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State tabs former USM professor as senior economist

A two-year search for a senior state economist has ended with the selection of Clarksdale native Dr. Sondra Collins, who joined the Mississippi University Research Center after four years as an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Collins replaces Dr. Marianne Hill, who retired in the summer of 2013 after more than 20 years with the University Research ...

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Room to learn: USM’s Scianna Hall opens for business next week

Scianna Hall’s opening marks the close of a half-decade effort to accommodate the growth of USM’s College of Business.

By TED CARTER The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is making a giant leap into the future with the start of classes Aug. 19 in Scianna Hall, a $34 million addition to the Hattiesburg campus. The opening of the building just south of the university’s football stadium culminates several years of fund-raising followed by a couple years of construction. ...

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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


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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