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Villanueva wins HENAAC Award

Evelyn Villanueva, a research geologist in Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, was named among the USACE winners of the HENAAC award. HENAAC, established in 1989, strives to identify, honor and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic Americans in the fields of science, engineering, technology and math. Villanueva works ...

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Martin, Mosher inducted service group

Dr. Bill Martin, the director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) at the U.S. Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, and Dr. Reed Mosher, the director of ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), were inducted into the Senior Executive Service in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Senior Executive Service is comprised of dedicated executives who have been ...

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Butler Snow brings in Franckiewicz

Victor J. Franckiewicz Jr. has joined the Public Law and Finance and Product Liability Practice Groups at Butler Snow. Franckiewicz will be based in Gulfport and New Orleans, where he will focus on public-private sector redevelopment, environmental law and litigation, zoning and land use, administrative law and mass tort litigation.

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Bruns recertified as Fellow

Dennis R. “Denny” Bruns, FACHE, president and CEO of River Oaks Hospital, was recently recertified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Bruns joined River Oaks Hospital in June 2008.  Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.  He has ...

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Smith appointed director of MC center

Mississippi College (MC) business professor Chris Smith is the new leader of the MC Center for Economic Education and Development. A native of Clinton, Smith received a bachelor’s degree from MC in 2001 and a master’s in 2004. He teaches accounting and finance classes at MC in addition to his new duties as the center’s director. Smith will be teaching ...

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Smith comes on board with Cornerstone

Bo Smith, mortgage financing expert, is pleased to announce his affiliation with Cornerstone Home Lending in Jackson. Smith is the only certified energy efficient mortgage specialist focusing on energy improvement mortgages in the State of Mississippi according to www.energystar.gov. Smith is a graduate of Mississippi College, receiving a bachelor of science. He has worked in the mortgage industry for 15 ...

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Crew named year's best professional

Pascagoula’s Parks and Recreation director Darcie Crew has been awarded the Mississippi Parks & Recreation Association Professional of the Year for 2009. The Mississippi Recreation & Park Association is a statewide non-profit service organization dedicated to advancing parks, recreation, and environmental efforts that advance the quality of life for all people.

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Crew named year’s best professional

Pascagoula’s Parks and Recreation director Darcie Crew has been awarded the Mississippi Parks & Recreation Association Professional of the Year for 2009. The Mississippi Recreation & Park Association is a statewide non-profit service organization dedicated to advancing parks, recreation, and environmental efforts that advance the quality of life for all people.

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Leadership class introduced

On Sept. 10, a reception was held at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art to introduce the 2009-2010 Leadership Jones County Class. Class members are (back row, left to right): Scott French, Wayne Farms; Darrel Speir, SCRMC; Stacy Tucker, alderman of Ellisville; and, Ryan Maki, Verizon Wireless. (middle row, left to right): Tony Hales, Mississippi Army National Guard; Anna McLeod, ...

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Digby recognized in Washington

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently recognized the work of Patricia Digby of Fulton, who was subsequently honored in Washington for her dedication to finding adoptive and foster care families for children. Cochran recommended Digby to be the 2009 Angel in Adoption from Mississippi as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s “Angels in Adoption” program. Digby is the ...

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