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Guyton Receives Distinguished Alumni Award From Political Science

from Clinton News, Clinton, MS 11/4/10

The University of Mississippi has announced a new academic enrichment initiative honoring alumnus and longtime congressional staffer Steve Guyton.  The Steve Guyton Endowment for Student and Faculty Development Program will support political science faculty mentorship of undergraduate research projects. A life member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Guyton is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UM Department of Political Science.

“It is with great pleasure that we recognize Steve Guyton’s public service with our 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Richard Forgette, chair and professor of political science. “Steve is richly deserving of this recognition. He has positively influenced hundreds of young men’s and women’s lives through his longtime association with Boys State and Girls State, as well as service to our senators and other elected officials.”

Guyton’s vocation has been to guide young people toward life-changing opportunities in higher education, military service and politics. “He does this with great enthusiasm and zest for life,” Forgette said.

The Guyton Development Program was announced at an alumni reception in Oxford. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker took part in the program.

“A state progresses when its leaders’ sincere motivation is to serve others,” said liberal arts Dean Glenn Hopkins. “Those leaders for Mississippi have, more often than not, received much of their education at the University of Mississippi and, in particular, from the Department of Political Science. The department’s distinguished alumni award is one way in which we recognize and continue that tradition.”