System Preliminary Enrollment Figures Released
For the first time in the state's history, enrollment at Mississippi's eight public universities has surpassed 70,000 students. Preliminary Fall 2007 enrollment figures show an increase of 1.2 percent in the student population, up from 69,941 students in Fall 2006 to 70,800 students in Fall 2007. "For thirteen consecutive years, enrollment at Mississippi's public universities has increased," said Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith. "This continued growth in the number of individuals seeking a university education is a very positive sign for our state and absolutely necessary if Mississippi is going to compete in the global marketplace." Preliminary enrollment figures are unduplicated and count students one time regardless of their campus enrollment. The Fall 2007 unduplicated headcounts per institution are as follows:
|Delta State University
|Jackson State University
|Mississippi State University
|Mississippi University for Women
|Mississippi Valley State University
|University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Medical Center
|University of Southern Mississippi
Sykes Makes Rounds to Discusses Articulation Agreement
IHL Assistant Commissioner for Community and Junior College Relations Dr. Reginald Sykes has been touring the state to promote awareness of the articulation agreement between the state's 15 community and junior colleges and eight public universities. The recently updated articulation agreement outlines the two-year college courses accepted for transfer credit at the universities, and it exists primarily to help community/junior college students take the appropriate courses for transfer. Dr. Sykes met Wednesday with nearly 200 deans, department heads, program advisors, and student services administrators at Mississippi State University to help them better understand how to use the articulation agreement to help students. "We want to see more students transfer into our universities, so we have to make the process easier," he said. "Better communication with the community colleges and consistent, widespread use of the articulation agreement will help us improve our transfer rates." Nearly 70 percent of first-time freshmen in Mississippi are enrolled in the state's community and junior colleges. With hopes of encouraging more of these students to transfer to Mississippi's universities, Dr. Sykes has also visited Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, and Mississippi University for Women. Trips to Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Southern Mississippi are being scheduled. For more information, contact Dr. Sykes
at (601) 432-6458.
|Campus Leaders Attend Homeland Security Workshop
Mississippi's public universities and the IHL
Executive Office, along with representatives
from the state's community and private colleges,
attended a half-day workshop at the Mississippi
Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The
workshop was designed to help participants
understand the purpose of the Department of
Homeland Security and the relevance of the
department's work to higher education.
Institutions of higher learning must be involved
in homeland security planning, because these
institutions often host large entertainment
events, house national research facilities,
handle nuclear and biological materials, and
deal with animal and environmental concerns.
Moreover, there are 4,000 higher education
institutions in the U.S. that service over 15
million students and employ several million
faculty and staff. The workshop helped
participants identify areas of potential concern
on their campuses, and helped them better
understand the principles of incident readiness
and response. For more information, visit www.homelandsecurity.ms.gov
IHL Sept. Board Meeting Next Week in Oxford
The IHL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting next Wednesday and Thursday, September 19 and 20, in the Ballroom of the Paul B. Johnson Commons Building on the University of Mississippi campus, Dormitory Row, University, MS, 38677. The Wednesday meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the Thursday meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. As part of the two-day meeting, Dr. Joseph Paul, vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the findings and recommendations of the Tuition Task Force, which convened in February 2007 to think creatively about tuition and to consider any and all options for making a university education more affordable to those who want one. Dr. Bucky Wesley, vice president for student services at Mississippi University for Women, will present the findings and recommendations of the Financial Aid Task Force, which convened in March 2007 to assess current state and institutional financial aid policies and programs to determine ways to increase access to universities and improve student success. The IHL Office of Finance and Administration has provided staff support for both task forces, which were comprised of various university representatives System-wide. Various Board committees, including Budget, Finance, and Audit; Educational Policies and Programs; Legal; Real Estate and Facilities; and Governance, will meet as part of the Board meeting. An executive session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.
|#14 - Universities Improve Workforce Flexibility
(Top 15 Ways Universities Benefit Mississippi)
universities grant bachelor's degrees and
graduate degrees, which afford degree holders
increased workforce flexibility. More education
means more options for employment. After all, a
brain surgeon can always deliver pizzas, but it
doesn't work the other way around. Nearly 9
percent of Mississippi's population with less
than a high school diploma is unemployed,
compared to only 3 percent of those with a
bachelor's degree. View national
unemployment rates by education level and race
in the recently released report Education
Items included in the “University News” section of the System Review are submitted each week by the universities. The news items are listed in rotating alphabetical order by university.
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, & VETERINARY MEDICINE NEWS
Katrina Still Impacts State’s Forest Industry
Katrina left 5 million acres of broken timber in its wake along the Gulf Coast. The U.S. Forest Service estimated that the volume of damaged wood across the Southeast was enough to build 800,000 single-family homes. Researchers at Mississippi State University (MSU) are measuring the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the structure, performance, capacity, and future of the region’s lumber industry. “Following Hurricane Katrina, many off-the-cuff observations were made about the regional lumber industry, but tangible data was lacking,” said Thomas McConnell, a graduate student in the College of Forest Resources at MSU. Through a survey of lumber mills, McConnell is clarifying many aspects of Katrina’s impact. The survey showed lumber production was significantly and negatively influenced by Hurricane Katrina. Some mills reduced average production up to 15 percent. The storm’s impact was felt on local markets as almost 3 percent of the mills shut down following Katrina.
Rural Safety Days Help Children Teach Adults
Potential Cat Disease Increases Tick Concerns
Tour Takes Producers to Soybean Rust Sites
4-H Technology Program Builds Career Foundations
MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN NEWS
Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss to Headline MUW’s Welty Gala
On Thursday, Sept.
27, presidential historian Michael Beschloss will speak
during the 2007 Welty Gala sponsored by Mississippi
University for Women's Foundation. The event will be
held at 7 p.m. in the Pope Banquet Room on the MUW
campus. Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the
author of eight books including the acclaimed New
York Times best-seller The Conquerors:
Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's
Germany, 1941-1945. His latest book, published in
May, is Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How
They Changed America, 1789-1989, which Kirkus
Reviews calls, “Engrossing. . .marvelous. . .and
judicious. . .” Newsweek has called Beschloss
“the nation's leading Presidential historian.” He serves
as NBC News Presidential Historian and is a regular on
PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Beschloss’s
book Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2
Affair, was called “a grand narrative...crowded
with well-drawn portraits” by the New Yorker.
The Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation is the major
sponsor of the Welty Series of events this fall. For
more information, contact Mary Margaret Roberts at (662)
329-7151 or email email@example.com
MUW Mathematics Professors Score Big Outside the Classroom
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Experiences Enrollment Increase for First-Time
Mississippi Valley State University has 42 more first-time freshmen entering the institution this fall in comparison to the same time a year ago. There are 490 first-time freshmen compared to 448 in the Fall 2006 semester. Overall, MVSU’s enrollment dropped slightly under 5 percent compared to last year. Currently there are 3,009 students compared to the 3,162 students in Fall 2006. During Fall 2005, there were 3,165 students. In January of this year, the University enrolled 3,042 students during the Spring 2007 registration. “The number of students enrolled hits us right where we want to be for the resources we have and for our ability to accommodate the number of students in residential housing,” said Debbie Montgomery, director of public relations. More students are living on campus than in years past, said Montgomery. “We’re in the process of constructing two new residential halls, one for men and one for women, so we can accommodate more students. We’re at capacity as far as on-campus housing,” she said, adding there were approximately 900 students residing on campus. The estimated $10.4 million construction projects are the first residential housing projects in more than 35 years on the 57-year-old campus. “Until we can get to a point where the resources are improved, 3,000 is a good number for Valley,” Montgomery said.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI NEWS
Animal Model Explores Treatment of Anxiety,
A novel animal model of
clinical depression devised by a University of
Mississippi research psychologist shows promise for
better diagnosis and treatment of the syndrome and may
result in a technology patent for the university. "There
is certainly room for improvement across the board in
treating those who suffer from clinical depression.
Researchers are beginning to identify new areas in the
brain that we need to target for better drug therapy
treatment," said Ken Sufka, professor of psychology and
pharmacology. Sufka is also a research scientist at the
National Center for Natural Products Research. He has
been studying the connection between anxiety and
depression for several years, seeking ways to better
diagnose and treat clinical depression. Besides
developing a novel animal model of this clinical
syndrome, Sufka's study suggests that anxiety may be a
prelude to a depressive disorder. His research includes
work with socially raised chicks, which were monitored
in observation chambers and the frequency of their
vocalizations automatically tallied. In the December
2006 issue of the journal Behavioural
Pharmacology, Sufka presents his novel
anxiety-depression continuum model and argues against
the conventional belief that anxiety and depression are
separate clinical syndromes. In a follow-up article,
soon to be published in the Journal of
, Sufka demonstrates the pharmacological sensitivity of the chick model as a potential drug screening test.
Counseling Center Offers New Substance Abuse Programs
Lenoir Hall Dining Program Prepares Students for Restaurant Careers
Pharmacy Students Begin Professional Phase of Program with White Coat Ceremony
Mayo Siblings Surprise Parents with Ole Miss First Scholarship
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER NEWS
Offers Hope for Stroke Victims
second of diagnosis and treatment counts when it comes to the nation’s third-leading cause of death. That’s why several doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) have come together to redesign “Code Gray,” a protocol that can save lives and prevent permanent disabilities from stroke. According to Dr. Hartmut Uschmann, assistant professor and vice chair of neurology, the arrival or expected arrival of a patient suspected or known to have a stroke, either ischemic or hemorrhagic, must be announced urgently and at the same time to a number of key personnel that will be involved in the immediate care of that patient. “For that reason, a ‘Code Gray’ protocol was instituted at UMC in 1997,” he said. “The system, however, fell out of place when the leading physician left.” Enter Uschmann, who is passionate about educating Mississippians about stoke awareness. “We want to become stroke certified by the Joint Commission,” Uschmann said. “We decided to revamp the ‘Code Gray,’ and now we are back online with the new system.”
Physiology Faculty, Students Recognized for Outstanding Research
UMC Receives NMDP Distinction for Bone Marrow Transplant Excellence
Student Outreach Program Introduces Minority Students to Health Care Field
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI NEWS
Participates in Panel on Central High Integration
prestigious panel of journalists and scholars that
includes a University of Southern Mississippi
administrator will meet tonight to discuss the media’s
coverage of the historic integration of Little Rock’s
Central High School. Dr. David R. Davies, dean of the
Southern Miss Honors College and an associate professor
of journalism, will take part in the panel discussion
“Covering Little Rock” at the Clinton School of Public
Service from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Little Rock. The
program coincides with the 50th anniversary of the
landmark civil rights event and is a celebration of the
publication of Breaking News: How the Associated
Press has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else.
“The Central High desegregation crisis was a turning
point for the nation's media. It was among the first
national stories centered on civil rights, and it gave
us both incredible journalism and shining examples of
editorial leadership,” Davies said. "I'm absolutely
thrilled to be back in Little Rock to reflect on this."
Davies covered the Little Rock school desegregation case
as it lingered into the 1980s when he was a reporter for
the Arkansas Gazette. He is the author of
The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront
and has also signed a contract with Northwestern University Press to do a book on the national press and the civil rights movement.
School of Social Work Director Receives Merit Award
Southern Miss Arts Initiative to Showcase Faculty, Student Work
Cochran Center Room Named in Honor of Gold Leaf Society
Ward Serves on State Committee for Redesign of Teacher Preparation
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST NEWS
Volunteers Help Landscape at Southern Miss Gulf
Martha Saunders, president of The University of Southern Mississippi, visited with Stan Milam and Terri Newton under the Friendship Oak at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus earlier this week. Milam and Newton, who are visiting from Janesville, Wis., are spending several days on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to volunteer at the Gulf Park campus, spreading mulch on the fitness trail, planting ferns near the Friendship Oak, and tackling other landscaping tasks. Janesville is located near the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where Dr. Saunders previously served as chancellor before coming to Southern Miss. Check out the photo of Dr. Saunders meeting with Stan and Terri under the Friendship Oak at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Russian University to Visit Alcorn
Alcorn State University continues
to provide students, faculty, and staff with unique and enriching experiences. The School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences (AREAS), Global Programs, and the University Relations office organized a visit with a group from one of the oldest Agricultural Schools in Russia, Voronezh State Agricultural University (VSAU). The group will be on campus Wednesday, September 19, and Thursday, September 20, 2007. The group includes the president of VSAU, the vice president of international affairs, two faculty members, and an interpreter. This trip is the follow-up to the recent visit of the group from the School of AREAS to Voronezh, Russia. The primary purpose of the reciprocal visit is to discuss and sign an agreement of cooperation between the two institutions. The mutually beneficial cooperation will include student and faculty exchange and administrators’ collaboration, as well as joint research projects.Learn more.
DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Madison Center to Welcome Justice Lamar, Sept.
Each year, Delta State University’s Madison Center honors the U.S. Constitution on or about Sept. 17, the original adoption date of the Constitution in 1787. This year, the Madison Center, under the direction of Dr. Garry Jennings, will welcome back to campus Delta State alumna, Associate Justice Ann H. Lamar. Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, Justice Lamar’s presentation will be held in the Henry J. Jacobs Conference Center in Ewing Hall at 12:15 p.m. on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675. A native of Senatobia, Justice Lamar was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court on May 21, 2007, becoming the third woman to serve on the State’s Supreme Court. Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Justice Lamar to the vacancy created by the retirement of Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb.
Pig Pickin' Moves to Statesmen Park
Delta State Wright Art Center Gallery to Host First Exhibition of Year
Statesmen Climb to No. 7 in Latest AFCA Top 25 Poll
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Jackson State University Shows Significant Growth In Student Enrollment
State University’s (JSU) student enrollment is up 5.4 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, Sept. 12, from Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the school’s governing body. Preliminary numbers show that Jackson State’s enrollment has increased from 8,256 in fall 2006 to 8,699 in fall 2007. “This is a good thing,” says President Ronald Mason, Jr. “Across the board, there is a high level of interest in what we do and how we do it.” Strong student retention and additional graduate students are both contributing factors to the enrollment increase, says Dr. Willie Brown, vice president for information management. “We’ve made a concerted effort to improve retention, particularly through our First Year Experience Program which assesses the strengths and weaknesses of freshman and transfer students. We assist them and continue to monitor them,” Brown says. “It looks like we are seeing the benefits of that.” Velvelyn Foster, vice president of academic affairs and student life, credits JSU faculty, staff, and administrators for improving academic programs and creating an attractive educational environment. “The increase attests to the quality of Jackson State’s programs and the national recognition the university is gaining in the areas of education, the sciences, engineering, and technology. It is also a plus that our engineering programs have recently been notified of accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.”
JSU’s School of Engineering Earns Accreditation for Undergrad Programs
JSU Hosting International Symposium on Environmental Health Research
Agreement Allows JSU Students to Intern with U. S. Immigration and Customs
JSU’S Trent Lott Center Hosting Geospatial Data Course
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Mississippi State Announces Record High Enrollment
For the first time in its 129-year-history, Mississippi State is surpassing the 17,000-mark in enrollment. The university announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, a record enrollment of 17,039, including the largest-ever freshman class of 2,281 entering students, as fall 2007 classes get under way. The total includes an all-time high at the MSU-Meridian campus and a record number of graduate students, said President Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong. Mississippi State traditionally reports unduplicated enrollment on the 10th class day. "We've really gone out and told the Mississippi State story, and it's clear that students see the value of 'stepping into the Maroon,'" Foglesong said. "We're also very proud of the academic qualifications of our students, with the average ACT score for entering freshmen a very impressive 23.6 this year." Fall 2007 enrollment exceeds the previous year by more than 800 students, with more than 16,200 on the Starkville campus.
National Defense Intelligence College Leader to Visit MSU
Book by MSU Grad Student Defines Oktoc, Other Native Place Names
MSU to Formally Open Welcome Center, Clock Museum
Dance, Drama, Music Featured in MSU's Lyceum Series
Sept. 14 - Jackson State
University will host the BET Black College Tour and
Interactive Fair at Gibbs-Green Plaza. The event will
feature career counseling, live entertainment, and free
gifts. For more information, call (601) 979-3706.
- Urkhan Alakbarov, a geneticist from Baku,
Azerbaijan, will be a guest lecturer at Mississippi Valley
State University. Dr. Azerbaijan will speak at 9 a.m. and
at 10 a.m. in the Science Building.
Sept. 14-15 - Parents and family of entering freshmen and transfer students are invited to the University of Mississippi's Fall Parents/Family Weekend, featuring a reception, open houses, faculty presentations, and a telecast of the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football game. Learn more.
Sept. 17 - Southern Miss
string faculty will perform in concert at Parkway
Heights Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18-19 - Mississippi State University's graduate business programs, MBA program, and Industrial Outreach Service will host the university's Business Leadership Summit, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the Palmeiro Center's Griffis Boardroom. For more information, contact Barbara Spencer at (662) 325-1891. Learn more.
Sept. 19 - Mississippi State's Instructional Media Center presents "Faces and Spaces: Social Networking Sites," a workshop showing how social networking websites have changed the way people interact on the Internet. The program in Mitchell Memorial Library's Giles Classroom begins at 3 p.m. Learn more.
Sept. 20 - Jackson State
University will hold a Graduate and Professional Schools
Information Day for juniors and seniors considering
graduate school from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the General
Purpose Room of the Jacob Reddix Campus Union. For more
information, call (601) 979-2477 or email alisa.s.hughes@jsums
Sept. 20 - Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources presents its Carlton Owen Lecture Series at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall Tully Auditorium. MSU alumnus Chris Zinkhan will discuss "The Evolution of Southern Timberland Markets." Learn more.
Sept. 20 -
The University of Southern
Mississippi Gulf Coast College of Arts and
Letters presents the Mississippi Governor's Candidate Debate between
Haley Barbour and John Arthur Eaves, Jr., beginning at 7 p.m. at
the Saenger Theatre for the Performing Arts on Reynoir
Street in Biloxi. Learn more.
Sept. 20-21 - An interactive mobile exhibit that gives visitors a simulated journey into space comes to the University of Mississippi. NASA's Vision for Space Exploration Experience allows patrons to experience a virtual journey to the moon and Mars, surrounded by stars and other planets. Learn more.
Sept. 21 -
part of the Cirque USA tour, performs at the University
of Mississippi Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The show,
featuring more than 20 acrobats performing physical
feats of balance, flexibility, strength, and
coordination, is the first of three shows in the Ford
Center's new Family Friendly Series. Learn more. Sept. 25, Oct. 23, and Nov.
7 - Mississippi State University Division
of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine is
sponsoring Mississippi Women in Agriculture, a three-day
intensive business management seminar for farmwomen. For
more information, call Suzie Manning at (662) 325-3080
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 4 -
Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine hosts an Ornamental
Horticulture Field Day at Poplarville's South
Mississippi Branch Experiment Station beginning at 8:30
a.m. Nurserymen, homeowners, and landscapers will get
the latest information about the coastal green
industry. Learn more.
Oct. 6 - Jackson State will host "High School Community College Day" for prospective students. For more information, call (601) 979-2913. Learn more.
Oct. 8 - The
University of Southern Mississippi's DuBard
School Lecture Series, featuring "When You and Your
Child Can't Communicate: Coping with Language and Speech
Disorders” will be presented from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the
DuBard School. Learn more.
Oct. 12-13 -
Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine hosts the Fall Flower
& Garden Fest at Crystal Springs' Truck Crops Branch
Experiment Station. The Southeast's biggest gardening
and horticulture event features three acres of
vegetable, flower, and herb gardens. Learn more.
Oct. 12 - The
Ninth Annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni
Association Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held at
Shadow Ridge. Learn more.
Mississippi University for Women hosts the Nineteenth
Annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium, “Amending
but never taking back” Hope and Despair as the “Closest
Blood” in Southern Literature
Nov. 8-10 - Delta State will partner to present the first-ever Mississippi Delta Children's Arts & Letters festival, spotlighting the children of the Delta, their books and the authors and illustrators who create them. Learn more.