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Mississippi College Hosts Annual Housing Conference

November 12, 2008

Mississippi College will host a three-day higher education housing conference on the Clinton campus beginning Wednesday.

Housing leaders with many of Mississippi's public universities, private institutions and two-year colleges will be represented during the blitz of meetings at the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

Kimberly Thornbury, an administrator at Union University, is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers. Her topic will be the Baptist school's recovery from a tornado earlier this year that heavily damaged much of the campus in Jackson, Tenn. Schools, churches and businesses from around the country donated funds to help the college bounce back.

Among the schools pitching in was Baptist-affiliated MC that raised $10,000 to help the cause. Dollars were donated at MC volleyball games, car washes, chapel services, and other events. The tornado destroyed Union's residence halls. There were some Union students injured, but, fortunately, no fatalities as a result of the storms.

This is the second year in a row that MC is hosting the conference that stresses professional development, promotes networking opportunities and the sharing of ideas. Ann Morgenstern of the University of Mississippi is the organization's president. Ashley Thomas Krason, the coordinator of residence life at Mississippi College, is the group's interim president-elect. Mississippi State University's Tyna Adams is secretary and Delta State University's DeAndre House is treasurer.

The meetings at Anderson Hall will also feature an awards program. The group is affiliated with the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers. Concluding Friday, the conference will look at housing challenges for Mississippi schools, from large public universities to small colleges.

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