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Mississippi Migrant Education Center Visits College of Education Students- April 24, 2015 - The Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC) recently conducted a workshop for the Mississippi State University (MSU) College of Education senior block students. Representatives from the MMESC included Monika Lorinczova, parental involvement coordinator, Blair Reed, data/assessment coordinator, and Gabriella Davis, statewide identification and recruitment coordinator, who spoke to MSU students about the importance of teaching migrant students in the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Kenneth Anthony, assistant professor in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at MSU said, “This opportunity allows our students to learn that they already possess the skills to teach migrant students, but they need to be aware of their needs and willing to make the effort to create an inclusive, caring, classroom environment.”

Gabriella Davis offered advice to students during the presentation to help with behavior and learning techniques. “Make sure to consider cultural norms and other adjustments for migrant students when teaching,” said Davis. She added, “The key to success with migrant students is empathy and good teaching strategies.”

Dr. Rebecca Robichaux-Davis, associate professor in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education said, “The presenters were outstanding and provided the teacher candidates with a wealth of information regarding what it’s really like to be migrant student in Mississippi.”

For more information about the lecture or the Mississippi Migrant Education Center, call 662-325-1815 or visit

College of Education Holds Spring Convocation- April 23, 2015 - The Mississippi State University College of Education held their annual convocation recognizing outstanding faculty and staff and honoring those for their years of service. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Lori M. Bruce, dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for academic affairs.

After a welcome from Dr. Richard Blackbourn, dean of the College of Education, Bruce spoke about how the College of Education is represented and advancing within the Graduate School. Bruce said, “Expect excellence from your graduate students.” Bruce also added that 271 graduate degrees have been awarded from the College of Education in the past year.

Associate dean of the College of Education, Dr. Teresa Jayroe, then recognized faculty and staff for their years of service to the college, ranging from 5 to twenty-five years at MSU.

Dean Blackbourn concluded the ceremony by awarding five faculty and staff with College of Education Awards. The Lucinda Rose Teaching Award was awarded to Dr. Gary Packwood, and Dr. Bethany Mckissick received the Herb Handley Research Award.

Receiving the Clyde Muse Service Award was Dr. Greg Aarhus, and Mr. Stephen Lancaster was awarded the Betty Purvis Staff Award. Dr. April Heiselt was the recipient of the Donnie Prisock Diversity Award.

The award presentation was followed by a reception for faculty and staff. To learn more about the MSU College of Education call 662-325-3717 or visit

College of Education Honors Faculty and Staff Years of Service- April 23, 2015 - The Mississippi State University College of Education held their annual convocation honoring those faculty and staff for their years of service within the college.

Dr. Teresa Jayroe, associate dean of the College of Education, presented and recognized each faculty and staff member who have reached levels of five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years working for the college.

Five year honorees include Angela Taylor, Brecken McGinnis and Laura Moran. Those reaching 10 years of service were Dr. Clifton Taylor, Dr. Peggy Hopper, Sandy Maynard and Dean Richard Blackbourn.

Dr. Dinetta Karriem, Dr. Devon Brenner, Karen Brown, Lee Ann Joe, Dr. Michael Brown, Sheri Falcone, Dr. James Adams, Mickey Giorodano and Dr. Anthony Olinzock were honored for 15 years with the College of Education.

Those at the University for 20 years include Dr. Carlen Henington, Dr. Kenneth Coffey and Dr. Robert Damm. Lastly, recognized for 25 years of service were Dr. Sandy Devlin, Dr. Linda Cornelious and Dr. Jack Blendinger.

The award presentation was followed by a reception for faculty and staff. To learn more about the MSU College of Education call 662-325-3717 or visit

Bestselling Author Helps MSU Education Students Impact Literacy- April 15, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--A top New York Times bestselling author who is passionate about promoting reading and literacy is helping future teachers pursing degrees at Mississippi State University.

The James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships are being established by a gift from the author's foundation to fund eight separate $6,000 scholarships for College of Education students at MSU next year.

"This very generous gift for teacher education scholarships exemplifies the values and commitment of James Patterson and his wife Susan Solie Patterson to quality education," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "The Pattersons have become a tremendous force for good in higher education and I'm very pleased to have Mississippi State affiliated with the work of their foundation."

Patterson, best-known for his crime novels, including the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series, also has written several popular book series for young adults. He holds the Guinness record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers of any author and was the first to achieve 10 million ebook sales.

As a writer who is eager to share his enthusiasm for books with younger generations, Patterson and his wife have made it a priority to support others who impact literacy education. Patterson said future teachers can influence children by helping them become lifelong readers.

Scholarship criteria state that recipients must "understand the importance of promoting literacy and have the motivation and intent to instill in their students an enduring and lasting love of reading."

The MSU scholarships will be awarded to full-time freshmen undergraduate students and/or, in the case of graduate programs, first-year graduate students in the College of Education. Eligible students will be elementary and secondary education majors who have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and express an interest in English language arts. All scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, physical handicap, or other protected class.

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