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mae logoMilitary Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Copiah-Lincoln Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to  Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide was released in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at 

            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. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

            Now in its eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes 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. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

            “We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

            “Not only is the 2015 Guide printed in our December issue of Military Advanced Education, but also published in a searchable database online,” Fodel said. “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.”

            Visit for online access to MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education.


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Military Advanced Education ( serves education services officers (ESOs)  and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers they counsel.  Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, servicemember, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. ( is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations. Serving as a unique forum for senior military and Department of Defense leadership, KMI focuses on distinct and essential communities within the defense market.

princess ballThe Band and Colette Alumni Chapter is sponsoring its fourth annual “Princess Ball” for fathers and daughters on Feb. 7 at the Thames Center on the Wesson campus.

Band and Colette Alumni Chapter past president and event organizer Mark Hamilton said the event is the first and best of its kind in the area, and not only will it be an opportunity for the organization to raise funds, but it is an opportunity for fathers and daughters to connect.

“This is a great chance for fathers and grandfathers to spend some time with the young ladies in their lives, and really make some sweet memories,” Hamilton said. “We’ve had three great events in previous years, and we’re looking forward to another successful ball this year.”

The ball is open to fathers, grandfathers and father figures and girls ages 5-15. Two balls will take place from 5:30 until 7:30 and from 8 until 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $30 per couple and $10 for each additional child. The cost of the ticket includes refreshments and ballroom dance instruction. Dress for the event is formal, and photography will be available for an additional fee. Tickets are available at the alumni office as well as the main branches of First Bank, Bank of Franklin, and Pike National Bank in Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Lincoln counties, and Copiah Bank in Hazlehurst. 

Proceeds from the event go to fund the Clyde Wilson scholarship for band and Colette students at Co-Lin. For more information, contact Hamilton at (601) 835-6607 or call the Co-Lin Alumni office at (601) 643-8498.

radiographywinnersRadiography students received a second place award and the People’s Choice Award for their radiography scientific exhibit. Award winners are from left, Leslie Lyle of Madison, Emily Cothren of Smithdale, Chelsia Reid of Jayess, Sarah Felder of Biloxi, Kala Russell of Monticello, and Taylor Ellis. 

msrtthridplacewinnersCo-Lin’s Radiologic Technology Bowl Team captured third place in the 73rd Annual Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists Student Prep Bowl held in Biloxi. Members of the team include from left, Sarah Felder of Biloxi, Maggie Redd of Bogue Chitto, Caitlin Lofton of Natchez, Kala Russell of Monticello, and Leslie Lyle of Madison. 

artclubfieldtripMembers of the Art Club and Exhibition Class took a field trip to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Students attending include from left, Ryan Lambert of Jayess, Makenzie Ritchie and Ashley Jones, both of Brookhaven; Naomi Saul of Crystal Springs, Monique Williams of Bogue Chitto, Kaitlin Upton of Crystal Springs, Diquan Payton of Jayess, and Nathan Gannoucheau of Hazlehurst.


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