Release date: May 19, 2015
East Mississippi Community College invites the public to an “Alumni & Friends Night” on Thursday, May 28.
The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. The evening will begin with an hour of visiting. Several members of the EMCC team will give updates and take questions beginning at 6 p.m.
“We had a gathering like this several years ago, and we felt like it was time to touch bases again with alumni, friends and supporters in Lauderdale County,” said Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said the college hopes to host similar events throughout its six-county district.
“It’s a chance to call our alumni and friends together, talk about the good things that have happened and share some of the things the college has planned for the future,” Young said. “When I speak, I’ll be updating the group on plans for new building projects at the Scooba campus. These include an athletic administrative center and a new dorm, which has been sorely needed for several years.”
Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, will give an update on a new workforce center to be built soon near Columbus and the college’s role in training employees for the first phase of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi’s new plant in West Point, scheduled to begin production this fall.
“There is a direct correlation between the economic prosperity of an area and the level of service provided by community colleges,” Young said. “We want to partner with Meridian Community College and the economic development officials in Lauderdale County to replicate the successful workforce model EMCC has helped build in the northern end of its district.”
Also scheduled to speak is head football coach Buddy Stephens, who has led the EMCC Lions to three NJCAA national championships in the last four years. Director of Bands Stephen Stringer, whose Mighty Lion Band has grown 400 percent since he arrived in Scooba in 2009, will round out the evening’s reports.
All members of the community are welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by telephone or email to Gina Cotton of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 476-5063.
Dr. Rick Young Dr. Raj Shaunak
Alumni & Friends Night
When: Thursday, May 28,
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Kahlmus Auditorium,
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young
Dr. Raj Shaunak, Vice President of Manufacturing Technology & Engineering
Football coach Buddy Stephens
Stephen Stringer, director of EMCC's Mighty Lion Band
To RSVP: Contact Gina Cotton, email@example.com or