JSU professor Byron D. Orey wins 2011 Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University professor and chair of the department of PoliticalByron D. Orey, Ph.D 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.


22 thoughts on “JSU professor Byron D. Orey wins 2011 Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award

  1. Congratulations, Dr. Orey. As a coach, when you see your athletes excel academically and professionally to the level that you have, it makes all those hot two a days in that Delta heat worthwhile.
    Keep up the great work.

    NOW DOWN UP!!!

  2. Congratulations, Dr. Orey. You are a credit to JSU and to the College of Liberal Arts. I’m proud to call you my colleague!

  3. Congratulations Dr. Orey!!!
    This is such a well deserved award. I am so proud of you and thankful that God has shown such favor upon you. May you continue doing what God has called you to do and watch Him do immeasurably more than you can think or imagine!!

  4. Congratulations Dr. Orey! Keep on pushing and mentoring our young people to achieve the greatness that we know resides within them.

    Quinton Williams

  5. I cannot find the words to say how happy I am to see the wonderful accomplishments you have achieved since the days of junior high and high school. It is greatly appreciated by those of us who have grown up with you and now are reaping the benefits of your time given in our children’s lives. Thanks for giving back.

  6. I am ecstatic to learn of another one of Dr. Orey’s many accomplishments. He is a scholar who believes in developing his undergraduate and graduate students.

  7. Congratulations, Dr. Orey!! As you well know, mentoring students at an HBCU is an extremely important job and something that we (as professors) should take very seriously. Keep it up!

  8. Congratulations Orey!!!! Good Job! Keep up the good work. We appreciate your great work!! We thank you for what you do at JSU!!

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