Hogan, Walters honored by state legislators

AStudent Association President Michael Hogan and university mathematics instructor Kimberly “Kim” Walters are Mississippi State’s 2014 HEADWAE honorees.

An acronym for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence, the program is administered by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of High Learning, and annually recognizes those “who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.”

Joining students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private institutions, Hogan and Walters were recognized formally in February by the Mississippi Legislature.

A senior management major from Memphis, Tenn., Hogan has been a member of the Division of Student Affairs’ Roadrunner student recruiting team. Before becoming SA president, he served as a Career Center Student Ambassador and chief programming officer for the SA Executive Council.
Hogan said he feels “Mississippi State University views its students as more than a number on a grade scale.”

A faculty member since 1995, Walters was selected in 2010 for the MSU State Pride Faculty Award and, in 2013, the John Grisham Master Teacher Award. She is a mathematics graduate of MSU who also holds a master’s degree in the subject from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

In describing the HEADWAE award, Walters said, “To be selected to represent this institution is a great honor. I hope that I have a positive impact on the students that I teach, and I hope that they see math as something in which they can be successful.”

Walters primarily provides instruction to freshmen. In that critical role, she said she strives “to give them a good introduction to college courses and to Mississippi State, in general. I want them to see teachers as resources that still will be available to them after they complete their course.”