Mike Whatley of Mike Whatley Honda in Brookhaven presented a $1,500 donation to Copiah-Lincoln Community College president Dr. Ronnie Nettles on behalf of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation for the Automotive Technology program at Co-Lin.
The Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association designated the Co-Lin Foundation as the recipient of the Ambassador gift in honor of the Association. The funds will be used for equipment for the automotive program.
“On behalf of the automotive technology program at Co-Lin, I would like to thank Mike Whatley and the Mississippi Auto Dealers Association for their generous grant awarded to us for the purchase of equipment to help us remain consistent with the ever-changing technology of today’s auto industry,” automotive program coordinator Blake Oberschmidt said. “This will be a great benefit to the school and our students.”
Whatley is the chairman of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association board of directors. As a result of the Association qualifying for Ambassador status within the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, the Association may present a gift every three years to an acceptable 501 (c)(3) entity or organization such as the Co-Lin Foundation. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of IRS regulations.
CUTLINE: Mike Whatley of Mike Whatley Honda in Brookhaven (second from left) presented a $1500 donation to Co-Lin president Dr. Ronnie Nettles (second from right) on behalf of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation for the Automotive Technology program at Co-Lin. On hand for the presentation were from left, David Campbell, executive director of the Co-Lin Foundation, Whatley, Nettles, and Co-Lin automotive program coordinator Blake Oberschmidt.
Monticello’s American Legion Post established the Abner W. Cooper Memorial Post 27 Scholarship with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation during a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
The scholarship will be presented in the fall of 2017 to a Co-Lin student with preference to a Lawrence County military-related student with financial need. Dr. Tim Lea, commander of The Abner W. Cooper Memorial Post 27 and director of veteran services at Co-Lin, helped establish the scholarship. Funds were made possible through the sale of land owned by the post that housed the former Monticello National Guard Armory upon the completion of the new armory complex.
“This is a way of paying forward to the veterans of the future,” Lea said. “Our post members were adamant that something needed to be done to benefit veterans and/or their dependents as a memorial to our past post members and all who served and gave their lives for our country.”
Abner W. Cooper was the first Lawrence Countian to be killed in World War I. As a member of the 28th Infantry Regiment of the First Division within General John Rushing’s American Expeditionary Force, he was killed in the Battle of Contigny in France in May 1918. The Monticello American Legion Post was named for Cooper last year.
Monticello’s American Legion Post 27 established the Abner W. Cooper Memorial Post 27 Scholarship with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation during a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Lawrence County Courthouse. On hand for the presentation were David Campbell, executive director of the Co-Lin Foundation and American Legion Post 27 members Harold McElroy and Butch Dear, a 1966 Co-Lin graduate.
Three Co-Lin art students recently won awards for their work in the Brookhaven Regional Art Guild annual competition. Receiving awards were from left Mackenzie Ritchie of Brookhaven, honorable mention in watercolor; Ashley Jones of Brookhaven, second place in drawing; and Ruby Zuniga of Jayess, painting.
Camrien Abernathy of Florence (center) was crowned Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s 2015 Most Beautiful at the annual Trillium Beauty Pageant. Selected as Beauties were from left, Karley Alayne Smith of Bogue Chitto, Sara Harper Dunaway of Brookhaven, Camerien Abernathy, Most Beautiful; Abigail Grace Hux of Wesson, and Makenzie Davis of Madison.
The Georgia-Pacific Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Copiah-Lincoln Community College SeaWolves Robotics Team. Making the presentation was Doug Hoy, Georgia-Pacific Monticello LLC Public Affairs/Communications (third from left). Pictured from left are Brent Duguid, Assistant Dean of Career,-Technical & Workforce Education; Jackie Martin, Dean of Career, Technical & Workforce Education; Hoy, Dr. Jane Hulon, Vice President of Instructional Services; David Campbell, Executive Director of the Co-Lin Foundation/Alumni Affairs; and Dr. Jill Logan, Academic Dean. The SeaWolves Robotics finished fourth in the 2015 MATE International Robotics Competition held in Newfoundland, Canada.