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Faculty and staff 'stand up' to sitting at work
Attention, people who sit eight hours a day, five days a week at a desk job: There is another way. For those who'd rather not sit for at least part of the workday, a standing desk workstation may be a good -- and healthier -- alternative. "When we work at a standing desk, what we're doing is actually promoting the natural S curve in the back, particularly at the lower region," said assistant professor Kari Babski-Reeves, an industrial ergonomics and work physiology specialist at the university.
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Maroon Alert: Sharing emergency updates with MSU
During this time of the year, weather becomes more of a factor in our day-to-day lives at Mississippi State University. The Maroon Alert system is how we communicate with the campus community about emergency situations that may arise on campus. Maroon Alert is a family of communication outlets to communicate about emergency situations. In most situations the primary means of communication are web, e-mail and sometimes instant messaging.
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Great ways to volunteer this week
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including United Way's United We Feed, Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty, Maroon Edition: Planting Trees for MSU's Future, Semester of Service Challenge, and more.
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Nominations wanted for Powe and Research Awards
The nomination period is open for Mississippi State University's 2013 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Employees and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program. Research Awards recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the university's mission of research, as well as honor and reward students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments in research and creative endeavors. The awards also raise awareness of research programs and capabilities on campus.
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Nominations open for outstanding women awards
The Mississippi State program to annually recognize exceptional women across the four campus employment categories and the Starkville community now is accepting nominations for its 2013 awards. The university President's Commission on the Status of Women is receiving Outstanding Women Award nominations through Feb. 25.
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Nominate your students for Spirit of State
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the eighth-annual Spirit of State awards. With these awards, Mississippi State will recognize outstanding contributions made by our students toward improving student life. These premier awards are open to all Mississippi State students from all campuses and recognize excellence in campus involvement, service to the university community, actions that promote the Spirit of State, and overall impact on peers and the broader campus community.
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Ragtime Festival returns for seventh year
World-renowned ragtime musicians again will deliver spectacular rhythms and outstanding showmanship during Mississippi State's seventh annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival. Taking place on the university campus March 22-23, the major spring event includes evening concerts in the McComas Hall Auditorium, along with daytime sessions and tours at the Templeton Music Museum in Mitchell Memorial Library.
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New art faculty exhibit runs through Feb. 23
New faculty in Mississippi State's Department of Art are showcasing their artwork during an exhibition running through Feb. 23. Titled "New Associations: Works by New Faculty in the Department of Art," the show in the gallery in McComas Hall will feature works by Adrienne Callander, Neil Callander, Gregory Martin and Suzanne Powney.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription online, and privacy.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 02/18/13
Men's Golf competes in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday... Baseball hosts Grambling State at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Purdue at 6 p.m. on Friday, Samford at 3 p.m. and Purdue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Samford at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday... Men's Basketball travels to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against Alabama (SEC-TV), and hosts Vanderbilt at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (SEC-TV)... Women's Basketball hosts Alabama on Thursday at 7 p.m., and plays South Carolina in Columbia at 2 p.m. on Sunday... Track and Field begins competition on Friday at the SEC Championships in Faytetteville... Women's Tennis travels to Minneapolis to play Minnesota on Friday at 5 p.m. and then Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Saturday... Softball opens play at the Memphis Tiger Invitational against Belmont on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Wichita State at 4 p.m., and then on Sunday plays Southeast Missouri State at 9 a.m. and SIU-Edwardsville at 11 a.m.... Men's Tennis hosts Middle Tennessee at noon on Sunday.


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Herndon receives lifetime achievement award
A veteran agricultural economist and administrator at Mississippi State University was recently honored for his achievements and distinguished service to his profession. Bill Herndon, who serves as the associate vice president of MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, received the 2013 Southern Agricultural Economics Associate Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes significant and enduring contributions in scholarship or public service to southern agricultural economics.
Ebelhar earns agronomy career award
A long-time researcher with Mississippi State University recently received recognition for outstanding career achievements by the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy. Wayne Ebelhar, a research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, received the award on Feb. 5 at the society’s annual meeting in Orlando.
Bond, Dodds receive researcher of the year awards
Two Mississippi State University row crop researchers recently received recognition at a national conference. MSU weed scientist Jason Bond was named the 2013 Rice Researcher of the Year at the 2013 Conservation Tillage Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge. MSU Extension Service cotton specialist Darrin Dodds was named the 2013 Cotton Researcher of the Year.
Gonzales joins football staff as receivers coach
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen restructured his offensive staff last week, naming Billy Gonzales wide receivers coach. With Gonzales mentoring the wide receivers, Tim Brewster will move to tight ends coach and add the title of assistant head coach. Tony Hughes, who has coached safeties for the Bulldogs since Mullen's arrival in 2009 will also add the title of assistant head coach. Tight ends coach Scott Sallach will move into the role of coordinator of football scouting.
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