--- 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.
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.
a real honor for me to be selected for this distinction," McCormick
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
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.
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."