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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

Frist Student Service Award

The University of Mississippi is seeking nominations of faculty and staff who deserve special recognition for rendering outstanding service to students.

April 4 Deadline

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have until 5 p.m., Monday, April 4th to submit nominations for the 21st annual Thomas Frist Student Service Awards.

The award recognizes one faculty member and one staff member for going the extra mile in unwavering dedication and service to students. Examples of exemplary service include student guidance and mentorship above and beyond those expected of faculty and staff as part of their job responsibilities. Any full-time faculty or staff member, except previous winners, is eligible for the award, which includes a $1,000 prize and a plaque.

Nominations may be submitted using an online form. The nomination narrative should differentiate between obligation and service by citing specific examples in which the person being nominated has gone beyond the call of duty to help a student or group of students. Past nominations are also considered.

"Many of our faculty and staff go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate their commitment to students. It is a privilege to honor two such individuals each year who provide such an example for us all." said Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter.

All nominees are notified that they have been so honored, and a campus committee appointed by the chancellor chooses the two winners. Awards are to be presented May 14 at UM's spring Commencement.

Past winners of the Frist Award include current faculty members Luca Bombelli, Denis Goulet, Aileen Ajootian, Don Cole, Charles Eagles, Ellen Meacham, Terry Panhorst, Ken Sufka and Eric Weber; and current staff members Anne McCauley, Carol Forsythe, Thelma Curry, Dewey Knight, Valeria Ross, Marc Showalter and Linda Spargo.

The Frist Student Service Awards were established with a $50,000 gift from the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist of Nashville, a 1930 UM graduate.