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.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI NEWS
The Pride of Mississippi Perform at Lambeau Field
"Awesome" was the buzzword of the day for band members and directors from the University of Southern Mississippi who traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sunday, October 22, to perform for fans attending the Green Bay Packers game against the St. Louis Rams. The 245-member Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, including the renowned Dixie Darlings dance team, was invited by the Green Bay Packers organization for the game. The band is directed by Mr. Jamie Standland and Dr. Reginald Houze. See pictures online.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. Speaks About Environmental Destiny
Flutist Sir James Galway Performed with University Orchestra
Southern Miss Researchers Test Alternative Energy Production
World Wide Association Recognizes Southern Miss’ Support of Katrina Victim Assistance
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
MSU Dedicates New Residence Hall
In ceremonies preceding Mississippi State's October 28 Southeastern Conference football game between the Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats, the university formally opened its newest student housing facility in the Northeast Campus complex. Public dedication ceremonies for the 82,000-square-foot Louis A. Hurst Jr. Residence Hall honored a longtime contributor to MSU's College of Business and Industry. Amenities in the new residence hall include double-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms, individual room heating and air conditioning units, and cable television. Read more.
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY – AFV DIVISION NEWS
New Book by MSU Professor Takes Readers on Outdoor Adventures
A collection of short stories and conservational essays by a veteran Mississippi State fisheries biologist and nationally recognized conservationist is now on bookshelves. "Tracks" reflects on the 20-year professional career—spent largely outdoors—of university professor Donald C. Jackson. The 279-page collection is published by University Press of Mississippi. Jackson is a teacher and researcher in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, a part of the College of Forest Resources. Read more.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Valley Professor Develops Calculator to Aid Catfish Farmers
Mississippi Valley State University Assistant Professor Rachel Beecham and Phillip Pearson a colleague at the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Pine Bluff have developed a liquid oxygen calculator, known as the LOX Calculator for Fasted Channel Catfish, to assist catfish farmers in computing the amount of oxygen consumed by fish in holding nets and live-haul tanks. "Live haulers can use the LOX Calculator to find out if they carry enough liquid oxygen to keep fish alive if they break down or have to wait at a processing plant," explained Dr. Beecham. Calculated values act as a guide for setting aerator flow rates in the grading nets and haul tanks. The calculator also provides benefit-cost data related to the use of a diffused oxygen aeration system. The calculator was developed from the results of scientific studies of catfish respiration conducted by Dr. Beecham and Mr. Pearson and reported in the "North American Journal of Aquaculture." See picture: Dr. Rachel Beecham and two MVSU students conduct research in a catfish pond on the Itta Bena campus.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI NEWS
Chemistry, Biology and Engineering Pique Interests of Students from Two Delta-Area Schools
More than 185 students from two Delta-area schools, Charleston High School and Quitman County Middle School, got an up-close-and-personal look at four programs of national need Tuesday, October 24, at the University of Mississippi’s annual Science Day. The students were given a tour of the host departments of Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and witnessed a "magic show" of chemistry and physics demonstrations. "The idea is to turn (the students) on to the sciences and engineering as possible career choices," said Murrell Godfrey, assistant professor and director of forensic chemistry at UM. "These students are bright enough to successfully pursue professions in science, mathematics, engineering and technology fields, but they first have to be made aware of what is available to them in terms of educational opportunities here." Read more.
Innovative Gift from Jim 'N Nick's Benefits Southern Foodways Alliance
New Book Provides Sampling of Gov. William Winter's Writings
Museum's Annual Holiday Collectible Available Featuring Lafayette Courthouse
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER NEWS
Funding Woes May Cause Tobacco Treatment Center to Go Up in Smoke
John Hargrave, a 59-year-old heart patient, has been smoking for years, and the cigarettes are killing him. He has tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking many times. Now, with the help of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Dentistry’s ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research, he hasn’t smoked in about a month. Nevertheless, the center may not be able to help Hargrave much longer. A $2 million annual grant from the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, which helps fund the center’s clinical services, appears to be in jeopardy because of recent court rulings. The award-winning nationally known center has guaranteed funding only through November 30. Read more.
Oct. 28 – USM hosts the formal dedication of the Thad Cochran Center at 2:00 p.m. The senator will be on hand for the event and will attend the ensuing Southern Miss - East Carolina football game at M.M. Roberts Stadium, where he will also be recognized during half-time.
Nov. 4 – MVSU hosts Community College Day and Fall Open House. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the W.A. Butts Social Science Building. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 662-254-3347.
Nov. 5 – UM presents "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Performances begin at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Learn more.
Nov. 6 - Dec. 2 – MSU presents “Six Degrees,” an exhibition of the work of six senior fine arts majors. The works will be featured in the McComas Hall gallery. Learn more.
Nov. 7-9 – MVSU Communication Department presents "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," a play by Ntozake Shange. Curtains open at 6:30 p.m. each night in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium. For more information, contact instructor Barbara Baymon at 662.254.3645.
Nov. 13 – MSU hosts New York-based Ailey II, a nationally acclaimed dance troupe, which will present a signature program of works by contemporary choreographers at 7:30 p.m. in historic Lee Hall auditorium as part of the university's 2006-07 Lyceum Series. Learn more.