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    MS ACTE, Innovative Institute to be Held Jointly

    We are excited to announce that the Innovative Institute and MS ACTE will be held in conjunction with each other at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi... Read More
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    RCU Receives $1.49 Million from ARC’s POWER Initiative

    Mississippi State University has been awarded $1.49 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to infuse virtual reality (VR) career exploration and job training into the education-to-workforce pipeline in Clay, Kemper, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties... Read More
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    MS ACTE Registration Now Open Through July 17

    Registration for the 2022 Mississippi Association for Career and Technical Education (MS ACTE) Summer Conference opened Thursday... Read More
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    IJBASS Publishes RCU Research on Ethnic, Gender Equity Enrollment, Assessment in CTE

    An RCU study exploring ethnic and gender equity enrollment and achievement in Mississippi’s career and technical education (CTE) pathways was recently published by the International Journal of Business and Applied Social Science... Read More
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    Tupelo to Host 2022 Innovative Leadership Summit

    Tupelo Public School District (TPSD) will host the 2022 Innovative Leadership Summit on Feb. 7, the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) recently announced... Read More
  • Judy Middleton

    GEAR UP Mississippi Partners With Betabox for STEM Outreach

    Mississippi’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative is partnering with North Carolina-based Betabox Learning to provide a STEM outreach initiative for the Meridian and Greenville public school districts in the 2021-2022 school year... Read More
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    RCU GEER Fund Projects Provide Expanded Resources to Mississippi Educators and Students

    Mississippi educators have access to 13 online courses and expanded digital mathematics resources thanks to a $1.5 million award to Mississippi State University's Research and Curriculum Unit through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund... Read More
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    Tedder Selected for ASCD Emerging Leaders Program

    Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) Project Manager Ginger Tedder was recently selected to participate in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leaders Program... Read More
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    RCU, MDE Research Suggests Quality Feedback Boosts Learning Outcomes

    A collaborative research project between Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit staff and the Mississippi Department of Education suggests quality feedback from career and technical education teachers given to students before statewide summative assessments positively affected students’ learning outcome on future assessments... Read More
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    Houf to Keynote Innovative Institute

    Beth Houf, co-author of “Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff,” will provide the keynote address for this year’s conference that will be held online June 14-15... Read More
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    Starkville-MSU Partnership Provides New Arena of Opportunities to Students, Future Teachers

    A new Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District (SOCSD) middle school located on the Mississippi State University (MSU) campus is positioned – literally and figuratively – to provide one-of-a-kind educational opportunities to its students and prepare the next generation of teachers with hands-on training in a real-world environment unlike anywhere else in the state... Read More
  • Formative Assessment Brief

    Journal Publishes RCU Study on CTE Assessment

    The Asian Association of Open Universities Journal recently published a Research and Curriculum (RCU) study on how formative practices positively impact secondary career and technical (CTE) assessment scores in the periodical’s December edition... Read More
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    Hollis Tabbed to Information Technology Task Force

    Shelly Hollis, the assistant director of cyber education for the RCU, was recently selected to serve on a task force created by C Spire and the Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board aimed at growing the state's information technology workforce... Read More
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    RCU Awarded $1.5M Through GEER Fund Program

    Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) was recently awarded $1.5 million by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to implement a pair of projects aimed at providing innovative education solutions across Mississippi... Read More
  • CCE

    CCE Named CSforALL Commitment Maker

    Mississippi State University’s Center for Cyber Education (CCE) was recognized as one of 127 organizations dedicated to making a difference in advancing computer science education during CSforALL’s 2020 Commitments Showcase held virtually on Nov. 18... Read More
  • CCE

    CCE to Host Hour of Code Event

    The Mississippi State University Center for Cyber Education (CCE), located at the university’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU), will conclude Computer Science Education Week by hosting an Hour of Code event on Dec. 11... Read More
  • C Spire

    Inaugural Class Begins C Spire Training Academy

    Ten teachers began coursework in June as the first class of the C Spire Software Development Teacher Training Academy and are currently in their third course of the program... Read More
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    RCU Oversees MATT, My Way Mississippi Website Redesigns

    In Fiscal Year 2019-2020, the RCU supported the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with the revision of the Mississippi Articulation and Transfer Tool (MATT) and My Way Mississippi website... Read More
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    The RCU Goes Digital: How Programs and Conferences Moved Online During COVID-19

    Thanks to technology, Research and Curriculum Unit staff successfully transitioned the Innovative Institute and New Teacher Induction to online formats this spring and summer after the global coronavirus outbreak... Read More
  • MS ACTE Online

    MS ACTE 2020 Moves Online July 22-23

    With the uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 MS ACTE conference will be held online July 22-23... Read More
  • Michelle Taylor

    Taylor Elected ISBE Director

    Michelle Taylor, a project manager for the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit, has been elected as next International Society for Business Education (ISBE) director to the National Business Education (NBEA) board... Read More
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    RCU Modifies Summer Training Schedule

    Out of an abundance of caution for stakeholders’ health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mississippi State Research and Curriculum Unit will be modifying its upcoming summer training schedule... Read More
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    Innovative Institute Moves Online

    Out of an abundance of caution for stakeholders' health and well-being due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Innovative Institute will be held online June 15... Read More
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    Hollis Nominated for Ada Lovelace STEM Educator Award

    Shelly Hollis, the Mississippi State University Center for Cyber Education (CCE) assistant director, was nominated for an Ada Lovelace STEM Educator Award for her contributions in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics... Read More
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    MEC Approves Waiver for 2019-2020 Tech Master Scholars

    The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) approved a waiver request for determining Tech Master Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. The waiver only applies to the class... Read More
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    MS ACTE Call for Proposals Deadline April 10

    The deadline to submit presentation proposals for the 2020 MS ACTE Conference has been extended to April 10. This year’s MS ACTE conference is scheduled to take place July 22-24 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi... Read More
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    Watts Graduates LEAP Program

    RCU Project Manager Sam Watts added another accolade to his résumé when he graduated from the university’s Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals (LEAP) program in February... Read More
  • Sean Owen

    Owen Elected CREATE President

    Sean Owen, a Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit associate research professor, was elected president of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) in October... Read More
  • HIT Task Force

    RCU Assisting Development of New Health-Related Curricula

    Under the guidance of the RCU, task forces of educators and industry professionals from across the state are helping the MDE develop and implement two new health care-related curricula... Read More
  • CCE Trainings

    Applications Open for CCE-Hosted Summer Trainings

    The Mississippi State University Center for Cyber Education is accepting applications for the Computer Science Discoveries and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles trainings scheduled for this summer... Read More
  • C Spire

    C Spire Hosts Statewide Coding Events for Software Development Pathway Students

    More than 60 students from seven high schools across Mississippi led Hour of CodeTM events at C Spire retail stores and the Brandon High School library last week as part of a comprehensive program to encourage young people to pursue... Read More
  • Mississippi Succeeds: Career and Technical Education logo

    Public input sought for Mississippi’s CTE plan

    The Mississippi State Board of Education is seeking public comments on the Carl D. Perkins V State Plan that governs career and technical education in the state. Mississippi’s vision for education and workforce development is to ensure students graduate high school prepared for post-secondary studies and success in the workforce... Read More
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    MSU Awarded $27.9 Million Federal Grant to Support College Access and Readiness

    Mississippi State's Research and Curriculum Unit will be the lead center for a seven-year, $27.9 million GEAR UP grant that will prepare low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education... Read More
  • CS4MS

    Proud Partners!

    C Spire, a proud partner in the Computer Science for Mississippi initiative, has announced that Chief Technology Officer Carla Lewis has been named one of Mississippi’s most influential African Americans by the Our Mississippi Honors organization.... Read More
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    SBE Approves Computer Science Endorsements

    The Mississippi State Board of Education recently approved a 12-hour pre-service computer science endorsement for Grades K-8 and an 18-hour supplemental endorsement for Grades 7-12... Read More
  • Toyota PLTW

    RCU Announces 2019-2020 IAD Schedule

    A new slate of Item Alignment and Development meetings will begin in September at the Mississippi State Research and Curriculum Unit... Read More
  • Toyota PLTW

    Toyota Funds 6 PLTW Initiatives in Northeast Mississippi

    Students at six Northeast Mississippi elementary schools will receive dynamic learning experiences through Project Lead The Way (PLTW).... Read More
  • Innovative Institute

    RCU, MDE Seek Innovative Institute Proposals

    The Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, is inviting schools... Read More
  • C Spire

    20 Schools Join Partnership on New C Spire Software Development Pathway Pilot Program

    Twenty Mississippi high school districts and community colleges have agreed to participate in a new pilot program that will use customized curriculum developed from a successful private coding academy.. Read More
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    MDE, RCU Conclude Perkins V Listening Tour

    Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum staff members are moving forward with the development of a transition plan, due this spring, for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act... Read More
  • Romika Sudduth-Conley

    Staff Spotlight: Romika Sudduth-Conley

    Romika Sudduth-Conley’s walk across the Humphrey Coliseum stage to receive her bachelor’s degree marked the fulfillment of a promise she made to her mother: This fall, the Research and Curriculum Unit project coordinator became the first in her family... Read More
  • Photo stakeholders accepting check at TVA donation ceremony at Saltillo High School

    TVA Donation Provides Computer Science Resources

    A $2,500 donation by the Tennessee Valley Authority will provide computer science resources for some North Mississippi teachers. Officials with the Lee County School District, local politicians, and TVA representatives gathered... Read More
  • Brian Dorsey

    Staff Spotlight: Brian Dorsey

    During the work week, you’ll more than likely find Brian Dorsey leading an instructional design meeting or working on national certifications at the Research and Curriculum Unit... Read More
  • Jason Hauser

    RCU Editor Wins 2018 Best Dissertation Award in Southern History

    A recent Mississippi State doctoral graduate is receiving the 2018 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Jason Hauser, a 2017 graduate and current editor for MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit, will be recognized... Read More
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    New Cyber Ed Center at MSU Kicks Off With C Spire Partnership, Advisory Board Meeting

    The Center for Cyber Education’s advisory board held its first meeting on Wednesday afternoon [Oct. 17] a few hours after C Spire announced a $550,000 gift to MSU to support the center’s first official project... Read More
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    C Spire Tech Movement, Educators Launch Software Development Pathway in Select Schools

    C Spire executives and state education officials unveiled a new pilot program Wednesday [Oct. 17, 2018] that uses customized curriculum developed from a successful non-profit coding academy... Read More
  • Jason Hauser

    Staff Spotlight: Jason Hauser

    Although he’s a newcomer to the Research and Curriculum Unit, Jason Hauser isn’t new to the world of education... Read More
  • Brad Skelton

    Skelton Among 2018 LEAP Participants

    Brad Skelton, who leads the Mississippi State University (MSU) Research and Curriculum Unit’s (RCU’s) curriculum team, is one of 17 university professionals participating in the 2018 Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals (LEAP) program... Read More
  • Leanne Long

    Staff Spotlight: Leanne Long

    "One of my favorite parts of my job is building relationships with all the educators we encounter. It's one of the things we do well because we are in the field with them."... Read More
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    Smith Transitions to RCU Leadership Position

    Longtime educator Betsey Smith now leads the Mississippi State University (MSU) Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU). Smith, who joined the RCU in 2007, was promoted to director June 1...  Read More
  • CS4MS

    RCU graduates 80 new career-technical teachers

    Eighty new career and technical educators will start the upcoming academic year with advanced teaching skills after graduating the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit’s (RCU’s) New Teacher Induction... Read More
  • CS4MS

    $35K Google grant to fund CS4MS training

    A $35,000 Google grant will help Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) train an additional 70 computer science teachers this summer... Read More
  • EPFP

    Miss. education-policy program graduates 18 fellows

    Eighteen fellows representing a variety of statewide institutions graduated from the Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) in an April 25 ceremony at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson...Read More
  • Jo Ann Watts

    Staff Spotlight: Jo Ann Watts

    After 24 years in the office, Jo Ann Watts has worked with almost every career and technical education (CTE) pathway, and she wouldn’t have it another way....Read More
  • Kenny Langley

    Staff Spotlight: Kenny Langley

    When talking with Kenny Langley about his passions, a drive for the good of all soon becomes clear over advancing one individual or group, or winning a competition. That mantra guides his work as a project manager at the RCU and in the community...Read More
  • CS4MS + C Spire

    C Spire pledge growing CS4MS initiative

    The Mississippi Department of Education's Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot program is expected to benefit from a recent C Spire commitment to improving computer science teachers' skills and professional development... Read More
  • Pam Stafford

    Staff Spotlight: Pam Stafford

    Pam Stafford, a 10-year veteran of the RCU’s business office, says she is as proud of the work the unit accomplishes now as she was when she first started...Read More
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    Smith tapped as interim RCU leader

    Betsey Smith, a 10-year veteran of Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit, now leads the organization on an interim basis... Read More
  • Bryant declares December as Computer Science Month, notes MDE-RCU partnership

    Bryant declares December as Computer Science Month, notes MDE-RCU partnership

    Governor Phil Bryant signed a proclamation this month declaring December as Computer Science Education Month in Mississippi and noted the ongoing partnership between the Mississippi Department of Education and... Read More
  • RCU to Facilitate Hour of Code Events

    RCU to facilitate Hour of Code events

    The Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University will facilitate Hour of Code events for three Mississippi school districts this December. As part of the RCU’s efforts to assist the Mississippi Department of Education expand computer science to every school in the state, the events planned for... Read More
  • RCU Holds CS4MS NIC Kickoff Meeting in Canton

    RCU holds CS4MS NIC kickoff meeting in Canton

    The RCU facilitated a kickoff meeting Friday [Nov. 3] in Canton for the Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) initiative, which aims to bolster students’ and teachers’ knowledge and capabilities of computing... Read More
  • Ashley Brown

    Staff Spotlight: Ashley Brown

    Ashley Brown landed in education from a love of reading and learning. While teaching high school English, she enjoyed sharing literature and breaking down problems to facilitate students understanding. Read More
  • Staff Spotlight: Cindy Ming

    “History lets us look at one event to see how it will impact the future—that’s why I enjoyed sharing history with students,” said Cindy Ming, project manager for the RCU’s innovative-schools team....Read More
  • National Science Foundation

    MSU units bring computer science courses to K-12 classrooms

    Two Mississippi State University (MSU) units are leading the charge in bringing computer science to Mississippi’s K-12 classrooms—partially through the funding of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The over $700,000 grant was awarded to the Research and Curriculum (RCU) to advance training and curriculum...Read More
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    RCU receives $13.6M assessment contract

    The Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State is beginning the next phase of ongoing career and technical education assessments for the state’s public schools. A 10-year, $13.6 million Mississippi Department of Education contract with the specialized university group went into effect July 1...Read More
  • New Teacher Induction Graduation Ceremony

    New career, technical education teachers at MSU for special summer training

    More than 50 public career and technical education teachers from around the state are at Mississippi State for a New Teacher Induction training program. The two-week program is part of an alternate-route teacher-certification pathway...Read More
  • Melissa Luckett

    Staff Spotlight: Melissa Luckett

    Melissa Luckett didn’t set out to work in education when she completed a master’s in public policy and administration, but over the years, she’s always been drawn to the field....Read More
  • Lois Kappler

    Staff Spotlight: Lois Kappler

    Lois Kappler never wanted to be a teacher. In fact, as a young girl growing up in Edwardsville, Illinois, she was never particularly challenged in school and found it just an expected routine....Read More
  • Mississippi ED Talk

    University center launches podcast on innovation in Mississippi K-12 education

    The Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) at Mississippi State University has launched Mississippi ED Talk, an audio podcast highlighting the bright spots in Mississippi’s K-12 public education landscape. The first three episodes were released on March 8....Read More
  • Betsey Smith

    Staff Spotlight: Betsey Smith

    Ask Betsey Smith, the RCU’s associate director, what she wishes her fellow Mississippians knew about career and technical education (CTE), and she doesn’t hesitate to answer: “CTE is for every child,” she explained. “Because CTE connects to real life, there is truly something for everyone...Read More
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    Research and Curriculum Unit staff member attends White House computer science summit

    A staff member from Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) was selected to attend an invitation-only White House summit on computer science held on September 14, 2016....Read More
  • School Focus

    Inaugural issue of Mississippi K-12 education magazine published

    Mississippi’s new magazine on K-12 education, School Focus, premiered in early August. Produced by the RCU in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, School Focus highlights the accomplishments of Mississippi teachers and students...Read More
  • CS4MS

    Computer science pilot program wraps up first teacher training

    The Computer Science for Mississippi program is set to help the state’s students prepare for careers in a high-tech, high-demand field. Also known as CS4MS, the program has completed its summer training for teachers...Read More
  • NTI Training

    New CTE teachers train for classroom through RCU, Department of Education partnership

    A cohort of 94 new career and technical education (CTE) teachers have been honing their skills at Mississippi State University as part of their training and licensure to be teachers in Mississippi...Read More
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    Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) teacher training kicks off

    The Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot program is kicking off its first round of teacher training this summer at sites across Mississippi. Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the RCU...Read More
  • Gayle Fortenberry

    Staff Spotlight: Gayle Fortenberry

    Spend much time talking to Gayle Fortenberry, and her dual passions quickly rise to the surface: agriculture and her students. For Fortenberry, nothing matches the satisfaction of watching her former students thrive in college and careers—especially when those careers lead them back to the farm...Read More
  • CTE and Graduation Rates

    Study finds participation in career and technical education (CTE) linked to higher graduation rates

    A recent study from the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) at Mississippi State University found that participation in career and technical education (CTE) courses is positively correlated with higher graduation rates among Mississippi high school students...Read More
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    RCU partners with Mississippi Department of Education on Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot

    The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has announced the launch of the Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) program, developed in partnership with the RCU. Thirty-four school districts from across Mississippi...Read More
  • Amanda Tullos

    Staff Spotlight: Amanda Tullos

    If you’re looking for Amanda Tullos, you’re most likely to find her where she’s happiest—in the middle of a crowd. Tullos, who works as a project manager for the RCU’s school innovations team, has a hectic work schedule that takes her all over the state to lead professional development sessions...Read More
  • Shelly Hollis

    Staff Spotlight: Shelly Hollis

    As the mom of four children going to school in Lafayette County, Mississippi, Shelly Hollis noticed that, with some updates, the local school district’s website could be improved to keep parents better informed. Hollis called to volunteer her expertise in computer science to keep the website updated, but she received a big surprise...Read More
  • MSU Research & Curriculum Unit

    University research center celebrates 50 years serving public education

    The Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU), located at Mississippi State University (MSU), is celebrating its 50th anniversary. With a focus on preparing all students to graduate ready for college, career, and life, the RCU has a proud history...Read More
  • Roslyn Miller

    Staff Spotlight: Roslyn Miller

    When numbers need to be crunched or a program is in need of evaluation, Roslyn Miller is the RCU’s go-to expert. With her research and data skills, Miller plays a key role in the RCU’s communication, research, and evaluation team...Read More
  • Theresa Wheeler

    Staff Spotlight: Theresa Wheeler

    On equality in education, a matter close to her heart, Theresa Wheeler says, “Education is not and never will be the great equalizer, but it’s a tool nevertheless.” Wheeler says that her tool is research, and she feels a sense of duty to use it to affect education....Read More
  • Alexis Nordin

    Staff Spotlight: Alexis Nordin

    When Alexis Nordin joined the RCU as a research associate in 2012, her past experience in human resources and teaching international students was an indication of the unique voice she would bring to the RCU. Nordin maintains a strong connection to the past, having an uncanny ability to notice what works...Read More

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