Honors and Awards

Coolidge Ball, who in 1972 was the first African-American athlete to play intercollegiate sports for the University of Mississippi, was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating from Ole Miss, Ball coached at Northwest Mississippi Community College for four years. He then returned to Oxford, Mississippi, where today he operates a successful sign company.

• Natasha Trethewey, Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair and professor of poetry at Emory University, was named Georgia Woman of the Year by the Georgia Commission of Women. Professor Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.