Ann Blackwell

Multiplicative Effects

Each spring, two wonderful opportunities are available within the College of Education and Psychology that benefit scores of people. The two events are excellent illustrations and reminders of the impact of individual generosity.
The Lee K. Hildman Colloquium is funded by Dr. Tommie Hildman in honor of her late husband, a former professor in the Department of Psychology. The Colloquium is hosted by the Department of Psychology and features nationally recognized scholars who share compelling research with those in attendance. The Colloquium draws hundreds of participants and never fails to underscore the value and importance of our research mission.
The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is hosted by the School of Library and Information Science and includes participants from 46 states. It was renamed in 2001 in honor of Miss Kaigler, a retired elementary school teacher and native Mississippian. Miss Kaigler funded the Kaigler-Lamont Award given annually to a librarian or teacher for distinguished service to children. The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival effectively undergirds our teaching mission by promoting literacy and excellence in children’s literature.
We applaud the generosity of Dr. Hildman, Miss Kaigler, and many others like them. Perhaps their example will encourage us to produce similar multiplicative effects through our own generosity.

Ann Blackwell
Ann Blackwell
Dr. Ann P. Blackwell serves as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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