Tuesday's Tidbits

February 2, 2016

  1. 2016-2017 MCJ scholarship applications now available through USM Foundation GO website

  2. Writers’ Workshop is BACK!

  3. Hiring: Writers--The Student Printz

  4. The Career Services Boot Camp begins Feb. 2nd

  5. CPRAM Student Scholarship deadline Feb. 12th

  6. Career Fair Feb. 15-18

  7. Alfred J. Seaman Award April 1st

  8. Sacred Heart Seeking Play-by-Play announcer

  9. Summer Job Opportunity

  10. Natchez Democrat Hiring Reporter


1. 2016-2017 MCJ scholarship applications now available through USM Foundation GO website

The USM Foundation is excited to announce that the 2016-17 scholarship application's for MCJ scholarships is now open to students in the GO System (usmfoundation.com/go).

2016-2017 Scholarships


In the USM Foundation GO System, students who are currently enrolled or accepted for admission for the 2016-17 academic year can explore available scholarship opportunities, complete the general application and be matched with scholarships for which they qualify. Eligibility for the more than 850 scholarships administered by the USM Foundation depends on a variety of criteria. While some require a certain grade point average, others are awarded based on major, student involvement and even hometown. All students are encouraged to apply!

Student Application Deadlines – The student application deadline for most scholarships is February 15, 2016.

2. Writers’ Workshop is BACK!

Writers' Workshop

3. Hiring: Writers--The Student Printz

Position: Staff Writer

Responsibilities of a SP staff writer include the following:

Staff writers are responsible for suggesting ideas for Printz publication and also producing content, which may include news, opinion, sports and feature articles, as well as album, concert, TV and movie reviews.

Writers will actively research subjects, conduct interviews and attend events for coverage and will subsequently document this information in content for publication. Writers are required provide viable story pitches on a weekly basis and meet strict deadlines.

Writers will learn and hone skills necessary to become professional journalists. Writers are required to attending weekly staff meetings, as well as scheduled conferences, events and seminars. Writers must be open to constructive criticism as it is an integral part of the production process.

Familiarity with AP Style is preferred but not required.

Although writing experience is strongly favored, any and all students are welcome and encouraged to apply as staff writers. Only graduate and undergraduate students need apply. You may apply via email to printzeditors@gmail.com with the subject line "Application: Printz Writer". To be considered, please attach a resume and two writing samples in your application.


4. Career Services Boot Camp Feb. 2nd  


5. CPRAM Student Scholarship deadline Feb. 12

$1000 CPRAM (College Public Relations Association of Mississippi) Scholarship for Fall 2016

To apply for the scholarship click here.  For more information, contact Steve Diffey at (662) 472-9068 or sdiffey@holmescc.edu To apply click here.


6. Career Fair Feb. 15-18

The Career Fair is Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon- 4 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center (map). Employers from across the southeast will be here seeking student workers, interns and full-time employees.   

There will be a table set up so students can receive attendance verification for a class as well. Students must be dressed professionally to receive verification.

Are you nervous about the Career Fair? Are you unsure of what to expect or what to say? Stop by the Career Services office in McLemore Hall (map) from Feb. 15-18 at 4 p.m. for tips and suggestions on the following:

  • How to prepare
  • How to plan
  • How to see who you want to see and much more  

Additional tips on how to prepare for the Career Fair can be found here.

For more information about the Career Fair or Career Services, visit the website or call 601.266.4153.  

Career Fair

7. Eco-Comedy Video Competition March 1st

**$2,000 Prize**

The 2016 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water”

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme.

“Connect the drops” between clean water and life. The contest is open to anyone

worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:

  •         Be humorous!
  •         Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water” and overall environmental conservation.
  •         Appeal to a broad audience.
  •         Be an original production.
  •         Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
  •         Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2016 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCpIIqbC-oshuQklx2xXoA
  •         Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.


Submissions that are not received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2016.  For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: http://www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm

Questions may be addressed to me at palmer@american.edu


8. Alfred J. Seaman Award April 1st.


The winner of the competition is selected by a panel of AEF board members, consisting of professors and advertising professionals. The 2016 award will be presented at the AEF annual Honors Night Dinner on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.


Professors or students may initiate submissions. Each nomination must include:

  •        a copy of the paper
  •        a supporting letter from a professor familiar with the work
  •        an abstract (no longer than 200 words)
  •        the student’s resume
  •        other supporting materials the student wishes to include

Submissions are due at the AEF office no later than Friday, April 1, 2016.  

Send to:
Nikki Lewis
Advertising Educational Foundation
220 East 42nd Street, Suite 3300
New York, NY 10017
Email: nl@aef.com


9. Sacred Heart Seeking Play-by-Play announcer

The Sacred Heart organization is looking for someone to broadcast this seasons baseball games play-by-play live on SuperTalk. The position is unpaid but is great experience for those looking to add to their resume.  

If you are interested in this opportunity or know of someone else willing to take on this endeavor, please contact Monica Bellipanni at mbellipanni@shshattiesburg.com


10. Summer Job Opportunity

Summer Teaching Positions Available:

Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

  •        Earn more than $6,000 during the summer.Teachers typically earn between $550 and $700 per week while teaching.
  •        Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  •        Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2016 teaching positions.

We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline.

We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

  •          Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  •          Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills
  •          Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature. We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teachingfor the Institute at: http://instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com/

11. The Natchez Democrat Hiring Reporter

The Democrat is a daily newspaper in the most important tourist destination in Mississippi, and has been in publication for 150 years. We're looking for someone with journalism experience and solid writing skills to cover a wide range of news and events. The reporter will also cover the education beat.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to the editor, Ben Hillyer, at ben.hillyer@natchezdemocrat.com.