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College of Education offers first ever Camp I.N.S.P.I.R.E.- May 20, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State University's College of Education this week is hosting its first Camp I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Introduction and Support in Preparing for the Important Role of an Educator).

Nearly 150 high school students from around the state currently enrolled in the Mississippi Teacher Academy program are on campus for a three-day camp of learning and activities to further their knowledge about the K-12 teaching profession.

"We're excited about camp, and we have more than 20 school districts represented from across the state," said Amy Prisock, the College of Education's recruitment coordinator.

Ginger Tedder, Starkville School District teacher and Mississippi Teacher of the Year first runner-up, is the camp's keynote speaker.

Prisock said Camp I.N.S.P.I.R.E. features entertainment from campus groups like Lab Rats Comedy and special sessions including a presentation from the Mississippi Department of Education's Move to Learn program. Students are attending scheduled activities and have time to explore the MSU campus.

For more information about Camp I.N.S.P.I.R.E., contact Prisock, at or call 662-325-8824.

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MSU College of Education Hosts 8th Annual Research Forum- May 14, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss. — The College of Education at Mississippi State University recently hosted its 8th annual research forum and poster competition for participating students.

Keynote speakers of the event were Lucy Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, and Dennis Bega, National Director of Regional Operations, U.S. Department of Education.

The research forum also included a poster and paper competition awarding cash prizes that was open to graduate and undergraduate College of Education students.

The winners of the graduate student research paper competition were Katerina Sergi, a doctoral educational psychology student, and Ronald Gatewood, a doctoral student in instructional systems and workforce development.

The undergraduate poster winner was educational psychology major Brittany Bane. The award winners for the graduate poster competition were: 1st place, Reeva Morton, 2nd place, Mackenzie Sidwell, and 3rd place, Hallie Smith, who are all school psychology majors.

For more information about the MSU College of Education Research Forum contact Elton Moore, Associate Dean for Research and Assessment at or call 662-325-3717.

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Local MSU students honored in 'non-artist' classroom challenge- May 6, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--Eighteen Mississippi State students are top winners of a unique non-artist art competition taking place in a university course.

Thirteen of the group are Mississippians, two represent Alabama and one each comes from Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

They were among nearly 100 students enrolled during the concluding spring semester in four sections of a history of arts and crafts course.

Taught by instructor Angie Latham, the course is part of the College of Education curriculum in its instructional systems and workforce development department.

In addition to learning about art through the ages, Latham's students were asked to create pieces in one of five categories: multimedia, personal choice, slip-cast models, stained glass and textiles. In recognition of the great 19th-century textile artist William Morris, top winners in textiles received the William Morris Award.

All recently were displayed during the final week of classes in a departmental exhibition. The first-place winners included (by category and hometown):


CLINTON--Nicholas J. "Nick" Pace, a senior biological engineering/biomedical engineering major.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee--Mary A. Smith, a sophomore microbiology major.

FLOWER MOUND, Texas--Madison A. Rice, a sophomore biological science major.

YAZOO CITY--Chastitie L. "Chas" Polk, a senior biochemistry/science major.


BRANDON--Mallory K. Cadenhead, a senior communication/public relations major.

CLINTON--Audrey Anne Estess, a junior liberal arts major.

HATTIESBURG--Zachary B. Johnson, a freshman liberal arts major.

PRATTVILLE, Alabama--Miranda F. Paulk, a sophomore building construction science major.


LONG BEACH--Sean E. Lansdale, a senior industrial technology/industrial automation major.

MANTACHIE--Molly C. Marlin, a senior interdisciplinary studies major.

PHILADELPHIA--Tabby L. Eakes, a sophomore elementary education/middle school studies major.


PACE, Florida--Cecelia L. "Celia" Andreo, a sophomore food science, nutrition and health/food and nutrition major.

PHILADELPHIA--Brittany E. Lipsey, a senior marketing major.

THEODORE, Alabama--Dillon T. Daggett, a junior agricultural engineering technology and business/enterprise management major.


BILOXI--Bianca N. Quade, a sophomore biochemistry/pre-medicine major.

JACKSON--Rebecca L. Hardee, a freshman biological engineering/biomedical engineering major.

MAGNOLIA--Dallas Q. McClendon, a sophomore business economics major.

RIDGELAND--Yen "Haley" Nguyen, a senior biochemistry/pre-dental studies major.

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MSU-Meridian student honored as outstanding teacher intern- April 30, 2015 - MERIDIAN, Miss.--A Philadelphia senior at Mississippi State University-Meridian is the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education selection as the university's top teacher intern for 2014-15.

Haley E. McFarland, a senior special education major at MSU-Meridian, completed her internship at both the middle school and the high school of the Union Public School District.

MACTE is the state's principal professional association for college and university leaders responsible for educator preparation. At the conclusion of each academic year, it presents an Outstanding Teacher Intern Award to one student at each of the state's 15 public and private institutions of higher learning. For more, see

Richard Blackbourn, MSU College of Education dean and current MACTE president, said McFarland "embodies the knowledge, skills, behavior and attitude that we strive for in all of our teacher candidates. She is to be congratulated for this significant accomplishment."

His remarks were echoed by McFarland's MSU-Meridian internship supervisor, who also cited the Neshoba Countian's "strong work ethic" and ability to easily establish a rapport with the students in the Union district.

"It truly has been a pleasure to have been involved in her journey through the teacher education program here in Meridian," added Marge Crowe, assistant professor of special education. "We believe she will continue to make an impact on special needs students for years to come."

When notified of her selection, McFarland said she was humbled at being chosen to represent the entire land-grant institution, adding that it was "an honor I could never have imagined receiving."

Noting her desire to remain as close to home as possible while pursuing the degree, McFarland expressed appreciation that all her courses were just a 35-minute drive away.

Small class sizes and faculty members "that went above and beyond to help" were other major benefits. "Not only were they very knowledgeable about the content, but the stories they shared from their personal experiences in the field are what I will always remember," she said.

"In almost every situation I faced during my student internship, I could refer back to something I learned in class or practicum to determine the best course of action," McFarland said. "The program was everything I could have hoped for."

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