Mitchell “Jodus” Mire (center), a sophomore from Hernando studying chemical engineering, was named the Senatobia Rotary Club’s March Student of the Month for Northwest Mississippi Community College. Congratulating Mire (l-r) is Mary Bonds, biology instructor and Rotary President Addison Lawrence. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)
Clinics and auditions for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangerettes will be held in April, according to Elaina Ferrell, Rangerette instructor. Rangerette clinics will be held on two Saturdays, April 7 and April 21 from 9 a.m.-noon in McLendon Center, Studio A on the Senatobia campus. Auditions will be held on Friday, April 27 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 8a.m.-noon in Studio A in the McLendon Student Center on the Senatobia campus. The Rangerettes are an all-female dance team that performs with the Ranger Bands during the fall semester. In addition, the Rangerettes perform at halftime for home basketball games for the fall semester and in the Senatobia Christmas Parade. Rangerettes are eligible for a Fine Arts Scholarship for the fall semester. Rangerette clinic days are optional, but highly encouraged. Both audition days are required. Attire: dancewear - sports bra, tank top, dance pants/dance shorts with nude tights, and dance shoes. No oversized T-shirts. The application to audition for the Rangerettes can be found on the Northwest website at www.northwestms.edu. For more information, contact Ferrell at email@example.com or Jared Brownlee, Marching Band director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Dillon Day
Press release courtesy of Phi Theta Kappa Jackson, Mississippi – Sidney William Sykes of Marks, a student from Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Senatobia campus, has received one of two STEM scholarships from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Phi Theta Kappa, a $2,250 award. This scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members in Mississippi who plan to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, campus and community service, and faculty assessments. TVA will also provide mentorship opportunities for the scholars. The scholarships will be presented on March 28 at a luncheon honoring the All-Mississippi Academic Team. “We are very grateful to TVA for recognizing the academic achievements of our STEM members and providing them with mentoring that will further enrich their lives,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We are excited to see the impact this program will have on enabling students to pursue their careers in STEM fields.” The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors, serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.
Northwest Mississippi Community College history instructor Trent Booker was recently named Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) Instructor of the Year. Booker was honored at the 2018 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference (CFTTC), held in Biloxi Feb. 28- March 2. Booker, who teaches both classroom and online classes, came to Northwest in 2005 and began teaching online classes in 2007. Booker holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Arts from the University of Memphis. He has served as one of the Division of eLearning’s subject coordinators since 2012 and in 2016, he completed the Quality Matters Peer Review course. According to the selection guidelines, “the selection of the Online Instructor of the Year is not a competition to choose the best online teacher in Mississippi. It is intended to recognize a faculty member who demonstrates and represents the qualities all online faculty members admire.” The MSVCC, in conjunction with the Mississippi Community College Foundation, accepts nominations for the Online Instructor of the Year. All nominations should be submitted to the Chief eLearning Officer at each college. The Chief eLearing Officer selects a candidate and submits it to MSVCC. A panel of evaluators reviews submissions and selects the Online Instructor of the Year. Upon notification, the candidate will receive recognition by the MACJC Presidents’ Association, as well as a $1,000 stipend from the Mississippi Community College Foundation. “I see this award as the result of my attending conferences such as CFTTC in prior years, completing training in Quality Matters Standards through Northwest eLearning, and then implementing what I learned in my courses,” Booker said. “Trent’s genuine concern for students is evident by the fact that he has designed a course and adopted a grading system that allows students to be successful even if they occasionally submit work that is unsatisfactory. His students have many opportunities to practice ‘doing history’ by engaging with a variety of assignments,” said Phyllis Johnson, dean of eLearning. Johnson remarked that Booker has the ability to motivate students to achieve success in the subject. “Many students dislike history as an academic subject and consider it dry and boring. Instead of simply plodding through the textbook, Trent’s course motivates students to learn by using weekly modules to introduce essential questions in American history for which historians have sought, and in some cases still seek answers.” “The quality of our online courses is very important and Trent has shown this through his efforts in designing the online class. We are thrilled that he was chosen among the top 5 nominees in the State. He is the first to go through a Quality Matter Review and his efforts to have a great course out there for our students is evident. We are so very proud of him,” Johnson said. Northwest offers students the option of taking many college courses online. Students can choose to complete select programs totally online. Online courses were developed to increase access to Northwest courses for adults and other students who cannot attend campus-based classes due to work, family responsibilities or distance from campus. Students who are current or former Northwest students can enroll in online courses after consulting with their adviser. New students must first apply for admission to the college. Northwest is a part of the MSVCC, which gives students more online course options. All pathways and programs that can be attained fully online are listed below. A complete listing of online courses is available through the MSVCC website msvcc.org or by going to northwestms.edu and clicking on the eLearning page. The eLearning office is located on the second floor in Tate Hall on the Senatobia campus. Open registration for online classes for the Summer 2018 semester is Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. and Friday, May 25 from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 662-560-5230 or visit the college’s website at northwestms.edu.
College officials, faculty and students from the state’s community and junior colleges took to the Capitol steps in Jackson on March 20 in support of the “Fill the Gap” campaign for state funding. Richie Lawson, Northwest Mississippi Community College vice president for Education, center, and Dr. Matthew Domas, associate vice president for Education, right, visited with State Representative Nolan Mettetal, District 10, inside the capitol before the event. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)
Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (right) congratulates the college’s 2018 HEADWAE recipients at the March 8 meeting of the Board of Trustees. The HEADWAE student is sophomore Gavin Brown of Olive Branch (center), who attends Northwest’s DeSoto Center, and the HEADWAE faculty member is Sarah Holt of Nesbit (left), science instructor at DeSoto Center. HEADWAE stands for “Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence.” The award was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution No.88 in 1987 to annually honor academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. Brown and Holt were honored at the 30th annual HEADWAE program in Jackson on Feb. 20. (Photo by Julie Bauer)
At the March 8 Board of Trustees meeting, Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (right) congratulates Phyllis Johnson, dean of eLearning (left) who was honored with the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network (WHEMN) 2018 Leadership award in Jackson on Feb. 9. (Photo by Julie Bauer)
The Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics Junior High Math Competition was held recently on the Senatobia campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College. On March 2, students from surrounding district schools traveled to the campus for testing. Northwest math instructors Susan Leake and Jennifer Hale coordinated the event. Seventh grade winners were Samuel Quon of Northpoint Christian School, first place, and Landon Thompson of Southaven Middle School, second place. Eighth grade winners were Elizabeth Wadsworth, first place and Jeffrey Chen, second place. Wadsworth and Chen are both students at Northpoint. According to Charlotte Alexander, division director of mathematics, the students were first tested at their individual schools, and the four top scorers from 7th and 8th grades were sent to Northwest for the district level test. “We are always excited to have representatives from the area junior high schools compete in the district level competition here at Northwest. The teachers who train these young math scholars are to be commended for a job well done,” Alexander said. Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Division of Mathematics recently sponsored the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Junior High Math Competition on March 2 on the Senatobia campus. Students from the Northwest district participated in the district-level competition. Pictured are (l-r) seventh grade winners Samuel Quon of Northpoint Christian School, first place, and Landon Thompson of Southaven Middle School, second place. Eighth grade winners were Elizabeth Wadsworth, first place and Jeffrey Chen, second place. Wadsworth and Chen are both students at Northpoint. (Photo by Jennifer Hale)
Students in Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Northwest Education Association (NWEA) recently sponsored a school supply drive for their spring service project. The students collected pencils, crayons, notebook paper, spiral notebooks and facial tissues for East Tate Elementary School. Pictured (l-r) are Teri Hawkins, reading instructor and club adviser; Lisa Aven of Coldwater, NWEA vice president; Kendall Kimberlin of Olive Branch, NWEA president; Lela Stennett, reading instructor and club adviser and Julie Correro, division director of Education. NWEA is an organization through which students can become knowledgeable of opportunities available through a career in education. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)
The Northwest Mississippi Community College Jazz Band will present “It’s Oh So Nice,” a concert featuring the music of Cole Porter, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, George and Ira Gershwin and others on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus. The Jazz Band is under the direction of John Ungurait, director of Bands at Northwest. The concert is free to the public. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)