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MSU Foundation's 2015 calendar sale underway
The 2015 Mississippi State hanging wall calendar is now available from the MSU Foundation. This window to MSU features a sleek, modern design, with 13 beautiful campus scenes. Featuring images by the university's own award-winning photographers, it's truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.
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B&N double discount day for faculty and staff
The Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Starkville campus will have a special appreciation day for Mississippi State University faculty and staff on Dec. 15. MSU faculty and staff will be able to double their existing 10 percent discount to 20 percent during the special one-day event.
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Volunteers needed for the holidays
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 during the holiday season.
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Be wise and generous with holiday charity
Giving to good causes generates a wide range of happy feelings, and it is one reason why charitable organizations put such an emphasis on giving during the holidays. Rita Green, family financial management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said studies have shown that giving money to other people makes the givers happier than spending that same amount of money on themselves.
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Handle with care when hanging holiday lights
Holiday lights brighten the inside and outside of homes during this season, but these decorations should be treated with caution. Mississippi State University experts have some safety tips every homeowner should know before hanging decorative lights this year. Homeowners should make sure lights intended for indoor use have been approved by a certified laboratory. Outdoor lights should be labeled for outdoor use only.
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Weather, demand stresses Christmas tree market
Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in the business are producing more trees each year, but demand in heavily populated counties is much higher than the supply of trees.”
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Survive holiday grief like marathon training
Compounding the chaos of the holidays with the recent loss of a loved one can make the entire season downright overwhelming. Experts from Mississippi State recommend that those coping with loss slow down amid the hustle and bustle of the season. “Grieving is less a sprint and more of a marathon,” said Joe Wilmoth, an associate professor in the MSU School of Human Sciences and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
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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, 12/01/14
Women's Basketball hosts North Dakota State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. on Sunday... Men's Basketball visits New Orleans on Saturday for a showdown with Tulane at 1 p.m.


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Brown Loam renamed in honor of Morrison
E.G. “Gene” Morrison spent more than 40 years with Mississippi State University, where he devoted his career to research projects aimed at improving livestock production methods. On Nov. 20, former colleagues, friends and family celebrated with him as the MSU Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station was named in his honor. Morrison, a native of Utica, served at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station facility as superintendent for 33 years, beginning in 1956.
New K-9 units enhance police resources
Two new members of Mississippi State University's police department are providing skills and capabilities unlike those of any other on the force. Vance Rice, university police chief, said the department attained two police dogs this semester, and they have begun extensive training along with their police officer handlers. Officers Patrick Jenkins and Kyle Kelly both volunteered to work as part of the K-9 units when the departmental opportunity arose.
International working group grant program open
The International Institute is requesting proposals from faculty and research and Extension staff interested in creating interdisciplinary, cross-college international working groups at Mississippi State. The main goal of this competitive program is to encourage interdisciplinary international research. A secondary goal of the program is to expand and catalyze established international partnerships. Proposals are due Dec. 15.
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