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					System Review
Volume 4, Issue 6
March 27, 2009

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

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
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.

Items included in the “Un iversity News” section of the System Review are submitted each week by the
universities. The news items are listed in rotating alphabetical o rder by university.

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

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, b ut 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 a t 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

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 mor ning
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 C hancellor
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 o f 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. Howe ver, 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 Souther n
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 libraria ns 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

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 Progra m

Alcorn Advanced Technology Department Faculty Presents Paper on Breast Cancer

Distinguished Journalis m 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

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

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 admiss ion, $8.50 for seniors
and $7 for UM students with valid IDs. For more information, call (662) 915-7411. Learn

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 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 annua l
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 Learn more.

Look for the next issue April 10.

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