Lott Leadership Students Receive High Honors
Six Public Policy Leadership students have been awarded high honors in the weeks leading up to commencement on May 9.
Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal
Christine Nicole Dickason and Phillip Christopher Waller were among the seventy students to receive the Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal during the Honors Convocation Ceremony.
The Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial was established at the University of Mississippi in 1904 by Dr. William A. Taylor of Booneville in memory of his son, an honored 1871 alumnus of the university. Commonly known as the Taylor Medal, the award encourages meritorious scholarship and outstanding professional conduct.
The Taylor medal is the highest academic award given at the University and recognizes no more than 1 percent of the student body. Award recipients must maintain at least a 3.90 GPA during their time at Ole Miss.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiates
Adam Maurice Blackwell, Madison Elizabeth Coburn, and Emory Caroline Smith were among the initiates to receive the golden key of Phi Beta Kappa in their fourteenth class of members in course.
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest undergraduate honors organization in the United States and recognizes students each year for academic excellence. The goal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is to encourage humane learning – an object which transcends the mere gaining of knowledge to encompass breadth of interest, depth of understanding, intellectual honesty, and respect for a diversity of informed opinion. Today, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, with about half a million living members, is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
The University of Mississippi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered on April 6, 2001. It is the second of two chapters established in the state, with the Alpha of Mississippi Chapter residing at Millsaps College. Ole Miss is now in an elite group of fewer than 300 colleges and universities in the nation that shelter a chapter. In addition to recognizing outstanding undergraduates at an annual initiation ceremony, the University of Mississippi Chapter sponsors lectures by distinguished Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars.
Phi Kappa Phi
Christine Nicole Dickason, Kendall Lane Mcdonald and Anna Lee Whisenant were among the new initiates for the Ole Miss chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi president Dr. Donald L. Dyer presided over the ceremony and was joined by Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. John Kiss, who served as a guest speaker.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Rob Barber, Kaitlyn Barton, Jessica Brouckaert, Alison Guider, Ryan Henry, Kendall McDonald and Phillip Waller became members of Omicron Delta Kappa. John Brahan and Austin Powell received 2014 Outstanding Freshman Leader Awards.
Public Policy Leadership Students Invited to Present at Conferences
Four Public Policy Leadership students have been selected to present papers at various national conferences this spring. The papers were a required component of the curriculum for PPL 300: Ethics and Public Policy. The four juniors completed the class in the fall semester, which was taught by award-winning faculty member Eric T. Weber.
Christine Dickason (Collierville, Tenn) and Will Reynolds (Ozark, Mo.) have been selected to present their papers at Eastern Michigan University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy. The conference, put on by the EMU Department of History and Philosophy, will be held on the EMU campus in Ypsilanti, MI on March 8-9.
Rob Pillow (Madison, Miss.) and Alexandra Pena (Washington, D.C.) will present their papers on April 12 at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Conference in Edmond, OK.
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.”
Lott Institute Senior Offered Fellowship at Johns Hopkins
CJ Jenkins, a senior double-major in Public Policy and Civil Engineering, was recently admitted into the Civil Engineering Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Along with his admission into the program, Jenkins has been offered a fellowship, which includes a full scholarship for the Ph.D. program.
CJ has been invited to attend a Civil Engineering Graduate Visit Day in February to become acquainted with his fellow graduate students, as well as department professors and the Johns Hopkins campus.
5 Lott Institute Students Among 10 New Inductees to Ole Miss Hall of Fame
Daniel Roberts, Tim Abram, Greg Alston, Vinnod Kannuthuari, and Madison Coburn were among the 10 Ole Miss seniors inducted into the 2013-2014 Ole Miss Hall of Fame class. The students (all Public Policy Leadership majors) are elected to the Hall of Fame by a selection committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives. The guidelines for the selection process include Academic history, community service involvement, and potential for future success.