Education Notebook February 27, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss ROTC program wins national recognition
OXFORD – The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Mississippi recently won one of eight MacArthur Awards.
The prestigious awards are presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation. They recognize the ideals of “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur. It is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the command’s national Order of Merit List and the school’s cadet retention rate.
UM joins programs at The Citadel, Northeastern University, Iowa State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Utah, the University of Notre Dame and Santa Clara University as the top eight Army ROTC programs in the country.
MSU CAVS Extension wins Development Council honor
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension is a major honoree of the Mississippi Economic Development Council.
The university’s Canton-based office recently accepted the Community Economic Development Award for its work with Nissan at its auto assembly plant in Canton. The MEDC recognition specifically cited the “Enhancing On-the-Job Problem Solving” training program.
The project also is being submitted to the Southern Economic Development Council for regional competition.
CAVS Extension is a major unit of the Engagement and Outreach Service at MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering, which developed and delivered the training program with CAVS Extension and Holmes Community College.
Exhibit uses sounds, sights to remember UM integration
OXFORD – The 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s enrollment as the first black student at the University of Mississippi is still months away, but the event will be commemorated in a special exhibit on display at Gallery 130 in Meek Hall through Wednesday.
“Not Everyone (can carry the weight of the world)” is a sound installation by artists Les Christensen and John Salvest. Created as “a celebration of one man’s courage, determination and perseverance against incredible odds,” the work has visual elements that accompany the sound, but the focus is not what you see but what you hear.
The exhibit concludes Wednesday with a 2:30 p.m. lecture by both Salvest and Christensen in the gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MSU hosts Lincoln, Grant lecture and reception
STARKVILLE – A lecture and reception today at Mississippi State University will kick off a series of statewide events examining “Lincoln and Grant in Mississippi.”
Renowned historian and author Gerald J. Prokopowicz will be the featured speaker at the 2:30 p.m. event in the Grisham Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. The presentation is free and open to all.
The series is funded through a grant awarded by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation to the campus-based Ulysses S. Grant Association.
Prokopowicz is author of “Did Lincoln Own Slaves?” and “All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862,” in addition to serving as the online host of Civil War Talk Radio.Chris Kieffer 2/23/12 optional trim