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Feb. 26, 2010
Contact: Sarah Perry
Oppenheimer and Robertson honored at HEADWAE program
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women faculty member Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer and alumnus Janet Robertson were recently recognized as nominees for the 23rd Higher Education Appreciation Day/Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program. Oppenheimer and Robertson were among 70 outstanding faculty members and students from 35 institutions in Mississippi to be honored.
They participated in a tour of the state capitol and an awards ceremony last week at the Jackson Convention Complex. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, chair of HEADWAE, served as master of ceremonies.
Oppenheimer is the mathematics educator in the department of sciences and mathematics at MUW and was recently named the 2009 Faculty Member of the Year. She was also named Woman of Achievement by the American Association of University Women in Mississippi in 2007. She received her doctoral degree in mathematics education from the University of Texas at Austin, has master’s degrees in mathematics from Mississippi State University and The University of Chicago and bachelor’s degrees in performance and mathematics from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Robertson graduated summa cum laude in December 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, as well as a secondary education teacher certificate. She was a member of Tri-Beta, a biological honor society from 2008-2009. Robertson currently works for MUW’s Science Enrichment Program, substitute teaches for the Columbus city schools and leads classes and coordinates mission projects at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s institutions of high learning. For more information about HEADWAE visit, http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/ .