JCJC HEADWAE recipients honored in Jackson

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-03-28 15:06:31

ELLISVILLE—Jones County Junior College faculty member Rhonda Robertson and JCJC student Daniel Anderson of Beaumont were two of seventy-two outstanding students and faculty members from 36 Mississippi public and private universities receiving special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature.  The 25th Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program honored a representative of each of Mississippi’s college faculty and student body as a reward for their excellence in education.  The honorees were invited to the State Capitol and were acknowledged in each chamber of the Legislature.  The day wrapped up with a luncheon, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, where each student and faculty honoree was recognized for their accomplishments.
“Being chosen as HEADWAE instructor this year was an incredible honor considering the outstanding faculty at Jones,” said Robertson.
The chemistry instructor has been teaching at Jones for 20 years.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and has done additional work at Mississippi State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
JCJC’s Science Division Chair, Eric Shows explains it’s easy to understand why Robertson was chosen for this honor. “She personifies academic excellence as a superb chemistry instructor and valued scientific colleague.  The Science Division was beyond thrilled when we learned that she was the JCJC HEADWAE faculty winner because we know that she is so deserving of such an honor.”
Robertson has also published work on polymer related topics in the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Journal of Coatings Technology Research, and the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry.  She also takes pride in her family, husband Ronnie Robertson and their three children, Kaci, Mason and Will.
Daniel Anderson, a sophomore chemical engineering major was selected as JCJC’s student representative for the HEADWAE honor. The Perry Central High School graduate has received academic honors from JCJC including the Letter “J” Award and has been on the President and Dean’s Lists. The Beaumont resident aspires to research and develop pharmaceuticals and is currently working alongside students and professors at USM’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials in researching polymers for use in cosmetics.
“I think being a HEADWAE student has opened doors for my education. It is my hope to make the best use of the opportunities JCJC has offered me,” said Anderson. 
The Honors College student is also the Phi Theta Kappa honor society’s Director of Information and Technology.   In that role, Anderson has been a part of the nine-member leadership team that has garnered many chapter awards at the PTK regional conference.
According to HEADWAE coordinators, 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, and to promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society and prepared to meet future challenges. 


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