Education Notebook September 10, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Blue Mountain College eventreceives national recognition
BLUE MOUNTAIN – The Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education recently recognized Blue Mountain College with a national award.
The society presented BMC’s Alpha Delta Psi chapter with its Literacy Alive! 2011-2012 Gold Achievement Award. The award recognizes the college’s first Literacy on the Lawn Day, in which 75 education students at BMC played host to 475 kindergarten through second-grade students from public and private schools in Tippah County. The day-long activity included college faculty and students reading to the classes and promoting literacy. It was sponsored by BMC and the Blue Mountain Literacy Council.
The college plans to hold its second Literacy on the Lawn Day next spring.

Northeast students to study American diet
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College students turn their attention this fall to America’s eating habits.
Phi Theta Kappa student leaders encouraged instructors to incorporate the book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan into classes this fall. The book also will be the focus of a two-week elective honors seminar open to all students.
The study builds on last spring’s examination of the aesthetics, politics and ethics of food.
Meanwhile, Angela Jill Cooley of the University of Mississippi will present “Greens, and Tomatoes, and Beans…Oh My! Making the Food Movement Relevant in North Mississippi.” The Sept. 25 lecture will begin at 11 a.m. on the Booneville campus in the Claude Wright Room of Haney Union. It is open to the public.

Tupelo High School DECA Club to host benefit golf tournament on Sept. 29
TUPELO – Tupelo High School’s DECA Club is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Big Oaks Golf Course. The fee is $75 per person and includes lunch.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Currently, 10 students enrolled in the Tupelo School District’s career-technical marketing program are members. Funds raised will help defray the costs of training and traveling to regional, state and national competitions.
For more information, contact Brookes Mayes at (601) 938-2780.

Mississippi State Universityfraternity gets international award
STARKVILLE – For the second year in a row, an international fraternity honored its Mississippi State University chapter for achieving the status of most outstanding chapter at a large campus.
The Mississippi Beta chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity was honored with the organization’s Harvard Trophy for member excellence as a result of exceptional campus involvement, community service and leadership. Phi Delta Theta announced the Mississippi Beta chapter made significant accomplishments this year, including involvement in honor and professional societies, numerous volunteer projects and earning the highest total GPA among fraternities on campus for spring 2012.

Professor offers tips in new book to help college students’ grades
OXFORD – University of Mississippi professor Ken Sufka has nine tips for both new and returning college students in his new book, “The A Game: Nine Steps to Better Grades.”
Sufka, a professor of psychology and pharmacology, wrote the student success manual in order to compile the information he had been giving students for years into a convenient form.
The pointers include being engaged in classroom discussion, creating small study sessions, learning across all levels, self-testing and managing test anxiety.