Howell Hall gets a renovation

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During the summer session of 2013, building construction science interns worked with BCS Interim Director Dr. David C. Lewis and Assistant Professor Tom Leathem on several much-needed renovations in Howell Building.

Work was done in the main office area and faculty offices as well as the hallway leading to the studio spaces. The work also involved the creation of an additional classroom meeting area.

A special thanks to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors for awarding BCS a grant for student craft training!

Finished office space:

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New classroom:

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
359 North West Street
P.O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0771
MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Academic Teacher – Visual Arts (NON STATE SERVICE) Starting Salary: $35,470.00 (192 Days)

*Please Note: Actual salary will be dependent on education and years of experience.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking applicants for the position of visual arts teacher at the Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA), a statewide residential school that provides advanced programs of study in vocal music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and literary arts. The Mississippi School of the Arts is located on the historic Whitworth College Campus in Brookhaven, Mississippi, which is approximately 60 miles south of Jackson, the state capital.

Teachers at the Mississippi School of the Arts work under the direct supervision of the Principal. This position encompasses duties that include, but are not limited to, planning, producing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive, standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessments in visual arts, monitoring student progress; sponsoring student performances and competitions; recruiting students; collaborating with student life personnel to ensure a positive learning experience within a residential environment; and other assigned duties and services that are necessary to ensure the success of the Mississippi School of the Arts.

The successful candidate should have:
Experience in planning, producing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive, standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessments in visual arts;
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills;
•    Up-to-date knowledge and experience in adjudication of student exhibitions and competitions;
•    Up-to-date knowledge of emerging trends and issues in arts education;
•    Experience in collaboration with teachers in other content areas;
•    Up-to-date multimedia technology skills;
•    Active involvement as a professional in the content area; •    Experience in a high school setting preferred;
•    Prior knowledge of the policies and procedures of the State of Mississippi preferred; and
•    National Board Certification will be considered a plus.

Minimum Experience/Educational Requirements
Education:
A Doctoral degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the subject area to be taught, Certification as required below, AND One (1) year of experience related to the duties described above.
OR

A Specialist’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the subject area to be taught, Certification as required below, AND
Two (2) years of experience related to the duties described above.
OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the subject area to be taught, Certification as required below, AND
Three (3) years of experience related to the duties described above.
OR

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the subject area to be taught, Certification as required below, AND Five (5) years of experience related to the duties described above.
AND

Certification:
Possession of a valid Mississippi A (Bachelor’s), AA (Master’s) AAA (Specialist’s), or AAAA (Doctoral) teaching certificate in the subject area to be taught.

Interested persons should apply online at www.mspb.ms.gov. (Inquiries may be made to Suzanne Hirsch at 601-823-1300 or by email at shirsch@mde.k12.ms.us.)    The deadline for application submission is June 25, 2013.    Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone.

(Mississippi Department of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer)

Gov. Bryant visits MSU, outlines vision for manufacturing

Interior Design had a booth at this year's furniture summit to promote the program.

Interior Design had a booth at this year’s furniture summit to promote the program. (Photo by Professor William Riehm)

(By Leah Barbour | University Relations)

STARKVILLE – Education and workforce development are the keys to growing furniture-manufacturing jobs in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant told a Mississippi State audience Wednesday [March 27].

The state chief executive was featured speaker for the university’s third annual Manufacturing Summit. More than 100 national and state furniture and manufacturing representatives, along with federal, state and local government officials at the Franklin Furniture Institute event, heard Bryant explain his vision for economic development in Magnolia State manufacturing.

“I just would not accept, nor will I ever accept, that the furniture industry is going to go away,” Bryant said.

“We’re not dead,” he added, borrowing a line from Mark Twain to emphasize that “the discussion about our early demise has been greatly exaggerated.

“We are not about to go away; in fact, we’re going to grow,” he continued. Bryant cited a recent Commerce Department report showing “our exports in Mississippi are growing by a billion dollars.”

His presentation also stressed the importance of education and workforce development as state furniture manufacturing and other industries seek new employees with the required skill. He also addressed Mississippi’s successful “re-shore” efforts to return jobs from overseas.

Bryant thanked MSU President Mark E. Keenum for applying his business knowledge as a university leader and for encouraging departments, especially summit sponsor Franklin Furniture Institute, to apply research and development initiatives with manufacturers and workforce development.

In his response, Keenum praised Bryant for his efforts to promote education and economic development, especially as relates to furniture manufacturing.

“(Bryant) has fought tirelessly for job creation, economic development and growth here in the state,” Keenun said. “He is a champion for enhancing education, educational opportunities for all our children, from a state pre-K all the way to our university system.”

In addition to Bryant, several other government officials presented a panel presentation, “How Collaboration between the Private Sector and Federal Agencies Can Accelerate Manufacturing Growth in the Mississippi Furniture Cluster.”

Other speakers at the daylong event included, among others:

–Matt Erksine, acting assistant secretary for economic development, U.S. Department of Commerce; Doug O’Brien, deputy undersecretary for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Earl Gohl, federal co-chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission; David Rumbarger, president and CEO, Community Development Foundation in Tupelo; and Chris Masingill, federal co-chairman, Delta Regional Authority.

Their remarks focused on the importance of federal collaborations with schools and industries to ensure workers are getting the training they need.

–State furniture manufacturing leaders addressing the audience included MSU alumnus and major benefactor Hassell Franklin of Okolona, CEO and chairman, Franklin Corp. in Houston (Miss.). Others included Bruno Policicchio, COO, Max Home Furniture in Fulton; and William “Skipper” Holliman – also an MSU alumnus – president, HomeStretch Furniture in Nettleton.

The state furniture manufacturing executives discussed the importance of a workforce with reliable, diligent work ethics, as well as the importance of federal state and local education initiatives and workforce training efforts can provide worker training.

In a separate presentation, Bill Renick, Workforce Investment area director for Pontotoc-based Three Rivers Planning and Development District, detailed his office’s efforts to provide specific education and training for individual companies. He also encouraged all in attendance to continue working together to create solutions necessary to expand furniture manufacturing throughout the state.

Created through a major gift from Hassell Franklin, MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute works to sustain the state furniture industry in Mississippi through regular educational workshops and seminars.

Director Bill Martin said the institute’s mission is to continually provide furniture leaders and employees with the latest research and developments on issues important to them.

Martin said the 2013 year’s summit was made possible through a $1 million grant, titled “Accelerating Jobs and Innovation through Community and Economic Development in Rural Mississippi,” provided by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Clarksdale-based Delta Regional Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission.

Other sponsors summit included CertiPur-US, American Home Furnishings Alliance, Franklin Furniture Institute, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, and Jobs and Innovation Accelerator.

In addition to the Franklin Institute, the grant also supports four other MSU outreach and research centers, including the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems-Extension, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Southern Rural Development Center, and Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer.

To learn more about the Franklin Furniture Institute, visit www.ifmm.msstate.edu/.

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