Education Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

Southern Miss hosting Tupelo luncheon for alumni, friends
TUPELO – University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders will host a luncheon for alumni and friends on Oct. 13 at the Tupelo Country Club. Saunders will speak at 12:30 p.m., and TCC will have a buffet starting at noon in the ballroom for $16 per person. RSVPs can be made to Jennifer Mulrooney at (662) 213-1876.

Mississippi State ranks among nation’s healthiest universities
STARKVILLE – Located in a state frequently ranked high for obesity and diabetes, Mississippi State University is listed highly in a report ranking the healthiest universities in the nation.
In a recent report published by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, MSU took the No. 3 healthiest college ranking, behind Harvard University and Louisiana State University.
The report says Newsweek considered five factors of the college and the student body in determining their unscientific listing, including sexual health, drug scene, physical activity, campus food and student health care.
Mississippi State administrators said that the recognition in the national report is beneficial but they hope the real benefits of promoting healthy lifestyles within the university will manifest in long-term positive effects that can help Mississippi as a whole.

Governor’s School in Columbus accepting applications for 2012
COLUMBUS – The Mississippi Governor’s School is accepting applications for the 2012 session from current 10th- and 11th-grade students enrolled in accredited Mississippi high schools.
MGS will be held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women June 3-22. The theme for the session is Leading with Vision.
The Mississippi Governor’s School is a residential honors program established in 1981 by Gov. William F. Winter and the faculty and administration at Mississippi University for Women.
Application materials are available on the MGS website at Applications should be postmarked by Jan. 20, 2012. For more information, call (662) 241-6096 or email

Discovery Channel’s Jeff Lieberman to speak at Mississippi State
STARKVILLE – The host of Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp” popular science program is visiting Mississippi State this week.
Jeff Lieberman will be at the university on Tuesday as part of the Bagley College of Engineering’s Hearin Distinguished Lecture Series. His 7 p.m. address in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium coincides with the college’s annual E-Day observance, whose 2011 theme is “The Art of Engineering.”
During the morning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist, teacher and artist joins college officials to welcome visiting high school students and their parents who are on campus for the college’s daylong fall recruiting effort. In the afternoon, he will be with Bagley faculty and staff at a special session for elementary and middle school students.

MUW’s Common Reading Initiative selects “The Truth Book” for fall
COLUMBUS – Mississippi University for Women’s Common Reading Initiative, a program the encourages the campus community to read and come together to discuss a common book, has selected “The Truth Book” by Joy Castro for the fall semester.
“It is a memoir of growing up as an adopted child in a family who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, being abused by a stepfather, escaping this abusive relationship to live with her father and trying to rescue her brother,” said Kendall Dunkelberg, professor of English and director of creative writing.
Castro will be on MUW’s campus as part of the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium Oct. 20-22.

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