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Biloxi senior earns place at Future Women in Women Weekend

Elizabeth Van Horn, senior at St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi, was selected to attend the Future Women in Business Weekend at Washington University Olin Business School in November. To be eligible, a student must be a female high school junior or senior interested in business that has maintained a 3.4 or higher GPA. Only 30 students were selected ...

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Mississippi Community College Board honors Gilbert

Deborah J. Gilbert, CPA, has been awarded the national Community College Budget Officers inaugural Bob Hassmiller Award for Humanitarian Service.  Deborah has been with the Mississippi Community College Board for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Finance Administration.  In 2015, she served as Interim Executive Director for the agency.  The Bob Hassmiller Award for ...

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Tulane School of Professional Advancement Mississippi Coast Campus Announces New Hires

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement in Biloxi has hired Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A. as assistant dean for student support and success and Ian August as admissions coordinator. Rodriguez has been director of student conduct at Tulane University since 2015. She previously was a psychotherapist in New York City, specialized in clients who were HIV+, undocumented, LGBTQ+, homeless or victims ...

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Breen assumes permanent Stennis Institute leadership

Mississippi State alumnus Joseph J. “Dallas” Breen is the new director of the university’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. Raised in Plano, Texas, he was an institute staff member who became interim head after P. Edward “Eddie” French became head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Both the institute and department are units ...

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Southern Miss Staff Professionals Win Awards at Regional Public Relations Competition

The University of Southern Mississippi has captured one of the top three awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern Awards program. The University’s “My Southern Miss Story” campaign was selected for a “Judges Choice” award, one of eight overall awards collected by USM staff members from the Office of University Communications, the USM Foundation and the Department of Recreational ...

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Brian Johnson appointed to Jackson State University Development Foundation Board

Brian Johnson, a Senior Vice President at Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc., a subsidiary of Trustmark, has been appointed to serve on the Jackson State University Development Foundation Board. The Board is charged with attracting, investing, and managing private resources in an effort to raise funds for student scholarships and campus enhancements for the university. Johnson has 12 years of ...

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Jackson school takeover back on table under separate law

The state could take over three Mississippi school districts, including Jackson, because of poor academic performance. A Mississippi Department of Education panel recommended Wednesday to place the highest priority on taking over the Humphreys County and Noxubee County, but recommended that the state Board of Education also consider taking over Jackson schools. The board is scheduled to decide in December. ...

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Chef John David Forde set to run MGCCC’s City Line Café

Chef John David Forde of Starkville has been named chef for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s City Line Café. The restaurant is located in the Hospitality and Resort Management Center on DeBuys Road in Biloxi. Forde, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas, in 2012, has worked for James Beard award-winning chefs John Besh, Stephan Pyles and Michael ...

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McGee, Jenkins and Harrington take on new MSU development roles

Mississippi State University Foundation has added a new fundraiser for the university’s Division of Student Affairs, and two veteran team members take on new roles in athletics and the business college. Casey McGee has begun her new duties as assistant director of development for the Division of Student Affairs. The Starkville native joins the MSU fundraising team from a successful ...

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USM Chief Communication Officer Honored by Regional Public Relations Organization

Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) as a Senior Practitioner. The honor, which was bestowed on seven public relations professionals in the region this year, honors SPRF members who are “recognized by their peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.” SPRF is ...

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