Education Notebook

Entries sought from teachers, students in Civil War contest
– WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s largest private battlefield preservation organization is inviting teachers and students to reflect upon the lasting significance of the Civil War with three contests.
Two of the contests are aimed at students, asking them to design postcards and pen essays examining this year’s theme, “Preserving 150 Years of History: Secession and the War’s Beginnings.” The third contest asks classroom teachers to submit their most innovative and successful lesson plans for teaching Civil War history.
All three can be accessed at Cash prizes will be awarded, and the deadline for entries is May 1.

National Achievement Scholarships awarded to four NEMS residents
– EVANSTON, Ill. – Four Northeast Mississippi residents were among 800 black American high school seniors who won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Local recipients include Robert King (Pontotoc High School), Joshua Stone (Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science), Andrea James (Shannon High School) and Abdulrahman Hamid (Oxford High School).
Across the nation, the awards totaled more than $2 million, financed by grants from about 30 corporate organizations and professional associations and by National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Winner include 700 recipients of $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships.

Ole Miss-Tupelo to host spring visit day events
– TUPELO – The University of Mississippi-Tupelo will host its Spring Visit Day 2011 events on Thursday.
There will be day and evening time frames for visiting with Ole Miss-Tupelo admissions, financial aid and academic advisors. Area residents can stop by the ICC-Tupelo Student Services Center any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or come in the evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UM-Tupelo Advanced Education Center building.
ICC-Tupelo and Ole Miss-Tupelo are located adjacent to each other in east Tupelo near Eason Boulevard.
For more information, call (662) 844-5622 or visit

NEMCC to launch iPad pilot program for textbook access
– BOONEVILLE – As a result of the rising cost of college textbooks, Northeast officials will launch a pilot program this fall where students in its Radiology and Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) programs will access textbooks using ebooks on an iPad instead of using a traditional hard copy book.
In addition to the 20-percent reduction in textbook costs, MLT program director Rita Murry said students will be able to make notes in the margin on the ebook page that all students in the class will be able to share.

Hill to be keynote speaker for ICC Honors Celebration
– FULTON – Dr. Edward Hill will deliver the keynote address to Itawamba Community College’s student honorees at the Evening of Celebration: Honoring Academic Excellence Across the Curriculum.
The event will be held on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium at the Fulton campus.
The annual ceremony honors top scholars in ICC’s departments and divisions.
Hill is a board-certified family physician and chair of the Council of the World Medical Association.

UM history professor to discuss Fort Sumter firing on April 12
‰ OXFORD – A University of Mississippi history professor will discuss the event that 150 years ago began the American Civil War in a special lecture on April 12.
John Neff, director of the Ole Miss Center for Civil War Research, lectures on the April 12, 1861, firing on Fort Sumter, S.C. The sesquicentennial observance, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the Faulkner Room of the J.D. Williams Library.
Neff’s talk will address both scholars and the general public. For more information about the Center for Civil War Research, visit

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