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Scholarship and Engagement for the Public Good
The 2019 edition of the McLean Institute’s publication features articles on community engagement efforts at the University of Mississippi. These include the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development initiative, M Partner, and the North Mississippi VISTA Project.
The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network, known as EPIC-N, has recognized M Partner as a finalist for the 2020 Outstanding Program Award. The award honors programs that have successfully demonstrated a mutually beneficial and invested partnership between higher education and local governments. Recognized programs promote cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders, while working on critical community issues and increasing public awareness and support for higher education and local government partnerships.
McLean Institute scholarship. Laura Martin, Associate Director, leads the way in community engagement scholarship at the University of Mississippi. This chapter considers how institutionalizing community engagement through cocurricular service-learning programs can strengthen community–university partnerships. This qualitative study assesses student civic learning outcomes while serving in the yearlong Student Engagement Fellows program, a cocurricular service-learning experience at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Albert Nylander, director of the McLean Institute, professor of sociology and principal investigator for the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, or CEED, program, said he is thankful for the approximately $500,000 provided by the foundation. This year’s CEED team has engaged with key partners throughout the state: CREATE Foundation, Mississippi Small Business Development Center, Congressman Trent Kelly’s Office, Community Development Foundation, Mabus Agency, Tri-County Workforce Alliance, But God Ministries, GRIOT Arts Inc., Higher Purpose Co., Calhoun County Economic Development Association, James C. Kennedy Wellness Center, Lobaki, Inc., Mississippi Development Authority, and Innovate Mississippi to name a few.
In recognition of nearly 60 years of service to the University of Mississippi, Professor Emeritus Dr. Vaughn L. Grisham of Oxford was recognized by his friends and former students for his many contributions to the university and the state with the Honorary Alumni Award from the Ole Miss Alumni Association. A reception and dinner honoring Dr. Grisham, on October 3, 2020 at The Mill at Plein Air in Taylor, had more than 300 guests in attendance.
The University of Mississippi is recognized for its Community Engagement Efforts. The University of Mississippi has been nationally recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its efforts to support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. The McLean Institute is especially proud of the university’s distinguished recognition. It has been our role, since 2012, to institutionalize community engagement on campus. We believe this recognition is validation of the university’s community engagement practices for years. Click here to read the successful Carnegie application.
UM Celebrates M Partner Pilot Year, Sets Ambitious Goals
M Partner is a community-campus partnership initiative that aligns community priorities with courses, internships, and programs housed at the University of Mississippi. The pilot phase of M Partner developed partnerships and programs in Charleston (Tallahatchie County), Lexington (Holmes County), and New Albany (Union County), and engaged hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in efforts to promote educational attainment, economic development, health and wellness, and community beautification.
The McLean Institute’s North Mississippi VISTA Project received funding for $$569,962 through the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps VISTA program. Laura Martin, McLean Associate Director, leads the AmeriCorps VISTA program which fights poverty through education. Emily Echols, project manager, provides daily responsibilities for overseeing recruitment, management, and professional development. In photo, UM and VISTA alumna Nyterica Edget volunteers in Lexington on M Partner Community Day. Please consider joining the North MS VISTA Project.
Three Hall of Fame students work to better communities across Mississippi. As undergraduates at the University of Mississippi, Jarvis Benson, Levi Bevis and Blair Wortsmith have helped advance the work of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement through the M Partner initiative, North Mississippi VISTA Project and LOU Saves.
Dr. JR Love is a member of the University’s Industry Engagement Council (IEC). Dr. Love has actively engaged with business partners since his arrival on campus in 2015. He and Dr. Albert Nylander, McLean Institute Director, visited with Viking Range during their visit on the UM campus in November 2019 to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives and partnerships between the McLean Institute and Viking’s hometown of Greenwood, MS. Dr. Love led the University’s 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Forum in Greenwood in 2017.
Bruce Ware, University of Mississippi alumnus and McLean Institute Board Member, is inspiring high school students from his hometown of Newton, Mississippi to pursue higher education. Through the Grisham Fellows Program, Newton High School students are given the opportunity to visit the university and explore possibilities for academic achievement and community involvement.
A busload of University of Mississippi students spent their time Monday (Jan. 21, 2019) improving the lives of citizens in a neighboring town on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. M Partner, a community partnership program that helps match university capabilities with the goals and needs of local communities, took a group of 50 UM students and members of the North Mississippi VISTA Project to New Albany for a day of service. Following opening remarks and receiving instructions at the Union County Heritage Museum, the group dispersed to its three project sites.
During my time at Ole Miss I received a Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) scholarship through the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement. It covered my tuition. Being a CEED scholar allowed me to tailor my studies to the work I was engaged in in Clarksdale, MS. My scholarship helps me pursue my passion for youth leadership and workforce readiness in the state.
The third annual McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, or MELP, was a weeklong experience for 15 students entering their sophomore and junior years. Presented by innovation fellows and scholars of the CEED Initiative at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the program took place in July 2018 on the Oxford campus.
Dr. Albert Nylander envisions virtual reality as a powerful tool for students and community partners across Mississippi. Dr. JR Love and Vince Jordan have visited school districts throughout Mississippi to give high school faculty and students a virtual reality educational experience.