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Putt named new CEO of UHHC

JACKSON — David Putt has been appointed CEO of University Hospitals and Health System (UHHS) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). A retired Naval officer, Putt joined UMMC in 1995. He earned a certificate as a radiologic technologist, an associate degree at George Washington University, a B.S. at the State University of New York and a master’s in ...

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Jucos lobbying lawmakers for money

JACKSON — Representatives of Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges are urging lawmakers to steer more money their way. Eric Clark, executive director of the state Board of Community and Junior Colleges, said enrollment at the schools is up by nearly 16 percent this spring from last year. He said the recession has driven laid-off workers into classrooms to be ...

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Senate restores $79M in cuts to budget

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has agreed to a House plan to restore $79 million in state budget cuts. The bill passed 26-22 Feb. 17 with little debate. It is being sent to Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who has pledged to veto it. There are not enough Senate votes for a two-thirds majority to override a veto. Barbour disagrees with ...

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Limbert: MUW, MSU partnering, not merging

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women (MUW) president Claudia Limbert says she and Mississippi State University (MSU) officials will explore ways to consolidate operations. However, Limbert tells the Columbus Commercial Dispatch that the move “is not a merger” but an effort by the state College Board to address funding cuts. The College Board met with presidents on Feb. 17 in ...

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MSU committee receives budget-cutting recommendations

STARKVILLE — Nearly 60 recommendations resulting from a three-month effort are being released by a A Mississippi State University committee charged last October with identifying ways to respond to higher education budget cuts has received nearly 60 recommendations. The President’s Select Committee on Efficiencies and Innovations made the report available to the MSU community on a secure campus web site ...

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Applications available for 'Financial Readiness'

JACKSON — Applications for the 2010 Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness award are now available. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) have partnered to offer an award to schools for preparing students to be economically and financially ready to participate in the real world. The “Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness” ...

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Board eyeing troubled school district

JACKSON — The state Board of Education meets Thursday to decide whether to ask the governor for a state of emergency so it can take over the Okolona School District. The district has two schools with 657 students. Officials say the problems in Okolona include everything from buildings to classroom instruction, federal programs and special education. Department of Education officials ...

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State Farm gives to Jackson State

JACKSON — Jackson State University (JSU) will receive a sizable gift from the state’s largest home and automobile insurer. State Farm plans to present a $50,000 grant to the university in an effort to bring more students into the Computer Science Department. The Systems Department at the Bloomington, Ill.-based company chose to provide JSU with the grant as one of ...

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Program looks to boost rural veterinarians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken the first step toward implementing a plan to address veterinary shortages throughout rural America by repaying the student loans of qualified veterinarians in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program ...

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MAFES to auction farm equipment

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will hold a Farm and Industrial Equipment Auction Feb. 27 at the Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter in Starkville. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a wide range of surplus equipment being sold for Mississippi State University. The equipment and vehicles for auction include tractors, trackhoes, ditchers, skid steers, combines, ...

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