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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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Bayou restoration work wins award

David Perkes, director for the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, looks over the site of the Bayou Auguste restoration project in 2012 at East Biloxi. A division of Mississippi State University's College of Architecture, Art and Design, the design studio recently won a Gulf Guardian Award from the Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program. The team secured grants and utilized volunteers to build a neighborhood wetland park at the site. 
Megan Bean / Courtesy of Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio — one of two research centers in the College of Architecture, Art and Design — placed first in the Gulf Guardian Awards civic/nonprofits category for its Bayou Auguste project in East Biloxi, a community devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program, the awards ...

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Mississippi State: Campus gunman arrested, no one wounded


Authorities at Mississippi State University say they have arrested a person who reportedly was carrying a gun on campus and that no injuries have been reported. MSU spokesman Sid Salter told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that the person had been arrested. He declined to give any further information. The university had issued an online alert shortly ...

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MEC transportation task force on track to wrap up work in late fall


By TED CARTER Congress’ failure to renew federal highway funding beyond the next three months is not expected to keep a Mississippi Economic Council transportation task force from delivering an assessment of the state’s transportation needs and how to pay for them. Supporters of decreasing the state’s $2 billion road & bridge maintenance backlog are counting on the task force’s assessment ...

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International Paper Co. gives $2.25M to Mississippi State


STARKVILLE — International Paper Co. has given $2.25 million to Mississippi State to establish an endowment for a faculty chair within the school’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering and create a new controls laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Senior Vice President Tommy Joseph, a 1982 MSU graduate, announced the gift Monday. He says by partnering ...

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Orlowski joins Delta Research and Extension Center of MSU

Dr. John Orlowski has joined the Delta Research and Extension Center of Mississippi State University.  He earned his PhD in Crop Science from the University of Kentucky with research on a multi-state project concerning agronomic maximization of soybean yield and quality.  He received his undergraduate degree and Masters of Science from Cornell University with research in the agronomics and economics ...

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