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Volume 9, Number 2 September 2012

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Homecoming 2012 events planned

Former Wolfpack Basketball Player Brings Home Gold in Warrior Games

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is planBy Angela Furr ning Homecoming events for Friday and SatAnthony McDaniel was a solid point guard urday, Oct. 19 and 20. Alumni, friends and while playing for the Wolfpack basketball students are welcomed to the campus to reteam during the 2006-2007season. He left Coconnect and enjoy activities. Lin to serve his country in the Marine Corp. Friday Activities One month after he arrived in Afghanistan, Homecoming events begin with a golf McDaniel’s life was changed forever. While tournament at noon sponsored by the baseon a routine clearance patrol as an artilleryball team. The fee is $50 per team and inman in Kajaki, Afghanistan, he identified an cludes cart and green fees, lunch, snacks on improvised explosive device, but before he the course and prizes. For more information, could notify his squad, it detonated. Four contact Keith Case at (601)643-8412. days later, McDaniel regained conscious Members of the first associate degree nursness in Germany, missing both of his legs ing class (Class of ’96) will be honored with and his left hand. a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the presi While such an injury might send some into a state of self-pity, McDaniel decided not to dent’s home. If you are member of this class concentrate on what he had lost, but to focus instead on the things that he could still do. and have not received an invitation by Oct. 1, “Lying around was never something that crossed my mind,” he said. “I was still please contact the alumni office at 601-643-8313 alive. I knew I had to continue on with my life, and for me, sports is a part of my life.” or by e-mail at McDaniel was sent from Germany to the National Naval Medical Center in BethesSaturday Activities da, Md., where he underwent multiple surgeries, and from there on to Walter Reed General registration for Saturday’s Homecoming Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. While at Walter Reed, McDaniel was will be in the J. M. Ewing Administration Building from introduced to hand cycling, which involves a three-wheeled, hand-pedaled bike. 9:00 until 11 a.m. Guests can also register at the cafeteria The former Gautier High School basketball player was a natural at the sport, and lobby from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. completed the Marine Corp marathon in 2011 before being transferred to Balboa The Sports Hall of Fame inductions and a business meetNaval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., for more rehabilitation. ing of the Athletic Alumni Association are planned for 9:30 While in San Diego, McDaniel organized a wheelchair basketball league. until 11:00 a.m. in Rea Auditorium. Inductees into the Sports He and his teammates competed in exhibition games in the surrounding area, Hall of Fame include Ira Coates, Chris Dunn, Joel Lessley and leading McDaniel to try out for the Warrior Games, a competition created in Victoria Mason. 2010 by the military and the U.S. Olympic Committee as an introduction to The Band and Colette Alumni Chapter will hold its Hall of paralympic sports for injured service members and veterans. Fame induction ceremony and recognize its Outstanding Young McDaniel tried out in both wheelchair basketball and hand cycling events Alumni recipient at 10:00 a.m. in the Fred and Jewett Taylor in the Warrior Trials and took home the silver medal in the 100 and 200-meterChapel. Mary Little Peevey will be inducted into the Hall of dash, beating out over 300 other wounded warriors for a spot on the 50-memFame, and Dr. Sherry Chance Pippen will be recognized as the ber All-Marine Track and Field Team. He was selected as a torchbearer and Outstanding Young Alum. The chapter will also hold its ancompeted in the Warrior Games in Colorado in May 2012 against the best athnual business meeting during that time. letes from the Air Force, Navy, Army and Special Operations, bringing home six The Alumni Association will hold its awards luncheon in gold medals. the Cafeteria in the Henley Building at 11:30. Tickets are $12 This success has led McDaniel to appreciate what he has been through to and may be purchased at the registration tables or the door. become what he is today. “I’ve had so many more opportunities to compete and to Reunion classes, Outstanding Alumni, Sports Hall of do things that I never would have been able to do before I got hurt.” Some of those Fame inductees, Band and Colette Hall of Fame inductee opportunities have included snow skiing, traveling across the country to compete, and Outstanding Young Alumni recipient and Outstand(continued on page 7)

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Strother to lead Co-Lin soccer program David Strother (‘01) has been hired to lead Co-Lin men’s and women’s soccer program. Strother served as head men’s soccer coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Tech last year in Chicago. During his year at IlT, he coached several talented players, many that will play on national teams and professionally. He also has close ties with the Chicago Fire. From 2006-2010, Strother served as men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College where he built the program from the ground up. Strother was the first player to ever sign a soccer scholarship at Co-Lin. He was a two-year captain of the Wolfpack playing the central-midfield position. Strother continued his college career at Belhaven College from 2002-04. In 2002, he helped the Blazers achieve their best record in three years. During that year, they also broke into the Top-25 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) rankings for the first time in four years and advanced to the NAIA Region XIII tournament for the first time in three years. Strother was named an NAIA Academic AllAmerican in 2003 and received a B. S. degree in sports administration and marketing (with a minor in Business) in 2004.

Strother says he and his family are excited about returning home “Co-Lin gave me the opportunity not only to continue my education and soccer career after high school, but it is where I began dating my wife and met some of my closest friends. I am looking forward to working with the studentathletes on both the men’s a n d women’s soccer squads Strother and using the next few months to help build around them for next year,” Strother said. “I am very familiar with high school coaches across the state and I hope to renew those friendships now that I am back in Mississippi. Co-Lin is an excellent institution and I look forward to introducing prospective students to the opportunities that can begin here and help prepare them for the next steps in their lives.” He is married to the former Nina Fischer (’01), and they have one daughter, Sidney McCall and a baby boy due in the fall.

Christi Wallace Terrell (’01) was selected as The Daily Leader’s Co-Lincoln County Coach of the Year. Terrell is in her eighth year of coaching girls’ basketball at Bogue Chitto Attendance Center. She received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is married to Chris Terrell and they have a 6-year-old son, Colby.

Williams returns to Co-Lin basketball Former Lady Wolf Nikki Williams (‘07) has been hired as assistant women’s basketball coach. “Nikki is a tremendous asset to our program,” said Coach Gwyn Young, Co-Lin’s athletic director and women’s head basketball coach. “She was one of the best shooting guards I’ve coached and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program.” Williams was a NJCAA First Team AllAmerican (2007), NJCAA All-Region 23 (2006, 2007), MACJC First Team All-State (2006, 2007), and an MACJC All-Star. She averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 steals her sophomore year. Williams helped the Lady Wolves to 20-8 record in 2006 and a 30-5 record in 2007. She Williams was a member of the Lady Wolves 2007 team that won the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament and finished in sixth place at the NJCAA National Tournament. A graduate of White Castle High School in Louisiana, Williams received a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in Texas. While at Lamar, Williams was selected All-Southland Conference (2008, 2009). She led the Lady Cardinals to their first ever appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament Championship Game. Williams averaged 14.3 points her senior season and led the Southland Conference in steals. Williams played three seasons in the African Professional League in Rwanda.

Coaches Reunion Former players of coaches A.J. “Red” Mangum and Wallace Hargon met at their annual reunion in June at Western Sizzlin in Brookhaven. Those in attendance were back row, from left: Guy Bar, Curtis McMillan, George Brewer, Coach Wallace Hargon, Tom Layton, Marshall Magee, Dicky Knight, Pat Hennington, Jerry Gundlach, Kenny Britt, Opie Grinn, Royce Bullock, Buddy Spring, Albert Hennington, Jimmie Wooten, Ronnie St Amant, Ralph Sanders; Sitting from left: Coach A.J. Mangum, Bobby Britt, Les Henning, Leon “Newt” Boone, Leon Canoy, Liz Willingham Ratcliff, Pat Henning, Alton Ricks, Alton Greenlee 2 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

“Peter and the Wolf” kicks off 2012-2013 Community Arts Series

Mark Your Calendar !

• Tuesday, Oct. 2- 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Puppet Arts Theatre’s production of “Pe The Puppet Arts Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Wolf” will kick off Copiah-Linter and the Wolf,” Rea Auditorium, Wesson coln Community College’s Community Arts Series on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The production, Campus. Admission is free and open to the which is free and open to the public, will feature two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. public. in Rea Auditorium on the college’s Wesson Campus. “Peter and the Wolf” Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” is an exciting way to introduce children to • Tuesday, Oct. 23- 7:30 p.m. - Aficionado classical music and puppetry. The world-famous musical tale has been performed often, Series performance by the LSU Wind Trio Rouge featuring Johanna Cox, oboe; Robert De Lutis, but very rarely using the unique Czech black theatre technique. This complex but stunclarinet; and Gabrile Beavers, bassoon, Rea Auning style of presentation allows complete freedom of movement for the almost-life-size ditorium, Wesson campus. Tickets available at puppets who interact on stage with a real-life narrator to create a feel of a big screen the Co-Lin business officeor at the door the night animated cartoon. The puppets for the show were designed by Sandy McNeal. of the performance. The show is directed by Peter Zapletal, Artistic Director for Puppet Arts Theatre. Actors/puppeteers who appear in the performances are T. J. McSparrin, Sydney Blackwell, • Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, Lesley Raybon and Peter Zapletal. J. C. Patterson is the on stage narrator for “Peter and 2012- Homecoming (see page 6 for details and the Wolf.” a schedule of events.) Puppet Arts Theater is devoted to bringing exciting and memorable performances to its audiences. • Tuesday, Nov. 6- 7:00 p.m.- Annual TrilSince 1968 this lium Beauty Pageant- Rea Auditorium, Westheater has thrilled son Campus children of all ages from Boston to Tam• Saturday, March 23- 6:00 p.m. – pa and throughout Major Donor Appreciation Dinner, the Southeast with magical and exciting Thames Center, Wesson Campus theatrical experiences. Puppet Arts Theatre is on • Monday, April 15- 5:30 p.m.the Performing Arts Touring Natchez Campus Awards Night Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission. • Wednesday, April 17This children’s theatre pro10:30 a.m.- Wesson Campus duction will delight audiences Awards Day, Rea Auditorium of all ages. J.C. Patterson on stage narrator for “Peter and the Wolf” This project is sup• Wednesday, April 17ported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the Na1:30 p.m.- Foundation Antional Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. nual Scholarship Reception, The Community Arts Aficionado Series will feature three performances this season including the LSU Thames Center, Wesson CamWind Trio Rouge featuring Johanna Cox, oboe; Robert De Lutis, pus clarinet; and Gabrile Beavers, bassoon on Oct. 23, pianist John O’Conor and violionist Akemi Takeyama on March 5, 2013; • Thursday, April 18and world-renowned pianist Philippe Bianconi, on April 9, 10:30 a.m.- Simpson County 2013. Center Awards Day, Multipur Season tickets for the Aficionado Series are $50 for adults pose Room, Parker Adminisand $35 for senior adults and students. Single ticket prices are tration Building $20 for adults, senior adults and students and may be purchased at the Co-Lin Business Office. • Thursday, April 25- 13th The Showcase Series will include a group art exhibit by Annual Natchez Foundation printmaker Marcus Brut, potter Matt Steadman, and ceramic Golf Classic, Beau Pre Golf sculptor Curtis Houston Nov. 12-Dec. 7. The works of Tom Ross Club – A Retrospective of Past and Present will be featured Feb. 25 – March 22, 2013, and a Student Art Show is scheduled for April • Thursday, June 20- 20th 8-May 3, 2013. All Showcase Series exhibits are free and will Philippe Bianconi Annual Wesson Foundation be held in the Mutton Gallery. Golf Classic, Wolf Hollow Golf Club For more information about the Community Arts Series call (601) 643-8352. 3 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

Foundation Golf Tournaments raise money for the college The Co-Lin Foundation’s annual Golf Classics in Natchez and Wesson each held recordbreaking years in raising funds for scholarships and program support at the college, pulling in over $10,000 and $16,000 respectively. Natchez Classic Beautiful weather, a great turnout and a host of willing volunteers combined to make the 12th annual Foundation Natchez Golf Classic a success. A total of 23 teams participated, with nearly 100 golfers, tying last year’s record for the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament benefit Natchez campus student scholarships and faculty development. This year’s proceeds bring the total revenue for tournaments over the past 12 years to almost $100,000. The corporate team award went to players Anthony “Poochie” Kent, Mark Curry, Michael Wallace and Robbie Shell of the People’s Bank No. 2 team. They scored a 54. Capturing the low gross championship was the team sponsored by Dr. Jeff Anderson. Jeff Anderson, Casey Hamm, Brandon Garrity and Joe Willis shot a 54. The low net championship went to the team sponsored by Concordia Bank. Mark Welch, Ryan Thomas and John Mark Williams shot a 57. Four players also took home prizes for the closest to the pin competitions on Beau Pre’s four par 3s. Chad Hartzog took home the prize for longest drive, and Bob Dearing won the$500 ball-drop prize, sponsored by The Natchez-Area Alumni Chapter. Co-Lin president Ronnie Nettles said he was pleased with this year’s event. “This tournament means a lot to me personally, because I was here for the first one,” he said. “To see the amount of support for us all these years says a lot about the community and how they feel about Co-Lin.” Wesson Classic Entergy took the corporate championship in the 19th annual Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation Golf Classic at Wolf Hollow Golf Club. The team of Kenny Goza, Don Coleman, and John Wesley, shot a 55. Capturing the Low Gross Championship was the team from Insurance & Risk Managers. Josh

Winners of the president’s cup for capturing the corporate championship in the 19th Annual Co-Lin Wesson Foundation Golf Classic are from left: Kenny Goza, Craig Smith, Don Coleman and John Wesley.

Natchez campus vice president Teresa Busby and Co-Lin president Dr. Ronnie Nettles present corporate team winners, Peoples Bank, with the president’s cup in the 12th Annual Co-Lin Foundation Golf Classic. Pictured from left, Busby, Anthony “Poochie” Kent, Michael Paul Wallace, Mark Curry and Dr. Nettles. Not pictured is Robbie Shell.

Smith, Kent Allen, Jeff Henning, and Mark LeBlanc also shot a 55. The team from Trustmark Magee, Brandon Hubbard, Wayne Hilton, Stephen Yelverton, and Brooks Baldwin took the Low Net Championship with a 53.9. Other on-course prize winners were Katrese Myers, Closest to the Pin No. 4; Poochie Kent, Closest to the Pin No. 8; Randy Martin, Closest to the Pin No. 11; and Joe Madden, Closest to the Pin No. 14.

Foundation Board elects new officers


Tammy Torrey (‘80) of Meadville is the new president of the board of directors of The Co-Lin Foundation. Other officers are Kenny Goza of Brookhaven, vice-chairman; Robbie Barnes of Magee, secretary; and Charles Hart of Wesson, treasurer. Torrey is revenue manager and serves on the board of directors of Telepex. She is a graduate of Delta State and is married to James Torrey.

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“Co-Lin’s communities have been very supportive of the tournaments,” David Campbell, Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation said. “This has enabled the college to do things not possible without private support. “ Thirty teams participated in this year’s event. The Co-Lin Foundation provides over $150,000 in scholarships to over 150 Co-Lin students and faculty.

Collins joins Foundation Board

Brent Collins has joined the CopiahLincoln Community College Foundation Board. Collins is the VP and mill manager at Georgia-Pacific Monticello LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pulp and paper technology from North Carolina State University. He and his wife Lesa live in Hattiesburg with their daughter Randi and son Jack.


Foundation News Trent Killingsworth memorial scholarship endowed An endowed scholarship has been established at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in memory of Trent Killingsworth, son of Larry Killingsworth and Sheila Killingsworth of Brookhaven. Trent was a 2000 graduate of Brookhaven Academy and a 2002 graduate of Co-Lin. He was killed in a car accident on Jan. 28, 2004 in Hattiesburg, four months before he would have graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi where he was pursuing a degree in business. Funds were raised for the scholarship at the first annual Trent Killingsworth Memorial Trapshoot held Aug. 4 in Brookhaven. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2013 to a Lincoln County student on the Wesson campus with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher who demonstrates financial need. “Helping provide for the education of a student is a great way to honor the memory of a loved one,” David Campbell, Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation said. “Trent’s family and friends have done a fantastic job raising money to endow this scholarship.”

Larry Killingsworth of Brookhaven presents a check to Dr. Ronnie Nettles, president of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, for the Co-Lin Foundation to establish a scholarship in memory of his son, Trent Killingsworth. On hand for the check presentation were from left: Christy Lee, Larry Killingsworth, Dr. Nettles, Logan Killingsworth, Sheila Killingsworth and Kacey Falvey. Contributions to the Trent Killingsworth Memorial Scholarship can be sent to the Co-

Lin Foundation at P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191.

Co-Lin made a difference in your life. Will you make a difference for Co-Lin?

Gifts from alumni and friends such as you help provide needed equipment for classroom, support for student learning activities, scholarships, faculty development and much more. When you give, you make a difference in the lives of students and the future of Southwest Mississippi. Won’t you consider supporting your college with a gift today? “Please join me in supporting Co-Lin. Our gifts, large or small, can make a difference.” Tammy Underwood Torrey (‘80) Co-Lin Foundation Board President

Don’t wait. Act now.

Yes! I want to support Co-Lin.


Name_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ City State Zip Phone ______________________________E-Mail__________________________________________________________________ Enclosed is my gift of $_______________ payable to Co-Lin Foundation If you work for a matching gift company, which one_______________________________________________________________ Please use my gift for: ____ Where it is most needed. ____ Add my gift to ___________________________________Scholarship Fund ____ Use my gift for ________________________________________ (designate a program or need) The Co-Lin Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of IRS regulations. Co-Lin Foundation, P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191. 5 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting


Homecoming Schedule October 19-20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012 12:00 p.m. Homecoming Golf Tournament Wolf Hollow Golf Course 5:00 p.m. Reception for members of the first nursing class President’s Home Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:00 – 11:00 a.m General Registration, J. M. Ewing Administration Bldg. 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Sports Hall of Fame induction & annual business meeting of the Co-Lin Athletic Alumni Association Rea Auditorium, Ewing Administration Building 9:30 a.m.

Class of 1952 reunion- Mutton Building

10:00 a.m.

854th Medical Collecting Company Reunion Private Dining Room, Henley Building

10:00–11:00 a.m. Band/Colette Alumni Chapter Hall of Fame & Outstanding Young Alumni induction & annual business meeting – Fred & Jewett Taylor Chapel 11:00 a.m.- Noon Radiography Reunion- Anderson Building 11:30 a.m. Co-Lin Alumni Association Awards Luncheon and annual business meeting of the Co-Lin Alumni Association Cafeteria 11:45 a.m.

Alumni Softball Game – Softball Field

12:00-2:00 p.m. Tailgate Party: Food, Music by the Sojourners, children’s games and activities, pep rally featuring the Blue Wave Show Band and cheerleaders- Center Campus 1:00- 2:00 p.m.

Stanley Stewart Era Reunion (Band, Colettes and Auxillary) Rea Auditorium

1:00 -2:30 p.m.

Reunions: Classes of ’32,’42,’62, ’72, ’82, ’92, 2002, Cheerleader Alumni Chapter, First Black Football PlayersSmith Hall; Class of 1987 meeting at tailgate party

2:30 p.m.

Pre-Game Ceremonies – Stone Stadium

3:00 p.m.

Football Game – Co-Lin vs. Gulf Coast– Stone Stadium

6:00 p.m.

High School Class of 1962 Reunion- Thames Center

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For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (601) 643-8313 or email

Former Wolfpack Basketball Player

and being featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including “People” magazine. Today, McDaniel lives in San Diego where he is training for his ultimate goal of making the U.S. Paralympic Team, whose trials will be held in May 2013. He retired from the military in August, and plans to focus on training full-time. He visits Mississippi regularly to spend time with his son, who lives with his mother on the coast. McDaniel praises Coach Dennis Sims and the time that he spent at Co-Lin as helping to prepare him for the places life would later take him. Sims says McDaniel is an inspiration to himself and to all athletes. “Anthony is not only a good athlete, but he’s a good person,” he said. “He was as coachable a kid as I’ve ever had, and he is still so positive each time I talk to him. I’m sure his positivity is what has helped him to become as successful as he has.” McDaniel says there is no use being negative when he has so many good things going on in his life. “I’ve been one of the top performers in America. With or without legs, how many other people can say that?”

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Cpl. Anthony McDaniel lost both his legs and his left hand to an improvised explosive device in August 2010. McDaniel competed against other Wounded Warriors in the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado.

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ing Instructors and Staff will be recognized. A business meeting is planned at the end of the luncheon. Tailgate Party A tailgate party will be held from 12:00-2:00 in the center of campus. There will be food, music, and activities for children. A pep rally featuring the Blue Wave Show Band, the Colettes, Flag Corps, and cheerleaders will be held at 12:45. The Sojourners will perform at 1:00. Any class or group interested in setting up a tent should contact the alumni office at (601) 643-8498. Reunions The Class of 1952 will hold its 60th reunion on the first floor of the Mutton building beside the library at 9:30 a.m. The group will meet again at the luncheon in the cafeteria at 11:00. Medical Radiographic Technology alumni will meet at 11:00 for a reception in the Anderson building and will have a tent set up at the tailgate party afterwards. The Band and Colette Alumni Chapter will host a reunion at 1:00 in Rea Auditorium for those that participated in the Red Knight or Blue Wave Show Band during Stanley Stewart’s 40 years as Band Director or Assistant Band Director. All former band, Colette and auxiliary members

are invited to attend. Several reunions are planned from 1-2:30 in Smith Hall. Groups that have expressed interest in getting together at this time are the first black football players and the cheerleader alumni chapter. The Class of 1987 will meet under a designated tent at the tailgate party. All classes that end in ‘2 are encouraged to plan reunions. Other groups and classes who want to meet are also welcome. The high school class of 1962 will meet following the football game at 6 p.m. at the Thames Center. Art Exhibit A collection of band t-shirts designed by Stanley Stewart will be on display in the Mutton art gallery (beside the library) during the month of October in conjunction with the Band and Colette Alumni Chapter’s recognition of long-time band director Stanley Stewart upon his retirement. The gallery will be open from 8-2 on Saturday. Ballgame Activities Pre-game activities begin in Stone Stadium at 2:30 followed by a 3 p.m. game between Co-Lin and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

I want to be a part of Co-Lin Alumni! Name ____________________________________________________________________________________Grad Year __________ Address______________________________________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________State____________________________________Zip___________________ Phone ___________________________________ E-Mail____________________________________ Birthday__________________ Spouse __________________________________________________________ Grad Year __________Birthday _________________ ____Individual membership $25

____ Joint Membership $40

____Lifetime membership $250

Amount Enclosed $______________Payable to Co-Lin Alumni Association (see alumni web site to pay by credit card) Please mail to Co-Lin Alumni Association, P. O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191 7 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting


here are they now?

Tricia Walker (’72) Karla Adams Gerald (’92) and Matt Mooney (’02) are each celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation from Co-Lin. Here’s what they are up to today:


ricia Walker says her two years at Co-Lin were two of the best years of her life. She was involved in almost every club and organization available on campus. She was selected as Miss Co-Lin and to the Hall of Fame, and was president of the Student Government Association. She was a member of Phi Theta KapWalker then pa, the Sojourners, the Choir, the Student Christian Association and the Wesley Foundation, and was selected as a member of Who’s Who Among Students Walker today in American Junior Colleges. After Co-Lin, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, a master’s degree from Mississippi College and a second master’s degree from Delta State. She has enjoyed a successful career in Nashville as a singer/songwriter. Her music has been recorded by artists such as Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, who won a Grammy for her performance of a song co-written by Walker. She is proprietor of Big Front Porch Productions, and has produced five of her own CD projects and performs her one-woman show, “The Heart of Dixie,” throughout the region. Today Walker lives in Cleveland and serves as the Director of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University. She is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Memphis chapter of Recording Academy, BPAC Arts Advisory Board, Nashville Songwriters Association International, International Women’s Forum, and is a board member of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “I can still hear the sounds of musical scales being practiced and arias being sung in the old Fine Arts building,” Walker said. 8 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

“Co-Lin always felt like a family to me; still does.”


arla Adams Gerald could still easily be mistaken for the homecoming queen that she was 20 years ago at Co-Lin. In addition to the homecoming court, she was also selected as Miss Co-Lin and to the Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Trailblazers, Phi Theta Kappa and the Lady Wolves Basketball team, as well as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. After Co-Lin, Gerald received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi Medical Center and a master’s degree from University of South Alabama. She is a family nurse practitioner at Kings Daughter’s Medical Center Clinic and Hospice Compassus in Brookhaven. She is married to Clint Gerald and they have two children, Megan, 11; Gerald then and Tucker, eight. They are member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Gerald enjoys running and has completed three half-marathons and one marathon, Gerald today as well as going to sporting events and anything her children are involved in. “Co-Lin, especially Dr. Phyllis Lanier, prepared me well to complete my undergraduate degree,” Gerald said. “I have so many great memories, but my best are all the sporting events I attended, and getting to go to Washington D.C. with PTK.”

selected as Mr. Co-Lin, to the Hall of Fame and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. After Co-Lin, Mooney earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. Today Mooney lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is the Vice President/Managing Director for the Arizona real estate portfolio of Parkway Properties, Inc. He is married to the former Anna Gatlin (’03) and they have two children, Connor, three; and Kathryn, one. Mooney and his family attend Covenant Mooney then Community Church, and he is involved in numerous o rg a n i z a t i o n s throughout Metro Phoenix including the Urban Land InMooney today stitute, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Phoenix Men’s Arts Council and Junior Achievement of Arizona. He enjoys spending time with his family and doing most anything outside in the Arizona climate such as golf, hiking, trail running, hunting, mountain biking, swimming, etc. Mooney calls his time at Co-Lin as “a couple of the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my life to date.” Mooney says meeting his wife and finishing second individually in the NJCAA Golf Championship in New York are some of his fondest Co-Lin memories. “Co-Lin was a perfect launching point for me,” he said.

Matt Mooney was a well-rounded stu-

dent who everyone knew and liked. He was involved in numerous clubs and organizations on campus such as Phi Theta Kappa, in which he served as president, Baptist Student Union, Phi Beta Lambda, the Trailblazers, and the golf team. He was

To submit alumni for “Where are they now?” contact Angela Furr at (601) 643-8498 or email

Alumni News

The Alumni Association honored five outstanding faculty and staff members at the annual fall faculty and staff meeting on the Wesson campus. Those honored were: James Wiggins, Natchez Campus; Dr. Brett Shufelt, Beverly Barnes and Bo Johnson, Wesson Campus; and Laurie Gambrell, Simpson County Center. Alumni President Kelly Perkins presented each one with a plaque and a check for $150 from the Alumni Association.

Jill Foster Smith (’04) graduated from South College in Knoxville, Tenn., with a masters of health science in physician assistant studies. She is currently practicing medicine at The Recovery Room Urgent Care and North West Florida Lung Associates in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. She and her husband Lief live in Seagrove, Fla.

Sumrall Publishes Book

Members of the Class of ‘63-’64 gathered for their third annual reunion at Dixie Springs Cafe August 11. Class members present were: Front row-Norma Lewis Hammill, Dorothy Strong Shealy, Connie Barton Evans, Sondra Beeler Jordan, Charlotte Algood Coon, Barbara Jordan Smith. Second row- Miller Hammill, Linda Lester Cook, Howard Moak, Landal Moak, Travis Jordan.Third row- Johnny Cook, Barto Laird, Rudy McGehee, Gabriel TerrellL, Roy Rushing. Other class members interested in attending next year’s event may call 601-853-7083.

Bill Sumrall (’77) published his first novel, Saligia, in May. The murder mystery is available at

Send your alumni news and photos to Angela Furr, PO Box 649 Wesson, MS 39191 or email Please provide class year(s) and a phone number for verification.

Misty Hanna (’97) has been employed with the Simpson County School District as the Associate Superintendent for Federal Programs. Hanna received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from William Carey University. She is married to Joe Hanna and they have two children, Kennedy and Ralea. 9 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

Tracking the Classes Congratulations William E. “Bud” Kirkpatrick (’56), former director of public relations for The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame. A member of the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame, Kirkpatrick served Southern Miss for more than 40 years, including as director of the University Union and Student Activities.

Bobby McGuffie (’08) married Lindsey Weddle on June 9, 2012. Meleah Brown (’08) married Marcus Howard, Jr. on June 23, 2012. Nicholas Hatten (’08) married Lindsey Mills (attended) on June 23, 2012.

Michelle Reed Adcox (’81) became PriorityOne Mortgage’s Loan Originator for the Hattiesburg and Simpson community.

Brandt Hinton (’08) married Katherine Davis on August 4, 2012.

Brad Jones (’96) was honored by the Mississippi Business Journal as a recipient of the 20th Annual Top 40 under 40 Award.

Lindsey Jones (’09) married Johnathon Smith (attended) on April 14, 2012.

Kaylin Burke Lofton (’08) was named as Brookhaven Academy’s softball coach.

Casey Britt (’09) married Cristan Rymer (attended) on June 9, 2012.

Wilda Thames (attended) was named Vice President of BankPlus Spillway Office.


Dustin Lucas (’09) married Amber Langford on June 16, 2012. Garrett Smith (’09) married Callie East on June 16, 2012.

The late Bobby O’Quinn (attended) has been named a 2012 recipient of the Carnegie Medal presented by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. O’Quinn, a member of the Wolfpack football team, helped to save Stormy L. Dunaway and died attempting to save Audrionna S. Lofton from drowning, in Lake Okhissa in Bude on April 2, 2011.

Chelsey Miller (’10) married Robert Anderson on June 2, 2012.

Dr. Billy Stewart was selected as the eighth president of East Central Community College. Stewart is a former Dean of the Simpson County Center and served as Dean of Community Services on the Wesson Campus from 1997-2004.

Courtney Carter (’10) married Jeremy Ingle (’10) on June 30, 2012.

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Marcy Granger (’11) married Chad Propst on April 28, 2012.

Bob Everett, III (’96) married Kelly Vasquez on March 10, 2012.

Matthew Dyess (’11) married Katie Nettles (’12) on May 12, 2012.

Shunta Roberson (’99) married Dexter Harris on July 21, 2012.

Steven Lenoir (’11) married Sharonda Oliver on June 9, 2012.

Heather Mack (’02) married Wesley Franklin (’03) on June 2, 2012. Cory Leggett (’03) married Brandi Beeson (’10) on March 31, 2012. Stanley Hill (’03) married Allan Southerland on May 26, 2012. Tasha Overby (’05) married Stanley Martin on March 17, 2012. Jason Jones (’06) married Jalesa Harris (’10) on March 20, 2012. Stacy Sandifer (’06) married Doug Bond on April 7, 2012. John Dent (’07) married Katherine Case on April 14, 2012.

Brittany Smith (’10) married Cole Zumbro on June 9, 2012. Wayne Nations (’10) married Amanda Johnson on June 16, 2012.

Bailey Brister (’10) married Ronald Raiford on July 7, 2012. Devin L. Brown (’11) married Currin W. Glover on April 28, 2012.

Summer Ready (’11) married Caleb Williams on June 23, 2012. William Smith (’11) married Kati Thibodeaux on July 14, 2012. Amanda Williams (’11) married Taylor Herrington on August, 11, 2012.


Taylor Crane (’11) married Nathan Berry (attended) on August 25, 2012. Kayla Smith (’12) married Reginald Martin on May 25, 2012.

Ashlee Berry (’07) married Matt Robinson (attending) on May 19, 2012.

Tiffany Traylor (’12) married Justin Taylor on June 23, 2012.

Emily Booth (’07) married Bryan Collins on June 2, 2012.

Sarah Morgan (attended) married Justin Hutchinson on April 14, 2012.

Bethany Little (’07) married Walter Bell, Jr. on June 2, 2012.

Jermaine C. May (attended) married Aloha L. Thomas on April 21, 2012.

Temekia Williams (‘08) married Jonathan Jackson on April 14, 2012. 10 ::: Investing, Improving, Impacting

Jeremy McKinzie (attended) married Porcha Sandifer on April 26,

Tracking the Classes grandparents are Billy and Teri Ellison. Billy works in the maintenance department on the Wesson campus.

2012. Sara Purser (attended) married Casey Good (attended) on May 4, 2012.

Teresa Busby is the proud grandmother of Noah Tristan Groue, born on April 2, 2012. Ms. Busby is vice president of the Natchez campus.

Luke Henderson (attended) married Mary Weiland on August 11, 2012.

Hannah Knouse (attending) married Trent Herrington on May 12, 2012.


Dr. Rhonda Smith (Humanities instructor- Simpson County Center) married Steven Tilly on May 11, 2012.

Jason and Joanne Cooley are proud parents of McClellan Elizabeth, born May 21, 2012. Jason is a business-computer science instructor at the Simpson County Center.

Jacquelyn Crotwell (attending) married Justin Brown on July 7, 2012.

In Memoriam-

Bryant (’95) and Joy Bowman are proud parents of Liza Bishop, born February 17, 2012.


Rivers Elwood Sutton (’55) passed away on August 8, 2012. William Wiley “Billy” Thornton (’56) passed away on June 28, 2012. Retired Brigadier General Alvin Lack (’60) passed away on April 13, 2012.


Jack (’02) and Kayla (’03) Simmons are proud parents of Cooper Mitchell, born on March 30, 2012. Christopher (’02) and Lindsey (’03) Robinson are proud parents of Emerson Bell, born on July 23, 2012.

Lonnie Lee Harper (’65) passed away on May 24, 2012. Sammy Ashley (’88) passed away on March 6, 2012. Karl Coghlan (’94) passed away on June 19, 2012. Charles Jason McClelland (’95) passed away on August 9, 2012. Christy Noel Black (’00) passed away on March 19, 2012. W. D. (Wash) Gibbs (attended) passed away on April 27, 2012. Calvin Oliver I (attended) passed away on August 3, 2012. Jack Burt (former instructor and Board of Trustees member) passed away on April 22, 2012.


Kacie (’05) and Jason Lea are proud parents of Jace Calhoun, born on May 23, 2012.

Leslie Everett Burris (former English instructor) passed away on April 22, 2012. Lucille Eckert Assink, 91, of Wesson passed away April 29, 2012, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Noel H. Assink, a former data processing instructor at Co-Lin. An endowed scholarship is maintained with the Co-Lin Foundation in his name.

Chad (’06) and Katie Lagrone are proud parents of Ryan Hayward, born on May 5, 2012. Samantha Powell (’08) is the proud mother of Ellison Kate, born on April 17, 2012. Proud

Willie Nell Duckworth (’48) passed away on July 20, 2012.

Nancy Carol Cagle Durr (’53) passed away on May 10, 2012.

Collins (’01) and Micah (’03) Allen are proud parents of Carson Mac, born on July 4, 2012.

Bethany (’05) and Heath Powell are proud parents of Isabella Rae, born on May 17, 2012. Proud grandparents are Donna and Bruce Bales. Donna is the circulation clerk at the library on the Wesson Campus.

Albert R. Leggett (’48) passed away in March 2012.

Major Benjanim F. Youngblood (’48) passed away on July 26, 2012.

Neisha (‘99) and Josh (‘99) Leggett are proud parents of Julie Jayne, born on July 9, 2012. Neisha is a Social Science Instructor on the Wesson campus. Clay (’00) and Leslie Posey are proud parents of Emma Adaline, born on January 30, 2012.


Bonnie Hill Hearn (’37) passed away on June 1, 2012.

New Arrivals -

Justin (’99) and Brandi (’99) Smith are the proud parents of Paxton Daniel, born February 8, 2011. Proud aunts are Angela and Shelly Smith, both science instructors on the Wesson campus.


Matt and Nikki McClain are proud parents of George Ethan, born April 17, 2012. Matt is the college’s athletic trainer.

Jessica Upton (attending) married Cody Beeson on April 21, 2012.


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