Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Fall 2010

Faculty Spotlight

MC professors are top-notch, and here are a few of their stories


Winter Reading List

Hot off the presses are a number of books by Mississippi College professors on a variety of topics, from historical accounts to contemporary issues.

Race, Ethnicity & Disability: Veterans & Benefits in Post-Civil War America
by Larry Logue

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Larry Logue once helped lead the Harrisburg Bicycle Club around the Gettysburg battlefield near the site of President Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg address. Decades later as a Mississippi College professor, Logue penned a book examining pensions for thousands of Civil War veterans. Logue teamed with Syracuse University professor Peter Blanck to write Race, Ethnicity & Disability: Veterans & Benefits in Post-Civil War America. They studied data from more than 40,000 Union soldiers. Published in April 2010 by Cambridge University Press, “our book finds that pension administrators treated black and foreign-born veterans differently from native-born whites,” Logue said.

The Cult of Imperial Honor in British India
by Steven Patterson

History professor Steven Patterson explores the British Raj, the period of British Colonial rule in South Asia between

1858 and 1947, in his new book, The Cult of Imperial Honor in British India.

“As a code, ‘honor’ condoned and sanctioned imperial violence and attempted to make imperial rule virtuous,” Dr.Patterson said. “Honor therefore disguised the brute force of the British Raj.”

A 1990 Mississippi College graduate, Patterson received his doctorate at the University of Memphis. He taught European history for six years at Lambuth University, where he was named the Tennessee school’s outstanding educator in 2008.

Tough Talk for Tough Times: Real Conversations for Real People About Money and Finance
by Nancy Anderson

Readers of Nancy Anderson’s new book will find answers to help them cope with America’s recession. Tough Talk for Tough Times: Real Conversations for Real People About Money and Finance was published in December 2009 by Quail Ridge Press of Brandon. In it, the MC business professor and small-business owner provides sound money management advice. You can also catch Anderson giving sage advice to listeners statewide every Tuesday morning on “Money Talks,” the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio show. The Mississippi College graduate is also a regular guest on Thursdays on WLBT’s “Midday Mississippi” program.

Just Call Him “Mr. President”

Mississippi College School of Education Dean Don Locke will be installed as the 60th president of the 45,000-member American Counseling Association (ACA) in July 2011. The ACA is the national organization for professional counselors. As its president-elect, the MC alumnus is traveling to meetings this fall in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. Dr. Locke is also on top of key issues in Washington, including deep budget cuts reducing the number of counselors in schools and mental health centers nationwide.

“The members have placed a lot of confidence in this former school counselor from Mississippi,” Locke says. “I also hope to put in plugs for Mississippi and Mississippi College in all my travels.”


Psychology Department Chairman Stephen Southern edits not one, but two prestigious national journals on the Mississippi College campus. The Family Journal features authors from Spain, Malaysia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and other areas worldwide. Recent articles spotlighted topics including problem gambling and its impact on families and home-based therapy for children in low-income families. Dr. Southern also serves as editor of The Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, which last year published a special issue on spirituality. Dr. Southern is president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The Family Journal is a publication of the IAMFC.

On the Hunt for New Ways to Learn

Professor John D. Hunt was one of 20 educators nationwide and the only educator from Mississippi chosen for the Face the Nation program promoted by President Obama and the National Science Teachers Association. Professor Hunt traveled to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate his techniques for making learning science fun at the National Mall on October 24.

“Over the past nine years, Professor Hunt has worked with more than 18,000 students in grades three through eight and taught physics concepts to over 3,000 parents,” says Ruth Rudd, president of the Association of Presidential Awardees for Science Teaching, the group that selected Hunt to participate in the program. “The work John has been doing is just the type of activity that President Obama wanted to demonstrate for families on this day.”



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