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MC Residence Life Staffers Win Top Honors

March 2, 2009

Mississippi College residence life staffers recently received regional and statewide honors for their work to help schools do a better job using technology.

Last week, a trio of residence life staffers from MC won first-place out of 72 presentations at the conference of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers in Birmingham. The meetings attracted more than 700 people from 11 Southern states.

As a result of their success at the Alabama conference, MC's Robert Gatewood, Matt Wallace and Beth Kirchner will be bound for Baltimore to make a presentation at a national gathering of the group of campus housing officers June 27-30.

The honors began with the "Best of Mississippi" award at the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers conference on the Clinton campus going to MC staff members Kirchner, Wallace and Gatewood. Kirchner is female area coordinator and Wallace serves as the male area coordinator. A Clintonian, Gatewood is a resident assistant and senior at the Christian university in his hometown.

At the Clinton conference, the three MC residence life staffers discussed how schools can utilize technology to make life on campus easier and more efficient.

Their presentation at the Birmingham conference touched on such things as online hall meetings, and fine appeals. They also focused on raNet, the site that Gatewood created.

The site allows the resident assistant staff at MC to log onto one portal and find or do everything they need for their job. It covers everything from submitting maintenance requests to accessing the department phone directory to turning in incident reports. The resident assistant handbook is available there, too. It is a secure site designed for the needs of a team of busy staffers at Mississippi College.

Jim Turcotte, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at MC, heaped on the praise for the talented MC trio.

"We are blessed to have some of the best and brightest working in our student affairs department," Turcotte said. "This award demonstrates how creative and talented Robert Gatewood is with technology and how Matt and Beth can implement new programs with ease."

Added Turcotte: "We put the student first in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and this is another tangible way we do that at Mississippi College."

Gatewood said winning the latest honor was exciting with Mississippi College competing against public and private universities and colleges of all sizes around the South.

Photo: Matt Wallace, Beth Kirchner, and Robert Gatewood

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