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Oxford Schools names Ryals director of Early Childhood and Reading Development for the LOU Community

Suzanne Ryals has been named Director of Early Childhood and Reading Development for the Oxford School Districts’ Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Ryals begins her new position on July 1, leaving her position as Bramlett Elementary School principal, a position being filled by Keri Jo Finnie. Ryals will work to improve outcomes for all students by developing, organizing, implementing, coordinating and evaluating the ...

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Cindy Melton selected distinguished professor of the year at Mississippi College

Dr. Cindy Melton, Mississippi College’s education dean since January, was recently honored as MC’s Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2016-17. She has doubled as chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership. A former metro Jackson Outstanding Teacher Award winner in 1998, Melton joined the MC faculty in the elementary education program in 2001. Melton first taught as ...

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Empower Mississippi names director of development

Anja Scheib has been named Director of Development for Empower Mississippi in Ridgeland. Scheib recently completed a development internship with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Scheib, who grew up in Madison, received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University ...

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Mississippi sued over unequal education for black students

Mississippi’s leaders are being sued again over school funding, this time by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of four black public school students. This lawsuit says Mississippi is failing to meet requirements of the federal law that readmitted the state to the union after the Civil War. That law says the state must never deprive any citizen of ...

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Universities will get bonds despite no agreement in 2017 session

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Even though the 2017 legislative session ended with no bond bill to finance long-term construction work during the next fiscal year, some bonds still are scheduled to be issued for building projects on university campuses. In the 2016 session, the Legislature took the unusual step of issuing two years of bond projects for the ...

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Two Mississippi students named 2017 Presidential Scholars

The Mississippi Department of Education has announced that two Mississippi students have been named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selected Kelly Bates, a senior at West Lauderdale High School, and Braeden Foldenauer, a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, to receive the prestigious award. They are among 161 high school seniors ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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USM takes on security — ‘Hacking for Defense’ class will teach how to innovate solutions

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton. Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions ...

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MGCCC’s Dr. Javier Gómez named 2017 Moody Institute Fellow

Dr. Javier Gómez, language arts instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus, has been named a Moody Institute Fellow for 2017. He was recently awarded $1,000 and was honored at the Mississippi Community College Foundation Board meeting. The Moody Institute Trust Fund provides funds for enrichment experiences for faculty members employed in Mississippi’s public community and junior ...

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Southern Miss ranked as nation’s No. 1 Military-Friendly Online College

The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the nation’s top “Military-Friendly Online College” as determined by AffordableCollegesOnline.org in its 2017 ratings. Researchers and higher education experts collected and analyzed data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to find the online colleges with the most notable balance of academic rigor, military student services, program variety, and ...

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