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Mississippi College Hosts Higher Education Conference

July 6, 2009

Mississippi College faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help welcome the annual meeting of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities. About 350 visitors are expected for the group's 76th annual meeting on the Clinton campus Oct. 4-6.

Up to 60 volunteers are needed to staff registration tables, give directions and perform other assignments to make higher education leaders feel welcome at MC. One of the first events will be a Sunday evening cookout at the Providence Hill Farm, home of the Christian university's equestrian team. Mississippi College last hosted the group about ten years ago.

MC President Lee Royce is serving as this year's leader of the group that brings school administrators together to discuss issues of interest and work on crafting solutions. The former president of Anderson University in South Carolina, Royce has led MC since 2002. Last year, Delta State University hosted for the organization's 75th annual conference with its theme of "Best Practices in Retention."

The theme at the MC sessions will be "Advancing On Opportunities," with a parade of speakers to touch on a series of related topics.

The conference will bring together higher education leaders from community colleges, state universities and private colleges. Jackson State hosted the 74th annual meeting in October 2007. The University of Mississippi served as the host on the Oxford campus in October 2002.

"These annual gatherings allow all of Mississippi's institutions of higher learning to support one another," JSU President Ronald Mason Jr. said when JSU welcomed the annual gathering in 2007. "Whether public or private, four year or two-year colleges, we all have one goal and that is to prepare Mississippians for better lives."

MC vice president for administration Steve Stanford and others on campus have been meeting in recent days to discuss breakout sessions and other details for the conference.

So far, a little over 20 volunteers have signed up to assist at the fall conference. MC faculty and staffers can be plugged in for 30-minute to 60-minute slots or a little longer as needed.

People interested in volunteering should contact Patty Tadlock, administrative assistant to President Royce, at 601.925.3200 or by email at tadlock@mc.edu.

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