- University of Southern Mississippi senior Blake Hamm of
Stringer and Southern Miss Medical Technology Professor Mary
Lux have been honored by the state Legislature with 2003 HEADWAE
In its 15th year, HEADWAE (Higher Education
Appreciation Day/Working for Academic Excellence) was established
in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to honor students for
academic achievement and faculty who have contributed to the
promotion of academic excellence at each of the state's public
and private institutions.
Hamm and Lux were two of 74 students and faculty
members from across the state recognized Feb. 18 in Jackson
by the Senate and House, and later at an awards luncheon.
Each student and faculty honoree is selected for the award
by their respective school.
"I want to thank my colleagues throughout
the university who were instrumental in my career development,"
said Lux, a professor in the Southern Miss Department of Medical
Technology. "I was honored to have been chosen by the
Faculty Senate as the HEADWAE faculty recipient and felt privileged
to represent the outstanding faculty at Southern Miss."
Lux is in her 12th year on the Southern Miss
faculty and has twice received the university's Excellence
in Teaching award. Her teaching emphasis is in clinical microbiology.
She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory
Science and past division chair for the Mississippi Academy
Hamm, a senior marketing major, is the son
of Kenneth and Ann Hamm of Stringer. He has served as Student
Government Association president for the current school year
and last year was elected Mr. Southern Miss. He has a 3.94 grade-point
average, is a member of Golden Key International and is a
Julie Cooke Sperber Scholar. He was selected Outstanding Freshman
Male and has served on the University Police Advisory Board.
"I'm really honored the university selected
me to represent it with an award that recognizes both leadership
and academics," Hamm said.