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Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question — has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard? In many ways, it’s a deeper issue than assigning A-to-F grades to schools. Reducing the performance of a school or a school district to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Schools must become environments that instill virtue

Teaching children “virtue” is the key to solving poverty, insists a reader and regular critic. That’s how we break the “cycle of dependency,” he said.   To do this, he argues, we must “indoctrinate our children from the early years with a sense of virtue through education.”    Well, “indoctrinate” threw me off. Reminded me of the old Soviet Union ...

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Southern Miss scores a safety for stadiums

By NASH NUNNERY The epicenter for spectator sports security isn’t located in a mega-metropolis such as New York, Chicago, London or Barcelona. Actually, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is housed on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The Center is the nation’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security ...

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Nguyen joins MHA

Monica Nguyen recently joined the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Education Foundation as project manager for the Mississippi Center for Quality and Workforce. She holds a B.S. in biochemistry and an MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson and a Master’s in Biomedical Science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Previously, she worked at St. Dominic’s Hospital as a medical ...

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Veterans group elects Oates

Patty Oates, Senior Academic Advisor and School Certifying Officer for the Tulane School of Continuing Studies Mississippi Campuses, was recently elected to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the Veterans Affairs Administrators of Mississippi, which promotes and provides for veterans by utilizing research to enhance the communication between educational institutions and sponsors of veterans programs. Oates will act as the ...

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USM names 3 new chairs

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in the College of Business when the 2016 fall semester begins. Dr. Stacey A. Hall is the new chair of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, & Sport Management; Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte is the new chair of the Department of Management and International Business, ...

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Meridian site for Mississippi Children’s Museum proposed

Supporters of the first-ever satellite location for the Mississippi Children’s Museum are proposing it be built in Meridian at Bonita Lakes Park. WTOK-TV reports supporters presented their proposal Tuesday to the Meridian City Council. The proposed structure would include 9,500 square feet of exhibit space situated on four acres of land. Liz Wilson, site selection chairwoman for the group, says ...

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Belhaven elects 3 to board

The Belhaven University Board of Trustees elected new members Sam Lane, Karen Taylor and Dr. Kevin Brown to the board. Lane is Senior Vice President of First Commercial Bank and has over 40 years of experience with Jackson area banks that includes Deposit Guaranty National Bank and First Commercial Bank. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the ...

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2 join MC admissions team

Tori Langworthy and Kaitlin McCarty have been selected as the newest members of the Mississippi College’s admissions team. Both are 2016 graduates of MC and members of the MC Hall of Fame. A Clintonian and graduate of Clinton High, Langworthy, 21, will work to attract students from South Alabama, Florida and Clinton schools. At Mississippi College, Langworthy was member of ...

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Students winning national auto competitions highlight of Marshall Molen’s MSU career

When Dr. G. Marshall Molen, P.E., Ergon distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University, first got involved in supervising MSU student teams to compete in the Challenge X Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, he could have little dreamed the outcome. When they first started, Molen and his colleagues—engineering Dean ...

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