Lisa Nored, professor and director of the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Criminal Justice, received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Mississippi College School of Law. Nored is a native of Biloxi and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi, her doctorate in public policy from Mississippi State University and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College.

Mike Wallace, a native of Biloxi, was elected as a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Wallace earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1976 and is a partner at Wise Carter Child & Caraway in Jackson.

The South Mississippi Regional Center recognized its employees of the spring quarter: Hester Henry, direct care worker at Poplarville Community Homes, was named the Direct Support Services honoree; Deborah Moore, administrative assistant for the Human Resources Department in Long Beach, was named the Support Services honoree; and Shamyra Odom, direct care worker at Gautier Community Homes, was awarded the Achieving Center Excellence Award.

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport named its STAR Award recipients for their service, teamwork, attitude and respect during the first quarter of 2016: Dr. Christie Devlin-Schroll, pediatric physician; Eric Buckley, emergency team; Sherry Hard, anesthesia; Geraldine Farria, medical telemetry; Wayne Laubmeier, neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics; Quin Barnes, medical oncology; Nicole Irias, MRI; Lesia Gordon, Memorial Behavioral Health Acute Adolescents department; and Sherry Brown, Health Information Management department. Each honoree received gift certificates and gold pins to wear on their employee badges.

Dr. James Randolph, veterinarian, attended the Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice's seminar on infectious diseases, an all-day session focusing on spotted fever rickettsiosis in dogs and vector-borne diseases. Randolph is a member of the academy's board of directors and practices small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry at Animal General Hospital in Long Beach.

Nick Ray of Gulfport joined Martin O'Neal and Associates as a licensed realtor. Ray earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Campbell University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.