Journalism Senior Lands Two Final Semester National Fellowships

Bracey Harris gains valuable experience telling compelling stories using multimedia formats

Bracey Harris

Bracey Harris

OXFORD, Miss. – Bracey Harris of Byram is slated to graduate May 10 from the University of Mississippi with an impressive record of achievement, including two recent prestigious national journalism fellowships.

Majoring in broadcast journalism in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, with a minor in business administration, Harris was awarded a CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship and a fellowship to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

The former was an intensive weeklong workshop, held in March at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The annual competitive fellowship opportunity, for 12 top students from throughout the nation, is led by UNC journalism faculty and professionals at Capitol Broadcasting Co.’s WRAL in Raleigh. The program is geared toward seniors and graduate students finishing their programs and pursuing careers as producers, reporters, photojournalists and online editors.

The workshop provided valuable hands-on experience, said Harris, who is a student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and a Luckyday Scholar.

“I trained as a producer at WRAL-TV, a CBS affiliate,” she said. “At the end of the week, I produced a newscast that was put on by fellows in the program.”

In late May, Harris travels to Dillard University in New Orleans for the New York Times Institute. The institute selects 24 student journalists from throughout the nation to cover real news for two weeks under the leadership of staff from The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the host university.

“I will be responsible for writing an enterprise story about New Orleans,” Harris said. “By the end of the program, we will produce a newspaper. I have seen copies of past publications and can tell the expectations are high. What’s really exciting is that the paper will contain The New York Times masthead.”

The work is in line with her career aspirations, she said.

“Ultimately, I want to produce in-depth multimedia projects,” she said. “Writing and telling stories is what makes me happy.”

Considering Harris’ impressive student resume, reflecting the skills she has gained over her four years at Ole Miss, there’s no doubt she is ready to compete not only at the institute but also in the job market.

At the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center, manned by journalism students, Harris is multimedia editor of The Daily Mississippian newspaper and a former anchor for the live half-hour television broadcast “NewsWatch.”

In summer 2012, Harris and two other Meek School students, enrolled in a magazine writing class, taught by Dean Will Norton, producing a publication with students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She was named Best Magazine Writer by the Southeast Journalism Conference, and her internships include print and television work in Jackson.

“Bracey is a student with strong journalistic ability and uncommon insight into human behavior,” Norton said. “She is a person of integrity whose work reflects her character.”

Listed on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, Harris is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the university’s highest academic honor across all disciplines, and she belongs to Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. She was secretary of the Columns Society, a group of 24 students who serve as official hosts for the university, and she has served on the Judicial Board for Panhellenic and risk chair for her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.

As Harris looks back on her four years at Ole Miss, she recalls her first attraction to the Oxford campus.

“I came to the campus my sophomore year in high school for the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association and immediately fell in love with it,” she said. “After attending the MOST conference as a senior, my mind was set. I had the opportunity to talk with current students and admission employees and ask important questions. When I left, I knew that Ole Miss was the place where I wanted to spend perhaps the four most important years of my life.”

A graduate of Terry High School, she is the daughter of Rozelia Harris and the late Frederick Harris, both natives of Vicksburg.

Honors Convocation to Include Taylor Medals, Outstanding Teacher Award

Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa inductions also scheduled

William Berry

William Berry

OXFORD, Miss. – Outstanding students from all academic disciplines and the campuswide top teacher are to be recognized Thursday (April 10) at the University of Mississippi’s 71st annual Honors Day Convocation.

The convocation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Seventy students are to be presented with Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medals, the university’s highest academic award, and one faculty member is to receive the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award.

Guest speaker for the convocation is the 2013 Hood Award recipient Will Berry, assistant professor of law. A reception follows the ceremony in the Ford Center’s orchestra level lobby.

At separate events, new members are to be inducted into the university’s top two student honor societies. The Phi Kappa Phi ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the Ford Center. Phi Beta Kappa holds its ceremony at 3 p.m. April 11 in Paris-Yates Chapel.

The Taylor Medals, established in 1904, are the university’s highest academic award and recognize no more than 1 percent of the student body each year. The Hood Award was first given in 1966 and allows faculty, staff, students and alumni to nominate a deserving professor for superior classroom teaching.

Around 80 students are to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the university’s highest academic honor across all disciplines. The speaker is John Z. Kiss, dean of the Graduate School.

Some 60 students are slated for induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the university’s highest academic honor in the liberal arts. Michele Alexandre, associate professor and Jesse D. Puckett Jr. Lecturer at the School of Law, will speak at the ceremony.

‘The Heart of Ole Miss’

Photo by Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications

If you find yourself speechless, unable to put into words the feelings or beliefs you hold deeply about somebody or something, don’t despair. Many psychologists agree that such a belief is a fundamental part of who we are as individuals and is to be cherished.

This rings true for the thousands of us who come to Ole Miss, whether to visit, work or study, and upon leaving, feel an uncommon attachment to this special place. More than 2,500 spring candidates for degrees may experience such nostalgia for the first time on May 10 as they march through the ever-inspiring Grove for the school’s 161st commencement, a benchmark occasion and glorious time for each of them. And should they search for words to match their feelings, they might well recall verses of a poem that alumnus Frank E. Everett Jr. penned in the early 1970s, after having received his bachelor’s degree in 1932 followed by the Bachelor of Laws in 1934. 

The University is buildings, trees, and people. Ole Miss is mood, emotion, and personality. One is physical, and the other is spiritual. One is tangible, and the other intangible.There is a valid distinction between The University and Ole Miss even though the separate threads are closely interwoven.Read the story …

Public Policy Leadership Students Invited to Present at Conferences

Four UM juniors preparing to share their research, conclusions at national meetings

Alexandra Pena

Alexandra Pena

OXFORD, Miss. – Dynamic teachers and students who stretch their minds beyond their comfort zones are a winning combination at the University of Mississippi.

Such a match has produced four public policy leadership majors who have been invited to present papers at national conferences this spring. The papers were required writing last semester in the class PPL 300: Ethics and Public Policy, taught by award-winning faculty member Eric T. Weber.

Enrolled in the Lott Leadership Institute, the high-performing students are juniors in the College of Liberal Arts. They are Christine Dickason of Collierville, Tenn., Alexandra Pena of Washington, D.C., Rob Pillow of Madison and Will Reynolds of Ozark, Mo.

Dickason and Reynolds are slated for Eastern Michigan University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy, set for March 8-9, and Pena and

Rob Pillow

Rob Pillow

Pillow will present April 12 at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Conference.

Weber, associate professor of public policy leadership, says he’s not surprised when one or two of his students receive this kind of recognition, but four from the same course is unusually exciting.

“They’re great students, first of all, and they worked through an ‘intro-project’ process, in which they were tasked with planning their papers and getting feedback at an early stage,” he said. “They also picked practical and important topics to which our material clearly connected.”

Provost Morris Stocks applauded both Weber and his students for their success.

“I congratulate these outstanding students for their excellence and the national recognition they have achieved for themselves and the University of Mississippi,” Stocks said. “I also commend Dr. Weber for his enthusiasm and passion for teaching, a combination that empowers and inspires students to reach beyond the norm. This is truly another example of excellence at this university.”

Will Reynolds

Will Reynolds

Glenn Hopkins, dean of liberal arts, agreed.

“We are always pleased when the combined efforts of our faculty and students put the University of Mississippi on the national stage,” Hopkins said. “I congratulate Dr. Weber for guiding these exceptional students to this academic opportunity, and I have no doubt that they will be impressive representatives for us all.”

Pena’s research examined the federal public policy debate, including philosophical issues, related to the legalization of marijuana, defending her view that legalization is unethical. She credits her professor’s teaching style for helping her produce a paper worthy of recognition.

“It was a difficult class where you definitely needed to try hard, but Dr. Weber was always there to offer support,” she said. “His intro-project approach to writing was one example of a challenge, but I learned a new way to think and write about public policy.”

Christine Dickason

Christine Dickason

Each of these students has the potential for “great careers as writers, commentators and/or policy analysts and advocates,” Weber said.

Dickason, a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and a finalist for the national Truman Scholars program, already is making her mark as a published writer. She has had more than 10 opinion pieces published in UM’s The Daily Mississippian, and one of her articles appeared in the online magazine CampusProgress and was republished in The Nation national magazine.

In her PPL class paper, titled “America’s Schools: Separate and Unequal,” Dickason concludes that “the government must intervene to ensure that America’s children attend school together.”

“I explored theories about the individual, justice and democracy from influential philosophers, such as Dewey, Kant and Aristotle, to determine if racial integration in public schools is a moral necessity,” she said.

Pillow’s research also considers the public education dilemma.

“My paper is about the moral consequences of a segregated school system and its effects on the learning process,” he said. “Basically, years later (since integration) we still have segregated schools, only it’s not enforced by man’s law but rather by natural and economic laws. I cite many philosophical and ethical theories in an attempt to present the problem in a new light.”

Reynolds chose to research moral theories about liberty, basing his study on the “harm principle,” a political theory attributed to John Stuart Mill, a 19th-century British philosopher, economist and moral and political theorist. The theory is relevant to topics such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy proposal to ban the sale of many sweetened drinks.

“Mill outlined that the acceptable use of government coercion should be only to prevent harm to others, which has come to be known as the harm principle,” Reynolds said. “I chose this topic because the principle provides the basis of much of libertarian philosophy, and I am very much interested in the workings of libertarianism.”

Reynolds said he is “extremely excited” at having been chosen to present his paper at the conference and considers the experience as another step in his career preparation.

“I am hoping to one day work in the government relations department of a private company,” he said. “Ole Miss has consistently provided a high-quality education that is necessary for me to achieve my career goals.”

Dickason, too, expects her conference exposition to boost her career expectations.

“It will be an incredible opportunity for me to network with peers and learn from the critiques that I will receive from scholars at the conference,” she said.

Following graduation in spring 2015, Dickason plans to complete a master’s degree in public policy.

“I hope to be able to craft and influence education policy on a national scale that will work to remedy the inequality perpetuated within the existing education system,” she said.

A member of the Honors College, Pena also hopes to make a difference on a broad scale. Her long-term goal is to move back to D.C. and work for the government to help shape agriculture policy as it relates to food and nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

“It’s an awesome confidence booster that my paper has been chosen for presentation,” she said. “I have dyslexia, and school has never been easy, but this really shows me that if you try hard and work at it, you can be just as good as anyone else.”

Pillow said he is “honored and excited” to be an invited conference speaker, an opportunity that takes him closer to his long-term career goal. He hopes to become an economic adviser to address social and economic problems at the grass-roots level, including struggling towns in the Mississippi Delta.

Weber, who joined UM in 2007, received the College of Liberal Arts Cora Lee Graham Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen Award in 2011, followed in 2012 by the prestigious, campuswide Frist Student Service Award. He has published three books, with a fourth under way, and he is executive director of the Society for Philosophers in America, among numerous other achievements.

For more information, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/leadership/.

Nominations Open for 20th Annual Frist Awards Recognizing Service to Students

Frist Student Service Award Winner Dr. Marvin Wilson

2013 Frist Student Service Award Winner Dr. Marvin Wilson

OXFORD, Miss. – College students often face difficult circumstances without family or friends nearby to step in and help. At the University of Mississippi, faculty and staff are encouraged to go the extra mile in service to students.

In turn, Ole Miss students get an opportunity each year to reward those faculty and staff who go beyond the norm to lend a hand by nominating them for the Thomas Frist Student Service Award.

Students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff have until April 10 to submit nominations for the 20th annual awards. Any full-time faculty or staff, except previous winners, is eligible for the award, which includes a $1,000 prize and a plaque.

Written and submitted by individuals, nominations are being accepted via an online nomination form at http://www.olemiss.edu/frist_award. The nomination narrative should differentiate between obligation and service by citing specific examples in which the person being nominated has gone beyond the call of duty to help a student or group of students. Past nominations are also considered.

“Many faculty and staff on our campus fit the criteria for the Frist Award, which helps us identify two individuals who are exemplary of going beyond the norm in extending a helping hand to our students,” Chancellor Dan Jones said.

All nominees are notified that they have been so honored, and a campus committee appointed by the chancellor chooses the two winners. Awards are to be presented May 10 at UM’s spring Commencement.

Past recipients of the Frist Award include current faculty members Aileen Ajootian, Don Cole, Charles Eagles, Ellen Meacham, Terry Panhorst, Ken Sufka and Eric Weber; and current staff members Thelma Curry, Dewey Knight, Ginger Patterson, Thomas J. Reardon, Valeria Ross, Marc Showalter and Linda Spargo.

The 2012 honorees, Weber, associate professor of public policy leadership, and Knight, associate director of the Center for Student Success, both expressed surprise upon learning that they had been chosen for the Frist recognition.

“I felt very surprised and grateful. It has been a busy year, mostly with my head down to focus on this or that project,” Weber said. “So, an honor like the Frist Award took me aback and made me pick my head up to think about the big picture. The chancellor has highlighted service as a key part of the university’s mission and the Frist Award concerns service to students. In that light, the honor is deeply meaningful and gratifying.”

Likewise, Knight said, “When Chancellor Jones called me about my selection as the Frist Student Service Award recipient from the staff, I was very surprised and honored, but, more than anything, I was humbled. To be recognized by the university for serving her students is truly most significant as Ole Miss faculty and staff are well-known for providing personal attention to the needs of our students and their families.”

The Frist Student Service Awards were established with a $50,000 gift from the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist of Nashville, a 1930 UM graduate.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/frist_award.

UM Army ROTC Cadets Nail Third Place in SEC Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge team fares well in competition involving 48 squads

Ole Miss Army ROTC cadets on the Ole Miss team that placed third in SEC Ranger Challenge Competition Jan. 24-26 at Camp Blanding, Fla. are (bottom, l-r) team captain John Bolding, Chris Reeves and Daniel Holloran; and (top, l-r) Buckley Dowdle, Michael Resha, Nicholas Porter, Chase Pinson, Jonathon Dodson and Tiffanie Troxell.

Ole Miss Army ROTC cadets on the Ole Miss team that placed third in SEC Ranger Challenge Competition Jan. 24-26 at Camp Blanding, Fla. are (bottom, l-r) team captain John Bolding, Chris Reeves and Daniel Holloran; and (top, l-r) Buckley Dowdle, Michael Resha, Nicholas Porter, Chase Pinson, Jonathon Dodson and Tiffanie Troxell.

OXFORD, Miss. – Nine Army ROTC cadets at the University of Mississippi made an excellent showing in the recent SEC Ranger Challenge Competition at Camp Blanding, Fla.

Competing among 48 teams from the Southeast region, the Ole Miss team placed third in the Jan. 24-26 rivalry.

The competition covered 18 miles and featured eight events, including rifle marksmanship, hand grenade assault course, land navigation, 14-mile foot march, patrol boat race, obstacle course and river crossing on a team-built rope bridge carrying personal equipment. All events were timed and graded by active duty military members.

Master Sgt. Christopher Hayes, UM military science professor and team coach, said Ranger Challenge team membership requires dedication and training beyond a cadet’s normal ROTC experience.

“I am proud of these cadets, as they trained hard leading up to this event,” he said. “They came back to school a week early, and we trained day and night. It obviously paid off, as a lot of discipline and personal courage came into play, considering the grueling competition and inclement weather.”

John Bolding of Decatur, Ala., senior cadet and team captain, said this is his fourth and favorite year to be part of Ranger Challenge.

“Ranger Challenge allows for the fittest and most motivated cadets in our ROTC program to come together as a team who push each other to the limit physically and mentally,” he said. “It allows for the older cadets, like myself, to have more of a direct impact on the younger cadets who try out, versus the impact I’m able to have during physical training or lab with the entire Rebel battalion.”

From a personal perspective, Bolding says the overall ROTC program has had a lasting impact on him and his future.

“Four years of being at physical training at 6 a.m., meeting classes all day, developing and mentoring younger cadets and enjoying the social aspect of college has taught me to be a well-rounded individual who can accomplish any task.”

Ranger Challenge team member Daniel Holloran of Franklin, Tenn. agreed.

“My ROTC participation allows me to have a structured schedule that keeps me focused on my physical fitness as well as my academics,” he said. “It also surrounds me with a group of focused and reliable friends that help keep me on the right path.”

Other members of the 2014 Ranger Challenge team are Jonathan Dotson of Knoxville, Tenn., Buckley Dowdle of Olive Branch, Chase Pinson of Crystal Springs, Nicholas Porter of Columbus, Ohio, Christopher Reeves of Taylor, Michael Resha of Birmingham, Ala., and Tiffanie Troxell of St. Cloud, Fla.

For more information about UM’s military science program, visit http://catalog.olemiss.edu/liberal-arts/military-science-leadership.

Ten Outstanding Seniors Awarded Hall of Fame Distinction

Honorees lauded for achievements, service and potential for future success

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten University of Mississippi seniors have earned membership in the school’s 2013-14 Hall of Fame, one of the university’s highest honors.

Chancellor Dan Jones bestowed the honor Friday (Jan. 31) in a campus ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Recipients are chosen by a committee pursuant to ASB policy, with selections based on a student’s academic achievement, community service and potential for future success.

“Since 1930, inductees into the Hall of Fame have brought distinction to the university as leaders in government, medicine, law, journalism, business, entertainment, education, ministry and a variety of other fields,” Jones said. “The many accomplishments of these students show the meaningful and diverse community service in which these exceptional students participate, even while serving in organizations and excelling in their degree programs.”

Ten seniors have earned membership in the University of Mississippi’s 2013-14 Hall of Fame. (Front row, left to right) Madison Elizabeth Coburn of Ridgeland, Katharine Halpin DeRossette of Vicksburg, Mary Ball Markow of Jackson and Daniel Curtis Roberts of Moss Point. (Back row, left to right) Timothy Orinaze Abram of Horn Lake, Gregory Alston of Hattiesburg, Anish Sharma of Greenwood, Quadray Arnez Kohlhiem of Tupelo, Thomas Neal McMillin of Madison and Vinod Kannuthurai of Hazlehurst.

Ten seniors have earned membership in the University of Mississippi’s 2013-14 Hall of Fame. (Front row, left to right) Madison Elizabeth Coburn of Ridgeland, Katharine Halpin DeRossette of Vicksburg, Mary Ball Markow of Jackson and Daniel Curtis Roberts of Moss Point. (Back row, left to right) Timothy Orinaze Abram of Horn Lake, Gregory Alston of Hattiesburg, Anish Sharma of Greenwood, Quadray Arnez Kohlhiem of Tupelo, Thomas Neal McMillin of Madison and Vinod Kannuthurai of Hazlehurst.

The 10 students, along with 146 other Ole Miss seniors, were also recognized for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. They are to be listed in the national publication’s 2014 edition.

New Hall of Fame members are Timothy Orinaze Abram of Horn Lake, Gregory Alston of Hattiesburg, Madison Elizabeth Coburn of Ridgeland, Katharine Halpin DeRossette of Vicksburg, Vinod Kannuthurai of Hazlehurst, Quadray Arnez Kohlhiem of Tupelo, Mary Ball Markow of Jackson, Thomas Neal McMillin of Madison, Daniel Curtis Roberts of Moss Point and Anish Sharma of Greenwood.Read the story …

An Honor and Privilege: Committee Service

One of my most rewarding experiences as an Ole Miss staff member has been longtime service on the Frist Student Service Award committee. In 1994, alumnus Dr. Thomas F. Frist, founder of Hospital Corporation of America, established the Thomas F. Frist Service Award Endowment.

The cornerstone of Dr. Frist’s enormous success was his emphasis on service, whether as a physician, as a company CEO or as a volunteer for many worthwhile projects. The endowment provides a $1,000 award each year for one faculty member and one staff member who exemplify Dr. Frist’s remarkable life by providing extraordinary service to students.

Under the auspices of the Office of the Chancellor, the campus committee, which includes immediate past recipients of the award and a student representative, coordinates the nomination and selection process each spring.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to submit nominations for the coveted awards, which are presented at spring Commencement. The committee places great emphasis on nominations that provide details of specific instances of service demonstrating that a member goes beyond the duties of his or her job. Showing that it’s a distinct honor to even be considered for a Frist Award, faculty and staff who are nominated receive a letter of congratulations from the chancellor.

While specific details of nominations are kept confidential within the committee, we members feel privileged to share in this selection process, which is reassurance that many good things are happening at this flagship university, often behind the scenes and in the trenches.

A call for nominations goes out in early March and ends around the second week in April. Read Ole Miss News online for information and watch for an icon on the Ole Miss home page to click for the online Frist Award nomination form.

 

Ten Outstanding Freshmen Named 2013-14 Croft Scholars

Honor provides classes, study abroad opportunities to prepare for international careers

Stellar University of Mississippi freshmen selected as 2013-14 Croft Scholars are (front, l-r) Savannah Coleman of Biloxi, Michelle Miller of Germantown, Tenn., Cayla Cardamone of Bloomington, Ill., Connor Holeman of Brandon and Alex Martin of Madison and (back, l-r) Will Mahoney of Englewood, Colo., Meredith Cuilik of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Miller Richmond of Madison, Elizabeth Romary of Greenville, N.C. and Walker Bobo of Iuka.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten new freshmen with outstanding academic and leadership records and the desire to pursue global careers have entered the University of Mississippi this fall on prestigious Croft Scholarships as members of the Croft Institute for International Studies.

The five students from Mississippi and one each from Colorado, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee receive $8,000 per year for four years. Attesting to their abilities, the 2013-14 Croft Scholars have a mean grade-point average of 3.92 and ACT scores ranging from 30 to 35. They include two National Merit Finalists and a National Merit Commended Scholar.

The new Croft Scholars are Walker Daniel Bobo of Iuka; Cayla Jane Cardamone of Bloomington, Ill., Savannah Winn Coleman of Biloxi, Meredith Noelle Cuilik of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Connor Thweatt Holeman of Brandon, William Eric Mahoney of Greenwood Village, Colo., Jane Alexandra Martin of Madison, Michelle Lynn Miller of Germantown, Tenn., Miller Anderson Richmond of Madison and Elizabeth Grace Romary of Greenville, N.C.

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Ten Exceptional UM Freshmen Awarded Top McDonnell Barksdale, Raymond Scholarships in Honors College

Students chosen for exceptional academic and leadership records

New University of Mississippi freshmen who have been awarded top scholarships in UM’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are (front, l-r) Yujing Zhang, James-Roland Markos, Blake Sowers and Thomas Moorman; and (back, l-r) Austin Durham, Hannah Farmer, Robert Hollis Burrow and John Brahan. Not present for the photo were Taylor Moore and Brandon Lynam. (Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications)

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten recent high school graduates with exceptional academic records and proven leadership ability have been awarded $32,000 scholarships as freshman members of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi.

Four of the students received McDonnell Barksdale Scholarships and six were awarded Doris Raymond Scholarships, which provide $8,000 per year for four years. Six of them hail from Mississippi, two from Tennessee and one each from Alabama and Oklahoma.

All the scholars posted ACT scores of 30 or higher, three are National Merit Finalists and seven finished high school with a 4.0 grade-point average.

“These scholars continue to set a high bar for both faculty and staff,” Honors College Dean Douglass Sullivan-González said. “We love their inquisitiveness and their engaging demeanor. We are proud to welcome these Barksdale and Raymond scholars to campus.”

Recipients of the McDonnell Barksdale Scholarships are John William Brahan of Hattiesburg, Austin Parker Durham of Southaven, Hannah Claire Farmer of Tupelo and Yujing Zhang of Oxford. Receiving the Doris Raymond Scholarships are Robert Hollis Burrow of Jackson, Brandon Carl Lynam of Knoxville, Tenn., James Roland Markos of Jackson, Tenn., Taylor Grace Moore of Ponca City, Okla., Thomas Gregory Moorman of Madison and Blake Andrew Sowers of Prattville, Ala.

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