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MSU President Mark E. Keenum addressed more than 4,000 professionals in higher education at the general session of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges last month in Atlanta. SACSCOC is the top accreditation body for regional institutions of higher learning.

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Leathem elected director of Southeast Region of Associated Schools of Construction
The Associated Schools of Construction Southeast Region (Region 2) recently held its annual student competition and conference, and Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Assistant Professor Tom Leathem was elected director for ASC Region 2. ASC is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education.
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Justice Court Judge Larnzy Carpenter Jr. to give MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast keynote
An Oktibbeha County Justice Court judge and pastor with extensive military and law enforcement experience will be keynote speaker for Mississippi State’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast. The Jan. 16 address by Larnzy L. Carpenter Jr. of First Baptist Church of Longview begins at 9 a.m. in The Mill at MSU Conference Center located at 600 Russell St. in Starkville. The free, public celebration of King’s life and legacy as a Baptist minister, humanitarian and civil rights activist gets underway with an 8 a.m. breakfast.
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Row crop short course shatters attendance record
More Mississippi producers are getting the word about how much they can learn in three days at the state’s premier row crop conference. The Mississippi State University 2016 Row Crop Short Course had more than 600 attendees. Attendance at the Row Crop Short Course has steadily increased since 2009. Approximately 60 people attended the event in 2008. Event coordinator and Extension cotton specialist Darrin Dodds said this year’s installment featured speakers from seven states.
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Agriculture retains prominence in state's overall economy in 2016
The estimated $7.6 billion value of Mississippi agriculture increased by 1.8 percent in 2016, helping the industry retain its prominence in the state’s overall economy. "Agriculture's reach in the state goes well beyond just the value of the goods produced," said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "The ag industry helps support many of our small towns across the state, as producers purchase inputs at the local co-op, buy new vehicles at the local car dealer or hire a local accountant to help with taxes."
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International Institute hosts Mexican students
Twelve Mexican postsecondary students have immersed themselves in American and Mississippi State University culture during their recent five-week visit, coordinated by the MSU International Institute’s English Language Institute. The United States-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research began in 2013 as an effort to enhance North American economic development through Latin American-U.S. exchange programs.
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Veterinary faculty teach epidemiology in China
Two Mississippi State professors in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine are reaching out to students around the world who want to learn about their specialized field of epidemiology. Drs. David R. Smith and Robert W. Wills recently traveled to China to teach a two-week, two-credit-hour course funded by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. “There is a need for training Chinese veterinarians in epidemiology,” Smith said.
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Student Affairs delivers holiday cheer to local nursing home residents
Residents of Starkville Manor nursing home received an extra dose of holiday cheer last month. As part of a group effort, employees of Mississippi State University’s Division of Student Affairs made and distributed blankets and holiday cards for Starkville Manor’s approximately 115 residents. “We talk with students every day about our connections to one another and our obligations to help those who need it, so the chance to brighten the holidays for members of the Starkville community is important and rewarding,” MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt said.
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Registration open for SEC Academic Conference
Registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference to be hosted by Mississippi State University March 27-28. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds.” For complete conference details, visit www.secconference.msstate.edu.
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White papers sought for NASA EPSCoR funding
The Mississippi jurisdiction may submit two proposals to the 2017 NASA EPSCoR program for three years of funding for a maximum $750,000 per award, or roughly $250,000 a year. This announcement is to solicit a two-page white paper from potential proposers at Mississippi universities. Two of these papers will be selected by the Mississippi Research Consortium for development into a full proposal to this NASA EPSCoR program. The deadline for white papers is Friday at 5 p.m.
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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, 01/02/17
Men's Basketball hosts Alabama at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and then travels to Baton Rouge for a 2:30 p.m. tipoff against LSU on Saturday ... Women's Basketball visits Fayetteville on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Arkansas, and then travels to Knoxville for a game against Tennessee at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Staff graduate from Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program
A dozen Mississippi State staff members are new graduates of the university’s Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program for 2016. “The LEAP program is designed to help participants maximize their leadership potential and hone communication skills,” said Darrell Easley, learning and development manager for MSU’s human resources management department. Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum delivered the keynote address during the recent graduation luncheon at The Mill at MSU.
French elected to SECoPA governing board
The interim head of Mississippi State’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration is a newly elected member of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration’s governing board. Eddie French is a specialist in human resource management and the politics of state and local governments. A 2001 MSU doctoral graduate, he returned to his alma mater in 2008. French has been an active SECoPA member for two decades.
Faculty honored by American Institute of Architects' Mississippi Chapter
Three faculty members in Mississippi State’s School of Architecture are receiving statewide honors for their role in advancing the architecture profession. Associate professors John Poros, Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory were formally recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.
Howard awarded statewide ASCE honor
A Mississippi State University professor has been named Engineer of the Year by a national organization’s Mississippi chapter. Bagley College of Engineering’s Isaac Howard was awarded the statewide honor by the American Society of Civil Engineers at the group’s recent annual meeting. The annual award is presented to an ASCE member with outstanding contributions in the field of civil engineering, particularly regarding professional advancement and community service.
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