Education Notebook March 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Fulton native, UM-Tupelo student nominated for Pushcart Prize
TUPELO – Will Clingan, a senior English major at the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo campus, has been recognized with a national Pushcart Prize nomination by David McLendon, editor at Unsaid Magazine, where Clingan’s work is featured.
Each year, magazine and small-book press editors are invited to nominate up to six of their featured works for the Pushcart Prize, which results in many hundreds of nominations. Winners have their work published in The Pushcart Prize-Best of the Small Presses. The anthology, published every year since 1976, is “the most-honored literary project in America,” according to the Pushcart Prize website, www.pushcartprize.com/about.
Clingan is a native of Fulton and graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School.

March science cafe focuses on search for cancer prevention, treatment
OXFORD – The progress in cancer prevention and treatment is the focus for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The fifth meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. on March 20 at Lusa Pastry Cafe, 1120 North Lamar Ave. Tracy Brooks, UM assistant professor of pharmacology, will discuss “Cancer – Where is the Cure?” Admission is free.
“In the last science cafe, we learned about the history of chemotherapy and the traditional treatments used,” Brooks said. “In this next installation, we will talk about the problems associated with traditional chemo, some of the work done to combat those problems, such as combination chemotherapy, and other problems that exist.”

MSU class gift program reinstated
STARKVILLE – The 2012 senior class at Mississippi State University is bringing back a piece of university history by restoring the “Bull Ring” as its gift to the 134-year-old land-grant institution.
Senior Rhett Hobart of Greenville, MSU Student Association president, said the class-gift program, which had lapsed over the years, also is being reinstated.
A D-shaped concrete seating area, the original “Bull Ring” was located on the north side of Old Main, the massive quadrangle dormitory, and directly across Lee Boulevard from the YMCA Building’s front steps. Later, the popular locale was situated nearby along the west end of the Colvard Student Union’s front lawn.

UM senior class gift embraces school spirit and tradition
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi Class of 2012 has begun fundraising for the senior class gift to the university, a plaque detailing the history of the Hotty Toddy cheer.
“Almost every student on the senior class executive committee wanted to give something that would showcase our school spirit, and we settled on a plaque with the history of the Hotty Toddy cheer,” said Toran Dean, senior class president. “People always ask where the Hotty Toddy comes from, and most students and alumni don’t know how to answer.”
A home for the plaque has not been determined, but a team led by university architect Ian Banner is working on the plaque’s placement.

ICC/MSU continue Noonday lectures
BELDEN – The Itawamba Community College Continuing Education Department of the Mississippi State University Extension Service is continuing a Noonday Lecture Series at noon throughout the remaining Thursdays in March.
MSU Extension Specialist Linda Mitchell will present “Laughter and Creativity in the Workplace” on Thursday. MSU Extension Agent Jeff Wilson will present “Vegetable Gardening 101” on March 29.
Events will be held at the ICC-Belden Center, 3200 Adams Farm Road. For more information, call (662) 841-9000.