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BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH BY HONORING UNIVERSITY FACULTY, STAFF ALONG WITH COMMUNITY LEADER

2/17/2015 - Jackson, Miss.

WHO: Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
WHAT: Celebrate Black History Month by naming 2015 Diversity Educator of the Year, honoring university faculty and staff and a community leader
COMMUNITY LEADER HONOREE:
  Aaron Shirley, M.D. (1933-2014)
Dedicated health care and civil rights pioneer, philanthropist, educator, mentor and trailblazer within the medical profession
[Awarded posthumously; Award will be accepted by his widow, Dr. Ollye B. Shirley]
UNIVERSITY HONOREES:
 

Dr. Dovi Alipoe
Director of Global Programs and Professor of Agricultural Economics
Alcorn State University

Dr. Noah Lelek
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
Delta State University

Dr. Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner
Interim Department Chair and Graduate Program Director for the Department of Communicative Disorders in the College of Public Service
Jackson State University

Dr. Lakiesha N. Williams
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Mississippi State University

Dr. Leslie Burger
Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

Ms. Janie Shields
Life Enrichment Coordinator, Office of Outreach and Innovation
Mississippi University for Women

Dr. Xiaoquin Wu
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences
Mississippi Valley State University

Dr. Betty J. Crouther
Associate Professor of Art
The University of Mississippi

Dr. Claude N. Brunson
Senior Advisor for External Affairs to the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine
The University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. Tammy Greer
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies
The University of Southern Mississippi

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.
ACTIVITIES: Various health screenings, informational booths on health, nutrition, fitness and tobacco cessation; Mississippi Blood Services will have a bus on-site for a blood drive during the Health Fair; Alcorn State University’s School of Nursing will have its Mobile Health Van on-site also.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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