthage.
He also owns Riley Consulting Group of Walnut Grove.
A Leake County native, Riley is a 1991 graduate of South Leake High School and a 1993 graduate of ECCC. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University in 1995. He was a standout basketball player at all three schools and helped lead South Leake and ECCC squads to state championships.
He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Educational Technology program at Liberty University.
Riley is a member of New Friendship M.B. Church, where he serves as Associate Minister. He is also an active member of the Leake County community, serving as a motivational speaker and mentor to young men.
He is married to the former Marie Cherry of Columbia. They have two children, Kymberlie and Matthew.
Chris Thornton (left) of Houston attended orientation/registration activities held earlier this summer at East Central Community College in Decatur. Thornton is shown receiving information about his fall semester class schedule from head football coach Ken Karcher. An additional orientation/registration session for new and transfer students will be held Friday, August 9. Fall classes begin Wednesday, August 14. For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is email@example.com.