Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

‘Voice of Russia’ to lecture at the Overby Center
– OXFORD – Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the European Democrat group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will speak at the University of Mississippi on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium. The event is free to the public. Considered “The Voice of Russia,” Margelov is also chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
“Senator Margelov is well-schooled and has a firm grasp on the situation in the Arab world, Russian modernization and U.S.-Russian relations,” said William Gotshall, executive director of the Lott Institute, which is co-sponsoring the event.
Shannon student invited to leadership conference
– SHANNON – Ecolia Coleman, a sophomore at Shannon High School, has been nominated by the school’s staff to attend one of 70 Hugh O’Brian leadership conferences. Mississippi’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar will be held June 3-5 at Millsaps College.
Schools across the country can nominate one outstanding sophomore to attend the conference. Coleman, the daughter of Ebony Stith-Hardy and Ronald Hardy of Shannon, will be eligible to apply for more than 85 scholarships to universities and colleges.
MSU will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend
– STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State alumnus who founded the Peavey Electronics Corp., and the alumna who leads the Meridian-based international business are the university’s spring commencement speakers this weekend.
Nearly 2,400 students are candidates for spring semester diplomas on Friday and Saturday. The first graduation program will be held in Humphrey Coliseum on Friday at 7 and will feature company president and 1965 graduate Mary L. Peavey. The second ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday will hear from Hartley Peavey – her husband – who, not long after receiving his 1965 degree, launched what now is one of the world’s largest musical instrument and professional sound equipment manufacturers.
MSU student Chittom receives Swayze scholastic award
– PONTOTOC – Robert Chittom of Mississippi State University was recently named the 2011 Swayze Scholar.
The Orrin Swayze Scholastic Awards are presented each year to Mississippi college students at the Mississippi Young Bankers Study Conference and Convention. They include one award of $2,500 to the Swayze Scholar and four awards of $1,000 to the runners-up, called MYB Scholars. In addition to the cash awards, the Swayze Scholar receives a medallion featuring an engraving of Swayze to wear at graduation ceremonies.
ICC to host percussion clinic
– FULTON – Itawamba Community College will host the Northeast Mississippi Day of Percussion Clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center.
The clinic will feature instructions in snare drum, tenor drums, mallets, drum set, hand drums and audition preparation. Cost is $6 for the session, which is presented by the Northeast Mississippi Percussion Association. For more information, contact Tim Huckaby, ICC percussion instructor and associate band director, at (662) 862-8303 or
Teachers can register for Civil War institute
– NASHVILLE – This summer, elementary, middle and high school teachers from around the nation are invited to Nashville to take part in the Civil War Trust’s annual Teacher Institute. The two-day summit will offer educators an opportunity to meet and discuss the successful tactics they employ in their classrooms, as well as to participate in workshops and attend lectures by top historians.
The institute will be held July 15-16. For more information, visit

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