A large contingency of #NEMCC administration, elected officials and #NETigerNation faithful have descended on the Northeast-Iuka campus open house. (at Iuka, Mississippi)
Twenty-four (24) Northeast Mississippi Community College students received certification in Practical Nursing Education (PNE) and qualified to sit for the licensure exam. Northeast’s Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on Monday, August 8 in the Seth Pounds Auditorium on the college’s Booneville campus. Summer 2016 graduates include (front row l-r) Jenna Smith from Corinth, Brandilyn Davis from Corinth, Diana Hauser from Selmer, Tenn., Blayne Carr from Tishomingo, Rachel Ray from Booneville, Sara Gower from Counce, Tenn., Marlana Ray from Corinth, Audrey Meeks from Burnsville, Clarissa Booker from Coffeeville, Kayla Miller from Baldwyn, Shaliyah Bramlett from Nettleton and Martha Calomese from Baldwyn along with (back row l-r) Ginger Rinehart of New Site, Destiny Sowell of Corinth, Halie Essary from Corinth, Nina Stiteler from Iuka, Tanner Price from Corinth, Adam Wren from Corinth, Jordan Westmoreland from Pontotoc, Brandon Palmer from Ripley, Robin Trevino from Iuka, Kayla Steward from Selmer, Tenn., Kaloni Hudson from Booneville and Courtney Isbell from Pontotoc. Northeast’s Practical Nursing Education program is a 12-month program that requires 410 hours of lecture, 240 hours of laboratory practice and 345 hours of clinical training. PNE instructors include Felicia Crump, PhD, RN; Paula Stennett, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Brad Sloan, MEd, BSN, RN; and Mary Sue Perrigo, BSN, RN, Director of Practical Nursing Education.
LaRico Stevenson aims for the third time to be the charm as he leads his Philadelphia Soul into the Arena Football League (AFL) championship contest.
Stevenson and the Soul meet the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX on Friday, August 26. Kickoff from the Gila River Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. with ESPN handling the television coverage.
“I’m very excited,” said Stevenson. “Every year this is my plan. I’ve just been dedicated to trying to do whatever I can to hopefully change this go around to a victory for us.”
It is the third ArenaBowl appearance for the Northeast Mississippi Community College alumnus in his five seasons with the franchise. Stevenson’s Soul fell to these same Rattlers in the title tilt during back-to-back seasons from 2012-13.
“There’s really not a revenge thing because this is a new year and a new team for us,” Stevenson said. “We’ve been working real hard to try to get over the hump that we had those last two times.”
Stevenson has established himself as one of the top athletes in the AFL since arriving in the organization for the 2010 campaign. He has become a consistent force as both a defensive back and as a kick returner.
He started his tenure in the AFL with brief roster stops for the Tulsa Talons, New Orleans VooDoo and Pittsburgh Power before settling in nicely at Philadelphia midway through the 2012 season. Stevenson also played briefly in the now-defunct arenafootball2 (af2) for the Lubbock Renegades.
The Olive Branch native has compiled nearly 450 tackles, 48 pass break ups, 19 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries plus 2,000 return yards during his outstanding six-year career.
Stevenson has accumulated 281 tackles, 29 pass break ups, 14 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries since his arrival with the Soul some three-plus years ago.
His impact may be even deeper on special teams. Stevenson has fielded 124 kickoffs for 1,956 yards while with Philadelphia to produce an average of 15.8 yards per return on the shortened 50-yard field.
Stevenson is currently fifth on the squad with 34 tackles and four pass break ups entering the ArenaBowl. He is also second for the Soul with 24 kick returns for 351 yards.
The 5-11, 205-pounder has completed several solid individual performances this campaign. He had six tackles in a season opening victory against Cleveland and tallied a team-high eight stops with a forced fumble two weeks later during a triumph over Portland.
Stevenson helped Philadelphia capture its fourth AFL American Conference crown in franchise history. The Soul defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in the league championship game on August 14.
Philadelphia enters the ArenaBowl with a 13-3 overall record and split its regular season series with Arizona. Stevenson recorded a pair of tackles in a home win versus the Rattlers on May 14 while the Soul fell during the return trip one month later.
Stevenson and his teammates will face the most high-powered offense in the AFL. The Rattlers averaged 66.8 points per game on its way to the National Conference title.
“Our expectation is to go out there and make minimal mistakes,” said Stevenson. “We’ve got to keep picking on some of the little tendencies that they do. One of our keys is just being smart. We can’t give them so many chances to try to score.”
Stevenson joined the Tigers for the 2003-04 campaigns after graduating from Olive Branch High School, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track.
He led Northeast to its first of two consecutive Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division championships as a sophomore in 2004.
Stevenson was selected to the MACJC All-State first-team that year after lifting Northeast to a 7-3 overall record and their third-ever home playoff game inside the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium.
He completed his collegiate career at the University of West Georgia. His six interceptions and 10 pass break ups were the most for the Wolves during his junior season.
Stevenson was an All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) second-team selection following a senior campaign in which he compiled 28 tackles, including four of them for loss, four interceptions and four pass break ups.
“Arena football is a great thing. We’re really pleased with (Stevenson) playing at that level,” Tigers head coach Greg Davis said. “It’s a great accomplishment anytime you’re able to be on a team that’s playing for a championship. That’s a big honor.”
Northeast is the only member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) this year to have a former student-athlete play in the two biggest professional football title games in the world.
Former Tiger Mario Addison participated in the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., as a defensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers.
CUTLINE – Head shot of LaRico Stevenson, who leads the Philadelphia Soul against the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX on Friday, August 26. (PHOTO: Philadelphia Soul Media Relations)
During its recent retreat, the Northeast Development Foundation Board of Directors presented college president Ricky G. Ford with a check for $1,253,000 raised during the 2015-16 academic year and dispersed through awards and grants. The funds were directed to several different areas; $292,000 in capital improvement/equipment, $286,000 in program support, $220,000 in athletics/fine arts, and $455,000 in scholarships.
Pictured at the presentation was (back row l-r) Vance Witt, Alvia Blakney, Dr. William Jackson, John Anderson, Douglas Jackson, Rick Willis, Foundation executive director Patrick Eaton; (front row l-r) Bill Morgan, Beth Byrd, Jack Ramsey, Mona Lisa Grady, Foundation board president David Pounds, President Ford, Danny Dilworth, and Chris Cornelison.
For more information or to make a gift contact Tiffany Johnson at the Northeast Development Foundation at 662-720-7185 or by email at email@example.com. Checks may be brought to the Foundation office in Patterson Hall on the Booneville campus or mailed to the Northeast Development Foundation, c/o Tiffany Johnson, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Box 4, Booneville, MS 38829.
Northeast’s Foundation offers a comprehensive program of giving opportunities and is specifically responsible for gifts to the college involving estate planning, real estate, insurance, endowments, annuities, trusts, pooled income funds or other special donations that require ongoing management or binding agreements. It exists to serve Northeast by providing programs and benefits not fully provided by other sources. For more information about Northeast’s Foundation contact Eaton at 662- 720-7165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Northeast web site at www.nemcc.edu.
Students leave the #NEMCC Frank Haney Union after lunch headed back to an afternoon of classes in #NETigerNation. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
Auditions for #NEMCC’s 2016 Fall One Act Plays will be held on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 at 2 p.m. in the Hines Hall Auditorium. ALL #NETigerNation students are welcome to audition for the plays. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the plays. Credit is also available to those that seek to become part of the Stage Building and Backstage crews for the performances (SPT 1241). Northeast 2016 Fall One Act Plays will be presented on October 20, 22 and 23 in the Hines Hall Auditorium. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
Second year art instructor Jenna Fincher’s work will be on display in the Anderson Hall Art Gallery on the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus in Booneville beginning August 29.
Fincher was born and raised in south Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with a minor in art history from Nicholls State University in May 2012. As a college student, she focused on figure drawing. In 2015 she earned a master’s degree in studio art from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. At Tech she created two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork through experiments with media and traditional and technological processes.
Currently, Fincher is in her second year as an art instructor at Northeast. Her current artwork is informed by questions of reality, the sublime, and home, and her early interest in the idea of human presence remains.
“Much of this work is concerned with polarities,” Fincher explained. “It is comforting and disquieting, nostalgic and satisfying, between the real and the unreal. I am interested in transient experiences to places between reality and an altered state of perception.
“Through use of a variety of materials I create and reference the nature of south Louisiana,” Fincher continued. “The landscape of south Louisiana is used as a surrogate for experiences people go through which include attempting to escape reality, being aware of oneself in context to others and space, recalling significant moments, and being confronted with the power of nature’s might. I also allude to ideas about longing and what a home can be. This artwork is a search for myself in relationship to my homeland as experiences and memories submerge and emerge.”
The exhibit runs from August 29 until September 29.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Anthony Rush and Jo’Quarius Savage were listed as top recruits nationally by 247sports during its annual junior college individual composite ratings.
Rush was tabbed as the No. 55 prospect at all positions and the ninth best defensive tackle in the country. He is the No. 21 recruit overall in the Magnolia State and No. 3 at his spot on the line.
The Cary (N.C.) High School alumnus was one of the top tacklers for the Tigers as a freshman. Rush had 48 total stops, which was the fourth most on the team and the highest amount among Northeast’s linemen.
Rush’s tackle figures were broken into 16 solos and 24 assisted for an average of five takedowns per game. He also accumulated a team-high nine tackles for a loss of 34 yards for the Tigers.
He added three sacks and one pass break up to his resume. Rush also blocked a field goal attempt at Hinds Community College that was returned for a touchdown by current Iowa State University standout Mackenro Alexander.
Rush had at least one tackle in all eight contests that he participated in during the 2015 campaign. He set career-highs with 13 stops and 4.5 tackles for loss in Northeast’s homecoming matchup with Mississippi Delta Community College.
He followed that performance against the Trojans with 12 takedowns one week later against Itawamba Community College. He also had a solid outing versus Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with five stops and a tackle for loss.
Rush holds upwards of 10 NCAA Division I offers from schools such as Mississippi State University, Bowling Green State (Ohio) University, the University of New Mexico, Ohio University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky University before his final season on the Booneville campus begins.
The Raleigh, N.C., native earned three stars from all major recruiting services, including ESPN, Scout and 247Sports. Rush had a total of 28 tackles over the course of the final four games last year.
“Anthony is a special person,” said Tigers head coach Greg Davis. “He’s matured drastically since he’s been at Northeast and that’s one of the biggest things. He’s a young man that’s just a great talented football player.”
Savage checks in at No. 89 on the prospect list and places No. 14 among offensive tackles. He also sits at No. 30 overall and third at his position among all athletes in the rugged Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC).
The Monroe, La., product helped give the Tigers’ quarterbacks the time to direct an offense that averaged over 300 yards per matchup one year ago. He also protected a 1,000 yard passer in Kendrick Doss, who is now at Jacksonville State (Ala.) University.
Savage earned the starting nod at left tackle in all nine games during his inaugural campaign in the City of Hospitality. He is a two-star recruit according to Scout and 247Sports.
The 6-0, 350 pounder has an offer list that includes the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Middle Tennessee State University, Troy (Ala.) University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“He’s a big man that moves well,” Davis said. “He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played and he’s only going to get better as he competes everyday at a high level. He’s a good individual and a smart kid.”
Rush, Savage and the entire Northeast roster kicks off the new year on Thursday, September 1 versus Pearl River Community College. The first of four home contests this season is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
CUTLINE – Head shots of Anthony Rush and Jo’Quarius Savage, who were selected as top recruits by recruiting service 247Sports. (PHOTOS: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Leadership: Whether it’s in the boardroom or on the field of competition, everyone needs leadership. Sign up for Individual Leadership Studies (AMR 2113). (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
Northeast Mississippi Community College is once again extending an opportunity for fans to connect with the entire football program prior to the beginning of the rapidly approaching new season.
Northeast will hold its second annual “Meet the Tigers” night on Tuesday, August 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Booneville Domino’s Pizza restaurant, which is part of the Second Street Plaza on Walmart Circle.
“We want the people to know that we’re here for them and show them we’ve got a great bunch of kids,” said Northeast head coach Greg Davis. “We had a great time last year and I’m looking forward to it again.”
Student-athletes and coaches will connect with their supporters throughout the hour-and-a-half extravaganza. Followers of the Tigers can obtain a schedule poster and have it autographed by team members.
The Showband from Tigerland, Tiger Dancers and Northeast cheerleading squad will also attend this event to provide entertainment for the crowd and showcase any new routines before their first official performances of the year at the football season opener.
Domino’s is providing various giveaways and special promotions for the Tigers’ constituents. Twenty percent of any additional sales that evening will go directly towards benefitting Northeast’s gridiron operations.
Several slices of pizza are set to be provided at no charge to those that are present as well. One year ago there were over 700 individual slices awarded for free to students, parents and fans of the Tigers.
An outstanding approximate total of 500 individuals attended the inaugural “Meet the Tigers” function in 2015. The fellowship and interaction between Northeast’s players, coaches and patrons made for a wonderful unofficial kickoff of the season.
The Tigers have found success with the pigskin since the turn of the century. Northeast has captured three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division championships and qualified for its inaugural bowl game during that stretch.
The 2016 campaign opens for the Tigers on Thursday, September 1 when Pearl River Community College visits the City of Hospitality. The first of four home contests this year is slated for 6:30 p.m. inside Tiger Stadium.
For more information about “Meet the Tigers,” contact Davis at 662-720-7580 or by email at email@example.com or assistant coaches Kenny Jackson at 662-720-7575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dustin Jones at 662-720-7351 or by email at email@example.com, Kareem Moore at 662-720-7587 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Trevathan at 662-720-7890 or by email at email@example.com.
CUTLINE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Tiger Dancers are one of three groups alongside the Showband from Tigerband and the Northeast cheerleaders to perform for a second straight year at “Meet the Tigers” for the football team on Tuesday, August 30 at the Domino’s restaurant location in Booneville. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)