Education Notebook March 5, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

University of Mississippi Law School Moot Court team wins national title
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi Law School took first place for the second consecutive year at the 24th-annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y.
The team featured third-year law student Dreda Culpepper of New Orleans and second-year law students Kimberly Thompson of Orlando, Fla., and Brian Whitman of Waveland. It defeated 77 other law schools to make Ole Miss the third law school to win multiple titles in the 24-year history of the event.
David Case and Stephanie Showalter Otts, both Ole Miss law professors, served as team coaches.
Scholarship honors former Tupelo district educator, Karol Jean Voge
TUPELO – To honor the memory of Karol Jean Voge, a scholarship fund has been established at the CREATE Foundation by her friends, family and colleagues. Vogue was a dedicated teacher for the Tupelo Public School District for more than 30 years.
The scholarship will be given to a graduating Tupelo High School student who is attending the University of Mississippi with a major in education. To contribute, make checks payable to the CREATE Foundation with “Voge Scholarship” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to CREATE at P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.
For information, call Terry Rutledge at (662) 322-7598, Brenda Robinson at (662) 401-5008 or Beverly Williams at (662) 844-8989.
Franklin novel selected for Ole Miss’ 2012 Common Reading Experience
OXFORD – “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” by Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin was selected for the 2012 Common Reading Experience by the University of Mississippi.
The UM Common Reading Experience is a program designed to unite the Ole Miss campus through discussion about a book. In its second year, the program will distribute copies of the selected book to every freshman during summer orientation sessions. Faculty will receive copies of the book later this bring.
Freshmen are expected to read the book over the summer and be ready to discuss and write about it when classes begin in August.
An Oxford native, Franklin is an assistant professor of fiction writing at Ole Miss. He will be keynote speaker at the 2012 Freshman Convocation on Aug. 23.
Mississippi State lecture examines need for STEM education, careers
STARKVILLE – A senior Dow Chemical Company official will lead the Hunter Henry Lectureship at Mississippi State University on Tuesday.
Don Taylor, vice president for Dow’s purchasing and supply chain organizations, will discuss the importance of STEM education and careers. STEM is the acronym for the teaching of – and careers in – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Hunter Henry Lectureships are sponsored annually by the university’s David C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering. Free and open to all, Taylor’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the Leo Seal M-Club Room at the south end of Davis Wade Stadium.
Promoted to his current position last year, Taylor began his career with Dow in 1983 after receiving a chemical engineering degree from Clemson University.
Harvard professor to speak at MSU
STARKVILLE – A nationally prominent sociologist will lead a program at Mississippi State University today on “Post-Racial Dreams, American Realities.”
Lawrence D. Bobo’s university presentation begins at 5 p.m. in McCool Hall’s first-floor Rogers Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.
Bobo holds Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Professorship in Social Sciences. Through March 9, he will be visiting MSU as scholar-in-residence for the African-American Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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