Education Notebook May 5, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

ICC schedules May 11 commencement
FULTON – More than 500 students will receive associate degrees or certificates during commencement ceremonies at Itawamba Community College on Saturday at the Davis Event Center at the Fulton campus.
Ceremonies include Associate of Arts at 11 a.m. and Associate of Applied Science and certificates at 3 p.m.
James Pate, dean of the University of Mississippi Tupelo campus, will be the speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony, and Mike Armour, state director of the Appalachian Regional Commission for Mississippi, will speak at 3 p.m.
A nurses’ pinning ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday at the Davis Event Center at the Fulton campus. The speaker will be Donna Lewis, nurse executive for North Mississippi Medical Center.

Renowned architect to address MSU graduates
STARKVILLE – Janet Marie Smith, a Mississippi State University alumna and architect internationally recognized for her innovative baseball stadium designs, will be commencement speaker this week for both of the university’s spring graduations.
Also, during the Friday and Saturday public programs in Humphrey Coliseum, MSU will bestow honorary doctoral degrees on former Gov. William Winter and Madison architect Robert V.M. Harrison.
More than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students are candidates for 2013 spring semester diplomas.
Smith, a Jackson native, was named last year senior vice president of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Evers-Williams headlines UM graduation
OXFORD – Renowned civil rights activist and author Myrlie Evers-Williams is set to return to the University of Mississippi on Saturday to deliver the main address at the university’s 160th commencement.
Evers-Williams, who worked for more than 30 years to seek justice for the 1963 murder of her well-known civil rights activist husband, Medgar Evers, is a former chairwoman of the NAACP and is widely credited with restoring the organization’s reputation and saving it from bankruptcy. Most recently, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, becoming the first woman to deliver a prayer at a presidential inauguration.
The Vicksburg native speaks to graduating students, their families and other guests at 9 a.m. in the Grove. This year’s graduating class includes nearly 2,500 spring candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees, plus more than 900 August 2012 graduates.

ICC’s Roberts named Coca–Cola scholar
FULTON – Itawamba Community College sophomore Anna Roberts of Pontotoc has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar.
She was recognized during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention last month.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.
Roberts is majoring in pre-nursing. Her honors are Phi Theta Kappa president, All-Mississippi Academic Team, homecoming court and president’s list. She is the daughter of Eugene and Vickie Roberts.

Science book to be used for MSU reading program
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University’s Maroon Edition program has selected the book “Physics for Future Presidents” by Richard A. Muller for its fifth annual common reading experience.
First published in 2008 by W.W. Norton & Co., the 384-page book is the work of a physics professor and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory senior scientist honored in 1982 with a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as the “genius grant.”
MSU President Mark Keenum stressed that the book provides a “highly readable, non-technical discussion of the science behind several major issues that will confront future U.S. presidents, business leaders and, certainly, future graduates of Mississippi State.”

Head: Northeast seeks nominations for alumni Hall
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College officials are seeking nominations for the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Entering its second class, Northeast’s Alumni Hall of Fame was created to recognize the achievement of outstanding alumni. A maximum of five honorees will be inducted each year.
Preference will be given to those who have shown continuing support for the college through contribution of time, talent and resources.
A complete outline of the nomination process and the nomination form is found on the Northeast Development Foundation website on the Northeast website or by visiting
For more information, contact the Northeast Development Foundation at (662) 720-7185 or by email at Deadline to submit a nomination is August 31, 2013.

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