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Applied Sciences honors November Students of the Month

Posted on December 11th, 2017 by staff

OXFORD, Miss. –The School of Applied Sciences recently announced Jangwoo Jo of Seoul, South Korea as Graduate Student of the Month and Quitley Lee of Tupelo as Undergraduate Student of the Month for November 2017.

Jo is a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. 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, Jo pursued his master’s in hospitality and retail management at Texas Tech. He joined the university’s doctoral program after working for an international grocery store chain out of Memphis.

“Every time I ask Jangwoo to do anything related to his field or not, he handles the responsibility beautifully. 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,” said Georgianna Mann, assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management.

Among his many scholarly interests, Jo is focused on bringing other discipline’s analytical techniques to the hospitality industry, including application of data envelopment analysis and activity-based costing to restaurant menu analysis. He is also currently 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 this terminal degree.

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

“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. 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,” said Shane Robbins, instructor in social work.

“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,” said Robbins.

Lee, a non-traditional student, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her academic career at Ole Miss and will begin her graduate degree in social work at Union University in the fall.

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 e-mailed, along with a nomination form, by the 5th of each month to For more information about the School of Applied Sciences, visit