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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College honored its instructors and employees during a reception at the Hospitality & Resort Management Center, Biloxi.

2016 Instructors of the Year honorees: Sarah Nix, director of the Early Childhood Education Technology program, Perkinston campus; Leslie Harrington, LPN-RN Hybrid Course coordinator and an instructor of practical nursing, maternal and child courses, Jefferson Davis campus; and Javier Gomez, language arts instructor, Jackson County campus. Instructors of the Year were recognized for their academic excellence, dedication and professionalism, and each honoree received a $1,000 stipend for teaching and classroom expenses.

2016 Difference Makers honorees: Sylvia Davis, athletics secretary, Perkinston campus; Bobbie Glass, Business Office purchasing clerk, Jefferson Davis campus; Marvin Collins, maintenance professional for vehicles and grounds, Jefferson Davis campus; and Harry Scovel, infrastructure technician serving all campuses for the District Office. Difference Makers were recognized for their dedication, professionalism and efforts to aid, maintain and improve MGCCC.

Stacey Payton, language arts instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Perkinston campus, received the Mississippi Institute Professional Enrichment Award from the Moody Institute Trust Fund and named a Moody Institute Fellow. She was also awarded $1,250 to attend the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Atlanta. Payton has 24 years of experience in higher education and has been with MGCCC as a full-time instructor for the past 12 years.

Merchants & Marine Bank recognized its employees for graduating from the Mississippi School of Banking: Leigh Rayburn, branch operations manager in Gautier, and Monica Stork, card services supervisor in Pascagoula, earned their diplomas on April 9.

Russell Young, a native of Columbus, joined The First, a National Banking Association, in Gulfport as vice president and commercial lender. Young brings more than nine years of banking and business experience to his new role, and he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Mississippi State University.

Equipment finance specialists joined Whitney Equipment Finance of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank in Gulfport: Mark Stanley, senior vice president; Scott Ehrlicher, vice president; Scott Stephens, vice president and relationship manager; and Jeremy Douberly, assistant vice president and relationship manager. The specialists will design specific financing plans for clients' seasonal needs, business cycles and other related factors.

Tania Bayne, co-owner and licensed professional counselor at Shanti Yoga & Counseling in Gulfport, completed Qigong training with Ken Cohen of the Qigong Research & Practice Center in Nederland, Colo. Beginning May 14, Bayne will offer Qigong workshops at Shanti Yoga & Couseling.

Silver Slipper Casino honored its March 2016 employees and supervisor of the month at a luncheon at the Blue Bayou Bar & Grill: Edward Thomas, buffet, and Crystal Ingersoll-Steube, security, were named Employees of the Month, and Don Goss, table games supervisor, was named Supervisor of the Month. Each honoree received gifts and prizes, including cash and gift certificates.

Melissa Garriga and Jennifer Lynn Spicer, both students at Tulane University's Gulf Coast campus, were nominated for the Public Relations Student of the Year Award from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi. Each student was honored during the Association's state conference in Jackson.

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