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Mustangs off and running: MACU students return to class

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D.J. Byers (left), Jonathan Langley II (center, back) and Darrien DeFederico (right), all juniors at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, study an assignment on their laptops during their Introduction to Homiletics class at MACU, Monday. The private Christian university in Elizabeth City began classes for the fall semester on Monday.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mylisha Madkins had heard Mid-Atlantic Christian University was a small, private college, first learning about it during a college fair at her high school in Eden.

But it wasn’t until she learned about MACU’s commitment to the Christian faith during a campus tour last fall that she decided to enroll.

Madkins, a freshman who plans to major in nursing, was among the students on campus Monday as MACU began the fall semester.

While MACU’s commitment to faith was important in her decision about where to attend school, the campus’s location also was a factor.

“I like that we’re on the coast, 45 minutes from the beach,” Madkins said. “And I like the body of water here. It’s very pretty.”

Jhari Leigh is also starting his first semester at MACU. A former Northeastern High School basketball standout, Leigh said earning an athletic scholarship was key to his decision to enroll at MACU. He believes he will get more playing time at his small forward position as a Mustang than he would have at some other colleges.

Leigh said he likes MACU basketball coach Allan Harris and has enjoyed meeting other university staff members and instructors.

“Everybody is nice,” Leigh said.

Leigh said he also likes the small campus. He said he’s especially looking forward to a class in the fundamentals of oral communication this semester.

Leigh plans to major in business and would like to start his own business, possibly in Elizabeth City.

Will Warren, a freshman from Washington in Beaufort County, grew up hearing about MACU from members of his family.

“I have had family members come here,” Warren said. “My brother came here before me.”

Like other MACU freshmen interviewed Monday, Warren said he likes that MACU is a small school with a family-like environment.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to walk everywhere,” he said, adding that if he had attended a larger college he probably would have to drive in order to get to some classes.

Warren, whose home church is Eastern Pines Church of Christ in Greenville, said he plans to major in business administration but hasn’t decided what he wants to pursue as a career. He said he believes he will receive good career guidance from MACU faculty and staff.

Warren is particularly looking forward to taking a class with Ronnie Woolard this semester called “The Story of Redemption.” Woolard is from his hometown and he has heard him speak in church, Warren said. One of his family members also has a connection to Woolard.

“He graduated with my great-uncle,” Warren said of Woolard.

Returning MACU students may have noticed a new look in the cafeteria. MACU has hired a new food service vendor and the company has upgraded the cafeteria’s appearance, adding new counters and a new salad bar.

Also new this year is a convenience store on campus where students can buy food items when the cafeteria is not open. They also can purchase MACU clothing and other gear at the store.

Enrollment figures at MACU weren’t immediately available Monday.

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