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seawolves1ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland - The Co-Lin Seawolves robotics team made history by finishing fourth place in the 14th Annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Co-Lin students competed alongside qualified teams from around the globe finishing ahead of four-year universities including The Ohio State University, Mississippi State University, Arizona State University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Washington.

This year’s winner was Jesuit High from Carmichael, California. Jesuit has a very active robotics program that allows their students to letter in robotics. Coming in second was Memorial University followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The 2015 Competition centered on the utilization of ROVs for underwater research and performing work to maintain oil and gas fields, both in the Arctic environment.

The competition was hosted byMemorial University of Newfoundland, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) and the National Research Council’s Ocean, Coastal, and River Engineering (NRC OCRE) facilities in St. John’s. The MI and NRC OCRE facilities in St. John’s are regularly used to test equipment in both the polar science and oil communities before said equipment is implemented in the real Arctic environment.

Competition tasks included counting and sampling organisms, deploying scientific instruments, gathering iceberg data, replacing corroded pipeline, testing oil platform grounding, and directing oil flow of a pipeline. Alongside ROV demonstrations, teams were required to organize vehicle technical documentation, prepare a sales presentation before a judging panel, and present a marketing display.

In 2012, SURE debuted the Seawolf I in 23rd place and as the first Mississippi team. Subsequent years found the Co-Lin team in the top ten at sixth and seventh places. Along with placing fourth, the highest in team history, the 2015 competition marked several firsts for the team. Co-Lin representatives were recognized twice on stage at the awards banquet, which followed the competition.

SURE was honored with the 2015 Martin Bowen Memorial Inspiration for Future Engineers Award. According to the competition website the award was established “in honor of Martin Bowen, underwater vehicle engineer and ROV pilot. Martin spent a good part of his career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He was the first to pilot an ROV down the grand staircase of the Titanic. Given to a team or an individual who demonstrates passion, creativeness, and ingenuity along with a sense of humor, professionalism, and kindness towards fellow competitors.”

Team member Brian Miles of Brookhaven was recognized as an M.V.P. presenter during the Sales Presentation/Engineering Presentation. Eight “stand-out” students were selected from fifty-seven teams and presented this award for their presentation skill and demeanor.

Dr. Kevin McKone, faculty advisor and chairperson of Co-Lin’s science division shared the team’s excitement about the outcome and gratefulness to supporters. “This was an exceptional year for the Co-Lin Seawolves,” said McKone. “The Seawolves team was an eclectic mix of highly motivated Co-Lin students. It was obvious early on that if we weren't successful this year, we probably never would be. We also had such good support from the community, the school and local industry. All these pieces came together, allowing our team to place fourth in the world; an amazing year.”

Special thanks to the sponsors and friends of the 2015 SURE team: Brookhaven City Glass, Burt Cantrelle, Georgia – Pacific LLC, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Brookhaven Country Club, Billy Joe Boutwell (Lawrence County Supervisor, Brookhill on Natchez,Ashley’s Art, Outland Technologies, Jane Wilson, Henry Ballard, Steve Nall, SolidWorks, SeaTrepid, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronald E. Nettles, Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Jane Hulon, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education Jackie Martin, Dean of Academic Instruction Dr. Jill Logan and MATE ROV Society.

Members of the team include Timothy Jones of Florence; Blake Pryor of Laurel; Thomas Westrope, Lauren Brouillette-Westrope, and Josh Hart all of Wesson, and Brian Miles of Brookhaven.

For more information about Seawolf Underwater Robotics Engineering (SURE), please contact Dr. Kevin McKone at 601.643.8450 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow SURE on Facebook ( or Twitter (@colinseawolves).

For more information about the MATE ROV competition, visit




lowerypaynLowery, Payn, & Leggett CPAs of Brookhaven captured the corporate championship in the 22nd annual Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation Golf Classic at Wolf Hollow Golf Club on June 18. The team of Craig Hennington, Ricky McInnis, Grant McDonnieal, and Sharon Payn shot a 52.

Taking the Low Net Championship was the team from First South Farm Credit. The team of Jason Coats, Harley Matthews, Brett Rutland, and Jeremy Winborne shot a 51.9.


Other on-course prize winners for closest to the pin were Jason Coats, Ricky Salyer, and Brett Rutland.

“We had a beautiful day for the tournament,” said David Campbell, Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation. “We want to thank everyone who participated and all the businesses that contributed to making it such a successful event.”

Twenty nine teams participated in this year’s event. The Co-Lin Foundation provides over $200,000 in scholarships to over 150 Co-Lin students and faculty.

msradiologicalsocietyscholarshipsMedical Radiologic Technology students Leslie Lyle of Madison (left) and Maggie Redd of Bogue Chitto (center) are the recipients of a scholarship from the Mississippi Radiological Society. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding radiography graduates who exemplify clinical and academic excellence as well as outstanding character. Lyle and Redd are pictured is Co-Lin’s Radiologic Technology Program Coordinator Billie Faye Sartin.

culinaryartsAll three Co-Lin campuses will hold orientation/registration sessions for all freshman and new students attending in the fall. These one-day sessions are planned to help all entering students get an early start on the Fall 2015 semester

Orientation/registration dates on the Wesson Campus are scheduled for Friday, June 12, July 17, and Thursday, August 13. Each session will begin at 9 a.m. in the Dow-Young Instructional Technology Building.

On the Natchez Campus, orientation/registration sessions will be held on Tuesday, July 28 and August 11, at 1 p.m. in the Nelson Multi-Purpose Room located in the Redd/Watkins Career and Technical Center.

At the Simpson County Center, orientation/registration will be held on Friday, July 17 and Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Parker Academic Building.

The focus of pre-registration is to assist the student in becoming further acquainted with Co-Lin, obtaining academic and career-technical curriculum-planning advice, receiving a schedule for the fall semester, college identification card and parking permit.

All academic and technical students are required to take the ACT. Those attending orientation without ACT scores will have to take placement test ($30 cost) and show photo identification before pre-registering. It is to the student’s advantage to have ACT scores on file in Co-Lin’s admissions office before attending an orientation session.

Although the student is reserving a schedule for the fall, tuition and fees are not required to be paid at orientation, unless the student wishes to do so at that time.

Further information on orientation may be obtained by calling (601) 643-8490.

regionalconventionCo-Lin’s Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the College's Wesson Campus was named a Five-Star Chapter, the highest distinction given to a chapter, at the annual Phi Theta Kappa MS/LA Regional Conference held on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

The Eta Omega Chapter also received the Mississippi/Louisiana Most Distinguished Runner-Up Regional Newsletter (Sarah Claire Armstrong of Gallman), Mississippi/Louisiana Most Distinguished Runner-Up Regional Website (Quentin Munn of Wesson), Most Distinguished Runner-Up for Honors in Action Hallmark Award, and Most Distinguished Chapter Finalist. Sarah Claire Armstrong was named to the Order of the Golden Key, Brandon Nettles of Wesson received Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter Officer Runner-Up, and Chapter Co-Advisor Mary Warren received the Paragon Award for the region.

Eta Omega Chapter officers are Mason Boone of Hazlehurst, President; William Ryan Kimble of Brookhaven, Vice President for Fellowship; Sarah Claire Armstrong of Gallman, Vice President for Communications; Caroleah Brister of Bogue Chitto, Vice President for Scholarship; Alex Smith of Wesson, Vice President for Membership; Quentin Munn of Wesson, Vice President for Web Design; Regan Neely of Braxton, Vice President for Service; and Brandon Nettles of Wesson, Vice President of Leadership.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since it’s founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Erin Smith and Mary Warren serve as advisors for the group.


Representing Co-Lin’s Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the regional convention were from left, Erin W. Smith, Brady Dunaway, Brandon Nettles, Caroleah Brister, Quentin Munn, Dr. Jane Hulon, Vice President of Instructional Services; Regan Neely, Sarah Claire Armstrong, Katelyn Roberts, Ryan Kimble, Mason Boone, Cullen Greer, and Mary Warren.



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