Volume 4, Issue 4
Friday, Febraury 27, 2009
Edited by Jennifer Rogers
University News
News from the System
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Board Celebrates Black History Month; Lauds Best Practices


Black History Month 2009 Community Honoree Representative Charles L. Young

Black History Month 2009 University Honoree Dr. Eddie A. Holloway
During its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, the IHL Board of Trustees honored Black History Month by recognizing Mississippi Representative Charles Young as the Board's 2009 Black History Month community honoree and Dr. Eddie A. Holloway, dean of students and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2009 Black History Month university honoree. The Board also honored individuals from each of Mississippi's other public universities for advancing diversity at their institutions. View a complete list of institutional honorees. Interim Commissioner Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas also announced the 2008 institutional Best Practices. The Best Practices award program highlights efforts that create efficient and effective practices initiated at institutions in the following four categories: Academics; Finance, Business, and Administration; Student Services; and Technology. Institutional winners and information regarding the winning entries can be found online. In other news, the Board approved amendments and additions to Board Policy Section 600 with regard to student affairs and admissions. The Board also named Trustee Bettye Henderson Neely to the post of Vice President of the Board, effective May 8, 2009 and ending May 7, 2010. Current Board Vice President Trustee Scott Ross will move into the Presidential post at that time.

Students, Faculty Honored in Annual HEADWAE Celebration


Lt. Governor Phil Bryant Addresses HEADWAE Honorees


Alcorn State University and Delta State University HEADWAE Honorees

Seventy-two students and faculty were honored Thursday, Feb. 26, during the 22nd Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Program. The honorees, which included one student and one faculty member from each of the 36 higher education institutions in Mississippi, were treated to a tour of the State Capitol, then to a luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson. Mr. Aubrey Patterson, chairman and CEO of BancorpSouth and IHL Board member, delivered the luncheon keynote address. Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, chair of HEADWAE, served as Master of Ceremonies. HEADWAE was established in 1988 by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state's public and private institutions of higher learning. View a PDF list of the 2008-2009 HEADWAE honorees. For more information about HEADWAE, contact IHL Coordinator of Student Affairs and P-16 Initiatives Gloria Miller.

State P-16 Council Reconvened
As part of the work of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Redesign of Teacher Preparation, the IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs has spearheaded the effort to reconvene the state P-16 Council. Representatives of the public and private sectors of education, the legislative bodies, the Governor's office, parent groups, and business and industry met Friday, Feb. 13 to establish a vision and goals for improving pre-kindergarten (P) through university (16) education in Mississippi to move the state forward through community/education partnerships and collaboration. The P-16 Council's kickoff meeting was made possible through support from the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation. Moving forward, the council will select officers to guide meetings and to outline the council's action steps. The overarching goal of the P-16 Council is to establish high academic standards and to raise the academic achievement of all students across the P-16 environment. The council will represent Mississippi's demographic diversity as well as the state's various perspectives on education. For more information, contact IHL Director of P-16 Initiatives Dr. Susan Lee.

UM Chancellor, Commissioner Searches Progress
The searches for a new chancellor of the University of Mississippi (UM) and a new commissioner of higher education continue to move forward. Listening sessions were held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 on the University of Mississippi campus to provide the UM community the opportunity to tell IHL Board Search Committee members what they are looking for in their next chancellor. Minutes and videos of the listening session can be found on the UM Institutional Executive Officer search website. The Board Search Committee for the next commissioner of higher education held similar listening sessions with the members of the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges on Friday, Feb. 20 and with the community and junior college presidents on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The minutes of these meetings have been posted on the Commissioner of Higher Education search website. For more information on both searches, including timelines of events, visit the IEO search website.

February Issue of Mississippi's Business Released
The February issue of Mississippi's Business has been released by the Economics Department of the IHL Office of Policy Research and Planning. The issue, which can be accessed online as a PDF, provides an overview of the state's economic situation as indicated by the leading and coincident indexes. For more information about Mississippi's Business, contact Senior Economist Darrin Webb at (601) 432-6556.

Families to Receive FAFSA Help on Saturday, Feb. 28
Mississippi's first-ever College Goal Sunday will take place at locations throughout the state on Saturday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. College Goal Sunday is a statewide volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for post secondary education. The event brings together financial aid professionals from colleges and universities along with other volunteers to help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This form is required for any student seeking federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans at all colleges in the country. Additional volunteers are welcome. Visit www.mscollegegoalsunday.org to find a location near you and to learn more!

College Readiness Summit on March 4
The first-ever Mississippi College Readiness Summit, sponsored by the Mississippi ACT Council and ACT, will take place next Wednesday, March 4 at the Jackson State University e-Center. Speakers will address how college ready Mississippi students currently are, the initiatives underway and proposed to assist college readiness, the Mississippi high school feedback report, ACT research about course rigor, and how to use college readiness standards. Limited registration will be accepted on site. There is a $30 registration fee, which includes conference materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. For more information, please see the online flyer, or contact Phil Bonfanti or Jay Allen.


DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Delta Music Institute Announces Grand Opening March 7-8
The Delta Music Institute will host a Grand Opening celebration on March 7 and 8 to showcase its new facilities inside the historic Whitfield building on the DSU campus. Several exciting events planned for the celebration will be announced within the next week. The Delta Music Institute began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Corporation in 2003. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music industry. As Mr. Carl explains, "When I first proposed the DMI concept, I made the point that this unique program needed and deserved its own identity, something that would clearly identify it as an area of the University that had a special purpose and mission. Delta Music Institute seemed to be the perfect name for a center within the University that had the primary purpose of bringing attention to the incredible role Delta music played in the creation of modern rock and roll and other forms of music that we now refer to as popular music." Learn more.

LaForge to Present Delta State's 12th Annual Sammy O. Cranford Memorial Lecture in History

Delta State Receives 2008 Best Practices Award

Lady Statesmen Clinch GSC West Title With 73-60 Win Over Golden Suns

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Visit from NASA's Stennis Space Center Director Raises JSU's Profile
In an effort to strengthen ties between Jackson State University and NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, the center's new director paid a visit Feb. 18 to Jackson State's College of Engineering, Science and Technology. "We would like to see all of the universities and NASA have a real connection," said Arthur "Gene" Goldman, who selected Jackson State as his first stop on a tour of Mississippi's universities. "I think we'll be able to have a closer collaboration with where we're headed." Located north of Bay St. Louis, Miss., the Stennis Space Center is NASA's largest rocket engine test complex. Over the years, it has evolved into a multiagency, multidisciplinary center for federal, state, academic and private organizations engaged in space, oceans, environmental programs, and national defense. NASA and Jackson State University have a continuing partnership that supports research and education. The NASA-funded grants and collaborations at Jackson State involve the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the School of Education. During Goldman's visit, he met with leaders of Jackson State's College of Engineering, Science and Technology's academic and research departments and with university President Ronald Mason Jr. Mason to talk about the growth of Jackson State's School of Engineering, which was founded in 2000, and how its new building is just the latest example of how campus construction is raising the profile of the university. Learn more.

John Lewis Guest at Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference

Mississippi's Only MPH and PH.D. Accredited Public Health Program Celebrates Achievement

Mississippi e-Center Expands Online Technology Certificate Courses

Hamer Institute Offers Summer Study for Community College Teachers

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
Southeastern Think Tank Recognizes MSU With Innovator Award
Mississippi State's Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) is being honored by a regional think tank that works to improve economic opportunities and quality of life. The non-partisan Southern Growth Policies Board recently named the university center as one of the 13 winners of its annual Innovator Awards. One award per state is presented among the 13-state organization. The MSU center formally accepts the honor June 8 during the board's annual conference in Biloxi. The center also will be highlighted in the organization's "2009 Report on the Future of the South." Associated with Mississippi State's Bagley College of Engineering and its new Energy Institute, SERC involves 50 campus researchers. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, its scientific team is seeking innovative environmentally and economically sustainable energy sources specific to the Southeastern United States. Since being launched in 1971 by regional governors, the Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB) has worked to create and support economic development policies through partnerships among government, academic, business, and community development sectors. Currently, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is chairman of the group. In addition to Mississippi, SGPB member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more.

Lori Bruce Promoted to MSU Associate Dean of Engineering

Furniture Export Resource Office Established at MSU

 MSU Uses Computer Technology to Examine, Teach about Hurricanes

Improved MSU Student Union 'Showcased' in Publication

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, & VETERINARY MEDICINE
TNT Breakdown Offers Dynamic Research for MSU Honors Undergrad
While scientists are unsure about TNT's long-term effect on the environment as it breaks down, Mississippi State University student Erika Knott discovered a dynamic way to practice the art of forensics through a research project on its degradation. Knott, a junior from Monroe, La., wants to be a forensic scientist for the FBI. She is majoring in biochemistry, which is teaching her to identify and isolate unknown chemical and biological samples. By using molecular-based techniques, forensic scientists also can identify individuals and perhaps solve criminal cases. "Students pursuing scientific fields need opportunities to broaden their knowledge bases and sharpen their analytical skills to develop into the professionals of tomorrow," she said. Knott searched for opportunities to enhance her education and the possibility of future employment or graduate school admission. She had heard about the undergraduate research opportunities offered through the Shackouls Honors College. MSU alumnus Bobby Shackouls and his wife, Judy, donated $10 million to establish an honors community for undergraduate research and academic excellence. Knott applied for a fellowship and was overjoyed when she received one. She used the award to participate in a comparative study of TNT degradation products conducted at a toxicology laboratory in Monroe last summer at the University of Louisiana. Learn more.

MSU Extension Riding Therapy Program Inspires Generous Parents

MSU Emergency Veterinarians Save Dog with Shotgun Pellet in Brain

 Noted Medical Entomologist Returns to MSU with New Ideas

MSU Extension Online Directory Helps Shoppers Find Farmers' Markets

MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN
MUW Provost/VPAA Search in Full Swing
Mississippi University for Women currently is searching for a new provost/vice president for academic affairs following the resignation of Dr. Sandra Jordan who is leaving this summer to assume the provost/VPAA position at Georgia College and State University. "We are thankful for the wonderful job Dr. Jordan has done during her tenure at MUW," said Dr. Claudia Limbert, president. "We have very big shoes to fill, but I feel that it is so important to have a new person in place when Dr. Jordan leaves us. That will allow us to sustain the creativity and the momentum that we are currently enjoying with Dr. Jordan." The provost/VPAA is the second-ranking position on campus, reports directly to the president, and is a member of the President's Cabinet. Limbert named an 18-person campus search committee in January. Chaired by Dr. Joyce Hunt, interim dean of the College of Business and Legal Studies, the committee has had its first meeting and has divided into four subcommittees (campus liaison, candidate evaluation rubric development, reference checking, and technology support) to expedite the process. Learn more.

MUW Art Students Garner Awards at Mississippi Collegiate Art

MUW Historians and Political Scientists Hit the Road

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Mississippi Valley State University Online
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
UM Graduate Student Wins Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Sam Watson, a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Mississippi, can add yet another award to his resume as recipient of a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Trust has awarded 37 new Gates Cambridge Scholarships to American students to pursue master's or doctoral degrees at the University of Cambridge in England. Watson is the first recipient from UM, and one of three from the SEC. He said winning the Gates scholarship is meaningful to him on many levels. "It means a lot to me to receive this award as an Ole Miss student," Watson said. "Several times, when recruiting high school students to Ole Miss, I have been met with skepticism about the opportunities available to students who choose a public school in the South over more prestigious institutions. I think laying the groundwork for more Ole Miss students to get the Gates Cambridge scholarship in the future is a good step, because it really shows that you can take advantage of those opportunities no matter where you come from." Watson, an Oxford native, is a graduate of UM as a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, finishing in May 2008 with a B.S. in math and physics, and a B.A. in classics. He is a Taylor Medalist, a 2006 Goldwater Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Debra Young, associate dean of the Honors College, said the Gates Cambridge is a relatively new scholarship, but it began as one the most prestigious programs in the world. Learn more.

Ken Cyree Named Dean of Business School

'One Mississippi' Students Meet, Plan for More Social Integration on Campus

Scuba Diving: Oxford Style, Far from Open Water for the Sport

Field Station Hosts High School Envirothon with Six Teams Advancing to State Competition

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER
Growing the Discovery Enterprise at UMMC
For all the reasons Mississippi gets knocked on poor health, it's a veritable petri dish for researchers. "Mississippi is a living laboratory for research on many chronic diseases," said Dr. John Hall, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Those include cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Hall leads the Medical Center's efforts to construct world-renowned research programs. He will be the first to say scientific research is medicine's backbone. So it stands to reason that part of UMMC's multi-year research plan is lemons-to-lemonade. Increase research in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, and cancer, and the investigators inevitably will produce results that add to scientific knowledge and improve the lives of Mississippians. "Our major goal is to double research productivity at the University of Mississippi Medical Center," Hall said. "Many people think that means only doubling grant money, but grant money is just a part of it, just a tool to get us there." Learn more.

Conventional Care

Measuring Mississippi's Health Care Progress

UMMC Psychology Training Program Produces Top-notch Academicians

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Theatre Students, Faculty Members Receive Regional Awards
Five students and two faculty members from The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance received awards last week at the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV in Greensboro, N.C. Southern Miss junior Shelby Cade, along with scene partner and fellow student Chris Marroy, received an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, while students Ardice Cotter of Mobile, Ala., and partner Caleb Blackwell of Magee, Miss., were finalists for the same award. Thomas Sowers, a technical theater and design major from Starkville, received honorable mention for his sound design in the Southern Miss 2008 production of "Waiting for the Parade." Greenwood native Cade, who was nominated for her October performance in "Waiting for the Parade," performed a monologue as well as two scenes with Slidell, La., native Marroy at the festival. Stephen Judd, associate professor of theater and the department's head of design, said that 495 students were nominated for the Irene Ryan award in Region IV alone, which spans nine states across the southeast. Out of the 16 finalists chosen, Southern Miss produced both a finalist and a winner. Judd also noted that Sowers placed in the top three in Region IV among 61 sound designers for the Award for Sound Design Excellence, which required a demonstration of Sower's work to professionals in the field. Professors Judd and Monica Hayes were also honored with two of the four faculty awards given at the festival. Learn more.

Southern Miss Photojournalism Student Named Associated Press Intern

Center for Spectator Sports Security Management to Develop Enhanced Technology for IED Response

Famed Fiction Writer to Read in Center for Writers Visitors Series

English Professor's Book Looks at Cultural, Political Impact of Vietnam War Era

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
Southern Miss Students Get Exclusive Tour of IP Casino Resort Spa
Students in the tourism management degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi got an exclusive tour of the IP Casino Resort Spa on Feb. 10, where they were taken to the most exclusive areas within casino, resort, and restaurants. The group of nearly 40 students and faculty were welcomed by the casino's president and general manager Jon Lucas and vice president of marketing and player development Brad Rhines, who answered the students' questions about the casino business. Students were shown the resort's luxurious presidential suite, the casino's Asian-inspired restaurant Tien and granted special permission by the Mississippi Gaming Commission to enter the surveillance room. "The tour was very informative and very thorough," said student Brent Siebenkittel, a junior studying tourism management at both the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. "All the employees had a smile on their face and made a good impression to students and potential future employees." Following the tour, students learned more about the Mississippi Gaming Commission from both the deputy directors and the director of enforcement for the commission. Deputy Director Eddie Williams explained to students the importance of keeping job options open. Learn more.

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Invites Community to Oral History Barbecue

Southern Miss Gulf Park Library to Host Poetry Readings March 5

ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY
Alcorn Scientist Appointed to National Advisory Committee
Dr. Girish Panicker, director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University, has been appointed to the advisory committee of the national Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). The national OFRF's policy program addresses public policy issues that are related to the foundation's overall mission. OFRF conducts analysis of policy issues and provides education to inform the development of public policies that promote organic farming practices. The foundation sponsors research related to organic farming, disseminates research results to farmers, and educates the public and decision-makers regarding organic farming issues. Dr. Panicker, who has several years of experience in the field of organic agriculture in three continents, is among eight scientists selected to the national advisory committee. He will be representing all the 1890 land grant universities. Dr. Panicker, who earned his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University with Dr. Joseph B. Edmond award for outstanding achievement in graduate school, is a nationally certified professional agronomist (CPAg). He has several publications to his credit and is a member of many regional, national, and international agricultural societies. Dr. Panicker has conducted cover and management research on 36 horticultural crops. His organic research methods to enhance the antioxidant content of Rabbiteye blueberries have gained international recognition. Learn more.

NOPBNRCSE Presents Scholarship to Alcorn Students

College for Excellence Receives Mental Health Grant

Alcorn Professor Invited to Speak at GRSS Meeting

Mass Communications Students Win Journalism Competition


Feb. 27 - Soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples, whose contemporary sound has influenced artists from Bob Dylan to Prince, who dubbed her "the epitome of soul," brings her legendary voice to the Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25. Learn more.

Feb. 27 - Southern Miss Music Festival will salute American composer Elliot Carter. Learn more.

March 1-30 - Mississippi State University's Student Counseling Services presents "Day of Beauty," a campaign to explain and describe "beauty" during National Women's Month. Women of all diverse backgrounds and interests are encouraged to participate. For more info, call (662) 325-2091. Learn more.

March 3 - Alcorn State will host a study abroad scholarship information session from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. in the Campus Union, Rooms 7 & 8. The session is sponsored by the Global Programs office. For more information, call (601) 877-6543 or (601) 877-2382.

March 3 - Mississippi State University's Community Action Team presents "From First Impressions to Last," a day-long seminar for community leaders from throughout the state to learn how to create better first impressions of their areas for visitors. For more info, call (662) 325-6703. Learn more.

March 4 - Southern Miss Student Health Fair will offer screenings, demonstrations, and games. Learn more.

March 5 - The MSU Extension Service's Quick Bites lunch-hour interactive video workshop features consumer protection experts at all county Extension offices during National Consumer Protection Week. Learn more.

March 5 - The Patrons of Music organization, a support group for the University of Mississippi music program, hosts its annual benefit concert at 8 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium. The "Big Band Bash" features UM music faculty, as well as guest musicians from the Oxford community. Tickets are $15. Learn more.

March 6 - Mississippi State University's Riley Center in Meridian presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Historic Grand Opera House. Formed in 1937, the Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to bring its great, big band music around the world. For more info, call (601) 696-2200. Learn more.

March 6 - Southern Miss Aspire Benefit Concert will present the brightest Pine Belt talents. Learn more.

March 6-7 - UM is co-sponsoring a free public seminar on dealing with epilepsy at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. The two-day "Seizures and Epilepsy Education Program" focuses not just on the health issues of epilepsy but also on the mental and emotional challenges facing patients and families. Learn more.

March 7-8 - The Everything Garden Expo at MSU's Horse Park features experts in lawns, herbs, vegetables, landscape lighting and ornamentation, roses and container gardening. Learn more.

March 10-12 - Exhibitors and experts from across the U.S. and Canada will lead discussions at MSU's annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond. Learn more.

March 30 - Delta State University will present "Celtic Crossroads" in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7.30 p.m. For ticket information, please call the Box Office at (662) 846-4626. Learn more.

Look for the next issue March 13.
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