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WCU selected Top School by military journal

William Carey University has been awarded the designation of a “Top School” in the 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities released annually by Military Advanced Education (MAE), a journal of higher learning for members of the military.
The Guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, will be released in the December edition of MAE and will also be available online. The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges, and seeks to arm students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to those in uniform.
Institutions of higher learning were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard, enabling prospective students to quickly target schools that excel in military education. Prospective students can then put those schools in context with other academic and career considerations.
“We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information,” said Kelly Fodel, editor of MAE.
Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access to the 2015 Guide.

JCJC is offering CPT Coding night class Spring 2015

The Jones County Junior College Business and Office Technology program will be offering CPT Coding at night during the spring semester of 2015. This is a class designed for non-degree seeking students. The CPT Coding class will be offered on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The first class meeting will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

CPT Coding, (BOT 2643), a three semester credit hour course, is an introduction to the field of procedural coding and requirements for insurance reimbursement using CPT coding resources.

Enrollment in this class is recommended for persons who currently work in a medical setting or persons with past anatomy and physiology or medical terminology coursework who desire to learn the fundamentals of outpatient procedure coding as it relates to medical insurance reimbursement. Individuals interested in enrolling in this class, but who have questions, should contact the instructor for advice.  Please notice this is a CPT Coding class—not an ICD Coding class.

For medical industry non-degree seeking students, this class and forthcoming classes could aid in studying for national certification exams offered through various health-care related professional organizations such as AHIMA, AAPC, AAMA, and AAMT in the areas of coding, medical assisting and transcription.

To apply for admission to JCJC, prospective students must complete an application either online or submit an application by fax to the admissions office at 601-477-4258, or fill out an application in person in the Admissions Office.  Students must apply for admission and meet admissions requirements prior to registration. Prospective students must also request that a final high school transcript, GED score, and/or college transcripts be sent to JCJC.  An ACT score is required for enrollment into certain classes.

Students can register for CPT Coding by contacting the Student Success Center (601-477-4257) for an appointment for advisement and registration, or register on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Academic Support Building.

The CPT Coding class will be offered based on demand, and space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

 

For more information contact the instructor, Dianne Johnson, 601-477-4816, dianne.johnson@jcjc.edu or Mary Abbey in Instructional Affairs, 601-477-4075,mary.abbey@jcjc.edu.

JCJC’s “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” helps Toys for Tots

Jones County Junior College students in the Fine Arts Department performing groups, JC Voices and JC Jazz were overjoyed at the response of their first ever Toys for Tots toy drive.  The public donated hundreds of toys as admission to a new holiday concert at JCJC called, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas.”  The evening of jazzy Christmas tunes was spectacular, only topped off by the number of donated toys from the audience.

“We are very happy with the response to the toy drive as part of a new JCJC tradition in the Fine Arts Department.  The Marine Reserves ‘Toys for Tots’ program was also pleased with the generosity of so many people attending the JCJC Jingle Jazz Christmas concert. JCJC students said they too enjoyed being able to give back to the community and showcase their talents,” said Dr. Susan Smith, JCJC Fine Arts Department Chair.

For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094 or follow JCJC Fine Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

JC Voices and JC Jazz students were proud of the number of toys received as admission to the group’s concert, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas.”  The donated toys will all go to children in the Pine Belt enrolled in the “Toys for Tots” program.  Pictured are some of the JCJC students from both performing groups and they are pictured left to right in the front row: Ashley Adams, Laurel; Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg; Reagan Arnold, Collins; Doby Herring, Waynesboro; Sophia Daniel, Hattiesburg; Jordan Sanders, Ellisville; Karsten Smith, Hattiesburg; Ashley Mills, Waynesboro; Morgan Smith, Laurel; Elizabeth Hensarling, Patterson, CA and Roxie Hudgins, Collins.  Pictured in the back row, left to right:Caleb Guilbeau, Ellisville; Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville; Lauryn Easley, Laurel; Savannah Scafide, Long Beach; Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg; Leah Dueitt, Neely; Steve Jones, Starkville; Sam Cruz, Pensacola, FL; Daniel Coats, Taylorsville; Cale Green, Laurel; David Walker, Laurel and Gary Young, Ellisville (between the two rows).
JC Voices and JC Jazz students were proud of the number of toys received as admission to the group’s concert, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas.” The donated toys will all go to children in the Pine Belt enrolled in the “Toys for Tots” program. Pictured are some of the JCJC students from both performing groups and they are pictured left to right in the front row: Ashley Adams, Laurel; Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg; Reagan Arnold, Collins; Doby Herring, Waynesboro; Sophia Daniel, Hattiesburg; Jordan Sanders, Ellisville; Karsten Smith, Hattiesburg; Ashley Mills, Waynesboro; Morgan Smith, Laurel; Elizabeth Hensarling, Patterson, CA and Roxie Hudgins, Collins. Pictured in the back row, left to right:Caleb Guilbeau, Ellisville; Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville; Lauryn Easley, Laurel; Savannah Scafide, Long Beach; Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg; Leah Dueitt, Neely; Steve Jones, Starkville; Sam Cruz, Pensacola, FL; Daniel Coats, Taylorsville; Cale Green, Laurel; David Walker, Laurel and Gary Young, Ellisville (between the two rows).
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Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas

Mission At The Cross, a ministry dedicated to help homeless men and men with drug/alcohol addictions, is always needing various donations to run their program. The receive no money from the government and rely on those that want to help along with proceeds from Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop. For more info, you can go to missionatthecross.com or call 601-323-1460. Here are some of the donations always needed if an individual, business, church group, or organization would like to assist them:
— Hygiene items such as razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo
— Men’s t-shirts, socks, underwear
— Towels, bath clothes
— First aid supplies
— Laundry detergent
— Bleach, non-toxic cleaners, window cleaner
— Cooking/baking supplies
— Eggs, milk, cereal, fresh vegetables, fruit juice
— Meat (they have a large freezer to store this in)
— Wal-Mart gift cards, Kroger gift cards
— Monetary donations

November 27-December 27: Christmas in the Park in Collins. Thursday-Saturday 5-9 pm. For more info, go to covingtonchamber.com.

December 1-18:  Toys will be collected for Toys for Tots at the following locations: Corner Market in Ellisville, Petal, Bellevue, and Oak Grove; American Windows & More in Oak Grove; The Citizens Bank on Hwy 98 in Hattiesburg; and the Lamar County Courthouse.

December 19:  The JT Show will be live at the Corner Market on Old Hwy 11 in Oak Grove from 10 am-1pm promoting Toys for Tots. Stop by and drop off a toy and see Mississippi’s favorite radio host live!

December 19:  Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas. Laurel Little Theatre. 7 pm. Proceeds from each ticket sold will go to benefit Laurel Main Street. For more info, go to http://www.cbjazzchristmas.com/.

December 19-20: Live Nativity at Willow Pointe Church, 7 Canaan Ln  in Hattiesburg. 6:00-8:00 pm.

January 4: Children of the World Choir in concert. Asbury Methodist Church, Petal.  6:oo pm. The choir represents a rich and culturally diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, each with an urgent story to tell. This year’s Rescue Tour calls attention to the staggering impact that poverty, malnutrition, and dirty water have on millions of children around the world

January 24: Frosty Frolic 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run. Mason Park, Laurel.  9:00 am.  The Junior Auxiliary of Laurel is hosting its first 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run to raise monies to support service projects that serve the children in Laurel & Jones County. To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MS/Laurel/FrostyFrolic5KRunWalkand1mileFunRun.

February 27: A University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents Mary Poppins. Tickets are currently on sale at southernmisstickets.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us with your events:  Email jill@telesouth.com; call 601-264-5185; or fax 601-264-6237. 

 

Southern Miss accounting degree ranked among nation’s most affordable

When it comes to affordability, The University of Southern Mississippi’s undergraduate accounting degree rates among the nation’s best in the newest rankings announced by Accounting Degree Review.

Accounting Degree Review researched the undergraduate education costs of all the schools in the United States accredited in accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accreditation agency in the world for business and accounting programs. There are currently 170 institutions with AACSB accounting accreditation.

The analysis helped Accounting Degree Review establish the 30 Most Affordable Residential Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting. Southern Miss came in at No. 10 on the rankings for 2014.

“We are already among an elite group of only 170 accounting programs separately accredited by AACSB,” said Dr. Gwen Pate, director of the Southern Miss School of Accountancy. “To be number 10 out of these quality programs in affordability signals the value our students receive for their tuition dollars. This ranking further confirms what the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss has long known — our graduates gain entry into a respected profession at a bargain price.”

To compare the schools, Accounting Degree Review looked at each institution’s annual tuition and fees for out-of-state incoming freshmen enrolling in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Southern Miss offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. The degree requires 121 semester hours to graduate. Sample courses include Federal Income Tax Accounting, Seminar on Contemporary Accounting Topics, and Law in Accounting.

To prepare students for upper level accounting classes, Southern Miss requires them to pass the Principles of Accounting Competency Exam (PACE) before enrolling in Intermediate Accounting I. The school schedules intensive reviews before each semester to help students pass the exam.

The University currently has 423 undergraduates and 25 graduates pursuing accounting degrees. During the 2013-14 academic year, Southern Miss awarded 77 bachelor’s degrees and 20 master’s degrees (Master of Professional Accountancy).

To see the complete Accounting Degree Review rankings, visit: http://www.accounting-degree.org/most-affordable-bachelors-in-accounting/.

To learn more about degree programs in the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4641 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/business/accounting

Corey Acosta named 2nd team Academic All-American

Southern Miss senior place kicker Corey Acosta (Memphis, Tenn.) has earned selection as the Capital One Academic All-America second-team place kicker in a release by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Acosta, a two-time Conference USA All-Academic Team selection, holds a 3.81 grade point average in biological sciences. He will graduate from the University in December and will head to dental school next fall.

The place kicker finished a strong senior campaign in 2014, leading Conference USA in both field goals and made percentage. His 19 field goals during the year is third on the school’s single-season list. For his career, he placed third in field goals made with 43 and third in attempts (64). His final tally of 201 points puts him in fourth on the career charts.

In addition to this honor, Acosta has collected one of 10 finalist spots for the Wuerffel Trophy that is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community services with athletic and academic achievement. The winner will be announced on Dec. 9. In addition, Acosta earned a semifinalist nod for the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy.

Acosta is the first Southern Miss football player to earn Academic All-America honors since 2000 and the fourth different Golden Eagle to earn this accolade. Defensive end Jeremy Singleton captured the award twice – a second-team nod in 1991 and a first-team selection in 1992 – while offensive lineman Jeremy Lindley was a first-team pick in 1997 and quarterback Jeff Kelly received a second-team honor in 2000