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Gift ensures Faulkner furnishings stay with Rowan Oak

William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and day bed are still in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. One of his legions of fans is making sure that ambiance is preserved. – by ensuring that all of the furnishings in the antebellum house remain as “fixtures.” Sandra Miller Black’s recent $500,000 gift helped the University of Mississippi ensure ...

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Tupelo schools and Itawamba CC form ‘middle college’

MBJ staff Itawamba Community College and Tupelo Public School District have formed a “middle college” that will allow students to graduate with a secondary school diploma and a two-year associate degree. Starting in August, some Tupelo High juniors will attend classes at the ICC Tupelo campus for the majority of the school day while taking classes at THS. “This is ...

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HU MEENA — Cracking the code on computer science education in Mississippi

During World War II, an elite group of Navajos called the “code talkers” used their Native American language, which was unwritten and complex, to help transmit top-secret military information.  Code talkers helped the Allies gain an important victory in the Pacific Theater. Fast forward to today and coding means something dramatically different, but just as important.  Computer coding and programming ...

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Hill to lead Meridian Community College Foundation

Meridian Community College President Dr. Thomas Huebner named Leia Hill as vice president of advancement and executive director of the MCC Foundation. An alumna of MCC, Hill previously worked in the MCC Foundation office from 2006 to 2014 as program coordinator of the College’s Arts & Letters Series and Lifetime Quest programs. She returned to MCC in July 2018 as ...

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Knight to lead MCC’s new workforce solutions division

Joseph Knight has been named Meridian Community College’s new vice president for workforce solutions. Knight, who holds a bachelor of business administration degree in general business and a master’s degree in workforce education leadership from Mississippi State University, has served the College as dean of workforce development since joining MCC in 2013. As dean, he was responsible for managing the ...

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Johnson to lead Meridian Community College’s Arts & Letters Series

Susie Johnson will take the reins of Meridian Community College’s Arts & Letters Series as director of the signature entertainment program at MCC. Johnson joins the College after serving as executive director and education director of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. She is the founding director of Stage 2, a local theater group geared to teens and the arts and was ...

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Travis elected President of Jackson Metro Chapter of MUW Alumni Association

Barbara Travis has been elected president of the Jackson Metro Chapter of the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association. A 1970 graduate of The W, she is a certified economic and community developer and has served in a number of local and state developmental positions, including director of economic development for Rankin County and executive director of the Mississippi World ...

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Mississippi education gains good news for students, parents and employers

By Becky Gillette Mississippi, which in the past has often been ranked near the bottom in public education, has been making some impressive gains. “The successes we’re seeing from student-driven policies, like the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, will positively change Mississippi for generations,” said Sen. Gray Tollison, chairman of the Mississippi Senate Education Committee. “More kids will walk across that stage ...

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Historic bell tolls again on women’s university campus

By AMANDA LIEN /Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women President Nora Miller doesn’t remember when the bell inside the Callaway Hall clock tower stopped chiming. She also doesn’t know why it suddenly started ringing again. After what she guessed is more than 10 years of silence from the historic clock tower, Miller suddenly heard the bell while she ...

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Mississippi sales tax holiday begins, includes school items

Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through midnight Saturday. For the first time, in addition to clothing, the state won’t be charging its 7% sales tax on school supplies. That includes backpacks, lunchboxes, calculators and textbooks in addition to pencils, pens, paper, scissors and crayons. Like with clothing and footwear that were previously part of the holiday ...

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