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Evan O'Donnell, an Extension associate with the Forest and Wildlife Resource Center at Mississippi State University, teaches seventh-grade students from Armstrong Middle School in Starkville as part of the Youth Environmental Science Program. Called YES, the cooperative program between the MSU Extension Service, the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge offers conservation education programming to students grades 3-8. By May 2016, plans are for YES programming to have reached 3,000 students in Oktibbeha County. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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University celebrating International Education Week
Mississippi State is observing 2015 International Education Week with a series of campus events this week. Organized by the university’s Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the International Institute, the events are open to all.
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SSO, MSU Philharmonia to present concert Nov. 23
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra and MSU Philharmonia student orchestra will present a joint concert next week in the university’s McComas Hall. Free and open to all, the 7:30 p.m. performance Nov. 23 sponsored by the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association and MSU Department of Music will feature the symphony orchestra’s chorus and university’s 20-member student orchestra, as well as guest performers.
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Volunteers needed for red kettle set-up
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 setting up the Salvation Army's red kettles, the Giving Tree, Operation Christmas Child, Society of St. Andrew sweet potato drop, and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this fall.
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MRC issues call for working group proposals
The Mississippi Research Consortium has issued a call for working group proposals to identity potential statewide research initiatives enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in Mississippi and increase the breadth and depth of research at the MRC institutions.
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‘Best in Show’ exhibit open through Dec. 2
Poster creations in which artists explore the theme of “man’s best friend” are on display through Dec. 2 at Mississippi State. Titled “Best in Show,” the exhibition at the university’s Visual Art Center Gallery is free and open to all. The gallery is located at 808 University Drive.
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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, 11/16/15
Men's Basketball hosts Southern University on Monday at 7 p.m., and then travels to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off for an opening round game against Miami (Fla.) on Thursday at 4 p.m.... Volleyball visits Columbia for a match against South Carolina at 6 p.m. on Friday and Athens for a match against Georgia on Sunday at 5 p.m.... Women's Basketball hosts Grambling at 1 p.m. on Saturday... Cross Country competes Saturday at the NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky.... Football is on the road to Fayetteville for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Arkansas on Saturday.

 

Hodges named interim provost; Shaw to lead search
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum announced last Friday that Julia Hodges will serve as interim provost and executive vice president at the land-grant institution. "I am confident that Dr. Hodges will provide outstanding leadership during the interim period. Please join me in thanking her for taking on this important responsibility," Keenum said.
ASC honors Leathem for teaching excellence
Tom Leathem, assistant professor in the Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State University, was selected by Associated Schools of Construction members to receive the Regional Excellence Teaching Award at the ASC Region II Conference and Student Competitions held in Greensboro, N.C., last month.
Savage named Social Work Field Educator of Year
Angela Savage, director of field education in the social work program at MSU-Meridian, was honored recently by the Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference. She was awarded the 2015 Social Work Field Educator of the Year Award during the organization's annual meeting in late October.
MSU Riley Center sees ConventionSouth recognition
ConventionSouth has recognized the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian with a 2015 Readers' Choice Award. “ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that MSU Riley Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said publisher J. Talty O’Connor.
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