Education Notes

By NEMS Daily Journal

MSU to host institute for social studies teachers
– STARKVILLE – Thirty social studies teachers from across the state will be the first to take part in a new Social Studies Teachers’ Summer Institute at Mississippi State University.
Participants will be selected on a first-come basis for the June 19 to 24 workshop designed to assist history and social studies educators in teaching the relevancy of the American Civil War, whose 150th anniversary observance begins this year.
April 15 is the deadline for applications, which may be accessed on Mississippi State’s website, The program includes lectures by Civil War scholars and trips to battlefields.
Computer systems expert to speak at MSU
– STARKVILLE – A nationally recognized authority on computer information systems will speak on Friday at Mississippi State University.
“Sparking Creativity: Improving Group Brainstorming with a Supraliminal Priming Computer Game” is the topic of Alan Dennis’ presentation, to begin at 11:30 a.m. in 208 McCool Hall. The free 90-minute program is another in the Visiting Scholar Series of the university’s College of Business.
Dennis holds the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems at Indiana University. Over a 25-year career, his primary research has dealt with collaborative technologies – also known as groupware.
Community theater offers four $500 scholarships
– TUPELO – Tupelo Community Theatre is offering four $500 scholarships each year to students attending Mississippi high schools and universities.
Students must complete at least 12 hours each semester (or its equivalent, if on the quarter system) and maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average. Details about each scholarship and the application form may be obtained at Applications must be received no later than April 15, and winners will be notified by June 1. For more information, call (662) 844-1935.
ICC accepting registration for Health IT program
– TUPELO – Registration is under way for the April session Health IT Workforce Training program administered by Itawamba Community College.
The program will begin on April 15. Eligible students must have a certification, diploma or degree in any medical area or IT background or a minimum of one year experience in a health or IT field. Cost is $50 per class. For more information, visit or call Mallory Pennington at (662) 620-5145 or Lori Little at (662) 620-5122.
Shannon second-graders recognized for writings
– SHANNON – The writings of three second-graders in Holly Brown’s class at Shannon Primary School were selected by the Mississippi Writing and Thinking Institute to be broadcast on 89.9 FM.
“Two Cowboys” by Tyler Thompson will air on April 12, “Two Best Friends in a Barn” by Lemuel Scruggs on April 13 and “The Deer Camp” by Breanna Keith on April 20. All three broadcasts will start at 3:28 p.m.
ICC schedules April GED testing
– BELDEN – The high school equivalency test will be given at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center on April 6, 9, 13, 20 and 27. It also will be given at the Houston WIN Job Center on April 16. The test will begin at 7:15 a.m. on each day.
ICC schedules cheerleader clinic
– FULTON – Itawamba Community College’s cheerleaders will present a coed stunt clinic on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Fulton campus Fitness Center gym that is adjacent to the Davis Event Center. Cost is $35.
In addition, tryouts for the 2011-12 coed squad will be April 22 from 3 p.m.-until and April 23 from 9 a.m.-until in the same location. Those who wish to try out must attend one day in order to be considered. Eight males and eight females will be selected, as well as one male and one female alternate.
For more information, contact ICC cheer coach Edana Nail at (662) 862-8056 or email

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