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Dr. Smith brings a wealth of community engagement experience to UM. He served as chair of the Mississippi State University Community Engagement Committee, and director of the Center for Community-Engaged Learning. Dr. Smith prepared and secured MSU’s application for the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.
Dr. Smith also served as Assistant Dean of Students at Mississippi State University and in other positions in the Division of Student Affairs from 2006 to 2018. Dr. Smith served as a research associate in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University from 1996 to 2006. Before that, he was a research specialist in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Arkansas.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Rhodes College, his master’s in agronomy from Arkansas and his doctorate in plant and soil sciences from MSU.
McLean Institute Grant Award to Fund Community Engagement
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.
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.