By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss Writing Project named national demonstration site
– The National Writing Project has named the University of Mississippi Writing Project as one of its two 2010-11 National Summer Institute demonstration sites.
The UM Writing Project offers opportunities for teachers from around the Southeast to develop as writers and improve their practice of teaching writing. Being named a National Summer Institute demonstration site shows that Mississippi teachers are on a national level, said Ellen Shelton, director of the UM Writing Project.
For its award, the UM Writing Project received $2,000, which will allow Shelton and her staff to host other Summer Institute sites that may be willing to explore other models. For more information on the UM Writing Project or for a complete description of the 2010 Fall Writing Project Workshops, go to or contact Shelton at (662) 915-7925.

ICC schedules Sept. GED testing
– The high school equivalency (GED) test will be given at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center on Sept. 1, 4, 8, 15, 22 and 29. It will also be offered at the Monroe County Government Complex in Amory on Sept. 18. The test will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day.

MUW to host Tennessee Williams scholars
– Carrier Chapel on the campus of Mississippi University for Women will host several scholars of local celebrity playwright Tennessee Williams on Sept. 10 and 11. The event is part of the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute, which begins Sept. 6.
Presentations are free and open to the public and provide a range of interesting topics connected to Tennessee Williams’ life and work. The program will feature Ralph Voss from the University of Alabama (Friday at 2 p.m.), Kim Whitehead from MUW (Friday at 3 p.m.), Colby Kullman from the University of Mississippi (Saturday at 10 a.m.) and John Gronbeck-Tedesco from the University of Kansas (Saturday at 11 a.m.). For more information about the panel, contact Bridget Smith Pieschel at or (662) 241-6125.

ICC and WIN Job Centers to offer online application class
– Itawamba Community College and the area WIN Job Centers are offering free one-hour classes on completing online job applications. The classes will assist those who want to apply for a new job but don’t know how to complete online applications.
For more information on the classes, contact the WIN Job Centers at ICC-Belden Center (662) 620-5205, Houston (662) 456-1561, Pontotoc (662) 489-1800 or Amory (662) 256-5617.

Spring break study tour set for Italy and Greece
– Registration is under way for a spring break study tour to Italy and Greece on March 11-20, 2011. Coordinated by Itawamba Community College speech instructor Cy Williams, the 10-day tour will include Rome, Sorrento, Ferry, Delphi and Athens.
The program fee covers all admission fees, hotels and transportation fees including buses, trains and ship. For more information or to register, contact Williams at

Maroon edition reaches Afghanistan during its second year
– As one service component of the 2010 Maroon Edition common reading program, Mississippi State University will collect items for a nonprofit foundation that provides supplies for school-aged children in war-torn Afghanistan.
Working through the Lamia Aghan Foundation, based in Nashville, Tenn., the Maroon Edition committee will sponsor a campus drive to collect backpacks and school supplies needed to fill them. A major campus drive is scheduled for Sept. 25, the weekend of the MSU-Georgia football game on campus. A collection pod will be located between Colvard Student Union and the YMCA building on East Lee Boulevard beginning Sept. 25.
Among supplies needed for each backpack are new fabric backpacks, one package of lined notebook paper, one composition book, two packages of No. 2 pencils with erasers, one box of colored pencils, one box of Crayola crayons, one pair of blunt-end scissors, a ruler and a zippered pencil bag.

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