Mississippi College

Higher Education Conference Brings Out Scores of MC Volunteers

August 10, 2009

When Mississippi College hosts a major higher education conference this fall, the meeting will be staffed by an army of MC volunteers.

At last count, 60 volunteers stepped forward to assist with the 76th annual conference of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities. The meetings will run from Oct. 4-6 on the Clinton campus. MC President Lee Royce serves as president of the group's board of directors this year.

Assignments for the volunteers vary. Mostly staff members with a few faculty members joining the mix, the volunteers could be working registration tables, giving directions to visitors or taking on other duties wherever they are needed.

At this point, no additional volunteers are needed, conference organizers say.

About 300 to 350 conference participants are expected on the MC campus, said Patty Tadlock, administrative assistant to Dr. Royce.

The visitors include presidents and other leaders at private colleges, public universities and community and junior colleges around the Magnolia State. The organization gives the higher education leaders plenty of opportunities to network and discuss common campus issues.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges with the Georgia-based Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and retired University of Southern Mississippi head baseball coach Corky Palmer.

The conference guests will also gather for a reception Sunday Oct. 4 at Providence Hill Farm, home of the MC equestrian team.

More information about the MAC conference, including a detailed schedule of events, is now posted on the front page of the Christian university's web site.

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