May 3, 2005
Contact: Regina L. McCray
MUW O.W.L.S. induct new members
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Omicron-Psi chapter of the Older
Wiser Learning Students (O.W.L.S.) at Mississippi
University for Women recently inducted new members.
O.W.L.S. is a student organization specifically designed
for adult learners of all majors. The organization is
affiliated with the National Omicron-Psi Honor Society.
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert served as guest speaker
for the induction ceremony. Students were presented
certificates, insignia pins and honor cords.
O.W.L.S. defines an adult learner as any student who is
at least 25 years of age or a younger student who has
adult responsibilities such as caring for their children
and parents or students who are veterans.
Potential and current members of O.W.L.S. must possess
and maintain the principles of duty, honor and service.
They must also maintain and demonstrate high ethical
standards in all aspects of life.
Other requirements for membership in O.W.L.S. include
being a junior, having a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0
on a 4.0 scale, current participation in three community
service activities such as 4H, work with senior centers
or church related activities.
Linda Halbert, director of counseling and testing, said,
“O.W.L.S. was named after The W’s mascot and our motto
is ‘never give up, never give in’.”
The following students were inducted:
Marianna Ballard, a junior from Louisville, who is
seeking a bachelor of science in nursing. She serves as
the vice president of O.W.L.S.
Janea Edge of Dallas is a junior majoring in fine arts
with an emphasis in interior design. Edge is the SGA
fine and performing arts senator and vice-president of
the MUW chapter of American Society of Interior
Dale Jones is a senior broadcast communication major
from Vernon, Ala. Jones’ minor is exercise science. He
is a WMUW disc jockey and intramural sports writer for
Tamela King is a music education major with an emphasis
in vocal performance. King is from Pensacola, Fla. She
is a student member of Mississippi Professional
Educators, a W Rep and sings in the Madrigals choir.
Dorothy Nell Ray of Amory is a senior majoring in
business with a concentration in management information
systems. Ray is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has been
honored by Who’s Who Among Students in Universities and
Colleges, MUW’s Dean’s List and National Dean’s List.
Shafonda Spain is a graduate student from Indianola. She
is pursuing a master’s degree in reading literacy. She
is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa
Delta Epsilon and the Student Mississippi Association of
Trena Hampton of Okolona is a graduate student pursuing
a master’s degree in health education. She received her
bachelor of science in family studies and is a
pre-professional certified family life educator.
Renetta Nichols, a junior psychology and Spanish major
and English minor, is from Amory. She is a member of the
MUW Spanish Club.
The organization’s honor key includes all the symbols
that its members are expected to dedicate their lives to
such as a continued pursuit for learning, seeking higher
educational pursuits and encouraging others to do the
same, individual service, living with honesty and
integrity and being an example in life instead of part
of the problem.
Halbert said, “These students have made many sacrifices
in order to pursue their college education and must
balance having families, children and jobs. Members find
support from others in the group in sharing the
challenges they face and in knowing that they don’t have
to go through it alone.”