Friday, April 18, 2014

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A wise man once said about the people of the world, “Diversity is one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”

From April 20-25, Alcorn State University will again host a dynamic week of educational programs and activities to celebrate our rich diversity and promote cross-cultural understanding.

The City of Jackson hosts the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference May 2-4 at Jackson State University. The conference focuses on ways to build the “City of the Future” today through...

The Environmental Protection Agency reported that at least 36 states currently anticipate local, regional, or statewide water shortages in the near future.

Mississippi State's College of Education formally announces its All-Steinway Initiative with a Thursday [April 24] public display of the first class of pianos acquired toward the effort.

Officials at Mississippi State are moving forward with plans to create a new collaborative research center after competing successfully through two rounds of review by the National Science Foundation. A planning grant for the initiative was awarded late last month.

In connection with the traveling exhibit "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," Mississippi State University Libraries is sponsoring two speakers beginning next week.

Mississippi State's economic impact on the advancement of innovation will be on display later this month in a series of public campus events

The University of Mississippi's sixth annual Green Week celebration kicks off on Earth Day (April 22) with the goal of opening a…

With a record group of 409 K-12 teachers from north Mississippi, the University of Mississippi chapter of the World Class Teaching…

Sparky Reardon stood smiling in the back of the ballroom at The Inn at the University of Mississippi during his retirement reception Tuesday afternoon as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc stepped up to the podium to speak.

The intensive search for retiring dean Sparky Reardon’s replacement came to an end yesterday as Melinda J. Sutton was announced as The University of Mississippi’s new dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs.

After weeks of anticipation, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Stephanie McCracken was “shocked and honored” to receive official word from Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett that she was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar.

So happy to have Dr. Max Grivno, USM Professor of History, speak on the history of work in Mississippi in the Mutton Internet CafĂ© today…

ECCC to Host Free MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
East Central Community College will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition on the Decatur...

Itawamba Community College recently published its 2012 Report Card, which is made available by the College in compliance with House Bill No. 1071 approved during the 2010 Mississippi Legislative session. The bill created an Education Achievement Council which was established to set educational achievement goals for institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges in the state and to assist in monitoring progress toward those goals.

Educators looking for continuing education units (CEUs) to renew their teaching license by the June 30 deadline can take advantage of two three-hour accelerated-pace courses offered at Northwest Mississippi Community College. The college will offer Health (HPR 1213) June 2-6,…

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A world-famous Mississippi musician was among a distinguished group of former Pearl River Community College students and graduates recognized ...

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Pearl River Community College has expanded their Workforce Training Class offerings to include electrical and plumber's helper programs. Classes ...

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Belhaven University has consecutively been named a military friendly school and is now offering a new, lower tuition for all military students who take classes online.

School of Science & Mathematics Dean Dr. Stan Baldwin Receives Honor
Mississippi College School of Science & Mathematics Dean Stan Baldwin...

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Dr. Stephen G. Hall, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences, will serve as visiting faculty in the History Department at Duke University during 2014-15 academic year.

After discussing the legacy of Alcorn State University and its School of Nursing with staff members, former Epigeneticist and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Dr. Yolanda Powell-Young knew that Alcorn would be the perfect place to begin a new chapter in her life.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made a stop at the Mississippi e-Center@Jackson State University on Thursday, April 17, where they visited the Coastal...

Gov. Phil Bryant is set to visit the University of Mississippi on May 10 to deliver the main address at the university's 161st

Mississippi State University will host a visit from the top Mississippi Department of Education official on Friday [April 25]. 

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering white-tailed deer management workshops to give landowners and managers hands-on education on improving deer herds and hunting opportunities.

“We are disappointed that a pattern of bad behavior and serious, inexcusable hazing occurred within the chapter,” UM Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said. “Periodic reports from and meetings with local alumni and national headquarters led us to believe that the chapter was improving. Based on regular visits by representatives from the University of Mississippi Office of Greek Life with current Sigma Phi Epsilon members, chapter officers, local and regional volunteers, and national headquarters, the university had no reason to believe this type of behavior and conduct was happening.”

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... in part to help districts make the switch to the Common Core state standards. The University of Mississippi will administer the budget for the effort.

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Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

From Politico:

FALLING SHORT OF ITS 'PROMISE'?: This week, Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's 'Tennessee Promise' proposal, which would cover community college tuition for any high school graduate in the state. From The Associated Press: http://bit.ly/1nbwMew.

- But Bryce McKibben, a policy analyst with the Association of Community College Trustees, said programs like Tennessee's and initiatives in Oregon and Mississippi may not help the neediest students. The programs'have been offered as so-called 'last dollar' scholarships - covering only tuition and fees that are not covered by all other (overwhelmingly federal) aid, such as Pell grants,' he told Morning Education. 'Last-dollar programs do not cover things like room, board, books, and supplies that a student must pay for in order to survive. The practical effect of these programs is also to spend the most state money on students who 'need the least' aid.' His chart: http://bit.ly/1l6d3Nz.

- In addition, McKibben said, 'part-time students who may be working to support themselves or their families while attending school - more than half of all enrolled Tennessee community college students - also receive no Promise funds under program rules.'

- The program will apply to full-time students who maintain consecutive enrollment for four or five semesters and maintain a C average. 'Research has firmly established that these "traditional" students represent a very small portion of overall community college enrollments,' McKibben said. 'They are also generally students who have the most resources and academic preparation before starting college, and are the most likely to attend a postsecondary program regardless of aid.'

U.S. Department of Education’s Compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 for Fiscal Year 2013

Moody’s, which rates more than 500 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities, downgraded an average of 28 institutions annually in the five years through 2013, more than double the average of 12 in the prior five-year period.

In a dire assessment, the report declares: "The overall condition of the Chinese soil allows no optimism." The Associated Press writes that the report was "previously deemed so sensitive [that] it was classified as a state secret."

The Atlantic Cities
In the last few months, the cities of Oxford (home to the University of Mississippi), Starkville (Mississippi State), and Hattiesburg (University of Southern ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

STATE

Delta State University and the College of Business invited guest speakers to talk to students about opportunities in the business field during the ninth annual International Business Symposium.

Each April, the world unites to honor Earth Day and Arbor Day — both celebratory days acknowledging Mother Earth and the fragility of the environment. Delta State continues its long tradition of environmental awareness in…

The Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State is sponsoring a conference on bullying and school violence in conjunction with performances of Columbinus. Through lectures, workshops, conversations and performances,…

Jackson State University’s Seniors College program has exposed 70-year-old Ruthie Jackson to information about money management, computers and the history of Mississippi’s storied Delta region. Jackson, who joined the program...

From entrepreneurs to designers, anyone interested in cotton textiles will learn something more about the market at Mississippi State University's upcoming Cotton Summit.

The Passport to Wellness campaign will kick off in May with the  Market Street “Splash of Color” 5K Walk/Run at the Riverwalk on May 3 at 8 a.m. Participants will be splashed with color as they run or walk the 5K course.

Facilities Management has issued a reminder to the campus community of a planned power outage for north campus on Friday April 18th.

The Commercial Dispatch
The W is in a partnership with East Mississippi Community College, Hinds Community College in Jackson, and Gulf Coast Community College.

The University of Mississippi distributed scholarship offers recently to dozens of elite student recruits at a banquet with…

SunHerald.com
OXFORD — The Lyceum building on the University of Mississippi's campus was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a "suspicious package" was ...

WAPT Jackson
The pharmacy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center would dispense it. Dr. Brad Ingram said the goal is to use the cannabidol, also known as ...

The annual Golden Eagle Powwow at The University of Southern Mississippi will include School Day April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.  The powwow’s activities focus on the history and lifeways of Southeastern American Indians, with guided opportunities for real-world applications of math, science, social studies and language arts.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Earth Week 2014 with a full schedule of activities set for April 21-25 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi's institutional repository, The Aquila Digital Community, commemorated a significant milestone on March 20 as the site logged its 100,000th full text download. Aquila, which collects and preserves the research and scholarship of Southern Miss faculty and students, launched in January 2012 and has grown rapidly in the past two years.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Mayors of cities and towns in Coahoma Community College’s five districts gathered under one roof Wednesday afternoon for the opportunity to learn about the resources and opportunities available for their municipalities through Coahoma Community College.

The Hinds Community College Hinds Wind Ensemble will perform at the Pepsi Pops Concert on May 9 as the opening performance for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

The Hinds Community College rock bands program will have Eagle Fest 2014 “The Day the Campus Rocks” from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 behind the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus.

Biology and zoology students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus spent a week helping the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and its partners conduct a bioquest as part of the Pascagoula River Biodiversity Inventory.  The inventory is an ongoing effort to…

A group of technicians from the Naval Oceanograhpic Office at Stennis Space Center spent several days recently at Pearl...

Wrought iron markers made by Pearl River Community College welding students will tell some of the history of Poplarville...

Picayune Item
POPLARVILLE — After two years of production, the Pearl River Community College film production class will unveil their two-hour documentary, “The ...

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themississippicollegian.com
The recent discussion amongst Mississippi College administration this year has been whether to change the name of the university or to keep the ...

An all-women's college has the highest freshman retention rate among historically black institutions.

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The Delta Players will present a production of Columbinus on April 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium on the campus of Delta State University. Nominated for a number of prestigious awards, Columbinus explores the…

Fighting Okra Records, Delta State University’s student-run record label in the Delta Music Institute, plans to release of a self-titled, four song CD by Delta State student Justin Boatman of Eupora. The album, titled…

Jackson State University honored 42 faculty and staff with Excellence Awards on Tuesday, April 15, citing their exemplary work performance at the institution. Faculty were selected from all five colleges...

Two longtime Mississippi State communication department faculty members will be honored next week following the first performance of the final production of Theatre MSU's 50th season.

Most have never known what it is like to leave school in the U.S. to go to another school in another country, but Mississippi State University student Shehryar Butt, who gave a presentation about his life and his experience at MSU in the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, knows firsthand.

Philadelphia Neshoba Democrat
... trouble, said Dr. Christine Calder, a veterinary resident with a focus in behavior at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

After weeks of anticipation, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Stephanie McCracken was “shocked and honored” to receive official word from Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett that she was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. McCracken is the only recipient chosen from a Mississippi institution.

A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be held at The University of Southern Mississippi April 21-24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This free event, held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Crisis Month, is open to the public.

Reading Today Online
As a faculty member for the K-6 teacher education program at the University of Southern Mississippi, one of my roles includes teaching students how ...

WDAM-TV
The University of Southern Mississippi will send five dance students to Washington D.C. in early June to perform at the Kennedy Center. The piece to ...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel Wednesday to the Pittsburgh area to tout $600 million in federal job training investments — the latest White House effort to show it’s addressing middle class economic issues despite a gridlocked Congress.

Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis had this post on Friday about a report that concludes that 85% of pension funds will fail over the next three decades. From the post:

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Sid Salter, director of public affairs at Mississippi State University, writes in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that labels have gone too far. He is worried ...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

STATE

Delta State University will host the United States Department of Agriculture with a press conference Wednesday for a grant award announcement at 10 a.m. in Ewing Hall. The university was selected for USDA’s Delta Health…

The Delta Music Institute (DMI) entertainment industry studies program at Delta State is partnering with the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) this summer to offer a slate of continuing education courses on…

Delta State's Hamilton-White Child Development Center recently observed the Week of the Young Child sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC). Last week, children enrolled in the center…

On Wednesday, April 16, the Mass Communications Department will welcome Vivian Brown, a Jackson State University alum who earned her B.S. in Meteorology, as the keynote speaker Mass Communications Day...

Jackson State University’s Seniors College program has exposed 70-year-old Ruthie Jackson to information about money management, computers and the history of Mississippi’s storied Delta region. Jackson, who joined the program...

Mississippi State continues to rank among the nation's top research universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation.

Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine "The Road Ahead" at Mississippi State University's 2014 Manufacturing Summit

#HailStateDay: Online philanthropy event Monday
Join your fellow Bulldogs this week for the first-ever online philanthropy event at Mississippi State: #HailStateDay. MSU’s goal is to raise 1,001 donations from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends over a 36-hour period. #HailStateDay starts on Monday at noon and ends on Tuesday at midnight.

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) has received approvals from both Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to fully develop a dual degree program between MVSU and Kazakhstan State Women's Teacher Training University (KSWTTU).

Approximately 1,000 middle and high school students from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus May 17 for the prestigious SeaPerch National Challenge underwater robotics competition.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in the number of students enrolled to earn their master’s degree. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE
 
Coahoma Community College’s students were given to opportunity to network, explore healthcare-related businesses, and learn about potential future job opportunities during a job fair Friday…

Services Scheduled Wednesday for Former ECCC President Dr. Smith
Dr. Eddie M. Smith Services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church ...

ECCC to Offer 'Football 101 for Women' May 3
Area ladies interested in learning more about the game of football should attend East Central Community College...

EMCC hosted the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association's annual conference April 11 at Lion Hills in Columbus. EMCC swept the top three awards in the Poetry category and, for the second consecutive year, took home the award for the state’s Best Professionally Printed Literay Magazine.

Miss ICC 2014 Johnna Wilson's platform is A.S.K.M.E.

The MDCC Memorial Golf Tournament was held Friday, April 11, at the Indianola Country Club.…

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College set a fundraising record at its 2014 Scholarship Gala and Celebrity Roast on Monday night at the Beau Rivage

In preparation for major campus and program improvements in the school year ahead, the Board of Trustees at Northwest Mississippi Community College approved a tuition increase for the upcoming 2014-15 school year at their April 10 meeting. Full-time in-state students…

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The Sports Administration Department and School of Business will present the 3rd Annual Belhaven University Capstone Conference of Sports, Education, Religion and Ethics on April 16.

The most successful careers, particularly the ones that are vital to the 21st century economy, are built upon abilities central to any good liberal arts education.

themississippicollegian.com
New developments for the Mississippi College East campus were approved last Tuesday at the Clinton Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

International Research Forum Set at Mississippi College
Professors from Mexico, the USA and other nations are invited...

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Don't miss the President's new posting... - Tougaloo College. The College is now in full preparation for Commencement 2014 and other exciting ...

The Hattiesburg Metropolitan Club (HMC) Endowed Scholarship has been established at William Carey University (WCU). A generous donation from HMC will fund the perpetual endowment, which will award one scholarship per academic year to a deserving student at William Carey University who meets certain criteria.

Faculty and students from the year William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) conducted a Human Body Fair for with kindergarten students on April 8 at Oak Grove Primary School.

Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of planning, assessment, and competency development at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), will participate in the development of the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Toni Wild, an inspirational speaker who has survived two life-threatening diseases, spoke to Carey Scholars during their monthly Honors Colloquium at William Carey University on April 11.

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The Office of Information Technology at Delta State University is pleased to announce the OIT Canvas Showcase Awards at 3 p.m. April 30 in the Jacobs Conference Center of Ewing Hall. Nicole House, OIT manager of…

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State is once again offering its  summer program “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History and Culture of the Mississippi Delta.” The program is part of the…

The opening of “Next Kite, Next Weather” will be held at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts at the Taipei National University of the Arts on Friday, May 16, 2014,…

The Atlantic
Forty percent of students at Mississippi's Jackson State University graduate in four years, compared with just 12 percent at Texas Southern University, ...

When she's not working on campus, a Mississippi State accountant from Columbus provides an array of volunteer services for a Golden Triangle nonprofit organization renovating bedrooms for special-needs children.

The director of development for Mississippi State's College of Architecture, Art and Design is among the Mississippi Business Journal's 2014 "Top 40 Under 40."

'Investing in Innovation' conference April 25
Mississippi State University's economic impact on the advancement of innovation will be on display later this month in a series of public campus events

Thomas Nawrocki, professor emeritus of art at Mississippi University for Women, recently received the top award at the Delray Beach, Florida Center for the Arts National Juried Art Exhibition at the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture.

On April 1st through the 17th, the Emerson Family School will be host a book drive through the United We Read project with United Way of North Central Mississippi in order to encourage reading…

Derrick Harriell, a University of Mississippi assistant professor of English and African-American studies, has the won the…

Jeffrey Charbonneau, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year, will visit the University of Mississippi Wednesday (April 15) to address…

If the 13th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is as successfully staged as the previous 12, it will be…

University of Mississippi Dean of Students Sparky Reardon, who has worked at Ole Miss for 36 years, will retire this semester.

More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

WDAM-TV
Three University of Southern Mississippi students will bike across the United States this summer to raise funds and awareness for people with ...

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Blake Weiss, a community assistant, discusses the changes to the position’s pay. Compensation for community assistants at The University of Mississippi will undergo changes in the 2014-15 school year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Community assistants, formerly known as resident assistants, are responsible for supervising specific floors within residential...