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November 17, 2010

Red Cross to offer CPR, First Aid classes

The Oktibbeha County American Red Cross is offering First Aid and CPR classes in December.
American Red Cross Basic Adult/Infant/Child CPR, AED and Standard First Aid will be offered Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30p.m.
The same class will be offered Dec. 16 from 8:3 0a.m. until 4:30p.m.
Space is limited for both classes. The cost is $50 per person and includes all materials, Participants must register by calling 323-4621.

Day One program sets annual showcase, celebration Thursday

Mississippi State’s Day One Leadership program for new freshmen will hold its annual showcase and celebration Thursday in the Colvard Student Union.
The 300 first-semester freshmen who make up the Day One Leadership community will display the various service projects they have completed for nearly 50 community organizations.
Exhibited in a science fair type of atmosphere, the event will be held in the Bill Foster Ballroom from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The public event also will include an awards and recognition ceremony.
Habitat for Humanity, Starkville Humane Society, Boy Scouts of America, Oktibbeha County Library, Starkville Community Theater, and local schools are some of the local entities that were helped by the university students.
With a mission of shaping students into leaders, a key component of the Day One experience revolves around community service. Students are divided into “Action Teams,” with about five students paired with specially trained faculty or staff mentors serving as resource advocates and coordinators for service-learning projects, extending classroom learning experiences into the community.
For more on Day One, visit www.dayone.msstate.edu or contact Stephen Williams at 662-325-0244.

GIS Day being held at MSU campus today

A Mississippi State University program that introduces local middle and high school students to cutting-edge geographic information systems technology and GIS career opportunities takes place today.
GIS Day 2010, sponsored by the land-grant institution’s Department of Geosciences and Geosystems Research Institute, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory building in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, located across Highway 182 from the university’s campus.
Organizers have planned an eventful morning of hands-on, problem-solving activities for GIS Day at MSU, now in its seventh year. ‘=
Students will learn about the vital role that geography plays in understanding natural disasters by using GIS knowledge and technology to respond to a simulated flood.
More than 100 students from Lee Middle School in Columbus and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science will participate in GIS Day thanks to the Initiating New Science Partnerships in Rural Education program at MSU, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.
In addition to Mississippi State’s event, GIS Day activities will be taking place across the country Wednesday as part of Geography Awareness Week in an effort to boost geographic education and to provide a showcase for GIS technologies that are solving real-world problems and making a difference.
For additional information, please contact assistant professor Karen McNeal at ksm163@msstate.edu or 662-268-1032, or Debbie McBride at dmcbride@hpc.msstate.edu or 325-9333.

Veterans Discovery Day set for Saturday at MSU

More than 300 Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers will be at Mississippi State Saturday for the university’s fourth Veterans Discovery Day.
Sponsored by the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, the event is being held in conjunction with MSU’s home football game with the University of Arkansas.
In addition to receiving campus tours and introductions to MSU academic offerings, the new enlistees will be special guests for pre-game tailgating in the Junction, the green space adjoining Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The day concludes with a half-time ceremony honoring their military service.
“Veterans Discovery Day is a great opportunity to introduce these soldiers to our beautiful campus, as well as to many college degree opportunities, should they wish to continue their education and use their GI Bill benefits,” said David Blair, the Montgomery Center’s outreach coordinator.
University admissions counselors and other representatives of the Division of Student Affairs, along with the Reserve Officers Training Corps departments, will be on hand to provide detailed answers to these visitors’ questions, Blair added.
“We also will be sharing with them information about support programs and services offered through the Montgomery Center,” he said.
An information tent will be set up in the Junction adjacent to the Leo Seal M Club. Numerous organizations will be represented, including the Center for America’s Veterans, American Legion, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, Student Veterans Association, Army and Air Force ROTC, and the Air Force Association.
The Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans was established to provide higher education opportunities to former and current service members, as well as their dependents, through programs and services largely unavailable at many other institutions. Its staff members also provide career counseling and guidance, and academic assistance and mentorship.
Additional information on the center may be viewed at www.veterans.msstate.edu.
For more information about the 2010 MSU Veterans Discovery Day, contact David Blair at 662-325-1496 or by e-mail at dblair@saffairs.msstate.edu.

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