Education Briefs September 26, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

ICC to host ABE/GED open house in Belden
BELDEN – The Adult Basic Education/GED Department at Itawamba Community College will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the school’s Belden Center.
Information regarding free day and night classes and resources will be available, as well as free pizza and door prizes. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. They are also held on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Belden Center.
For more information, call (662) 620-5245.

Wilke to present ‘Observations’ at ICC
BELDEN – Curtis Wilke will present “Observations from the Front Row: Social and Political Changes of the 1960s” as part of Itawamba Community College’s Vietnam Era Lecture Series. Wilke’s presentation will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Belden Center.
The author of two books, Wilke had a front-row seat from which to observe the political and social events of the 1960s. Wilke was a student at Ole Miss when James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the university. He also attended the 1960 National Democratic Convention in Chicago and covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi for the Clarksdale Press Register.
The event is free and open to the public.

Northeast to host Dixie Band Championship
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s “Showband from Tigerland” will host some of the best high school bands in the region at the 13th annual Dixie Marching Band Championship on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and gates open at noon. Admission is $5, but children under kindergarten age will be admitted for free.
Bands scheduled to participate are Aberdeen, Alcorn Central, Athens (Ala.), Baldwyn, Brieghton (Tenn.), Bonneville, Kossuth, Nettleton, Ripley, Shannon, Tishomingo County and Tupelo.

Columbia researcher to discuss ‘Obama effect’
STARKVILLE – An award-winning author and researcher in African-American politics and related matters will speak on Monday at Mississippi State University.
Fredrick C. Harris’ speech is titled “The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics.” The public event begins at 4 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium of McCool Hall.
The event is organized and sponsored by the university’s African-American Studies program. A political science professor, Harris directs Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies.
Daily Journal reports