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Parrish Wins a “Betsy” May 12, 2021

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Each year, Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences presents “Betsy” awards — named in honor of retired Associate Dean Elizabeth Vardaman. The award is given to Baylor faculty members who excel in mentoring undergraduate students. This year, the College selected Baylor’s Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media Senior Lecturer Maxey Parrish as one of its honorees.

The award carries with it a $1,000 cash prize and trophy.

“Maxey is an outstanding mentor who works tirelessly,” said Baylor Journalism, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair.” He advises students, provides career counseling, and meets with prospective students and their parents on a regular basis. He has an open-door policy and is always available to work with students.”

Parrish serves on the College of Arts & Sciences committee headed by Lynn Wisely to recruit high-achieving high school students interested in studying topics related to climate change. He has helped recruit students during a virtual recruiting for several years.

Andy Hogue, Ph.D., associate Dean for Engaged Learning College of Arts & Sciences, who congratulated Parrish in an email, noted it is a privilege to call him a colleague.

His colleagues in the Baylor Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media concur. They recognize and value his dedication to students.

“Maxey has been one of the most beloved, most respected professors at Baylor, virtually since his arrival on campus,” Professor Bob Darden said. “Parrish is known among students, faculty and staff as being an uncommonly compassionate, caring individual. His classes are popular and engaging — sprinkled with anecdotes from his long career in public relations. He’s quick to volunteer, eager to learn the new technologies, and a joy to be around.”

“Maxey has a servant’s heart as evidenced by his many contributions,” said Senior Lecturer Cassy Burleson.

Parrish holds several positions within the JPRNM department. He currently chairs the department’s Internships and Jobs Committee. He provides academic advising for senior students and is also collaborating with the entire department to provide materials for our upcoming accreditation site visit.

“In sum, Maxey has served faithfully on Baylor’s Faculty Senate and makes everyone he knows feel better for having known him,” Burleson added.

Parrish was humbled and honored to receive the prestigious award.

“Betsy Vardaman has always been an inspiration for the way she so passionately worked with students,” he said.  “To have my name associated with hers means more than I can say.”


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