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Where are the millennials of insurance? Ole Miss teams with industry executives to replenish ranks as boomers retire

By TED CARTER The prospect of calamities has kept insurance executives from sleeping easy since way back in the 1300s when enterprising Genoans began insuring ships and cargo. Nowadays, insurance execs are trying to head off a modern-day calamity of not having new blood to carry the industry forward as baby boomers retire from the field in droves. Their efforts ...

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15th Annual Salute to Delta Honor Graduates held in conjunction with Delta Council Day

Delta Council held its 15th Annual Salute to Delta Honor Graduates Event during the 83rd Annual Meeting of the regional organization at Delta State University. Alcorn State University President and incoming Commissioner of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr., was the keynote speaker, and State Senator Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee ...

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OP-ED — Another case of ill-informed pronouncements on education in Mississippi

Bill Crawford has recently written several pieces on how to best train Mississippi’s work force. He makes his point by using the research generated by the Nobel Prize winning economist, Dr. James Heckman, who has shown that the greatest return on investment (ROI) in educating the workforce of the future is through high quality early childhood education. I suppose Grant ...

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Mississippi high school merger hung up by lawsuit

Students and teachers in one Mississippi Delta school district will wait until July to find out if the district will have one high school next fall. The North Bolivar district seeks to merge Shelby’s Broad Street High School and Mound Bayou’s John F. Kennedy High School. Students would attend North Side High School in the building of the current Shelby ...

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MCEE adds to its Board of Directors

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE), which provides professional development for K-12 teachers and programming for K-12 students in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship, has added to its 45-seat board of directors. Beginning three-year terms are: John Boydston, VP Commerical Banking, Regions Bank; Brad Davis, Special Counsel, Jones Walker; Rachel De Vaughan, Director of Special Programs, MS Community College ...

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Alcorn ranked No. 7 on College Consensus’ list for 2018

The College Consensus has ranked Alcorn State University No. 7 on its 2018 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities list. Alcorn is the list’s top public HBCU in the nation, top-ranked Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) school, and top-ranked Mississippi HBCU. The College Consensus ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a tool for students looking for a ...

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GRANT CALLEN — School choice is not a new entitlement.  But Pre-K is.

Earlier this week, columnist Bill Crawford penned a piece arguing that school choice proposals authored in recent legislative sessions are not conservative because they represent a “new entitlement.” Instead, Crawford favors publicly funded Pre-K as the best fix for Mississippi’s education woes. Here’s why he’s wrong. To be a new entitlement the Legislature would have to appropriate more money for ...

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Delta State seeks to lease defunct golf course to developers

A Mississippi university is asking developers for ideas about what to do with the school’s defunct golf course. The Bolivar Commercial reports that Delta State University has issued a request for proposals, aiming to pick a developer sometime this summer. The university closed the Derrall Foreman Golf Course in 2017, saying the course cost too much to operate in the face ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Wrong school fixes will keep our children shamefully behind

Emerging initiative “Empower Mississippi” is right that many children do not “flourish” in Mississippi public schools. But the fix it wants is wrong. Just as the fix proposed by the “Better Schools, Better Jobs” initiative was wrong.    Neither creating a new entitlement program in the guise of school choice nor making Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding mandatory will ...

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Delta State instructor honored with by national accounting group

Dr. Gwen Meador, an instructor of accountancy at Delta State University, is a recipient of the 2018 KPMG Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Gender Issues and Worklife Balance (GIWB) Section of the American Accounting Association. KPMG is an international company providing audit, tax and advisory services. Meador’s dissertation, “Ethical Decision-Making Accounting Competencies: Practitioners’ Perspectives,” examines ethical competencies necessary for a ...

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