Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 HEADWAE honorees.
Selected as the student honoree is sophomore Jauan Addison, while CCC Sociology Instructor Vivian Williams has been named the faculty honoree.
The Mississippi Legislative Resolution established HEADWAE, an acronym for “Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence”, in 1987 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.
Addison and Williams will be formally honored in Jackson next month during a special “Appreciation Day” ceremony where they will join honorees from 34 public and private Mississippi universities and colleges receiving recognition from the Mississippi Legislature.
A native of Alexandria Virginia, Addison is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School.
The 24-year-old currently studies General Education at CCC, and is very active on campus, serving as the Student Government Association (SGA) President, a member of CCC’s Track and Field team and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
According to CCC Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Rolonda Brown, CCC selects its student honoree each year by requesting recommendations from various departments on campus.
“This young man’s name appeared on nearly every list of recommendations submitted to my office,” Brown said. “This was clear evidence to me the positive impact and impression he has made as a student here.”
Brown believes Addison has the personality and character traits that will carry him far in life.
“Jauan is truly a remarkable young man,” Brown said. “He has the fortitude, character, and passion to not only positively influence his future college but also his future community and the world.”
A native of Moorhead, MS, Williams is a graduate of Gentry High School and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University as well as a master’s degree in Community Development from Delta State University.
Williams was employed with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for 13 years as the Pre-Release Program’s Branch Director II and joined CCC as an adjunct instructor in 2006. She has served as a full-time Sociology instructor since 2013.
“(Williams) is an instructor who has proven herself to be a champion of student success,” Brown said. “Her fight is not simply for any particular group of students but all of them.
Brown said Williams often attends professional conferences and constantly consults articles and other professional materials to improve the learning experience for students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, nontraditional and traditional students.
“She juggles all of this while continuing her graduate education, participating in the leadership academy, and raising her beautiful family,” Brown said. “She is more than deserving of this honor, and I am thrilled to have her on our team here at CCC.”
Williams is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. She currently resides in Clarksdale with her husband, Willie D. Husband, and has two daughters and five grandchildren.