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Williams to Lead Phi Theta Kappa STEM and Workforce Programs

Dr. Johannah B. Williams has been named associate vice president of STEM and Workforce Programs at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). Williams will oversee the development of engaging workforce- and STEM-related programming for PTK members. Nearly 20 percent of members are STEM majors, and approximately 29 percent of members plan to enter directly into the workforce upon completing their ...

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Mississippi awarded $10.6M federal grant for Early Childhood Development

A collaborative effort among state agencies was successful when Gov. Phil Bryant announced that $10.6 million was awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the scope of early childhood development for children ages 0-8 in Mississippi. In a departure from the state’s traditional provider-focused approach, the newly enhanced system is designed to ...

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Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Mississippi lawmakers and officials tell business leaders they’re hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, touting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, says it’s making workforce development one of its main priorities in this year’s Legislature. The council met Thursday in Jackson for its ...

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Windfield tabbed as MVSU’s new director of alumni relations

Mississippi Valley State University’s Office of University Advancement has brought on a new director of alumni relations who is familiar with the institution and all things Valley. Jackson native Kylon T. Alford-Windfield, a 2013 graduate of MVSU, has been tabbed as the director of alumni relations. His primary duties include serving as a liaison between University administration, the National Alumni ...

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MVSU’s Tanner takes helm as MADE president

A Mississippi Valley State University faculty member is now leading a state organization for developmental educators. MVSU Director of Academic Success and Student Development Heather Tanner was sworn in as president of the Mississippi Association for Development Education (MADE) Nov. 9 in Jackson. As president, Tanner will have the opportunity to influence MADE’s mission to improve the theory and practice ...

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Hadley appointed to Political Science advisory board

Texas government law and policy and litigation attorney Elizabeth Ross Hadley, a shareholder in the Austin office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been appointed to serve on the advisory board of the University of Mississippi Department of Political Science. As a board member, Hadley, an Ole Miss alumna, will work closely with the University’s department chair to ...

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MSU’s Grogan hopes C Spire experience a boost to future

By NASH NUNNERY John Grogan’s age belies his enjoyment of classic literature. The Mississippi State University senior, who just turned 21, discovered dystopian novels such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 as a middle schooler in Clinton. For the uninitiated, dystopian fiction centers on the portrayal of a setting that completely disagrees with the author’s ethos. “I can’t really relate to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Prerequisite for brain power is brain development

“Area’s with brain power have a competitive advantage over other areas,” I researched and wrote in a column 16 years ago. “Brain power is the gold of the 21st Century in America.” I recalled this column after reading a recent opinion column by Dr. Cathy Grace, the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at Ole ...

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Mississippi receiving federal grant for preschool programs

Mississippi is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday. Bryant said the grant will expand a system developed by his State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The governor said the money will help “maximize parental choice and engagement” with a goal of ensuring children have a smooth ...

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Hadley: Austin has nothing on Jackson and Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY Elizabeth Ross Hadley left her heart in Mississippi. A lawyer/lobbyist with prestigious Texas firm Greenberg Traurig, Hadley and her husband Bryan made the decision ten years ago to move to Austin for better and bigger opportunities than her home state could offer. But the Jackson native comes home several times a year to visit family, attend Ole ...

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