Education Briefing

Students move into new band hall facility at Houston High School
HOUSTON – Houston High School’s Topper Pride band recently moved into its new stand-alone band hall facility on the school’s campus.
The new band hall features two rehearsal facilities with enough room to house the middle school and high school band, offices and storage.
The facility began as a dream shared by the band and boosters and the Houston Board of Trustees in 2004. The boosters raised almost $80,000 to assist with the project, which finally came in under the anticipated $1 million cost in 2010. Construction was completed this summer, and the facility was turned over to the school the first week of school.

MSU professor wins third Fulbright honor, receives lecturing appointment
STARKVILLE – Only 800 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fellowships are awarded each year, but Mississippi State University’s Phyllis Miller has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship for the third time in her career.
Miller, a professor in apparels, textiles and merchandising in MSU’s School of Human Sciences, has received a lecturing and research appointment with the College of Engineering at the University of Mauritius. The university, located in the Republic of Mauritius, an island off Africa’s southeast coast, is establishing a new college of fashion.
The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The international educational exchange sends experts and students from the U.S. to countries around the world to promote teaching and research and brings international scholars to the United States.

MUW prepares to host Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium
COLUMBUS – Mississippi University for Women will host its annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium on Oct. 20-22. The event includes the Oct. 21 Welty Gala that will feature internationally-acclaimed writer Sebastian Junger.
Junger is the best-selling author of “The Perfect Storm,” “A Death in Belmont” and “Fire.” He has covered major international stories in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other countries. The gala with Junger will be held on campus in Pope Banquet Room of Hogarth Dining Center at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Tickets are sold at different levels.
The symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as the keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall.
Cofer has published 12 books of essays, fiction, young adult fiction and poetry. There will be readings by 11 other writers.

Itawamba Community College offers shortened term options
FULTON – Itawamba Community College is offering shortened term options this fall for the first time.
The Achieve Remarkable Results in Only Weeks (ARROW) terms offer opportunities for students who made late decisions about attending college to get “on track” for graduation with a 12-week late start term. There also is an option for students to choose an eight-week term.
Registration for ARROW I, the 12-week term, is taking place between now and Sept. 6. Classes begin Sept. 6 and end Dec. 13. The eight-week ARROW II term offers both traditional and online options. Registration for traditional classes is Sept. 26-Oct. 3 with classes beginning on Oct. 3 and ending Dec. 13. Those who wish to enroll in eLearning (online) classes may register from Sept. 26-Oct. 17. Classes begin Oct. 17 and end Dec. 5-7.
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