Education Notebook April 28, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

MSU’s Matthew Berk named Goldwater Scholar
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University junior Matthew S. Berk is among this year’s selections for a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for students in the science, mathematics and engineering fields. Berk is from Starkville and is an aeronautical engineering major.
He was home-schooled and is the son of Michael and Trish Berk.
This year, 271 students were chosen for the Goldwater Scholarship from 1,000 nominations received.
MSU senior biological engineering major Andrew H. Lewis of Clinton was awarded honorable mention.

North Pontotoc teacher chosen for workshop
ECRU – North Pontotoc Upper Elementary teacher Missaha Larabee has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for teachers.
Larabee will participate in a workshop titled “The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta.” It will be held on the Delta State University campus. The 40 teachers chosen to participate will receive a $1,200 stipend.

Pearson, Roberson honored at Ole Miss banquet
OXFORD – Oxford Middle School Assistant Principal Bradley Roberson and University of Mississippi senior Courtney Pearson were honored for their commitment to education and service during the annual T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship Banquet.
The memorial banquet honors a UM student and an alumnus for service and leadership. Roberson, who received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from UM in 2000, received the T.P. Vinson Memorial Educator Award. Pearson, a secondary English education major who became the university’s first black homecoming queen last fall, received the T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 scholarship is given annually to an outstanding black junior or senior education major.

ICC summer orientation registration begins soon
FULTON – Incoming freshmen at Itawamba Community College may register online for this summer’s orientation sessions beginning May 1.
Both morning and evening sessions are scheduled for June 11, 12 and 13 and July 9 and 10 at the Student Services Building on the Fulton campus. They will be held June 14 and July 11 and 12 at the Health Science Education Center at the Tupelo campus.
Morning sessions will go from 8 to 11:15 a.m., and evening ones will last from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. Students can check in from 7 to 8 a.m. for the morning session and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for the evening.
To register, visit For more information, contact Larry Boggs at (662) 862-8252 or

Workshop concludes specialized MSU program
STARKVILLE – A specialized Mississippi State University teacher training program marked the end of its nine-year run with a concluding campus workshop.
The university’s Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science program – also known as ATOMS2XP – was among the longest lasting mathematics and science partnership projects in the state. It was created to help increase the number of highly-qualified fourth- to eighth-grade science teachers.
Participants in the free program had direct access to distinguished senior MSU faculty members in biological sciences, geosciences and physics.
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