HEADWAE honors Holmes' Coulter, Adcock Holmes Community College's Dr. Stacey Coulter, English instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, and Taylor Adcock of Sallis, a sophomore pre-pharmacy student on the Goodman Campus, were among 68 outstanding faculty and students from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges chosen to be honored by the Mississippi Legislature at the 29th Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). The recognition program is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2016, at the State Capitol with the Awards Luncheon following at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.
A native of Prentiss, Coulter was named Holmes Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2014 and presented a lecture titled, "You Can't Go Home Again: Women's Agency in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya." She has been a well-respected member of the Holmes family for nine years, and served in the field of higher education for a total of 15. Prior to her employment at Holmes, she taught English courses at Davidson County Community College, the University of LaVerne, Copiah Lincoln Community College, as well as Mississippi College.
Coulter recently earned her Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Prior to that, she obtained and an M.A. in English from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in English from Mississippi College. Coulter and her husband, Reuben, reside in Fondren with their three-year-old son Jackson and their dogs.
Taylor Adcock, daughter of Jeremy and Beth Adcock, is a 4.0 student who has remained on the President's List throughout her time at Holmes. She is the College Project Head for Phi Theta Kappa honor society, a HolmesPlus scholar, an Ambassador, a work-study for the Department of Natural Sciences, an academic tutor, and a member of the Baptist Student Union. As a student at Central Holmes Christian School in Lexington, she was named Valedictorian, as well as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) student by the Mississippi Economic Council's M.B. Swayze Foundation.
Upon graduating from Holmes, Adcock plans to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Mississippi Medical Center.
HEADWAE was established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to recognize outstanding students and faculty in Mississippi's colleges and universities.