Domas and Campbell named vice presidents at Northwest

 On Aug. 27, Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Michael Heindl announced the promotions of two current college administrators to vice president. Dr. Matthew Domas, who has served as associate vice president for Education since 2010, was named as vice president of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs. Dr. David Campbell has been serving the college as district dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education since 2013 and was named vice president of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education. “I am very pleased that Drs. Campbell and Domas have stepped up to the plate to serve Northwest Mississippi Community College as executive leaders of the institution at this important time. Their experience will be vital as we seek to grow the college’s enrollment in academic and career-technical classes, and as we serve our business and industry partners to continue to meet their workforce training needs in the future,” Heindl said. Domas first came to Northwest in 1995 where he served as coordinator of Adult Basic Education until 1998. From 1998-2005, he served as director of Campus Life and in 2005, he was named director of Campus Life and Housing where he served until 2007, when he was named director of Institutional Planning and Research. From 1998-2010, Domas was also a political science instructor. In 2010, he was named associate vice president for Education. He began serving as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) liaison for the college in 2007. Before coming to Northwest, Domas worked as a counselor and coordinator for the Washington Workshops Foundation and as a legislative aide to Louisiana State Senator Jon D. Johnson. He taught history and was the varsity soccer coach and junior high basketball coach at Memphis Catholic High School. Domas earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Mississippi. He earned his Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and was a Rotary Group Study Exchange participant in Norway in 2002. He has served as president of both the Lafayette and Tate County Literacy Councils and as a board member for Panola Playhouse. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators, where he served on the board of directors. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Institutional Research, and is still a member of the Chief Academic Officer Association, where he served as chair of the Dual Enrollment committee from 2016-2017. He also served on an Ad Hoc Committee on Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit from 2016-2017. Domas has served as a consultant for the following: Arts and Science program review for Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, program review for Northeast Mississippi Community College and as a SACSCOC substantive change and accreditation reviewer. Campbell returned to Northwest in 2013 as district dean of Career,Technical and Workforce Education after serving at Hinds Community College as dean of Career and Technical Education on the Rankin campus since 2005. Since his return to Northwest, the college has established the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the northwest Mississippi region to address training and communication needs among manufacturers, economic developers and training providers. The college also implemented a model MI-BEST Program (Mississippi’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program) with high success rates. The Early Childhood Academy, funded through the Mississippi Community College Board by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was established to improve child care in local communities. Northwest secured funding for a job coach from Families First for Mississippi to improve students’ professional skills, such as job interviewing, resume preparation, communication, and work ethic and also partnered with not-for-profit Base Camp Coding Academy in Water Valley to provide a hands-on, challenging program, designed to train students to be software developers in 12 months. Campbell began his career at Northwest in 1989 as the Student Support Services counselor before being named associate dean and director of the Career Counseling Center in 1990. From 2003-2005, he also worked part time as the college’s website manager. Before coming to Northwest, Campbell was a prevocational assistant and evaluator and behavioral intervention specialist at the Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia. He began his educational career at Northwest before transferring to Blue Mountain College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his Master of Education in guidance and Counseling from the University of Mississippi. Campbell earned his doctorate in community college leadership from Mississippi State University. His professional affiliations include membership in the Chief Career and Technical Officers and Deans’ Association of Mississippi and the Association of Career-Technical Education. He was a member of the Midsouth Community College Fellowship Program in 2005. For more information on Northwest’s academic and career-technical programs, visit the college’s website at Suggested cutline: Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Michael Heindl (center) congratulates newly-appointed vice president Dr. David Campbell, vice president of Workforce Solutions and Career-Technical Education (left) and Dr. Matthew Domas, vice president of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs (right) at the September Board of Trustees meeting. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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Tickets still available for Oct. 13 Ranger Bluegrass Festival

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Northwest Ranger Bluegrass Festival presented by Gateway Tire. The festival will be held at the Northwest Farm on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. The event is a one-day music festival featuring nationally-recognized, award-winning bluegrass bands and artists. The primary goal of this event is to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Northwest students, while sharing an appreciation of bluegrass music and culture. Slated to appear at the festival are Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Barefoot Movement, Alice Hasen and Andy Ratliff. According to Angie Stuart, festival activities and volunteer coordinator, the festival is great low-cost entertainment for both local residents and those visiting from other areas. “In addition to the musical acts, we will have over 50 local merchandise and food vendors, an incredible children’s area, and many other activities planned on the festival grounds. We want the public to not only enjoy the day but also want to show outsiders this is a ‘new era’ at Northwest, and we look forward to once again focusing on our communities,” Stuart said. In addition to those appearing onstage, there will also be opportunities for amateur musicians to perform during a Bluegrass Competition held at the festival. “We will have 16 spots available and the top three will compete to win a new Deering Banjo,” Stuart said. She stated that there are rules to the competition and anyone who is interested can contact her or Len Lawhon, festival chairman, to sign up ahead of time. Musicians can also sign up the day of the festival, Stuart said. “The grounds of our Northwest Farm and Arena are a perfect space for ‘parking lot pickers’ to meet and play. This time-honored bluegrass tradition of ‘Bluegrass jamming’ is a great way for both bluegrass musicians and music fans to meet and share songs, sing, request tunes or just listen. Groups may sign up or just show up and claim one of the dozen or so choice spots to spend the day with friends and neighbors,” said Lawhon. The “Bread and Jam” tent will also be available for anyone who wants to come and perform and for patrons to eat lunch or just take a break, Stuart added. “We want to show our musicians and those traveling from far away some of our Senatobia Southern hospitality and support them coming to our small town,” Stuart said. Tickets are available at Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children/students (ages 6-17) and Northwest students (unless they are volunteers) and $30 for a family pass. To contact Stuart, call 662-562.3494 or emails astuart@northwestms.eduor Lawhon, call 662.560.5236 or email For more information about the festival, visit our event page at the Northwest Rangers Facebook page or    

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Northwest’s October art exhibit features Mississippi artists

Northwest Mississippi Community College’s October art exhibition, “Here Comes the Sun” will feature the works of local and Mississippi artists. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m., and the exhibition will run from Oct. 1- 26 in the Northwest Art Gallery on the Senatobia campus. “Here Comes the Sun” started as a fiber exhibit at the Bill Waller Crafts Center in Ridgeland for the month of September. “Different mediums will be added to the Northwest exhibition. Artists and craftsmen throughout the state of Mississippi will display their works. Included are members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Sycamore Arts, DeSoto Arts Council and the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild and other area artists. One artist, Deborah Caldwell, former Tate county resident, who now resides in Long Beach will also have works in the exhibit,” said local artist Sharon Williams. Mediums included will be fiber, clay, mixed media, beading, jewelry, photography and paintings. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon, Fridays.  Admission to the gallery is free. For more information about the Northwest gallery, contact House at 662-562-3399 or e-mail Pictured:  Pieces from Northwest Mississippi Community College’s upcoming October art exhibit, “Here Comes the Sun” include works by Andi Bedsworth of Oxford (Mixed media fiber piece), Liz Bass of Olive Branch (clay pieces) and Myra Fox of Hernando. (earrings). (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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Five Rangers to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities Sept. 27

By Brian Lentz, assistant director of Sports Information SENATOBIA – Northwest Mississippi Community College will induct five former student-athletes into its Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming week Sept. 24–28 on the Senatobia campus. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at the David M. Haraway Center. An invitation-only reception and meet and greet will precede the ceremony from 3–4 p.m. Kickoff against Holmes is set for 6:30 p.m. that evening at Bobby Franklin Field. Two former men's basketball teammates, Wilbert Beard and Willie Brown, NJCAA women's soccer All-American Elyse Lovelace, standout second baseman David Moss and the school's all-time leader in interceptions, Vandell Grigsby, will all enter the prestigious hall. WILBERT BEARD, MEN'S BASKETBALL, 1970-72 Beard helped propel the Northwest men's basketball program to success in the early 1970s under head coach Henry B. Koon. Beard guided Northwest to back-to-back winning seasons in 1970-72, serving as team captain. The Rangers finished as division runner-ups his freshman year before responding the next season with a 25-5 overall record, 12-0 division mark and the program's first-ever MACJC Championship. The Holly Springs native developed into one of the top scorers in Northwest history as a two-time All-MACJC selection, finishing ninth on the Rangers' all-time scoring list with 1,011 points. He ranks fifth all-time in scoring average (21.1 ppg), sixth in free throws made (197) and seventh in field goals made (407). Beard was credited with numerous 30-point games, including a 39-point effort against Northeast in January 1971. Beard went on to play two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana University from 1972-74, where he helped the Lions to a 21-7 record, Gulf South Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1973. While in Hammond, Beard played in the Strawberry Classic and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Beard concluded his academic career at Mississippi Industrial College where he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in health, physical recreation and dance in 1976. He then spent time at Holy Family Academy, serving as the athletic director and head coach of the both boys' and girls' basketball programs, guiding them to five conference championships and garnering five Coach of the Year honors. Beard remained in his native Marshall County from 1986-99, where he was appointed as the athletic director and head boys' basketball coach at H.W. Byers High School. Beard guided the Lions to 12 district appearances and competed for six north half championships, all while serving on the executive board for the Mississippi High School Activities' Association (MHSAA). While teaching, Beard continued his education through the University of Mississippi, receiving certification in Drivers' Education in 1987 and a Masters' in extended studies from 1991. Beard departed for a similar job at South Panola High School in 1999 and helped the Tigers to four district appearances, as well as berths into the north half and Class 5A Championships. He was honored with a Coach of the Year award during his tenure in Batesville after guiding his team to a No. 5 state ranking. Additionally, he was promoted to the MHSAA's Legislative Committee, was honored with a 25-year service award by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and was appointed as coach for the north team during the MAC North-South All-Star Game. Beard returned to Marshall County in 2004 at Holly Springs High School, where he was appointed as the coach of both basketball programs and physical education instructor. He was promoted to the role of athletic director in 2008, a role he remained in until 2010. WILLIE BROWN, MEN'S BASKETBALL, 1970-72 Willie Brown was another Ranger that made an impact on the early success of the Northwest men's basketball program. After a standout career with North Calhoun High School in Bruce, Brown came to Northwest and guided the Rangers to back-to-back winning seasons under coach Henry B. Koon from 1970-72. Northwest totaled a 13-9 overall mark and finished as division runner-ups in 1970-71, before responding the next season with a 25-5 overall record, 12-0 division mark and the program's first-ever MACJC Championship. Brown ranks eighth in Northwest school history with 1,073 career points and is also first in field goals made and attempted, fourth in scoring average (22.4 ppg) and 10th in rebounds/game (7.9). He finished as the MACJC's top scorer as a sophomore, averaging 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Like his teammate, Wilbert Beard, Brown also continued his playing career at Southeastern Louisiana from 1972-74 and helped guide the Lions to the Gulf South Conference title and a second place finish in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1973. He completed his bachelor of science at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs before receiving additional degrees in physical education, social studies and special education from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. Brown held several coaching and teaching positions after his playing career. In 1978, he was hired by president Koon at Northwest and served in a variety of roles, including physical education instructor, director of intramural sports and assistant men's and women's basketball coach under the direction of legendary head coaches Harry Adair and Kenneth "Cat" Robbins. Brown was then hired by Calhoun City High School in 1990 as the head basketball coach, achieving his best season in 1993-94 where his Wildcats finished as the Region 4-2A and Class 2A North Half champions. For his efforts, Brown was awarded Coach of the Year honors by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. In 1994, Brown departed for the same role at Bruce High School where he coached both high school and junior high basketball, in addition to his duties as head track coach and a three-year stint as assistant football coach from 1994-96. He coached until his retirement in 2010. He now enjoys retirement with his wife, Shirley, and his family, including his great-grandsons, Cori and Caysen. He's currently an active member and deacon at Jackson Chapel Church in Bruce. ELYSE LOVELACE, WOMEN'S SOCCER, 2006 Although she spent just one season in a Lady Ranger uniform, Elyse Lovelace's impact on the Northwest women's soccer program is undeniable. Lovelace was an NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention selection for Northwest in 2006, where she helped Peter Jarjoura's team to a 13-4 overall record and a 7-1 north division mark. She led the nation with 37 goals in her lone season, which still remains intact as Northwest's single-season record today. Nine of her goals came in a 16-0 victory over Southwest Mississippi on Sept. 26, 2006. After graduating in the spring of 2007 with an associate's degree from Northwest, Lovelace went on to play in 29 games for Austin Peay State University from 2007-08. She graduated with a bachelor's of science in health and human performance in 2009 and now serves as Employee Benefits Wellness Coordinator for government employees in Shelby County, Tenn., where she manages wellness programs for over 5,000 employees. When her collegiate soccer career ended, Lovelace began competing in 5K and marathon races, placing first in several local 5K events. She is also a professional elite powerlifter and is ranked in the top two percent in the world for two weight classes. Additionally, she placed first in the Arnold XPC Finals Championships in 2017 and 2018, holding the Tennessee record for amateur and professional in all three lifts. DAVID MOSS, BASEBALL, 1983-84 The baseball tradition at Northwest includes many notable names and accomplishments and David Moss is no exception. A three-sport athlete at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, Moss came to Northwest and guided the Rangers to a pair of MACJC championships in 1983-84 under the direction of legendary skipper Jim Miles. Moss held down second base for the Rangers during his two seasons, batting .373 with eight homers as a freshman before following up with a .402 batting average and seven home runs during his sophomore campaign. He added 16 career doubles and 54 RBIs to go along with a .749 slugging percentage. He was equally as impressive off the field, where he maintained a 3.5 GPA as a pre-med major. Following his stint with the Rangers, Moss went on to play at the University of Memphis in 1985-86, playing a vital role in guiding the Tigers and coach Bobby Kilpatrick to back-to-back winning seasons. Moss was named an All-Metro Conference performer both seasons with the Tigers and led the team in hitting at .356 as a junior and .382 for his senior season. He led the team in several other categories, including hits (52 in 1985; 73 in 1986), doubles (17 in 1986) and slugging percentage (.589 in 1985). After his playing career, Moss graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Southern College of Optometry in 1990. He has owned and operated the Eye Care Center of Memphis for 28 years and currently has four adult children and one grandson. VANDELL GRIGSBY, FOOTBALL, 1991-92 As a member of two of the greatest Northwest football teams in program history, Vandell Grigsby's mark on the record books still stands today. In his two years in a Northwest uniform, the Rangers went a combined 24-1-1 under the all-time winningest coach, Bobby Franklin, and finished as the national runner-ups in 1991 before winning the NJCAA National Championship in 1992. Grigsby intercepted 19 passes over his Northwest career, a record that remains intact. He also holds records for the most interceptions in a game (four vs. Northeastern Oklahoma, 1992) and most interception return yards in a season (198 yds. 2002), along with 320 career interception return yards which ranks second all-time. Since leaving Northwest, Grigsby has been employed with the Franklin Special School District in Tennessee for 19 years, serving as the junior high football and girls' basketball coach, along with assistant coaching stints with boys' basketball, softball and varsity football. He has been inducted into the Franklin High School Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to basketball. Grigsby is married to his wife, Ivaney, and the couple have 10 children together.

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President speaks to Senatobia Rotary Club

Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Michael Heindl, center, was the featured speaker at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Senatobia Rotary Club. Welcoming Heindl (l-r) is Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects and Rotary member and Earl Moore, president-elect of the club. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)  

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Adult Education program receives Energy grant

Recently the Northwest Mississippi Community College Adult Education program received a grant from Entergy to help pay testing fees for students.  Left to right are Tim Chavez, director of Adult Education; Emily Kirby, MI-BEST instructor; Ashton Smith, data entry specialist; Mary Cole,instructor; Lea Ann Grantham, MI-BEST team teacher; Shannon Long, Sherri Camp and Carrie Bradley, instructors; George Cossar, customer service manager, Entergy; Wanda Williams, instructor; Mary Julia Moore, instructor/mentor; Ada Armstrong, Victor Richardson and Kandi Tippit, instructors; Jennifer Williams, lead instructor and Martha Strong, instructor. (Photo by Betty Cossar)  

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Upcoming Reading Roundtable set for Sept. 25

The September meeting of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Reading Roundtable, made possible with funds from Sycamore Bank, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m., in the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus. Leading this month’s discussion will be Victoria Penny, Northwest instructional librarian. An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college, and her new boss, in this modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, a funny love story for anyone who wishes for a second chance at happily ever after. Witty, warm, and full of heart, By the Book, a charming first novel by Julia Sonneborn, is an ode to bookish girls everywhere and the men who love them. The author herself is an English professor and Austen lover. The purpose of the program is to provide a forum to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of every semester. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Participants must fill out a registration form, and those wishing to purchase a copy of the book being discussed may do so for $5. Personal or library copies may also be used. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Melissa Wright, director of Learning Resources at (662) 562-3277 or e-mail      

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Northwest administrators meet with state finance, facility administrators

Northwest Mississippi Community College administration welcomed members of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the Bureau of Buildings, Grounds and Real Property Management (BoB) and local legislators to the college to review submitted capital building fund requests. A presentation of recently completed projects funded through state bond money was also made during the visit, and the group visited the college’s Mechanical Technology Building. Front row (l-r) Glenn Kornbeck, deputy director, DFA; Jesse O’Quinn and Adrian Massey, BoB; Laura Jackson, executive director, DFA and Calvin Sibley, director of BoB. Back row (l-r) Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl; Mary Ayers, director of Northwest Physical Plant; Matt Sellers, Northwest director of Accounting; Mississippi District 10 Rep. Nolan Mettetal, Public Property Committee member and Mario Smith, assistant director, BoB. (Photo by Julie Bauer)

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Nursing students learn about UMMC's Early Entry program

Dr. Tina Ferrell, RN-MSN program director at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) (left) and Kimberly Douglas, director of the Nurse Educator track at UMMC (right) spoke to the Adult Health I nursing class at Northwest Mississippi Community College on Aug. 29 about UMMC School of Nursing’s Early Entry programs. These programs allow eligible students to reserve a spot in the traditional BSN program or the RN-MSN program. For more information, visit the college’s website at  (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

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New desktop mill allows instructors to demonstrate needed skills

The Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology (PMMT) program at Northwest recently acquired a new device that will allow them to demonstrate to potential students one of the skills they will need to succeed in the program and in the industry. The PMMT program has a new desktop Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mill from Leading Edge Industries that is portable enough to be taken on site for demonstrations, according to PMMT instructors Jeff Covington and Jim Gilliam. The purpose of a CNC mill is to use a computer design to produce a part that is needed for the industry. “The cut is very precise, accurate and repeatable. You can get the same product every time, assuming everything is programmed correctly,” Covington said. The PMMT program in the classroom utilizes several standard size mills for instruction in both the PMMT classes and in workforce classes. The desktop version allows instructors to demonstrate the machine off site at job fairs, recruiting events and even to industry, Gilliam said. “This is one of the main machines they need to learn to use in our classes,” Gilliam said. Northwest acquired the new mill as part of its Workforce Solutions Team’s outreach efforts to promote the college’s technical expertise and training opportunities. “As ‘the’ training provider for northwest Mississippi, we provide our students with the skills that help local employers competitively succeed in a global marketplace,” said Dwayne Casey, associate dean of Workforce Development and Manufacturing Programs. The program has excellent employability rates, allowing graduates to find good paying jobs in local industry, Covington added. According to the Northwest bulletin, PMM Technology is an instructional program that prepares individuals to manufacture metal parts on machines such as lathes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and CNC equipment. Included is instruction in making computations related to work dimensions, testing, feeds, and speeds of machines; using precision measuring instruments such as layout tools, micrometers, and gauges; machining and heat-treating various metals; and laying out machine parts. Also included is instruction in the operation and maintenance of computerized equipment. A student successfully completing the technical program, that includes core academic classes will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students in the program will complete NIMS credentialing. Students who complete the first 30 hours of the program can receive a career certificate, and those who complete an additional 16 hours of instruction will receive a technical certificate. Gilliam and Covington plan to debut the new mill at the DeSoto Career Expo, which is scheduled to take place October 16 and 17 at the Landers Center in Southaven. According to the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, the first annual "Pathways2Possibilities" DeSoto Career Expo will be an interactive, hands-on technical career fair for all DeSoto County eighth graders. “We are excited to partner with the DeSoto Council for this inaugural career expo. So much of our focus is working with local employers in the manufacturing and transportation/distribution/logistics pathways. The Expo will be a wonderful way for the students to experience, firsthand, the great career opportunities that are right in their back yards,” said Douglas Freeze, assistant director of Workforce Development. For more information on the PMMT program, visit the college’s website at or contact Covington at or Gilliam at For more information regarding workforce training and related opportunities provided by Northwest’s Workforce Solutions Team, contact Stacy Scott, advanced technology coordinator, at Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology (PMMT) instructors (l-r) Jim Gilliam and Jeff Covington show off the program’s new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mill, which is portable enough to be taken on site for demonstrations at career fairs and other events. Northwest’s PMMT program has a great employability rate where graduates are able to find good paying jobs in local industry. (Photo by LaJuan Tallo)     

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