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STARKVILLE, Miss.âThe Society of American Foresters again is recognizing its Mississippi State student chapter as one of the nationâs best.
The land-grant university group recently took second place in SAFâs 2015 outstanding student chapter competition. This latest award represents the 17th consecutive year in which the MSU group has placed among the top three finalists.
Founded in 1909, the Bethesda, Maryland-based non-profit organization is the main U.S. accreditor for bachelorâs and masterâs degree programs in professional forestry. For more, see www.safnet.org.
SAF membership includes more than 30 student chapters nationwide. A demonstrated commitment to the forestry profession and community service activities are among criteria for top chapter recognitions.
âTwo of the main elements that have contributed to this chapterâs success are the studentsâ dedication and sense of pride,â said Andrew W. Ezell. âThe club is involved in a number of activities, oriented both toward the profession of forestry and service within the community.â
Ezell, who heads the forestry department in MSUâs College of Forest Resources, cited several examples of chapter activities that have helped maintain the leadership status. Among others, they include:
âOrganization of the annual campus Arbor Day observance;
âContinuing work to help identify and catalog tree varieties at MSU, which hold a Tree Campus USA designation;
âProviding special training for local troops of Cub and Boy scouts, and
âParticipating in Project Learning Tree, a national initiative focused on environmental literacy among teachers and school groups.
Ezell said chapter members also are active at the professional level, including attendance at annual SAF national conferences. The group also served as host earlier this year for the Association of Southern Forestry Conclave, an annual competition that tests the skills and knowledge of forestry majors, he added.
Associate professor Robert K. Grala, the chapterâs faculty adviser, praised SAF for providing âan excellent platform for all students interested in forestry and natural resources.â
By working closely with the college and department, as well as Mississippi State as a whole, he said the national organization helps âstir interest in forestry, recruit new students and promote SAF values.â
For more on the MSU student chapter, visit www.cfr.msstate.edu/studentorgs/saf.
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STARKVILLE, Miss.âAn updated biography of legendary Mississippi State University sports announcer Jack Cristil now is available.
Recently released by Jackson-based University Press of Mississippi, the 253-page, limited-edition paperback contains new material covering Cristilâs 2014 death and memorial service, along with additional post-retirement and memorial photographs.
According to author Sid Salter, the UPM edition âseeks to finish the storyâ of the Southeastern Conference icon who was the Voice of Bulldog athletics for nearly six decades.
A Memphis, Tennessee, native and longtime Tupelo resident, Cristil died at age 88 of complications from kidney disease and cancer. His life story told by Salter, a veteran Mississippi journalist, originally was released in 2011 by Pediment Publishing of Vancouver, Washington.
The hardcover version sold more than 10,000 copies and raised more than $170,000 for the Jacob S. âJackâ Cristil Scholarship in Journalism within MSUâs communication department. Salter said a portion of the proceeds from the $25-per-copy UPM edition âalso will add to the scholarship fund.â
At his 2011 retirement, Cristilâs 58-year association with MSU made him the second-longest tenured college radio play-by-play announcer in the nation. He had called 636 football gamesâor approximately 60 percent of all football games played in school history. As menâs basketball play-by-play voice, he was in his 54th seasonâor nearly 55 percent of all those MSU games.
In all, Cristil shared with Bulldog fans across the Magnolia State and around the world more than 1,500 collegiate contests.
Salter is an MSU alumnus who now leads the 137-year-old land-grant institutionâs public affairs office. A Philadelphia native, he has been a statewide syndicated political columnist for more than 30 years.
As with the original publication, Salterâs softcover version features a foreword by international best-selling novelist John Grisham, a fellow MSU alumnus.
In addition to bookstores across Mississippi, the new edition may be purchased from the publisher at www.upress.state.ms.us/about/ordering.
MSU is Mississippiâs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
The Mississippi Research Consortium has issued a call for working group proposals to identity potential statewide research initiatives, enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in Mississippi and increase the breadth and depth of research at the MRC institutions.
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The MRC is putting forth this call to identify potential statewide research initiatives enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in Mississippi and increase the breadth and depth of research at the MRC institutions.
In order to achieve these goals, the MRC seeks to develop working groups that have faculty participants from all four MRC institutions â Mississippi State, Jackson State, University of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi/University of Mississippi Medical Center â to foster potential collaborative proposals. Themes of these working groups should be forward-looking, envisioning where the next frontiers of science will be, and how to best position Mississippi to meet these opportunities.
The MRC has allocated funding at each institution to support these working groups, in the amount of $2,000 per institution on each group. Thus, collectively the groups will have $8,000 to use at their discretion within state procurement guidelines. Examples of uses could include travel to meetings of the working group, travel to other locations, seed funding for data collection, and travel for guest speakers and visiting scientists.
A total of five working groups will be selected. These working groups will help the MRC identify unique opportunities for funding initiatives from a variety of sources. The concept papers will also play an important role when competitive selection is necessary for statewide proposal submission efforts to relevant federal agencies.
Mississippi State faculty, researchers and staff are encouraged to submit concept papers via email to Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw at email@example.com. All papers must be submitted no later than Dec. 15.
Please contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
(NewsUSA) - Armstrong Williams has never been afraid to challenge the status quo and is no stranger to controversy. While you may not recognize his name, many -- especially those in Washington -- do. As a well-known conservative commentator, he has worked as a legislative aide and advisor to Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.), as an assistant to then-chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and most recently is known as the public face of presidential hopeful Ben Carson.
More than that, however, is Williams' commitment to diversity. As owner of Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), a media conglomerate, the corporation not only boasts a minority ownership, but a 75 percent minority work force.
"The world is a diverse place," says K. Marques Mullings, executive vice president of HSH II. "We celebrate the fact that our workforce reflects that diversity, in the range of issues important to the communities we serve."
With two more news stations recently added to its list of holdings in Las Vegas and Pennsylvania, respectively, HSH now owns and operates a total of seven television stations.
"We are very proud of our ability to build on the achievements of our founder, Armstrong Williams," says Howard Stirk's Corporate Manager, Shirley Dave. "We look forward to offering our new viewers more programming options, and training the next generation of media executives," Dave adds.
That Williams has paid for his properties from his own reserves is a testament to his tenet on eschewing long-term financing, private investment, or other ownership structures of his media empire. By fully owning his media properties, Williams says he is free to be independent in thought, action, and deed -- beholden to no one.
While staunchly independent, Williams is known as a conservative, yet is no slave to party dogma or doctrine and is as comfortable in the inner city as he is in board rooms and at political gatherings.
In the coming weeks, Armstrong Williams productions will travel to the United Kingdom to report on the impact and conditions of the Syrian refugee camps.
(NewsUSA) - Were you a math whiz growing up, or did you struggle and feel anxious at the mere mention of math? As a parent, you surely don't want your child to experience the same thing.
"It's easy to help your child not only excel at math but also enjoy it," says Raj Valli, the founder of Tabtor Math, a tablet-based math learning program for K-8 children personalized by a dedicated tutor. "Create a math-friendly environment, make math a playful language and participate in an ongoing dialogue about math."
Valli offers the following advice for helping your child enjoy math.
Create a positive environment around math. Since children model the attitudes of those around them, speak positively about math (even hiding your true feelings). Say encouraging phrases like, "It's really cool that you can use math every day."
Think about math as a language. Because children begin using language when they are very young, they don't feel the same anxiety about reading and writing as they do about math. To transfer this positive attitude over to math, approach math as a language, rather than as a "problem." Count things together, measure things together and talk about the numbers involved in any activity you are doing together. Don't worry too much about getting answers "right" or "wrong." Instead, help them think through the process of using math aloud, in words.
Hold a math "dialogue" centered on everyday activities. Once your child is comfortable with thinking about math in language terms, ask at the supermarket how many cookies are in a package and how your child calculated this answer. She might refer to the size of the package or the size of the cookies inside. Whether right or wrong, it's important to emphasize the process used in her head to make the guess. This gets her thinking about math as a visual subject involving shape and volume, rather than just as numbers in a line.
You might ask an older child how many slices of bread are in a loaf, how thick each slice is and how long the loaf is. Open the package to see how close the estimate was. He will learn to feel comfortable with estimating and will enjoy a conversation with you using math as a focal point.
If you set the stage correctly, you'll find that your child enjoys math more than you did -- and then you can relax and enjoy your child's future success in the classroom.
To learn more, please visit www.tabtor.com.
(NewsUSA) - Now that football season is underway, it's time to make sure your media room is up to the task of hosting fans and providing the best atmosphere for cheering on your team. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers great play-by-play tips to effectively light your media room.
Reduce Glare on More Than Just Your TV
Brent Protzman, manager of energy information and analytics for Lutron Electronics Company Inc., says Lutron conducts extensive research to determine how lighting and shading controls influence visual entertainment. That's because some people like to check their fantasy football teams or catch highlights on their laptops, tablets or smartphones while still watching the game on TV.
Protzman says, "Glare from the amount of daylight can be overwhelming on these devices. The trick is to lower shades and dim overhead lights to make it easier to do tasks."
Joe Rey-Barreau, an education consultant for the ALA and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky's School of Interiors and College of Design says, "Using different lighting layers is always the best option for media rooms. A single lighting layer could be fixtures that are of the same type. For example," he explains, "one layer could be recessed lighting in the media room, another layer could be wall sconces, a third layer could be an integrated architectural lighting system such as a cove or niche."
Adding three layers of light, along with dimmers, gives homeowners the maximum level of control over their lighting, which effectively illuminates the room without too much glare.
Dim the Light to Your Personal Preference
Light fixtures such as pendants and glass globes tend to create bright spots in a room, which can be problematic for viewing television screens with direct glare and reflections on the glass. To create the perfect viewing atmosphere, Protzman suggests dimming light fixtures to a very low level. "Your eyes will be able to quickly adjust and adapt to the changes in light levels," he says.
According to Protzman, people tend to perceive smaller decreases in light level than what really changes. This means if you dim a light by what seems to be 30 percent in brightness, you will actually reduce the light level by as much as 90 percent. Not only do light dimmers allow you to create a media space to your liking, but, as an added bonus, they save energy as well.
To receive the best product selection and professional expertise, visit your local ALA-member retailer for media room lighting options.
For a list of ALA-member showrooms, please visit AmericanLightingAssoc.com
(NewsUSA) - Not many things in life are certain, but odds are you will unfortunately face at least one health event that requires hospitalization and, following that, rehabilitation.
While hospitals provide an array of helpful rehab services, most people prefer to get well in the comfort of their own homes. Although beneficial in the recovery process, home care can also have its own distinct obstacles. Couple that with a patient's fears and struggles of what's to come in the weeks and months ahead, and it can create a perfect storm for both patients and caregivers.
To help, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), a nearly 6,000-member worldwide organization, has created ReSTART Recovery, an online resource that provides information for those who are (or will be) in rehab for everything from strokes to joint replacements to head injuries, and for those who will be caring for them.
When you consider that recent studies cite as many as 75 million Americans suffer from some type of disability, a website such as ReSTART Recovery can make a huge impact on understanding what patients will inevitably experience while on their road to wellness.
The goal, according to ARN, is to get patients who have a disability to a point that they are, once again, as self-sufficient as possible and able to live a full life.
"My clients have been through acute rehab and are back in their communities," Susan Wirt, a former president of ARN, told The American Nurse in an interview. "I figure out how they can be well and healthy despite their chronic conditions," she said.
Indeed, rehabilitation nurses effectively manage complex health care issues; collaborate with other professionals and disciplines such as occupational or speech therapists; provide patients and caregivers with needed education; set patients' goals that maximize independence; and establish plans of care that maintain optimal wellness, according to the ARN.
"Advocacy is also a huge role for us," Michelle Camica, MSN, CRRN, and former president of ARN, told The American Nurse in the same interview. "We serve as the patient's advocate when addressing issues with other members of the health care team and sometimes with a patient's own family. We always want to make sure patients are getting the right care in the right place at the right time," she said.
For more information, please visit www.restartrecovery.org.