Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss offers park and ride option
– Due to anticipated growth in student enrollment this fall, the University of Mississippi is offering a new parking option for faculty, staff and commuters.
Ole Miss’ Park and Ride option will allow members of the university community to save money and go green by purchasing a South Lot decal for $10. They will park in the South Lot just northwest of the Old Taylor Road and Highway 6 interchange and then ride the OUT bus for free with their Ole Miss ID. They will be dropped off on campus at regular OUT bus stops.
For those with the decal, the South Lot will be the only one they can park in between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Regular parking decals cost $60.
Buses will make stops in the South Lot every 10 minutes from 6:50 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning today.

Ole Miss selected one of top 10 for employees
– For the second consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education selected the University of Mississippi as one of the top 10 Great Colleges To Work For among colleges with more than 10,000 students.
Other universities on the list include George Mason, Georgia Tech, Hofstra, Notre Dame and the University of Southern California.
The 11 categories in which the university was recognized include collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, teaching environment, job satisfaction, work/life balance, confidence in senior leadership, supervisor or department-chair relationship, respect and appreciation, tenure clarity and process, diversity and facilities, workspaces and security.
Ole Miss was one of only three universities of its size to earn distinction in the diversity category.

MDOT, commission award scholarships
– Two Northeast Mississippi students were among 20 in the state who were awarded scholarships by the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mississippi Transportation Commission.
Jarrett Williams of Booneville and Shana Langford of Vardaman each received one of the scholarships, which were given to deserving students seeking transportation-related careers in community colleges.
Successful scholarship candidates were required to meet academic requirements and to demonstrate strong civic involvement.

TMS receives state Arts Commission Grant
– Tupelo Middle School was awarded an $8,700 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The grant will allow the school to purchase consumable supplies, provide training in arts integration for staff members and fund artists in residence to collaborate with students. The money is a portion of the $1.64 million in grants the commission will award in 2010-11.
TMS will integrate the arts through all subject areas as a way to reach all students and to improve test scores.

After more than 33 years, Gordon retires from ICC Board of Trustees
– James E. (Jim) Gordon of Houston has retired from Itawamba Community College’s Board of Trustees after more than 33 years of service. The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has appointed Barry Dendy of Woodland to fill Gordon’s term.
Gordon began his service on Oct. 11, 1976, and saw the college increase its enrollment from 2,012 to 8,228.
“I have always respected Mr. Jim’s position as the anchor trustee who provided both a businessman’s perspective and heartfelt concern for the people served by the College,” said ICC President David Cole.

MUW’s Center for Creative Learning receives grant
– The Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning CHAMPS Project at Mississippi University for Women was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant for three years through the Mississippi Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership 2009-2010 program.
Now in its sixth year, the Creating High Achievement in Mathematics and Problem Solving Project has immersed more than 600 Mississippi fourth- through eighth-grade teachers from 17 high-need districts in research-based mathematics frameworks, high-quality professional development and educational activities that are aligned with state curriculum standards.
Participating districts in Northeast Mississippi include Aberdeen, Amory, Chickasaw County, Houston, Lee County, Okolona, Oktibbeha County, Starkville, Tupelo and West Point. Special education teachers and teachers not currently teaching math, as well as teachers from other districts, may be eligible to participate based on competitive placement.

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