Education Briefs October 24, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Parents for Public Schools hosting Lee superintendent forum
SALTILLO – Parents for Public Schools will sponsor a forum for the Lee County Schools superintendent candidates on Thursday at the Saltillo Community Center. It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.
The forum will feature Democratic incumbent Mike Scott and Republican Jimmy Weeks, the district’s assistant superintendent. The candidates will answer questions from three panelists and take written questions from the audience.
The community center is located at 200 Cartwright Drive in Saltillo City Park.

Poet named UM Humanities Teacher of the Year
OXFORD – Beth Ann Fennelly, associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, was named the university’s 2011 Humanities Teacher of the Year. Fennelly, who is also the director of the school’s MFA program in creative writing, will present a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Bondurant Hall.
In “A Life with Lines: Reflections on Writing, Teaching and Loving Poetry,” Fennelly plans to offer both a poetry reading and humorous commentary. Besides reading some of her poems and talking about how poetry has shaped her life, Fennelly plans to share why she loves teaching and what studying literature can do for students.
The award is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Ole Miss College of Liberal Arts.

Nobel winner to speak at MSU
STARKVILLE – Sir Harold W. Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be featured on Wednesday in a special program at Mississippi State University.
Sponsored by the university’s chemistry department, he will discuss his much-praised and groundbreaking research during a 7 p.m. public program in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.
“Carbon in Nano and Outer Space” is the title of his presentation, which is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, of which the chemistry department is a part.
Kroto is the Frances Epps Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University. He is a doctoral graduate of the University of Sheffield, England.

VFW essay contest to award scholarships, savings bonds
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Students in grades six to 12 can enter the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States essay contests for a chance to win their share of $3.2 million in college scholarships and savings bonds.
The deadline is Nov. 1 for the VFW Voice of Democracy and VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contests. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest is open to students in grades nine to 12. The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship.
The Patriot’s Pen program is open to sixth- to eighth-grade students, and the winner receives a $10,000 savings bond.
For complete information and contest rules, visit

Daily Journal columnists to debate at Northeast
BOONEVILLE – Democrat James Hull and Tea Party Republican Ed Holliday will debate at Northeast Mississippi Community College at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Claude Wright Room of the Frank Haney Union on the Booneville campus.
The debate is titled “Hull v. Holliday; We’ve Agreed to Disagree: A Tea Party Republican and a Democrat Discuss the Issues for the Rest of Us.”
Hull and Holliday, who consider themselves friends, face off on the issues in a column published in the Daily Journal.
Hull is the president of the firm J.L. Hull Consulting Multi-Media in Tupelo and serves as a political consultant. Holliday works as a dentist in Tupelo.
The event is free and open to the public.

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