Education Notebook October 7, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

ICC’s Potts receives teaching excellence award
FULTON – ICC English instructor Suzette Potts has been selected as the recipient of the Ovid Vickers award for excellence in teaching by the Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi.
Potts, who lives in Saltillo, teaches on the college’s Tupelo campus. The presentation was made at the association’s fall conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
The award honors an outstanding English instructor who currently teaches full time in one of Mississippi’s community colleges.

Northeast sets plans for homecoming
BOONEVILLE – A full slate of activities is planned for Northeast Mississippi Community College’s homecoming celebration on Oct. 20.
The day will begin with an alumni gathering in the Black and Gold Room in the Haney Union from 9 to 11 a.m. The annual baseball alumni game will begin at 9 a.m. at Harold T. White Field at the Booneville City Park, and the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Recognition Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. in the union.
The Tiger Marching Band will begin its pre-game performance at about 2:30 p.m., and the football team will kick off against Itawamba at 3 p.m. A concert will be held at the Prentiss County Agricultural Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will feature Northeast’s country music performing group Campus Country and the Kentucky Headhunters.

National organization honors MSU RCU
STARKVILLE – Achieve Inc. recently cited Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit.
The organization recognized the RCU’s work with the state Education Department as a partnership states should mimic in training career and technical education teachers in how to incorporate English language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards into their curriculum.

MUW joins effort to encourage STEM studies
COLUMBUS – Mississippi University for Women is joining with a leading social media platform and California-based Harvey Mudd College, sponsors of the first online mentoring program that encourages young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Titled Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn), the six-week pilot program began Oct. 1. It includes universities such as the California Institute of Technology, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The non-credit program has a goal of connecting young women with those who have recognized accomplishments in STEM fields. Mentors will answer submitted questions online, with an emphasis on career demands, rewards and opportunities for success.

Mississippi youth invited to fight childhood obesity
TUPELO – UnitedHealthcare and Youth Service America are inviting schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations in Mississippi to “Step into Service” by applying for UnitedHealth HEROES grants.
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to youth-led programs in Mississippi that include both an activity element, in which kids count their steps, and a service component.
The service component should increase awareness, provide direct service, enable advocacy on behalf of a cause or feature philanthropy around the issue of childhood obesity.
Application deadline is midnight on Oct. 15. To learn more, visit www.YSA.org/HEROES.