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Academic Affairs to lead admissions, enrollment
On Oct. 1, the units of Admissions, Scholarships, Enrollment Marketing, Orientation and Events, Student Recruitment, and Financial Aid at Mississippi State are all moving to the Division of Academic Affairs from Student Affairs. "Even though these units will no longer be in Student Affairs, we will continue to work closely with Student Affairs in recruiting, enrolling, and retaining students," said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert.
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'Read-Out' celebrates Banned Books Week
In protest of censorship, Mississippi State University Libraries leaders last week organized a Read-Out for faculty and staff to share sections of historically suppressed books. As part of MSU's recognition of Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, eight university representatives selected and read from often-banned books, six of which are generally considered children's books. The Read-Out was held in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room.
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Visiting engineers promote communication
In the latest installment of Mississippi State University's Maroon & Write Speaker Series, two LSU engineers explained how they spearheaded their institution's Communication Across the Curriculum initiative. Warren Waggenspack, associate professor in LSU's College of Engineering, and Warren Hull, director of the Chevron Center for Engineering Education, presented "CxC in LSU Engineering: Effective Incorporation of Formal/Informal Writing" earlier this month.
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BCoE partners with Entergy to develop new software
A team of Bagley College engineers at Mississippi State helped develop computer software that saves time, money and energy for a national utility company. The team has worked on RSA for two years, progressing from idea and proof-of-concept to production and software release. Tommy Morris, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, served as principle investigator of the project.
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Center for Distance Education: Survey says...
New survey results show Mississippi State University students taking electronic courses care most about financial assistance, easy access to course information and registration, and recommendations about career prospects. Steve Taylor, executive director for the center, shared general comparisons between undergraduate and graduate students during a lunch-and-learn session in mid-September.
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Minority & Women Vendor Fair coming up
The Mississippi State University Minority and Women Vendor Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus. This special event seeks to broaden the base of suppliers doing business with the MSU. Department representatives will have an opportunity to meet and exchange information with a variety of potential vendors and obtain procurement training provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Minority Business Alliance and WhereToGo411.
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Applications sought for teaching excellence awards
Mississippi State University faculty who are interested in submitting applications for the 2015 Grisham Master Teacher Award, the Alumni Association Early Career Teaching Excellence Award or the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award have until Oct. 13 to do so.
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Wanted: cross-college research funding proposals
The Office of Research and Economic Development is again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.
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Enjoy fall with these service opportunities
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its newsletter this week. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this fall.
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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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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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'SEC Nation' to originate from the Junction Saturday
"SEC Nation," the SEC Network’s traveling college football morning show, will originate from the Junction on Saturday prior to Mississippi State’s Southeastern Conference home opener against No. 6 Texas A&M. The show airs live from 9-11 a.m., and will lead into the Bulldogs’ 11 a.m. kickoff against the Aggies on ESPN. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and wear maroon.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 09/29/14
Men's Golf opens play at the Graeme McDowell/Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham on Monday... Women's Tennis starts play on Tuesday at the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and at the Arizona Invite in Tucson on Friday... Soccer hosts LSU on Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgia at 1 p.m. on Sunday... Volleyball hosts South Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m. and Florida at 1 p.m. on Sunday... Cross Country competes Saturday at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Penn., on Saturday... Women's Golf opens play Saturday at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla.... Football hosts Texas A&M at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m.... Softball hosts East Mississippi for an exhibition doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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Benefits open enrollment begins Wednesday
Starting Wednesday, benefits open enrollment will be available for eligible Mississippi State University employees. Open enrollment is required only if you are adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage. If you aren’t adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage, you do not need to participate in open enrollment, and your current benefits will continue into 2015.
Akers, MyPI youth initiative earn awards
A Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative and its coordinator earned national honors this month for efforts to prepare communities for disasters. Michael Newman, director of the MSU School of Human Sciences, said the FEMA award affirms Extension's efforts to prepare young people for disasters. Ryan Akers, an assistant Extension professor and coordinator of Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness in Washington.
Psychoanalytic training center honors Wilson
Rod Wilson, assistant professor of psychology in the division of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University-Meridian, has been chosen as an Honorary Fellow at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center -- the oldest psychoanalytic training program in the southeastern United States. The Honorary Fellowship will provide Wilson the opportunity to associate with experienced psychoanalysts and other professionals who have similar interests.
Team earns gold preparing for disasters
They are not students and do not compete on a field, court or track, but Mississippi State University has a team with Olympic-sized skills that will come in handy after a disaster. While September is National Preparedness Month, MSU’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team has been training for months, hoping their skills are never needed. Last summer, MSU hosted the Mississippi CERT Olympics, which provided nine teams and 110 participants the chance to earn gold, silver and bronze awards.
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