Published 6:00 am Sunday, May 8, 2016

Students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Lynley-Love Jones of Oxford, a student at the University of Mississippi, recently was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

She is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

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Also inducted were the following Lafayette County students:

• Ward Toler, a chemical engineering major. He is a member of the Honors College. Toler is set to graduate in May 2018. His parents are Ward and Anne Toler.

• Hadi Kasasbeh, an electrical engineering major. Kasasbeh is set to graduate in May 2018. After graduation, he plans to seek a research job in wireless communication.

• Sarah Wilson, a psychology and art major. Wilson is set to graduate in May 2017. After graduation, she plans to work at a private education company. Her parents are Kelly and Dianna Wilson.

• Megan Young, a marketing major. She is an Ole Miss Diamond Girl, as well as a Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Young is set to graduate in May 2017. After graduation, she plans to seek a job in sports marketing. Her parent is Leigh Garner Christian.

Membership is by invitation. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

Education forum is set for summer in Jackson

A few members of the Mississippi Legislature have decided to privately sponsor and create an opportunity to learn directly from the public school educators about how laws and regulations can improve Mississippi’s kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools.

The event will be the “Summer Education Forum: It ALL starts with education!”

It is scheduled for July 22-23 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are free, and beverages and light snacks will be provided.

The keynote speaker will be Ron Clark. The forum will then have a panel about legislation and teachers’ rights, followed by various panels, speeches, Q and A and breakout groups. It will culminate with a book of ideas and recommendations directly from teachers on how the legislature and Mississippi Department of Education can improve education.

State Rep. Jay Hughes, a founder and sponsor, said, “This is designed to bring as many teachers together at once, to inspire, thank and learn from them about ideas to improve education in a time of declining funds. Public education is the backbone of our future – we must give it the highest respect.”

Tickets may be obtained at ItAllStartsWithEducation.

Allen chosen as TECH Teacher of the Year

Sandi Allen, R.N., a health science instructor with Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology, was chosen Teacher of the Year 2015-16.

The Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology, or The TECH, offers seven elective courses for the local high school students.

They are: agricultural and power machinery, automotive services technology, construction/ carpentry, career pathway experience, health science, manufacturing fundamentals/metal fabrications and teacher academy.