Brent Johnston Addresses Jackson Academy Students on Anxiety and Depression
Jackson, MS – February 20, 2020 – Brent Johnston, who graduated from Jackson Academy in ’83, spoke to the Middle and Upper School students about anxiety and depression during their chapel service. Johnston focused his message on encouraging students to honestly answer the question “How’s it going?” He described many symptoms and factors that can contribute to anxiety and depression, such as inordinate amounts of time spent on social media or watching television. His message ended with a challenge to reach out to trusted individuals rather than hiding behind a mask – pointing them to their need for relationship with God and with other people as they continue through the challenges of this adventure we call “life.”
Brent Johnston, President of Omega Group, says, “As Americans and, in particular, as a Southern culture, we so often want to put on a face and communicate to everyone that “everything is fine” and that “we are okay”. The truth is that about 1/3 of all teenagers struggle with anxiety, and almost 1/4 of teens will experience some form of depression before adulthood. We need to educate students to let them know that they are not alone while encouraging them to seek out a trusted resource such as a parent, school counselor, teacher or pastor to talk to about their anxiety and depression.” Brent studied at Fuller Seminary in the School of Psychology based in Pasadena, California. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Omega Group Develops Brand for MS Human Trafficking Council
Jackson, MS – January 30, 2020 – Omega Group was honored to design the logo and brand for the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council. The logo was unveiled at the recent Mississippi Human Trafficking Summit where Governor Tate Reeves was a featured speaker.
The Mississippi Human Trafficking Council is chaired by the US Attorney’s Office and the MS Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the MS Department of Public Safety (MDPS). In a victim-centered, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary model, the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council Partners to Prevent Trafficking, Protect Victims and Prosecute Criminals in all forms of domestic and international human trafficking, to include commercial sex trafficking and labor trafficking, for the protection of both adult and minor victims.
Brent Johnston, President of Omega Group, says, “The effort to prevent human trafficking in Mississippi is extremely important to me and to our organization. We are committed to utilizing our resources to bring awareness to the public and to advance the rescue of those caught in the cruel web of human trafficking.“ Johnston also serves on the Outreach and Public Awareness Subcommittee of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council and attended the summit.
Anna Hays Honored as Mississippi College Department of Art Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year
Clinton, MS – October 26, 2018 – Anna Hays was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the Art Department at Mississippi College during the annual Alumni Association Meeting and Awards Dinner held on October 26 at Anderson Hall on the MC campus.
As the Art Department Young Alumna of the Year Hays is a featured exhibit artist at the Samuel Marshall Gore Art Galleries at Mississippi College. Hays was honored with a reception gathering on October 27th to celebrate the 2018 Department of Art Distinguished Alumni. Her graphic design and photography work will be on display at the Gallery through the month of November.
The Mississippi College Alumni Association recognizes outstanding service and dedication to MC, professional achievement, and leadership through their Recognition Programs. Working with each academic department on campus, graduates are selected for the Departmental Alumnus of the Year.
Hays graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi College in 2009 with a degree in Graphic Design. While at MC, she received numerous awards including Graphic Design Major of the Year and the Art Department Rising Star Award. While at MC Hays was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society. She worked with Ergon Inc. as a Graphic Designer before joining the Omega Group in 2010. Hays is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Graphic Design with the Omega Group Advertising Agency, a full-service marketing firm in Ridgeland.
She enjoys speaking to university and high school classes and has been a keynote speaker for marketing and media seminars. Hays currently serves on the Mississippi College Graphic Design Advisory Board. She is a member of First Baptist Jackson and is active with charitable organizations.