Northwest welcomes new instructors on the Senatobia campus

    Northwest Mississippi Community College administration welcomed several new faces on the Senatobia campus this semester, according to Vice President of Educational Affairs Dr. Chuck Strong.

    Carroll Gunn of Oxford will be the new journalism instructor and coordinator of student publications. She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in journalism from The University of Mississippi.

    Gunn worked at Ole Miss in the Financial Aid Office for over a year. She also worked as an instructor of educational development of higher education for two semesters at Ole Miss. Gunn served as staff reporter and photographer for The Daily Mississippian. She has been a contributing writer for Invitation Oxford, The Oxford Eagle, The Oxford Enterprise and OxfordMississippi.com.

    Another new face at Northwest this fall will be Glynda Hall of Senatobia, a new computer information science instructor. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Blue Mountain College, a Master of Arts degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Information Technology degree from American InterContinental University.

    Hall worked at Northwest as an adjunct instructor for six years and as a GED instructor from October 2007 to June 2008. Prior to Northwest, she worked as a knowledge coordinator at Shelby Systems, Inc., an engraving and trophy specialist at The Awards Place, student services specialist at Baptist College of Health Sciences and director of Baptist Student Ministries at Dyersburg State Community College.

    Courtney Hicks of Southaven will replace Tenise Faulkner as Reference Librarian in the R.C. Pugh Library. Faulkner was promoted to Public Service Librarian. Hicks graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and from The University of Alabama with a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.

    Hicks worked as a graduate assistant for the School of Library and Information Studies in Tuscaloosa, Al., and student assistant at Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library in Tuscaloosa. She worked as an intern for Shelton State Community College and Tuscaloosa News.

    Catina Mathena of Memphis joined the Nursing Division as a sophomore II nursing instructor in January. She graduated from Union University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing.

    Mathena started her medical career as a phlebotomist for Mid-South Regional Blood Center in 1993. From 1997-2001, she worked at Methodist Healthcare–South as a licensed practical nurse and from 2001-2004 as a registered nurse (RN). She worked as an RN at Methodist Healthcare–University for one year before returning to Methodist Healthcare–South were she worked for five years as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) outcomes coordinator/clinical educator and staff RN. Mathena worked at Northwest for three semesters as an adjunct clinical instructor.

    Tracey McLaughlin of Memphis replaces retired Fine Arts instructor Jo Ellen Logan. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lambuth University and a Master of Arts degree from The University of Memphis.

    McLaughlin worked as an adjunct instructor at Northwest in 2005. She served as a guest lecturer at Northwest, Southwest Tennessee Community College and the U of M. She also worked as a marketing representative for Excelsior Benefits, client services director for Principal Financial Group, marketing representative for North American Administrators and director of marketing for Andrews McMeel/Cumberland House Publishing.

    Ken Ortlepp of Senatobia replaces John Mixon, who retired as assistant director of bands. He will also serve as director of the marching band. Ortlepp has a bachelor’s degree in music from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in horn performance from The University of Mississippi. He is currently completing coursework toward a Doctorate of Arts degree in horn performance with a secondary emphasis in music history from The University of Northern Colorado. 

    Prior to Northwest, Ortlepp worked as the head high school band director at Lake Cormorant High School, assistant professor of music at Southern Miss and director of bands at Kirby Middle School in Memphis. He served as principal horn for The United States Air Force Band of the West from 1998-2002. Ortlepp worked as a graduate instructor at Ole Miss and music instructor at Northwest’s Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford in 1996.

    Stacie Pigues of Nesbit joins the Nursing Division as a sophomore II nursing instructor. She received her associate degree in nursing from Northwest, bachelor’s degree in nursing from Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences and master’s degree in nursing education from Union University.

    Pigues worked at Methodist Healthcare South as a clinical educator, staff nurse in the operating room and utilization management nurse. She also worked as a staff nurse in the operating room at Methodist Healthcare Central.

    Jeff Triplett of Senatobia joins the Fine Arts Department full time this fall as a music instructor and assistant director of bands. Triplett earned his associate degree from Northwest, bachelor’s degree in music from The University of Southern Mississippi and master’s degree in music from Delta State University.

    Triplett has taught private lessons in low brass and guitar and music appreciation at Northwest since 2007. His other employment includes assistant category manager at Auto Zone, sales representative at DeSoto Honda and product manager at The Fulmer Companies.

    Another new face to Northwest is Dr. Phillip Underwood of Tupelo. He will serve as an English instructor. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Mississippi and his master’s and Ph.D. in English from The University of Southern Mississippi.

    Underwood taught English at Itawamba Community College and Southern Miss. He served as guest lecturer and teaching assistant at Southern. He also worked as a tutor at The University of Southern Mississippi Writing Center and the Community Literacy Outreach Initiative.

    “Our committees have been extremely busy this summer in hiring new instructors to fill vacant positions. As always, we are excited to welcome our new faculty as they bring new ideas and abilities into our classrooms,” said Strong.

    For more information on attending Northwest, please call the admissions office at 662-562-3219 or visit www.northwestms.edu.



    Pictured:  Northwest Mississippi Community College administration welcome new full-time faculty to the Senatobia campus including (l-r) Carroll Gunn of Oxford, Dr. Phillip Underwood of Tupelo, Jeff Triplett of Senatobia, Tracey McLaughlin of Memphis, Ken Ortlepp of Senatobia, Stacie Pigues of Nesbit, Courtney Hicks of Southaven, Glynda Hall of Senatobia and Catina Mathena of Memphis. (Photo by Julie Bauer)