By NEMS Daily Journal
Organization to help Tupelo Schools
TUPELO – Joining Hands to Lift Students, an organization created to support Tupelo’s public schools, has created a website to inform people of ways they can volunteer to help Tupelo students.
Anyone in the community who wants to help can go to www.tupeloschools.com and click on “community/volunteer opportunities” to view a variety of possibilities.
“We found so many proactive groups forming in the churches and communities, all trying to make a positive difference for our students, that we thought it would be helpful to make it easier to volunteer,” said Gina Thorderson, committee chair.
The organization is working with the city, the school district and local businesses to help lift students to a higher level in Tupelo.
Sign-up held for ICC shortened terms
FULTON – Registration is ongoing for fall ARROW terms at both the Itawamba Community College Fulton and Tupelo campuses.
ARROW terms are shortened-term options, primarily to offer flexibility for students who are late in enrolling and/or beginning classes in the regular semester.
Registration for ARROW I, the eLearning eight-week term, will continue through the first day of classes today. Final examinations are scheduled for Oct. 5-11. Registration for the traditional 12-week term will be Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, when classes begin. Classes end Dec. 11.
Students may register by visiting the Student Affairs office on either campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call (662) 862-8000 or (662) 620-5000.
Author heads Freshman Convocation
OXFORD – This year’s freshman class at the University of Mississippi will be greeted by a best-selling author and receive a limited edition coin at the annual Freshman Convocation.
Tom Franklin, assistant professor of fiction writing in the Ole Miss Department of English, is the keynote speaker for the event, set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tad Smith Coliseum.
Earlier this year, a committee of UM faculty, staff and students chose Franklin’s most recent novel, “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” as the 2012 Common Reading Experience book. All freshmen received the book at orientation, and it will make up a large part of the EDHE 105 Freshman Year Experience and WRIT 101 course curricula.
“I hope that these freshmen will consider we shouldn’t be so quick to judge,” Franklin said.
Event studies black men’s academics
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University will host a day-long conference on Aug. 31 designed to identify and address the scholastic needs of male students of color at the university and beyond.
Titled “Human Capital: Enhancing the Academic Achievement of Men of Color,” the free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s Foster Ballroom and other locations in the building.
Early registration is encouraged and can be completed at https://www.odep.msstate .edu/moc/index.php.
UM experts work with Higgs boson
OXFORD – Faculty and postdoctoral researchers in the University of Mississippi Department of Physics played major roles in the research and discovery of the Higgs boson, the subatomic particle thought to be responsible for all mass in the universe. The discovery was announced July 4.
The university’s contributions included the calibration and computer simulations of hadron calorimeters, devices used to determine the energies of any particles emerging from the proton-proton collision. UM physicists researched and developed these devices and the Silicon Tracker system, used to observe the trajectories, direction and momentum of charged particles.