The MAC Center Wants to Send You Across the Globe/by Austin LaBrot

Beth Stapleton wants to see Mississippi College students enrich their educational careers around the world. 

Announced in Spring 2019, the Edward McMillan ‘MAC’ Center for Education Abroad houses all study abroad programs under one roof. The program was officially launched Aug. 1, with Stapleton as Director.

Mississippi College began a $2 million campaign to fund the newly formed center. “One million will go towards an endowment,” Stapleton said. “The other million will go towards scholarships and grants.” 

The MAC Center has a two-pronged technique to reach its $2 million goal: establishing connections and a letter campaign. The letter campaign will send mail to former study abroad alums and MC donors. Stapleton is also making connections with individuals who may be willing to house students overseas. 

Funding for the $2 million campaign ends in October, followed by an official launch celebration. 

In January, a “Broad-a-Pallooza” will be held for students, faculty, and the local community interested in possible study abroad trips. The Center will have information regarding multiple opportunities throughout the year 2020. 

The U.S. State Department estimates roughly one in ten students will study abroad during their undergraduate career. Stapleton wants that number to increase. 

“I would like to see 500 students get involved with study abroad programs throughout the school year,” Stapleton said. 

Junior Lily Hargrove attended the London Semester Abroad program last year. “Studying in London this past spring was an opportunity of a lifetime.” She continued, “I learned a lot educationally, but also I learned a lot about God and myself.” 

The MAC center currently offers trips to Austria, Brazil, China, England, France, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Trips can last from a couple of weeks to an entire semester. 

More opportunities are being created. “Say a student comes to me and wants to be a missionary in Pakistan,” Stapleton said. “I would contact an alum in that country and try to place the current student with the alum.”

The Education Abroad Center is more than just study abroad trips. Students can get engaged with mission trip-style adventures or complete internships overseas. 

Stapleton believes the stigma behind study abroad programs can be misleading. “We’ve been pushing Modern Language trips a lot,” Stapleton said. “But study abroad programs are for everybody.” 

Stapleton hopes money is not a major ordeal for students who want to study abroad. Grants and scholarships are available through the MAC Center. Stapleton can help students, faculty, and others find outside scholarships as well. 

A major upcoming trip led by Stapleton and Christian Studies professor Dr. Ivan Parke is the Holy Land Tour during next semester’s Spring Break. The ten-day excursion begins March 4. Roughly ten spots are available and open to everyone. The deadline to apply for the trip is Oct. 1. More info can be found at springbreak.mc.edu. 

Stapleton is eager to send students “off and flying” to new places. For more information regarding study abroad adventures, the MAC Center is located on the second floor of the Leland Speed Library. Students can contact Stapleton at stapleto@mc.edu or ex. 7664. 

“Don’t just limit your educational career to Clinton,” Stapleton said.

Meet MC’s New Media Technology Coordinator: Madison Brown/by Marquisha Mathis

Madison Brown takes to heart the words of Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

“I have to live by this, because I worry a lot. You can’t worry about what you can’t see,” Brown said. 

Brown graduated from MC in Spring 2019 with a degree in communication. She had it all planned out, and it didn’t go the way she thought, but she ended up with the perfect job two hours away from home.

“I’m a planner, so it’s taking some time,” said Brown.

Brown is the new Media Technology Coordinator at Mississippi College, where her day usually consists of recording Moodle content for professors, sending emails, as well as overseeing MCTV.

“She is a very knowledgeable person and helpful with the media materials,” Hope Smith said.

“I came to talk to Mr. Ryan Capell in the Teaching and Learning Center about becoming his graduate assistant, when he asked me if I would like to take over his position of being the media technology coordinator,” said Brown. “In that moment I was in shock, because I couldn’t believe that.”

 

Her goal was to be a grad assistant and attend graduate school. “I was coming to work 20 hours a week and I ended up with 40 hours,” said Brown. “This was very unplanned; it doesn’t seem real yet.”

Before graduating, she took portfolio with professor Reid Vance. He said that you can have a lot of different types of callings, which can be locational, vocational, and even spiritual. 

“I didn’t know exactly what my calling was, but I knew that my locational calling was to be in Clinton and at MC,” said Brown. 

This is all still very new for Brown. She took the job over the summer and moved away from her parents. “I’m very much of a home body and moving away for college was a big step. Now that I moved away indefinitely, that’s kind of scary,” said Brown.

She did not know if the job would be hers, but the opportunity was there. There were many steps that had to be taken before she could be hired. 

“I talked myself out of the fact that I could have the job. I thought there was a chance that maybe they wouldn’t need someone to fill that position or they would get someone else to do it, someone who’s a little more qualified,” said Brown. She added, “There I was over in the HR office and they gave me my employment letter and that moment was really when it was real. I sat on the bench in Nelson and read my letter, and that was a very cool moment.”

Brown stayed busy with many tasks at MC that included the Inauguration of President Blake Thompson as the twentieth president. Now, this new position will allow her to work with so many different departments across campus to film and livestream events for MC audiences – such as the Scholarship Banquet, Convocation, and graduation. “I get to work with faculty and students to bring their ideas to life, whether it’s for a class or extracurricular activity.”

 

In five years, Brown sees herself continuing to improve the studio and department she works with. “I hope to have my Master’s in Communication and teaching in the Communication Department, but for the first couple of years working in this position is going to be learning everything she can. I knew the student side of working with MCTV or filming events. Now, I have to learn this role of being an employee.”


  

Continental Tire Plant Offers Internships/by Megan Hendricks

Two miles west of Clinton, the Continental Tire plant will offer paid internships appealing to Mississippi College students. 

Students will receive training in different areas such as communication or recruiting. Mississippi College Law School graduate Marnise Webb was recently selected to join Continental’s global human relations graduate program with training in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Students who qualify for the internship will have a four-year accredited college, a dedicated career plan, and a major in engineering. This internship can give students and graduates the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment.

The Continental Tire plant develops technologies for transporting people and their goods.     Richard Kostal, who works at Continental as the staffing specialist is looking forward to seeing the company grow with more job opportunities for interns. 

“Right now, we are looking to set the budget in place and once that happens, we will have more internships offered. The main internship that we have now is in engineering,” said Kostal.

Right now there is one internship at the Mississippi plant, and more will be announced soon. 

Continental believes in having a diverse environment, and they are staffed by employees from different countries such as Russia, Germany, and Great Britain. The company has employed more than 243,000 people in 60 nations.

Mississippi College students are staying alert to these internships that can possibly help further their careers. 

Katherine Meredith, a Mississippi College student, is looking forward to the possible internships that will be offered at the plant. She plans to graduate MC with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. 

“Everywhere you go, you’re learning about different people, so an internship at the plant would be extremely useful for me to get more experience with my career,” said Meredith.  

Josh Little, from Ridgeland, Miss., thinks interning at the plant would broaden his knowledge and give him the opportunity to network. 

“I don’t know much about tires or a tire plant, but what I do know is that any hands-on practice would be nice. I wouldn’t mind telling someone that I work in the PR department at a tire plant,” said Little.

The future home to 2,500 Mississippi employees, Continental is based in Germany with branches in 60 nations. Students see unlimited opportunities to grow with Continental as work continues in the huge plant off I-20. The Clinton plant will be Continental’s third plant in the U.S. 

Kostal is enjoying his new position at Continental and wants the plant to make a positive impact on the community. 

“So far this has been an awesome company to work for. If any students are looking to intern at the plant, I would suggest that they come in with a vision and know what they’re looking for. Also be able to show that you are a hardworking individual with a vision,” said Kostal.

Students are encouraged to go on the website at www.continental-jobs.com and learn more about the internships being offered.

 

Take a Seat/by Elijah Cardenas

In the flurry of new changes taking place at MC, a few new additional places for students to sit on campus may seem like a small thing. But for the residents of several of MC’s on-campus dorms, the installation of new furniture has provided a warm welcome back for the fall semester of 2019.

Lobby furniture in the MC dorms has been a much-appreciated commodity for years now. Its presence brings life to the lobbies of MC by giving students a place to hang out, do homework, or even play MC-themed Monopoly.

However, the furniture in the dorm lobbies up until this year has been slowly but surely falling apart. With worn out springs and collapsing seat cushions, the old furniture has seen better days. Hederman sophomore Jonathan Trimm described the old furniture as “musty, uncomfortable, and unpleasant.”

New furniture, unfortunately, costs money, money that would have to come from somewhere. This cost has been the hesitance on behalf of the university to replace the degrading couches in the lobbies.

Deliverance came to the dorm lobbies from the MC Fondren campus, which was closed this summer. The Fondren campus previously housed graduate students pursuing their Master’s in Counseling, as well as other related studies. The decision to close the Fondren location was enacted at the tail end of the spring semester, with spring of 2019 being the last semester open to students.

With the closing of the Fondren campus, the administration saw the opportunity to use what might be an unfortunate turn of events to better student life at the main campus. The furniture at the Fondren location, which proved to be in much better shape than the furniture at MC’s main residence halls, was designated to supplement the existing lobby space.

About two-to-three weeks prior to student move in, the furniture from the Fondren campus was transferred to the main MC campus. New Men’s, Hederman, and Latimer-Webb were among the list of chosen homes for the new furniture.

Reusing the furniture from the Fondren location has proved to be an incredibly effective cost-saving decision. By moving the assets from Fondren, MC has saved its students the cost of replacing the old furniture, a price that would surely have been reflecting in future tuition costs.

The installation of new furniture has caused quite a buzz on campus. Hederman resident Brevin Quichocho said he enjoys “the stability of the new furniture” over the previous couches. Compared to the broken springs of the old furniture, the new couches in Hederman lobby are a breath of fresh air.

Students have also been able to observe MC’s passionate resolve to always strive for excellence through the new improvements. As New Men’s resident Justin Fridley said, “the new furniture in New Men’s shows the school is always trying to improve. It’s very nice to see these new improvements happening.”

Whether for hanging out with friends or cramming for an upcoming exam, the new furniture in MC’s residence halls has once again made the lobby a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

MC’s New Soap Dispensers: Good Clean Fun/ by Meredith Stratmann

This August, students were greeted with a whole host of changes upon arriving at Mississippi College. Among chatter of a new Chick-fil-A, questions surrounding Ratliff, and shifts in faculty, one subtle change is making quite a difference. 

Over the summer, new soap dispensers featuring the MC logo replaced the previous ones. Not only are these new dispensers more aesthetic, but they’re also better for the environment and are more cost-effective.

Tom Williams, the Executive Director of Campus Operations, is the man behind implementing this switch. Williams says that the primary reason for the change was to “save money.” 

Now in his twenty-eighth year at MC, Williams explained, “We had been using a soap that comes in a plastic bag. As you push the dispenser and the soap comes out, the bag collapses. It collapses to a point where we were losing about 15% of the soap because it won’t come out.” He continued, “Now we use a plastic container that does not collapse. It’s under pressure. In the past, we would have to take that bag and throw it away. Now, we mix up the soap, we fill up the cylinders. We’re saving money.”

In addition to saving money, the new soap is proven to be better hygienically. After doing some research, Williams found that “with this type of soap, you wash your hands longer, and rinse them longer, and you actually get your hands cleaner. That’s what the research tells me.”

Further reasons for the transition are the coveted MC logo, and to keep up with the times. Williams explained, “There’s an aesthetic change there, you know, the look. But we also changed to become more modern and more efficient.” The emblem has not gone unnoticed. 

Sarah Romines, a junior education major, said the new dispensers “catch your eye in the best way possible. It really shows visitors and students how MC cares about supporting school spirit, even in the small things.”  

The new soap and dispensers are made by Georgia Pacific. The scent is more floral than the previous one, and the soap itself comes as a concentrate until it is mixed in a machine on campus. The soap is bought through the Jackson Newell Paper Company, but the dispensers and installation were free. 

Regarding the lifespan of the dispensers, Williams explained, “they could last a long time. We have tons of extras. We probably have more extras than we’re ever going to use. But the life expectancy depends on the treatment. In a boy’s dorm, they’re not going to last as long as a ladies’ restroom in Nelson Hall. A lot of factors go into it, but I would say a good substantial lifetime.”

It appears the alteration in soap products is here to stay, at least for now. Williams explained, “We do a lot of talking and discussing before we ever buy. My thing is that we’re not going to change just to be changing. But if we can get a better product, and we can save money, and serve the students and the faculty, then it’s a winner.”

 

 

Aaron Feazelle: Profile of a President / By: Kyle Hamrick, Editor in Chief

A native of the Coast, Aaron Feazelle had to have Gulf shrimp in his hot bowl – several at that. The M.C. Student Government Association President and member of the football team proceeded to craft his dinner at Hot Bowl Mongolian Grill with fried rice, new potatoes, green beans, steak, and chicken – a heavy meal half of which he put in a to-go box.

“I am here to have a 4.0 GPA and be the best football player I can be,” said Feazelle, recalling the mantra that guided him through his freshman year. Like the hearty dinner he made, Feazelle’s college years have been a miscellany of learning opportunities and growing experiences that have made him the man and leader he is today.

Feazelle was born in Laurel, Miss. in March 1998, but his home would be Diamondhead, just north of Bay St. Louis on the coast. He attended Hancock High School, alma mater to Brett Farve, and came to M.C. on a football scholarship.

Initially majoring in History, Feazelle soon had a change of heart and switched to Business. His English Comp. II teacher recognized the strength of his writing, and recommended he train to work in the Writing Center. Feazelle still works in the Writing Center where he helps students cultivate and improve their writing.

Sophomore year, Feazelle realized football would only get him so far. Repeating the words of a wise professor, Feazelle said, “College is more than an academic four years, it’s an experience.” He soon began looking for ways to get more involved and make the most of his college years, but he didn’t have to look for very long.

Anthony Jackson, a former teammate who served as M.C.’s first African American S.G.A president last year, approached him in the Caf one day and asked if he’d be interested in being his chief of staff in S.G.A. Feazelle accepted then and there, and began the journey that would lead him to where he is today – from the bottom to the top.

Chief of Staff Feazelle challenged and grew himself through communications with school administration and students. He learned to be a leader by being a follower, and he credits Jackson for getting him involved. “If it weren’t for Anthony, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today,” he said with a wide grin of gratitude.

His junior year, Feazelle became one of Dr. Thompson’s Presidential Ambassadors tasked with helping cultivate the M.C. brand. In this role, he continued to develop his public speaking skills and learned to cultivate genuine and lasting relationships with the people, students, faculty, and staff he served. He recalled junior year fondly, calling it the season of his life where he saw the most growth and realized how actions can have a big impact on people. The biggest thing he learned was, especially when it comes to M.C., “the people make the place.”

Now he’s a senior. “I like to say the fall semester’s like when you look up it’s Thanksgiving,” he laughed. He’s relaxed that freshman mantra of his to “be the best that I can be.” Regardless of what he’s doing, he wants to be the best whatever he is.
He’s taking 18 hours this semester – including Plants and People online – as well as presiding over S.G.A. and playing football. He considers Google Calendar his best friend, saying organization is “imperative” for people as busy as he.

Jessica Borne, Feazelle’s chief of staff, said Feazelle is a “direct leader, an honest friend, and one of the hardest workers I know.” Be it football, family, food, or Fortnite, Borne said he’s serious about his passions. That passion, according to Borne, is what makes him such a “vital leader on our campus.”

He’s very confident in and excited for the people involved in S.G.A. this year. He and his Executive Council are still getting their plans in order, but Feazelle’s main goal is to “accurately represent the student body and try to get what they want within reason. I want to see the efforts of our Executive Council this year benefit the school in years to come. That’s what we’re here to do.”

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photo credits: Andy Kanengiser

Get to Know Our New President

Dr. ThompsonSeptember 4, 2018

The start of a new school year is best described as a wave of change and excitement. For some students, it’s meeting up with old friends they haven’t seen all summer, finally getting into the circus arts class, or being one semester closer to that “ring by spring”. But for Dr. Blake Thompson, our new MC president, this fall brings its own changes and plenty of excitement. As a husband and a father of three, it was no small task to move his family and become part of the Mississippi College family. Nevertheless, he seems up to the task.

Dr. Thompson and his wife are both from Mississippi, but they and their children have lived in a number of places, including Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio. When given the chance to become the next president of MC, his family saw it as an opportunity to come home and contribute to this community.

So far, Dr. Thompson has enjoyed his time at MC and has found it hasn’t been too hard of an adjustment. He thoroughly enjoys meeting students, being able to build relationships with the faculty, Pimento’s homemade chips, and getting to use his new golf cart. If you see any random scooters around campus, they probably belong to his children, who are also getting used to this new way of life.

“Everyone has been so welcoming and warm and kind. We really just appreciate it and find it a joy to even be here.”

Being president of a university was not originally one of Dr. Thompson’s ambitions. However, he and his family “pursued opportunities as they came,” and when God opened this door for him, he did not hesitate.

When comparing working at a smaller, private university to working at a large, public university, he notes that while the size is a noticeable difference, they are more alike than they are different. Both private and public universities have relatively the same problems, but they also the same possibilities and potential. However, parking at private universities is noticeably better.

Dr. Thompson is also very active on social media (@DrBlakeThompson) . Recently beating the MC Clocktower (@MCClocktower) in a race to 1,000 followers, he hopes his presence on the world wide web will allow him to interact more with students, as well to boost morale by letting them know that they are heard and cared for.

When asked to describe Mississippi College in one word, Dr. Thompson gave three.

“Family,” for how close knit and inviting MC is, not only to him and his family, but to anyone who walks through its doors. “Faith,” not only due to the faithfulness MC has shown and will continue to show, but also in regards to God’s faithfulness to His people here on campus.  “Love,” because people love MC. Our alumni and students are loyal. The faculty loves students, and the love of God is present on this campus, a love that is formed by faith.

Dr. Thompson’s current mantra is simple, but rich in meaning: “Head and Heart.” To him, this can mean many things. It describes how he wants to be a headstrong but also compassionate leader. In addition, it delves further into a sense of purpose, describing us as an institution. Mississippi College produces intellects who are in touch with those around them, combined with a smart and compassionate culture, full of faith and academic success.

So what’s next? Dr. Thompson plans to spend these next weeks getting to know the campus and everyone who makes MC what it is. So be on the lookout, and be sure to give our newest president a warm MC welcome!

Nathalie Rowell

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