Northwest announces Fall 2019 President's and Vice President's lists

The President’s and Vice President’s lists for the Fall 2019 semester at Northwest Mississippi Community College have been released by college officials. Those students completing 12 or more semester hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a four-point system are on the President’s List. The Vice President’s List includes students completing a minimum of 12 semester hours with a 3.50 to 3.74 average. Click here for President's List. Click here for Vice President's List.

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Northwest announces upcoming Fine Arts scholarship auditions

Auditions for Fine Arts scholarships at Northwest Mississippi Community College will be held Feb. 28 and 29, according to John Mixon, director of Fine Arts Instruction. Choral scholarship auditions will be held Friday, Feb. 28, from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Fine Arts Building on the Senatobia campus. Saturday auditions are by appointment only. Interested high school seniors are asked to prepare one vocal selection to demonstrate vocal range and musicianship. Those auditioning should bring sheet music for a provided accompanist. Ensembles for which to audition include Northwest Singers, Northwest Chamber Choir, and Northwest Entertainers. For more information or to schedule a Saturday audition time, contact Dr. Saundra Bishop at (662) 562-3333 or email Theatre scholarship auditions will also be held Friday, Feb. 28, from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Fine Arts Building. Saturday auditions are by appointment only. Actors will perform two prepared contrasting monologues of 45-60 seconds each, one classic and one contemporary or one comedic and one dramatic. If singing, those auditioning are asked to prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song of choice. Sheet music should be provided to the accompanist. If available, those auditioning should also bring a headshot and resume. Those interested in technical theatre are asked to bring any available photos of previous work. Northwest offers a full range of theatre classes in both performance and technical areas. Students are not required to study the music or theatre pathways to be in choir or take theatre classes. However, academic scholarships are for students in music and theatre pathways only. There are a limited number of Foundation scholarships for non-majors who are interested in participating in Theatre. For more information regarding theatre scholarship auditions, contact Sadie Shannon at (662) 562-3329 or email Visit the Northwest website at to find an application to the college.

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Northwest Fine Arts Department presents "The 39 Steps"

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Fine Arts Department is proud to announce its upcoming debut of “The 39 Steps,” appearing on the Northwest Fine Arts Auditorium stage Jan. 23-26. Performance times for the show are Thursday, Jan. 23, Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. Admission is free for students who show their Northwest ID and $5 for general admission. The play is directed by Alyssa Algee, Northwest technical director, who has announced the production’s cast and crew. Cast members are Joshua “Gabby” Luther of Independence as Richard Hannay; Kate Walker of Hernando as Leading Lady; Abby Morton of Hernando as Clown 1; Ian Duggan of Hernando as Clown 2; Jordan Hearvey of Oxford, Raylah Quarles of Batesville, Hailey “Dee” Shurden of Olive Branch and Cora “CJ” Johnson of Lamar as the Clown Crew; and Joshua Genelle of Water Valley as Radio Announcer. Crew members are Alberto Genelle of Water Valley, scene design and scene construction; Kaitlyn Williams of Hernando, costume design and sound crew; Brietta Goodman of Horn Lake, Jeremiah Sands of Oxford, Chris Dlugach of Coldwater and Morton, costume crew; Bret Arton of Hernando, sound design and soundboard operator; Chapell Chumley of Tupelo, properties design and assistant stage manager; Ja’Sha Triplett of Horn Lake, Skylar Gardner of Southaven, Blue Lynch of Batesville and Johnson, properties crew; Noah White of Muncie, Indiana, assistant lighting design and lightboard operator; Sadie Caldwell of Sarah, Joshua Genelle, Quarles and Hearvey, lighting crew. Goodman is the production’s stage manager. Northwest Theatre Instructor Sadie Shannon is the production’s dialect coach and house manager. A description of “The 39 Steps,” a comedy that takes place throughout Europe, reads: “Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have ‘The 39 Steps,’ a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!” Taking place throughout Europe, the story follows just a handful of named, main characters with the rest of the cast juggling a number of different roles. For more information, contact Algee at 662-562-3332 or email

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Endowment honors Sheriff Fly

Representatives from Northwest Mississippi Community College were in Charleston Dec. 23 to accept funds from donors wishing to establish a Foundation scholarship endowment in honor of Tallahatchie County Sheriff Jimmy Fly (center) and his wife, Mary (third from left). Attending were (from left) Robert Salmon, Alumni Association board member; Ike Sayle, Northwest Foundation board member; Mary and Sheriff Jimmy Fly; Robin Douglas, district dean of Career-Technical Education; Patti Gordon, executive director of Institutional Advancement; Lela Stennett, reading instructor; and David Hargett, Northwest Board of Trustees member. “Thank you to the many friends who contributed to help establish the Sheriff Jimmy D. and Mary Fly Endowment, which will help students from Tallahatchie County with scholarships for many years to come,” said Gordon. To contribute to this endowment, please mail your donation to: NWCC Foundation, NWCC Box 7015, 4975 Hwy. 51 N., Senatobia, MS  38668.  You may also donate online by going to and click “Rangers Giving” or call 662-560-1103.

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Spring 2020 registration dates set

Registration for the 2020 spring semester at Northwest Mississippi Community College is just around the corner. Open registration for day classes for students who have not previously registered will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the Senatobia campus, registration will be held in Tate Hall. Open registration for evening classes will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on all three campuses. Day and evening classes begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Late registration will be held Jan. 13 - 17 from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Students may register for Northwest eLearning’s online classes Wednesday, Jan. 8, 4:30 – 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Online classes begin Monday, Jan. 13. Late registration for online classes begins Monday, Jan. 13 and ends Friday, Jan. 17. Financial Aid staff will be available on the Senatobia campus and on the other campuses to assist students with financial aid concerns during registration. On the Senatobia campus, Financial Aid staff will be in Tate Hall/Library breezeway during registration on Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Friday, Jan. 10, but will return to their office in Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103 on Monday, Jan. 13. Northwest will also offer a variety of classes on campus and online during the college’s two eight-week Spring 2020 Mini-Terms. The first session of on-campus Mini-Terms will begin on Jan. 13 and end on March 4. The second session of on-campus Mini-Terms will be held from March 16 to May 7. Open registration for Mini-Terms will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 4:30-7 p.m. (evening classes) and Thursday, Jan. 9 – Friday, Jan. 10 for the first Spring Mini-Term. Open registration for the second Spring Mini-Term will be Thursday, March 5 – Friday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Students may also register for either Mini-Term during regular Open Registration on Jan. 8-10. Registration for both sessions of eLearning Mini-Term classes is during evening school registration on Jan. 8 and day registration Jan. 9-10. Students may also register for second session eLearning Mini-Term classes March 4-6. The Spring 2020 Course schedule can be accessed on the Northwest website at Click on students and choose myNWCC. For more information call 662-562-3200.

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College receives USDA grant

Northwest Mississippi Community College was among five Mississippi higher education facilities to recently receive money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand rural education in the state. State Director for Rural Development John Rounsaville announced that USDA is investing in 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 37 states and two U.S. territories. USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.  Five organizations in Mississippi have been selected for investments totaling $1,980,417. The DLT program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.  Applicants eligible for DLT grants include most state and local governmental entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses and consortia of eligible entities. The Mississippi Community College Board received an award of $319,343.  This investment will be used to purchase virtual reality (VR) equipment to prepare students for careers in coding, programming and software development. Equipment will be installed in Coahoma, Copiah, Kemper, Hinds, Jones, Stone, George, Prentiss and Tate counties in Mississippi.  The project will benefit an estimated 20,645 students and faculty. The Base Camp Coding Academy in Water Valley received an award of $492,131.  This investment will allow Base Camp Coding Academy (BCCA) to connect the resources of Northwest’s main campus in Senatobia with the rural community of Water Valley to improve educational opportunities available to approximately 11,500 residents of Yalobusha and Tate Counties. Northwest currently maintains a partnership with BCCA to assist with training in coding and computer technology at the center. Distance Learning capabilities at BCCA's facility will expand the opportunities for local students, at two end-user sites, to pursue dual enrollment, advance placement, and accelerated courses in STEM areas, as well as allow community members to access high school equivalency programs and workforce or higher-education training that is currently unavailable anywhere else in Yalobusha County. Additionally, students on the Senatobia campus of Northwest will gain access to the industry-leading computer science and coding programs that BCCA has developed in Water Valley. “Applications go through a nationally competitive process, so we’re extremely proud that five organizations were selected in Mississippi,” Rounsaville said.  “This program is another step forward in bridging the gap that exists between urban and rural communities’ technological capabilities and will benefit them by improving access to health care services, educational programs, and workforce development, which are all vital to community and economic development.” Other Mississippi educational entities that received funding were Mississippi State University, Covington County School District and Coahoma Community College. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit    

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NW holds official signing for new Scholastic Institute

Northwest Mississippi Community College recently ushered in Scholastic Institute, its new middle college program, in an official signing agreement ceremony at the Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford in November. The agreement, which was signed between Northwest and Oxford High School, is the first in the college’s 11-county district. Scholastic Institute is open to juniors in high school who will earn both their high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree concurrently. The students are considered full time Northwest students and must take at least 15 college hours per semester. Currently, Scholastic Institute is only offered at Oxford High School (OHS). According to Dr. Jeremy Isome, district dean of the Office of Early College Programs (OECP) at Northwest, the 13 OHS students currently participating in Scholastic Institute went through a screening and application process at OHS and then applied to Northwest for admission. They are required to have a 3.0 GPA and meet all dual enrollment requirements. They started the program at the beginning of the fall semester last August, after going through their college orientation. They, like all Northwest students, are eligible to join college clubs and organizations. Isome said that the students have chosen their academic pathway and will complete their core academic classes and whatever classes are required on their specific pathway for their associate degree. They are able to take up to 29 hours, depending on their schedules, at Oxford High School, and the next 31 hours may be taken either at the Oxford Center or online, or as a combination of both. Northwest classes taught on high school campuses are taught by teachers who must meet the same requirements as other Northwest instructors. Isome and his staff have been working on the Scholastic Institute for at least a year, and to see it come to fruition is rewarding. “It is an exciting thing, especially to see how focused the students are on getting started on their college careers early. Their college and career goals are already set at this young age. It is really great to see how dedicated they are,” Isome said, For more information about Northwest’s Office of Early College Programs contact them at or call the office at 662-562-3235.   Students enrolled in the college’s first Scholastic Institute joined officials from Northwest Mississippi Community College and Oxford High School in an official Signing Ceremony Nov. 8 at Northwest’s Oxford campus.  Scholastic Institute, which began offering courses this fall, allows high school juniors to dual enroll in coursework at Northwest, and upon graduation earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree.  Participating in the ceremony were (front, l to r) Dr. Jeremy Isome, district dean of Early College Programs; Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest president; Brian Harvey, superintendent of Oxford School District and Dr. Steve Hurdle, director of Career-Technical Education for Oxford School District.  Photo by KayLeigh Mitchell

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William Fly Endowment established

By LaJuan Tallo The William David Fly Endowment was recently established by former players, friends and family, according to Patti Gordon, executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Northwest Mississippi Community College. “Coach” Fly was born on Nov. 5, 1932 in Coffeeville. He was the only son of Henry and Frances Fly. He grew up in Water Valley and graduated from Water Valley High School and the University of Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army in both Germany and Colorado. In 1957, Fly began a 13-year stint as the first football coach at Independence High School and served as principal at IHS for four years. Other employment included educational representative for Tayloe Paper Co. in Memphis and Central School Supply (Centec) in Jackson. Later, he was an administrator for Tate County Schools and South Panola School districts. Fly was honored to coach in the 1967 Mississippi High School All-Star football game. He was an active member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches where he served as a president in 1967, and was a lifetime member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He became the first inductee of the IHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. Fly, who passed away in August 2019, was a member of the Senatobia Church of Christ in Senatobia. He and his wife of 63 years, Mae Bell Cook Fly, were the parents of one son, William Scott “Bill” Fly of Senatobia. They have two grandchildren, William Theron Fly and Lindsay Fly Gober. He has one great-grandchild. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who graduates from Independence High School. For more information, contact Gordon at or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 662-560-1103.

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DeSoto Center Phi Theta Kappa donates to Horn Lake Elementary

Members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Northwest Mississippi Community College’s DeSoto Center presented a check for $2,773 as part of their service project, “DeSoto Goes Scholastic,” to raise funds to provide one new book each month for each grade at Horn Lake Elementary. “We have collected enough to fund the entire second grade and are getting close to our goal for the first grade,” said Patsy Gardner (far left), PTK adviser. Accepting a check from Gardner, (second row, l to r) PTK member Adam Canoy, DeSoto Center  Assistant Dean, Dr. Josh Filtz and DeSoto Center Dean, Dr. Keith Reed are Horn Lake Elementary Principal Carrie Speck, Assistant Principal Dee Thompson, second grade teachers Emily Smith and Ashley Chunn, and HLES second graders.  Photo by KayLeigh Mitchell

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Northwest alumnus plans $150,000 estate gift to continue legacy

By LaJuan Tallo Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation once said, “Giving is not just about making a donation, it's about making a difference.” If you get to know Northwest Mississippi Community College alumnus and scholarship donor Norris Faust, you will see that Calvin’s philosophy is right in line with his own. The Sledge native attended Northwest from 1969-1971 on a football scholarship, and Northwest has remained a vital part of his own story. “I may be a bit biased, but I think we may have one of the best colleges in the country,” Faust says, smiling. “It is not just what it has done for me, it is the trickle-down effect it has on others, on the community and on our state.” Faust and his two siblings were the children of Norris Faust, Sr., a hard-working farmer and his wife Mary Katherine Aldison Faust. Faust, his sister Polly Ann Faust Borland, who now lives in the Dallas area and his brother Terry, of Cartersville, Georgia all attended Northwest and Delta State University. Faust graduated from Sledge High School with a graduating class of 15 students. He wanted to attend Delta State University and was recruited by both Northwest and Mississippi State University. “Northwest came calling and it was the best thing I have ever done. I got established here to prepare me for the next step in life,” Faust said. “I think back and realize that if I had not gone to Northwest, I would probably not have been prepared to go to Ole Miss or Delta State. Here the instructors were one-on-one with the students. It was a small school, and they took time with their students.” At Northwest he played halfback for Coach Billy Joe “Bear” Cox. He lived in the old Panola dorm with the other football players and remembers fondly President Reese McLendon,  Dr. Jack Butts and Howard Carpenter. “Mr. Carpenter was partial to those of us who played sports. He had a prison ministry in Quitman County, and he let me be his driver,” Faust said. “Bobby King was a fun teacher, and Mrs. Tipton was a really tough biology teacher. In the summers I helped pull the wires with Rupert Houston when they built Northwest’s radio station,” Faust remembered. Faust was also a member of the Northwest track team during his time at the school. Faust said he hears people talk about the Northwest family, but he knows it firsthand. “I made lifelong friends at Northwest. I sat on the back of the football bus with Darrell Logan, and we are friends to this day. I am still friends with my fellow players Pete Nelson, Jerry Barrett and Jerry Holt. The relationships we made there have continued throughout the years,” he said. After leaving Northwest, he went on to Delta State earning a Bachelor of Science in education with a minor in history. He had always wanted to be a football coach, and he took a job coaching football and track and teaching at Quitman County High School. “I was there for one year, and my father asked me to come and work with him on the farm,” Faust said. His father was expanding the small family farm, which would eventually end up being 8,000 acres. He farmed alongside his father from 1974 until his father passed away in 2007. They initially grew cotton, soybeans and wheat and later switched to all grains, growing soybeans and rice, Faust said. During these years, he served for 10 years on the Quitman County Board of Supervisors. In the middle of his third term, he resigned and took a job as the first director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Mississippi from 1993-1996. In this capacity, he was over agriculture for the whole state of Mississippi. “My father’s health began to fail, so I decided to come back to the farm full time to help him,” Faust said. “Neither of my parents were able to go to college, but they really wanted their children to be able to do so. They wanted to give us something they were not able to have,” Faust said. Because of his parent’s dedication to their education, he established the Faust Farms Endowment in 2010. “My dad was all about helping people, and that is what we are here for— to help others. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to give back because I have been blessed many times by the Lord. We are supposed to give back with what we are blessed with,” Faust said. Faust made the tough decision to sell the family farm and retire in 2012, after having heart surgery and cancer himself. He retired to Oxford and spends time in the summers helping his son-in-law farm and also works on some hunting land he still owns in Panola County. He is the father of two daughters, Jennifer Eddins and Erica Stevenson, who both attended Northwest. He has one grandson, Rob, who attends Magnolia Heights School. Faust is very moved by the letters he receives from his scholarship recipients. “What more could you ask for? You are honoring your parents, and that legacy will go on honoring them after I leave this world,” Faust said. “This is the reason I established the scholarship, and it is the reason I continue to give to this day.” He has even set up an estate gift in the amount of $150,000 to ensure that the scholarship will continue to grow. “Mr. Faust is an alumnus whose genuine love for Northwest shines through in conversation. We are sincerely grateful for not only his generosity in this estate gift, but also his consistent and unselfish giving since 2010,” said Patti Gordon, executive director of Institutional Advancement. He encourages anyone who has graduated from Northwest to look back and remember what it has meant to them and give back. “One of the best ways to give back is through an endowment. When you give back, you are rewarded many times over. Our recipients will affect others in their families, their careers and in their communities. It is really a domino effect,” Faust said. “In the end, Northwest has been a blessing to me. I had two wonderful parents, and their legacy and the legacy of Faust Farms lives on through our endowment,” Faust said.

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