Mentors, Mentees have a Blast During Social
CLARKSDALE – It wasn’t an ordinary Thursday evening at Coahoma Community College’s Zee A. Barron Student Union. Adorned with elegant black and white décor, an energetic live band, good food, and the smiles of CCC students, faculty, and staff, the student union was transformed into the perfect scene for the 2014 Mentor/Mentee “Black and White” Social.
Sponsored by CCC’s Division of Student Affairs, the social brought out approximately 150 students who were dressed in stylish black and white attire to accentuate the timeless theme.
“I really do thank them for doing this for us,” expressed Freshman Jamal Cole, during the event. “It’s something that was really unexpected, but we’re looking forward to more events like this. …I think it’ll attract more students to our school. I’m just grateful because they didn’t have to do this for us.”
Chairpersons Renee Sanford, Director of Counseling Services (Student Affairs) and Dian Thomas, Dorm Manager, who also served as the hosts for the evening, told students from the beginning that the event was designed to be a night of fun.
“Don’t hold back because I’m not holding back!” said Sanford as a crowd began to form in the center of the student union, which served as the dance floor for the night.
The remainder of the evening was filled with dancing and laughter, as the energetic “The Little Biscuit Band” from Helena, Ark. filled the building with the perfect mixture of popular music and oldies. During the event, students received dozens of door prizes and other gifts, and Dean of Student Affairs & Support Services LaShasa Griffin honored the 2014 mentors and mentee that were present.
But aside from all the fun, the evening was a chance for mentors and mentees to bond, and for others, the event was the perfect opportunity to sign up and become a part of CCC’s Mentor/Mentee program.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Support Services Gregory Hudson said he’s proud of the success of the event, and sees the Mentor/Mentee program as a positive service for CCC students.
“The Mentor/Mentee Social was a huge success, as we welcomed students and their assigned mentors to the event,” said Hudson. “Studies have shown that if mentor programs are well-structured in the collegiate environment, students are more apt to do well academically and socially which is a direct correlation to increased graduation rates. The aforementioned indicators are targets for our program.”
To view snapshots from the 2014 Mentor/Mentee “Black and White” Social on CCC’s Facebook Page.