Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore Malorie Waldon of Walnut and computer-aided design and drafting technology instructor Jeffrey Melson were honored at the thirty-first (31st) annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program at the State Capitol in Jackson on Tuesday, February 20.
Each year, Mississippi’s Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence honors an outstanding faculty member and outstanding student from each participating member institution of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities.
Mississippi’s Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions, who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.
Appreciation Day, hosted by the legislature each February in Jackson, is the Legislature’s way of saying “thank you” to students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi.
On Appreciation Day, honorees are invited to the state capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor Tate Reeves and recognized in each chamber of the legislature.
A luncheon follows where each student and faculty honoree is recognized by name in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.
A goal of the Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society, who are prepared to meet future challenges.
To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the thirty-four public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities. Additionally, the generosity of the corporate sponsors provides for each honoree to be accompanied to the luncheon by two guests.
HEADWAE is supported by the Mississippi Legislature, sponsored by our corporate community, and is coordinated by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning – Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Pictured is Northeast Mississippi Community College president Ricky G. Ford, Northeast’s student honoree Malorie Waldon of Walnut and Northeast’s honoree from instruction Jeff Melson, computer-aided design and drafting technology instructor.