STARKVILLE - For the fifth year in a row, a Mississippi State University student is the top banking and finance major in Mississippi higher education.
William J. "Will" Robbins, a senior finance major from Pontotoc, is the 2012 Orrin H. Swayze Jr. Scholar of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association. He is the son of Jerry and Julie Robbins.
The annual recognition program is the association's tribute to the former senior officer at Jackson-based Trustmark Bank (then First National Bank of Jackson). It is also designed to encourage university and college graduates to pursue in-state banking careers.
The award was presented during the organization's recent conference at Point Clear, Ala., where Robbins accepted the $2,500 award and a medallion.
UM offers WebIDs for parents
OXFORD - After months of planning and work, the University of Mississippi's Office of Information Technology has launched a way for parents of Ole Miss students to receive WebIDs in order to view academic data, pay bills and use other campus services.
Students can specify the type of access that parents have: view academic data such as grades, class schedules and absences; view financial aid awards and pay bills. Parents can not receive WebIDs without being authorized by their students.
Students can authorize their parents to receive WebIDs from within their MyOleMiss account by selecting the "Student" tab then "My Profile" and finally "Access for Relatives/Guardinas." Creating a parent WebID takes 24 hours.
An additional option allows parents to receive the same REBALERT emergency text notifications that students receive.
Actress Heaton to speak at MSU
STARKVILLE - Emmy Award-winning actress and television sitcom star Patricia Heaton will be the featured speaker at Mississippi State University for the 2012 Delta Gamma Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics.
Free and open to all, the April 16 event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Humphrey Coliseum. The Delta Gamma social sorority chapter is sponsor.
Over her career, Heaton has starred in numerous productions, most notably her role as a wife and mother opposite Ray Romano in the television comedy series "Everybody Loves Raymond." She currently stars as supermom Frankie in the ABC Network situation comedy "The Middle."
A mother of four, she is an outspoken advocate of pro-life feminism.
MUW investment club wins TVA Investment Challenge
COLUMBUS - For the past few years, Mississippi University for Women students have participated in managing stock portfolios for the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of its TVA Investment Challenge.
Their hard work paid off, as they won the most recent competition, earning a 14.94 percent return on their portfolio. The second-place team earned only 6.8 percent. The club finished in eighth place in 2010.
Club members include Terence Nicholson, Jase Sayre, Chun Chen, Savannah Tubbs, Lucy Oyeleye, Shristina Shrestha and David Omotola.
Ecocritic to discuss Shakespeare standard in Oxford on Tuesday
OXFORD - Noted scholar Robert Watson gives the 40th annual James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance at the University of Mississippi on Tuesday.
His lecture, "Eco vs. Ego in Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream," is a free public event at 7 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium.
Ecocriticism is the study of literature and environment. Watson is a profressor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles.