Education Notes

StatePride funds faculty support, scholarships
– Mississippi State University will award a total of $1 million to 400 members of its faculty base in one-time $2,500 financial awards.
The awards are made possible by StatePride, the school’s four-year fundraising initiative. The awards recognize outstanding performance in keeping with the university’s tri-fold mission of teaching, research and service.
Funds immediately available from StatePride are also providing $1 million in student scholarships for the current fall semester.
MSU President Mark Keenum launched StatePride at his investiture ceremony in 2009. It has raised more than $42 million toward its $100 million goal.
Daytime concerts will be offered for K-5 students
– Special daytime concerts for children in grades K-5 on Oct. 1 will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. general admission performance by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association.
Three performances geared especially for children will be presented at 8:45 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bettersworth Auditorium in MSU Lee Hall in an annual event that draws thousands of youngsters from around the area.
For more information, see or call 662-325-3070.
ICC schedules homecoming activities
– ICC’s 2010 homecoming will be Oct. 9 on the Itawamba Community College Fulton campus.
Plans include a reunion of the 1954-56 classes in the Student Services Building executive dining room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dedication of Itawamba Hall at 11 a.m. and a reunion of all former ICC Indians (from all sports), coaches and cheerleaders in the grove by the football stadium at 1 p.m.
Alumnus of the Year Bill Jackson of Pontotoc will be recognized at 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building lobby, and former professional football players Tim Bowens and Ernest Dye will also be honored at that ceremony. There will be a recognition of the Athletic Hall of Fame at 2:40 p.m. at Lambert Stadium, and ICC will take on Coahoma at 3 p.m.
For information, call the Alumni office at (662) 862-8176, email or visit ICC’s website at
ICC sets dates for October GED tests
– The high school equivalency test will be given at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center on Oct. 2, 6, 13, 20 and 27 and at the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16. The test will begin at 7:30 each morning. For more information, contact the ICC GED Department at (662) 620-5249.
New UM scholarships focus on overcoming adversity
– Edith Kelly-Green has committed a deferred gift of $375,000 to endow three new University of Mississippi scholarships to help young people, particularly those who have overcome adversity.
The scholarships are named for Kelly-Green and for her 85-year-old mother-in-law, Marion Mullin Kelly Gordon, and her 27-year-old daughter, Jayna Kelly. Kelly-Green was the first African-American woman hired at the public accounting firm she joined after earning a UM accountancy degree.
First preference for the scholarships will be given to Mississippi students, and the second preference to Tennessee students. The Gordon Scholarship will be awarded for any academic major and the Kelly Scholarship will go to biology majors. The Kelly-Green fund will be directed to accountancy majors.
Northeast to host Dixie Marching Band Championship
– Northeast Mississippi Community College’s “Showband from Tigerland” will host 15 of the best high school bands in the region at the 29th-annual Dixie Marching Band Championship at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 2.
Competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and gates will open at noon. Admission is $5, but children under kindergarten age will be admitted free.
Bands scheduled to participate are Aberdeen, Alcorn Central, Athens (Ala.), Baldwyn, Breighton (Tenn.), Booneville, Columbus, Kossuth, Itawamba, Milan (Tenn.), North Pontotoc, Ripley, Starkville Academy, Tishomingo County and Vernon (Ala.).
Northeast’s “Showband from Tigerland” will perform in exhibition at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Northeast’s Director of Bands Bryan Mitchell at (662) 720-7257 or

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