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The Union Plaza, a new outdoor space between the Colvard Student Union and McCool Hall, is under construction with expected completion later this spring. The plaza will feature seating for added outdoor dining space, featuring fresh landscaping as well. PHOTO: Keats Haupt | Public Affairs

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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Vicki Adams-Gamble
With more than 20 years of experience working in the early childhood field, Vicki Adams-Gamble has a lot of person expertise to share in her work as a field technical assistant for the MSU Extension Service. Adams-Gamble works with The Early Years Network at its mid-Jackson location. She mentors and trains childcare providers and directors at childcare centers in Hinds and Rankin counties.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Randy Grayson
After he retired from a career with AT&T, Randy Grayson wanted to stay busy. So he embarked on a new career with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Grayson is an office associate in the Jones County office. “Every day is different,” he said.
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HRM to host search committee workshop
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State will host a "Successful Search Committees Guaranteed" workshop with noted HR practitioner Chris Lee of SearchCommittees.com on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. MSU academic and non-academic administrators, faculty and staff who have served or plan to serve on a search committee are invited to attend this free session.
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Assessment and Testing Services joins major org
A Mississippi State service department now is associated formally with the prestigious Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. The Washington, D.C.-based council recently admitted to its membership the National College Testing Association, of which the university's Assessment and Testing Services is a charter member.
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Mark your calendars for The Big Event
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community on its website and in its newsletter this week, including details about The Big Event, alternative spring break in the Delta, United We Read, Humane Society volunteer orientation, and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this spring.
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Writing excellence workshop taking applications
The Maroon & Write QEP Office at Mississippi State will offer the Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence this June. The program is designed to introduce writing-to-learn strategies for use in the classroom. During this three-week interactive workshop, participants will receive guidance in revising syllabi and creating relevant writing assignments.
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PCSW accepting 'Outstanding Women' nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Women Awards Program, sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State. These awards recognize women who are advocates for the well-being, development and advancement of all women on the university's campuses and the surrounding communities. MSU faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate campus and community women for the awards.
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Spirit of State nominations, applications wanted
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 10th-annual Spirit of State awards. These 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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Nominations wanted for Powe, research awards
The nomination period is open for Mississippi State University's 2015 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program. Recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at the Hunter Henry Center on April 30.
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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, 02/09/15
Men's Basketball hosts Alabama on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and then visits Columbia on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tipoff with Missouri... Softball hosts Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Illinois at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, UT-Martin at 11:30 a.m. and Lamar at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and Lamar at noon and Illinois at 2 p.m. on Sunday... Women's Basketball visits Lexington on Thursday for a 6 p.m. tipoff with Kentucky, and then hosts Florida at 3 p.m. on Sunday... Women's Golf starts play Friday in the Florida State Seminole Classic... Track & Field competes Friday at the Spire Invite in Geneva, Ohio, and Saturday at the Samford Multi Invitational in Birmingham... Women's Tennis plays Winthrop at 1 p.m. on Friday and East Tennessee on Saturday at noon in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Baseball hosts Cincinnati at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Miami (Ohio) in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, and Cincinnati at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Snyder selected for U. of Oxford research fellowship
The dean of Mississippi State University's Shackouls Honors College is traveling to England to examine possible connections between MSU's first Rhodes Scholar and the title character of "The Great Gatsby." During May and June, Christopher A. Snyder will participate in "Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme" at the University of Oxford.
Du named Fellow of international optics society
An international organization has awarded a Bagley College professor its most prestigious membership rank. Qian “Jenny” Du, a Bobby Shackouls Endowed Professor of electrical engineering, has been named a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Du’s commitment to research, the optics community and SPIE throughout her 15-year career in academia prompted her nomination and Fellow selection.
Wan among those working on new flu vaccine
In the midst of one of the worst overall influenza seasons, a Mississippi State researcher is part of an international effort to develop next season's vaccines. Dr. Henry Wan, an associate professor at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health RO1 grant to develop better ways of determining new flu vaccines.
Huerkamp gains prestigious culinary certification
The executive chef of Mississippi State University Dining now holds Pro Chef II certification from the Culinary Institute of America. Greg D. Huerkamp was awarded the advanced ranking following successful completion of a recent four-day training experience in San Antonio, Texas.
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