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MSU College of Arts and Sciences appoints inaugural faculty fellows

Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences is announcing the recently created positions of Dean’s Administrative Faculty Fellows and the two faculty members appointed to this role earlier this year. Melanie E. Loehwing, associate professor in the Department of Communication, and Kathy M. Sherman-Morris, professor in the Department of Geosciences, are the inaugural selections named by Dean Rick Travis after ...

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Educator no longer employed after comments spur complaints

An instructor at a Mississippi community college is no longer employed by the school after comments generated complaints. Media outlets report that the comments on social media were made during recent demonstrations over police abuses. Pearl River Community College President Adam Breerwood outlined the decision in a letter posted on the school’s social media accounts. Breerwood wrote that he received hundreds of ...

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Some projects for Mississippi district get ahead amid virus

Distance learning within a Mississippi school district has allowed construction workers to get ahead on several school renovation projects, according to the project’s manager. Vicksburg Warren School District buildings have been without students, teachers and staff since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Vicksburg Post reported. Work is ahead of schedule at both high schools and two middle schools, according to Gary Bailey, ...

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Business and innovation leader named director of MSU Advanced Composites Institute

Christopher Bounds, a polymer scientist with extensive training and experience in business, marketing, leadership and innovation, is the new director of Mississippi State’s Advanced Composites Institute. The unit is part of MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, the nation’s leading academic research institute dedicated exclusively to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Bounds joins MSU from Albemarle Corp., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., where ...

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JSU facilities leader earns 2nd scholarship from renowned Association of Physical Plant Administrators

La’Kitha Hughes, associate director for Jackson State University’s Facilities and Construction Management has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Institute for Facilities Management Leadership Academy. This is her second consecutive award from the APPA. “When I received the email notification that I had been selected as a recipient for a scholarship from SRAPPA ...

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Jackson State engineers improvise slopes made of Yazoo Clay that’s blamed for costly erosions on highways

Two Jackson State University civil engineers, along with graduate students, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been working on Mississippi highway slopes with notorious Yazoo clay. Dr. Sadik Khan  and Dr. Farshad Amini from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology have been leading a project funded by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). They’re studying six ...

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Jackson State University ranks in the top 10 among 50 HBCUs

Jackson State University is a top ten HBCU, according to a recent report by Collegeconsensus.com. The site describes itself as an essential tool for students in search of a college or university that best fits a variety of needs, i.e., support and inclusion, inspirational and challenging academic environment, or networking opportunities. Of the 50 HBCUs listed, JSU is firmly cemented in ...

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Two from MSU selected for UMMC-GTEC scholars program

A doctoral student and a recent graduate of Mississippi State University are selections for the Robert Smith, M.D. Graduate Scholars Program, part of the Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Nicole K. Reeder, a food science, nutrition and health promotion doctoral student from Columbus, and Torrye R. Evans II, ...

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MSU Foundation fills two key fundraising positions

As its “Infinite Impact” capital campaign continues, the Mississippi State University Foundation has added a new fundraiser for the gift planning area and places a veteran in a key role to lead fundraising efforts for the College of Business. Kevin Randall of Starkville fills the newly created position of assistant director of gift planning to support the university’s efforts to ...

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MSU again named Mississippi’s top ‘Best Value College’

Mississippi State was recently recognized as the state’s top “Best Value College” in 2020 for giving students the best return on their educational investment. In its annual Best Value Colleges study, New York-based financial technology company SmartAsset determined that MSU graduates earn higher average starting salaries than their peers from other state colleges and universities. According to the study, MSU graduates receive an ...

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