March 9, 2005
Contact: Regina L. McCray
MUW faculty member, student honored by the Mississippi
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s Dr.
Marty L. Hatton, associate professor and communication
program director, and Amrita Balachandran, a senior
microbiology and chemistry major, were honored at the
18th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working
for Academic Excellence program.
Hatton and Balachandran were among 72 outstanding
students and faculty members from 36 Mississippi public
and private universities who recently received special
recognition from the Mississippi Legislature.
“The Mississippi Legislature, the corporate community
and others involved in higher education are given the
opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of
outstanding students and faculty at our institutions of
higher learning,” said Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, who also
serves as HEADWAE chair. “These honorees, through their
personal and academic achievement, demonstrate that a
quality education can be found right here in
Mississippi’s colleges and universities.”
Hatton, professor at MUW for 12 years, was honored as
the 2004 MUW Faculty Member of the Year and
Communication Faculty member of the Year for the
Division of Business and Communication in 1995, 1998,
2002 and 2004. He authored five articles that were
published in the Encyclopedia of Communication and
He received a bachelor’s degree from MUW in broadcasting
and a master’s degree in speech communication from the
University of Alabama. Hatton received his doctorate in
mass communication in 2001 from the University of
Hatton and his wife, Shannon Finch Hatton, have one son,
Balachandran currently has a 4.0 GPA. She is president
of the Tribeta Biological Honors Society and secretary
of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She also is
a member of the Honors College.
Her career goal is to complete doctoral studies in
immunology and infectious diseases and later conduct
research or teach in a research institute.
Balachandran is the daughter of V.R. and Ranjini
HEADWAE was established in 1988 by legislative
resolution to honor individual academic achievement and
the overall contribution of the state’s public and
private institutions of higher learning.