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Stephanie Gandy Joins Career Services Staff at Mississippi College

August 18, 2014

Mississippi College students looking for jobs on the Clinton campus or hoping to land valuable internships will soon get a helping hand.

Working in the Office of Career Services, MC graduate Stephanie Gandy is taking on that important task as the university begins its 189th academic year in late August.

The coordinator of on-campus student employment and internships, Gandy inherits a new position that will be a vital resource for job seekers year-round.

She returns to her alma mater well-qualified to take on the assignment.

As a Mississippi College undergraduate, Stephanie served as a student intern at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mission First in Jackson. As a communication graduate student at Auburn University, she interned at Make-A-Wish Alabama in Birmingham.

At Auburn, Stephanie worked as a graduate teaching assistant and served as a communication and social media coordinator with the Hunger Solutions Institute on the campus in Alabama.

“A student’s struggle to find a job is something I can understand,” Gandy said. “I hope to bring the same passion that is evident in this office, combined with my experiences, to the students of Mississippi College. My goal is to make the process of finding an on-campus job simple.”

Based at her office on the third floor of Nelson Hall, Gandy hit the ground running this summer with the 5,000-student university to begin fall classes on August 27.

Stephanie feels blessed to be part of the Office of Career Services team that reached out to assist with her resume, graduate school applications and much more. Former Career Services Director Karen Lindsey-Lloyd and other staffers, she said, “helped me find my path in life.”

A 24-year-old Ridgeland resident, Gandy received her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Mississippi College in 2012. In May 2014, she earned her master’s in communication at Auburn.

Gandy says she’s thrilled to return to Mississippi College and serve as a colleague in “a great department with driven and caring people.”

During her four years at MC, the Madison-Ridgeland Academy graduate stayed busy on the Clinton campus. She was a student recruiter for the Communication Department, served four years with the Nenamoosha Social Tribe, tutored at Mission First and was the MC student chapter president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

When Stephanie arrived as a Mississippi College freshman in 2008, her academic major was uncertain, but that changed, thanks to God’s help. “I had no clue what I wanted to do. However, as He does so perfectly, God led me to where I needed to be - the Communication Department. I took a class as an elective and loved it.”

Today, Gandy wants to give back to her alma mater and guide students as they navigate job opportunities. “We will be enabling students to get experience which will prepare them to go into their future profession with competence and confidence.”

To contact Stephanie Gandy, she can be reached at 601-925-7717 or at her office at 313 Nelson Hall.

Photo: Mississippi College graduate Stephanie Gandy recently joined the Office of Career Services staff.

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