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Released May 21, 2004


HATTIESBURG --- The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored some of its faculty and staff with awards of excellence in service to the university, along with the naming of the grand marshal for the university's commencement exercises.

Dr. Charles McCormick, a professor in the Southern Miss Department of Polymer Science, will serve as grand marshal for 2004. The university's grand marshal recognizes a senior professor who has excelled in teaching, research and service at Southern Miss.

Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology, praised the selection of McCormick. "It's a great honor for Dr. McCormick and reflects well on the College of Science and Technology to have this honor bestowed on one of our faculty," he said.

"It's a real honor for me to be selected for this distinction," McCormick said.

Excellence award honorees included Dr. Ann Branton, associate professor and head of bibliographic services at Cook Library, who received the Excellence in Librarianship Award; Sabrina Bryant, instructor in the Department of Medical Technology, Dr. Jiu Ding, professor in the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Steve Yuen, professor in the Department of Technology Education and Dr. Anne Wallace, professor in the Department of English, recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award; Dr. Agnes Hinton, professor and co-director of the Center for Sustainable Health, who received the Excellence in Professional Service Award; and Dr. Thomas Lytle, professor in the Department of Coastal Sciences, who received the Excellence in University Service Award.

Bryant credited supportive colleagues for her recognition for excellence in teaching. "If I didn't have the other faculty members to mentor me, I wouldn't have won this award," she said.

Dr. Lytle, who is retiring after more than 30 years at Gulf Coast Research Lab and Southern Miss, said "It has been with great gratitude that I have accepted the opportunity of service presented to me at Southern Miss. I am most proud of this award, of any recognition I have received in my 33 years in the university system of Mississippi."


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