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STARKVILLE, Miss.âEight freshmen from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee make up the first class of James Patterson Teacher Education Scholars at Mississippi State.
All majoring in elementary education at the university, they are receiving $6,000 academic awards made possible by a gift earlier this year from New York Times bestselling author and his wife.
The inaugural Patterson Scholars include Hannah Duke of Birmingham, Alabama; Amanda R. Hayes of Madison, Alabama; Brooke D. Leggett of Centerville, Alabama; Caitlin N. McFarland of Franklin, Tennessee; Jodie L. Newsom of Laurel; Mary Hannah Swan of Madison; Caroline G. Thomas of Cumming, Georgia; and Abigail K. Yann of Franklin, Tennessee.
âThis very generous gift for teacher education scholarships exemplifies the values and commitment of James Patterson and his wife, Susan Solie Patterson, to quality education,â said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. âThe Pattersons have become a tremendous force for good in higher education, and we are very pleased to have Mississippi State affiliated with the work of their foundation.â
James Patterson is best-known for the Alex Cross, Womenâs Murder Club and Michael Bennett crime novels series, as well as several popular book series for young adults. In addition to holding the Guinness record for most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers of any author, he was the first to achieve 10 million ebook sales.
To be honored with a Patterson Scholarship, students applying must have demonstrated that they âunderstand the importance of promoting literacy and have the motivation and intent to instill in their students an enduring and lasting love of reading,â according to the selection criteria.
The MSU awards also are limited to full-time, first-time freshmen and graduate students in the College of Education. Additionally, those eligible must be elementary and secondary education majors with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale) and an expressed interest in English language arts.
The scholarships are awarded without regard to age, gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, physical handicap or other protected class.
For information about this and other MSU College of Education scholastic awards, visit www.educ.msstate.edu/academics/scholarship.
MSU is Mississippiâs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
(NewsUSA) - Driving through neighborhoods this holiday season, you may have noticed that some holiday lights are brighter and more vividly colored than others. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the reason for the added brilliance is that more and more homeowners are opting to decorate with LED lights instead of the traditional incandescent type.
"Incandescent bulbs have been used for decorating holiday trees since 1882, shortly after (Thomas)Edison invented and demonstrated his first practical incandescent bulbs on New Year's Eve in 1879," says Terry McGowan, ALA director of technology. "Now, more than a century later, incandescent holiday lights are being phased out as LED bulbs appear in a multitude of types, colors, sizes and string configurations."
Compared to strings of incandescent bulbs, LEDs offer:
* Longer bulb life (3-year warranties; average life up to 100,000 hours)
* Energy savings (16-17 watts of savings for a 25-foot light string) -- a reduction of more than 75 percent
* Bright colors -- LEDs generate only the desired color; incandescent bulbs use color filters which waste light
* Cool operation -- LEDs have no hot filament inside; bulbs remain cool
What's New This Year?
* Miniature Light Strings. LEDs are small and can be fabricated into tiny dots of light. American Lighting Inc. (www.Americanlighting.com) calls these "dew drop" lights. Strings of these tiny cool-operating lights can be used to decorate foliage, live plants or a floral centerpiece. The light strings are made in various colors and operate at low voltage, and some strings are designed for battery operation so that no power cords are required.
* Tree wrapping. Strings of lights closely wrapped around the base of deciduous trees and then up into the branches give a festive look to even small trees or shrubs. The secret is to use strings of lights with 6 inches or less between bulbs, which can be wrapped around the trunk and limbs with no more than 3inches between the layers of wrapped wiring.
* Magnetic sockets. Sockets designed to be used with standard screw-in incandescent or LED bulbs are available with built-in magnets that hold tightly to any ferrous metal. A narrow metal backing strip can be used to quickly mount lights in a straight line, making installation, take-down or spacing adjustments easy. The magnets keep the lights in line and hold tightly in all weather conditions.
For more LED lighting tips, visit americanlightingassoc.com.