East Central Community College alumna Leslie Nash (center) was the keynote speaker at the Mississippi Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Fall Leadership Conference held recently on the ECCC campus in Decatur. The conference was hosted by ECCC’s Theta Chi Chapter of PBL. Nash, who graduated from East Central in 2008, is the executive producer for WJTV 12 in Jackson. The Union native was president of PBL while a student at East Central Community College, winning four first-place awards at both the state and national level PBL competitions. In 2009, Nash was inducted into the Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame. Phi Beta Lambda is the premier business education association preparing students for careers in business and success in life. Shown with Nash prior to her address titled “Successfully Managing Social Media” are (from left) Christy Ferguson, business and office technology instructor and advisor of ECCC’s PBL Chapter, and ECCC student Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, president of the state of Mississippi PBL organization. (EC Photo)
The East Central Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both remained undefeated as the Warriors and Lady Warriors swept Delgado Community College Nov. 5 at Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus
The Lady Warriors won the opener over the Lady Dolphins from New Orleans 84-46. The Lady Warriors are now 2-0. The Lady Dolphins fell to 1-3.
The Warriors won the nightcap 87-76.
The Warriors improved to 2-0, while the Dolphins fell to 0-4.
The Lady Warriors never trailed in the contest. The game was last tied at 7-7 early in the first period. Back to back three-pointers pushed the East Central lead to six, 13-7. The Lady Dolphins closed the gap to 17-16 near the end of the first period, but it was the closest they would get the rest of the evening.
East Central led 21-16 after the first period and then scored 24 unanswered points to start the second period to blow the game open and stretch their lead to 40-16.
The Lady Warriors led 50-24 at the half.
Sophomore forward Alexia McDonald out of Petal High School led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Sophomore guard Miracle Rushing, a product of Meridian High School, added 12 points. Freshman guard Bryona Stewart out of Itawamba Agricultural High School had her second game in double figures with 11, including three three-pointers.
In the men’s action, East Central got its first lead of the game at 13-12 after going on a 7-0 run midway through the first half. The Warriors stretched that lead to as much as six before taking a 33-28 lead to the locker room.
The Warriors scored the first six points of the second half to begin to pull away. East Central then led by double digits most of the second half. Delgado got to within eight with 3:58 remaining and to within seven with 59 seconds to go before the Warriors pulled away to the 87-76 win.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Traylor out of Tupelo High School led the Warriors with 18 points, with 11 of those coming in the second half. Sophomore guard Prince McDaniel, a product of Pascagoula High School, added 17. Freshman forward Tonzell Handy from Lanier High School in Jackson chipped in 16, including 14 in the second half. Sophomore forward Derrick Dandridge out of Memphis White Station had several key second half baskets and finished with 13. Point guard Keion Peoples out of Ridgeway High School in Memphis had 11 points.
The East Central men and women have a week off before returning to action next Thursday, Nov. 12, when they travel to Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges rival East Mississippi Community College. Game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum in Scooba.
Listen to both games at: http://850amwqst.com.
Women’s score by periods:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
DCC 16 8 12 10 46
ECCC 21 29 22 12 84
Men’s score by half:
1st 2nd Total
DCC 28 48 76
ECCC 33 54 87
East Central Community College in Decatur conducted an exercise Thursday, Nov. 5, to test its emergency communication and preparedness to react to the threat of an active shooter on campus.
The exercise was designed to test the college’s emergency communication system, campus active shooter emergency protocols, and ensure faculty, staff, and students are prepared to respond in the event of an actual active shooter.
During the exercise, East Central used its emergency communication system—called Warrior Alert and administered through CampusCast—to alert the campus community about the test of the system and the active shooter exercise. Warrior Alert sends text, voicemail, and email messages to registered users.
During the exercise period, faculty went through the campus active shooter protocol in their classrooms. East Central staff members also went through the campus active shooter protocol during the exercise, as well as assisted students who were not in a class during that period.
On Oct. 15, college faculty devoted a portion of each class period throughout the day to viewing with students an educational video on active shooter situations and discussing their options if a Warrior Alert is issued indicating an active shooter on campus. College administrative and support offices also watched the video and discussed options.
FBI statistics show that there has been a more than 150 percent increase in the number of active shooter incidents in the U.S. in the past seven years, including nearly 17 incidents annually.
“As active shooter incidents become more prevalent in our country, including on college campuses, we must continually ensure we are prepared to do everything that we can to keep our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors as safe as possible in such a situation,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “Being prepared and knowing how to respond are crucial in these situations.”
The East Central Community College Fine Arts Department will present a “Fine Arts Christmas Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
The presentation is being held as part of the college’s second annual Cultural Arts Series. Tickets are $15 per person. A reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room will follow the performances.
The Christmas Spectacular serves as a fundraiser for the Series and will feature performances by various East Central musical groups, including the Concert Choir, Voce, Wall O’ Sound Band, and various other ensembles. The art department will also present a display of various mediums.
The Cultural Arts series brings performing artists and visual artists to the campus throughout the year for both EC students and the community, according to Vicki Blaylock, ECCC Fine Arts Department Chair.
“I hope through the effort of the Cultural Arts Series we can afford all the students at East Central, not just the music majors, an opportunity to enhance their education by providing these cultural opportunities,” Blaylock said.
For more information, contact Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email email@example.com.
The combined choirs of East Central Community College and Newton County High School will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission.
The program will be lead by Vicki Blaylock (left), ECCC fine arts division chairman and choral director, and Suzanne Cain (right), NCHS choral director.
For more information, contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Central Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” will present its annual fall campus concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. The popular group will perform hits by Ozzy Osbourne, Elle King, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Rachel Platten, One Direction and many more. Members and their respective high school include (front row, from left) director Chas Evans, Anna Wells, Winston Academy; Aleia Sharp, Union; Tallie Johnston, a homeschooler from Lake; (second row, from left) Chris Kelley, Newton; Peyton Jones, Nanih Waiya; Dustin Morgan, Union; and Anastasia Crout, Lake; (third row, from left) Caleb Franklin, Morton; Garrett McDill, Sebastopol; and Houston Martin and Brad Taylor, both of Newton County; (fourth row, from left) Stephen Stewart, Newton County; Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater; and Michael Buntyn and Graham Murphree, both of Newton County; (fifth row, from left) Lucas Bates, Lake; Ryan Packer and Hannah Mitchell, both of Newton County; Danny Smith, Carthage; and Evan Derrick, Morton; and (back row, from left) Troy Gregory, Newton County; Christian Richardson, Union; Sam Mitchell, Leake Academy; and Christian Bounds, Lake.
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer an eight-week course in Basic Carpentry beginning Nov. 16 at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center.
The class will meet consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration will be held at the first class meeting.
Instruction will include power tool safety, floor systems, wall systems rafter layout and roof framing.
Cost to attend is $150 per person. James Boykin will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Chris Clark, workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is email@example.com.