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USM Foundation sets new fundraising record

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports it has set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record eclipses the previous mark of $13.9 million from fiscal 2006 by 43 percent and also represents an increase of 300 percent over the amount raised last year. More than 4,620 donors ...

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Advocates push for more reforms to foreign student visa program

JACKSON — The State Department should add housekeepers to a list of prohibited jobs for foreign college students who spend their summers in the United States as part of cultural exchange program that has left participants vulnerable to exploitation, an advocacy group said yesterday. The State Department announced major changes to the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program in May ...

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MSU-developed grass being studied as renewable energy source

STARKVILLE — A variety of grass developed at Mississippi State University is getting its moment in the sun as a biofuel ingredient, thanks to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement. Freedom giant miscanthus, developed by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher Brian Baldwin and his colleagues, was selected as the crop of choice for one of two new ...

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William Carey, MGCCC sign new partnership agreement

HATTIESBURG and MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — William Carey University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College have signed an agreement that allows students to easily transfer credits. The partnership will affect students majoring in nursing and criminal justice at MGCCC. For criminal justice students, once they receive their associate’s degree at Gulf Coast and they decide to continue their education at ...

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College Board will again try to raise funds to endow HBCUs

JACKSON — After years of delay, members of the state’s College Board will again try to raise $34 million in private money to endow Mississippi’s three historically black universities. The board pledged to raise a $35 million endowment over seven years for Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State when the Ayers discrimination case was settled in 2004. So ...

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Public universities asking for an additional $72.4M

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s eight public universities want an additional $72.4 million in budget year that starts in July 2014. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds told the College Board the schools need money to increase faculty salaries and cover pension contributions. State money to universities will fall $32 million to $670 million in the 2013 budget year beginning this July ...

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Fees for state's college savings plan reduced

JACKSON — With over $114 million invested and more than 10,000 Mississippi Affordable College Savings Plan (MACS) accounts as of Sept. 1, the program is now offering lower fees for the 529 college savings plan, according to State Treasurer Tate Reeves. Effective yesterday, MACS fees were reduced by as much as 27 percent. MACS now offers fees as low as ...

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Outside funds still flowing to small college football

MC relies on fundraisers while Delta State counts on ‘pillars of the community’ They may compete week after week away from the glare of the national spotlight, but small college athletic programs in Mississippi still require outside sources of revenue to sustain themselves in difficult economic times. Chris Brooks is not only the sports information director at Mississippi College, he ...

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New health initiative unveiled

CLEVELAND — Building a healthier Delta State University and City of Cleveland is the ambitious goal of a new collaborative effort. The “Healthy Campus/Community Initiative” will be led by Delta State’s College of Education, which has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Through this program, Delta State aims to transform the ...

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