Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Delta State University President Bill LaForge

The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans will hold a summit at Jackson State University April 25-26, following a national conference emphasizing the importance...

Jackson State University’s Department of Music will present  the “2014 Jazz on the Plaza” outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25. The concert will feature ensembles from the department’s...

Energy production in Mississippi is the focus for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi School of Law welcomes U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as the featured speaker at the school's…

The University of Mississippi Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has observed great success in the initial months of a small program created for effective speech intervention in preschool-age children.

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Ole Miss Marketing Agency, a student-run marketing agency at the University of Mississippi, has developed a marketing campaign to promote AT&T ...

As part of autism awareness month, the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will hold a “Screening for Autism Day” in several cities throughout the State. 

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Rodney Bennett, president of the University of Southern Mississippi, listens to questions posed by Southern Miss Gulf ...

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials paid a visit to Coahoma Community College Wednesday afternoon to observe the first energy auditing training course of its kind currently underway.

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SEBATOBIA, Mississippi — Northwest Mississippi Community College says it will increase tuition for the 2014-15 academic year. The Commercial ...

Pearl River Community College honored six outstanding alumni with induction into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame...

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Belhaven faculty members are representatives of the mission, vision and commitment to excellence in academics at this University. This year, seven professors were honored with tenure and promotions…

Millsaps Associate Professor of Biology Bob Nevins, who has taught countless students since 1967, is retiring.

Lawmakers, policy analysts, education professionals and reformers are scheduled to discuss public education funding in Mississippi on Friday, April 25 at noon at Millsaps College.

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Students and staff at the Tulane School of Continuing Studies Mississippi Coast Campus are presenting a check in the amount of $3000 to an ...

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Hank Bounds, the Mississippi commissioner of higher education, was interviewed by The Washington Post on the subject of educating poor children.

The Delta State University Choirs, in collaboration with the Delta Youth Chorale, present their final concert of the year on April 29. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted by the congregation of First United…

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STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert is a finalist for the president of Austin Peay ...

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(WTVA) -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol says they are hosting an impaired driving simulator event at the Mississippi State University campus ...

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The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association recently presented faculty awards. Wesley Garrett won the New Faculty Award while Drs.

A collaboration formed by the University of Mississippi's Division of Technology Management, the USDA…

Rob Nixon, the Rachel Carson and Elizabeth Ritzmann Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will discuss…

Brimming with visitors, students and locals, the Square is undoubtedly an Oxford trademark. “It’s kept a lot of its historical character,” Mayor Pat Patterson said.

The 19th annual Double Decker Arts Festival will be held April 25-26, and the city of Oxford will be enforcing alcohol regulations throughout the festival.

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Imagine what the impact would be if 25 percent of the money coming into Mississippi’s public schools suddenly disappeared.

Offering high-quality, college-level learning experiences in high school can increase the academic quality and rigor of high school classes, lower the need for postsecondary remediation, reduce the high school dropout rate, reduce student costs of attending postsecondary institutions, and prepare young people to succeed in college

Best High Schools Rankings by State

It’s only April, but already voters across the country have seen their share of unusual campaign videos. From Iowa to Ohio to Louisiana, incumbents and challengers are doing their best to grab potential voters’ eyeballs, if not their votes in November. Here are 10 of the most unusual and notable campaign videos of 2014 so far:

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Alcorn has always been a valuable resource for southwestern Mississippi and with the continuation of a grant of nearly $200,000 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation it will continue to make a healthier impact for surrounding communities.

The 2014 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center has limited spaces left. The two-week residential camp for ages 12-18, and PLUS Camp, a one-week day camp for ages 5-12 has a…

A national news anchor and a vice president for a global provider of consumer information will address Jackson State University graduates during commencement exercises scheduled May 2-3. ABC News Anchor...

Jackson State University’s Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition (MJCPC) and the Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) have partnered with Galloway Elementary School in Jackson for the implementation of Lemonade Day on May 3....

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

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

University of Mississippi MBA students enrolled in a business planning and entrepreneurship class are embarking on a game of…

The University of Mississippi hosts the "Conscious Thought and Thought About Consciousness" conference April 27-30, bringing…

Recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses by Newsweek and The Princeton Review, the University of Mississippi campus is a point of pride for the Oxford community, and Landscape Services has been hard at work upholding that reputation this spring. 

Green Week for the Oxford and University of Mississippi community kicks off tomorrow. The week is composed of multiple events and activities with the goal of educating students, staff and Oxford residents about sustainability.

The Students for a Safe Ride committee received 35 applications for its newly formed advisory council this past week. The committee is responsible for the return of a free busing program similar to the Rebel Ride program in the upcoming fall semester.

T.J. Stegall of Brandon, a Hinds Community College Radiologic Technology program student, finished third overall in a national competition in March.

A whole new world has opened for Jones County Junior College sophomore, Zack Warren of Ellisville, as the college’s first All-USA Community College Academic Team member and New Century Scholar. He was one of 20 students nationwide to be a member of this elite group, out of 1,700 nominated by more than 800 community colleges.

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Retired Maj. Gen. William Suter, a former clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak at the Mississippi College School of Law commencement on May 16.

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

Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan says she hopes the school will raise $1 million at a scholarship gala honoring civil rights activists.

A wide variety of events are planned at William Carey University to celebrate Homecoming 2014 April 25-26 on the Hattiesburg campus.

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The state’s eight public universities received during the just-completed 2014 legislative session their second year of a three-year commitment of bonds to finance long-term construction projects.

A top official of the Tennessee-based Oak Ridge Associated Universities will visit Mississippi State this week.

Personnel awarded for outstanding research, service
The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station recently honored several members of the Mississippi State University faculty, staff and student body for outstanding research, service and facility maintenance

Elena Azadbakht, a reference librarian for health sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the 2014 EBSCO American Library Association (ALA) Conference Sponsorship.

The Technology Learning Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting Limb Loss Awareness Education Day on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will be welcoming two new faces onto its campus, and one well-known faculty member will be changing his role and moving to a new department.

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Richard Rhoda of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission discusses a new program that will cover up to two years of community college tuition for all graduates of the state's high schools.

President Barack Obama last week announced the fourth and final installment of his $2 billion workforce development fund benefiting community colleges. Colleges and consortia of colleges, working closely with industry, can compete for $450 million to create career training paths for high-wage, high-skill jobs.

The $23 million in bonds approved for the state’s 15 community colleges by the recently completed 2014 session of the Legislature will fall far short of addressing all the capital needs of the two-year schools

…Should Senator Cochran not have tried to help fund the internationally renowned Thames School of Polymer Science at USM or the National Acoustic Center at Ole Miss or the Research Park at MSU? Are those extraordinary activities of some of our state's public universities not "conservative enough"? Maybe it's his efforts over many years to address Jackson's chronic flooding problems that earn Senator Cochran the sneer of those who believe he is not "conservative enough." Or is it the work he did to support the transportation infrastructure improvements that made it possible for north Mississippi to land the new Toyota plant a few years ago that puts off his critics so badly?

Students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union Counties will have a chance this fall to learn how to fly a plane, program industrial robots or dig into health care careers.

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

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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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...

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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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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.

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... 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.

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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 ...

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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 ...