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2013 December 16 - 12:00 am

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  • Miss. College To Ban Tobacco on Campus

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Southwest Mississippi Community College will ban tobacco from its campus starting in summer 2014.

The college’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a tobacco-free policy effective July 1, 2014.

The policy is tied into a health and wellness grant of nearly $200,000 the college received from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to remodel a portion of the physical education building.

Under the policy, the use of tobacco and smoking products will be prohibited on any college-owned property, including buildings, dorm, grounds, parking lots, sidewalks, recreational/sporting facilities and in college-owned vehicles.

The policy applies to college employees, students, contractors, vendors and visitors.

“I know a lot of other colleges and universities have gone tobacco-free. In order for us to receive this grant, we have to be a tobacco-free campus. We thought this would be a good thing,”’ college President Steve Bishop said.

Bishop said the policy will affect an on-campus change in habit for the better.

  • Calif. Colleges Mull Tightening Waivers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California community college officials are considering a plan to tighten requirements for fee waivers.

The proposal would require students with fee waivers to maintain at least a C-average over two straight terms and to show adequate progress by taking at least half of their courses for credit.

Students who are former or current foster youth would be exempt.

School officials say as many as 48,000 recipients could lose their fee waivers under the plan.

The 112-college system has 2.4 million students. It has some of the lowest fees in the country.

  • W. Va. Schools Seal Articulation Agreement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Journalism and mass communications graduates of Mountwest Community and Technical College can now transfer their credits to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree at Marshall University.

The agreement between the two schools includes students in the fields of advertising, public relations, online journalism and radio and television production and management.

Mountwest formerly was connected to Marshall University. A 2008 law required the state’s community colleges to become freestanding institutions.

  • Scholarship Fund For Fallen Mo. Soldier Grows

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A endowment for a memorial scholarship at Ozarks Technical Community College has reached $10,000 in honor of a Missouri soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Dennis and Debbie Peters of Springfield pledged a $7,500 gift to endow the Special Agent Sgt. Joseph M. Peters Memorial Scholarship during a Veterans Day ceremony at the college. The gift, along with earlier contributions, brings the total endowment to $10,000.

Joseph Peters, an OTC graduate, died Oct. 6 in Afghanistan. The scholarship will go to eligible veterans attending the community college in Springfield.

Peters was posthumously awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

  • Miss. Schools Cook Up Culinary Arts Partnership

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Students completing their associate of applied science degree in hotel and restaurant management technology at East Mississippi Community College can now continue their bachelor’s studies in Mississippi University for Women’s culinary arts program.

The joint program in culinary arts was announced by the schools this week.

Scott Tollison, dean of the MUW’s College of Business and Professional Studies, says career and technical credits earned within the EMCC program will transfer to MUW.

Tollison says currently enrolled EMCC students will have access to MUW’s ``guest chefs’’ program that brings in leading culinary experts for demonstrations.

MUW offers the only four-year degree in culinary arts available in Mississippi.

MUW has similar partnership with Hinds Community College.

EMCC also offers a one-year certificate program in culinary arts within its hotel management program.

  • Delgado CC Plans New $15M Branch Campus

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Delgado Community College plans to build a $15 million campus in a Jefferson Parish technology park to serve an estimated 3,000 students.

The Times-Picayune reported the Delgado River City Campus will specialize in courses tied to Mississippi River commerce, including maritime technology and engineering, transportation and logistics and automotive technology.

The Jefferson Economic Development Commission says the 5-acre campus came to fruition in part thanks to state legislation that provides community and technical colleges with investment opportunities.

Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan said the new campus will benefit students and local industry.

“Delgado has played an important role educating the workforce for Mississippi River-related industries and businesses for almost a century, and we look forward to enhancing this relationship through this partnership and the development of the new campus,” Sullivan said.

JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna said the campus will be a boost for the Jefferson Parish economy.

“Workforce development is a key component to improving the economic landscape in Jefferson Parish,” Bologna said. “Not only will it create a workforce pool that will attract new business to our region, but it will keep our young people in Jefferson Parish.”

Construction on the campus is expected to begin in 2014.

  • Former College VP Admits to $228K Theft

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Harrisburg Area Community College vice president has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for buying $228,000 worth of Target gift cards online using a college credit card, then using them to buy items for herself, her family and her friends.

Nancy Rockey, 55, had already resigned from the school in February 2012 during an administrative shake-up before the thefts were discovered.

  • Iowa Woman in Accused in Prof Assault

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa City have arrested a woman accused of a hitting a Kirkwood Community College professor, then assaulting a police officer when questioned.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that police were summoned to the college, where the professor told officers the 24-year-old woman had hit him in the chest and thrown books and other items around his room.

Police say when the woman was questioned, she began screaming that the professor was “a sexual predator,” and hit an officer’s arm.

She is also charged with assault on a peace officer.

The professor told police he and the woman had been romantically involved for more than a year. Sexual relationships between students and faculty violate college policy.

  • Longtime Kan. Prez Announces Retirement

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Longtime Hutchinson Community College president Ed Berger is retiring next summer.
The 68-year-old Berger has been at the college since 1981, serving as dean of continuing education before becoming president in 1991.

Berger says the most rewarding part of the job has been providing students access to opportunity.

Under Berger’s direction, the college has seen a 60 percent increase in enrollment over the past decade. It enrolled more than 6,100 students this fall.

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