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EIGS kicks off MARS 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) has launched the MARS 2009 high school GIS projects. MARS (Mississippi Area Remapping Strategy) is a geospatial high school adoption program that was established in 2007 to help address the ongoing demand for an educated, well-trained workforce and to create a pipeline of the next generation of employees for Mississippi’s ...

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WCU-COM flooded with applications

HATTIESBURG — In the last five weeks, more than 400 students have applied to the new William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM), which will begin classes in the fall of 2010. Construction continues on the new COM buildings on the Hattiesburg campus. Carey’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is the 26th in the nation. “It is exciting watching the ...

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Burnham returns as state superintendent of education

JACKSON — Tom Burnham had spent a couple of weeks as a student at Hinds Community College when he determined that college was just not for him. So, he packed his bags and hitchhiked back to his hometown of Puckett. Though neither of his parents had gone to college, they had always told Burnham that he was going to continue ...

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UM, Hanbat enter agreement

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi (UM) expanded its global presence Nov. 9 with the signing of a formal partnership with Hanbat National University in South Korea. Dong-Ho Sul, president of Hanbat, and several of the university’s deans and officials were on hand for the ceremony. “I believe this agreement will be profitable and beneficial for both universities,” Sul said. ...

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USM working on new nursing facility

HATTIESBURG — Preliminary design plans are taking shape for a new School of Nursing (SON) building at the University of Southern Mississippi. With $1.5 million in federal grant money already in hand, university officials have selected a site and architect for the proposed 52,000-square-foot facility. The cost of completion is estimated at $22 million but no timeline has been established ...

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Dirt moving on hospitality/resort training center

HARRISON COUNTY — One of the key issues facing the tourism industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is workforce development. Finding and retaining personnel post-Hurricane Katrina has proven challenging. So, hopes are high for a new, state-of-the-art Hospitality and Resort Management Center on the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The design work has been completed, ...

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Burnham named State Superintendent of Education

  Mississippi Board of Education Chairman Bill Jones announced today that Dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi Dr. Tom Burnham, 56, has been named Mississippi’s next State Superintendent of Education by the Board. Burnham will replace Dr. John W. Jordan, who is currently serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education. “We are very pleased that ...

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Jones: UM may have to raise tuition

JACKSON — Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Dan Jones told a crowd of about 100 people at yesterday’s Stennis Capitol Press Corps luncheon in Jackson that a "modest tuition increase" will be necessary to make up for cuts in state funds. If not, Mississippi’s higher education system would be "devastated," Jones said, and would lead to the elimination of personnel and ...

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Art booming in down economy

Ridgeland artist calls lessons ‘therapy for recovering perfectionists’ On a Monday night in Ridgeland the Easely Amused studio is packed with beginning artists eager for proprietor Bridget Tisdale’s instruction on how to paint a picture of a flower arrangement. Women of various ages and occupations arrive with smiles and check in with a hospitable Tisdale, who remembers customers by name ...

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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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