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Faculty, staff and students have enjoyed the outdoors on Mississippi State's historic Drill Field since fall officially began. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Brian Utley
The Office of Agricultural Communications relies on Brian Utley for educational video production with creative flair. He produces public service announcements and commercial videos for the MSU Extension Service and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. He also produces long-form instructional videos, promotional pieces and some documentaries.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Marion Williams
The Delta Research and Extension Center depends on Marion Williams to manage maintenance equipment, which allows the field work to be completed on time. Williams assists in the field work that supports the research at the Stoneville center. He disks the fields and subsoils, sprays the tractors, drives the center’s 18 wheeler and cotton picker, and welds.
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Ag & Bio Engineering Building named for Lee
Mississippi State honored its 17th president last week with a public ceremony dedicating the J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building. In addition to Lee, speakers included President Mark E. Keenum; Greg Bohach, vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine; and George Hopper, dean of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Forest Resources.
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Benefits open enrollment underway this month
Benefits open enrollment is now 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.
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Deadline nears 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. The deadline is Oct. 17.
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Minority & Women Vendor Fair next week
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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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 -- on Oct. 18. Proceeds from the races will benefit the Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Departments, OSERVS and the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 10/06/14
Men's Golf opens play at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham on Monday... Volleyball visits Baton Rouge on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. match against LSU (ESPNU), and then travels to Oxford for a 1:30 p.m. match against Ole Miss on Sunday... Women's Tennis starts play on Friday at the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships in Tuscaloosa... Soccer visits Gainesville on Friday for a 6 p.m. game against Florida. Softball hosts Mississippi College in a Friday exhibition at 6 p.m., and then hosts Wallace Hanceville on Sunday for an exhibition doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.... Football hosts Auburn at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

 

ESPN College GameDay to originate from Junction
The first matchup of two top-five teams in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field history takes college football’s center stage Saturday as No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 2 Auburn meet at 2:30 p.m. live in a nationally televised game on CBS. In addition, ESPN College GameDay will originate on the MSU campus for the first time in the program’s history. The show, which airs from 8-11 a.m. live on ESPN, will take place from the Junction.
Oak Hall fire displaces students, no injuries
A fire in Mississippi State University's Oak Hall residence hall on Sunday night will displace 198 female students, but no injuries were reported. MSU Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles confirmed that a fire on the 3rd floor of the four-story residence hall was apparently caused by a candle burning in one of the rooms. Burning candles in residence hall rooms are a violation of MSU Housing policy, Broyles said.
Sebba honored as Steinway Artist
A music faculty member at Mississippi State University with more than 36 years of experience in piano performance is receiving national recognition for dedication to her craft. Rosângela Yazbec Sebba has been named a Steinway Artist, joining the select ranks of some 1,600 highly esteemed musicians from around the world who have chosen to play exclusively on pianos produced by internationally renowned piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons.
'Paint the Campus Pink' on Tuesday
Mississippi State's health education and wellness department is sponsoring its first "Paint the Campus Pink" breast cancer awareness event. Open to the public, the family-friendly series of activities Tuesday begin at 10 a.m. in front of the university's Colvard Student Union.
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