Ten University of Mississippi seniors — including one from Moss Point who interned in the Office of the First Lady at the White House — have earned membership in the school’s 2013-14 Hall of Fame, one of the university’s highest honors.
Chancellor Dan Jones bestowed the honor Friday in a campus ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Daniel Curtis Roberts, son of Ruben and Debra Roberts of Moss Point, is majoring in public policy leadership.
In addition to his internship at the White House in spring 2013, he also interned with the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
He works on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and co-authored smoke-free campus legislation, making Ole Miss smoke-free in 2013.
Roberts is a member of the Honors College and Lott Institute. He is president pro tempore of the ASB, and has been special events coordinator of the Black Student Union and vice chair of the Traffic Appeals Board. He helped organize the Ole Miss Diversity Tent for game days in the Grove.
Roberts is a member of several academic, leadership and service societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta and Gamma Beta Phi.
His service has included work with the Anacostia Watershed Society; Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Sustainable Development Project; and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Public Policy Initiative; as well as with the UM Big Event, Oxford Elementary School tutoring and the Food Pantry.
He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
Recipients are chosen by a committee pursuant to ASB policy, with selections based on a student’s academic achievement, community service and potential for future success.
“Since 1930, inductees into the Hall of Fame have brought distinction to the university as leaders in government, medicine, law, journalism, business, entertainment, education, ministry and a variety of other fields,” Jones said. “The many accomplishments of these students show the meaningful and diverse community service in which these exceptional students participate, even while serving in organizations and excelling in their degree programs.”
The 10 students, along with 146 other Ole Miss seniors, were also recognized for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
They are to be listed in the national publication’s 2014 edition.
In addition to Roberts, new Hall of Fame members are Timothy Orinaze Abram of Horn Lake, Gregory Alston of Hattiesburg, Madison Elizabeth Coburn of Ridgeland, Katharine Halpin DeRossette of Vicksburg, Vinod Kannuthurai of Hazlehurst, Quadray Arnez Kohlhiem of Tupelo, Mary Ball Markow of Jackson, Thomas Neal McMillin of Madison, and Anish Sharma of Greenwood.