Tyeisha Matheney of Mound Bayou was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Matheney was initiated at Jackson State University.
Matheney is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.
Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
University of South Carolina
Sherill Leake from Cleveland earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Just before commencement exercises May 9, Leake was recognized during the annual USC Aiken School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony.
As part of this traditional ceremony, nursing graduates received their nursing pins, which symbolize the students’ health care achievement. This tradition in the United States dates back to 1880 when the first Nightingale school, named for the renown Florence Nightingale, was established.
In addition to receiving their nursing pins, graduates lit a candle and recited the “Nightingale Pledge” during the ceremony.
“The lighting of the candle is symbolic and reminds students, like Sherill, that they have dedicated their hands to nursing and human caring,” said Dr. Thayer McGahee, dean of the USC Aiken School of Nursing.
“Our nurses pursue excellence and believe excellence is a personal code of conduct. Pursuing excellence in nursing daily means that you strive to give better care today than yesterday, and you allow each day to teach you something useful for tomorrow.
“Congratulations to Sherill who is equipped and ready – and committed to excellence in nursing.”
The University of Southern Mississippi will hold spring commencement exercises May 11-12 at Reed Green Coliseum on its Hattiesburg campus and at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, respectively.
Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett will confer undergraduate, graduate and specialist’s degrees at each ceremony.
Southern Miss graduates from the local area include:
CHOCTAW — Lanena Grace John, Bachelor of Arts; Saul Jacob Rosales, Bachelor of Science; Bianca York-Crockett, Doctor of Philosophy;
CLEVELAND — Hiba Tahir, Bachelor of Arts;
ROSEDALE — Kendrick D. Scott, Bachelor of Arts
University of Alabama
University of Alabama student Mary Kline of Cleveland has received the Holle Award for Excellence in Media Writing from UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences.
Her submission led one judge to remark, “[Her] work is a demonstration that better reporting leads to better stories.”
The 2018 Holle Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Communication are named for the 1950 graduate of The University of Alabama who served as an announcer, director, writer and producer during his 40-year career at NBC 13. Holle was a member of the College of Communication and Information Sciences’ board of visitors where he passionately invested in the success of University of Alabama students for years.
“The 2018 Holle Award winners have proven to be a uniquely talented and inspirational group of students from across the country,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. “These students excel in communication and creativity, two things Brig. Gen. Everett Holle believed in and supported through his generosity in funding these awards. He will be missed but his legacy lives on in the Holle Awards.”
Several Northwest Mississippi Community College students were inducted into the Alpha Gamma Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in a ceremony held on the Senatobia campus on April 23.
PTK inductees on the Senatobia campus included Katherine Phillips, Mary Vandaley and Nicole Williams, all of Cleveland.
The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Shaw, vice president for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University.
Each student came forward to sign the PTK pledge and participated in a candle ceremony in which students lit each other’s candles, signifying the passing of the “flame of knowledge.”