Huntington Ingalls Industries Employees Honored At 32nd Annual Black Engineer Of The Year Award STEM Conference

Ingalls-BHM Huntington Ingalls Industries Employees Honored At 32nd Annual Black Engineer Of The Year Award STEM Conference

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that six employees from its Newport News Shipbuilding division were recognized for achievements in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields during the 32nd annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. The conference was held last week in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Braxton, a computer systems security analyst, received the Linda Gooden Legacy Award, which is named after the former president of Lockheed Martin Information Technology. Gooden, who was one of the most respected business leaders in defense and aerospace during her 40-year career, also was BEYA’s 2006 Black Engineer of the Year recipient.

Braxton was honored for his efforts to engage local educational institutions, including the Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance, in developing cybersecurity talent pipelines. He provides an industry perspective on the cybersecurity curriculum, assists the capture cybersecurity curriculum development grants and builds cyber-awareness among local high school students.

Five other Newport News employees received Modern Day Technology Leader awards, which recognize their efforts in shaping the future of engineering, science and technology. They include:

  • Phyllis Evans, nuclear engineer
  • Regina Miller, radiation safety analyst
  • Angelo Patillo, electrical engineer
  • Shameia Rogers, engineering manager
  • David Wilkins, construction supervisor
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Business of the Week: Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections

Our Business of the Week is Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections in Pascagoula! Lately, they’ve been busy making King Cakes in addition to their other delicious pastries and coffee drinks. You’ll recognize their beautiful King Cakes from our current King Cake giveaway!

Crazy B’s offers a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks, teas and smoothies. They have fresh baked cookies, muffins and pastries along with specialty candies and other sweets. They are now serving Kolaches in a variety of flavors and chicken salad sandwiches on croissants.

“I love being a part of the growing Jackson County and Pascagoula business community! We enjoy our customers as much as we enjoy making crazy confections!  We are so proud of the support we’ve received and look forward to many years more with the Crazy B’s family!” said Susan Kendrick, Owner/Pastry Chef.

Support your local businesses!  Stop by:

1759 Market St (23.28 mi)
Pascagoula, Mississippi 39567
(228) 696-8775
Hours 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Mon-Sat
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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awards More Than $100,000 In STEM Grants To 26 Gulf Coast Schools

ingalls_stem_grants2018_7242db44-a396-4f23-a754-f732a294de47-prv Huntington Ingalls Industries Awards More Than $100,000 In STEM Grants To 26 Gulf Coast SchoolsPASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded more than $101,000 in grants to 26 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects and initiatives from schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama.

This is the 10th year for Ingalls’ STEM program. The company has awarded more than $911,000 for STEM-related projects during that period.

“I want to thank the educators in this room for making such a substantial contribution to our workforce,” Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president of human resources and administration, said at a morning ceremony held at the shipyard. “Each year I’m excited to present these grants for such fascinating science, technology, engineering and math projects that will engage hundreds of students in our communities. Ingalls remains committed to helping ensure that our local schools have the resources needed to produce students who are ready to join our ever-growing workforce.”

The 2018 STEM grant recipients and projects are:

  • Agricola Elementary: Fourth-graders will collaborate to explore, design, build and program a robot to perform certain missions based on a real-world problem. $4,000
  • Alabama School of Math and ScienceFunds will be used to purchase a Redbird Flight Simulator, which will allow students to practice basic flight maneuvers such as: straight and level flight, how to turn an airplane without losing altitude, powered climbs, etc. $4,715
  • Alabama School of Math and Science: Funds will be used to purchase Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi Zero W and Pi-Top robots. These credit card-sized robots have the latest technologies that offer students an array of possibilities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. $3,815
  • Anniston Avenue Elementary: Second- and third-grade students will be introduced to robotics and programming using Lego WeDo 2.0 classroom sets. $5,000
  • Calcedeaver Elementary: Third- through sixth-grade students will form a robotics team. The team will begin building and programming robots using a Lego Mindstorm kit. $1,500
  • Cora Castlen Elementary: Applying their knowledge of ecosystems and food webs, students will test water quality and also the oil-absorbing properties of different materials as they engineer a process for cleaning up an oil spill. $5,000
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are now widely used in marine science research, exploration and industry, reflecting the trend of increasing dependency on technology in STEM fields. $1,572
  • FABLAB Jackson County: Students will participate in a camp where they will learn about basic electronics and computer programming skills by building and programming a robot that will traverse a maze autonomously. $4,719
  • Gautier Middle School: Students will create a family STEM night for the middle schools in the district. Students will facilitate at a variety of centers in which parents and students can build and become excited about technology. $4,035
  • Gulfport High SchoolStudents will use anatomy and physiology, health sciences and math classes to build collaborative, co-teaching lessons that show the relationship between the medical field, math and science using zSpace technology, a virtual reality platform. $5,000
  • Jubilee BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology): This is a volunteer-based program for middle and high schools that teaches skill sets for STEM careers. Students are provided raw materials and must design and manufacture a functioning robot as well as write an engineering notebook. $2,972
  • Katherine Hankins Middle School: Students will design three-dimensional objects to solve engineering problems, print the objects, then test and redesign for improvements. $3,587
  • Lizana Elementary School: Funds will be used to purchase materials and printables to create STEM bins and challenges for first-graders. Using a digital camera, students will take pictures of their structures throughout the project process and upload them onto a Chromebook. They will use Chromebooks as a digital tool to publish and share their projects. $5,000
  • Mary G. Montgomery High SchoolStudents will utilize equipment such as a microplate reader and gel docking station to quantitatively measure molecules such as proteins, sugars, DNA and many more chemical products. $4,887
  • North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School: Students will receive a six-month subscription to Kiwi Company. Kiwi Crate will provide a new STEM project for the students each month. $2,190
  • Ocean Springs Gifted EducationFunds will be used to build a KEVA Corner. In KEVA Corner, students will create original works of art and design and build architectural structures. $4,347
  • Ocean Springs Upper Elementary SchoolFunds will be used to purchase a variety of materials that students will use to experience the thrill of engineering and problem-solving as they are challenged to create a particular structure. $2,526
  • Pascagoula High SchoolStudents will become inspired to learn through exploration in an enzyme activity using cellobiase, a key enzyme associated with biofuel production. $5,000
  • Pascagoula High SchoolStudents will utilize digital microscopes to view specimens in greater detail than the standard compound light microscope. Students can view a live image, capture a still image for comparison or create short video clips of microscopic organisms. $4,819
  • Pass Christian Elementary: This robotics project will incorporate the Dash and Dot curriculum in second grade, the Lego WeDo 2.0 curriculum in third grade and the Lego Ev3 Mindstorms in grades four and five. $5,000
  • Singing River Academy: This project uses virtual reality technology to foster social integration of learners within a classroom environment by bringing together students who have different learning styles and needs. $5,000
  • St. Martin High SchoolStudents will explore STEM-related career fields through research and the use of K’Nex bridges and simple machines as well as how robots are essential in the construction of everyday products. $2,075
  • St. Mary Catholic SchoolThe development of the STEAM Plant’s Outdoor Classroom will provide students with an innovative learning environment that becomes an educational model that transcends the traditional classroom, while enhancing the quality of the school environment. $3,045
  • St. Patrick Catholic High School: A traditional classroom will be transformed into a STEM lab equipped with various tools such as software, virtual resources and interactive activities to prepare and excite students about STEM. Students will be involved in every aspect of the design and layout of the lab$5,000
  • Tanner Williams Elementary: Grant funds will be used to purchase instructional resources for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Library books will be available for teachers to check out for inclusion in classroom lessons and for students to check out as well. In addition, items for exploration, creation and design will be provided to introduce STEM to students and to extend classroom lessons with engaging, hands-on resources. $5,000
  • Woolmarket Elementary: A stations-based learning platform will allow students with communication deficits to interact with general education students while completing specific STEM activities under the direction and supervision of the school’s speech-language pathologist. $1,527

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Andrews Selected to Leadership Forum


April McDonald Andrews, an attorney with the firm of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A. in Pascagoula, has been selected to join the Mississippi Bar Association’s 2018 Leadership Forum.

McDonald Andrews was chosen from a number of capable and qualified applicants because of her effective guidance of others in the legal profession. Through the Leadership Forum, participants will gain leadership skills that will equip them for leadership roles in their professions, organizations and communities.

McDonald Andrews is a graduate of Delta State University and the Mississippi College School of Law. She has been practicing law since 2011. Her practice areas include insurance defense and government law, as well as general and appellate litigation.

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Steinberger Named State’s Top Lawyer

Karl-Steinberger Steinberger Named State's Top Lawyer

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Pascagoula attorney Karl Steinberger was recently honored as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year and as one of the Top 40 Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal. Steinberger, who is a shareholder and director at Heidelberg, Steinberger P.A., was selected for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments in the legal practice.

“I’m very fortunate and quite humbled to be named as a leader in the legal profession and honored to be recognized with some of the state’s best attorneys,” said Steinberger. “For over 40 years, I’ve worked to represent my clients’ best interests and am thankful for a career which I’ve helped many people and different organizations.”

Steinberger has been consistently recognized as an Outstanding Lawyer of America and as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. He is an active member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and serves as the President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.   In the past, he also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mississippi Bar Association.

Steinberger has been practicing law in Pascagoula since 1976. His specialty is employment law and workers compensation, and he also focuses on insurance defense, products liability, personal injury and wills and estates.

He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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Small Business Incubator supports economic development throughout Jackson County

The Jackson County Small Business Incubator provides free business counseling services to people who are operating small businesses or considering launch of a small business. Workshops and training programs are delivered throughout the area to address the needs of the entrepreneurial community. Our beautiful facility houses a number of small and growing businesses that provide services, products and jobs for our community. Space is currently available contact us at 228 475 3341 to learn about becoming a tenant or to inquire about the counseling services. 

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Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

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Chevron contributed $210,000 to local public school projects in October and November through the annual Fuel Your School program and an additional company contribution.

Chevron’s 2017 Fuel Your School program generated $50,000 to help fund 70 classroom projects, including 33 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to help connect real world experiences to classroom learning for 8,803 students at 33 Jackson County public schools.

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Jackson County during the month of October, generating $50,000 to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools. Pascagoula Refinery employees were able to contribute an additional $160,000 through employee gift code redemptions on the site.

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Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

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The Veterans Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 9 to commission a Veterans Memorial and American flag.

The memorial and flag pole were installed at the refinery’s PNC campus earlier this year, and the commissioning ceremony was scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day festivities.

The ceremony included remarks and the raising of the American flag by the Moss Point High School NJROTC Color Guard.

The memorial inscription reads:
This memorial honors all American veterans
who, although separated by generations,
shared a common undeniable goal to valiantly
protect our country’s freedom. The memories
of those brave men and women will continue
to live on wherever and whenever democracy exists.
Chevron salutes our veterans, forever a symbol
of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.

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Mission Accomplished for “Operation: Candy Cane”

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P1100238 Mission Accomplished for  “Operation: Candy Cane”

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This year’s “Operation: Candy Cane,” sponsored by the XYZ Employee Network at the Pascagoula Refinery, provided gifts for many children in the Jackson County and Mobile areas to help make their Christmas special.

The donations benefitted children in the Salvation Army of Jackson County Angel Tree program and Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, as well as St. Mary’s Home in Mobile.

Pascagoula Refinery employees adopted 83 angels from the Salvation Army, 57 angels from St. Mary’s Home, and 34 angels from CASA. Another $2,200 was donated and used to complete angel wish lists, and to buy additional gifts for the children.

Many children had a happy Christmas morning because of the generosity of Pascagoula Refinery employees.

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Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music Grand Opening in Ocean Springs

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Adults and children interested in popular music, theater and dance can learn more about the improved Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music at its grand opening and open house this weekend.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, Rock U 2 will open its new location at 2820 Government St. in Ocean Springs. 

Tim Alamsha, who owns the business along with his wife, Barbara, said while Rock U 2 has been in Ocean Springs since May 2011, the new location grows their space from about 3,000 square feet to about 9,000 square feet.

“This time last year, we had around 90 students,” Alamsha said. “Now we have more than 200.”

Alamsha has spent his life in the entertainment business. He and his wife began their careers as performers/entertainers, and starting in 1990, he worked for Disney where he was responsible for parades and other shows. After his time at Disney, he worked as the director of entertainment for Universal Studios.

After visiting the Gulf Coast, he said he fell in love with the area and wanted to see what programs were available for children when it comes to popular music. 

“We decided to start something more interactive than just private lessons and practicing in your bedroom,” Alamsha said. “We aim to teach students about things like goal-setting, teamwork and building self-esteem all through music, dance and theater.”

Alamsha said the new location contains nine individual rooms, two group rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, recording studio, video editing studio and more. He said he also plans to add a fitness center and space for theater acting in the future.

“This is a great opportunity to see the new facility,” Alamsha said. “It will be a lot of fun, people can meet the instructors, try out free dance classes and more.”

Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music offers a variety of classes for children and adults, ranging from theater and film to all types of dance and music lessons on instruments ranging from the ukulele, french horn and more. Alamsha said that the academy also offers an extra unique opportunity to students.

“We pair students up within similar instruments, skills levels, etc., and create bands with them,” Alamsha said. “They perform at the Hard Rock or through our quarterly recitals.”

In addition to three free dance classes, there will be free door prizes and refreshments. Door prizes are provided by Woody’s Roadside Ocean Springs, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Starbucks, The Froghead Grill – Ocean Springs, MS, Po Boy Express, Coffee Fusion, New York Pizza Ocean Springs, Smoothie King and more. There will also be two holiday gift raffles – one being an IP Casino Resort Spa overnight spa package includes (1) hotel room, dinner for two at the Back Bay Buffet and a $100 spa voucher, valued at $300. Raffle Tickets for the IP Spa Package are $10 each. The Date Night Basket includes a $50 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, wine basket from Maisano’s Fine Wine and Spirits and two movie tickets for The Grand Theatre D’Iberville, valued at more than $100. Raffle tickets for this package are $5 each.

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