Mississippi Business Journal: Robert Khayat wins 2014 Mississippi author award

OXFORD, Mississippi — The Mississippi Library Association has announced the winners of the 2014 Mississippi Author Awards. Robert Khayat, author of The Education of a Lifetime (Nautilus), was named Mississippi Author of the Year in the nonfiction category. Previous winners in nonfiction include Eudora Welty, Willie Morris and Margaret Walker. The winner in the fiction category was Michael Farris Smith for his novel Rivers.

Otha Keys, Mississippi Author Awards committee member and a librarian at South Jones High School, said, “This memoir by Robert Khayat is one I could not put down. He is an excellent storyteller and he definitely has had an ‘education of a lifetime.’”

Robert Khayat, who heard about the award at his home in Oxford, said, “My family and I are profoundly grateful to the Mississippi Library Association for the Non-Fiction Award—a complete and pleasant surprise to us.”

“The overarching goal of the book was to move the perception of Ole Miss and Mississippi from 1962 to the present. I felt it was my responsibility to help others understand us . . . and for us to acknowledge our challenges,” Khayat added.

Read the entire story. 

Clarion Ledger: Mannings, UMMC develop healthy-living campaign

Imagine, for the moment, every famous athlete gave back to their community in the manner the Archie Manning family does. Just imagine.

Dr. Jimmy Keeton, who heads up the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has.

“The world would be a better place,” Keeton says. “Mississippi would be a much more healthy place.”

Read the entire story by Rick Cleveland.

Jackson Free Press: My Freedom Summer

As I reached out to introduce myself to Dr. Robert Parris Moses Jr. on June 2, I realized there was something more to our traditional greeting. Dr. Moses’ eyes said more than, “Pleased to meet you.” He grasped my hand for what seemed to be just a second or so longer than he had the other individuals I accompanied to hear him speak.

As we made eye contact, I understood his silent gesture toward me.

Even if he did so unintentionally, Dr. Moses’ eyes communicated to me that something in his heart and mind wanted me to comprehend. In the short glance we made toward each other, I felt that he truly hoped that the wisdom he had outlined that afternoon would stick with me; whether it was the history of the United States Constitution and how people used its articles to mask their prejudices and warrant their oppressive behaviors; the confidence, self-respect and self-determination to demand and exercise every right promised to me; or stepping up to the task of defending those citizens I encounter who are deprived of their own rights and educating them of their importance so that they can find the strength to fight for themselves.

As a black male opening the doors of adulthood, I would need each. Read the entire story.

CollegeChoice.net: 50 Best Colleges for Summer School

University of Mississippi named as one of top locations to study

Students looking to boost their academic credentials over the summer needn’t give up their precious vacation time completely. Some university campuses are naturally conducive to a healthy work-life balance; some are set in cool college towns replete with outdoor restaurants and cafés, happening music scenes, and interesting cultural activities; and yet other campuses are ideally placed for major music festivals. What’s more, many U.S. universities accept visiting and even international students, so as well as staying put, there’s also the option of heading somewhere new and exciting.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the 50 most desirable U.S. colleges at which to attend summer school. The following institutions were selected based on their proximity to hip summer festivals, surf-ready beaches, majestic mountain scenery, hiking and cycling hotspots, water sports-friendly lakes and rivers, and action-packed towns where there’s always something going on.

Click here to see the full list.

Washington Post: New case again demonstrates duplicity of embattled Mississippi medical examiner

In February, I wrote about a Fifth Circuit decision rejecting the claims of a defendant who was convicted based on improbable testimony from the controversial medical examiner Steven Hayne. Over the course of about two decades, Hayne nearly monopolized Mississippi’s criminal autopsy referrals, performing 1,500-1,800 autopsies per year all by himself. Most of these were done for the state’s prosecutors. Hayne’s testimony was responsible for several convictions that later resulted in acquittals after a new trial, dismissed charges, or DNA exonorations.

I’ve been covering this scandal for the better part of a decade now. Hayne has been found to have given testimony completely unsupported by science, regularly worked with known charlatans like the discredited “bite mark expert” Michael West, and has been sharply criticized by colleagues for his improbable workload, sloppy practices, and dubious testimony. He has also been shown to have perjured himself about his qualifications. Despite all of this, and despite the fact that there are literally thousands of people in prison due in part or mostly to Hayne’s autopsies and testimony, neither state nor federal courts have shown any interest in determining just how much damage Hayne may have done to the criminal justice system of Mississippi (and to a lesser extent Louisiana). The Mississippi legislature hasn’t shown much interest. And state attorney general Jim Hood continues to defend Hayne. (Hood often used Hayne during his time as a district attorney.)

In past cases, Hayne has included in his autopsy report the weight of a man’s spleen, and made comments about its appearance, even though the man’s spleen had been removed four years prior to his death. In an autopsy on a drowned infant, Hayne wrote down the weight of each of the child’s kidneys, even though one of them had previously been removed. In one murder case, Hayne documented removing and examining the victim’s ovaries and uterus even though the victim was male. Read the entire story.

The Eastern Progress: Student Earns Award for Ole Miss Grad Program

An Eastern student recently won a prestigious award that will pay for her schooling while studying fiction writing at the University of Mississippi.

Ashley Mullins, a senior studying creative writing, was the winner of the 2014 John and Renée Grisham Fellowship Award. The fellowship is valued at $60,000 and will pay for her to continue her studies at Ole Miss, where she’ll pursue an MFA in fiction writing later this year. Read the full story.

Impariamo: UM Center for Intelligence Studies Featured in Defense Intelligence Agency Newsletter

Impariamo, the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s newsletter, recently featured University of Mississippi Center for Intelligence Studies’ workshops. Download the newsletter by clicking on the link below.

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Madison County Journal: Dunigan D.C. journalism fellow

Canton native Jonece Dunigan recently traveled to Washington, D.C. as a fellow of the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s annual Governmental Affairs summit where she spent time on Capitol Hill.

Dunigan, a senior journalism student from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi, was there to partake in a two-and-a-half day program to develop news literacy skills in young journalists, looking at issues from a community newspaper perspective.

Read the full story from the Madison County Journal.

Mississippi Business Journal: Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce unveils 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette

The Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette program. Read the blog post.

Jackson Free Press: American Heart Association Honors UM Freshman

JACKSON, Miss. – Chloe Sumrall’s life changed March 3 of last year. A freshman at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School at the time, Sumrall was at Burgers and Blues enjoying lunch when she heard 7-year-old Freddie Cayia scream in terror across the restaurant as his father Fred lay unconscious on the floor. Read the story.