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Hall earns Sandy Grisham award

Northwest Mississippi Community College Computer Information Systems Instructor Glynda Hall (second from left) was awarded the Sandy Grisham Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2019 Faculty Convocation Aug. 12. Congratulating Hall are (from left) Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl; retired Social Science instructor Sandy Grisham; Executive Director for Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon and Vice President for Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs Dr. Matthew Domas. The award is given each year to an outstanding academic faculty member from the Senatobia campus who uses creativity, technology and innovation in the classroom. The award winner receives a check in the amount of $1,000 from the Northwest Foundation, which represents earnings on the endowment established by faculty and staff.           Photo by Julie Bauer

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Stanford, Jones to attend MCCLA for 2019

Northwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Michael Heindl (far left) and Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Adam Pugh (far right) congratulate Human Resources Director Erika Stanford and Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center Dean Dr. Don Jones on being selected to attend the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy for 2019. The two were introduced to the board during their monthly meeting Aug. 8. The MCCLA was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. Members attend learning sessions on leadership and community college issues and have the chance to network with other community college leaders in the state. Photo by Julie Bauer

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Mote, Greenlee graduate from MCCLA

Northwest Mississippi Community College Assistant Director of Recruiting Liesl Mote (front row, second from left) and Oxford Center Counselor Darlene Greenlee (front row, second from right) recently graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA). The MCCLA was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. Congratulating Mote and Greenlee is Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl (center) and the college’s Executive Council, including (from left) VP for Workforce Solutions and Career-Tech Education Dr. David Campbell, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon, VP for Academic Instruction/College Parallel Programs Dr. Matthew Domas, DeSoto Center Dean Dr. Keith Reed, VP for Student Services Dan Smith, Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center Dean Dr. Don Jones, and VP for Administration and Finance Jeff Horton.  Photo by Julie Bauer

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College announces new fees, tuition structure for fall 2019

Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, Northwest Mississippi Community College will implement a new tuition structure and additional general and special fees approved by the Board of Trustees last May. These changes will affect all students, including incoming freshmen, returning sophomores, eLearning students and dual enrolled students. Both new and returning students were made aware of the changes earlier in the summer.   While full-time tuition will remain the same at $1,500 per semester, the college has added some additional mandatory and special fees, restructured tuition and fees for part-time students, and slightly increased residence hall and meal plan rates.   “The board approved these fee changes in order to offset increased expenses, improve technology and infrastructure, and offer pricing consistent with peer institutions across the state,” said Jeff Horton, vice president for Administration and Finance. “When comparing these charges with current rates of other Mississippi community colleges, Northwest would be ranked 7th in total cost per semester, which is still an educational bargain for students.”   Tuition and fees effective fall 2019 are as follows:   TUITION 1-14 credit hours (part-time): $140 per credit hour 15-19 credit hours (full-time): $1,500 per semester Over 19 credit hours (full-time plus hours): $1,500 per semester plus $140 per credit hour over 19   GENERAL FEES Registration Fee (all students—per semester): $50 Technology Fee (all students—per semester): $45 Out-of-State Fee (per fall & spring semester—in addition to full-time tuition): $1,200 Out-of-State Fee (per semester—in addition to part-time tuition): $100 per credit hour   SPECIAL FEES Career-Technical Program Fee (per semester): $50 Mississippi Virtual Community College Fee (per semester): $15 per credit hour Nursing Program Fee (per semester—ADN students only): $1,200 Automobile Registration Fee—first vehicle registered: no charge Automobile Registration Fee—per additional decal: $5 Replacement of ID Card: $10 Room Deposit: Bobo, Gainey, Panola, Quitman, & Taylor Halls: $50 Room Deposit: Benton, DeSoto, Marshall & Tallahatchie Halls: $100 Books—estimated per semester*: $600 to $800 Residual ACT: $50 Deferred Payment Fee: $25 Returned Check Fee: $25   *Books and supplies for some programs may exceed this estimate. Some courses may require a mandatory eBook fee payable at the time of registration. Fee amounts will vary depending on the cost of each book.   Fees for residence halls have been increased by $50 per occupant, per semester. Costs of meal plans have also increased by $50 per semester. This marks the first time in seven years that fees for room and board have increased.   All tuition and fees not covered by completed Financial Aid are due in full at the time of registration. Foundation, MTAG and athletic scholarships can be used to cover tuition, fees and books, while institutional scholarships will generally pay for tuition only.   Full-time, in-state students may take advantage of the College’s Deferred Payment Plan which carries a nonrefundable $25 service fee. To utilize this plan, students must pay one half of the semester’s registration fees, plus any unpaid prior balance. Students will be invoiced for the remaining balance approximately 30 days after classes begin, and the final payment will be due within 60 days. All outstanding balances must be paid before a student may register for another term or receive an official transcript.   For more information on fee changes, contact Associate Bursar Rob Dunnam at 662-562-3913.  

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Fall 2019 Open Registration dates set

Registration for the 2019 fall 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 and Friday, Aug. 15-16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on all campuses. On the Senatobia campus, registration will be held in Tate Hall. Open registration for evening classes will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on all three campuses. Day and evening classes begin on Monday, Aug. 19. Late registration will be held Aug. 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students may register for Northwest eLearning’s online classes Wednesday, Aug. 14, 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15-16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Online classes begin Monday, Aug. 26. Late registration for online classes begins Monday, Aug. 26 and ends Friday, Aug. 30. Financial Aid staff will be available on all campuses to assist students with financial aid concerns during registration. On the Senatobia campus, Financial Aid staff will be in Tate Hall during registration on Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 16, but will return to their office in Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103 on Monday, Aug. 19. Northwest will also offer a variety of classes on campus and online during the college’s two eight-week fall 2019 mini-terms. The first session of on-campus mini-terms will begin on Aug. 19 and end on Oct. 11, and the first session of online mini-terms will be held from Aug. 26 to Oct. 18.  The second session of on-campus mini-terms will be held Oct. 16 to Dec. 13, and the second session of online mini-terms will be held Oct. 21 through Dec. 6. Open registration for mini-terms will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16, for the first fall mini-term and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 10 and 11, for the second fall mini-term from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Students may also register for either mini-term during regular Open Registration Aug. 14-16. Registration for both sessions of eLearning mini-term classes is during evening school registration on Aug. 14 and day registration Aug. 15-16. Students may also register for second session eLearning mini-term classes Friday, Oct. 18. The Fall 2019 course schedule can be accessed on the Northwest website at northwestms.edu. Click on students and choose myNWCC. For more information on fall registration, visit the Northwest website at www.northwestms.edu or call 662-562-3200.

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Northwest Adult Education receives Dollar General Grant

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Adult Education (AE) program was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support adult education/high school equivalency literacy.  The AE program offers high school equivalency classes to help students obtain their high school diploma and transition into college classes or advance in their current work placement with improved employability skills. “Thank you to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation!  This generous grant will help so many adult learners.  We are grateful to Dollar General for the continuous support of our program,” said Betty Cossar, AE transition coordinator. The local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the states that Dollar General serves. “In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of ‘Serving Others,’ we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.” The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information on Northwest’s Adult Education program or to sign up for AE orientation, contact Cossar at bcossar@northwestms.eduor visit the college’s website at northwestms.edu.  

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DeSoto Center Biology Department to adopt ARK trail

DeSoto Center biology instructors Dr. Darrell Barnes and Dr. Lindsay Massie and their students will be on hand on July 19 for a formal ceremony to officially “adopt” the ARK trails, where they have been working for over a year. Barnes and Massie, working in coordination with the Coldwater River Nature Conservancy (CRNC), take their students to the Arkabutla Lake Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Center (ARK) trail to not only teach, but to work on the conservation and clean-up of the area from debris that has invaded the trail from nearby Arkabutla Lake. Students walk along the two-mile trail cleaning it up while learning about concepts they have studied in class. They take time to stop and explore various plant and wild life that might be found along the way. According to the CRNC website, the ARK is located on 154 acres of natural habitat awarded to Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. by the US Army Corp of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake. The ARK is able to repeatedly connect children and adults with nature and wildlife along the two miles of woodland walking trails,an outdoor stage, 5,000 sq. ft. education pavilion, beautiful interpretive signage, and open wildflower and grasslands. The ARK trail is on Hwy. 304 in DeSoto County. The July 19 event will be the formal ceremony to adopt the ARK trail, according to Massie. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the pavilion, which is located on the ARK trail. For more information on the DeSoto Center, visit northwestms.edu and for more information on the ARK, coldwaternatureconservancy.org. Pictured: Students in Dr. Darrell Barnes and Dr. Lindsay Massie’s biology classes at Northwest Mississippi Community College DeSoto Center have been cleaning up the Arkabutla Lake Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Center (ARK) trail while learning about concepts they have studied in class. On July 19, Northwest DeSoto Center’s Biology Department will officially “adopt” the ARK trail during a formal ceremony at 2 p.m. Pictured left to right are, Michael Taylor of Olive Branch, Zach Rainbolt of Hernando, Heath Webb of Southaven, Hailey Livingston of Southaven, Samantha Shoffner of Holly Springs, Jason Holcomb of Olive Branch and Massie. (Photo courtesy Darrell Barnes)

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Northwest online courses receive QM certification

Recently, Northwest Mississippi Community College online instructors participated in a formal Quality Matters (QM) subscriber-managed review and certification. Beth Dickerson, Business and Office Technology instructor’s Medical Terminology course and Jennifer Hale, mathematics instructor’s Calculus II course both met the required QM standards. “Quality Matters (QM),” is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define and maintain quality assurance in online learning. According to the QM website, the organization began with a small group of colleagues in theMarylandOnline, Inc.(MOL) consortium who were trying to solve a common problem among institutions: how do we measure and guarantee the quality of a course? In 2003 MOL outlined how the Quality Matters program could create a scalable process for course quality assurance, and applied for a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant enabled QM to develop a rubric of course design standards and create a replicable peer-review process that would train and empower faculty to evaluate courses against these standards, provide guidance for improving the quality of courses, and certify the quality of online and blended college courses across institutions. The review of Dickerson’s and Hale’s courses were based on national standards of best practice, research findings and instructional design principles, according to Beth Adams, QM/course review manager. “The QM review process is part of an inter-institutional, faculty-driven, peer review process and helps to standardize the level of rigor applied to course reviews,” Adams said. Currently, in addition to Dickerson’s and Hale’s courses, Northwest has Trent Booker’s  American History, Marcus Perkins’ Intermediate Algebra, Kristin Watson’s Human Growth and Development and Leelee Haraway’s American Literature courses that have previously achieved official QM course certification, according to Adams.   “I am excited to see the enthusiasm when a class reaches the QM status. It means these instructors truly care about Northwest students and how we are delivering the material in a quality way. With the foundational work we have already accomplished, we are well on our way to having a good selection of quality structured online classes. QM is educating us about current best practices with online and hybrid courses. We plan on continuing our efforts in certifying courses until a majority of our online courses are qualified,” said Phyllis Johnson, dean of eLearning. For more information on Northwest’s eLearning program, visit the college’s website at northwestms.edu, and to learn more about QM, visit their website at qualitymatters.org.  

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Northwest Mathematics Department endowments established

     Anita Wilborn Graham
For 42 years Anita Stratton Wilborn Graham, known to her Northwest students as Mrs. Wilborn, set the standard for teaching excellence in the area of mathematics at Northwest Mississippi Community College. During that era, she educated many students who are now engineers, scientists, pharmacists, doctors, lawyers, and teachers. Several of her former calculus students have subsequently taught calculus at Northwest.  In addition, she mentored and encouraged her fellow faculty members. These students and co-workers cherish the memories, care, support, and example that Graham shared through a life of integrity and honor. In 2013, the faculty of the Mathematics Division of Northwest endowed a scholarship in Graham’s honor and is awarded to students pursuing either a mathematics or pre-engineering career pathway. Following her death in September 2018 at the age of 82, it was learned that she continued her devotion to helping students through a generous estate gift to the Northwest Foundation for the purpose of adding to the Anita Strattorn Wiborn Graham Endowment and establishing three scholarships in honor of her former colleagues, Wayne Ferguson, current director of Mathematics Instruction, Charlotte Alexander, the first and former division director of Mathematics, and Linda Lewis Hogan Harris, former computer science instructor and chairman of computer studies. It is significant and touching to remember that Graham taught Ferguson, Alexander and  Harris when these three were Northwest students. They later became colleagues as all three became Northwest instructors. Their final and dearest relationship was that of friends. The mathematics faculty members voted to add funds to the Graham estate gift to completely endow The Wayne Ferguson Endowment, The Charlotte Alexander Tate County Endowment, and The Linda Lewis Hogan Harris Endowment. These additional funds were taken from the Math Foundation Account established by the Mathematics Division at the onset of Northwest’s first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), whose focus was to enhance student learning in mathematics. Patti Gordon, executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, appreciates the kind generosity of both Graham and the Mathematics faculty. “We are sincerely grateful for the actions of Mrs. Graham and these instructors. The combination of this extraordinary estate gift and the funds from the Mathematics Department totals $58,000, all of which will be placed in these permanent endowments. Of course, this means that students will receive scholarships from these endowments for as long as this college exists and that Mr. Ferguson, Ms. Alexander, and Mrs. Harris will also be honored through the lives of these students,” Gordon said. The Wayne Ferguson Endowment The younger son of Larry and Mary Hall Ferguson, Wayne Ferguson grew up in Senatobia, attending Senatobia City Schools through the 12th grade. He was valedictorian of his senior class and was elected to the Senatobia High School Hall of Fame. Ferguson attended Northwest for two years, majoring in mathematics, where he was named Outstanding Math Student and also elected to the college’s Hall of Fame. He then enrolled at the University of Mississippi, graduating with a B.S. degree in mathematics, followed just over a year later with a Master’s degree in mathematics. As an undergraduate, Ferguson was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and he received an award for outstanding academic achievement while working on his master’s degree. Ferguson says that he was blessed to have many exceptional instructors who inspired in him a love for learning and a lifelong fondness for the learning environment. While attending Northwest, he took many of Graham’s mathematics classes, including trigonometry, the calculus sequence, and differential equations. He also took two years of chemistry under the instruction of Jo Adams Cross. Both of these instructors increased Wayne’s desire to learn more about mathematics and the sciences. When Ferguson started teaching at Northwest in 1986, he worked with Cross and Graham, and he became even closer to them. Out of respect and fondness for these dedicated instructors, Ferguson dedicated a chair in the renovated Northwest auditorium in their honor. Ferguson taught mathematics on the Senatobia campus from 1986-2001, the last 11 of those years serving as department chairman. In August 2001, he transferred to the Southaven campus to teach math and to serve as the coordinator of mathematics at the DeSoto Center. On August 1, 2018, Ferguson returned to the Senatobia campus as Director of Mathematics Instruction. Ferguson’s early years teaching at Northwest included many moments of joy and inspiration. Some of the fun and entertaining times were provided by Graham, who never let her high standards decrease while she enjoyed fun times with colleagues. Many afternoons in the Physical Science Building were spent enjoying a special camaraderie. For the past 16 years, Ferguson has enjoyed being involved in service at Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal, in Memphis. He continues to enjoy reading, attending theatrical events, and traveling to the American Southwest. He also treasures time spent with his nephew Lee and with Lee’s family. The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing either the engineering, mathematics, or pharmacy pathway. Should there not be a qualified applicant in these pathways, then the scholarship should be awarded to a student pursuing any pathway in Natural Sciences. The Charlotte Alexander Tate County Endowment This is the second endowed scholarship established in honor of Charlotte Alexander. The first one was established in 2018, and the complete story of Alexander’s life was highlighted in the previous edition of Northwest Now(Fall 2018). She describes Graham as someone who made a profound difference in her life. “Anita was my teacher, my colleague, and my friend. I am extremely touched that she would provide this estate gift to Northwest to help students and that she would be specific in her instructions to include me along with Wayne and Linda to be honored with a scholarship endowment. To then have my mathematics colleagues provide additional funds truly leaves me overwhelmed with gratitude,” Alexander said. Alexander was encouraged by Graham to apply for a position at Northwest in 1989. She became the first division director of Mathematics in 2010 and served in that position until her retirement in June 2018. The scholarship will be awarded to students who are residents of Tate County and who maintain a 2.5 grade point average at Northwest. The Linda Lewis Hogan Harris Endowment Linda Lewis Hogan Harris grew up in Sledge, the youngest daughter of Harry and Cornelia Lewis.  She attended Sledge High School, where she was an honor student, Beta Club member, and Hall of Fame recipient. Harris was a member of the band, cheerleading squad, basketball team, and track team. After completing high school, she attended Northwest for two years and quickly fell in love with the college that would later become an integral part of her life. She remembered with sincere appreciation the many caring faculty who taught and inspired her, two of whom were Anita Wilborn Graham and Bob King. Who would have ever guessed that years later she would be working alongside them in a profession she cherished? After graduating from Northwest, Harris completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors at the University of Mississippi. She taught in the Tate County Schools, Senatobia City Schools, and Desoto County Schools for nine and a half years before returning to college again to earn a degree in computer programming from State Technical Institute at Memphis. At STIM, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and embarked on a new career journey dealing with computer programming. Later she also completed graduate computer science coursework at the University of Memphis, Delta State University, and Mississippi State University. In 1984, Harris was offered a full-time teaching position at Northwest. She taught computer programming and software application classes at Northwest from 1984 through 2005, serving as chairman of Computer Studies for the last 15 years that she worked at Northwest. Because of a family member’s serious illness, Harris took an early retirement and taught online computer classes from home for six additional years, ending in 2012. Harris remarked, “Retiring from Northwest was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made. I loved my years teaching at Northwest, and I knew that I was truly blessed to work in one of the best community colleges in the country.” Harris has also expressed gratitude for the city of Senatobia where she has lived for more than 40 years. Senatobia has consistently supported a strong educational system and has made quality education a priority. Harris feels extremely proud to have a scholarship named for her, which was established by her dear friend and mentor, Anita Wilborn Graham. Additional funds were added to this scholarship by the Department of Mathematics Instruction at Northwest, and Harris is sincerely grateful to the Mathematics Instruction Department Director, Wayne Ferguson, and his faculty for their support of this scholarship. Harris’s close friendship with Graham lasted for more than 25 years, and Graham continued to teach Harris in so many important ways through that friendship. Graham’s strength, integrity, honesty, and compassion were evident to anyone who knew her and, especially, to Harris, who was also her neighbor. Harris said, “Anita always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the people she loved. I feel very blessed to be included in the group of people loved by Anita, and I’m honored to be remembered by Anita with a gift as precious as a scholarship named for me at the college because Northwest positively impacted both Anita’s life and mine.” Over the past 28 years, Harris has personally seen the significance of scholarships at Northwest. Harris’s first husband, who died at a young age more than 30 years ago, was honored by his co-workers at Chromcraft with a scholarship at Northwest in his name. The Thomas W. Hogan Endowed Scholarship has impacted the lives of recipients for many years that were studying Computer Science or Computer Information Systems at Northwest. Harris was honored that she was included in determining the criteria for recipients of this scholarship. Harris is now married to Ken Harris, who also was a former student of Graham’s. Ken has retired from over 30 years of teaching. During his tenure, he positively impacted the lives of many students. Harris commented, “One of the greatest privileges of living in a small community in which we both have taught for many years is being greeted by former students who remember us and express gratitude for the differences we’ve made in their lives. What a great honor to be remembered by former students.” Ken and Linda Harris will always remember with sincere gratitude their former teacher and dear friend, Graham. They both are thankful that Graham was a major part of their lives, and they will carry her positive life lessons in their hearts as long as they live. The Linda Lewis Hogan Harris Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student in the computer science or computer information systems pathway or to a student who has chosen a math or a science-related pathway at Northwest. Dr. Michael Heindl, president of Northwest, is deeply appreciative for all of the giving that these endowments represent. “An estate gift is such a compliment to our college. Mrs. Graham, who had already made a lasting and incredible contribution to Northwest in her classroom, was devoted to this college so much that she made careful and thoughtful plans to continue helping Northwest. None of us knew she had done this. I wish we had known so that we could have recognized her for her generosity. Then, to add to the generosity, the mathematics faculty members provided funds from the Math Foundation Account established during the implementation of the QEP.  I am completely elated by these acts of giving,” Heindl said. For more information, contact the Northwest Office of Institutional Advancement at 662.560.1103 or email Gordon at pgordon@northwestms.edu.  

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Kimberly Webb Hollis New Beginning Endowment established at Northwest

Kimberly Webb Hollis and Dr. Marshall Hollis
The Kimberly Webb Hollis New Beginning Endowment was established at Northwest Mississippi Community College in December of 2018 by her husband, Dr. Marshall Hollis, in celebration of their recent marriage, which represents a new beginning and a new chapter in their lives. This is the third scholarship endowment established by Dr. Hollis, one being in his honor, The Dr. Marshall Hollis Endowment, and the other in honor of his sister-in-law, The Linda McGonaghill Hollis Endowment. Patti Gordon, executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, is excited over this new endowment. “I have known Kim for many years, and this scholarship is an absolutely perfect gift for her. How kind and insightful of Dr. Hollis to give a wedding gift that honors his wife for generations to come and helps student pursue the same career of nursing that Kim has practiced for so many years,” Gordon said. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hollis spent the next 36 years of her life in Las Vegas, three years in Santa Ana, California, and then she moved to Senatobia. Her marriage to William Charles Webb ended in his death in 2016. The greatest blessings of her marriage include her three children, Stephanie Webb Wiley, Peter Webb, and Christopher Webb, and one stepdaughter, Gia D’errico.  Added to those blessings are her three grandchildren. She engaged in college studies in art and in hotel and restaurant management until she found the passion she had been looking for in a career and chose to study nursing.  At the age of 50, she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest.  She worked as a registered nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital before accepting a position with the Mississippi State Department of Health where she served as public health nurse for 11 years until her retirement in 2018. Throughout her adult life, Hollis’ faith has been the sustaining and guiding force in her life. Her membership at First Baptist Church in Senatobia provided her and her children with a place of comfort and service.  She sang in the choir, and she has continued that service at her new church, First Baptist Church in Ripley, Mississippi. About her faith, Hollis is quick to credit God’s grace to overcoming any challenges that she has faced in her life. “This scholarship is such a beautiful gift from my husband and not only represents a way to help nursing students with scholarship assistance, but it also represents a new beginning in God’s plan for my life.  Through every step, in every valley, on every mountaintop, I have always sensed God’s steady Hand and sweet presence,” Hollis said. Dr. Marshall Hollis has been a champion of Boy Scouts of America and has won countless awards and contributed innumerable hours of service and generous gifts to this organization. He was excited about enlisting his wife’s skills as a nurse in this wonderful organization, “Kimberly is now a member of BSA, and she has completed the training courses necessary to attend camp in June and the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer where she will be working on the medical staff as a Registered Nurse.”  Dr. Hollis is a pharmacist, and the couple will provide medical services to hundreds of scouts from all over the world. Dr. Michael Heindl, president of Northwest, sees this endowment as truly unique. “In all of my years in community college administration, I cannot remember a single time when an endowment was begun as a wedding gift. Dr. Hollis certainly came up with a gift that is both unique and eternal, and I am appreciative to him, and I am excited for Kim as they begin this new life together with an honor that will be helping students for generations to come,” Heindl said. The scholarship will be awarded to students who are second-year students in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Northwest. For more information, contact the Northwest Office of Institutional Advancement at 662.560.1103 or email Gordon at pgordon@northwestms.edu.

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