Jackson State University professor and chair of the department of Political Science Bryon D’Andra Orey, Ph.D, was presented the 2011 Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award (JLPMA) at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), held March 16-20 at the Hilton North Hotel in Raleigh, N.C.
The Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award, administered by the NCOBPS, recognizes outstanding political science professors who demonstrate the same spirit of mentoring and commitment to students as Jewel Limar Prestage, a founding member of the NCOBPS and the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in political science. The award honors the lifetime accomplishments of this extraordinary individual while supporting the development of talented professionals who mentor African-American students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“I always find it fascinating that someone is rewarded for doing their job,” said Orey, 45, who has received over 17 different awards, grants, or fellowships throughout his career. “It was a very humbling experience and proud experience at the same time. I was surprised to know that people had been observing our efforts to improve the opportunities for our students.”
In a letter written to Orey, the JLPMA selection committee chairperson Shelby F. Lewis said the committee “was impressed by the scope of your outreach and mentoring and by your success in inspiring students to achieve excellence in the academy, their communities, and the world.”
“All of my mentoring is centered on service to the community and giving back to the community,” said Orey, who will mark three years as a JSU professor on July 1.
Recipients of the JLPMA receive an engraved commemorative plaque and a $1,000 stipend to support ongoing mentoring efforts.