Education Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

University of Mississippi School of Education announces new master’s
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi School of Education is seeking charter students for a new online professional master’s degree program in higher education/ student personnel.
The program is designed for higher education professionals interested in advancing their careers in administration at a college or university while retaining their current jobs. It includes such services as financial aid, career counseling, admissions, enrollment services and development.
In four regular semesters and two summer sessions, students can complete the program by taking two classes per semester.

Nobel prize winning chemist to deliver keynote presentation
OXFORD – A Nobel Prize-winning chemist is the featured speaker for a Sept. 20 gathering of researchers at the University of Mississippi.
Roald Hoffmann, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Fall Research Forum. The free public event at the Inn at Ole Miss begins at 9 a.m. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The lecture is about strange things that happen under high pressure, such as at the center of the Earth, Hoffmann said.
Although the lecture is intended for a scientific audience, the discussion is fairly general and should be of interest to nonscientists, he said.

MSU English department head chosen for European Fulbright
STARKVILLE – The head of Mississippi State University’s English department will spend the spring semester in Europe as a Fulbright Scholar.
Rich Raymond will teach 20th century American literature in the master’s degree program at the University of Pristina in Kosovo. He will assist the faculty with curriculum development and conduct research at the Balkan university.
His research will explore the literacy histories of professors and graduate students to determine how their personal stories and their country’s troubled history have shaped their views toward teaching and learning as ways to shape Kosovo’s future.
In 2003, Raymond was selected for a Fulbright grant to neighboring Albania.

Welty family, friends share life, work
STARKVILLE – A Sept. 29 public program at Mississippi State University is the latest event in the university’s 2011 Maroon Edition common reading program.
This year’s Maroon Edition project focuses on “The Optimist’s Daughter,” the 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel by the late Jackson author Eudora Welty.
The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of Lee Hall. Tickets are not required for admission.
Discussing Welty will be Welty’s niece Mary Alice White, her biographer Suzanne Marrs of Millsaps College, her friend Hunter McKelva Cole and friend and scholar Peggy Prenshaw.

NE program boasts 100% pass rate
BOONEVILLE – Students that graduated from five programs in Northeast Mississippi Community College’s division of health sciences passed state licensure examinations at a rate of 100 percent this past spring and summer.
Graduates from the school’s Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Practical Nursing Education (one-year certificate), Radiology Technology and Respiratory Care Technology are all licensed by the state and eligible to practice their chosen profession.

Wilke to present ‘Observations’ at ICC
BELDEN – Curtis Wilke will present “Observations from the Front Row: Social and Political Changes of the 1960s” as part of Itawamba Community College’s Vietnam Era Lecture Series. Wilke’s presentation will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Belden Center.
The author of two books, Wilke had a front-row seat from which to observe the political and social events of the 1960s. Wilke was a student at Ole Miss when James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the University. He also attended the 1960 National Democratic Convention in Chicago and covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi for the Clarksdale Press Register. He later became a reporter for the Boston Globe.
The event is free and open to the public.