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College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the […] [...]

Fall tuition to be higher at most of state’s community colleges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Tuition will rise at nine of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges this fall, with average tuition for two semesters (fall and spring) rising about 4 percent to $2,476. Here are the rates each college has approved or proposed to the state Community College Board, as well as the percentage change from the […] [...]

USM gets big check to build new pedestrian pathway

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus has received a major boost on after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the university. Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation […] [...]

Lucas stepping down as VP of USM-Gulf Park, but staying at school

LONG BEACH — Frances Lucas is resigning as vice president for the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus. She is not going far. Lucas will stay on with the Department of Human Capital Development. She will teach and work with doctoral students. The announcement came yesterday in an email to USM students, faculty and […] [...]

MSU recertified as leading cyber security learning center

STARKVILLE — Federal officials have reaffirmed Mississippi State University as a leading institution for cyber security education and research. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recertified the university as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The designation is valid through 2021. The designation comes after […] [...]

New leadership course looks to bringing more women into politics

COLUMBUS — Organizers of a leadership course for college students say they’re trying to increase the number of women in Mississippi politics. Twenty-six female students from in-state universities and community colleges are taking part this week in the bipartisan course at Mississippi University for Women. Tomorrow, they are meeting at the state Capitol with Gov. […] [...]

MSU approved to build new dorms, road totaling $74.2M

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls. The College Board approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans. The dorms would replace the existing 220-bed Evans […] [...]

Valley gets approval to renovate long-vacant dorm

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University expects to spend $4.75 million to renovate a dormitory that’s been vacant for 10 years. The College Board approved the university’s overall plan for work on College Hall. A fire on the Itta Bena campus damaged the 170-bed men’s residence hall in 2004, leading Valley to stop using […] [...]

MGCCC sets new record for number of graduates

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held its annual commencement ceremony on May 8 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. More than 900 of the 2,134 students receiving degrees participated in the commencement ceremony. Dr. Mary S. Graham congratulated students on their achievement and pointed out that 3,130 degrees were awarded this year, a 37.9 […] [...]

Belhaven given $4M gift for new University Village

JACKSON — Belhaven University has received a $4 million gift for construction of new on-campus apartments for students. President Roger Parrott made the announcement Saturday during annual graduation ceremonies. Parrott said Robbie Hughes, a longtime supporter of the university, committed $4 million to help start the project, slated to begin this summer. The complex will […] [...]

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