Itawamba Community College’s Equity Program honored nine Northeast Mississippi women Thursday for their efforts to advance programs at the two-year school.
The program is designed to provide networking and other support services to female students
Honored were: Anne P. Radojcsics, Ormella Cummings, Lillie V. Akin, Eloise Scott, Ruvene Senter, Jennifer Cantrell, Susan Griffin, Eileen Bailey and Dianne Smith.
“You are our guiding light,” Equity Program coordinator Audrey M. Kinard said before awarding plaques to the women, who were gathered for a luncheon at Russell’s Steak House. “You have gone beyond the realm of average – beyond the call of duty. For that, I thank you.”
Honorees represented a number of job fields, ranging from education to banking.
Radojcsics was tapped for the award because of her activities with S.A.F.E. Inc., a home that provides assistance to women and children in crisis. In 1975, she wrote two grants, receiving $2,000 for the establishment of the home, which is still in operation today. She also has served on several committees at ICC and is currently the director emeritus of S.A.F.E.
Cummings was recognized for her work as the career services coordinator at North Mississippi Medical Center. She works with high school students, recruiting them and encouraging them to attend college. In many cases, students are referred to ICC.
Akin was selected because of her work in the field of science education. She is the president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association and is a board member on the National Science Teachers Association.
State Rep. Scott was recognized for her efforts to garner funding for ICC and for public education as a whole. The representative of nine years has also worked to promote educational technology.
Senter, who serves as president of Fulton’s Bank of Mississippi, was honored for her work in providing funds to the school. The bank has provided money for an annual academic awards banquet since 1989, with Senter serving on the event’s steering committee. Senter is also involved in several other ICC projects.
Cantrell is the personnel manager at Amory’s ITT Engineered Valves. She serves on a variety of committees at ICC, including the Equity Advisory Board and the Human Resources Task Force.
Griffin was honored for her efforts as executive director of the Chickasaw Development Foundation, based in Houston. She has worked to bring a number of ICC courses to the Houston Vocational Center, providing educational opportunities to students who might not be able to travel to Fulton or the Tupelo Campus of ICC.
Bailey was recognized for her support of ICC during her eight years as a staff writer for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The Mantachie resident is currently responsible for covering events in several counties, including Itawamba County.
Smith was honored for her work at the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, where she has worked for eight years as a counselor. She regularly works to find jobs for ICC students and graduates.