Friday, November 14, 2014

STATE

Alcorn was recognized for the greatest increase in science, technology, engineering and mathematics bachelor’s degrees earned from 2012-2013 through 2013-2014.

Now in its 40th year, the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi (LM) course is coming to Cleveland and Delta State University. LM is an annual program of the MEC conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation.

In September, Dr. Noah Lelek, assistant professor of theatre and English and Quality Enhancement Plan coordinator, led over 30 faculty and staff in a Safe Space Training. The Safe Space mission is to ensure that Delta…

A faculty forum discussing the recent program and budget cuts turned heated after a reporter from The Bolivar Commercial asked a series of questions she received from an anonymous source.

Just call it the little university that can accomplish great things.

Jackson State University and the Jackson Zoo are partnering in the raising of a rare Sumatran Tiger named EKO. The JSU Tigers have officially adopted the 100-pound male cub born...

Jackson State University will be hosting the first annual JPS Day @ JSU on campus Friday, Nov. 14. The program, starting at 10 a.m., will give high school seniors from...

Sixteen students and two faculty members in Mississippi State's art department are back on campus following a five-day field study in New York City.

Mississippi State is among the top 50 best four-year colleges and universities in the nation for military personnel and veterans.

Mississippi State University opened a new Parent Portal for the parents and guardians of students who allow their families access to their educational records.

Mississippi State University has announced the implementation of its new online campus map, a richly interactive tool that will help guide students, parents, alumni and other visitors around campus, both online and in person. The map was created in conjunction with concept3D, Inc., developers of the CampusBird interactive mapping platform.

Mississippi State University and the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs officials came together Wednesday [Nov. 5] to celebrate their partnership--the first in U.S. history--to provide specialized campus health services to veterans.

For the next two days on the Mississippi State University Campus, conference goers are taking pathways to diversity. A conference in Bill Foster Ballroom at Colvard Student Union Building, seems to be creating a better understanding of differences among people.

Mississippi University for Women offers as many opportunities beyond the classroom as it does in the classroom with more than 75 student organizations on campus.

MVSU received a $20,000 grant check from the Mississippi Army National Guard last Thursday evening following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Adjutant General of the state of Mississippi and Dr. William Bynum, President of MVSU

Representatives from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation (BCBSMF) presented a $250,000 grant check to the Mississippi Valley State University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, which will put funds toward a program encouraging health and fitness at MVSU and the surrounding community.

For the 14th year, the University of Mississippi Museum is offering a new collectible keepsake for the holiday season. This year's…

As the winter holidays draw near, the University of Mississippi community is working together to provide meals and toys for area…

North Panola High School raises graduation rate by more than 21 percent

The words “military-friendly” represent more than a catch-phrase or snazzy label to Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond (U.S. Army Ret.) and The University of Southern Mississippi.

Students representing several teams at The University of Southern Mississippi will tackle one of the state’s more pressing problems as part of the “Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge” set for Monday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

In early November, the Department of Residence Life listened to students and departed from its old overnight visitor policy and moved to what has been called a less restrictive one.

People driving to Southern Miss will soon have dozens of new places to park their cars on the southwest part of the campus. A new 148-space parking lot is being built just across the the street from the College of Arts and Letters.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Coahoma Community College Workforce Development Center (WDC) is giving both employed and out-of-work community members another opportunity to brush up on skills needed to effectively perform jobs in the manufacturing industry by offering two Basic Manufacturing Trainings.

Coahoma Community College is offering more to students who want to get the most out of their academic experience with the unveiling of a new Honors Program.

East Central Community College’s Student Art Club is once again offering Christmas prints for sale as a fundraising project. Prints are original, hand-colored, limited edition linocuts designed by art student Abbey Rigdon ...

Above are participants in a Leadership Neshoba Retreat held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. The daylong event included introductions of ECCC student leaders and campus tours followed by a leadership seminar led by college administrators, faculty and staff.

More than 80 local community members and Columbus Air Force Base spouses and Airmen gathered at Old Waverly Clubhouse in West Point Oct. 30 for the 10th Annual International Spouses’ Appreciation Luncheon.

East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus had more than 800 visitors Oct. 28 at the 6th Annual Reality Fair. High school students had a chance to come to our campus, speak with instructors and students and see what EMCC has to offer.

“I am excited about the disc golf course because it’s a successful completion of our PTK project, and also because it’s going to give me something to do between classes,” said student Tiffany Carroll of Vicksburg. “I usually go home between classes because there’s nothing going on. But now I’ll be challenged to learn something new and also have an opportunity to socialize with friends.”

Encouraging consciousness of energy use goes beyond flicking a switch at Hinds. Students are encouraged to report any misuse of energy they spot on campus, including lights that do not turn off, parking lot lights on during the day, sport field lights, classroom lights left on, water leaks and broken sprinkler heads. Through a combination of these and other actions, the Mississippi college is now approaching $8 million in energy savings since 2008.

Holmes Community College and Blue Mountain College entered into an articulation agreement that will ensure a seamless transition to Blue Mountain College for Holmes Community College graduates.

Joining a statewide effort to promote degree and credential completion among students at all 15 of Mississippi’s two-year institutions, Itawamba Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapters are coordinating Community College Completion Challenge (C4) events the week of Nov. 17. This marks the first time that system-wide, coordinated efforts have been held to promote completion at Mississippi’s community colleges (MSC4).

English instructor at Jones County Junior College and new author, Dr. David Lowery is inviting the public to join in celebrating the release of his new book of poetry, “Bounded in a Nutshell”

The Community College Futures Assembly has nominated Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the 2015 Bellwether Award for both its Finish in Four campaign and Innovative Auxiliary Services model. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices…

Dr. Mary S. Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was selected as one of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal.  Those selected are considered the most powerful, influential business leaders in Mississippi who are make…

Representatives from Mississippi State University’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering held an Information Session at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus on Thursday, Nov. 6. More than 150 students and community members attended the event to find out…

In January, the format of the GED test changed for the first time since 2002. The test shifted from pencil and paper to being completely computer-based. Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED Testing Division is working…

Pearl River Community College has received two important grants from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for...

Students in Pearl River Community College’s Honors Institute are teaming up with graduate students from Mississippi...

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The Belhaven University School of Nursing is now offering a RN to BSN online program. If you are a practicing registered nurse, holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing, then this degree is  ...

The family of a 1962 Millsaps College graduate known for her devotion to her family, friends, and alma mater has established a $100,000 scholarship in her memory for students with financial need who are interested in education or teaching.

In recognition of their leadership, academic, and extracurricular achievements, Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and Girl Scouts earning the Gold Award who also meet admission criteria for Millsaps College as entering freshmen will receive a minimum total scholarship package of $60,000 ($15,000 per year, renewable for four years).

Millsaps College has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to strengthen the College’s writing program in conjunction with the launch of the College’s new general educational curriculum in fall 2015.

Prayer Garden Dedicated at Mississippi College
Mississippi College leaders warmly embraced the university’s new prayer garden...

MC Among Best Online Masters in Higher Education Administration
Mississippi College’s online master’s program in higher education is rated...


Gibbons welcomed the students, who are part of a Jackson Heart Study training program, at the start of their 2-day visit to NIH. He advised the students to work with passion and to surround themselves with mentors and advisers who can provide guidance.

The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University in Hattiesburg hosted on November 11 the opening reception for the Katrina Restoration Exhibit, an exhibit of artwork restored following the disastrous 2005 hurricane.

Approximately 2,000 area high school students attended the annual Pine Belt College Fair at the William Carey University Hattiesburg campus on November 5.

Groundbreaking was held for a new men’s residence hall at William Carey University on October 31.

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Students from Mississippi Public Universities across the state are preparing to unveil their ideas for solving Mississippi's most pressing problems and helping reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences has added a seasoned veteran at the helm to lead the school to new levels of excellence.

Delta State coaching legend Margaret Wade, the first female inductee into your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will be honored once again Friday with the dedication of a statue in honor of her indelible legacy. The dedication…

The more than century-old College Board, a nonprofit organization designed to expand access to higher education, has tapped Jackson State University Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr....

In partnership with Mississippi State University's Entrepreneurship Center, the first Startup Weekend Starkville, an intense 54-hour crash course in entrepreneurship, will take place Nov. 14-16.

Mississippi State's political science and public administration department is announcing the first guest for a new public lecture series at the university.

The Mill at Mississippi State University master plan is the recipient of a statewide award from the American Planning Association, Mississippi Chapter.

The Mississippi State University Police Department seeks to make a change to a law that would extend its jurisdiction 500 feet around campus.

Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, close to the start of the homecoming football game between Mississippi State University and UT-Martin, an armed robbery was reported on MSU’s campus next to the Clay Lyle building.

A recent study led by Saioa Gomez-Zorita published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has demonstrated the weight loss effects of pterostilbene in rats fed an obesogenic diet.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Institute for Disability Studies on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as an ASHA Approved Continuing Education Provider.

Southern Miss fans got their first look at the university's new logo late Tuesday.

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The student health center is almost always packed this time of year. With cold and flu season in full swing, more and more students have been visiting the campus clinic as well as their personal physicians off campus.

Upon graduation from college, students often follow their dream of landing the perfect job. Dr. Dee Larson, professor of marketing and management at Mississippi University for Women, offers tips that new and future graduates should keep in mind to help build their personal brand.

A top civil rights lawyer for the Justice Department in the turbulent 1960s, John Doar made his mark fighting racial discrimination. He was 92.

Value-added models promise to provide a detailed, nuanced picture of school performance — to screen out the background noise and zero in on the impact of individual schools and even individual classrooms. But value-added modeling, it turns out, is really, really hard.

No bid contracts seem to be the norm instead of the exception in Mississippi.  The Wall Street Journal gave Mississippi some nice publicity yesterday.  It seems our Department of Education awarded a no-bid contract for Common Core testing after it was rejected by the contract review board.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

STATE

In hopes of eliminating $1 million out of the university’s budget, 10 academic programs here at Delta State may cease to exist. According to the Academic Program Review Phase I document, programs under review …

Jackson State University will be home to some of the best and brightest two-year college students in Mississippi and Louisiana this weekend as the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society...

Insurance News Net
JANS - Lindsey Horton , Jackson's former police chief, joined Jackson State University's leadership team Aug. 29 to oversee safety efforts across all of ...

Mississippi State’s health education and wellness department is sponsoring its first “Paint the Campus Pink” breast cancer awareness event early next month.

Mississippi State students got a chance to shake hands and pass out resumes to reps from some of the largest employers in the country this afternoon.

About 190 people, including current Mississippi University for Women students and their families, will participate in the university’s first Parent and Family Day  Saturday, Sept. 27.

The University of Mississippi dedicated its new Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement today (Sept. 24) during a…

The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement officially opened Wednesday.

With the anonymous threats of violence causing campus-wide lockdowns at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the University Police Department is being questioned about their own crisis plans. 

An entity calling itself the “Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans” has filed suit against the University of Mississippi, alleging a right to enjoin the University from changing things related to the Civil War on campus. 

USM Student Voice Opinion

The Office of University Communications, the public relations unit for The University of Southern Mississippi, received the illustrious Lantern Award from Southern Public Relations Federation during their conference Sept. 14-17 for the Closer Look campaign.

SunHerald.com
BILOXI - Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said Wednesday that the school is set to change its sports logo after Iowa's successful complaint in ...

The Student Printz
At the end of this academic year, Southern Miss will close down most of the dorms in the Freshman Quad. For many students, the Freshman Quad was ...

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A recent training at Coahoma Community College equipped participants with necessary “first aid” skills to use when responding to a mental health emergency.

Coahoma Community College students, alumni and community members are invited to come enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while enjoying engaging conversation with local business-owners during the first Coffee with Entrepreneurs series.

Hinds Community College hosted the 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. The theme was “Innovation: The future is leadership.”

Meridian Star
Three years ago, just a handful of students met at the beginning of a fall term to re-start a special program at Meridian Community College.

Check out the video update for the construction of the new Vandiver Student Union!  …

G.I. Jobs magazine has ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (M.G.C.C.C.) a 2015 Military Friendly School. This is the sixth time M.G.C.C.C. has earned the recognition

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A three-judge panel of the Mississippi Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Pearl River...

Three new events will be part of Pearl River Community College's Homecoming 2014 on Oct. 11 in Poplarville. In addition to the ...

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Book Bazaar Benefits Leland Speed Library at Mississippi College
Autographed books by former President Jimmy Carter and award-winning Mississippi...

Mississippi College 2014 Homecoming Offers Impressive Lineup
A golf tournament, road race, Choctaws football game and a...

The Guardian
Matt Steffey, a professor at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, said on Wednesday that the lawsuit reveals an ...

Tougaloo College
The Division of Humanities Announces the Official Opening of the John U. Monro Writing Center for the Fall 2014 Academic Year. Writing Center ...

Victory Media, the leading media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named William Carey University a Military Friendly® School for the sixth consecutive year.

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Themississippilink
Families, friends and observers, converged at Alcorn State University's Davey Whitney HPER complex, for a final farewell to former Vice President, Dr.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center  at Delta State University is bringing the excitement of Circus Electronica to the main stage Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Circus Electronica represents a new frontier in electronic dance music,…

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn visited Cleveland City Hall Tuesday, providing an opportunity for citizens and students alike to interact with a powerful voice from Jackson. This is the third year the…

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers is being recognized in New Orleans this week for excellence for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and mentoring. The National...

The Jackson Heart Study’s Community Outreach Center is hosting the 14th Annual Heart Study Birthday Celebration Saturday at the Jackson Medical Mall. Festivities, to be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at...

Jackson State University professor Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski has been invited to serve on a prestigious board of counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leszczynski, a professor and President’s Distinguished...

Jackson Clarion Ledger
... of these young students are learning the hard way. Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist and director of public affairs at Mississippi State University.

Music faculty members at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women will present a classical recital Friday [Sept. 26] at the Starkville First United Methodist Church

The Mississippi State University Minority and Women Vendor Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus.

Kathryn Hunter, a former Mississippi State artist-in-residence, is a special guest this weekend at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival. 

On October 1, the units of Admissions, Scholarships, Enrollment Marketing, Orientation and Events, Student Recruitment, and Financial Aid are all moving to the Division of Academic Affairs from Student Affairs. Dr. John Dickerson will serve as Interim Executive Director of Enrollment after Dr. Phil Bonfanti departs MSU for another opportunity.

A Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative and its coordinator earned national honors this month for efforts to prepare communities for disasters.

The Commercial Dispatch
From left, Jean Yelverton, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig and Alma Turner attend the ..

Charles Overby, a champion of the First Amendment and the free press, has been selected to receive the 2015 Legacy Award from the Ole

Folks online are actively arguing that Uber (which is a company that contracts with folks with cars to pay them a small something to provide rides for fares) is not a taxi service, or that its drivers are not.  The arrival of Uber in Oxford prompted this.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will present a professional development workshop: “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” Oct. 2-3 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

SunHerald.com
HATTIESBURG -- Students notice Ray Guy when he walks across the Southern Miss campus. Football fans want to shake his hand. And the recent ...

SunHerald.com
The Friendship Oak at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is arguably the Coast's most famous tree. It it believed to have 

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Little-known group of schools adopts the private-sector practices of luxury brands

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the 2014 National HBCU Conference "HBCUs: Innovators for Future Success"

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to partnerships of postsecondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.

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