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Junior Achievement struggling to stay open

JACKSON — Junior Achievement of Mississippi Inc. (JA) is in need of a "transformation gift" of around six or seven figures from people who believe in economic education in order to stay open, said Scherry Gilliland, organization president and CEO. "The board is currently wrestling with the decision of being able to continue working with JA Worldwide," Gilliland said, "and ...

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Statewide arts conference slated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, will present a statewide conference on the arts Nov. 11-13 in Jackson. The conference, themed "The Creativity Key…Unlock the Possibilities," will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson and will offer attendees networking opportunities as well as breakout sessions, peer group meetings and keynote speakers. ...

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Hopes run high for University Place

JACKSON — The City of Jackson had numerous mixed-use development projects on the books before the recession came along and stalled them. However, the first of those pre-recession projects is officially underway, and leaders expect it to have a positive ripple effect throughout the downtown district. Officials broke ground this morning for the first phase of University Place of Jackson, ...

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USM inducts alumni in Hall of Fame

HATTIESBURG — Seven of the University of Southern Mississippi’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni have been selected to join its Alumni Hall of Fame. The 2009 inductees include: Dorrance Aultman (class of 1954) — A respected attorney, Aultman continues to practice law as president of the firm of Aultman, Tyner  Ruffin, Ltd. Among other professional affiliations, he is a member ...

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ICC undertakes massive expansion

School has seen student increase of 10 percent and expects another 10 percent in growth Normally when a state institution like a community college needs more space for expansion, the process from conception to completion takes three or four years. Those time constraints can make it difficult when the expansion is needed immediately — not years in the future. That was ...

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Formula funding fears

  ‘Little 4’ schools stand to have budgets slashed based on implementation of new funding scheme The so-called “Little Four” colleges in Mississippi — Mississippi University for Women (MUW), Delta State University (DSU), Alcorn State University (ASU) and Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) — do not have the largest enrollments or research program dollars. But their impact in the areas ...

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Champion for children

Grace named winner of 2009 Winter-Reed Award Dr. Cathy Grace, director of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University, began her career in early childhood education in 1972 as a first-grade teacher in West Memphis, Ark. In the 37 years since, she has taught at the university level, served as executive director of a regional professional development association early childhood ...

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All about community colleges

In tough times, two-year schools shine; enrollment soars during recession hen asked what he saw as the biggest threat to Mississippi’s future economy, Dr. Marty Wiseman, professor of political science and director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, said he sees potential problems when it comes to workforce training, or the lack thereof. And, ...

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