Tierce announces retirement after more than 33 years
Before the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus even opened its doors to students
in 1985, Joan Estes Tierce had already been serving Holmes' students for over a year
as librarian. After 33 and a half years, Tierce announced that the fall semester at
Holmes would be her last and she is retiring in December.
Tierce, who came to work at Holmes in 1984 as the librarian for both the ADN and PN
programs, is currently the Director of Library Services for the entire Holmes district
and its three libraries. The first Holmes library was in one room of a trailer behind
the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada (formerly known as Grenada Lake
"It was in a small classroom," Tierce explained. "I had two sections of book shelves
with six shelves of books. Now we are flowing out of the seams. We have an awesome
"When the new building (Grenada Campus' main building) was built over here we moved
into that," she explained. "We stayed there for a couple of years and moved out of
the main library into a classroom. They added on to the library and moved back into
the library and then 10 years ago we moved into this building. We are located up here
at the top of the hill."
At the time of the move, Tierce was named the Director of Library Services overseeing
library facilities in Grenada, Goodman and Ridgeland.
"Holmes Community College has been my second home," Tierce said of what kept her at
Holmes. "I love the students and working with the students. I love being in the Grenada
community because I'm from Grenada. I just love my job and love being at Holmes, but
now it's time for a new chapter.
"It's just a great place to work," she said. "I love helping students and seeing them
come through. They always come back and say 'I enjoyed my time at Holmes because it
was some of the best years of my college life.' I am a graduate of Holmes. It's just
been home, and I just love it."
Both the Grenada and Ridgeland campuses opened their doors while Tierce has been employed
at Holmes, and she's been able to watch them grow.
"I've been here for all of them to be built and the libraries to be built," Tierce
said. "Then when I became director it was a challenge to see what changes needed to
come forward as technology changed. When I came to Holmes we didn't have a computer
in the library. Now we are a computer lab on all three campuses. It's great to see
the changes and the fact that administration supported you enough to have what you
needed to support your students in the classes.
"Over the years, we have gone from hard back books and magazines to including ebooks,"
she said. "Students can check out ebooks just like you do a hard book and also we
have a lot of journals and magazines online. Newspapers are online. We are going into
a technology world and that's the advancement we've had over the years."
The library's web presence has been improved so that students, along with faculty
and staff, can see what's available at any library in the district.
"We are like a one-stop shop, and you can go there and see anything at the three campuses,"
Tierce said. "So, if you are off campus you still have access to the whole library."
Along with serving as librarian, Tierce was the charter advisor of the Alpha Mu Beta
Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. During her time as an advisor, she was named a Distinguished
Advisor and an Advisor of Continued Excellence. The chapter was also named Most Distinguished
internationally by Phi Theta Kappa.
She is a member of the Mississippi Library Association and the American Library Association.
She is past president of the Dean's & Directors for Mississippi Librarians, MELO (Mississippi
Electric Libraries Online) and Grenada Education Association. She is a past member
of MAGNOLIA Steering Committee for Mississippi Legislature. She was chosen as a Lamplighter
Tierce, a 1979 graduate of Holmes Junior College, holds a bachelor's degree in library
science from Delta State University and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi.
Tierce enjoys working in her yard and growing flowers. She also owns a monogramming
business, "2 Crazy Ladies," on Sparta Road with her best friend, Linda Morgan. Tierce
is very active in her church working with mission activities and has been the church
pianist for 46 years.
She and her fiancÃ©, Roger Appelhans, will be married on Dec. 9 and her plans are to
travel. Their first trip as newlyweds will be to their second home in Denver, Colorado.
She has one son, Vernon Marshall Rodgers, and one soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Lindsay
Eubanks. She has two grandsons, Braxton and Marshall. Also Joan will gain two new
stepdaughters, Paige and Dakotah.