Public summit at BancorpSouth will spotlight pre-K education TUPELO – The public is invited to the first Early Childhood Summit to be held on Wednesday from 9:30 a

By NEMS Daily Journal

Public summit at BancorpSouth will spotlight pre-K education
TUPELO – The public is invited to the first Early Childhood Summit to be held on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. Co-sponsored by the CREATE Foundation’s Committee on the Future of Northeast Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s Early Childhood Institute, the summit will seek to bring together school superintendents, elementary principals, child-care directors and community leaders.
Speakers include Steve Suitts, vice president of the Southern Education Foundation; Lynn Darling, the director of the Early Childhood Institute; Danny Spreitler, executive director of the Gilmore Foundation; and Cathy Grace, who serves as Gilmore’s director of early childhood programs.

Workshop planned Tuesday for Tupelo reading volunteers
TUPELO – A reading workshop will be offered on Tuesday for volunteers who are interested in listening to students read in Tupelo’s kindergarten to fifth-grade schools. The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hancock Leadership Center. The free workshop is being sponsored by “Joining Hands to Lift Students.”
To sign up, email Gina Thorderson at gthorder@yahoo.com.

Tupelo High School to host annual college fair in gymnasium
TUPELO – Tupelo High School is hosting its annual College Fair from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the school’s gymnasium.
The evening will feature nearly 60 colleges and universities and is open to students and parents interested in finding out more information about admissions, financial aid and academic opportunities. In addition, The Get2College Center from Jackson is partnering with Gear Up to present a workshop titled “Now is the Time – Financial Aid Starts Here.” The workshop will be at 6 p.m. in a classroom in the gymnasium.
For additional information, email scblakey@tupeloschools.com or call Mary Thomas at (662) 841-8970.

MUW to hold series of stakeholder dialogue sessions this month
COLUMBUS – Mississippi University for Women has planned a series of campus dialogue sessions this month to help chart the future direction of the university, MUW President Jim Borsig said.
“We are working with a highly regarded strategic branding and communications firm to facilitate discussions with our many stakeholders because we feel it is important to hear all voices as we determine our course for the next chapter of The W,” he said.
Pensacola, Fla.-based idgroup will lead six broad-based discussions with groups that include faculty, students, staff, alumni, business community and government leaders, Borsig said.
Based on feedback from each four-hour dialogue session, the institution will begin the work of crafting a strategic marketing and communications plan and frame for a branding message.

Science cafe focuses on Newton and his discovery of gravity
OXFORD – Isaac Newton and his groundbreaking theory of gravity are the focus for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The fall semester’s second meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Lusa Pastry Cafe, 1120 N. Lamar Ave. in Oxford. Theresa Levitt, associate professor of history, will discuss “Isaac Newton, Alchemy and the Invention of Gravity.” The program is free and open to the public.
Levitt’s 30-minute presentation will detail how Newton’s two pursuits – heliocentrism and alchemy – combined the year he discovered gravity. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session.