HATTIESBURG – A
veteran member of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty
and a Southern Miss senior were honored by the Mississippi Legislature
in February for their academic achievements.
Dr. William K. Scarborough, a professor of history
at Southern Miss since 1965, and Molly Grubbs, a senior from Hattiesburg
majoring in speech communication with a minor in marketing, received
the HEADWAE Award during ceremonies held in Jackson.
The HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day/Working
for Academic Excellence) Award 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.
Grubbs, who is enrolled in the Southern Miss Honors
College, is the daughter of Gary and Glenda Grubbs, both Southern
Miss alumni. Gary has been a veteran Hollywood actor and screenwriter
for the last 25 years, including recent roles in the movies Ray
and All the King's Men, and teaches acting classes in New Orleans.
Glenda is a former Miss Mississippi.
"I realize there are many outstanding students
at Southern Miss, so I feel lucky to receive this award, and it's
a privilege to represent my university," Grubbs said.
Scarborough and Grubbs were among many students and
faculty members from across the state recognized in Jackson by the
Senate and House and later at an awards luncheon. Each student and
faculty honoree is selected for the award by his or her respective
Scarborough, who received his undergraduate and doctoral
degrees from the University of North Carolina and a master's degree
from Cornell University, has been widely published. His most recent
work includes Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the
Mid-Nineteenth Century South.
He has received numerous honors and awards for his
research and teaching, including the 2004 Richard Wright Literary
Excellence Award, the Mississippi Historical Society's B.L.C. Wailes
Award, and Southern Miss Excellence in Teaching Award in 1981 and
1984 and Excellence in Research Award in 1989.
"It's a great honor to be chosen for such a prestigious
award by your colleagues," Scarborough said of the HEADWAE