The Red Rose Award is given to an outstanding woman who has had a great impact on education in her community.
December 5, 2020, Beta Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society presented the 2020 Red Rose Award to Nancy Loome, President of the Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund and Executive Director of the Parents’ Campaign, a network of 64,000 supporters of Mississippi Public Schools
Since 2004, Nancy has concentrated her energy on supporting public education. She keeps an eye on state developments, collaborates with Mississippi’s Department of Education, and groups such as Mississippi’s Economic Council. Her presentations focus on data, the good news, and the opportunities for improvement. Nancy has been especially helpful to Beta Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Leaders as we work to develop and support women leaders in education across Lafayette, Calhoun, Panola, and Yalobusha Counties. Most recently, Nancy introduced us to opportunities to engage with Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor and the Education Chairs for the House and the Senate. Her efforts led to our recent ZOOM meeting with our State Senator Nicole Boyd.
Nancy has served in groups such as the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning, the Mississippi PTA, and the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Advisory Committee.
Known for her dedication to improving education in Mississippi and her always finding the “good news”, Nancy has received numerous awards. Mississippi College Department of Education, Mississippi PTA, Clinton Public Schools, Mississippi Department of Education, and Mississippi Association of School Administrators are among the groups who have honored Nancy. In 2011, she was inducted into the Delta State University Hall of Fame.
The parents of two graduates of Public Schools, Nancy and her husband Jim reside in Clinton. Her working in Oxford has so inspired, energized, and focused Beta Beta that Nancy Loome was our unanimous choice for Beta Beta Chapter’s Red Rose Award.
January 21, 2019, The Beta Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International honored Dr. Elizabeth Payne Saturday morning with the Red Rose Award.
A native of Nettleton, Payne joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 1997 as Professor of History and Founding Director of the McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, after serving as Founding Director of the Fulbright Honors Studies at the University of Arkansas. She recently retired from the University in 2018.
Her education and teaching career have taken her to Washington DC, North Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas and back to Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Mississippi University for Women, her Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, her Master of Arts and her Ph. D.degrees in History at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
She has worked as a lobbyist in Washington DC, a teacher, a research assistant, a visiting Assistant Professor at several colleges, and a visiting scholar at Millsaps.
Payne is a well-known author with numerous published articles and books, including “Reform, Labor and Feminism,” “Margaret Dreier Robins and the Women’s Trade Union League” (University of Illinois Press) and a two-volume “Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives,” which she co-edited, published by the University of Georgia Press. This project led to a series entitled “Southern Women: Their Lives and Times” with 11 authors following her template on Mississippi Women and who wrote volumes about their own states. The 20th volume in the series has just been published. She has also written several book reviews.
In 2008 she was the first faculty member from the University of Mississippi to receive a prestigious fellowship from the National Humanities Center. In 2012, she received the Humanities Scholar Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council, which is the highest award that the MS Humanities Council bestows. In 2017, she received a lifetime service award from the Southern Association for Women Historians.