Outstanding Co-Lin Faculty, Award-Winning Staff
Posted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022
The Co-Lin Alumni Association recently honored five outstanding faculty and staff members at the annual fall convocation held on the Wesson campus. The Wesson Campus honorees were Kelly Fenwick of Bogue Chitto, Scarlett Hart of Union Church and Chad Austin of Brandon. Amanda McKenzie of Collins was the winner for Simpson County Center and Nancy McFarland of Natchez was recognized for the Natchez campus.
Fenwick was selected as an Outstanding Career Technical Instructor for the Wesson Campus. She has worked at the college since 2021 and serves as the program director for medical radiology technology. Fenwick earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, a radiology technology certificate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a technical certificate in ultrasound from Hinds Allied Health Center, and a master’s degree in health sciences from UMMC. She is a member of the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologist. Fenwick is a member of the First Baptist Church of Summit where she sings in the choir and participates in missionary work.
Hart was selected as an outstanding staff member of the Wesson campus. She has worked at the college since 2016. She serves as Deputy Director of Public Relations and Marketing and Special Assistant to the President. Hart received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in community development from Delta State University. She is a graduate of Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy and Leadership Co-Lin. Her marketing campaigns and photography have earned her numerous awards from the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, including the Grand Award for Electronic Media in 2019. She is married to Matthew Hart, and they have three daughters, Nora, and twins Mamie and Myla. They are members of First Baptist Church in Brookhaven where she sings on the worship team.
Austin was selected as an Outstanding Academic Instructor for the Wesson Campus. He was employed at the college in 2018. He is an assistant band manager/percussion instructor and leads the basketball band and The Sojourners. He earned a bachelor’s degree in K-12 instrumental music education from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Sam Houston State University. In 2009, Austin received the Mississippi Bandmasters Association’s A.E. McClain Award for Best Young Bandmaster in Mississippi. He is a past president of the Capital District Band Directors’ Association and currently serves as Treasurer of the Mississippi Indoor Association Board of Directors. He was a clinician for the Southwest Mississippi Band Directors’ Association and a member of selection committees for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band, the Mississippi Indoor Association and the Pine Belt Marching Invitational. Austin is a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He and his wife Renee reside in Brandon.
McKenzie was selected as an outstanding faculty/staff member of Simpson County Center. She has worked as a full-time college math teacher since 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree in applied statistics from the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching, she has also served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor since 2016. She received the Howell Garner High Performance Award in 2017 and is a member of the Mississippi Collegiate Mathematical Association. She and her husband Eddie reside in Collins.
McFarland was selected as an Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member of the Natchez Campus. She has been working at the college since 2000 where she is currently an educational consultant and a psychology teacher. McFarland earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University at Shreveport and a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Texas A&M University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Leadership Natchez, Mississippi Counseling Association, Magnolia Region Counselors Association, and Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. She completed the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy in 2013 and is a past recipient of the Howell Garner High Performance Award. She is very active in the Natchez community where she volunteers with organizations such as Natchez Junior Auxiliary, Stewpot and Y’all Means All Natchez.