Delta State University announced the Awards for Staff Excellence in Service inaugural winners in May, with Patsy Burchfield, Administrative Assistant for the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs; Jessie Eatmon, Assistant Supervisor over Grounds in the Physical Plant; Becky Foster, Director of Accounting; Ann Giger, Administrative Secretary for the Delta State Foundation; Judy Godbold, Coordinator of Commencement and Assistant to the Registrar; Deborah Moore, Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development and Jane Waldrop, Head of the Circulation Department at the Roberts-LaForge Library all earning honors.
Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert, explained, “The purpose of these awards is to encourage and recognize the outstanding achievements of our staff at Delta State. We are appreciative to the Foundation for supporting the awards.”
Award winners will each receive a $3,000 cash prize, as well as a commemorative plaque which was presented at the Foundation Board’s spring meeting. The awards were separated into three categories with up to three winners in each category – Service to the University, Service to University Colleagues and Service to the Community.
Doe’s Eat Place was recently awarded a 2007 America’s Classic’s Award from the James Beard Foundation, the premier honors for food and beverage professionals in America. Located on Nelson Street in Greenville, MS, Do’s Eat Place is co-owned by Dominick “Little Doe” Signa, who is a 1975 BBA graduate of Delta State, and Charles Signa, who has two daughters who are Delta State graduates, Maime and Tracie. Also, Little Doe’s wife Barbara “Sug” Morris Signa attended Delta State.
Dr. L. Stacy Davidson, Jr. was elected President of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning, Delta State’s statewide governing board. He was appointed as a trustee by the governor in May 2000, and his term will expire in May 2012. Dr. Davidson is an ophthalmologist who has practiced since 1960. Dr. Davidson holds professional memberships in several associations and is very active in civic service at the local and state levels. He is married to the former Fay Spruill and they have two sons, John Stacy and Friley, and four grandchildren, Brantley, Samuel, Caroline, and Andrew.
Ann Hannaford Lamar, a 1974 graduate of Delta State, was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to the Mississippi Supreme Court. A former district attorney and trial judge, Ann becomes the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Ann has been a judge since November 1, 2001, when she was appointed o the 17th Circuit Court District. Previously, she served as an assistant district attorney in DeSoto, Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate and Yalobusha counties.
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