Education Notebook

Symposium examines life after oil spill
– OXFORD – A conference at the University of Mississippi will explore the outlook for Southern states one year after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“The Future of the South Symposium: The Gulf Oil Spill After One Year” meets Friday and Saturday in Barnard Observatory.
Friday presentations include “Covering the Spill” at 3 p.m. and “Living, Working, Eating, Part 1” at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, “The Oil Spill and the Wetlands” begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by “Living, Working, Eating Part 2” at 11 a.m. and “Perspectives on Recovery” at 2 p.m..
The forum is sponsored by the Endowment for the Future of the South. All sessions are free to the public.

Building dedication to highlight School of Engineering anniversary
– OXFORD – The Old Chemistry Building at the University of Mississippi will be renamed Brevard Hall in honor of 1943 alumnus Henry Brevard and his family, whose donations helped pay for its renovation.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday as part of the School of Engineering’s 110th-year anniversary celebration.
Other anniversary events include a barbecue and blues music concert that begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Lyceum Circle, an open house at 1:30 p.m. in all engineering departments and the annual Excellence in Engineering reception and banquet at 6:45 p.m. at the Inn at Ole Miss.
Brevard, of Tupelo, and his father-in-law Riley Boozer founded B&B Concrete in 1949. Brevard’s son, David Brevard, also of Tupelo, is a 1978 Ole Miss graduate and the current CEO of B&B.

Tomato Plant Girl play rescheduled for April 7
– TUPELO – Tupelo Community Theatre will present a free public performance of The Metro Theatre Company’s production of The Tomato Plant Girl by Wesley Middleton on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre. The performance is rescheduled from one that was canceled by snow in February.
The play, which is about school bullying, is intended for audiences of all ages and both genders. The production will be presented to area schools. For more information or a copy of the study guide, visit or contact the TCT office at (662) 844-1935.

ICC to offer certified nursing assistant program in Houston
– HOUSTON – Registration has begun at Itawamba Community College for a certified nursing assistant training program scheduled to start April 18 at the Houston Vocational Center.
Classes will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 5-9 p.m.
The three-month program will include training for this entry-level position in the nursing field, as well as gaining experience and preparing to train for the next level of nursing. Available job opportunities include nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, clinics and private residences.
The application deadline is April 1, and cost is $425. For more information, call the ICC Office of Continuing Education at (662) 620-5240.

MSU history conference to feature modern warfare
– STARKVILLE – A regional professional gathering on Friday and Saturday at Mississippi State will include public presentations by two leading American military historians.
Robert M. Citino and Dennis Showalter are among some two dozen scholars scheduled to take part in the fifth International Security/Internal Safety Conference.
Citino, an associate professor at the University of North Texas, speaks at 3:45 p.m. on Friday in 225 McCool Hall. His topic is “Micro-histories: Moments of Crisis in the European Theater of Operations, 1943.”
Showalter, a Colorado College professor, will deliver remarks titled “The Third Age of War: Faces of Battle from 1945 to the Present.” His program begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday in 111 McCool.

MSU lecture series focused on biography and culture
– STARKVILLE – The latest in Mississippi State University’s 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series will focus on “Kings, Saints and Misfits: Biography and its Discontents in Early Modern England.”
The free program will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the McCool Hall atrium. It will be led by Martine Watson Brownley of Emory University and will examine how biography saturates our culture and functions as both historical narrative and literary art.

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