UM Applied Sciences Honors Students of the Month

The UM School of Applied Sciences has named Jangwoo Jo (left) as its Graduate Student of the Month and Quitley Lee as Undergraduate Student of the Month for November. UM photo by Sarah Sapp

The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences has named Jangwoo Jo of Seoul, South Korea, as its Graduate Student of the Month and Quitley Lee of Tupelo as Undergraduate Student of the Month for November.

Jo is pursuing a doctorate in nutrition and hospitality management. After completing his undergraduate degree at Seoul National University in fashion, clothing and textiles and working for six years in the fashion industry, he earned his master’s degree in hospitality and retail management at Texas Tech.

He joined the UM doctoral program after working for an international grocery store chain in Memphis.

“Every time I ask Jangwoo to do anything related to his field or not, he handles the responsibility beautifully,” said Georgianna Mann, assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management. “If there is something he does not know about, he is more than willing to go out of his way to learn and is so appreciative of the learning experience.”

Among his many scholarly interests, Jo is focused on bringing analytical techniques from other disciplines to the hospitality industry, including application of data envelopment analysis and activity-based costing to restaurant menu analysis. He also is researching the application of text-based, big-data analytics to online reviews for the medical tourism industry.

Ultimately, Jo wants to continue a career in research and teaching when he completes his terminal degree.

Lee is in her final year of undergraduate studies in social work at the university’s Tupelo regional campus, having completed her associate degree in psychology at Itawamba Community College.

“Quitley was elected by her peers to serve on the Student Social Work Organization both her junior and senior year and currently serves on as president,” said Shane Robbins, UM instructor in social work. “She also serves as a student representative on the community Stop-the-Hurt Committee and is helping lead a silent auction at their April conference to raise money for child abuse prevention

“As the president of SSWO, she led an effort to raise over $1,300 through several fundraisers. She is leading and organizing efforts to help fund four outreach events this fall, including gift baskets for the elderly at a nursing home neighboring the Tupelo campus and community service projects for the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services in Lee County, the local domestic violence shelter and blankets for the area homeless population.”

Lee, a nontraditional student, has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout her academic career at Ole Miss and plans to begin work next fall on a graduate degree in social work at Union University.

The School of Applied Sciences calls for nominations by faculty and staff throughout the school to recognize students for extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service. Nominations should be emailed, along with a nomination form, by the fifth of each month to

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By Sarah Sapp

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