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Staff Appreciation Week: June 1-4, 2021

Each year, the university celebrates staff members and recognizes their contributions to the community during Staff Appreciation Week. Throughout the week, events and activities are planned for staff members to thank them for their dedication to advancing the university’s mission. We invite our hard-working staff members to participate in Staff Appreciation Week 2021. Be sure to print your ticket (PDF) for the staff luncheon to be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Circle.

Watch the annual Staff Awards Ceremony, where we honored and recognized staff members who celebrated milestone years of service, our team service award winners, Equal Opportunity category winners, and the overall staff member of the year, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Click one of the links below or keep scrolling for more information:


Tuesday, June 1

8-9 a.m.Pancakes w/ Senior Leadership Rebel Market
9:30-10:30 a.m.Staff Awards CeremonyInn at Ole Miss Ballroom
2-3 p.m.Ice Cream & SweetsRebel Market
4-5 p.m.Paint Ole Miss w/Studio Whimzy Tad Smith Coliseum

Wednesday, June 2

10-11:30 a.m.Staff Awards 5, 10, 15 Year Pin & Certificate Pick UpUnion
10-11 a.m.Music & MeditationParis-Yates Chapel
10-3 p.m.Blood DriveThe Circle
Noon-1 p.m.Hands Only CPRTurner Center Auditorium
Noon-1 p.m.Bike & Explore the South Campus Rail TrailsSouth Campus Recreation Center
2-3:30 p.m.Bingo w/Chancellor Boyce Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom

Thursday, June 3

10 a.m.-3 p.m.Blood DriveThe Circle
10-11:30 a.m.Staff Awards 5, 10, 15 Year Pin & Certificate Pick UpUnion
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Line Dancing 101 w/Rod Wilson Grove Stage
Noon-1 p.m.Bike & Explore the South Campus Rail TrailsSouth Campus Recreation Center
12:30-1:30 p.m.Perks w/Pam Johnson Union 124
4-6 p.m.Family Pool NightTurner Center

Friday, June 4

10-11:30 a.m.Staff Awards 5, 10, 15 Year Pin & Certificate Pick UpUnion
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Staff LunchThe Circle
12:30-2 p.m.Table Tennis TournamentFacilities Management Breakroom
12:30-2:30 p.m.PicklebalTurner Center Court 1
1-3 p.m.CornholeThe Circle
1-2:30 p.m.Plant Swap & Q&AGrove Stage
2-3 p.m.Paint Ole Miss w/Studio WhimzyTad Smith Coliseum

Event Descriptions

Pancakes with our Senior Leadership

Join Chancellor Boyce & his leadership team for some hotcakes at the Rebel Market.

*Staff Awards Ceremony

Please join us in recognizing employees who have served the university from 20 years up  to 52 years. The university will also recognize outstanding staff members. Please join Chancellor Boyce and Staff Council as we honor our employees at the Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom.

Ice Cream & Sweets

Meet our newest Vice Chancellor: a Wheeler MS native and Ole Miss alum Mr. Steven Holley, VC for Administration & Finance and enjoy soft serve ice cream & warm cookies!  Rebel Market

Painting Ole Miss

Studio Whimzy will instruct the painting of something Ole Miss & you get to take it home or put it in your office!  No art experience or skill required. Reserve your spot by going to the Staff Council website and signing up. Tad Smith Coliseum

Music & Meditation

Join us for inspirational messages and music from some of our most talented staff members & music favorites. Paris-Yates Chapel

Blood Drive

A Day for Giving Life: Mississippi Blood  Services will be parked at the Circle.

Hands-Only CPR

Want to learn basic first aid and CPR? Join us as we learn safety procedures that everyone needs to know. Turner Center Auditorium

Bike & Explore The South Campus Rail Trail

Join Ole Miss Outdoors on a bike ride through the rail trails.  Sign up by emailing or calling 915-6735 to reserve your bike. Limit 10 per session. South Campus Recreation Center


Bingo time again! Chancellor Boyce will be leading this event which has some great prizes. (Space is limited to 50 so be sure to come early for a spot). Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom

Line Dancing 101 w/Rod Wilson

Join Facilities Management’s own Mr. Rod Wilson, aka DJ Smack, for instructional line dancing on the Grove Stage.

PERKS with Pam Johnson

Learn about retirement, PERS, university benefits, 403b plans and related topics for our University expert! Union 124

Family Pool Night

Bring the family for a dip in the Turner Center pool on Thursday evening!  Extra lifeguards will be on staff and the diving board will be open! Please enter through the rear doors of the Turner Center.

Staff Picnic Lunch

Join Staff Council for lunch in the Circle.  We will be doing a “food truck” theme with various menu options.  Bring this ticket for your free t-shirt and lunch. Rain Site: Pavilion Concourse

Table Tennis Tournament

It’s GAME time! Come to the facilities management break room and participate in the 2nd annual table tennis tournament!  Sign up on site at 12:30pm and tourney begins at 12:45pm!


Grab a partner and play cornhole in the Circle. The boards will be set up for open play.


The Turner Center will have 3 courts of Pickleball ready to go!  12:30-1:15p will be open play & practice and 1:15-2:30 will be a tournament format.

Plant Swap

Bring a plant or two and swap them with your friends. A limited number will be supplied by Staff Council. This year, Ann O’Dell & the Lafayette County Master Gardeners will be around for any questions & assistance. Grove Stage

Years of Service

Five Years

Award YearsLast Name
5Anthony Edward Acklin
5Angela Moore Atkins
5Johnny A Bailey
5Johnathan B Belenchia
5Andrew M Beyke
5Jarrod Trent Bloodworth
5Ann Laney Bond
5Richard L Bradley
5Sirena Brannon
5Gail Frances Bruner
5Kevin Charran Buford
5Dawn Anne Bullion
5Drenett A Burchfield
5Kim A Carr
5Joseph Steve Chapman
5Johnna Lauren Childers
5Jakeeta Cox Clemons
5Keith Vernon Cleveland
5Ryan Lee Cochran
5Anne J Cofer
5Gabrielle Dianne Coggin
5Lee Michael Cohen
5Rockford W Cook
5Christopher Brett Cox
5Megan D Craven
5Tracey Anne Daniel
5Tracy White Darby
5Whitney Dedmon-Woods
5James Lewis Dickerson
5Samantha Ard Dismuke
5Maci Pittman Flautt
5Telley Flemons
5Ernest Gray Flora IV
5Margaret Mairead Gaffney
5Kevin J Gates
5Kristin Marie Gilbert
5Charles Thomas Graning JR
5Renita L Gray
5Kathryn Elizabeth Harrington
5Rita E Hawley
5Kory Thompson Henkes
5Rebecca Hope Herren
5Rayford D Hervey
5Kristi Hanna Higginbotham
5Michael J Hirschel
5Lisa Ann Holben
5Jeannie Louise Hopper
5Keith Jaco
5Amy Underwood Johnson
5Derek Nyagwai Johnson
5Angela Smith Jones
5William Kava
5Catherine Meichelle Kegley
5Michael B Kent
5Scott S Knight
5Jean H Ledford
5Sasha Nicole Leeth
5Drew D Lefmann
5Loretta Lester-Robinson
5Samuel P Livingston
5Adriana Maria Logan
5James Robert Love
5Jeffrey H Lucas
5Rupert M Lyon JR
5Debbie Ann Maddigan
5Suzette L Matthews
5Marion C McBride
5Adrienne Elizabeth McDill
5Kendall Lane McDonald
5Ebony C McEwen
5Whitney L McKeon
5Brandon Stewart McLeod
5Victor Meena
5Steven D Miller
5Sandeep Kumar Misra
5Jaclyn Camille Montoria
5Sundye Colleen Mooney
5Katherine Snodgrass Morrison
5Harper Rivers Myres IV
5Danielle Noonan
5Whitley Madison O'Neal
5Megan Thomas Occhipinti
5Jonathan Edward Orange
5Marta B Panickar
5Randy G Pierce
5Brian Porter
5Thomas H Pratt
5Tressa L Presley
5Connie Price-Smith
5Markka Shea Prichard
5Christian P Pugh
5John K Purdom
5Srinath Rangappa
5Benjamin Craig Richmond
5Kelli Catherine Rietkovich
5Stephen Joseph Rogalski
5Julia Mae Rowsey
5Gene W Rowzee JR
5Andre D Scott
5Robert A Sessums
5Kevin Andrew Shankle
5Shannon Rae Sharp
5Amy R Shelly
5Katherine Lynn Shelton
5Sarah Ann Siebert
5Claire Porter Sims
5John J Smith
5Kyle Edward Smith
5Charles Stevens
5Elizabeth Young Sweeney
5Rhonda Carol Swider
5Mason Myers Tilghman
5Lauren Elizabeth Tolbert
5Camille Patrice Toles
5Ronica Latasha Turner
5Honey Belle Ussery
5Jasmine Anndreice Vaughn
5Mary Ann Walsh
5Joshua Germaine Webb
5James Kenneth Wilson
5Joshua C Winters
5David Dongjun Woo
5April Christine Wootten
5Melanie M Young

Ten Years

Award YearsName
10Elaine Roussel Abadie
10Zulfiqar Ali
10Kegan Martinius Armstrong
10Benjamin Perry Aven
10Ruby Bell
10Tena Lee Bentler
10Michael Trent Champion
10Phillip Michael Clark
10Lutina Cochran
10Michael Cockrell
10Sheryl W Conner
10Keith Cox
10Marlania Craig Sharpe
10Kerry D Crockette
10Martin Barrett Fisher
10Cathy M Fountain
10Anne Leslie Freeman
10Jeanette Gilliom
10Teri W Gray
10Ginger Simpson Gregory
10Tiffany Lynette Gregory
10Elizabeth P Halford
10Aleshia Hall-Campbell
10Willie Lee Hardin
10Lisa Margaret Hargett
10Kelly Brown Houston
10Jessica Anne Hughes
10Mildred Mae Ivy
10Bradley P Jenkins JR
10Geraldine Reinfeld Kane
10Nathan John Lazinsky
10Claude Webb Lewis
10Justin Van Light
10Carrie Dawn Long
10David Christopher Mooney
10James Ivan Moore
10Olivia Pasterchick Morgan
10Matthew D Mott
10Jean A Munson
10Aretha Diane Nabors
10Charles B Newell
10Dwight Dolan O'Dell
10Jimmy Dwayne Palmer
10Kara Parham
10Karen T Peairs
10Kristina Nicole Phillips
10Lee Pinkston III
10Cynthia Marie Rimoldi
10David Rock
10Lauren Elizabeth Rogers
10Kimberly Ann Shaw
10Joanette Lashelle Stoddard
10Nels Jensen Strickland
10Sovent Z Taylor
10Deloris Thompson
10Robert Thompson
10Lynne Mcalla Trusty
10Rufus Clyde Tubbs III
10Michael Brent Warner
10Christopher R Westmoreland
10Connie C Whitt
10Mary Beth Whittington
10Edna Fay Williams
10Jin Zhang

Fifteen Years

Award YearsName
15Lesha Marqueta Agnew
15Mohammad K Ashfaq
15Christopher S Baird
15T Bradley Baker
15Anthony Lashion Berry
15Lauren Marie Beyers
15Johnathan Barnes Bishop
15Beau C Bourgeois
15Terrance Terrel Brown
15Donna Copeland Chappell
15Rebecca Lauck Cleary
15Andrew Rhodes Clinton
15James Corner
15Jacob J Eftink
15Angela Gay Eubanks
15Jennifer Mcgonagill Gafford
15Micah Joseph Ginn
15Jean Guyton Gispen
15Joseph Rhea Gladden
15William Rothacker Gottshall
15Hillary Hudson Goulding
15Virginia Furr Harrell
15Dawna Leigh Heard
15Andrew Timothy Hemmins
15Deborah P Herod
15Claus hellmuth Warner Hetzer
15Spencer Charles Hill
15Kara H Hobson
15Michael Stephen Johnson
15Sheila D Joslin
15Natcha Knight-Evans
15Xiaoming Lin
15Amanda Claire Lowe
15Joseph M Meurrier
15Edgar L Moore
15Mary Lenora Moore
15Patricia Carol Oswalt
15Ronald R Oswalt
15Wesley Owen
15Sheila Marie Padgett
15Mohamed Mahmoud Radwan
15Carmen Elizabeth Riggan
15Robert James Sisk
15Edwin B Smith
15Christopher Thomas Thornton
15Rhonda Dayton Tompkins
15Zachary Glenn Tutor
15Eric Herman Vela
15Laura Rawson Webb
15Michael Anthony Wohlwend

Twenty Years

Award YearsName
20Michael Francis Bianco
20John Thomas Black
20Tameka Johnson Brownlee
20Denny N Buchannon
20Shelia Shipp Burt
20Suman Chandra
20Melanie G Clement
20Kim Coker
20Charles Mitchell Diggs
20Emily Susan Echols
20Tiffany Ales Edwards
20Jennifer Phillips Fos
20Jason G Hale
20Andrew C Harper
20David Hurdle
20Karen M Johnson
20Nina Jean Jones
20William David Jumper
20Deborah R Livingston
20Zhiqu Lu
20Katherine Mirauda Matthews
20Kathryn R Mikell
20Jimmie Louis Owens
20Amelia Annette Robbins
20Hozelda Rowsey
20Tracey Kelley Vaughn
20Roger M Waxler
20Stanley K Whitehorn
20Nora Lee Williams

Twenty-Five Years

Award YearsName
25Jody G Allen
25Mark Beyers
25Kristina M Boggan
25Rachel R Bost
25Laura Diven-Brown
25Anthony S Gossett
25Shirley Joiner
25Corey L Jones
25James A Ling
25Perry L Myrick
25Christopher J Noe
25Teresa D Rowsey
25Steven Shaw
25Anne Simmons
25Mark D Smith
25Belinda Jo Stark

Thirty Years

Award YearsName
30Thomas R Billings
30Elizabeth A Dorris
30Ginger L Dykes
30Lisa Harrison
30Cynthia J Jeffries
30Joseph M Norman
30Celest T Parker
30Le'Herman Payton
30Arlin C Ruthven

Thirty-Two Years

Award YearsName
31Donna M McAnally

Thirty-Three Years

Award YearsNames
33Earnie M Harrison
33James Neil McIntosh

Thirty-Four Years

Award YearsName
34Vicki Lee Wortham
34Martha Dollarhide

Thirty-Five Years

Award YearsName
35Larry T Agostinelli

Thirty-Seven Years

Award YearsName
37Sharon Denise Knighton

Thirty-Eight Years

Award YearsName
38Jerry F Tuttle

Forty Years

Awards YearsNames
40Bernard Dunn
40Kay S Tyler

Forty-Two Years

Award YearsName
42Penni Bolton

Fifty-Two Years

Award YearsName
52Katherine M Tidwell

*In Person Staff Awards Ceremony

The in-person portion of the Staff Awards Ceremony will be limited to those persons who will be receiving recognition for 20, 25, 30-52 years of service, team service awards, EEO category nominees and overall staff member of the year. The event will be live-streamed and the link will be shared on the Staff Council website.

Staff Members May Use The Recreation Centers Without Charge

Staff and faculty may use the Campus Recreation facilities (Turner Center and South Campus Recreation Center) for the month of June free of charge.  Staff and faculty will be required to show their University of Mississippi ID at the access control stations in order to enter the facilities. A release form will need to be signed by those who are not current facility members. The fitness centers, indoor walking/jogging tracks, courts, and pool will be available for use. Please review Campus Recreation Policies for facility usage.