EDUCATION NOTEBOOK March 12, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

UM School of Education offers new minors
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi School of Education is launching two new minors this fall, opening courses once reserved for education majors to undergraduates across campus.
The new minors in education and math education will allow students interested in teacher education to pursue studies in pedagogy, child development, education philosophy and more.
Both 18-credit-hour minors can be completed at the university’s Oxford campus or at regional campuses in Southaven and Tupelo. The curriculum is designed to expose students to education theory, not lead to a teaching license. Graduates with an education minor must pursue an alternate route to certification to teach in Mississippi public schools.
MMA donates $60,000 to create scholarship for UM center
OXFORD – In commemoration of its 60th anniversary, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association has contributed $60,000 to build a scholarship endowment at the University of Mississippi, assisting students enrolled in the university’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence.
The 47,000-square-foot CME was created by the university and state of Mississippi in association with the construction of the Toyota Motor Corp. plant in Blue Springs.
The MMA Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide two academic scholarships to students majoring in areas of study within the CME. Recipients will be full-time Ole Miss students who are Mississippi residents with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The MMA has endowed scholarship funds at three other Mississippi universities.
Tupelo Community Theatre offers scholarships
TUPELO – Tupelo Community Theatre offers four $500 scholarships each year to students attending Mississippi high schools and universities.
Students must complete 12 hours each semester, or its equivalent if on the quarter system, and maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average. Details about each scholarship and an application form are available at www.tct.ms.
Applications must be received no later than April 16, and recipients will be notified by June 1. For more information, contact the TCT office at (662) 844-1935.
ICC to hold auditions for All-American band
FULTON – Auditions for the 2012 full marching season of the Itawamba Community College All-American Band are scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 23 on the Fulton campus.
Those interested in color guard will audition in the ICC Fitness Center, and dancer, majorette and twirler participants will be in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium. Drum majors will audition in the ICC band hall, which is also in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center.
Instrumental auditions are scheduled by appointment by contacting director Brian Gillentine at (662) 862-8305 or btgillentine@iccms.edu. Instrumental auditions are waived if the applicant placed in the all-district or all-state band.
Four join ICC Board of Trustees
FULTON – Four area residents are new members of the Itawamba Community College’s Board of Trustees, including three who took over as superintendents of school districts in the college’s territory.
New members include Chickasaw County Superintendent Betsy Collums, Itawamba County Superintendent Michael Nanney and Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks. All three were elected in November and began in their new position in January.
Also added to ICC’s board was Ted Gordon of Tupelo. Gordon, who is employed by Mississippi State University, previously worked for 39 years in apparel manufacturing.