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Lawmakers Salute Mississippi College Student Leader and Distinguished Professor

January 27, 2014

Mississippi College Student Government Association President Edward Moak, Jr. and David Miller, the university’s professor of the year, will be honored at the Capitol on February 18.

The two Mississippians will be among leaders from 34 Mississippi colleges and universities saluted at the 27th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence.

The campus guests will be spotlighted in the Mississippi House and Senate, tour the Capitol, and be invited to a dinner at 11:45 a.m. that Tuesday at the Marriott hotel in Jackson.

Moak is a graphic design major at the Baptist-affiliated university and a Brookhaven Academy alumnus. Presently an MC senior, Edward has served as chairman of the Campus Activities Board, assisted with the Miss MC Pageant, and led student summer orientation activities.

“I want to see our tailgating and sporting events continue to grow and become a major part of campus activities,” Moak said after beginning his 12 months as SGA president last April.

Moak has been among the student leaders supporting Mississippi College’s transition to return to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. MC Choctaws sports teams would renew GSC rivalries with schools like Delta State, West Alabama, North Alabama and Valdosta State starting in the fall.

A stellar educator at Mississippi College for more than 20 years, Miller has served as chairman of the Christian university’s Honors Council. The English professor is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of New York’s Nyack College and received a master’s and doctorate at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He specializes in British and American literature.

“Dr. Miller has frequently been recognized as one of the university’s top teachers by his students and colleagues,” said Jonathan Randle, interim dean of the MC School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Miller succeeded longtime modern languages instructor Emily Fokeladeh of Clinton as the university’s distinguished professor of the year.

Photo: SGA President Edward Moak Jr. of Brookhaven

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