Tshering Lama SherpaCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women professor, Shawn Dickey, and student, Tshering Lama Sherpa, will be recognized at the Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Tuesday, Feb. 18.


Dickey is chair of the Department of Art and Design. He has exhibited work in more than 119 national juried exhibitions and has had three solo shows. His prints can be found in 12 regional and national collections. Dickey has won 13 awards and purchase prizes. He is a member of The Boston Printmakers, Southern Graphics Printmaking Society, Mid-American Printmaking Council and the Los Angeles Printmakers Society.

An instructor at The W since 1997, he received a bachelor of science in biology and a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from The W in 1990 and a master of fine arts in printmaking from Texas Tech University in 1993.

Lama Sherpa, of Solukhumbu, Nepal, is a senior biology major with a 3.95 grade point average. She was awarded Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation in Infectious disease/Immunology at the Southeast Regional IDeA meeting and a Northrop Scholarship for biology majors.

She currently serves as vice-president of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and she is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and secretary of the Stand Up-Speak Up Toastmasters Club. Lama Sherpa is a resident adviser at Hasting-Simmons residence hall. She has served as president of the International Student Association and vice-president of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. In her spare time, she tutors Biology I, II, Calculus I and math lab students.

Shawn DickeyThe Appreciation Day, hosted by the Legislature each February in Jackson, is the Legislature's way of showing its gratitude to these students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi.

The honorees will visit the State Capitol, where they will be welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. A luncheon will follow, where each student and faculty member is recognized by name in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.

One student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities. Additionally, the generosity of the corporate sponsors provides for each honoree to be accompanied to the luncheon by two guests.

HEADWAE was established in 1987 to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s Institutions of Higher Learning. For more information about HEADWAE, visit http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/.

Dec. 16, 2013
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