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Volume 4, Issue 6
Friday, March 27, 2009
Edited by Jennifer Rogers
University News
News from the System
State Senate Honors MSU's Radvanyi
Board Approves New Academic Units
Youth Experience History at MSU's 4-H Learning Center
Chancellor, Commissioner Search Advisory Committees Meet
Harris to Head MUW Police Department
Legislative Update: Bond Bill, Stimulus, Schedule
Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden Receives National Recognition
Mississippi Higher Ed Reps Attend Course Redesign Conf.
Jake McGraw Named Ole Miss' 13th Truman Scholar
America Reads-MS Celebrates Read Across America Day
Tiny Babies, Big Hopes
Noted Author Judy Blume to Headline Book Festival at USM
USM Gulf Coast Nominates 14 Students for Who's Who
ASU Animal Science Students Host Purdue University Students
Distinguished Journalism Scholar and Author Lectures at DSU
Jackson State Brings New Life to Historic COFO Building
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Items included in the "University News" section of the System Review are submitted each week by the universities. These items are listed in rotating alphabetical order by university.

Board Approves New Academic Units
During its regular monthly meeting on March 19, the IHL Board approved new academic units at two of its institutions: the School of Professional Studies at the Mississippi University for Women and the Department of Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, the Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law, and the Department of Educational Studies and Research at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Board also approved modifications to existing academic units. View the March Board Book for more information.

Chancellor, Commissioner Search Advisory Committees Meet
The Search Advisory Committees for the positions of Chancellor at the University of Mississippi (UM) and Commissioner of Higher Education held orientations with executive search consultant Parker Executive Search this week. The Search Advisory Committee for the next Chancellor at the University of Mississippi, chaired by Dr. Alice Clark, UM's vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, met Thursday, March 26 on the University of Mississippi campus, and the Search Advisory Committee for the next Commissioner of Higher Education, chaired by University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat, met Friday, March 27 in the IHL Board Room. See a complete list of Search Advisory Committee members. The Search Advisory Committees discussed the search process employed by the Board, signed a Code of Ethics, and discussed what they are looking for in their respective institutional executive officers. For more information on either search, including a timeline of events, visit the IHL institutional executive officer search website.

Legislative Update: Bond Bill, Stimulus, Schedule
Bond Bill: State legislators have passed House Bill 1722, which provides $35 million in bonds for IHL building projects. The bill, which specifically funds safety projects at the Mississippi University for Women and Jackson State University, allocated bond funds with broad authority to the universities as follows:
  • Alcorn State University, $2.5 million
  • Delta State University, $3.3 million and 3.75 million for the repair, renovation, and construction of Phase I of Caylor-White and Walters Hall
  • Jackson State University, $3.6 million
  • Mississippi State University, $4.7 million
  • Mississippi State University Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, $3.5 million
  • Mississippi University for Women, $1.5 million
  • Mississippi Valley State University, $2.5 million
  • University of Mississippi, $4.7 million
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, $2.5 million
  • University of Southern Mississippi, $4.7 million
  • University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Campus, $1.0 million
  • IHL Education and Research Campus, $0.5 million
The bill also authorizes the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration to transfer the state-owned 101 Capitol Center property located at 101 West Capitol Street to Jackson State University.

Stimulus: Mississippi is expected to file its assurance before the April deadline, to begin the flow of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funds to the state, and written guidance on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund should be available next week from the U.S. Department of Education. A Mississippi Stimulus Website was launched by the Governor on March 25 to provide updates and information.

Schedule: The Mississippi Legislature schedule has changed. The policymakers will recess on Tuesday, March 31, and will return on Monday, May 4 and/or Monday, June 1; however, the Speaker of the House or the Lieutenant Governor may convene the Legislature at any time during this sixty day period.

For more information about House Bill 1722, federal stimulus funds, or legislative activity, contact IHL Assistant Commissioner for Governmental Relations Dr. Jim Borsig.

Mississippi Higher Ed Reps Attend Course Redesign Conf.
IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs staff and more than 30 faculty and administrators from the state's universities and six community and junior colleges attended the National Center for Academic Transformation's Third Annual Redesign Alliance Conference in Orlando, Fla., March. 22-24. Mississippi's delegation attended the conference to prepare for a partnership between the state's universities and community and junior colleges to expand the project of redesigning developmental math courses into the community and junior colleges. Sixteen projects are currently underway at the universities to redesign large-enrollment, multi-section courses with the dual goal of improving student learning and reducing instructional costs. Six of the state's community and junior colleges have expressed an interest in joining the universities to learn and implement the proven, effective methods of course redesign developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). This IHL/community and junior college partnership and expansion of the redesign efforts will be funded through Mississippi's Lumina Foundation Making Opportunity Affordable grant. Dr. Jimmy Clarke, Mississippi's state advisor for the Lumina grant, attended the conference and worked with Mississippi's delegation. For more information about course redesign or the Lumina Foundation grant, contact IHL Assistant Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lynn House.

America Reads - Mississippi Celebrates Read Across America Day
Three-year-old Nathan Brown, a patient at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, sits with his mother Cheryl Pomerlee and listens eagerly as Susan Gregersen of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service reads the Dr. Seuss classic Go Dog Go.
On March 2, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM) AmeriCorps members planned and implemented 85 projects throughout the state for Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day is a national day of service, which is observed each year during the first week in March to celebrate the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. In conjunction with the National Education Association, Read Across America's main focus is to promote and motivate children to read, while sending a message that reading is fun. Read Across America Day activities in Mississippi were as varied and entertaining as the works of the celebrated author and included local community leaders, parents, members of youth organizations, city officials, and other volunteers. Staff from the IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service spent the day reading Dr. Seuss books to children at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson. Read Across America Day activities were coordinated by ARM Special Projects Coordinator Nikitna Barnes. To learn more about ARM and upcoming ARM service projects, contact Nikitna Barnes.

State Senate Honors MSU's Radvanyi
The Mississippi Senate this week honored a longtime Mississippi State University professor for his pioneering work in international security studies. Janos Radvanyi, who holds the Radvanyi Chair in International Studies, was presented a special resolution commending his service and designating him an "Honorary Ambassador for the State of Mississippi." Radvanyi has been at Mississippi State since 1972, and founded the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies a decade later. In 1996, following his tenure as a history professor and head of the center, the university named him the first chairholder for the newly established Endowed Chair for International Security and Strategic Studies. Sen. Gary Jackson (R-Kilmichael) presented the Hungarian native with a plaque featuring a copy of Senate Concurrent Resolution 600 in a ceremony on the Senate floor, citing Radvanyi's tireless service and work during his 37-year career at Mississippi State. "Dr. Radvanyi truly has brought international issues to the forefront in our state, and has been a visionary in promoting the study of critical security concerns ranging from environmental threats to Russian resurgence," said MSU President Mark Keenum. "He has been a tremendous force in helping define global concerns." Learn more.

Omnibus Bill Funds 'Significant' Projects at Mississippi State

MSU Student-based Recycling Effort Making Campus Impact

Federally Supported MSU Project to Restore Harrison Beaches

MSU Opens Vaults, Invites Public to View 'Treasures'

Youth Experience History at MSU's 4-H Learning Center
Young people learn Mississippi history through textbooks, but visiting the 4-H Learning Center and Pete Frierson Museum in Jackson can give them a unique opportunity to experience the past through the eyes of their ancestors. More than 30,000 youth have toured the learning center since it opened in December 2007 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum complex on Lakeland Drive. Some visitors were veteran while others were only vaguely aware of 4-H and the opportunities it affords youth. Many youth have had their curiosity stirred, and as a result, 4-H has gained new members. "The center is a wonderful teaching tool for us and is symbolic of the partnership between the 4-H program and the people of Mississippi," said 4-H state program leader Susan Holder. "It demonstrates that we can be connected to our past and celebrate our heritage by learning about events that shaped Mississippi and our country." 4-H had its beginnings in Mississippi in the 1900s. The Frierson 4-H museum at the learning center features exhibits that highlight each decade of 4-H in the state. The center uses distance and interactive learning to reach modern youth accustomed to communication through the Internet, cell phones and audiovisual technologies. It has a computer laboratory that allows youth to connect with 4-H events as they happen. Learn more.

Horses Age Gracefully on MSU Health-Care Plans

MSU Wildlife Research Helps Tortoise Species by Mapping Habitats

KFC Funds Poultry Assistantship at MSU

New MSU Mapping Tool Markets Mississippi Food Products

Harris to Head MUW Police Department
John Calvin Harris Sr. has been named chief of police of Mississippi University for Women's Police Department. He will join MUW in April. The Meridian native has been chief of campus police for Meridian Community College since June 2005. He joined Meridian Community College in 1995 and worked his way up through the ranks. "I'm excited to be a part of a great institution such as MUW and look forward to working with the campus community," he said. Harris has more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement and private security and worked as a corporate security investigator/corporate security officer for four years at Federal Express' airport hub facility in Indianapolis, Ind. Harris also worked as a patrolman with the city of Meridian Police Department. Learn more.

MUW Art & Design Building Dedicated

Wilson Wins Honors for Presidential Coverage

Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden Receives National Recognition
Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden was recognized recently by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists during its 40th Anniversary Conference held March 18-22 in Houston, Texas. Dr. Golden was presented the Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award, an annual recognition of outstanding political science professors who demonstrate the same spirit of mentoring and commitment to students as Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, a founding member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in political science. The award honors the lifetime accomplishments of this extraordinary individual while supporting the development of talented professionals who mentor African American students/youth at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition, Dr. Golden, a former president of the NCBPS, received a plaque for her contributions to the organization during the last 20-plus years. Learn more.

Manhattans Featured at Annual MVSU Scholarship Gala

Nontumbi Tutu Highlights Third Annual MVSU International Week

Jake McGraw Named University of Mississippi's 13th Truman Scholar
Despite the gloomy weather outside, Jake McGraw was all smiles Wednesday morning when he walked into the Lyceum and was congratulated by a roomful of people on being named the University of Mississippi's latest Truman Scholar. "Jake McGraw continues a strong tradition at Ole Miss by being selected as a 2009 Truman scholar," said Chancellor Robert Khayat. "His stellar academic performance, coupled with his involvement in student life, cultural, social and political issues, as well as his leadership skills, have resulted in his selection. We expect Jake McGraw to emerge as a leader of his generation." McGraw, son of Ken McGraw and Jo Ann O'Quin of Oxford, is a public policy leadership and economics major expected to graduate in May 2010. He holds a Lott Leadership Scholarship, as well as a National Merit Scholarship and a Robert C. Byrd University Scholarship. A member of UM's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, he is the 13th UM student to receive the award, which was established by Congress in 1975 to honor the 33rd U.S. president. McGraw is an intern at the William Winter Institute at UM, and is one of the founders and chief coordinator for One Mississippi, the student organization seeking mechanisms for racial reconciliation on campus. He also serves on the Mississippi Truth and Reconciliation Commission and hope s to earn a dual Master of Public Administration and law degree at the University of North Carolina, with a focus on rural economic development. Learn more.

UM to 'Power Down' as Part of 'Green' Computing Initiative

Winter Institute Hosts Second Annual Meeting This Weekend

2009 Senior Class Raising Funds to Commemorate Presidential Debate

Archiving of Historic Papers Uncovers Signatures of Presidents, Author, Politicians

Tiny Babies, Big Hopes
One out of every 100 infants born each year in Mississippi dies before his or her first birthday. Could the solution be as simple as providing primary care and social support to mothers? Sponsors of a new program launching this month plan to find out. The Interpregnancy Care Project of Mississippi is a combined effort between University of Mississippi Health Care, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the World Health Organization's Collaborative Center for Reproductive Health. ICPM addresses one of the leading causes of infant mortality in the state: very low birth weight - less than 3.3 pounds. In 2007, only a small percentage of women - between 2 to 4 percent - delivered very low birth weight babies in Mississippi. However, these births accounted for 51.2 percent of the infant deaths in the state. Learn more.

SON Faculty Shine at Nightingale Ceremony

Leaving a Firm Foundation

How Stimulating?

Benghuzzi, Ballard Make HEADWAE

Noted Author Judy Blume to Headline Book Festival at Southern Miss
Nationally-recognized children's book author Judy Blume will receive the 2009 Southern Miss Medallion during the 42nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi April 1-3. This event, hosted each year by the School of Library and Information Science, welcomes more than 500 teachers and librarians for sessions and workshops with some of the country's most recognized authors, illustrators and experts in children's literature. The 2009 festival features Blume, along with eight other highly esteemed authors and illustrators whose works total more than 100 publications. This year's 42nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is in honor of the late Coleen Cole Salley, a University of New Orleans distinguished professor of children's literature and children's book author. Blume is author of more than 20 classics of children's and young adult literature and most famous for such works as "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Blubber," "Just as Long as We're Together" and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge in such books as "Fudge-a-mania." She has also written three New York Times bestseller adult novels. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold and translated into 31 languages. Her recognitions include the National Book Foundation Medal for the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Award. Learn more.

Children's Literature Author Borden to Present at University Forum March 31

Center for Spectator Sports Security Management to Conduct First Workshop at Jaguar Stadium

Southern Miss Softball Team Pitches in for Habitat for Humanity

Southern Miss Implements Early Registration for Students with Veterans Benefits

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Selects 14 Students for Who's Who Nominations
The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 14 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2008-09 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Students were selected based on leadership, extracurricular activities and community contributions throughout their academic career. Additionally, students must graduate in the current academic year. Undergraduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75. Learn more.

College of Business Dean to Present Issues + Answers Lecture April 2

Alcorn Animal Science Students Host Purdue University Students
Alcorn State University's animal science students hosted 34 students from Purdue University's animal industry class on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Natchez, MS. The students visited Carter Horse Training Farm where they participated in horse exercises before traveling to the Pine Log Plantation Captive Cervidae (deer) farm to view the exotic species available for hunting. This trip down south was born of a chance meeting between Dr. Dalton McAfee and Dr. Mark Russell from Purdue when they worked on a Hurricane Katrina relief effort project together. Dr. Russell was quite eager to have his students visit the Southern states and see agriculture from our perspective. Learn more.

Alcorn State Scientist Co-edits a Special Issue for World Renowned Journal

Outstanding Achievements of Two Alcorn State Members Recognized by Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Russian University Delegation Comes to Alcorn to Establish Dual Degree Program

Alcorn Advanced Technology Department Faculty Presents Paper on Breast Cancer Detection

Distinguished Journalism Scholar and Author Lectures at Delta State
Distinguished journalism scholar, Dr. John C. Merrill, lectured on "The 7 Myths of Journalism" Monday, March 23 at the Delta State University Alumni Foundation. An expert on media issues, Dr. Merrill began his academic career at Delta State - and went on to international prominence as a journalism educator, philosopher, and author of 29 books. He is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri, and has lectured extensively throughout the world. Merrill assured the large crowd in attendance that, although print journalism is experiencing changes, "this is not the funeral for print journalism." He acknowledged the impact of electronic media but noted, "I see a future for print journalism in more rural areas. That's where I believe traditional print journalism will remain." An entertaining and thought-provoking lecturer, Dr. Merrill discussed his seven myths: journalism as a profession, journalism providing democratic stimulus, the people's "right to know," free press in the U.S., the people's "right of access" to the media, journalism is unbiased and objective, and newspapers are newspapers. Learn more.

Hit Irish Music Show Celtic Crossroads Comes to Delta State

28th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference Set For April 8

Delta State University Alumni Association to Host Annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil at Statesmen Park

DSU Sports Hall of Fame to Welcome Seven New Members; William and McCool to be Enshrined in Alumni Coaches HoF

Jackson State Brings New Life to Historic COFO Building
During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Council of Federated Organizations building in Jackson was a hub of activity. It housed the city's first black radio station and was home base for organizations like the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the NAACP. With funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jackson State University is moving forward with plans to renovate the COFO building complex that includes 1011, 1013 and 1017 John R. Lynch St. The university held a restoration ceremony at noon Saturday, March 21, at 1017 John R. Lynch St. Learn more.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Speaks at Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Luncheon - April 17

Visit from NASA's Stennis Space Center Director Raises Jackson State's Profile

March 27 - Students will bring science to life at the Mississippi Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Mississippi. Learn more.

March 27-29 - Ole Miss theatre arts students are performing the American classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Fulton Chapel. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $10.50 for general admission, $8.50 for seniors and $7 for UM students with valid IDs. For more information, call (662) 915-7411. Learn more.

March 30 - Mississippi State University's Academic Outreach & Distance MBA presents "Writing Right for the Web" webinar at Memorial Hall from noon until 1:30 p.m. Robert E. Johnson, editor of "Your Higher Education" marketing newsletter will lead the program. For more information, call (662) 325-2655. Learn more.

March 30 - Mississippi State University's Global Lecture Series/Arts & Sciences/CAB presents 2008 Nobel Laureate for Literature, J.M.G. LeClezio, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall auditorium. LeClezio's MSU visit is his only scheduled public appearance in the United States. Learn more.

March 30-April 3 - Jackson State University's Division of International Studies will host its annual International Week on the university's downtown campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson, Miss. Learn more.

March 30-April 5 - JSU's MADDRAMA Performing Arts Troupe will sponsor several performances during MADDRAMA Week. While admission is "pay what you can," all contributions go towards scholarships for students. Learn more.

March 30-May 3 - Astronomy and art intersect in "The Artist's Universe," on display at UM's University Museum, featuring 31 paintings of real and imaginary outer space scenes; and "The World at Night," on exhibit at the J.D. Williams Library, featuring 30 photographs of beautiful sites against a night sky. Learn more.

April 1 - Peter Matthiessen's controversial book "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" is to be continuously read aloud by volunteers in front of UM's Bondurant Hall from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of an anti-censorship event. Sponsored by the Department of English, the event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

April 2 - Delta State University will present "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters", a matinee, in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. For ticket information, please call the Arts Education office at (662) 846-4844. Learn more.

April 2 - The College of Business at Southern Miss Gulf Coast and the Sun Herald present Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the university's College of Business, who will present a lecture on the current economy. The free lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on the Gulf Park Campus. Learn more.

April 2-3 - In its third year, MSU Extension's "Mississippi Women in Agriculture - Annie's Project," targets women who are often the sole decision makers in their agricultural enterprises. The year's first seminar will be at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road. Contact womeninag@ext.msstate.edu. Learn more.

April 3-4 - At the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House every age group can experience live animal demonstrations and exhibits. Admission is free. Pre-registration, especially for groups, is strongly recommended. To schedule tours, call (662) 325-1103. Learn more.

April 4 - Mississippi State University's Black Voices gospel choir presents its annual spring concert at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall auditorium. Earnest Pugh will perform as a special guest recording artist. Learn more.

April 7 - The Jackson State University Department of Speech Communication and Theatre will host its third annual spoken word creative fest/conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College of Business, located on the main campus at 1400 John R. Lynch St., in Jackson, Miss. Admission is free. Learn more.

April 7 - Mississippi University for Women's College of Business and Legal Studies will host an energy conference to take a look at the impact of a comprehensive national energy policy on economic stability and growth. The conference will be held in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

April 9 - The Pecan Orchard Workshop will be at MSU's Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact David Ingram at (601) 857-2284 or davidi@ext.msstate.edu. Learn more.

Look for the next issue April 10.
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