Feb. 20, 2007
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW faculty member, student recognized by the
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s
Dr. Jane Hurley Wenstrom, professor of mathematics,
and Amarachukwu C. Imediegwu, a senior biology major
from Nigeria, were recognized today as part of the
20th annual Higher Education Appreciation
Day/Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE)
Wenstrom and Imediegwu were among 72 outstanding
students and faculty members from 36 Mississippi
public and private universities who 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 chairs the HEADWAE committee.
“These honorees, through their personal and academic
achievement, demonstrate that a quality education
can be found right here in Mississippi’s colleges
Honorees visited the State Capitol where they were
welcomed and recognized by the Senate and House of
Representatives before participating in a tour of
the Capitol. An awards luncheon followed at the
Jackson Marriott Downtown.
Kathleen Koch, a CNN general assignment
correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and native
of Bay St. Louis delivered the keynote address.
HEADWAE was established in 1988 by the Legislature
to honor the academic achievement of individuals and
the overall contribution of the state’s public and
private institutions of higher learning.