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Ruby named best alumnus

The Mississippi State University Alumni Association ushers in its 125th year by naming one of the land-grant institution’s best-known administrators as the 2010 national alumnus of the year. Roy H. Ruby was vice president for MSU’s Division of Student Affairs for 17 years, then College of Education dean for several years before retiring in 2004. In late 2008, he was ...

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Zahner earns architects license

Eley Guild Hardy Architects’ employee Justin Zahner recently passed the Architect Registration Exam and is now a licensed architect in the State of Mississippi. With the licensure of Zahner, Eley Guild Hardy Architects currently has 22 licensed architects. A native of Horn Lake, Zahner received a bachelor of architecture in 2006 from Mississippi State University. Zahner, a LEED Accredited Professional, ...

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Skertich practicing at Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., is pleased to announce that Grace Skertich has joined the firm’s Jackson office as an associate. In her practice, Skertich defends employers in cases involving workplace injuries, sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination. Skertich also provides advice to employers regarding wage and hour issues, personnel policies, leave issues, discipline and ...

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Bridges wins Government Service Award

Dr. Todd Bridges, a senior research scientist (ST) for environmental science in the Environmental Laboratory (EL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, has received the 2009 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Government Service Award. Bridges’ primary areas of research at ERDC are the development of risk and decision analysis methods applied to ...

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Circadence chooses Jackson as tech director

Circadence Corporation has appointed Kent Jackson as its director of technology at its Advanced Research and Development Facility in Tupelo. Jackson joins Circadence from IBM in Atlanta, where he led teams developing Internet Security Systems (ISS) Proventia Endpoint Security solutions. A certified project manager, Jackson also has extensive experience with the full software development lifecycle, software process development/ISO, cross functional ...

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Blendinger writes another book

Mississippi State University education professor Jack Blendinger has co-authored a book that urges school administrators, teachers and others in the field to personally lead in improving community literacy by becoming good writers themselves. “Walking the Talk: Modeling Literacy” is the 256-page creation of Blendinger, a member of the university’s College of Education faculty, and James L. Nicholson, a retired newspaper ...

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Keenum wins Congressional award

Mississippi State University president Mark E. Keenum is being honored with the 2010 Leadership Award from the Congressional Award Program. The honor recognizes his support of the partnership between MSU and the Congressional Awards Program, which has promoted initiative, achievement and service by young people through 4-H programs since 1979. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, along with Gov. Haley ...

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Chambers named quarter’s best

Mitzi Chambers has been selected as South Mississippi State Hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2009.  Chambers has been employed as an active treatment technician with the hospital for eight years. As an ATT, Chambers is responsible for working with mentally ill adults, leading and/or monitoring patient education groups, documenting patient activity throughout the day and ...

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Chambers named quarter's best

Mitzi Chambers has been selected as South Mississippi State Hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2009.  Chambers has been employed as an active treatment technician with the hospital for eight years. As an ATT, Chambers is responsible for working with mentally ill adults, leading and/or monitoring patient education groups, documenting patient activity throughout the day and ...

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Renasant elects new officers

The board of directors of Renasant Bank recently elected Danny Gladney as senior vice president and collections & recovery department manager, Stacy Crowley as vice president for human resources and Matt Gillis as vice president and appraisal & review specialist. Gladney has been with Renasant Bank since 1988, serving in the position of manager of the bank’s Collection, Recovery, Bankruptcy ...

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