Excellence in education
Oct. 17, 2001
LIVINGSTON, Ala. Nicole Hubbard and Laura Leigh Grayson, both of Meridian, will gain experience this fall by student teaching in area schools. Both women are attending college at the University of West Alabama Julia Tutwiler School of Education.
DECATUR Bettye Sue Hennington of Clinton and Polly Mayes of Newton are East Central Community College's Academic and Vocational Technical Instructors of the Year.
Clinton is a biology and chemistry instructor, while Mayes is a drafting and design technology instructor.
Both women will be recognized during the ECCC Alumni Awards Luncheon scheduled for noon Saturday as part of the college's homecoming celebration.
Hennington has been an instructor at ECCC since 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and a master's degree in special education and gifted education from Delta State University. She earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Mississippi.
She and her husband, Frank, have two children, Kim Tubertini Hardeman and Andy Tubertini. They also have two grandsons, Max and Griff.
Mayes has been at the college since 1987. She is a graduate of Newton High School. She received her associate's degree from ECCC in 1980. She earned her bachelor's degree in technical and occupational education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1999.
She and her husband, Kent, have a daughter, Brookes, an eighth-grader at Newton County Academy.
Two sophomores in the associate degree Nursing Program at Meridian Community College are Miriam Roberson Scholars for the 2001-2002 fall and spring semesters.
Tricia Moore and Jennifer Holloway, both of Meridian, will use the $800 awards for books and supplies. The scholarship is funded through The MCC Foundation by an endowment established by Thomas M. Roberson of Meridian as a memorial to his wife.
Employed full-time at Rush Foundation Hospital, Moore is married and the mother of a 6-year-old son. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the state and campus student nurse organizations.
Holloway is active in the student nurse groups. She is a Sunday School teacher and is married with two young children.
DECATUR Lori Luke of Newton is a new practical nursing instructor at East Central Community College.
Luke has 17 years of experience as a registered nurse, recently serving as a staff nurse at Lackey Hospital in Forest. She is also a former school nurse for Newton Public Schools.
A Newton High School graduate, Luke received an associate's degree from ECCC and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She and her husband, Keith, have two daughters, Morgan, 7, and Maggie, 4.
STARKVILLE Jason D. Labutka of Meridian is participating in the Cooperative Education Program at Mississippi State University.
As an architecture major, Labutka is working toward a degree and at the same time working as a co-op student during alternating semesters at Ryall Porter Architects in New York.
Students in the co-op program have the chance to combine practical experience with theoretical training.