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MSU drawing teens to cybersecurity camps


By BECKY GILLETTE You only have to read the headlines about major security breaches ranging from the U.S. government to the major retailers to know that cybersecurity is a huge issue, and one that requires a skilled workforce to protect against major identity fraud. Mississippi State University has developed a summer camp program called Bulldog Bytes that is designed to ...

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University trying to attract more women to technology fields


By BECKY GILLETTE  The percentage of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has continued to shrink even as demand for jobs in those fields has grown rapidly. What can be done to encourage more young women to get interested in technology careers? Dr. Stacy Kastner, assistant professor of English at MSU, co-director of Bulldog Bytes, a residential ...

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Clayton Davis receives promotion

Greenville native Clayton Davis has been promoted to Senior Relationship Manager with Southern AgCredit’s Greenville office. Davis began his agricultural lending career in 2006 with Southern AgCredit. Davis is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at MSU, he was an active member of the university’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter.

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Total enrollment rises at Mississippi public universities


Enrollment at Mississippi’s eight public universities has gone up this fall by the largest percentage since 2011, driven by growth at three of the system’s four largest universities. Total enrollment hit an all-time high of 81,132, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the College Board. Students flocked to Mississippi’s universities during the recession, trying to improve their job credentials. ...

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Invasive crape myrtle pest spreading in state

This crape myrtle branch is encrusted in the white felt of crape myrtle bark scale pests, an invasive insect that damages the once low-maintenance trees. (Photo by MSU Extension/Blake Layton)

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University experts found an invasive insect that attacks crape myrtles on the coast this spring and now have spotted the pest in two cities on opposite ends of the state. The insects are crape myrtle bark scale, or CMBS, and they were found March 15 in Ocean Springs in Jackson County. In August, the insects were ...

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Turfgrass production shows improvement

Mississippi State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences senior research associate Wayne Philley, left, and MSU seniors Abram Diaz of D’Iberville and Aaron Tucker of Carthage measure how far a golf ball rolls over different varieties of bermudagrass at the R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center Sept. 4, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Nathan Gregory)

STARKVILLE — Sod supply in Mississippi is slowly rebounding in 2015 after a major shortage of the commodity last year. Jay McCurdy, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said turfgrass remains in short supply this year due to a decline in acreage and recent harsh winters. “In the last three years, we’ve seen a steady trend of ...

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MSU buying property in development-strained area near campus


JACKSON — Mississippi State University is purchasing property on the edges of its campus, as the school and surrounding community struggle with rapid growth in a formerly rural area south of campus. President Mark Keenum said at a College Board meeting last month that the university wants to buy land “on our doorstep” as it comes available to accommodate future ...

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Three from MSU recognized

Two Mississippi State University students and one recent MSU graduate were among 2015 participants at an annual gathering of the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, the world’s oldest and largest business career student organization. Senior Jarmel R. Lewis of Manteo, N.C., and sophomore Heather L. Yost of Franklin, Tenn., represented the university. Lewis is a political science/pre-law major. Yost ...

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