Deanna Favre Honored During Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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When representatives in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi began contemplating the proper recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award, Deanna Favre easily emerged as the ideal choice.

Favre, wife of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, was honored with the annual award during a reception sponsored by the College of Health earlier this month at the Thad Cochran Center.

“I was very surprised to be named Alumna of the Year for the USM College of Health,” said Deanna Favre. “It is very humbling when you learn of the other recipients of the award and see their accomplishments. I am impressed with the teamwork and the dedication of the College of Health to improve the quality of life in our community.”

Deanna Favre has certainly done her part to help those less fortunate through The Favre 4 Hope Foundation, which distributes monetary contributions to several Mississippi charities/organizations. To date, the foundation has disbursed more than $4 million to partner charities, including $80,000 to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss.

While introducing Deanna Favre as the Distinguished Alumna Award winner, Children’s Center Director Margaret Buttross-Brinegar hailed this year’s recipient as an important member of the university family.

“You are part of the physical structure that you helped us build; you are part of the teaching and guiding that we give our students and families,” said Buttross-Brinegar. “You are impacting hundreds and hundreds of lives through us. You may not think of this in your grant awards to us, but you are also assisting in training and mentoring our university students who are the next generation of teachers and therapists.”

Other College of Health award winners recognized during the spring reception included the following:

Emerging Scholar Faculty Award: Lachel Story (nursing)
Distinguished Teaching Award, tie: Jill Rushing (nursing) and Denise Brown (nutrition and food systems)
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award: Rae Lambert (human performance and recreation)
Distinguished Office Professional Award: Cynthia Sheffield (nursing)
Outstanding Professional Staff Award: Margaret Buttross-Brinegar (Children’s Center for Communication and Development)
Distinguished Researcher Award: Carol Connell (nutrition and food systems)
Outstanding Faculty Service Award: Elaine Molaison (nutrition and food systems)
Distinguished Mentor Award: Edward Goshorn (speech and hearing sciences)
The Spirit Award: Susan Hubble Burchell (dean’s office, College of Health)
E.D. Kenna Sr. Award: Susan Dobson (community health sciences)
Retirees honored: Nancy Blesse (dean’s office, College of Health); Jimmy Farris (human performance and recreation); Mary Allen (speech and hearing sciences) and Rosalind Hawthorne (nursing).

Deanna Favre accepts the Distinguished Alumni Award during the annual University of Southern Mississippi College of Health awards reception held earlier this month at the Thad Cochran Center. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

Deanna Favre, left, shares a light-hearted moment with Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, during the annual University of Southern Mississippi College of Health awards reception at the Thad Cochran Center. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

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