Education Briefs May 7, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

MSU business education honor society named top in nation
STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State University chapter of business education honor society Pi Omega Pi now is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The honor society’s purposes include the promotion of scholarship, service and high ethical standards in business education, as well as the creation of fellowship among teachers of business subjects.
“The Alpha Pi chapter has been in the top ten chapters for the last 15 years,” said Connie Forde, adviser of the university chapter and national Pi Omega Pi president. “This is our first time to have been selected as the number one chapter.”
Members of the chapter include Courtney Coleman of Corinth, Letitia Pickens Porter of Houston, Kimberly Boyer of Tupelo, Jeffery Bradley of Tupelo and Crystal Craven of Starkville.

Lunch will explore ways to engage students during the summer
TUPELO – Parents for Public Schools and the Tupelo Chapter of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children will host a Lunch Bunch for parents on Tuesday, May 15, from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson St. in Tupelo.
The program, “Serious Summer Sharpness: Activities and Resources for Battling Boredom,” will be led by Dr. Suzanne Bean, Community Liaison for Center for Creative Learning at Mississippi University for Women. Bean is also emeritus professor for the school of education at MUW.
The event is free and open to the public. To order lunch for $8, contact Sally Gray at (662) 372-0371 or sgray@parents4public

Tueplo tech students place second in Ford/AAA auto skills contest
RIDGELAND – A two-student team from Tupelo High School Tech Center placed second in the state at the 2012 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills challenge, a competition designed to find the most talented young auto technicians in the United States.
Vincent Bussens and Josh Terrell qualified for participation in the state hands-on portion of the contest by scoring highest among their classmates on an online exam. They then faced nine of the best two-person teams in the state in a race against the clock to identify and repair identically bugged parts on a new 2012 Ford Fusion.

UM School of Education encourages everyone to thank a teacher
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi School of Education encourages everyone to thank those teachers who made a difference in their life.
During National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, the School of Education has launched a program to archive those measures of appreciation as part of its new Thank a Teacher fundraising program.
Those who wish to thank a teacher can visit the school’s website. For a donation of $50 or more to the school’s general fund, UM education dean David Rock will send each teacher a signed letter of recognition for their influence on students.
For more information, visit

ICC partners in pilot program
BELDEN – Itawamba Community College is partnering with East Central Community College in a pilot Community Colleges in Training Grant program.
Fifteen participants, who are enrolled in the first class at ICC-Belden, are working toward a Certified Production Technician designation offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. The credential is a nationally portable certificate that validates skill standards common to all progressive manufacturers.
Videoconferencing allows several colleges to share training resources. Currently participating in the class are employees of General Atomics, Toyota Boshoku, Lane Furniture and Tecumseh.
Daily Journal reports

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