n Prior to the 2009 commencement ceremonies at Northeast Mississippi Community College, seven retiring employees were honored with a reception for their years of dedicated service to the college. Each retiree was presented gifts from their colleagues and a plaque from the college. Retirees included Dr. Kay Jolly, Workforce Investment Act director, 23.5 years of service; Tina Moore, English instructor, 21 years of service; Angela James, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, 25 years of service; Clara Hurd, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, 20.5 years of service; Rebecca West, academic head, division of health sciences, 26 years of service; Janice Prather, director of financial aid, 30 years of service; Jim Tidwell, Landscape Management Technology instructor, 14 years of service.
n A recently promoted associate professor at Mississippi State University is a newly elected Fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society.
William A. Hay of West Point joined the university’s history department in 2003 as an assistant professor. Previously, he worked for three years at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.
Founded in 1868 with a charter from Queen Victoria, the RHS is considered the leading organization in Great Britain promoting the professional study of the past. Its 3,000 Fellows are elected on the basis of their original contributions to historical scholarship and include scholars from around the world.
Hay is a history and philosophy graduate of the University of the South. He holds a doctorate in European and international history from the University of Virginia.
In addition to teaching and research duties, Hay coordinates the Distinguished Lecture Series for MSU’s Institute for Humanities.