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Bounds: State's college scholarship funding 'being rapidly depleted'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Recipients of state scholarships could see their aid packages trimmed unless the Mississippi Legislature puts more money into financial aid. That includes the more than 20,000 residents who receive yearly grants of $500 or $1,000. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds says officials have been using money collected from state student loan repayments to supplement scholarship funds since ...

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Ole Miss first to utilize new Mississippi Optical Network

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi is the first entity to begin using the new Mississippi Optical Network, referred to as MissiON. The network serves the Mississippi Research Consortium, which includes UM, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University. The network also serves the UM Medical Center, the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, the ...

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Bryant's proposed budget could mean higher tuition at two-year schools

JACKSON — The leaders of Mississippi’s community college system say that the 5.5 percent cut in their budget proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant could lead to higher tuition, bigger classes and more part-time instructors. They say any decrease in funding would only aggravate a money crisis that the colleges have been struggling with, as the recession drove more students into ...

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Willis resigns as USM VP after only seven months on job

HATTIESBURG — Russ Willis has resigned as the University of Southern Mississippi’s vice president for administrative affairs after only seven months in the position. The Hattiesburg American reports Willis was responsible for the financial management of the university, its physical plant and human resources. Taking over the position will be Chad Driskell, executive assistant to USM president Martha Saunders. Willis ...

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Supervisors to view scaled-down tennis facility project

OXFORD — A scaled-down version of an expansion of the John Leslie Tennis Facility in Oxford will be presented to Lafayette County supervisors. The Oxford Eagle reports last year county officials wouldn’t agree to a $3 million proposal to expand the facility from eight to 20 tennis courts. Mayor Pat Patterson says the city and University of Mississippi have each ...

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Board approves $112M bond issue for UMMC

JACKSON — The state College Board has approved a $112 million bond issue for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, even though one board member questioned whether it was appropriate to borrow the money. UMMC had originally proposed to use some of the money to buy software to comply with a federal requirement that it start using electronic health records ...

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Foundation launches fundraiser for new nursing school

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an $8-million fundraising campaign to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing Building Campaign has received a $4-million commitment from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg Inc., a gift that will name the proposed building Asbury Hall, pending College Board approval. The facility, ...

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UM accounting program makes national top 10

OXFORD — The undergraduate accountancy program at the University of Mississippi is ranked No. 10 in the nation by the Public Accounting Report in its latest edition. The independent newsletter of the accounting profession, in its Dec. 16, 2011, issue, also ranks the Patterson School of Accountancy’s master’s and doctoral programs at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, in their categories. ...

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