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USM enrollment drops 1,400 in 3 years; $5.9M in budget cuts

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HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has seen enrollment drop nearly 9 percent since 2011, forcing campus-wide budget cuts for the coming fall. The Hattiesburg American reports that enrollment fell from nearly 16,200 in fall 2011 to less than 14,800 in fall 2014. Douglas Vinzant, vice president for finance and administration, says state appropriations used to play a bigger ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

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HATTIESBURG — Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead ...

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Faculty raises at USM the first in years

HATTIESBURG — Susan Hrostowski, associate professor of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi, hasn’t gotten a raise in about four years. “We are underpaid,” she said. “University faculty (around the country) are paid much more than we are here.” In a March letter to newspaper editors, Aubrey Patterson, president of the state College Board, said in six years, ...

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USM provost Wiesenburg returns to Marine Science faculty

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi Provost Denis Wiesenburg has resigned from his position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Hattiesburg American reports he will return to the faculty in the Department of Marine Science, effective July 1. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett said he had accepted Wiesenburg’s resignation. “(I) thank him for his service not only ...

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Operations keeps show moving — and then there’s gum

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Sixteen or so hours overseeing game-day maintenance and clean-up inside Trustmark Stadium normally makes sleep a cinch for 28-year-old Chris Hornberger, the stadium’s operation manager. But there’s always the gum to think about – or more precisely, the already-been-chewed variety that fans leave on the surface of the wrap-around mezzanine. If not scrapped up right away, the gum turns black ...

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Brannock selected to Archives Leadership Institute

Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI). ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Luther ...

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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the doors are open. Examples of ...

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME … As long as it has modern technology, meal plans, friends and no parking worries

By LYNN LOFTON  The recently completed Century Park South at the University of Southern Mississippi is on the cutting edge of student housing. There are 954 bed spaces in the state-of-the-art $55.6 million complex that was built by the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. There was significant site preparation before the two-year building project could get under way with three ...

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MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have the new Marine Industries Science ...

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Race to the pump: Feds appear ready to beat state on new gas taxes

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says it seems Congress is about to pre-empt Mississippi’s  opportunity to take advantage of plummeting gasoline prices by enacting new motor fuels taxes. While Mississippi legislators wait for a late 2015 completion of a private-sector study on state transportation infrastructure needs and how to pay for them, Congress is poised to act this ...

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