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Volume 1, Issue 7
Friday, December 8, 2006
Edited by
Jennifer Rogers

Mississippi's Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning

News from the System University News
yellowarrowLetter from Board President, Dr. D.E. Magee, Jr. yellowarrowMUW Proceeds with Facilities Master Plan
yellowarrowSREB Doctoral Scholars Attend Faculty Diversity Institute in Miami yellowarrowEnglish Professor, Wife Co-edit Anthology of Midlife Experiences
yellowarrowStatistical Information Available on Planning and Research Pages of Site yellowarrowSouthern Miss' College of Business Hosts Golden Eagle Challenge
yellowarrowFinal 2006 IHL Today Luncheon Held in Columbus yellowarrowASU Hosts ESPN's J.A. Adande as Featured Speaker
  yellowarrowESPN2 to Feature Delta State and Grand Valley in Semis on Sunday
  yellowarrowEric Stringfellow to Host WJSU Weekly Rountable Segment
  yellowarrowCompany to Manufacture Wearable Fuel Cells for Personal, Soldier Power
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Dr. D.E. Magee, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
Letter from Board President, Dr. D.E. Magee, Jr.

Dear IHL Constituents,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I appreciate this opportunity to update you on the Board’s search for the next institutional executive officers of Alcorn State University and the University of Southern Mississippi...

Read the entire letter from Board President, Dr. D.E. Magee, Jr..

Pearl Pennington (left) with Dr. Natasha Satcher at the Compact for Faculty Diversity's 13th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

Mississippi's SREB Doctoral Scholars
SREB Doctoral Scholars Attend Faculty Diversity Institute in Miami
A delegation of Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars, university administrators, faculty mentors, and IHL's Director of Academic Student Affairs Pearl Pennington attended the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s 13th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, held in October in Miami, Florida. The Compact seeks to address the minority faculty shortage by providing racial/ethnic minority students with support to pursue doctoral degrees and become college professors. Dr. Maurice Eftink, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, described the SREB Doctoral Scholars program as a “higher education human resource development activity.” The conference brought together over 1,000 doctoral scholars, postdoctoral scholars, and aspiring doctoral candidates from across the country for networking and mentoring opportunities. Also in attendance were faculty recruiters from all over the country. At the conference, four Doctoral Scholars from Mississippi universities were recognized for successfully completing their doctoral degrees. Joe Anderson, Jr., earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Mississippi; Tina Lee earned her criminal justice doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi; Natasha Satcher earned a doctorate in human performance from the University of Southern Mississippi; and Stevie Watson earned a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. IHL provides financial support for Doctoral Scholars attending Jackson State, Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi and its Medical Center, and Southern Miss. Each scholar receives a $15,000 award administered by the SREB. The participating universities provide tuition waivers and other financial support and match each scholar with a mentor. Natasha Satcher described her experience in the program. “It is unfortunate that other doctoral students miss out on such a highly informative, supportive, and motivational program. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and the University of Southern Mississippi. I have truly been blessed by being a part of an outstanding program. Thanks for making a difference and being more than a check and a hand shake!”
Statistical Information Available on Research and Planning Pages of IHL Website
The Office of Research and Planning offers a wealth of information on their section of the IHL website. The site houses the IHL System Profile for years 2000 through 2006, as well as statistical information on enrollment, degrees awarded, employees (gender, race, rank, salary, etc.), financial aid and tuition, and credit hours taken. Also on the site are the mission statements of each university, a data dictionary, an inventory of academic programs offered at each university, and information on Carnegie and SREB classifications. Visit the Office of Research and Planning online.

State legislators and business leaders attend the IHL Today luncheon in Columbus.

Bobby Harper, retired Region President of Cadence Bank, hosted the luncheon.

Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, presented the keynote address.
Final 2006 IHL Today Luncheon Held in Columbus

Commissioner Meredith met with state legislators and business and community leaders on Monday in Columbus at the last of 12 luncheons held throughout the state to spread the message of the importance of higher education in Mississippi. Monday’s IHL Today luncheon was hosted by recently retired Region President of Cadence Bank, Mr. Bobby Harper, and coordinated by Mississippi University for Women. During the keynote address, Commissioner Meredith outlined the benefits of higher education to individuals and the state; discussed changes in appropriations and tuition; and provided an overview of the current state of Mississippi’s public university system. He also challenged attendees to help spread the message of the importance of higher education. “We believe we can change the future of Mississippi through education, but we must work together,” he said. Similar luncheons were held in Cleveland, Starkville, Oxford, Greenwood, Biloxi, Meridian, Southaven, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Tupelo and Vicksburg. The Commissioner also presented the information to IHL executive office staff on Wednesday. See picture: Commissioner Meredith gives IHL Today presentation to IHL executive office staff

The information distributed during the IHL Today luncheons is available for download in the Public Information quadrant of the IHL website.

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.

MUW Proceeds with Facilities Master Plan

Mississippi University for Women's 20-year Facilities Master Plan, which was unveiled in 2003, is well under way with approximately $27.7 million spent on phase one. Highlights of the three-phase plan include renovation of existing buildings and construction of new buildings to support academic programs, strengthen residential and student life functions, rationalize the delivery of students services, and establish a strong identity for the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, addressing parking needs, and making changes in landscaping. Projects completed in phase one include the $5.2 million renovations of Martin Hall for Nursing and of Cochran Hall for Student Services, repairs to Peyton and Fant Halls for $700,000, high voltage upgrades for $650,000 and additional security lighting for $325,000. Renovations to the Physical Plant Warehouse and construction of a new Grounds and Automotive Building for a total of $1.3 million also were recently completed. Significant progress in the amount of $12.8 million has been made on Emma Ody Pohl Hall and the Marie Charlotte Stark University Recreation Center. Construction on the $13.5 million projects began in the spring of 2005 and should be completed by January 2007. The university expects to have furniture and equipment delivered and installed in February.

Six Inducted into Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at MUW

English Professor, Wife Co-edit Anthology of Midlife Experiences
Middle of life can be complex, whether it means raising children, taking care of aging parents or nursing one's own midlife crisis. 20 Over 40, a new collection of 20 short stories by authors over age 40, explores these complexities. Edited by University of Mississippi English professor David Galef and wife Beth Weinhouse, the book addresses both the humor and perils of the often-ignored middle age. Galef and Weinhouse, a magazine editor, spent two years combing through hundreds of stories to compile a wide range of narratives for their book. "What we found gratifying was how many extremely accomplished authors, no longer in the bloom of youth, were just waiting for a collection like this, and told us so," said Galef, administrator of UM's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. "In 20 Over 40, the stories address worry over life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all of which become a bit challenged in middle age." Weinhouse, who came up with the idea for the book after reading an anthology several years earlier by writers under age 30, said that she thought midlife would be a particularly rich literary topic because it is so varied and has been somewhat ignored. 20 Over 40 features a variety of midlife experiences written by some well-known authors, and others who are being published for the first time. Read more.

Sociology Professor Discusses New Book on Straight Edge Culture on BBC Radio

Student Moot Court Board Revives Publication on Undecided Legal Issues

Southern Miss' College of Business Hosts Second Annual Golden Eagle Challenge
Nine teams of graduate students from the University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business will square off to pitch their plans for start-up businesses to a panel of mock investors in the Second Annual Southern Miss Golden Eagle Challenge on this week. The students have spent most of the semester developing products or services, branding them with fictional company names, and writing business plans that could garner investments from financiers. Dr. Jon Carr, a Southern Miss associate professor of management and director of the competition, says that while the students will be pitching business plans for fictional companies, the products and services that they produce are real and could conceivably be commercialized in various markets. "This competition gives students a sense of the requirements and perseverance required to become entrepreneurs," said Carr. "The plans they develop have the potential to be actually funded and moved into the commercial sector." The panel of judges, composed of six executives from various local and national businesses, will rate each team with numerical scores in three areas-the written business plan, the presentation and the viability of the company. The overall goal of the panel is to reach consensus on the company that represents the best investment opportunity. Learn more.

State Auditor to Speak at Southern Miss Fall 2006 Graduation

Royal Walker Named President of National Organization

Southern Miss Grad Strives to Curb Drunk Driving

Southern Miss Gulf Coast English Professor Honored

ESPN's Around the Horn Panelist and Los Angeles Times Writer J.A. Adande Featured Speaker at November McCormick Tribune Speaker's Series Event
Los Angeles Times sports columnist and panelist for ESPN's highly acclaimed Around the Horn telecast Joshua Ade Adande visited Alcorn State University Department of Mass Communications as a featured speaker within McCormick Tribune Speaker's Series on November 16th, 2007 at 12:00 pm. Adande, who has been a full-time staff writer for the Chicago Sun Times and Washington Post, has covered such illustrious events such as the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and World Cup 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has held positions at The Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and The San Bernardino Sun. His work has also appeared in the annual "Best American Sports Writing" Series. Mr. Adande is also an esteemed member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Mr. Adande motivated Alcorn State University students by describing his life hardships, giving helpful information about internships, and lectured about the importance of minorities in the field of communications. Learn more.

Student Engagement Office and International and Multicultural Student Organization Plan Holiday Events

ESPN2 to Feature Delta State and Grand Valley in Semis on Sunday
It just feels right! The NCAA announced that ESPN2 will nationally televise the NCAA D2 semifinal between the Statesmen of Delta State University and the Lakers of Grand Valley State University on Sunday, December 10, at 6 p.m. After three years of disappointment and misalignment of the stars, senior quarterback Scott Eyster and fifth year head coach Rick Rhoades have led the Statesmen to the national semi-finals this season. The Statesmen will travel to Allendale, Michigan, where they will face the undefeated, defending national champion Lakers (13-0). "We are very excited about this opportunity to showcase our football team, student-athletes, and Delta State University on a national stage," said DSU head coach Rick Rhoades. Sunday's game will mark the first meeting between the Statesmen and Lakers on the gridiron. "There is no denying Grand Valley State has a great team, but I think we have proved this season that we can compete with anyone in the country," said Rhoades. "We've been down this road before and I know our guys will be ready when the whistle is blown on Sunday." Learn more.

Shawhan to Present Keynote Address at Delta State's Fall Commencement

Delta State Honors Area Leaders with 3rd Annual Community Recognition Luncheon, Continue to Celebrate New Theme 'Health & Wellness in the Delta'

Eric Stringfellow to Host New WJSU Weekly Roundtable Segment
Clarion-Ledger metro columnist and Jackson State University alumnus Eric Stringfellow is scheduled to debut a new WJSU-88.5 weekly roundtable discussion segment on Dec. 8. "The Metro Journal" will air at 7:45 a.m. each Friday with a repeat at 4:45 p.m. With more than 20 years of journalism experience, Stringfellow already has a loyal following through his hard-hitting, informative and thought-provoking columns. "Some of the topics will include local, regional and statewide politics, sports and even the latest news," said Gina Carter, WJSU assistant general manager/development director. "If it is affecting Jackson, it will be a part of the roundtable," she said. "It is all designed not to necessarily tell people what to think, but to give people something to think about. Our mission is to educate, inform and entertain and we promise you that this program will do more than that." Stringfellow said he also is excited about the new show, calling it "a forum that is desperately needed in Jackson." He went on to say, "I've done broadcasting before and this gives me an opportunity to do things that you can't do in a column, such as engaging dialogue with people and other guests that will be on the program." For more information on "The Metro Journal," call Gina Carter at (601) 979-8672. Listen online. Learn more. See picture: Eric Stringfellow.

JSU Student Lands Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad
Jackson State University student, Takeshia Fields, was recently named a Gilman Scholar. She received a $3,000 scholarship to study in Costa Rica for one semester. Fields is JSU's second Gilman Scholar. For more information about the Study Abroad Program, Division of International Studies, call Eddie Brown, Office of Public Relations, at (601) 979-1457. See picture: Takeshia Fields.

Company to Manufacture Wearable Fuel Cells for Personal, Soldier Power
A California-based company that manufactures wearable fuel cells for consumer and military applications will launch operations in Starkville early next year and work with Mississippi State researchers to refine its product. Ardica Technologies, an innovative micro fuel cell-manufacturing company headquartered in San Francisco, plans to set up shop in Starkville, according to MSU research vice president Colin Scanes. Tom Covington, Ardica's chief executive officer, said the company's Starkville location will grow to 10 employees in 2007 and expand its production staff over time. MSU graduates are expected to compete for jobs. Ardica produces hydrogen cartridges and fuel cells that can be used for a wide range of applications. The independent company will collaborate with MSU chemical engineers who are conducting research on similar portable power sources. Learn more.

MSU Researchers Help State Furniture Industry Compete Globally

MSU Archaeologist Receives National Organization's Highest Award

MSU Lowering Age for Retiree-Age Students to Attend Free

MSU Faculty Artist Offers Work to Support Conservation Group

Dec. 5-15 - USM graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Design will celebrate their academic achievements with an exhibition of their works at the university's Museum of Art in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200. Learn more.

Dec. 8-9 - MSU alumni, Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and former Tupelo Mayor Glenn L. McCullough Jr., will address MSU fall graduates in separate ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum. Tuck, an Oktibbeha County native, will be the featured speaker at a 7 p.m. commencement program Friday, Dec. 8. McCullough, also former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, will address another group of MSU graduates Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. Learn more.

Dec. 9 - Starkville/MSU Symphony and Chorus presents "Holiday Gems, Guitar and Gloria," a free concert to celebrate the sounds of the holiday season, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Lee Hall auditorium. Learn more.

Dec. 10 - JSU will host its Annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. in the F.D. Hall Music Center on the JSU campus. The concert will feature Jackson State choral ensembles, including the University Chorale, University Choir, University Women's Chorus, University Men's Chorus, University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the JSU Singers. Conductors are Willenham Castilla and Loretta Galbreath. For more information, call (601) 979-2141.

Dec. 13 - ASU graduate Jessica LaShawn Williams, a 2005 English literature major, will hold a book release party at 6:30 p.m. on 651 West Washington Blvd., Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate the publication of her first book of poetry, I Never Knew What Time It Was. For more information contact Ms. Williams via email or phone at (773) 220 9708. Read more.

Dec. 15 - UM Chancellor Robert Khayat plans to discuss recent successes at Ole Miss and the vision for the university's future when the Ole Miss Luncheon Series visits Natchez. Sponsored by the Ole Miss Alumni Association, the event is slated for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. To guarantee seats to the event, attendees are encouraged to register online. For more information, for assistance related to a disability, or to register by phone, call 662-915-7375. Learn more.

Dec. 16 - The USM Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble and Samba Band will present its ever-popular "Rhythms of Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Building auditorium in Hattiesburg. This family holiday concert spectacular, of rhythmic proportions with a touch of jazz, will transform traditional Christmas music into toe-tapping, reggae fun. Learn more.

Jan. 7 - The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will face off against Ohio in the GMAC Bowl, in Mobile, Alabama, at 7 p.m. This will be the ninth bowl game appearance in the last 10 years for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles last played in the GMAC Bowl in 2000 when they defeated TCU, 28-21. Get tickets.

Feb. 22 - MUW's Honors Forum presents Arun Gandhi, grandson of the legendary peace fighter and spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, at 6:30 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall. For more information, contact the Honors College at 662-241-6850.

Look for the next issue December 15 .
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