Three Admissions Counselors Join Mississippi College Team
June 9, 2014
Michelle Ladner played oboe, studied abroad in London and served as president of the Nenamoosha Social Tribe as a Mississippi College undergraduate.
Leadership skills the 22-year-old Gulfport native developed on the Clinton campus are a perfect fit as Michelle joins the Christian university’s admissions team.
A former offensive lineman for the MC Choctaws, Brandon Cervenka and Cameron Treadwell, the MC orientation co-director the past two years, are the other new additions to the admissions team in Nelson Hall.
During her four years, Mississippi College became her home with the learning experience providing “a positively contagious atmosphere for growth and lifelong friendships,” Ladner said. “I was cultivated by my peers into a stronger friend and better sister in Christ.”
Michelle, Brandon and Cameron helped welcome nearly 200 new freshmen plus parents at MC’s first summer orientation June 5-6. The three Clinton residents are already proving to be valuable additions to the team.
“All three are no strangers to our office,” says admissions director Kyle Brantley of the energetic Mississippi College grads.
A 2010 Gulfport High graduate, Michelle has served as a telecounselor for two years, worked as an orientation leader and as a residence hall assistant. “Her resume drips with MC spirit, being the 2013 Homecoming Queen and Miss MC herself,” Brantley said.
As undergrads, Cervenka and Treadwell both served as admissions scouts for several years. Whether conducting campus tours, writing letters to prospective students or just greeting visitors, they logged long hours.
A 23-year-old native of Tallahassee, Fla. and graduate of North Florida Christian High, Cervenka embraced the Baptist-affiliated university soon after he arrived. He got busy in campus life – from football games at Robinson-Hale Stadium to the investment club, debate team and acting roles. “I loved the sense of community,” says the May 2011 accounting graduate.
“I knew this was the place that God had called me to be,” says Cameron Treadwell, who grew up in Brandon, Mississippi. “The reason I came to MC was because of how impressed I was with the way people treated me here and how personable everyone was on campus.”
Now he can pay it back as an admissions recruiter. Cameron enjoys building relationships with students making the transition from high school to college.
With more orientation sessions scheduled this summer, the new admissions staffers will help new students get ready to begin fall classes in late August.
A Mortar Board Honor Society member who played oboe with the MC Symphonic Winds, Michelle believes the newcomers enrolling will cherish their Mississippi College education just like she did.
“MC gave me the opportunity to literally travel the world as well as become a stronger servant leader in my own community,” Ladner said. “I was academically challenged by my professors to grow into my own learner and develop real world skills.”
Photo: Mississippi College's three new admissions counselors Brandon Cervenka, Michelle Ladner and Cameron Treadwell, All three MC graduates are Clinton residents.