Two Oxford instructors represent Northwest at Lamplighters Conference


    Two Northwest Mississippi Community College Instructors, Elizabeth Harvey and Dr. Larry Shaffer from the Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford,  were selected to attend the annual Lamplighters Conference held Sept. 18-20 at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis.  Dr. Jack Butts, the center’s dean, nominated Harvey and Shaffer to attend the conference, which honors excellence in teaching.

    Harvey has been teaching mathematics at Northwest for 17 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from The University of Mississippi. She currently teaches business calculus, college algebra, intermediate algebra and college mathematics. She was formerly a member of the Mississippi Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and was a sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Community Colleges from 1995-2005. Harvey enjoys helping her students and advising them toward graduation. She and her husband have three sons, ages 14, 11 and 9.

    Shaffer teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology and microbiology. He is in his eleventh year at Northwest. Shaffer earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College in New York and his master’s in biology and doctorate in quantitative biology from The University of Texas in Arlington. He is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and serves as the chairman of the Animal Care and Use committee at The University of Mississippi.

    According to Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, each community college sends its best instructors to the conference each year.  Northwest traditionally sends two.  “It is an honor to be chosen to represent Northwest and an even greater honor to attend the conference and share with other outstanding community college teachers throughout the state,” said Spears.

    The Lamplighters Program was begun in 1990 by the Academic Deans Association to honor excellence in teaching. One community college hosts the conference each year.  The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses.  The conference provides an opportunity for recognizing faculty who go beyond and above what is required. The major objectives of the project are to recognize and reward effective teaching in the Mississippi community colleges and to give effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that promote learning.

    Pictured: Northwest Mississippi Community College instructors Elizabeth Harvey, mathematics and Dr. Larry Shaffer, biology, were chosen to represent the college at the annual Lamplighters Conference held Sept. 18-20 at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis. Both are instructors at Lafayette-Yalobusha Tecnical Center in Oxford. The Lamplighters program honors excellence in teaching at Mississippi community colleges. (Photo by Sarah Sapp)