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Robinson named FCS ADA president; first African-American to assume role

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has selected Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University (JSU), to serve as President for the 2020-21 membership year. “It’s an honor to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” said Robinson, who begins his second year at the ...

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MSU places first in nationwide banking case study competition

Mississippi State University placed first in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors 2020 Community Bank Case Study Competition. Mississippi State University, along with 37 teams from 33 colleges and universities in 18 states studied the impact of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA-AML) requirements of community banks. Student teams partnered with a local community bank to examine challenges, associated time ...

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Senators block ex-lawmaker’s nomination to education board

A Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate committee on Thursday blocked Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’s nomination of a former lawmaker to serve on the state Board of Education, drawing criticism from the governor. Reeves nominated Nancy Collins of Tupelo to serve on the nine-member board in January, during his final days as lieutenant governor. The nomination was retroactive to July, and it is for a ...

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Confederate statue to be moved from central spot at Ole Miss

A Confederate monument will be moved from a prominent spot at the University of Mississippi to a Civil War cemetery in a secluded part of the Oxford campus. The state college board met Thursday and approved a proposal to move the monument. No timeline was given for the move. The estimated cost of the move is $1.2 million, which will ...

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Mississippi State faculty member heads statewide communication association

Philip S. Poe, associate professor and coordinator for print and digital journalism in Mississippi State University’s Department of Communication, is the new president of the Mississippi Communication Association, an organization with members representing every institution of higher learning in the state. His role includes coordinating communication between the executive board and the membership, serving as a spokesperson and presiding at the ...

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Former Delta State student confesses to creating racist social media post about herself

A former Delta State University student confessed to DSU police to creating a racist social media post about herself. Initially, she had admitted to posting it on her own Facebook page, but, until today, had denied that she had been the originator of the post. Delta State officials are determining the proper course of action. “We are relieved to have ...

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National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation will induct 2 notable Jackson State alums

JSU alums Dr. Walter L. Reed and actress Mara Hall have been selected as honorees for the upcoming 2020 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Both Reed and Hall will be officially inducted during the 35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 25 in Atlanta. Reed’s multifaceted career as an educator, coach, athletic director and ...

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JSU alum earns Dynamic Leadership 1 honor from Toastmasters International

Jackson State University alumnus Derrick Hicks has earned the status of Dynamic Leadership 1 from Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is the U.S. headquartered nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking and leadership. Recently, Hicks completed his master’s degree in public policy and administration from JSU.

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MSU’s Truax elected to lead national civil engineering organization

Dennis Truax, head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to serve as the president of the American Socithe nation’s leading civil engineering organization. Dennis Truax will be inaugurated as president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the organization’s annual meeting this fall. He will serve as president-elect of ASCE in 2021 before becoming ...

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Mississippi teacher pay raise plan dies amid budget concerns

A proposed teacher pay raise has died at the Mississippi Capitol because of budget concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. The state Senate passed a bill in early February to provide a $1,000 pay raise to most teachers and teachers’ assistants during the budget year that begins July 1. The plan would have given larger raises of $1,100 to teachers in ...

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