November 01, 2006 - Katrina Myricks, a Holmes County native, now of Madison, was recently recognized for her contributions within the field of business education on the community college level.
Myricks, a professor in the business and office technology program at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, was named 2006 Community College Business Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Business Education Association during their fall conference September 28-29 at the Jeff Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Since becoming a part of the Holmes family seventeen years ago, Myricks has without a doubt made her mark among not only the students but the faculty and staff as well by serving the college in various capacities.
Fellow co-worker, Marsha Beasley, has known Myricks for the past five years. "As an educator, Katrina motivates her students to do their best. She serves as an advisor and mentor to her current and past students," she said.
"Katrina is very well-informed, dynamic, knowledgeable, articulate and an inspiring instructor," said Beasley who knew there was no better way to show her appreciation for Myricks than to nominate her for this award.
Myricks, who had heard rumors of her alleged nomination, but was not sure if she was truly nominated said, "It is nice to be given this award, however being nominated by my co-worker that thinks so highly of me means much more."
Myricks non-traditional teaching methods are just one of the many reasons she is admired and respected by so many. "I do whatever it takes to help them learn," said Myricks, who is referring to her classes in which her students play games such as Bingo and Jeopardy to help learn the material at hand.
Myricks also has business men and women from the community come to speak to her classes as well as taking her Professional Development students to a restaurant where their proper table etiquette and manners taught in class, are put to the test in a real-life setting.
This energetic professor seems to be inspiring not only her students, but everyone who has the pleasure of meeting such an influential woman. "Since I met Myricks, a child has come into her life, she's built a house, taught day and night classes, ACT classes, as well as serving as chairperson for many committees including our SACS Reaffirmation and does professional modeling," said Beasley.
Myricks consistently has winners on the state and national levels of Phi Beta Lambda. This year Jessica Catchings of Ridgeland, placed first in public speaking.
She received her B.B.A. from Delta State University and her M.S. from Mississippi State University.
At Holmes, Myricks currently teaches classes entitled: Medical Office, Professional Devel-\opment, Business Communication and Database Management.
Her parents are Bobbie Lokey of Durant and Jimmy Huggins of Lexington.