Recognizing the personal achievements of The Long Blue Line.


Annette Gong Joe ’58 is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Music Forum of Jackson, a group she helped found in 1968.


Arelya Mitchell ’71 of Memphis, Tenn., has completed her contemporary novel, “Forgiving Christmas,” which is centered around Christmas during the Great Recession. Mitchell is editor/owner of the Mid-South Tribune newspaper in Memphis.

Linda Thorsby Bynum ’72 was named one of Mississippi’s Top CEOs for 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Bynum is executive director of the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and was recently chosen a Top Ten Finalist of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi.

Virginia Devine Dochety ’73 of Jonesborough, Tenn., was selected as the Greene County Virtual Tennessee Rural Educator of the year.



Gail Griffith ’82 received the Francis Asbury Award during the Mississippi United Methodist Annual Conference.

Dr. Ellen Friday ’85 was the recipient of the 2017 Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching from Louisiana State University Health Shreveport.

Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch ’88 of Saltillo and Amy Strickland Tate ’97 of Tupelo were among the 2017 Influential Women of North Mississippi announced by Mud and Magnolias Magazine.



Dr. Selena Nawrocki ’93 was one of 23 artists featured at Paperworks 2017 at the B.J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, N.Y., in August. She was the only Georgia artist selected for the annual competition and exhibition. Nawrocki is professor of art and interior design in Valdosta State University’s Department of Art and Design.

Bridget Brown ’95 and her business, Filbert, were featured in HuffPost. Filbert is a cruelty-free and vegan handbag company that launched in March. Brown, who earned a B.A. in English from The W, also franchised Bella Bridesmaid in 2006, which grew to 43 stores across the United States. She sold the company in 2012.

Jennifer Ackerman David ’95 is the new principal of St. Richard Catholic School in Jackson.



Rebecca Rogers ’00 from Memphis, Tenn., was spotlighted as one of American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Voices Under 40. The ASCLS Voices Spotlight honors ASCLS members who have shown exceptional commitment to ASCLS, the laboratory profession and their community at large at a young age in their professional career. Rogers is the evening shift supervisor for the Department of Pathology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has served as the president of the ASCLS-TN as well as secretary, student delegate and board member for the state.

Heather Fasciocco Stone ’02 was promoted to senior manager of marketing and ecommerce for Marriott Select Brands of the Western Mountain Pacific region.

Natalyn Moore Burkhalter ’06 was the 2017-2018 Alabama Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.


Tina Gray ’11 with North Mississippi Medical Clinics was named as the June Employee of the Month. Gray serves as population health manager for the clinic system, where she has worked since 2014. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center in 2005 in Home Health.

Anna Johnson Stokes ’11 of Brusly, La., was awarded the Nurse Excellence Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., in May.