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Commencement to yield record graduate total

A record 851 degrees are expected to be awarded to students on Friday during UMMC’s 58th annual Commencement at the Mississippi Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds.

The graduates includes physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals and graduate students in the health sciences. This year’s total will smash last year’s record of 681 graduates, thanks in part to larger classes in the schools of nursing, medicine and health related professions.

UMMC faculty should pick up their regalia from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, in the ASB Suite in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

All candidates for degrees must assemble by 9 a.m. at the areas designated for each school. Faculty will robe in their designated area and should enter the coliseum by 9:15 a.m. at the South and East side through doors marked "Faculty Entrance." Commencement will begin at 10 a.m.

Complete coverage of 2014 Commencement will be available in the May 27 issue of CenterView. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883.

Nelson Order selections revealed at luncheon

Dr. Ralph Didlake, standing center, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, welcomes the 2014 Nelson Order inductees during a luncheon May 12 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Inductees include, seated from left, Thais Tonore, Mary Jackson, Savina Schoenhofer, Robin Parish, Linda Croff-Poole, Kristi Moore, Elizabeth Carr and Susan Lofton, and standing from left, Kimberly Simpson, Roger Johnson, Ken Ball, Demondes Haynes, William Daley, Steven Pollock, Nikki Pittman, John Smith, Jay Pitcock, Stanley Smith, Stephen Stray and Ian Paul. (Enlarge Photo)

Psychiatry professor earns top TEACH Award

Dr. Ian Paul, third from right, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and director of the Animal Behavioral Core, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, receives the 2014 Regions Bank TEACH Award during the 2014 Nelson Order induction ceremony May 12 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Other Medical Center faculty nominated for the award include, from left, Dr. Susan Lofton, School of Nursing, Dr. Roger Johnson, School of Dentistry; Dr. Demondes Haynes, School of Medicine; Dr. Jay Pitcock, School of Pharmacy; and Dr. Kristi Moore, School of Health Related Professions. (Enlarge Photo)

SHRP faculty, student gain HEADWAE laurels

Rogers_HolmesPenny Rogers, assistant professor in the School of Health Related Professions' Occupational Therapy Program, and Clarence Holmes, a physical therapy student in SHRP, each were recognized by the Mississippi Legislature during its annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) event recently.

Rogers and Holmes were among the honorees invited to the State Capitol, where they received a welcome from the lieutenant governor, were recognized in each chamber of the legislature and were honored at a luncheon.

The event encourages excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society who are prepared to meet future challenges.

One student and one faculty honoree are selected from each of the 34 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the activities.

Hembree Society honors dentistry's top faculty

School of Dentistry faculty selected by their students for recognition by the Hembree Society at an April 10 banquet at Table 100 in Flowood include, from left, Dr. Buford Gilbert, Dr. Thomas Adair, Dr. Roger Johnson, Dr. Fancy Deming, Dr. John Smith, Dr. Michael Hardy and Dr. Steve Pollack.

The Hembree Society is an honorary and service organization composed of four dental students from each class who rank in the top 25 percent of their classes. The society works to improve dental education by enhancing communication between students and those responsible for curricula modification, including faculty, the Curriculum Committee and the dean of the school.

The society's primary responsibility is to evaluate courses required in the preclinical and clinical years of dental school. The society is named for Dr. John H. Hembree, the second dean of the School of Dentistry. (Enlarge Photo)

National dental society inducts five students

Receiving certificates of distinction during the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) honor society's 100th anniversary awards banquet earlier this month are, from left, Keith Klans, Matthew Foster, Kristen Douglas, Lynsey Cumberland and Meagan Blackman.

Founded in 1914, the national dental honor society encourages and develops a spirit of emulation among students in dentistry and recognizes those who shall distinguish themselves in a high grade of scholarship.

Those honored at the banquet were elected by a minimum two-thirds vote of the OKU faculty membership. Those eligible must be in the top 25 percent of their class. The graduating dental students will be recognized at Commencement by wearing an OKU stole. (Enlarge Photo)

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

30 Years

* Hattie Curtis, administrative services educator, University Hospital Education

25 Years

* Earline Fitzhugh, administrative assistant, School of Health Related Professions (Dental Hygiene)

* Dr. Jamil Ibrahim, scientist, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

20 Years

* Carolyn Johnson, unit secretary, 2 North

* Dr. Xinchun Zhou, assistant professor of medicine (Pathology)

15 Years

* Loretta Agusiegbe, inpatient nurse, CCH-CICU

10 Years

* Rochelle Anthony, patient services coordinator, School of Nursing

* Janie Brown, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital

* Vanessa Caldwell, administrative assistant, School of Nursing Dean's Office

* Christy Childress, clinical research nurse, School of Medicine (Otolaryngology)

* M. J. Harrison, pharmacist, SSC Pharmacy

* Cameron Huff, physical therapist, Pavilion

* Rebecca Morgan, assistant genetic counselor, School of Medicine (Pediatrics)

* Dr. Norma Ojeda, associate professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)

* Vicklyn Williams, surgical support tech, Wiser Hospital Surgical Suite

5 Years

* Brandon Benson, pharmacist, Cancer Center Pharmacy

* Amanda Jackson, occupational therapist, University Hospital

* Troy Smith, pharmacist, SSC Pharmacy

Leaderships' MAP tour visits medical mall, CBO

Cook_Giesecke_Zip_DavisKevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, and Pamela Zipperer-Davis, chief ambulatory officer, will present a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for UHHS employees in May.

Employees in attendance at one of the first four meetings will be eligible to win complimentary tickets to "UMMC Night" at the Mississippi Braves Southern League baseball game Thursday, May 15, at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Scheduled MAP Meeting times, dates and places include:

* 1:30-2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in meeting room 3536 on the third floor of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information about the MAP Meetings, call Dr. Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Patient safety experts to weigh in at symposium

MECDNP logoThe Medical Center and the Mississippi Educational Consortium for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MECDNP) will sponsor the Mississippi Health Care Symposium on Patient Safety, "Roadmap Towards Ending Health Disparities," on Tuesday, June 3, at Millsaps College.

Amber Arnold, UMMC's patient safety officer, is scheduled to speak, along with a number of nationally recognized leaders in patient safety, including conference co-moderators Deborah Washington of Massachusetts General Hospital and Patricia Sokol of the American Medical Association, Beccah Rothschild, senior outreach leader, Rosemary Gibson and Dave deBronkart, authors, and Linda Kenney, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services founder.

For more information, e-mail Cheryl Hamill at

UAB surgery chairman to present Hardy Forum

BlandDr. Kirby I. Bland, Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), will present the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lecture on Wednesday, June 4, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Bland will present the forum, "Breast Cancer: International Template Provided by Surgeons for Bench and Translational Research," at 8:30 a.m., which will be followed by chief resident presentations and lunch. Bland will then give the James D. Hardy Lecture, "Preserving Surgical Academia in the Centenary of the Flexnerian Academic Health Center," at 2:30 p.m. PGY 3 presentations will follow at 4 p.m.

For more information about the presentations, call Cheryl Dunson at 5-1226.

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