Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Crow’s Neck offers free camp to poster winners
– TISHOMINGO – For the fifth consecutive year, first-place winners of the Crow’s Neck Environmental Education Center poster contest will get a free session of day camp at Crow’s Neck.
The poster contest is open to kindergarten through eighth-grade students. This year’s theme is “Interesting Plant and Animal Facts.” There will be one winner per age group. All entries must be received by May 6.
Posters should be drawn on a piece of paper ranging in size from 8.5-by-11 inches to 22-by-28 inches. They can be hand delivered to Crow’s Neck or sent via mail to Deb Waz at Crow’s Neck, P.O. Box 460, Tishomingo, MS 38873.
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Ole Miss Army ROTC places second in nation
– OXFORD – The Army ROTC Unit at the University of Mississippi was selected as the second best in the nation in the annual Order of the Founders and Patriots of America “Outstanding Army ROTC Unit Award.” Seattle University placed first, and Cameron University was third. The review is based on certain criteria, including recruiting, retention, training and cadet performance at summer camps.

Young-Minor named 2011 Ole Miss Teacher of the Year
– OXFORD – Ethel Young-Minor was named the recipient of the University of Mississippi’s 2011 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award during the university’s 68th Honors Day Convocation.
Young-Minor is an associate professor of English and African-American studies.
A member of the UM faculty since 1996, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Southern literature and the Harlem Renaissance. Students praised her as a powerful educator, motivator and mentor.
The award is based upon nominations from both students and faculty.

UM-Tupelo business students earn spots in national competition
– TUPELO – Six University of Mississippi-Tupelo business and accounting majors recently placed in the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference and Competition in Natchez. The six students will now travel to Orlando, Fla., in June for the national competition.
Placing at the state level were Clara Rock and Jackie McKinney (second as a team in human resource management), Tess Blankenship (fourth in accounting principles and fourth in business law), Matt Conway (second in accounting analysis and decision making and fourth in impromptu speaking), Bruce Mapp (first in impromptu speaking and first in marketing analysis) and Sky Ray (second in marketing concepts). McKinney also placed first in strategic analysis and decision making.

Northeast Community College schedules honors program
– BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College alumnus and former Mississippi National Guard Brigadier General Leon Collins will address the college’s sixth-annual Honors Day program on Thursday, April 28. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Slated for recognition are the school’s top students in each division, Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges nominees, HEADWAE recipients, All Mississippi Academic Team members, Northeast Development Foundation Scholarship recipients, Scholars’ Bowl Team and others. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees also will be announced.

Registration deadline extended for leadership studies program
– HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi is still accepting registrations for this year’s Leadership Studies Program, but students are asked to register as soon as possible.
Training for participating students will include leadership development and avenues for becoming leaders in schools, communities and religious affiliations. The one-week residential program designed for students in grades six to 11 will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 12-17.
Students will be housed in residence halls. Tuition includes room, board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.
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