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Florals, finances lead off January Quick Bites


Jan Swoope



The dawn of a new year will bring with it a new slate of Quick Bites interactive video sessions available to the public through the Mississippi State Extension Service.  


These condensed midday doses of information and education will be offered Jan. 4, 11 and 25 next month. Programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. on designated Thursdays. 


Free programs in January 2018 include: 


  • Jan. 4 -- Japanese Floral Design 


    Presenter Lynette McDougald, of MSU Plant and Soil Sciences, demonstrates ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. Ikebana designs, with origins as far back as the seventh century, were made with only a very few stems of flowers and foliages. As our season changes and our garden flowers fade, visit this historical design style. 


  • Jan. 11 -- Technology Tools for Saving Money 


    Bekah Sparks, Extension Instructor with the Center for Technology Outreach, talks about saving money and spending smarter. Discover how to utilize technology, through apps and websites, to help your family save in the new year. 


  • Jan. 25 -- Rural Medical and Science Scholars 


    Presenter: Ann Sansing, Extension Instructor, Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion 


    The Rural Medical and Science Scholars program, formally known as Rural Medical Scholars, is an exciting summer opportunity for academically talented students between their junior and senior years with an interest in health or science. The program focus is on "growing local docs," but offers additional experiences to help broaden a knowledge base in STEM careers and opportunities in the healthcare field.  


    County Extension offices wanting to sign up for the video programs can do so at Sign up using the online county sign up system. (From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on County Schedule Signup). Or, counties may email to [email protected], or call our MSU Extension.  


    Individuals interested in registering for one of January's programs should contact their county's Extension office: 662-328-2111 (Lowndes): 662-323-5916 (Oktibbeha); or 662-494-5371 (Clay). Video sessions will also be held in Bost 409 for those on the MSU campus.


  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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