Roses and thorns: 2-28-2010

February 27, 2010 10:58:00 PM



A rose to the MUW''s theater department, department head William "Peppy" Biddy, director Brook Hannemann, thespians, backstage workers and other participants in the college''s presentation of William Shakespeare''s "A Mid-Summer Night''s Dream." 


Always captivating, The W''s theater department has put on another delightful production, rising to the challenge of staging the Bard''s best loved comedy with a modern twist. 


Catherine Muse, one of four MUW students who perished in a mid-January motel fire in Hoover, Ala., had been cast as a fairy, a role she was looking forward to. 


Students decided to proceed with the play in honor of their lost classmates. 




Roses to the Center for America''s Veterans at Mississippi State University and the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum for honoring Oktibbeha County veterans who served in World War II. 


The agencies are working to chronicle the stories of WWII veterans. MSU, and the Heritage Museum are asking veterans to share the stories of their WWII experiences. 


Each veteran will be videotaped, and their story will be archived at MSU. As hundreds of WWII veterans pass away each year, it''s a noble effort to chronicle their lives and honor these vestiges of the Greatest Generation. 


World War II veterans who want to share their stories should call Maj. Andrew Rendon, director of the Center for America''s Veterans, at 662-325-6720.  




A rose to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle for donating microscopes to the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. 


The two entities have partnered for the past 10 years. Each year, a handful of students participate in a job shadowing program at the hospital. 


MSMS''s science department offers classes in physics, chemistry, biology and multidisciplinary topics. Additionally, students assist in and perform college- and professional-level research, efforts the microscopes will help with. 


Baptist is one of many businesses partnering with local schools to ensure they have the educational resources needed to help students be successful. 


A thank you goes out to those already involved in such efforts; those businesses not linked in to the education community should follow Baptist''s lead by looking for ways to partner with local schools to enhance students'' educational opportunities. 




A rose to Caledonia teacher Terry Wiygul, who was honored by the Mississippi Education Computing Association as Teacher of the Year for her work in promoting the use of technology during MECA''s annual conference Feb. 10 in Jackson. 


The 10-year Caledonia teacher also teaches virtual classes with Mississippi Virtual Public Schools Web-based classes. Wiygul also leads E-learning workshops for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. One of her recent workshops, Web 2.0, went a long way toward earning her Teacher of the Year honors from MECA by showing educators how to interact with the Internet, rather than simply gathering information. 


In the classroom, Wiygul uses innovative learning tools to drive the concepts of physics and technology home.