Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Groups name Travis Professor of Year
– STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University associate professor Rick Travis recently was honored as the 2010 Mississippi Professor of the Year. The award is given annually by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Travis teaches in the department of political science and public administration. He often carries discussions about foreign policy, peacekeeping and nation-building into the hallways of Bowen Hall and other parts of campus.
Each year, the U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country.

MSU receives 2010 Carnegie Foundation classification
– STARKVILLE – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced that Mississippi State University received the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.
Carnegie Foundation President Anthony Bryk cited MSU’s excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices in support of “dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”
MSU President Mark Keenum said the Carnegie Classification process was an excellent way for the university to showcase its commitment to local communities and identify more ways for students to be involved in service learning.

Tupelo Middle students top performers in math competition
– TUPELO – Ten students at Tupelo Middle School participated in the 26th-annual American Mathematics Competition for eighth-graders on Nov. 16.
Representing Tupelo Middle School were eighth-graders Maddie Arancibia, William Bell, Haley Cook, Christina Daniels, Bethany Fitts, Kimya Jamasbi and Nick Kaltchenko and seventh-graders Lexa Brieck and James Grant.
Nick was the top-scoring student in the school, while James was second and Christina was third. Nick tied for first in the state and scored in the top 1 percent of students who competed from around the world.
James earned the fifth highest score in the state and scored among the top 5 percent in the world, while Christina was among the top 10 percent in the state.
The students started preparing for the contest in August with their coach, Pam Cockrell, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher at the school.

American Cancer Society Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 1
– TUPELO – The deadline to apply for the American Cancer Society Scholarship is Feb. 1. Applications are now available for the 2010-11 Mid-South Division College Scholarship program at
Applications are also available by calling the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or by visiting Winners will be notified by April 1.

Fourth annual KIDS COUNT Summit will be held in February
– JACKSON – The fourth-annual Mississippi KIDS COUNT Summit will be on Feb. 3 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.
The summit’s focus is “Working Together to Improve Education Outcomes for Mississippi’s Children.” Breakout sessions will include early care and education, literacy, healthy schools and graduation rates.
Registration fee is $40, which includes a copy of this year’s Databook, continental breakfast and a networking lunch. For more information, visit

New MPB series features Northeast Community College
– JACKSON – Mississippi Public Broadcastings’s newest television series Job Hunter airs on Thursday at 7 p.m. on MPB TV with a visit to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.
Job Hunter is a six-part series that guides viewers through the journey to find advanced manufacturing careers in Mississippi.
This third episode covers the ins and outs of the heavy manufacturing industry and takes viewers to businesses and schools in Booneville, Columbus, Corinth and Louisville.
Host Kerri Courtney visits Northeast Mississippi Community College and speaks with student Taji Hasan and instructor Jimmy Whitehead to find out what training is offered for a career in the heavy manufacturing industry.

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