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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: LaQuantia Grace
As a Mississippi State University Extension agent in George County, LaQuantia Grace gets to put her passion for serving others to work. “I love to get out in the county and see what needs to be done to make our community better,” Grace said. “I try to meet the needs of our county’s people.”
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Casey Moss
After graduating with a business degree from Mississippi State University, Casey Moss wanted to find a way to remain part of the Bulldog family but live close to her family in Pontotoc. As the administrative assistant for the Pontotoc Experiment Station, she achieves goals. “I grew up in Pontotoc and went to high school in Pontotoc, so it’s nice to come back closer to home,” Moss said.
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SPA taking DAWG program applications
Sponsored Programs Administration at Mississippi State University is now taking applications for the 2014-15 Departmental Administrators Working Group program. The primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration.
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Take time to volunteer this summer
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including a new AmeriCorps position in August, Back 2 School Bash and Health Fair, urban tree inventory, and more.
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July 21 deadline for SEC Symposium abstracts
The 2014 SEC Symposium will bring together scholars from each SEC university for the purpose of critically reviewing the body of knowledge that could guide the development and implementation of an effective national effort to markedly reduce the percentage of the American population that becomes overweight or obese. Attendees are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the symposium poster session.
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Maroon Alert: Sharing emergency updates with MSU
The Maroon Alert system is how Mississippi State University communicates 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, Twitter via @maroonalert and sometimes instant messaging.
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Register today for CERT half-marathon, 5K
The Community Emergency Response Team at Mississippi State is hosting The Preparathon -- a half-marathon, 5K, half-mile family fun run and Emergency Preparedness Fair -- in mid-October. Proceeds from the races will benefit the Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Departments, OSERVS and the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.
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Sustainable landscapes focus of short course
Mississippi State University will host a one-day sustainable landscape short course on Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bost Extension Center on the Starkville campus. The Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the MSU Extension Service are sponsoring the course.

 

New head named for CALS department
A biochemist with 37 years of experience has been named head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology. Jeff Dean, acting director of the Institute of Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia, will officially begin work at MSU on Aug. 1. Dean has served in a number of roles at UGA.
Harrington named a business college fundraiser
Alumnus Zack Harrington joins the Mississippi State fundraising team this month as assistant director of development for the university's College of Business this month. Jack McCarty, executive director of development for the MSU Foundation, said Harrington brings to the position "a deep appreciation for Mississippi State and a strong background in sales."
Movin' You to MSU volunteers needed
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed for Mississippi State University's annual Movin' You to MSU move-in day, which will take place Aug. 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Duties include working check-in at Humphrey Coliseum or McCarthy Gym, moving boxes from cars to rooms, greeting students and directing traffic.
Lyceum season ticket sales underway
An Aug. 20 concert by country music legend Merle Haggard will kick off Mississippi State's 2014-15 Lyceum Series season in newly renovated Lee Hall. Season-ticket renewal sales take place July 1-July 18. With the return of the full venue and reserved seating, season ticket holders again may reclaim seats reserved in the 2011-12 season.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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