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Alcorn hoping to recruit more Russians

LORMAN — More Russian students are expected to come to study at Alcorn State University (ASU) as a result of a recent visit by ASU president George E. Ross and a group of senior administrators to Voronezh, Russia. Presidents of Alcorn State and Voronezh State Agricultural University (VSAU), one of the oldest agricultural schools of Russia, modified and extended the ...

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Junior Achievement closing the doors

JACKSON — The recession has claimed one of Mississippi’s most respected charities. After nearly a half-century of bringing work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs to the state’s school children, Junior Achievement of Mississippi Inc. is shutting the doors. “This decision is not one with which anyone associated with Junior Achievement of Mississippi was happy to make,” said David Barrentine, ...

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Technology conference looks at GIS

JACKSON — Nov. 18 was “World GIS Day,” an 80 country effort sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Hewlett-Packard and the Library of Congress to promote further education and advances in the geographic information systems industry, technology used for an array of reasons from tracking hurricanes to pinpointing 911 phone calls to Google Mapping that new restaurant that everyone is ...

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Tradition Campus wins award

HARRISON COUNTY — William Carey University’s Tradition Campus, dedicated in Aug. 2009, was honored by the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors with the 2009 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Award for Excellence in Construction. The Tradition Campus contractor, Hanco Corporation, was also honored for exemplary work and a high degree of quality common with ABC members. Bob Blevins, director of ...

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Budget crisis could force university mergers

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour unveiled his budget plan yesterday, and as expected, Barbour’s proposal calls for a major restructuring of the state’s education system. The state’s public school districts should be reduced from 152 to 100, Barbour said, in an effort to save $65 million in fiscal year 2012, as state revenue continues to plunge. The reforms reach into ...

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Catfish genome research complete

STARKVILLE — The best way to battle a pathogen affecting the state’s catfish industry is to know as much about it as possible, and Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers have taken a major step in that direction. Researchers at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) released the genome sequence of Edwardsiella ictaluri 93-146, the most important pathogen affecting the state’s ...

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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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