Education Briefs January 16, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Blue Mountain College to launch new worship leader major
BLUE MOUNTAIN – With an eye toward strengthening church worship services, Blue Mountain College will launch a new major in worship leader, a bachelor of arts degree.
The new course of study will replace the major in church music and will combine 44 hours of musical studies with 14 hours of worship leadership and 18 hours of Biblical studies and Christian ministries – in addition to the core course requirements.
The worship leadership major will embrace all styles of worship services, said Dr. Greg Long, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Speech at BMC.
For complete information, contact Long at glong@bmc.edu or at (662) 685-4771, extension 148.

Online deadline nears on summer
grant opportunity for teachers
HOUSTON, Texas – Online applications are due on Jan. 27 for a grant that could provide Mississippi teachers up to $10,000 for a summer learning opportunity.
Fund for Teachers has awarded about $16 million to more than 4,500 teachers across America since 2001, but this is the first time it will do so in Mississippi. Believing that teachers know best what will inspire their practice and their students, Fund for Teachers invites Mississippi’s prekindergarten through 12th-grade educators to choose how and where they want to learn this summer. Selected teachers will receive money to put their plans into action.
For more information, teachers can visit www.fundforteachers.org or call (800) 681-2667. Eligibility requirements and the online application are also on the website.

Mississippi State 4-H youth program has chance to aid state government
STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program and the Center for Governmental Training and Technology are looking for four qualified 4-H members to serve in the 2012 Legislative Page Internship Program. The youth will serve in the Mississippi Senate the week of March 12-16.
Applicants must be 4-H members in high school or freshmen in college and be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of Jan. 1. They must have at least a B average in their classes.
Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 10, and faxed ones must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. Forms are available at county Extension offices.
For more information, contact Anne Hilbun at (662) 325-3141 or anneh@ext.msstate.edu.

Mississippi State library joins Center for Research Libraries partnership
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University Libraries has expanded access to critical research materials in the humanities, sciences and social sciences by more than 4.5 million publications, archives and collections and by 1 million digital resources by enrolling in the Center for Research Libraries consortium.
CRL is a consortium of 260-plus university, college and independent research libraries. It acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources and makes them available to both member institutions and non-members through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

American Pet Products Association poetry contest calls for submissions
RENO, Nev. – The American Pet Products Association is accepting poems for the fourth annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.
Students in third to eighth grade are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them or the joys they bring. They can post it online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Drive, Reno, NV 89511. The deadline is Jan. 31.
One student from each grade level will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products and a byline in a nationally circulated publication. The six winning students’ classrooms also will receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.
For more information, visit the website, or contact kerry@theimpetusagency.com.