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Mississippi again moves to rejigger school rating system

A year after a bruising debate over how Mississippi’s schools should be rated, education officials are revisiting their decisions. State Department of Education officials said Tuesday that technical flaws in the system approved last year must be fixed, or else results will falsely show that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year. But the plan would push up ...

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Pietz named MGCCC dean of Business Services at Jefferson Davis Campus

Kady Pietz has been approved as dean of Business Services at the Jefferson Davis Campus by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees. Before joining Gulf Coast, Pietz, of Pass Christian, served as the director of Operations and Outreach at The University of Southern Mississippi on the Gulf Park Campus. She holds a master of science in Political ...

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Analysis: Financial questions for 2 of 3 charter finalists

  Decision time is drawing near for Mississippi’s Charter School Advisory Board. While a proposed school in Clarksdale has an impressive list of supporters, those who want to open schools in Canton and Drew may face questions. The board decides once a year on new applications to open the alternative form of public schools, which are run by private nonprofits. ...

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Musselwhite recognized for dedication to MSU campus safety

Alicia F. Musselwhite (center), Mississippi State’s fire prevention and life safety officer, was recently named 2017 Fire Code Official of the Year by the Building Officials Association of Mississippi, the professional organization whose members administer and enforce state building and related codes. Musselwhite, a Florida native who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, assumed her current duties in 2009. ...

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Millsaps College names LeAnne Brewer Director of Executive Education

LeAnne Brewer of Madison is the director of executive education at Millsaps College, a newly created role in which she works with the Mississippi business community to develop professional education and training programs that use the expertise of professors in the Else School of Management at Millsaps. Brewer served as executive director of the former Foundation for Public Broadcasting in ...

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Alcorn: The Magazine wins Best Alumni Publication Award at the 2017 HBCU Awards Ceremony

Alcorn State University’s alumni publication, Alcorn: The Magazine, recently won the Best Alumni Publication Award at the 2017 HBCU Awards Ceremony. Alcorn was also nominated in the Best Student Organization, Male Coach of the Year and Female Student of the Year categories. The HBCU Awards, established by Jarrett L. Carter Sr., founding editor of HBCU Digest, celebrates the achievements of ...

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MGCCC named 2017 Great College to Work For

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been named a 2017 Great College to Work For with an Honor Roll distinction by the Chronicle of Higher Education. MGCCC’s top-rated categories are Compensation and Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Professional/Career Development Programs, Respect and Appreciation, Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship, and Teaching Environment. Through the survey conducted by ModernThink LLC and information compiled from the U.S. ...

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Turner Chosen for ASHA Leadership Program

Dr. Courtney Turner, educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2017 Leadership Development Program. Each year, ASHA selects 30 professionals in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology who demonstrate leadership potential to participate in the year-long Leadership Development Program. ...

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Southern Miss AOP Chapter Installs New Officers

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Officer Professionals recently installed new officers for 2017-18. The new officers include, from left: Jennifer Lewis, President (Compliance Coordinator/Office of General Counsel); Katie Kitchens, President Elect (Reservation Specialist/Thad Cochran Center); Elizabeth Killinger, Vice President (Disability Specialist/Office of Disability Accommodations); Jennifer Brown, Secretary (Office Manager/Gulf Park-College of Education and Psychology); Erin ...

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MSU researcher earns major honor from Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Michael R. Nadorff, an assistant professor of psychology at Mississippi State University, was recently recognized nationally for significant contributions to the field of behavioral sleep medicine. Nadorff, who oversees the university’s Sleep, Suicide and Aging Laboratory, is a 2017 recipient of the Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. At the group’s conference, ...

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