NASA Leader to Address Lott Students as a Part of Fall Speaker Series

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Markeeva Morgan, Avionics Hardware Subsystem Manager, Space Launch Stages at NASA Marshall Flight Center

2014 Fall Speaker Series: September 24th

About the Speaker:

At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Markeeva has served as the Independent Assessments Manager, Risk Management Team Leader, Associate Manager of the Mission Systems Assurance and Technical Support Department, and, most recently, the Manager of the Huntsville Advanced Defense Technology Cluster Initiative. In this role, Markeeva was responsible for coordinating the efforts of many organizations to match collaborative technological capabilities and solutions to Federal technology needs.

Markeeva now serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Program Core Stage Avionics Hardware Subsystems Manager. SLS is NASA’s new flagship launch vehicle being designed to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit to destinations such as near-Earth asteroids and Mars. Markeeva repeatedly has been named a distinguished performer at NASA, a “Rising Marshall Star”, honored by his peers with the “Thinking Outside the Box” award, and one of two NASA recipients of the Black Engineer of the Year Modern Day Technology Leader Award in 2010.

Inducted into the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame and honored with the 2007 Outstanding Young Alumni award, Markeeva earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Mississippi (UM) and Master of Science in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 2006.  A proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Markeeva currently serves or has served on the UM Advisory Boards / Boards of Directors to the School of Engineering, the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, and the University Foundation. He also serves on the Connections Advisory Board for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Huntsville Hospital Development Council.  Markeeva also teaches undergraduate and graduate Management classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he helps develop and encourage the next generation of managers to also be leaders.

Think Differently, Think Big

 Lott Leadership Institute Advisory Board Member scheduled to discuss leadership opportunities with Lott Scholars, September 12 in the Lott Leadership Institute.

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Mike Edmonds has been at Colorado College for the past 23 years. In addition to his role as Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life, he is also a faculty member in the theatre and dance department. Dean Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master’s, and Ph.D. from Ole Miss. He completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.

Mike is an accomplished leader who serves as a member of the American Cancer Society Great West Divisional Board, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Board, and as a board member of Leadership Pikes Peak. Mike was also appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve on the fourth district judicial commission of Colorado. Nationally, he is a member of the Lott Institute Advisory Board at the University of Mississippi and treasurer of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honorary.

Dean Edmonds has been honored with a number of awards, including the Educator of the Year Award from the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region; the national St. George Award from the American Cancer Society; the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League; the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi; the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning Award; the Victor Nelson Cisneros Diversity Award, which was presented at the 2010 Colorado College Honors Convocation and the 2011 Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff of the College who have made significant difference in the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment, and accomplishment.

Mike is known for his ability to create positive change, his impactful leadership during crisis, and is an advocate for diversity in the workplace and community. He continues to make lasting changes that serve as models for other universities, colleges, and organizations.

NOTE: This presentation is limited to Lott Scholars by invitation only. 

Lott Summer Institute Students Meet with Senator Thad Cochran


The students that participated in the 15th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students back in July had a special opportunity during their stay in Washington D.C. The 24 students spent July 17-24th in our nation’s capitol. The 22nd of July was a particularly special day for the students as they had the opportunity to meet Senator Thad Cochran (Miss).

Senator Cochran spoke of his past and how he got to where he is today, as well as the history of our government and the principles in which our nation was founded upon. Senator Cochran gave the students an insight into the world of domestic and international public policy, in addition to providing motivation for those aspiring for careers in the field.

In addition to their meeting with Senator Cochran, the students had the opportunity to meet with former Senator Trent Lott (Miss), Senator Roger Wicker (Miss), Lanny Griffith (CEO of BGR Group), Lee Dunn (Senior Legal Council, Google), John Green (co-founder Crossroads Strategies LLC) and take a tour of the US Capitol building and other sight-seeing experiences throughout the trip. For more information on the Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students, click here.

BMH-NM Sponsors Lott Leadership Institute for High School Students First Session Leader to Leader Luncheon.


The Lott Leadership Institute would like to thank members of the Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi, CEO, Bill Henning, CFO, Dana Williams, Assistant Administrator Payton Warrington and Director of Human Resources, Debbie Swan, who joined the 22 high school students for the annual Leader to Leader Luncheon.  BMH-NM sponsored the luncheon and joined the students in a lively talk-back session addressing the topics presented by the young leaders.  The issues discussed involved the Medical Home Healthcare Model as well as the HCAHPS initiative, which is an acronym for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.  The intent of the HCAHPS initiative is to provide a standardized survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ perspectives on hospital care.  Students presented information addressing key questions to both issues.
The Leader to Leader Luncheon is in its sixth year and has become a highlight of the program.

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