Education briefs 3/26


Anthony McJunkins of Tupelo has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn.


Colin G. Scanes, Mississippi State University research vice president, is a new board member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of nearly 100 doctoral-granting member institutions across the country.

A scientist with a national and international reputation in biotechnology, Scanes has been MSU’s vice president for research and graduate studies since 2004. He is beginning a two-year term on the ORAU board.

The member institutions conduct one-third of the nation’s university-based research, while also producing one-third of the nation’s science and engineering doctorates.


Allen Greenwood, Mississippi State University industrial engineering professor,is a newly elected member of the Global Engineering Education Exchange’s executive committee.

The Global E3 is a consortium of leading universities around the world that provides opportunities for students at member institutions to receive academic credit for courses taken at an overseas institution. Participating students also receive practical training in a foreign setting for a summer, semester or academic year.

Greenwood is coordinator of international programs for the university’s Bagley College of Engineering. He has led in organizing the college’s study-abroad programs for the past three years. He recently planned a two-week intersession trip to France for 14 students from various disciplines within the college.

JACKSON – Five Tupelo students at Millsaps College recently were recognized by the camps academic honorary societies held the biannual Tap Day ceremonies. Nineteen different academic honoraries inducted new members and honored current members.

Among those inducted into honoraries were Travis Tutor, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-health); Anna Hill, Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics); Erin Sanford, Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honorary); Robert Rutherford, Order of Omega (Greek leadership) and Omega Delta Kappa (leadership); and Henry Waters into Sigma Lambda (leadership), Order of Omega (Greek leadership), and Omega Delta Kappa (leadership).

A new student travel scholarship fund being established at Mississippi State University will honor a longtime biological sciences faculty member who is a professor emeritus.

Armando A. de la Cruz of Starkville, who taught at the university 1970-2000, is establishing a fund that will assist undergraduate and graduate students in attending national and international meetings.

A native of the Philippines, de la Cruz during his MSU tenure taught more than 15 different undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as summer courses for high school students at the Mississippi Governor’s School residential program.

He also received 12 scholarships and fellowships, including the prestigious Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and was a member of five honorary professional societies.

The new travel scholarship will provide opportunities for others to continue his tradition of seeking knowledge in new places, he said.

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