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Two in running for UMMC post

JACKSON — Two finalists have been named in the search for a new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The finalists include one internal and one external candidate. They are Dr. Robert C. Robbins, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, ...

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MSU reports on recycling efforts

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University (MSU) officials are reporting that more than 75,000 pounds of material were collected during the university’s fall recycling trial program. The nine-week effort ended Dec. 13. It began with the random assignment of 27 campus buildings to three local recycling companies — Triangle Maintenance, Starkville Recycling and Mississippi Industrial Waste Disposal. The companies were responsible ...

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Barnes & Noble introduces textbook rentals

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. is launching a textbook rental program for college students, making it the newest entrant in a growing field. The new program, available though campus bookstores or the stores’ Web sites began as a pilot program in three of its 636 campus bookstores in the fall. It has now been expanded to ...

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Mississippi State makes national ranking

STARKVILLE — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named the 100 best values in public colleges, ranking four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Mississippi State University ranked 88th, and was the only Mississippi institution of higher learning to make the list. “Despite widespread state government budget cuts and shrinking endowments, this year’s top 100 public schools continue to deliver ...

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MC unveils new medical program

CLINTON — Mississippi College (MC) leaders plan to launch the state’s only physician assistant program and enroll the first students in the summer of 2011. MC expects to welcome 25 to 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students will attend year-round for 30 months and earn a master’s degree in medicine. Physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine ...

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MPACT enrollment deadline nears

JACKSON — State Treasurer Tate Reeves is reminding Mississippians that the deadline for the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) applications is Dec. 31, 2009. Reeves will visit the cities of Meridian, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, Gulfport and Jackson. MPACT offers the chance to lock-in at today’s tuition prices, and provides a great way to save for college early and affordably. Parents ...

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School consolidation commission forms

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has formed a special advisory commission to review Mississippi’s current structure of public school districts and recommend how they can be consolidated in order to improve both the quality of education and the efficiency with which it is delivered. The Commission on Mississippi Education Structure, created by Barbour’s executive order, will be chaired by BancorpSouth ...

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Whitney Complex renovations complete

LORMAN — Those entering the gymnasium of the Davey L. Whitney complex at Alcorn State University (ASU) last week for the Lady Braves home opener against the Lady Cardinals-Lamar University, walked into a newly upgraded facility. The renovation project started in Sept. 2009 and includes enhancements to the dressing/locker rooms, retractable bucket seating on the lower level, new goals and ...

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School becomes foundation partner

JACKSON — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson recently welcomed its newest nonprofit partner, Magnolia Speech School, as it opened an endowment fund at the Foundation. Director of the school Ann Sullivan said, “We are excited about working with the Community Foundation to grow our endowment. With this fund, we will ensure that Magnolia Speech School can continue its work ...

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Entergy gives more to organizations

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Entergy Charitable Foundation has awarded final round grants for this year. The awards boost Entergy’s total grants year-to-date to more than $1.4 million in Mississippi. The latest grant recipients are the Mississippi Delta TeachUp! pilot program, Voice of Calvary Ministries’ Pathway to Prosperity and Southwest Mississippi Community College. The Entergy Charitable Foundation is a private, nonprofit ...

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