Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Meeks named Humanities Teacher of the Year at Blue Mountain College
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ronald Meeks, professor of Biblical and Associated Studies at Blue Mountain College, has been chosen as the school’s 2011 Humanities Teacher of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Meeks, a member of the BMC faculty since 1997, has served as pastor at Unity Baptist Church in Ramer, Tenn., since 2005.
“Throughout the history of preaching, it has been considered an art,” Meeks said. “Unfortunately, it’s become a neglected art, but it really shouldn’t be. It involves writing and orator, and it really is an art.”

Mississippi State student forestry group named best in the nation
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters competed with 75 chapters to earn the recognition as the best in the nation.
This is not the first national championship for the 28-member organization, which has placed in the top three over the last 11 years.
Led by MSU associate forestry professor Robert Grala, the chapter is judged on service to members, the community and the forestry program, among other criteria.

‘Reflections of the Universe’ scheduled for Nov. 17 at ICC
FULTON – Edwin Faughn, managing director at Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium at French Camp, will present “Reflections of the Universe,” at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, at the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts auditorium at the Itawamba Community College Fulton Campus.
The presentation focuses on the visual beauty and vastness of the heavens. It is illustrated with numerous paintings by Faughn.
The free, public program is geared for people of all ages and generally runs about 45 minutes. Following the talk and weather permitting, participants are invited outside to identify some of the late fall constellations through an assortment of ICC’s telescopes.

Mississippi group’s contest marks Geography Awareness Week
UNIVERSITY – The Mississippi Geographic Alliance will host two contests as part of Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19.
School and community libraries are encouraged to set up a display to celebrate the week and this year’s theme of “Geography: The Adventure in Your Community.” Library personnel should submit photos of their display to to be entered into a drawing for a hardcover National Geographic World Atlas.
Individuals and teams also are encouraged to participate in Geography Awareness Week “missions” which can be found on The individual or team from Mississippi with the most points will win a package of geography-related materials.

Yale historian to discuss Civil War during civil rights era on Nov. 16
OXFORD – A Yale historian will visit the University of Mississippi on Nov. 16 to share his insights on Civil War remembrance as part of the Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History.
David Blight will discuss his latest book, “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” in a free, public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium. He plans to focus on the hold that the Civil War still has on American imagination with his lecture.
“Above all, I will discuss the connections and conflicts between the Civil War centennial commemoration of the 1950s and 1960s and the civil rights movement, which as everyone knows, was so deeply and famously pivotal in Mississippi,” he said.

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