When you are a public relations professional, you learn very quickly how important it is to establish and maintain positive community partnerships. Building these lifelong bridges proves to be valuable and essential when it comes to enhancing community engagement in projects, increasing community awareness issues and establishing a framework for continued support. Partnerships represent the pinnacle of leadership and collaboration in civil society.
I’m the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator for the Eagles baseball team and have been the Sports Information Director for Hinds Community College since last summer. I thought I would use this space to tell you something about myself – and how a guy from the north got to Mississippi.
As I prepare for the 2018 version of the Camp Silver Eagle Challenge on July 17-21, I have been thinking about last summer’s version of the annual intergenerational summer enrichment program.
The Creative Learning 50+ Silver Eagles soared into the 2017-2018 program year last July with the camp that included 25 adults and children ranging in ages from 5-94. They enjoyed diversified programs that focused on conservation best practices for their backyards and the community as an extension of their backyard habitats.
Emergencies, by definition, leave little to no time to react. The increased threat of terrorism and naturally occurring disasters demonstrates the need for our college community to be prepared for any emergencies.
To help prepare the college community for all hazards, the Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to – Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get involved. The OEM’s campaign expands the national Ready campaign to provide targeted information to support the unique needs of our college community.
For me, the college's 100th year of community-inspired service ended as each year typically does, with graduation. This time, the PR department would have needed several twins of me to keep up with all the stories dressed in caps and gowns milling about the Muse Center after the ceremony.
Charity Lockridge was recently crowned as Miss Hinds Community College and will represent the college in the Miss Mississippi Pageant this summer. As a photographer in the Public Relations department, I covered the pageant and was blown away by her performance in the talent portion of the competition. I believe she will do a wonderful job representing the college this year. I had the privilege of sitting down with Charity to have a conversation about her goals, platform and passions. Below is a portion of our conversation. The photos are from the pageant, held Nov. 16, 2017.
The President’s Christmas Reception is something that I have photographed for 25 years. But over the last 10 or so our department (Public Relations), along with Community Relations, has put together a pretty fantastic, and always interesting, “Santa Photos” section!