Education Notebook

LEE COUNTY
Teacher wins award for published article

– Lee County academic coach Kimberly Carroll won a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing from the Association for Educational Publishers. The award recognizes Carroll’s February 2009 article, Worms Eat School Lunch Too. The article was published in Science and Children.

BOONEVILLE
NEMCC prepares for 2010 Orientation

– Northeast Mississippi Community College will have two one-day orientation sessions on Thursday and on July 22. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 3:30 p.m.
An additional evening session will be held July 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. for those students unable to attend an all-day session.
Cost to attend is $25 and should be paid upon arrival at the Bonner Arnold Coliseum. Lunch will be provided.
The events are designed to help all first-time students get an early start on the 2010 fall semester. Students will attend one of the days of orientation based upon their declared major. Information about which majors register on which date is available at www.nemcc.edu.
A session specifically for parents is also part of the agenda. At that session, information will be given about important dates, privacy issues, contact information, etc. Representatives from several different areas of the college will answer parents’ questions.
Students unable to attend orientation can register for the fall semester during regular registration Aug. 10 and 11. For more information, call (662) 720-7313 or visit www.nemcc.edu.

OXFORD
Virtual high school earns accreditation

– The University of Mississippi’s online Independent Study High School earned full accreditation on June 29 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
To date, the school has awarded diplomas to 12 students and serves an average of 45 students per semester. Part of the University of Mississippi’s Department of Outreach and Continuing Education, the online virtual high school for grades nine to 12 offers the state’s entire core curriculum plus certain electives. It attracts students mainly regionally, but prospective students could live anywhere in the country. The school can complement offerings in a local district or provide courses leading to a UM-ISHS diploma.

Conference to explore Faulkner’s Hollywood relationship
– The 37th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference is scheduled for July 18-22 at the University of Mississippi. Several William Faulkner novels and short stories were made into feature films, and the author also wrote screenplays for Hollywood. The conference explores that relationship with Hollywood. It explores Faulkner’s relationship with Hollywood.
Participants will discuss nine of these motion pictures. The schedule also includes day-long tours of Northeast Mississippi and a picnic at Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s home. Other sessions include “Teaching Faulkner” and a discussion of “Collecting Faulkner.”
Discount rates for the conference are available for groups of five or more students. Contact Robert Fox at rfox@olemiss.edu for details. A limited number of registration waivers are available for graduate students. Contact Donald Kartiganer at dkartiga@olemiss.edu for details.
For more information on the program, registration, course credit or accommodations and travel, visit www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner.

STARKVILLE
MSU among 20 fastest academic supercomputing sites
– The latest list of Top 500 Supercomputer Sites ranks a system at Mississippi State University as the 18th fastest at any U.S. academic location, as well as the 331st most powerful computer in the world.
Named “Talon,” the MSU supercomputer features an IBM iDataPlex cluster with 3,072 processor cores, six-core Intel Xeon processors and more than six terabytes of RAM.
When combined with MSU’s system, supercomputers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Navy/Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource centers in Vicksburg and the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis currently propel Mississippi to No. 8 in the total U.S. supercomputing rankings.

Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal