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Rebecca McCarty Selected Young Alumna of the Year at Mississippi College

September 16, 2013

President of the Nenamoosha Social Tribe as a Mississippi College undergraduate, and member of the MC Hall of Fame, Rebecca Sara-Nell McCarty is also rising to the top as a young professional.

A member of MC’s Class of 2004 who serves as corporate communications director at Paul Moak Automotive in Jackson, McCarty is winning kudos at her alma mater this fall as the Christian university’s 2013 Young Alumna of the Year.

“This award is very meaningful to me,” says the 31-year-old Jackson resident. “I am proud to be an MC graduate and am thankful for the life-changing experience of attending the university. Serving on the alumni association board for the past four years has been insightful, fun and rewarding.”

MC leaders say the successful School of Business graduate is a talented professional who will continue to excel for decades to come. Her abilities were evident soon after the 2000 Meridian High graduate began her studies on the Clinton campus and finished as a Summa Cum Laude graduate with a sterling 4.0 grade point average.

“Rebecca was one of the best students that we have had at MC during my tenure,” said School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo. “Her very good grades were reflective of her intellectual ability and she complemented this with a wonderful personality.”

Whether interacting with other people, plunging into campus activities or participating in key events at the School of Business, Rebecca was “the type of student every college wants to recruit,” Eduardo said. “We were fortunate to have her attend MC and the business school.”

A presidential scholarship recipient at Mississippi College, Rebecca loved everything about her four years at the Baptist-affiliated school. “From freshman move-in day until graduation day, I truly had the most wonderful college experience.”

From stellar professors and administrators to fellow students, “I learned from, worked alongside and grew up with people who made a difference in my life. My college years were also a period during which my faith was strengthened – a direct result about being at MC surrounded by such a strong Christian environment and fellow believers.”

Today, McCarty is active at Grace City Church in Jackson where she serves as the leader of a women’s community group that convenes for Bible study and service projects. Rebecca also leads weekly worship for a group of elementary students and parents.

Rebecca went to work at Paul Moak Automotive in 2005 after graduating from the University of Mississippi’s MBA program. McCarty is presently enrolled in the Leadership Greater Jackson class offered through the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. She serves as community project co-chair of the Junior League of Jackson.

But her alma mater in Clinton will always remain high on her priority list.

Rebecca encourages Mississippi College graduates to get active in the Alumni Association. It’s something that can be done quickly by going to the alumni website, and finding out about the many services it offers. It’s an excellent way to stay connected to the university and a network of more than 30,000 MC friends all over the globe. “There is something for everyone – no matter your age, where you live or what you do!,” she says.

Mississippi College has produced many outstanding young alums, but Rebecca McCarty, is clearly one of the very best, says Steve Stanford, MC vice president for administration and government relations. “As recognized in this honor, she’s carried her exceptional work ethic and determination into the corporate world,” he said. “Rebecca is an impressive and gifted young professional who I anticipate will continue to do great things.”

McCarty and other graduates will be honored during Homecoming weekend at the 2013 Alumni Awards dinner at Anderson Hall on the Clinton campus on October 25. The event begins at 6 p.m. that Friday evening. Tickets cost $20.

For more information about the dinner, and other Homecoming events October 24-26, contact Lori Bobo of the Alumni Affairs Office at 601.925.3252 or lbobo@mc.edu.

Photo: Rebecca McCarty, Mississippi College Young Alumna of the Year for 2013. A Jackson resident and 2004 MC School of Business graduate, McCarty is corporate communications director at Paul Moak Automotive, Inc.