Meridian Star

November 7, 2012

Excellence in education


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     • Stephanie Cooper, Ph.D., joined MSU-Meridian as a visiting psychology professor in August. She currently has a private practice, Behavioral Pediatrics, located within a pediatric office.

    Cooper earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Mississippi State University and her master's and doctorate degrees in school psychology with an emphasis on clinical child psychology from MSU as well. She also completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship with the Munroe-Meyer Institute with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    A native of Meridian, she resides in Collinsville with her husband, Lonny, and their two children, Denton and Madison.

    • Angela Savage, LMSW, joined MSU-Meridian in June as director of field education. She previously held the position of social work supervisor at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis.

    A graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College, Savage earned a bachelor of social work degree and her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She was named Field Instructor of the Year in 2011 by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.

    A native of New Albany, she resides in Petal with her husband Howard, and their three children Amara, Amarion, and Amaya.

    • Heather E. Alford has been selected to receive the DHUGG Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    Funded through the MCC Foundation, this $500 award is given in memory of Dennis E. Huggins III, son of Bishop Dennis E. Huggins Jr. and Evangelist Pearl Huggins. Dennis also attended Meridian Community College.

     Alford, a 2010 graduate of Neshoba Central High School, is a President’s List scholar, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students and a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. A 2012 highest honors graduate, Alford received her associate’s degree from MCC. She is starting her first year in the ADN program. Alford plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

    • Jermaine Harris of Meridian has been selected to receive the Upward Bound Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from a fund established by Mr. and Mrs. Maurice F. Kahlmus in 1998. Students are recommended for these scholarships by the Boys and Girls Club.

     Harris is a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, where he was a member of the MHS Basketball Team. Harris is in the University Transfer Program at MCC and is working toward a degree in athletic training.