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Webb named Humanities Professor of the Year

By Staff
special to The Star
Oct. 24, 2003
Cathy Webb, a 26-year veteran educator at Meridian Community College, has been named Humanities Professor of the Year.
Webb said she believes there is a deficit in her profession and she will explore that theme when she presents the lecture, "The Ever-Present Past," Monday at 2 p.m. in the Dulaney Room in Webb Hall.
Her honor comes from the Mississippi Humanities Council as it celebrates October as Arts and Humanities Month. One humanities faculty member at each institution of higher learning is recognized and awarded a $500 honorarium.
The award is also one of many that Webb has garnered throughout her career. She has received STAR Teacher of the Year five times, MCC Good Practices in Teaching Award, MCC Dr. Clarence Roberts Teacher of the Year Award, the Lamplighter award and the Rosenbaum Teaching Fellowship.
Webb has been with MCC for 12 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in continuing education; she serves as chair of MCC's Student Success Division while performing as adjunct English instructor.
Webb said she believes the past is "always with us." She explained in the past 100 years, man's knowledge has grown to such an extent and with such swiftness that it seems to some that mankind is sinking "into a wasteland of pessimism, decadence and disillusion."
She added that she will explain that literature should serve as a persistent reminder and remind man of the values of life and human society.
Barbara Jones, dean of academic affairs, praised Webb.