Mississippi Teacher Corps Helps Transform a School Culture

North Panola High School raises graduation rate by more than 21 percent

With 14 current or former Mississippi Teacher Corps instructors on faculty, the program has played a key role in North Panola High School's academic turnaround. Pictured (left to right): MTC Co-Founder Andrew Mullins, Emily Herrick, Kelly King, Chelsea Brock, Daniel Hart, Ryan Eshleman, Whitney Cilch, Noah Tobak, Emily Fyda, "Coach" Derek King, Hanna Olivier and Bill Darden

The Mississippi Teacher Corps has played a key role in an academic turnaround at North Panola High School, where 14 faculty members are graduates of the program. Pictured (left to right): MTC co-founder Andrew Mullins, Emily Herrick, Kelly King, Chelsea Brock, Daniel Hart, Ryan Eshleman, Whitney Cilch, Noah Tobak, Emily Fyda, ‘Coach’ Derek King, Hanna Olivier and Bill Darden.

SARDIS, Miss. – At North Panola High School in Sardis, teachers lead class with an air of confidence, a majority of seniors plan to graduate this year and, with six wins already, the Cougars are having one of the best football seasons in the small town’s recent history.

Adding to this positive energy is the Mississippi Department of Education‘s release of state test scores. As of Oct. 17, North Panola, which has 392 students, has officially risen in status from a C school to a B school. For an institution that was near failing in 2009, the result is a significant milestone in a district that came out of conservatorship in July 2014.

North Panola’s four-year principal Jamone Edwards is quick to praise his staff, especially teachers hailing from the University of Mississippi’s Mississippi Teacher Corps. More than one-third of North Panola’s 35 teachers are current or former members of the Teacher Corps, including three of the school’s instructional coaches in English, science and social studies.

“The Teacher Corps’ impact can’t be understated at North Panola,” said Edwards, who received a master’s degree in educational leadership from UM in 2010. “Every one of our subjects that are tested by MDE is staffed by the Teacher Corps. They do a fantastic job of sending us new teachers. If you bring us a new teacher who has strong content knowledge and passion, we can teach them the rest.”

While significant and lasting change often comes slowly in education, veteran teachers at the school say North Panola is a dramatically different place than it was four years ago.

Since May 2010, the graduation rate has risen from 49 percent to nearly 72 percent. In subjects such as Algebra I and U.S. History, students’ test scores surpass state averages and they’re not far behind state averages in areas such as English II and Biology I. Last year, North Panola graduates received college scholarships valued at more than $2.2 million, up dramatically from $200,000 in 2010.

Teacher Corps alumna Hannah Olivier is a five-year science teacher at North Panola. In her time, she’s witnessed a rejuvenation of the school, especially in students’ attitudes.

“Students take school very seriously now,” said Olivier, the school’s science instructional coach. “Students are interested to try new things. A lot of kids are asking questions about colleges. It’s a very different culture here then when I started. It’s really great to see kids encourage each other and compete with each other to try and break into the top 10 or top 20 spots in their class.”

Teambuilding and retaining quality teachers have been a key parts of North Panola’s advancement, Edwards said. This means setting up accountability models, supporting good teachers and creating a productive learning environment.

“In my first year here, I was a lead teacher and I saw what was and wasn’t working. … I saw that the teachers did not feel supported, student behavior and teacher practices needed addressing” he explained. “The first thing I did as principal was to draw a hard line on what is and what isn’t acceptable for teachers and students. We have to make sure the environment is conducive to teaching and learning.”

Tactically, North Panola has built itself up by establishing a series of “safety nets.” From freshman year, students identified as at-risk in reading in junior high are enrolled in an extra 40-minute remediation period during the school day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the school offers afternoon tutoring.

Once a semester, classes are paused for a parents’ visit day to ensure that every parent has a chance to sit down with North Panola teachers. This fall, more than 200 parents came to meet with faculty on Oct. 20.

When a student fails a required test for graduation, they are enrolled in a 50-minute remediation class called Learning Strategies to focus on a particular content area. For example, when 17 students failed to pass their state English II exams in 2011, the school recruited head football coach Derek King, a Teacher Corps alumnus, to lead the remediation period. As a result, 15 advanced to pass their exams.

Founded in 1989, the Mississippi Teacher Corps is supported by the state Legislature and provides some of Mississippi’s most demanding secondary classrooms with new teachers every year. Over a quarter of a century, the program has fine-tuned a process for training college graduates to teach and succeed in critical-needs settings where high teacher turnover can be the norm.

For the last two years, the program has placed record groups of 32 new teachers into schools throughout Mississippi. To date, the program has trained more than 600 teachers, most of whom are still involved in education across nation.

The Teacher Corps has placed teachers at North Panola for the last eight years; however, the relationship between the school and program has improved greatly in the last four. The Teacher Corps’ administration seeks to place groups of teachers within schools they believe have supportive principals.

“Nothing works in a school unless you have a principal who supports teachers,” explained Teacher Corps co-founder Andrew Mullins. “That means visiting their classrooms, giving advice and backing them up. Jamone has done an excellent job in seeking out our teachers and supporting them. For first-year teachers, every day is a learning experience.”

An alternate route program, the Teacher Corps is a two-year commitment that culminates in a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UM. Acceptance into the program is highly competitive and includes a full-time teaching job at a critical needs school and full tuition to UM.

A self-described data-driven leader, Edwards provides no guesswork as to his vision for the future of North Panola High School: the school’s B ranking is a step toward becoming an A school. He hopes to continue his relationship with the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

“Superintendent Cedric Richardson has brought great stability to North Panola,” Edwards said. “My goal for North Panola High School is to have a 100 percent graduation rate, and a 100 percent passage rate on our state exams and to be an A school.”

Meet Steven Ridout, October Staff Member of the Month

Steven Ridout

Steven Ridout. Submitted photo by Emily Tillman, Mariposa Photography.

Steven Ridout, a UM procurement assistant, has been selected as Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for October. To help us get to know him better, Ridout answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Ridout: 2.5 years.

IOM: What is your hometown? 

Ridout: Philadelphia, Mississippi.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Ridout: Meeting my wife. We met while we were in college here at Ole Miss and now I don’t think I could go one day without her. She’s my better half.

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?

Ridout: I love the people I work with. They are always there when I need them and we work well as a team. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to call my co-workers.

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Ridout: Eat. Oxford has a lot to choose from, and I still have a few restaurants I need to try out.

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Ridout: Travel somewhere in an airplane. I’m scared of heights and never flown so I’d like to get over my fear and do some traveling. I see travel paperwork all day and I’m jealous of all the places people get to travel.

IOM: What is your favorite movie? 

Ridout: “Forrest Gump.” I could quote most, if not all of the movie.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?

Ridout: Tailgating in the Grove. There’s no other place like it, and you get to spend time with your closest friends and family before a football game.

IOM: If you could have lunch with anyone alive or dead, fictional or real, who would it be and why?

Ridout: Nick Offerman. One of my favorite actors and I’d like to see if he is anything like he is on television.

To nominate a colleague for the Staff Member of the Month, email staffcouncil@olemiss.edu with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

UM Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Hussey honored for groundbreaking work with molten salts

Charles “Chuck” Hussey (right) was presented the Electrochemistry Society’s Max Bredig Award in Molten Salt and Ionic Liquids by Robert Mantz, chair of ECS' Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division. (Submitted Photo)

Robert Mantz (left), chair of the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division of the Electrochemical Society, presents Charles Hussey with the society’s Max Bredig Award in Molten Salt and Ionic Liquids. Courtesy photo.

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor’s lifetime of successful research in molten salt and ionic liquid chemistry has brought him the ultimate international honor in his field.

Charles L. “Chuck” Hussey is the 14th recipient of the Electrochemical Society’s Max Bredig Award in Molten Salt and Ionic Liquid Chemistry. The UM chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry was presented the award this month at the 226th annual ECS convention in Cancun, Mexico.

“This is the highest international recognition that is given to people working in my particular research area,” Hussey said. “The society held a special session in the molten salt symposium at the meeting in my honor and hosted an award dinner, where I was presented with the recognition. I was very surprised and pleased to receive this honor.”

Paul A. Kohl, the society’s president and the Hercules Inc./Thomas L. Gossage Chair and Regents Professor of Electrochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology, said his colleague is most deserving of the honor.

“An intellectual leader in this unique field for more than 30 years, Professor Hussey has made significant contributions to both the fundamental understanding and applications of molten salts and ionic liquids,” Kohl said. “He is a model and inspiration for many of us.”

UM administrators also praised Hussey’s achievements.

“The chemistry department has flourished under his leadership,” said Richard Forgette, professor of political science and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are proud of his many accomplishments and grateful to have him as a colleague.”

The Bredig award is external validation of Hussey’s noteworthy accomplishments, Provost Morris Stocks said. “He is an outstanding faculty member and a distinguished scientist who strengthens our learning community.”

Bredig, for whom the award is named, was a pioneer in the study of phase equilibria, thermodynamic phenomena and transport properties of molten salts. A researcher at the Fritz Huber Institute in Berlin and the James Franck Institute in Gottingen, he conducted the first X-ray and neutron diffraction studies on molten salts while employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The award was initiated in 1987 by the late Gleb Mamantov, professor and chair of chemistry at the University of Tennessee, with support from ARCO Metals and ALCOA. Mamantov was himself the fourth recipient of the award.

Hussey earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from UM in 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to ’78, he was a research chemist and active duty military officer at the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory (Air Force Systems Command) at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Hussey joined the UM chemistry department as an assistant professor in 1978. Concurrently, he served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was assigned to the Battery and Propulsion Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel. He was promoted to professor in 1987 and became department chair in 1997.

During his academic career, Hussey has served as vice chair and chair of the Gordon Conference on Molten Salts and Liquid Metals, as a consultant for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Electrometallurgical Techniques for DOE Spent Fuel Treatment, as a member of the University of Chicago Review Committee for the CMT Division of Argonne National Laboratory and as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Army Research Office.

An ECS fellow, Hussey has been a member of the organization’s editorial board since 2000. As an associate editor and technical editor, he has handled manuscripts in many topical areas for the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and ECS Electrochemistry Letters, but mainly those articles involving electrochemical and electro-less deposition and electrochemistry in molten salts and ionic liquids.

He also organized ECS symposia about electrochemistry in molten salts and nonaqueous solvents and the electrochemistry and spectroscopy of surface-bound molecules. Hussey’s scientific research with molten salts and ionic liquids has been directed at the electrochemistry and spectroscopy of d- and f-block elements, the electrodeposition of aluminum and corrosion-resistant aluminum-transition metal alloys and the electrochemical treatment of spent nuclear fuel. He also has published extensively about the physical and transport properties of molten salts and ionic liquids.

More than 25 students have earned advanced degrees in his laboratory, and many of them hold significant positions in industry or academia.

SEC Announces 2014-15 Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

BISEC_new_logo-copyRMINGHAM, Ala.  Forty-eight faculty members and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities have been selected as 2014-15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows.

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants, and two three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants.

This year’s workshops will be Oct. 13-15 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Feb. 18-20, 2015, at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The SEC ALDP is managed locally by a liaison, who is designated by provosts to serve as the primary point of contact on each campus. Liaisons lead their fellows through the yearlong SEC ALDP and organize university development opportunities.

“The SEC ALDP, through formal workshops and on-campus activities, aims to provide future academic leaders the opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of academic leadership,” said Peter Ryan, the program liaison at Mississippi State University and chair of the SEC ALDP.

Since its inception in 2008, SEC ALDP has graduated more than 230 faculty and academic administrators, and program alumni have become deans and provosts at universities around the SEC and country, including Laurence Alexander from the University of Florida’s 2012-13 cohort who is chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is part of SECU, the conference’s academic initiative. SECU serves as the primary mechanism through which the collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of SEC universities are promoted and advanced.

The 2014-15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows are:

Lisa Lindquist Dorr, University of Alabama, associate dean of social sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

Diane Johnson, University of Alabama, senior associate dean, Culverhouse College of Commerce

Alice March, University of Alabama, associate dean for graduate programs, College of Nursing

Joseph Phelps, University of Alabama, department chair, Communication & Information Sciences

Micah Hale, University of Arkansas, associate department head, Civil Engineering

Bart Hammig, University of Arkansas, department chair, Health, Human Performance & Recreation

Cynthia Sagers, University of Arkansas, associate vice provost for research, Biological Sciences

Kathryn Sloan, University of Arkansas, department chair, History

DeWayne Searcy, Auburn University, director, School of Accountancy

Bret Smith, Auburn University, interim associate dean for academic affairs,

College of Architecture, Design & Construction

Ana Franco-Watkins, Auburn University, undergraduate program director, Department of Psychology

Mark Law, University of Florida, director, Honors Program

Robert Ries, University of Florida, director, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction

Melissa Harshman, University of Georgia, director, First Year Odyssey Program

Stephen Miller, University of Georgia, director, Bioimaging Research Center

Judith Wasserman, University of Georgia, director, Advanced Visualization Initiative

Kimberly Ward Anderson, University of Kentucky, associate dean for administration & academic

affairs, College of Engineering

Karen Badger, University of Kentucky, associate dean of academic & student affairs, College of Social Work

Kathryn Cardarelli, University of Kentucky, associate dean for academic & student affairs, College of Public Health

Andrew Hippisley, University of Kentucky, director, Linguistics Program

Jacqueline Bach, LSU, Elena & Albert LeBlanc Professor, English Education & Curriculum Theory

Troy Blanchard, LSU, associate dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Joan King, LSU, undergraduate curriculum coordinator, School of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Meghan Sanders, LSU, associate dean for sponsored research & programs, Manship School of Mass Communications

Virginia Rougon Chavis, University of Mississippi, department chair, Art

Amy Wells Dolan, University of Mississippi, associate dean, School of Education

Steven Skultety, University of Mississippi, department chair, Philosophy & Religion

Donna West-Strum, University of Mississippi, department chair, Pharmacy Administration

David Dampier, Mississippi State University, director, Distributed Analytics & Security Institute

Mark Lawrence, Mississippi State University, associate dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Rebecca Long, Mississippi State University, interim associate dean, Graduate School, College of Business

David Morse, Mississippi State University, interim department head, Educational Psychology

Heidi Appel, University of Missouri, senior associate director, Honors College

Bryan Garton, University of Missouri, associate dean, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Christopher Hardin, University of Missouri, department chair, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Matthew Martens, University of Missouri, interim division executive director, College of Education

Christy Friend, University of South Carolina, director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Augie Grant, University of South Carolina, J. Rion McKissick Professor of Journalism

Robert Ployhart, University of South Carolina, Bank of America Professor of Business Administration

Sara Wilcox, University of South Carolina, director, Prevention Research Center

William Dunne, University of Tennessee, associate dean for research, College of Engineering

Bruce MacLennan, University of Tennessee, Faculty Senate president

Brent Mallinckrodt, University of Tennessee, associate dean for graduate studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Lane Morris, University of Tennessee, associate dean for undergraduate programs & student affairs, College of Business Administration

Richard Kreider, Texas A&M University, department head, Health & Kinesiology

Kirsten Pullen, Texas A&M University, director of graduate studies, Performance Studies

David Threadgill, Texas A&M University, director, Whole Systems Genomics Initiative

Douglas Woods, Texas A&M University, department head, Department of Psychology

Homecoming Week 2014 Student Events

Monday, Oct. 13

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Homecoming Photo Booth, Student Union Plaza

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free SnoBiz, Student Union Plaza

Tuesday, Oct. 14

12:15-1:15 p.m. Union Unplugged, Student Union Plaza

4 p.m. Walk with the Chancellor, Meet on the front steps of the Lyceum

7-11 p.m. Laser Tag in the Grove, Student Union Plaza

Wednesday, Oct. 15

7:30-9:30 a.m. Pancakes on the Plaza, Student Union Plaza

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mechanical Bull, Student Union Plaza

7 p.m. Rebels Got Talent Finals, Grove stage

Thursday, Oct. 16

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Food Day Festival, Student Union Plaza

12:15-1 p.m. Union Unplugged, Student Union Plaza

7 p.m. Movie Series featuring “Remember the Titans,” Grove stage

Friday, Oct. 17

5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, Oxford Square

Following Homecoming Parade: Square Jam

7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner, ticketed event

Saturday, Oct. 18

9-11 a.m. SEC Nation in the grove

1-5 p.m. Everybody’s Tent in the Grove

6 p.m. Homecoming Game

All events coordinated through the Ole Miss Student Union, the Student Activities Association and the Alumni Association of the University of Mississippi. Official Homecoming t-shirts are on sale in the Student Union Lobby during Homecoming week while supplies last.

Meek School Faculty Member, Graduates Earn Honors from PR Association

Robin Street lauded for lifetime achievement; UM Communications wins Best in Show for PR projects


Kristina Hendrix (right), president of the Southern Public Relations Federation, presents UM lecturer Robin Street with a framed certificate and medallion. Street received the group’s Professional Achievement Award, its highest honor for lifetime achievement. Photo by Leo Ridge, Big Top Photo Booth

OXFORD, Miss. – A faculty member from the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media has been presented the highest award for lifetime achievement given by the Southern Public Relations Federation.

Also, graduates of the Meek School working in the University Communications office won Best in Show, the top award in the competition for public relations projects, along with multiple other awards.

Robin Street, lecturer in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, was honored with the Professional Achievement Award. The recipient is chosen from among professionals representing SPRF-member states. Each nominee had previously received his or her state association’s Professional Award. Street represented the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

In 2009, Street was named Educator of the Year by both PRAM and SPRF. Although it is rare for an educator to receive the professional award, the judges, who remain anonymous, commented, “Ms. Street’s achievements are stellar. She is innovative in her field. She is continually engaged in professional development. Her awards and accomplishments are well above what would be outstanding.”

Toni Richardson, SPRF vice president for professional development, oversaw the competition.

“As I read through each of the nominee biographies, I was impressed with each of them,” Richardson said. “However, my thoughts kept coming back to Robin and what an incredible teacher, educator, mentor, friend and inspiration she is. Our judges scored Robin a perfect 100 percent.”

Street is a “charismatic and determined public relations practitioner who truly embodies the qualities for which this awards stands,” SPRF President Kristina Hendrix said.

Will Norton Jr., professor and dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, has watched Street’s career evolve.

“For decades, Robin Street has been demonstrating the best practices of public relations and teaching those practices in the classroom,” Norton said. “It is only appropriate that her uncommon excellence should be recognized in this way. Clearly, students in the Meek School have long recognized the quality of Ms. Street’s professionalism.”

Hendrix presented the award to Street Sept. 16 at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Also presented at the banquet were Lantern Awards for public relations projects in multiple categories. Awards are given at three levels. A Lantern is the highest award, followed by an Award of Excellence, then a Certificate of Merit.

The University Communications office, led by Meek School graduate Danny Blanton, director of public relations, won Best in Show chosen from all categories, and a Lantern in their category for a communications program on parking changes at Ole Miss. Graduates Lindsey Abernathy, former communications specialist; Ryan Whittington, assistant director of public relations for social media strategy; and William Hamilton, public relations assistant, were key in creating that program.

Abernathy also won a Certificate of Merit for the Inside Ole Miss newsletter. Communication specialists Edwin Smith and Michael Newsom won a Certificate of Merit and an Award of Excellence, respectively, for news releases.

Street won a Lantern in her category of communication programs, as well as an Award of Excellence for writing and a Certificate of Merit for PR tactics.

For more information on the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, visit http://meek.olemiss.edu or email MeekSchool@olemiss.edu.

Wiginton Named MSTA College Teacher of Year

Assistant chemistry professor to receive plaque at annual convention

John Wiginton

John Wiginton

OXFORD, Miss. – John Wiginton, instructional assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, is the Mississippi Science Teachers Association’s College Teacher of the Year.

Wiginton will receive a plaque Oct. 21 at MSTA’s annual convention awards banquet in Jackson. The organization uses its annual convention to allow teachers to present ideas to fellow teachers and to glean information and ideas from each other to better equip themselves for their classroom.

“I am excited and humbled to receive this award,” Wiginton said. “I used to think that the Teacher of the Year was the ‘best’ teacher of the year, but I’ve since come to understand that many of the best educators are far too humble to be recognized easily. There are many more individuals far more deserving than I am.

“It is a supreme honor to be included in the same group with such awe-inspiring and selfless individuals.”

The honoree began teaching nonmajors chemistry lecture courses as a UM instructor in 2003. After receiving his doctorate and being promoted to instructional assistant professor in 2008, Wiginton added General Chemistry, Chemistry for Teachers I and II, and Graduate Chemistry for High School Science Teachers I. He has been a laboratory manager since 2003 and director of undergraduate labs since 2010.

“As the director of our undergraduate laboratory program, Dr. Wiginton has responsibility for 56 sections of laboratory courses,” said Charles Hussey, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “He works hard to keep abreast of the latest developments in laboratory instruction and has worked with prominent publishing companies to write laboratory manuals for his courses. His hard work is very much appreciated, and we are glad to see him recognized with this award.”

Wiginton reflected upon his teaching career.

“I come to work every day excited about the possibilities and leave every day feeling like I have done good, meaningful work,” he said. “Receiving awards is motivating to be sure, but none of us do what we do for the recognition. We do it because we love and care about our rising generation.

“At the end of the day, my reward is seeing my students graduate and become successful individuals and colleagues.”

MSTA award recipients are nominated by peers, students and parents. At the close of the annual convention, MSTA recognizes seven teachers. The Distinguished Science Teacher is one who has previously won an award from MSTA and continued to be an exemplary teacher.

Awards are presented for an outstanding new science teacher at any educational level, and for an outstanding elementary teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher and college teacher. An Informal Science Teacher award is presented to a person who is not employed as a science teacher, but who has contributed to science education in some manner.

Submit Your Green Ideas by Oct. 17

Sydney Crimmins sells a water bottle to Forrest Gamble during Green Week.  Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Sydney Crimmins sells a water bottle to Forrest Gamble during Green Week. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

The University of Mississippi Green Fund is accepting project proposals from faculty, staff and students through Oct. 17. Created in 2012 to fund sustainability projects on campus, the Green Fund is supported by the university as well as donations from faculty, staff and students.

Previous projects range in scale from the installation of hydration stations in multiple UM buildings to the launch of a student-run composting program that converts pre-consumer food waste into nutrient-dense soil.

“The Green Fund allows students, faculty and staff to pursue their own vision of an environmental project that could improve our campus,” said senior public policy major Will Bedwell, a member of the Green Fund Committee. “The idea is to provide the campus community with a way to reduce our environmental impact.”

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals individually, as a department or as a group.

Last spring, faculty and staff at the J.D. Williams Library submitted a proposal to install low-emissivity film on south-facing windows, including a portion of the windows in the Faulkner Room where many of the library’s rare documents are housed. The film reflects 57 percent of total solar energy, lowering the temperature in the rooms and making them more comfortable.

“We had already installed some window film on that great big window that looks out on the Lyceum over the door,” said Buffy Choinski, head of the science library and library Green Team Chair. “We had installed it because of ultraviolet ray protection originally, but we realized it cut down on a lot of heat. We decided to put together a proposal for the south-facing windows, and they funded it.”

The library is working to collect data to determine how much the project affects energy and cost savings.

The first-ever Green Fund project was proposed by writing instructor Milly West’s LIBA 102 class. The class wrote a proposal to sell reusable water bottles during Green Week 2013. The project raised $2,000, which was put back into the Green Fund.

Besides proposals, faculty and staff can involve their classes in the Green Fund in other ways, such as gaining hands-on experience while helping evaluate projects. During spring 2014, Cristiane Surbeck’s civil engineering class performed an environmental impact analysis on the composting program, finding that the net total of greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the project was more than 8 tons. Classes can also help collect data and create marketing plans.

To get involved in the UM Green Fund or make a donation, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/greenfund or email green@olemiss.edu.

School of Applied Sciences Welcomes New Faculty to HESRM

New HERSM faculty members from left to right: Kofan Lee, Paul Loprinzi, Yang-Chieh Fu and Jeremy Loenneke.

New HERSM faculty members from left to right: Kofan Lee, Paul Loprinzi, Yang-Chieh Fu and Jeremy Loenneke.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreational Management has welcomed four new faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year. The new professors, many of whom arrived on campus this fall, are considered among the best young scholars in their respective fields.

The new faculty members are Yang-Chieh Fu, KoFan Lee, Jeremy Loenneke and Paul Loprinzi.

The new professors will help improve the department’s national rankings, said Jay Garner, associate professor of exercise science and interim chair of HESRM.

“We are tremendously excited about our recent hires,” Garner said. “This puts us on track to continue our rise in becoming one of the top programs in our field.”

With nearly 800 students, the department equips students to help improve the health and fitness of individuals and communities. From exercise science to recreational administration, the department offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Velmer Burton, dean the School of Applied Sciences, said he is proud of HESRM’s recent recruitments in faculty.

“These new tenure-track scholars are important to the department’s future and add to the existing talent and strengths of our HESRM faculty,” Burton said.

Loenneke, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has conducted and published extensive research in skeletal muscle physiology.

“Dr. Loenneke arrived on campus with a strong record of productivity and excellence,” Garner said. “We have seen nothing but excellence as a scholar with unlimited potential at Ole Miss and in our department.”

Lee recently completed his doctorate in leisure behavior at Indiana University at Bloomington. He is an accomplished scholar with research exploring social-psychological perspectives in leisure studies.

“His experience and work in the field make him a great asset for our burgeoning recreation administration program,” Garner said. “He will be a wonderful success in our program.”

Loprinzi received his Ph.D. in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. With numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, Loprinzi focuses his research on physical activity promotion.

“He will bring a fresh perspective to the department by combining his training at a top research institution,” Garner said. “We expect him to continue his growth as a scholar here at Ole Miss.”

Fu earned his doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. His ongoing research and publications focuses on the functional and biomechanical performance of patients who have undergone a modern unicompartmental knee construction by camera-based motion analysis and videofluoroscopy techniques. He joined the department in 2013.

“Dr. Fu’s experience and training make him a wonderful hire for the department and school,” Garner said.

Library Gains Access to New Historical Databases

Students and faculty now have access to new historical databases in the J.D. Williams library.

Students and faculty have access to new historical databases in the J.D. Williams Library.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s John D. Williams Library has acquired new databases on the history of slavery and the Civil War, available online through http://www.libraries.olemiss.edu.

The new databases are part of the American Antiquarian Society’s collection and are accessible to all UM students and faculty.

The databases became available for purchase in March. With help from the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and the library, commitments for most of the funding were in place by July. The library was able to purchase access in August.

“In acquiring access to these important archives, the university underscores its commitment to research,” said John Neff, associate professor of history and director of the UM Center for Civil War Research. “The American Antiquarian Society’s collections are renowned, and access to their important Civil War and slavery collections will be a great advantage to our undergraduate and graduate students alike.”

Access can be gained by going to the J.D. William’s Library’s website, and searching for “Readex: The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922,” or “Readex: The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922″ in the database search bar.

For more information on the database, contact Neff at jneff@olemiss.edu.