March 14, 2009
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona K. Vance is this year''s recipient of the Glover Moore Prize through the Mississippi Historical Society. The Glover Moore Prize, carrying a $300 cash award, is awarded annually to the author of the best master''s thesis on a topic in Mississippi history completed during the previous year.
Vance''s thesis titled "Fighting the Wave of Change: Cultural Transformation and Coeducation at Mississippi University for Women, 1884 to 1982" explores the case of Joe Hogan v. Mississippi University for Women and its long term impact on the school. Hogan sued the university in 1979 when he was denied admission to the Nursing Department based on his gender. Eventually, the United States Supreme Court heard the case in 1982 and found in favor of Hogan. As a result, Mississippi University for Women officially opened its doors to men on July 15, 1982. The case ultimately determined the fate of coeducation at both The Citadel in South Carolina and the Virginia Military Institute 10 years later.
Vance said, "I am incredibly honored to receive such a prestigious award. I hope this will lead to further understanding of and research into the rich history of MUW and its impact on not only women but education and the state of Mississippi as well."
Vance received her MA in history from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2008 and her bachelor of science in communications from Mississippi University for Women in 2002.
Award ceremonies took place March 7 during the Mississippi Historical Society''s annual conference at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.
The prize honors Dr. Glover Moore, a professor of history at Mississippi State University and a longtime member of the Mississippi Historical Society.