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Austin Check, Oktibbeha County fire training officer and MSU learning and development specialist, gives tips on the proper way to use a fire extinguisher to Donna Reese, head of MSU's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as MSU student Bryan Hoyland looks on. The demonstration was part of a fire safety preparedness training event last week sponsored by MSU Human Resources Management and the university's Community Emergency Response Team. PHOTO: Beth Wynn | Public Affairs

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Lippillo receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant
A faculty member of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is receiving statewide recognition. Dominic Lippillo, an assistant professor of photography in the university’s Department of Art, has been awarded a $4,500 visual arts grant from the Jackson-based Mississippi Arts Commission. “Artists of all kinds are the heart of Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, MAC executive director.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Ontenncia Boclear
As someone passionate about making a difference, Ontenncia Boclear said working as an Extension agent in Carroll County is a perfect fit for her. She oversees the Family and Consumer Science program and helps with 4-H Youth Development in the county. “I really enjoy working with the 4-H’ers,” she said. “Just seeing the look on their faces when they learn something new is so rewarding.”
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Sayonara Jones
The MSU Extension Office of Agricultural Communications relies on Sayonara Jones for her hard work in the Copy Center. spends her workday operating two industrial-sized printers, one color and one black and white. She also uses a highly specialized software to lay out all types of print jobs for MSU Extension. Jobs can range from holiday or post cards to informational brochures or manuals. She said she likes that her job is always changing and she is constantly working on something different.
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Hollis touts computer science at national events
A Mississippi State staff member working to implement the state’s new Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program is engaging at the highest levels of discussion about technology education. The MSU Research and Curriculum Unit's Shelly Hollis twice visited the White House during September for national programs on computer science training in public schools.
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Riley Center, Kennedy Center announce arts ed plan
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Meridian as the 23rd site and first school district in Mississippi for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K–8. Mississippi State University’s Riley Center will serve as the lead arts organization for Any Given Child Meridian.
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University finalist on community service honor roll
Mississippi State University is one of four universities nationwide recognized as a finalist in the recently announced 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the Economic Opportunity category. “This recognition is tangible evidence of our university’s commitment to community engagement,” Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement Cade Smith said. “It shows service is relevant in the lives of students, in the community, across the state and around the globe.”
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Pre-proposals sought for EPSCoR Track 1
The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State is now accepting pre-proposals from researchers for the National Science Foundation’s FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 competition. The Mississippi Research Consortium is the steering committee authorized to designate a fiscal agent/proposing organization for Mississippi.
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Big Head Todd and the Monsters bring blues
The Colorado-based rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Mud Moganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks will bring its Big Head Blues Club tour to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will showcase songs by blues great Willie Dixon.
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Study abroad fair coming up Wednesday
The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) at Mississippi State will host a Fall Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union, first floor, in front of the Dawg House. Faculty directors and OSA staff will be there to answer questions about upcoming study abroad programs around the world
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New opportunities with Maroon Volunteer Center
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 United We Feed food drive, Bulldogs on the Move, Project CLASS, ACCESS Program peer mentors, Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, 2nd-annual Trail 5K Glow Run, Pumpkinpalooza, and more.
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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, privacy and more.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 10/03/16
Men's Golf starts play Monday at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham ... Soccer hosts South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Thursday ... Softball hosts Mississippi College on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ... Women's Tennis starts play Friday at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas ... Volleyball hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Friday ... Football hosts Auburn at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

University announces FLSA implementation plan
On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final overtime rule, doubling the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After an extensive review and development process, Mississippi State will move forward with an implementation plan to comply with the mandatory federal regulations, effective Nov. 1.
Applications sought for teaching excellence awards
Mississippi State faculty who are interested in submitting applications for the 2017 Grisham Master Teacher Award, the Alumni Association Early Career Teaching Excellence Award or the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award have until Oct. 17 to do so. After careful review, the University Instructional Improvement Committee will select and announce the winners before the end of the spring 2017 semester.
Leadership program taps 10 faculty
Ten Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2016-17 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program. Sponsored by the university’s offices of Research and Economic Development and of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, among other goals. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution’s 11th president (1953-60).
Eight awarded SEC visiting faculty travel grants
The Southeastern Conference’s prowess on the football field is well known, but many fans may not know that the SEC’s 14 member institutions pack an equally potent academic punch off the field. Thanks to an innovative grant program funded by the conference, eight Mississippi State University faculty members now are better equipped to collaborate with SEC colleagues from across the region. Heather Alexander, Lei Chen, Jean-Magloire Feugang, Rinat Gabitov, David Hoffman, Leslie Hossfeld, Rosangela Sebba and Te-Ming Paul Tseng are recipients of 2016-17 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants.
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