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Northwest premieres new turf field with ribbon cutting

The 2019 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers (first photo) break the ribbon to enter the field at their home opener Thursday, Sept. 5 as the new artificial turf playing surface at Bobby Franklin Field was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony during pre-game. Local dignitaries were on hand to participate in the event, which highlighted a two-year, two-phase stadium refurbishment project at Bobby Franklin Field. Phase I, still underway, includes an Astroturf Gameday 3D Trionic playing surface, six-lane running track, new brick and iron fencing, and larger electronic scoreboard. Phase II, which will begin shortly, will feature a new stadium entrance, ticket booth and bookstore, updated press box, LED field lighting system, home bleacher expansion and visitor bleacher replacement. Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon (second photo, far left) and Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) welcomed benefactors of the college’s new state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard to the event. “Without the generosity of these gentlemen, the purchase of this magnificent new scoreboard would not have been possible,” said Gordon. “It really adds to the game day atmosphere and is an impressive addition to our stadium. We are truly grateful for these contributions.”  Participating at the event were (from left) Dr. Edward Field, University Sports Medicine; Steve Thompson, Cornerstone Rehabilitation; Michael Joe Cannon, Cannon Motors of Mississippi; Jay Tindall, Sycamore Bank; and Jimmy Stennet, Sayle Oil Company. Members of the college's Board of Trustees were also honored guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Participating were (third photo, l to r) Steve Cummings, Yalobusha County; William Austin, DeSoto County; Steve White, Lafayette County; Dorothy Wilbourn, Panola County; David Hargett, Tallahatchie County; Jerry Barrett, Tate County; John Lamar, board attorney, Tate County; Dr. Lela Hale, Marshall County; Dr. Lisa Langford, Calhoun County; Cory Uselton, vice chairman, DeSoto County; Judy Bland, Quitman County; and Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl.  Photos by Julie Bauer.

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College receives letter of OCR compliance

Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (first row, left) recently received a letter of OCR/ADA compliance from the Mississippi Community College Board following a lengthy review process that began in 2017. The college received minor findings after last year’s site review of how well Northwest’s facilities are in compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act policies and Office of Civil Rights mandates, and those findings have since been corrected. “The college has made great efforts over the years to ensure our campus is readily accessible to all students,” said Physical Plant Director Mary Ayers (first row, second from right). “Renovations of key facilities such as McCormick Administration Building, McLendon Center, and Howard Coliseum; the new construction of Tate Hall; and improvements to college elevators, parking, and campus pedestrian travel were initiated to meet the needs of our students, specifically those with physical impairments.” Congratulating Physical Plant employees are (first row, l to r) Dr. Heindl; Assistant Physical Plant Director Mark Crockett; Ayers; and Vice President of Administration and Finance Jeff Horton. Completing the work were (second row, l to r) Richard Walley, Michael Carson, Scotty Bulliner, Chris Anderson, John Daniel, Roy Hunt, Jeff Barham and Scott Ashe.  Photo by Julie Bauer

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Annual 2+2 Golf Tourney sponsored by BancorpSouth and Northcentral EPA set for Sept. 17

Spots are available for the annual BancorpSouth and Northcentral Electric Power Association 2+2 Scholarship Golf Tournament, which benefits students at Northwest Mississippi Community College and The University of Mississippi at the DeSoto Center. The tournament will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Olive Branch. The entry fee is $100 per person or $400 per team and includes greens and cart fees, goodie bags, beverages, breakfast (for the morning flight), lunch and dinner.  Participants may choose to start at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. There will be first, second and third place prizes, a putting contest, closest to pin and longest drive contests and complimentary range balls prior to tee off. Breakfast will be provided by Chick-Fil-A, with lunch provided by Lenny’s Sub Shop and dinner provided by Olive Garden. Specialty beers will be provided by A & B Distributing Company. Cash raffle items are sponsored by Kelly Bolton Bolton and Associates, Merrill Lynch. In addition to teams, the tournament is also looking for sponsors. All sponsorships are tax deductible. Gold Sponsors, which are $2,500, will receive two complimentary teams including red tees and mulligans as well as a hole sponsor sign on the course and a sign recognizing sponsorship at the putting contest. Silver Sponsors, which are $1,500, will receive one complimentary team including red tees and mulligans with a hole sponsor sign on the course and a sign recognizing sponsorship at the putting contest. Bronze Sponsors, which are $1,000, will receive one complimentary team with recognition as a Hole Sponsor. Individual Hole Sponsorships are $250. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors will be recognized with their name on the sponsors’ appreciation board. All sponsors will be recognized on the tournament Facebook page. For more information, contact Mike and Debra Herrington, tournament founders and directors at (901) 831-1134; Jenny Hurt, Institutional Advancement specialist at (662) 560-1105 or jhurt@northwestms.edu or Kacy Dixon, University of Mississippi coordinator of Student Services  at (662) 231-4988 or kdixon@olemiss.edu.

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Nursing Department receives gift from Shoot for the Heart fundraiser

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Department of Nursing received a check for $30,000 from the Shoot for the Heart fundraiser held in April. On hand for the check presentation were (l-r) James Williams, associate degree nursing student from Oxford; Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest President; Judy and Keith Wilson, founders of Shoot for the Heart; Dr. Denise Bynum, director of Nursing Instruction; Tom Pittman, president of The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi; and Samantha Raburn-Robertson, associate degree nursing student from Senatobia.  The money will be used for nursing scholarships and to purchase and maintain nursing laboratory and simulation equipment.  Photo by KayLeigh Mitchell

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Northwest and Ole Miss launch Path4 program at DeSoto Center

BY PAM STARLING, UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI DIVISION OF OUTREACH Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi have shared space at the DeSoto Center campus in Southaven for more than 20 years; before that, both institutions offered classes in what is now the Southaven City Hall building off Stateline Road. This four-decade partnership has helped thousands of DeSoto County residents earn college degrees close to home. Last week, representatives from both schools came together to announce Path4, a new development in their joint model that will offer a seamless four-year college experience and an expanded list of services for students, including financial aid that can be taken advantage of at both institutions. “We all recognize that education is the way up and the way out,” UM Interim Chancellor Dr. Larry Sparks said. “We strive for transformative experiences for students who come through our doors, and this expanded program will help those in DeSoto County who have obligations and aspirations to earn a degree and change their life.” The Path4 initiative was developed by UM and Northwest faculty and staff members looking to give local students a more streamlined journey to a college education as well as a college experience. Northwest President Dr. Michael Heindl, stressed the importance of college degree completion on the economy of the region. “We know, and research shows, that students who earn a certificate or degree at the community college will earn more over their lifetimes, and those earnings are multiplied greatly when students earn a bachelor’s degree and other graduate degrees,” he said. “Many students choose Northwest and Ole Miss to stay in DeSoto County and continue on in their chosen career pathway toward success.” Although the DeSoto campus does see students who come to take a few courses, the target audience for this new program will be students who are invested in the community and want to stay in DeSoto County while completing their college education, said Dr. Rick Gregory, UM-DeSoto director. “When developing the program, we looked at how the college experience at the DeSoto Center could help place-bound students be successful academically, socially, emotionally, and allow them to have a fun college experience that will create positive memories they can look back on,” Gregory said. The group identified one of the largest barriers would be financial aid. Up until now, students could use their federal financial aid only at one institution at a time. Toward the end of their sophomore or early junior year, many DeSoto Center students may be dual-enrolled at both Northwest and Ole Miss. The new financial aid consortium agreement signed Thursday, Aug. 22 by Heindl and Sparks makes it possible for a student to receive federal funds for tuition at both institutions during the same semester while he or she is working toward a degree. Other selling points of the program include a simplified admissions process and coordinated advising to ensure a smooth path to graduation. New scholarship opportunities will be available for students, as well as joint student services such as clubs and organizations that all students can take advantage of to gain professional experience and enhance their job opportunities. “Path4 will be the program that will help students achieve their dreams faster and easier than ever before,” Heindl said. Visit path4desoto.com for program details and contact information. Officials from the University of Mississippi and Northwest Mississippi Community College came together this week at the DeSoto Center campus in Southaven to introduce the new Path 4 partnership that will further aid local students as they work toward their college degrees close to home. Joining the special signing event were: (L to R)  Dr. Keith Reed, Northwest-DeSoto Center Dean; Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl; Lee Caldwell, DeSoto County Supervisor for district four; UM Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks and Dr. Rick Gregory, UM Assistant Provost for Regional Campuses and DeSoto Center Director. Photo by Pam Starling/UM

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New faculty introduced during 2019 Faculty Convocation

Northwest Mississippi Community College's new faculty were welcomed to campus during the 2019 Faculty Convocation Aug. 12. New faculty are (front row, l to r) Brooke Slocum, Health Care Assistant; Kimberly Talley, Practical Nursing (DC); Betty Ginn, Practical Nursing (Ashland); (second row) Amanda West, CTE Support Services coordinator; April Martin, Practical Nursing (LYTC); Mary Katherine Jones, business; Kelly Grace, Courtney McMullen, associate degree nursing; Tracey Anderson, librarian (LYTC); Diedre Stinson, cosmetology; Carly Weeks, Health Care Assistant (LYTC); (third row) Jonathan Eldred, Commercial Truck Driving (DC); Sarita Kramer, Health Care Assistant (DC); Stacy Shoaf, Practical Nursing (DC); Lori Philley, Graphic Design Technology; Russell Young, Welding and Cutting; Phillip Correro, biology/anatomy and physiology and April Shappley, cosmetology.  Photo by Julie Bauer

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Instructors approved for Quality Matters courses

Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (far left) and Vice President for Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs, Dr. Matthew Domas (far right) congratulate instructors who have online courses approved for Quality Matters certification. Quality Matters is a standard used throughout the state for online courses which uses national standards of best practices and other methods. Receiving recognition are (from left) mathematics instructor Jennifer Jones, business and office technology instructor Beth Dickerson, English instructor Leelee Haraway, Director of Social Science Instruction Kristin Watson, mathematics instructor Marcus Perkins and history instructor Trent Booker.  Photo by Julie Bauer

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Hill chosen for 2019 staff President's Award

Northwest Mississippi Community College—DeSoto Center Academic Counselor Elizabeth Hill of Olive Branch was honored with the President's Award for Exemplary Service by a staff member during the 2019 Faculty Convocation Aug. 12. Hill is being congratulated by (from left) Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl; Vice President for Student Services/Chief of Staff Dan Smith and DeSoto Center Dean, Dr. Keith Reed. The award is given each year to a staff member to recognize outstanding customer service above and beyond their normal duties.   Photo by Julie Bauer

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Berry earns 2019 faculty President's Award

Northwest Mississippi Community College Digital Librarian Maya Berry of Southaven was honored with the President's Award for Exemplary Service by a faculty member during the 2019 Faculty Convocation Aug. 12. Berry is being congratulated by Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (left) and Vice President for Student Services/Chief of Staff Dan Smith. The award is given each year to a faculty member to recognize outstanding customer service above and beyond their normal duties.   Photo by Julie Bauer

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Johnson selected for 2019 LYTC Excellence in Teaching Award

Northwest Mississippi Community College—Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center History Instructor Matthew Johnson of Oxford (second from left) was recipient of the Oxford Center Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2019 Faculty Convocation Aug. 12. Congratulating him are (from left) Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl; Executive Director for Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon and LYTC Dean, Dr. Don Jones. The award was established to recognize one Oxford Center faculty member each year. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award, which is part of an endowment through the Northwest Foundation.    Photo by Julie Bauer

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