Floral design conference

to draw from 10 states

n STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University again is host for the American Institute of Floral Designers/Southern Conference meeting, expected to draw professional and amateur participants from 10 states on March 6-8. MSU last welcomed the event a decade ago and continues to be the only Southeast institution of higher learning to have done so.

In addition to Mississippi, participants will be coming from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. AIFD national president Walter Fedyshyn of Chicago also will attend.

Established in 1965, AIFD has more than 1,300 members worldwide and remains the floral industry leader for presenting educational and design programs.

For registration details, visit http://theuniversityflorist.com/aifd.


College RT program

reaccredited after site visit

n FULTON - Itawamba Community College's respiratory therapy program received reaccreditation from the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care at the conclusion of a recent site visit, and evaluators called the program "exemplary."

Harold Plunkett, dean of health sciences, said evaluators described the program during the exit interview as "remarkable, stellar, elite and in a class by itself."

Accredited respiratory care programs must be re-evaluated every 10 years in order to maintain accreditation, program director Jim Newell said.

ICC's respiratory therapy program offers a basic certificate level of study as well as an expanded curriculum for advanced practitioners.

Cheer clinics, tryouts

to be in March, April

n FULTON - The tryouts for the 2009-10 cheerleading squad at Itawamba Community College are rapidly approaching.

Two stunt clinics and a two-day tryout have been scheduled for those interested in cheering at ICC, sponsor Mande Miller said.

The stunt clinic dates are March 8 from 2-5 p.m. and March 24 from 4-6 p.m. Tryout dates are April 1-2 from 4-6 p.m. The cost for the stunt clinics is $35 per clinic or $50 for both.

Those who are trying out must attend both days, Miller said.

All stunt clinics and tryouts will be in the Fitness Center at the Fulton campus. Mascot tryouts are scheduled for April 8 at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Miller at (662) 862-8254 or e-mail mwmiller@iccms.edu.


Delta Music Institute

to host grand opening

n CLEVELAND - The Delta Music Institute will host a grand opening celebration on March 7-8 to showcase its new facilities inside the historic Whitfield building on the Delta State University campus.

The Delta Music Institute began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Corporation in 2003. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business and creative areas of the music industry.

Students in the DMI program pursue career aspirations through an innovative Interdisciplinary Studies degree, allowing them to combine two or three concentrations of study. The result is a broad entrepreneurial approach to the music and entertainment industries.

For more information on the grand opening and a schedule of events, call (662) 846-4579 or visit dmi.deltastate.edu.

Daily Journal reports

Ginny Miller

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