MGCCC Perkinston Campus students, advisor win state and national awards

From left are Odean Gordon, Student of the Year; E’dee Liles, holding the college’s NRHH certificate for Program of the Year for “A Light at the End of the Tunnel: An Underground Railroad Experience;” Missy Belcher, MARHS Advisor of the Year; and Jamal Jones, residence hall advisor, holding the college’s MARHS School of the Year certificate.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus students and employees, comprised of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and Residence Hall Association (RHA) members, and resident assistants attended the Mississippi Association of Residence Hall Students (MARHS) conference at Mississippi State University in Starkville on January 20-21, 2017.  The theme for the conference was Monsters University and focused on service, community outreach, team building, appreciation of diversity and differences, resources, programming, collaboration, technology, engagement and leadership development.

“Our delegation of 35 from the Perkinston Campus had a great time learning about these different areas and collaborating with the other students and staff from other state institutions,” said Heather Dearman, director of Residence and Student Life. “I am happy to announce that MGCCC walked away with 80 percent of the awards given!”

MARHS 2017-2018 Executive Board members from MGCCC include Khalil Markham, associate director of communications, and Taylor Bendell, associate director of Recognition. The two were elected during the conference.

Individual award winners were Odean Gordon, MARHS Student of the Year, and Missy Belcher, MARHS Advisor of the Year.  MGCCC also won NRHH Program of the Year for “A Light at the End of the Tunnel: An Underground Railroad Experience” and was named MARHS School of the Year.

Two-year Service Award winners were Charles Cockrell, Najai White, Whitney White, Deja Anderson, Odean Gordon, Keyshanda Bonds, Anthony Lopez, Chelsea Drake, E’dee Liles, Kala Tolbert, Khalil Markham, Kristen Webb, Kylaunla McDonald, Rekeila Harris, Taylor Bendell, and Mary Gardner. Yajaira Pittman was posthumously given an award for her service to RHA as well.

The 2017 MARHS award winners from MGCCC Perkinston Campus

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.