FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2004
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW faculty and staff receive
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women faculty and staff
have received accolades in their respective areas.
• Theresa Ervin, director of career services, graduated from Leadership
Mississippi on May 14 in Jackson.
Leadership Mississippi was initiated in 1974 to identify emerging
leaders age 40 or below, encourage them with motivational activities and
assist in sharpening their leadership skills in the hope they will exert
a strong positive influence on Mississippi's future.
Participants work together in a training course combining individual
study, group sessions and actual project experience in using leadership
Ervin was a member of The Rockets, the 2004 Leadership Mississippi team
project chosen most outstanding for its interactive board game, Destiny:
Roadmap to the Future, that teaches middle school students how
educational and other life choices affect future opportunities. The team
will deliver 43 games, along with facilitator manuals, to 54 Boys and
She also has been appointed to the board for the Mississippi Coalition
of Women and chair of diversity for the state of Mississippi-American
Association of University Women.
• Dr. Barbara Hunt, professor in the Division of Education and Human
Sciences, was keynote speaker at Southern Methodist University in Dallas
on May 6 for the “Gifted Students Institute Distinguished Lecture
The speech, “Investigating the Psychological Needs of Gifted Teens and
Adults,” was for 145 people, which included 115 gifted seventh-grade
girls, parents and teachers.
Hunt presented a workshop on May 5 for teachers in regular education,
teachers of the gifted, counselors and administrators on “Wearing the
Counselor’s Hat,” a six-hour workshop for 45 people, centered around
Leta Stetter Hollingworth. It included qualitative research, case
studies and classroom practices.
• Pat Matthes, director of library services, was elected by her peers
to serve as treasurer of the SOLINET Board of Directors seated at the
organization’s Annual Membership Meeting this month in Atlanta.
SOLINET is a membership organization comprised of 2,500 libraries with a
mission to strengthen libraries and the communities it supports through
cooperation, leadership and services.