May 19, 2009
Mississippi''s Office of Homeland Security has awarded an $80,000 grant to the Columbus Police Department for the purchase of hazard detection equipment and training for designated personnel.
The grant was presented on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
CPD will use the funding to improve its capability for detecting and disposing of such hazardous materials as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials.
The grant is part of a $200 million federal program being administered by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The program is intended to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities at the state, local and community levels as part of a comprehensive national emergency management system.
First finalist for MUW provost/VPAA position to visit campus next week
Three finalists for the provost and vice president for academic affairs position at Mississippi University for Women will visit campus beginning next week.
Names and positions of the candidates and their interview dates are:
n Dr. Veronica Makowsky (May 26-27)
Vice provost for undergraduate education and regional campus
Professor of English and women''s studies
University of Connecticut in Storrs
n Dr. Ronald Cromwell (June 1-2)
Senior vice president for academic affairs
Dean of faculty
Professor of education
Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa.
n Dr. Ronald Hy (June 11-12)
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of political science
Texas A&M University in Kingsville
The new provost and vice president for academic affairs is expected to be in place as soon as possible and replace Dr. Sandra Jordan, who has accepted a position at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
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