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TODD SMITH — Solar eclipse outshined Super Bowl on social

Last week’s solar eclipse spurred more than 9 million tweets globally, along with 240 million interactions (posts, reactions, shares and comments) from more than 66 million Facebook users. Twitter showcased how the volume of conversation about the eclipse aligned with its path across the U.S. with an insightful interactive map. The Weather Channel’s Chasing Eclipse 2017 Twitter livestream reached 7.1 ...

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MSU engineering professor receives Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Lei Chen, A Mississippi State University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is among 37 researchers to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, a prestigious junior faculty grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Chen was recognized for his research on metallic additive manufacturing. The award provides $5,000 in seed money for research. Chen also will receive a matching ...

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New employees at PRCC

New employees at Pearl River Community College are, seated, from left, Ryan Trevathan, football offensive coordinator; Amanda Lawler, biology instructor; Sarah Simmons, adult education navigator at Forrest County Center; Cassie Reid, FCC biology instructor; Shari Brooks, Hancock Center English instructor; Stephanie Clark, Hattiesburg WIN Center case manager. Standing, John Ladner, unmanned aerial systems instructor; Erick Moffett, chemistry instructor; Jeff Tinnon, ...

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President Lee Royce announces retirement at Mississippi College

Mississippi College President Lee Royce will retire in May after 16 years as the leader of the Clinton school. The 65-year-old Miami, Florida native was president at Baptist-affiliated Anderson University in South Carolina before becoming MC’s leader in 2002. At the time, enrollment stood at 3,200 students. there are nearly 5,200 students enrolled today, including more than 400 at MC ...

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JSU announces administrative changes as the fall term begins

Debra Mays-Jackson has been named vice president and chief of staff at Jackson State University, one of three administrative changes. Veronica Cohen is the new vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs, and Maxine Greenleaf recently joined Jackson State University’s Department of Communications and Marketing as executive director. Mays-Jackson’s responsibilities will include the Department of Public Safety, Title III, ...

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Clay to lead Office of Technology Management at MSU

Jerry Clay, a Mississippi State alumnus, has been named director of MSU’s Office of Technology Management — the campus unit charged with capturing, protecting, managing and accelerating the commercialization of university-owned and generated intellectual property. A graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and member of the Mississippi Bar, Clay has extensive experience in patent law and is admitted ...

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State leaders say they have not forgotten MAEP rewrite effort

By BOBBY HARISON / Daily Journal Efforts to rewrite the landmark Mississippi Adequate Education school funding formula might no longer be at the forefront, but those efforts are not forgotten, according to two key elected officials. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said there will be renewed efforts to rewrite the funding formula in the coming ...

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IHL officials hope to get building projects on track

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – Higher education officials are hoping that during the 2018 session, legislators resume the practice of awarding them bonds to finance long-term construction projects. On Thursday, the 12-member Board of Trustees of the state Institutions of Higher Learning (commonly referred to as the College Board) voted to make a request for the upcoming ...

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Holmes Community College wins 11 CPRAM awards

Members of the Communications and Marketing/Recruiting Departments of Holmes Community College won 11 awards, including a Grand Award, from the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi annual conference. Steve Diffey, Mary Margaret Busby and Katherine Ellard from the Communications Department and Stephanie Wood and Barin von Foregger from the Marketing/Recruiting Department along with former employees Hilliary O’Briant and Jim Tomlinson ...

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Herrington of MSU Public Affairs inducted into Southern Public Relations Federation’s Hall of Fame

Checky Herrington, Mississippi State University’s marketing research analyst in the Office of Public Affairs, has been inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation’s Hall of Fame. A native of Louisville, he has more than three decades of experience in public relations, marketing and brand-strategy development. Since joining the university in 2014, Herrington has spearheaded the “We Ring True” branding initiative, ...

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