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Todd Dunn, a building maintenance technician at Mississippi State, installs new banners at Colvard Student Union incorporating the university's new visual identity standards. Part of MSU's new branding initiative, the visual identity standards give the land grant institution a more consistent look in promoting its message of education and research excellence. PHOTO: Russ Houston | Public Affairs

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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Randy Phillips
Leland native Randy Phillips wanted a change from the boating and natural gas industries, and found it at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. He enjoys the range of tasks he gets to perform in his work. “I like it all,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate that many of the more experienced employees have handed down a lot of information which I use on a daily basis.”
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Keith Whitehead
When Keith Whitehead graduated from Mississippi State in 1982, he didn’t know he would end up having a second career at his alma mater. When the Extension agent position opened in Franklin County, where he grew up, he knew he had to apply. “I love this job,” he said. Whitehead's Franklin County roots contribute to his enthusiasm for his work.
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‘Caring makes the difference,’ Brown says
“Don’t get wrapped up in the notes and PowerPoints; the bottom line at the end of the day is really how much you care about each and every student in your class.” That was among observations shared with fellow Mississippi State faculty members last week by Karyn L. Brown in her first presentation as the university’s newest John Grisham Master Teacher.
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Marett links crime genre TV with viewer attitudes
A Mississippi State instructor of management is part of a recent study appearing in the Journal of Health Communication that explored the influence different crime dramas had on attitudes regarding sexual assault, rape and consent. Emily Garrigues Marett, an MSU instructor of management and information systems, is second author on the recently published article.
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Researchers examine Twitter use during storms
Two Mississippi State researchers continue work on a two-year study of how social media may be better applied during extreme weather events that disrupt normal communication channels. The investigation by John F. Edwards and Somya Mohanty began in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 Atlantic season and second-costliest hurricane in United States history.
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Researchers testing lumber quality, strength
When he walks into a hardware store and starts looking at lumber, he could be your average do-it-yourselfer, ready to start a project. But Dan Seale, a sustainable bioproducts professor in the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, is no ordinary weekend warrior. Seale is on a cross-country mission, looking for lumber from the Southern pine region cut from dozens of different mills.
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Mississippi promotes agriculture at expo
From live blues music to shrimp and catfish, visitors to the Sunbelt Ag Expo got quite a taste of Mississippi at the annual event. Gary Jackson, director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said key organizations worked together to provide the extensive effort required to create a fun and educational experience for expo participants.
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Sweet potato drop coming up Saturday
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 a peanut party on the Drill Field, community garden at the Boys & Girls Club, sweet potato drop, litter patrol at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and more. 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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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 11/02/15
Volleyball is on the road Monday against Troy at 6 p.m., plays Florida in Gainesville at 3 p.m. on Friday, and then hosts Arkansas on Sunday at 1 p.m. ... Football travels to Columbia for an 8 p.m. kickoff against Missouri on Thursday... Men's Basketball hosts Fort Valley State in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Friday.

 

Tuesday vote: Policy addresses political activity
With local and statewide elections taking place Tuesday, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel reminds employees to be aware of the university's policy on political activities. There are several basic guidelines that university employees should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity.
'SEC Nation' in the Junction for Nov. 14 gameday
"SEC Nation," the SEC Network’s traveling college football morning show, will originate from the Junction on Nov. 14 prior to Mississippi State’s home game against Alabama, the network announced last Wednesday. The show airs live from 9-11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and wear maroon. The game time will be announced at a later date.
Johnson joining baseball staff as pitching coach
Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen promised one of the nation’s elite pitching coaches would be joining his program soon. State’s skipper fulfilled his promise last Friday when he announced 18-year coaching veteran Wes Johnson as MSU’s new pitching coach. He arrives in Starkville after serving as the pitching coach the past four years at Dallas Baptist University.
Zhang speaks at U. of Buffalo research series
A Bagley College of Engineering faculty member recently was an inaugural speaker for a major transportation research event in upstate New York. Li Zhang, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, explained aspects of his traffic operations research at Mississippi State.
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