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Released May 11, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- Outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi received year-end awards recently at the College of Science and Technology's spring awards banquet.

Five students received honors, including awards for Outstanding Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's and Doctoral Student. Three faculty members received awards for research, teaching and service. Honors for Outstanding Staff Service and Outstanding Alumni were also awarded.

"The College of Science and Technology is indeed fortunate to have such outstanding students, staff, and faculty to choose from as our annual awards are considered," CoST Dean Dr. Rex Gandy said. "This year's winners are among the best in the entire university."

Andrew Heidenreich of Olive Branch received the Outstanding Sophomore Award, and Bethany Newman of D'Iberville received the Outstanding Junior Award. A math education major, Newman is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is the daughter of Larry and Sue Newman.

Amanda Winters of Petal received the Outstanding Senior Award. A biochemistry/chemistry major, Winters is also the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl, awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average over the greatest number of semester hours.

Winters, a member of the Honors College who carries a 4.0 GPA, is the daughter of Donald and Catherine Winters. She will attend medical school at Tulane next fall "It's an honor," Winters said of her award. "It was a wonderful decision to choose (Southern Miss) for my undergraduate education."

Gretchen Waggy of Franklin, W. Va., received the Outstanding Master's Student Award. A master's student in coastal sciences, Waggy has research interests in the reproductive biology and feeding strategies of fishes. She is the daughter of Charles and Paula Waggy.

Donna Drury of Metarie, La., received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. Working on her Ph.D. in coastal sciences, Drury is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Drury has also won the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA) - National Estuary Research Reserve (NERR) Graduate Student Fellowship (2003-04). The daughter of Edward and Diane Drury and wife of Robin McCall, she received her undergraduate degree in biology at Loyola University and her master's in fisheries at Louisiana State University.

Polymer science professor Dr. Charles McCormick received the Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and chemistry professor Dr. Jeff Evans received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Chemistry professor Dr. Sabine Heinhorst received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award.

CoST administrative assistant Patricia Brewer received the Outstanding Staff Service Award and Wright W. Cross received the Outstanding Alumni Award.


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