Development and Alumni Affairs
Nick Clark's history with East Mississippi Community College goes back a long way. He played football for legendary coach "Bull" "Cyclone" Sullivan ... and now he's vice president of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. He is ably assisted by Gina Cotton. Give them a call anytime. They're always glad to hear from you.
Here's a look at Nick's message to fellow alumni in the April 2012 issue of the Lions' Pride alumni magazine:
WOW! The excitement at EMCC just continues to build.
Our football Lions won the first national championship in school history in December. When you consider all of the great coaches, players and teams in our athletic past, this is no small accomplishment. Congratulations to us!
I am happy to report that the Orr Center for Christian Activity is completely paid off. The same is true for the new football stadium and the state-of-the-art video scoreboard. We certainly owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Buster Orr and to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams Jr., respectively, for making these tremendous improvements to our campus a reality.
Everyone can and should be a part of the EMCC giving story. There are many of us who would not have an education if not for EMJC/CC.
I read a quote not too long ago, not sure of the author, but it is very apropos: “We owe a debt to those who came before us, because we drink from wells we did not dig, and we are warmed by fires we did not build. So we must be faithful in our time as they were in theirs.”
I promise you that no gift is too small. We have some alumni and friends who are giving $10 per month and some who are giving $100 per month and more. It adds up! Perhaps we should follow Mrs. Oneta Pearce Baker’s lead. Not only did she give to the school that she loved over the years, but she also made EMCC a part of her planned giving program. At her death she left a $45,000 endowed scholarship.
If you have any questions or just want to have a confidential talk about your giving plans, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to help if I can, or direct you to a professional tax advisor.
For EMCC to continue to be an academically sound institution that excels in athletics, your involvement is essential. Step up now and become involve in our “steps toward excellence." You will be glad you did. After all, it may be your children and grandchildren who benefit the most from your commitment.
Please stay in touch.
Nick Clark, right, with EMCC President
Dr. Rick Young at an away football game
Nick Clark in the five-star jersey made
famous by Coach Bull Sullivan, 1964-65
Gina Cotton, left, with Margaret Aldridge
at the Old Waverly Golf Classic