Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

ITAWAMBA COUNTY
Mantachie student attends leadership conference
- Mantachie High School’s Bethany Lindsey recently attended the Mississippi Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Jackson. She joined more than 200 young leaders from high schools across the state for the three-day leadership conference.
HOBY leadership seminars bring together high school sophomores from public, private and parochial schools to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government and education to discuss present and future issues. HOBY leaders are challenged to return to their communities and perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months of the seminar.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Oxford resident named finalist for Rhodes Scholarship
- James K. “Jake” McGraw of Oxford was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Although McGraw did not receive the award, he did participate in interviews for it in St. Louis. The senior in the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, McGraw is on track to graduate in December with bachelor’s degrees in economics and public policy leadership.
McGraw is the third Rhodes finalist from UM in the last three years. He won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2009.
Honors College senior is UM’s first Mitchell Scholarship winner
- A senior majoring in public policy leadership is the University of Mississippi’s first winner of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship.
Chelsea Caveny of Hattiesburg won the award, which funds one year of graduate study at any university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Caveny hopes to earn a master’s degree in community education, equality and social activism at National University of Ireland in Maynooth or a master’s degree in social and community development at Queen’s University in Belfast.
Caveny was also a 2010 Truman Scholar.
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
MSU joins international efforts to reduce hunger
- Mississippi State University officially established ties with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization to work together on initiatives to address world hunger and poverty.
MSU President Mark Keenum and Daniel Gustafson, the FAO liason for North America, signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation for collaboration focusing most immediately on food safety and nutrition. Other areas addressed in the agreement are agriculture, poverty issues relating to children and environmental sustainability.
Keenum’s signature comes after months of dialogue between MSU and the FAO. The MSU president visited with agency representatives in Rome during the summer, and he was chosen to lead food aid and capacity discussions at the International Food Aid and Development Conference in August.
Moser to discuss Nobel Prize winner’s work at MSU
- Foreign languages professor Keith Moser will discuss the work of 2008 Nobel Prize winner in literature J.M.G. Le Clezio today. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the John Grisham Room of Mictchell Memorial Library on the Mississippi State University campus.
The event and a reception are free and open to the public. They are co-sponsored by Mississippi State’s Institute for Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Moser’s topic for the Distinguished Speaker Series is “The De-centered Humanism and Cosmic Engagement of J.M.G. Le Clezio: Posing Questions in an Age of Suspicion.”
LOWNDES COUNTY
MUW December graduates reception set for Dec. 3
- Mississippi University for Women will hold its eighth-annual December Graduates Recognition Ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m. at Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. A reception will follow in the lobby of Whitfield.
Participants will have the opportunity to thank those who were particularly helpful during their college years. Time at the microphone will be limited to one minute.
Mary Jo Kirkpatrick, chair of the Associate in Science Nursing program at MUW, will be the keynote speaker. She was chosen to receive the 2010 Kossen Faculty Excellence Award at the May commencement.