Engineering Alumnus Honored as National Tau Beta Pi Laureate

A 2010 University of Mississippi School of Engineering graduate has been tapped as one of five Tau Beta Pi laureates nationwide.

Tau Beta Pi, the world’s largest engineering honor society, will recognize Christina Bonnington, who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and the other honorees at its national convention in October. The laureates, who receive $2,500 and a commemorative plaque, are honored for excelling in areas beyond their technical majors.

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School of Engineering Names Auditorium for UM Alumnus Carl C. Comer

Comer speaks at the dedication of Comer Auditorium

Comer speaks at the dedication of Comer Auditorium

As a student, Carl C. Comer of Fulton spent many hours taking classes in the Old Chemistry Building auditorium at the University of Mississippi. When he returned to his alma mater Saturday, it was to have the classroom dedicated in his honor.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was the keynote speaker for the dedication of the Carl C. Comer Auditorium in the newly renovated facility.

“This day is a source of great pride,” Cochran said. “Those of us who were in classes here a long time ago appreciate the chance to witness this special occasion.”

Cochran and Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat’s former classmate, Comer was lauded as “an excellent student and good fellow.”

“Everybody liked Carl,” Cochran said. “This auditorium is well-named.”

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A Tribute to Tracy W. Lusk, 1926-2010

With a great sense of loss and sadness, the School of Engineering learned that Tracy Wallace Lusk succumbed to illness on June 22, 2010. Lusk’s devotion to The University of Mississippi and the School of Engineering was a thread that ran through both his professional and private life. He and his late wife, Jane, were often seen at university events, and if these visits were too infrequent, then a social visit was in order. Both were always welcome visitors.

Without a doubt, the MMRI, School of Engineering and The University of Mississippi will miss Lusk’s support and enthusiasm. But equally important, Mississippi has lost one of its own—a person who cared for the welfare of the state and the people who live here. Let us remember Lusk for the contributions he made, the leadership he demonstrated and a life that we may well use as a role model.

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