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Belhaven alumnus chosen as dean of student life

  Greg Hawkins has been named dean of student life at Belhaven College. Hawkins graduated magna cum laude from Belhaven College in 2005 as a biblical studies major, and he is pursuing a master of arts in higher education from Geneva College. He has been the men’s resident director since his return to Belhaven in 2006, and his promotion to ...

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Grace to lead national childhood policy effort

Cathy Grace recently was chosen by the non-profit Children’s Defense Fund to assume a yearlong post as the liaison between the Washington, D.C.-based organization and members of Congress, government policy makers and members of other advocacy groups.  A professor in the College of Education, she will be working to promote the inclusion of critical educational principles in various pieces of ...

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Campo named first ambassador for “On the Bus” association

  Brett Campo, a former dropout-turned-honors student from Picayune, has been appointed as the state’s first “On the Bus” Dropout Prevention Ambassador. Over the summer months, he will be working with school districts and other education-related organizations — such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America — to serve as a motivational speaker, peer counselor and spokesman ...

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Pratt and Calcote promoted at Community Bank

  Colby Calcote and Brandon Pratt have been promoted at the Meridian area Community Bank. Calcote has been promoted to vice president in the Meridian area.  Calcote has been with Community Bank since 2004, and he formerly held the title of assistant vice president.  A Brookhaven native, Calcote is a 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he ...

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Graves promoted at EL branch of ERDC

  Mark Graves was recently named the new chief of the Environmental Systems Branch in the Environmental Laboratory (EL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg. Graves has a bachelor’s in geology from Hanover College, where he graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors, and a master’s in physical geography from Murray State University. Following ...

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Douglass named Ambassador of the Month

  Ed Douglass, with Coffee News, is the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce April Ambassador of the Month. The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce thrives off of the contributions of its members. The volunteer hours of the members and their employees are instrumental in making the Rankin Chamber function properly. Douglass is one of these volunteers who have demonstrated extra ...

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CSI president receives regional award

John Dunaway, AIA, CSI, CCS, architect with Canizaro Cawthon Davis, and president of the Mississippi Chapter CSI, has received the Communication Excellence Award from the Gulf States Region of the Construction Specifications Institute.   Dunaway was the first recipient of this prestigious honor.  The award recognizes Dunaway’s efforts in producing programs and special publications for CSI and AIA, as well ...

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MDPS hires new public affairs director

Jon Kalahar has been hired by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety as public affairs director. Kalahar has worked in television for 14 years as a photographer, producer and reporter.  He comes to MDPS from WLBT in Jackson where he worked as the statewide reporter since May 2007.  Kalahar covered the state Capitol and state politics as well as issues ...

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PART OF WHO HE IS

  Moore’s Eyevox Film and Production a byproduct of the work he has always done Rick Moore has been involved in the television business most of his life. His father built from the ground up, starting in the 1970s, what is now Channel 16 in Jackson, the capital city’s ABC affiliate. After a car wreck that knocked his dad out ...

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Russo receives certificate of appreciation

Edmond Russo Jr., chief of the Coastal Engineering Branch in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, was recently presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Brazilian military attaché as part of a commemoration for Brazilian Army Day. 

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