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Mississippi State students demonstrate the new outdoor fitness equipment near the university's Sanderson Center and Chadwick Lake. The equipment, made by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness Equipment, was installed as part of MSU on the Move, the university's healthy living initiative. MSU on the Move is benefiting from a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, which is continuing its support as the university builds on a culture of healthy habits on campus, in the local community and in local schools. PHOTO: Beth Wynn | Public Affairs

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Faculty and students honored for graduate school achievements
Six Mississippi State graduate students and one faculty member are being recognized for significant achievements at the university. Honored formally at the 15th annual Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet, they are among more than 65 cited for various personal accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year at the recent campus event sponsored by the GSA and the Graduate School. MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Young Hyatt was featured speaker. MSU Associate Professor of History James C. “Jim” Giesen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award.
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UMMC head to address MSU grads; alums Cobb, Holliman honored
A Mississippi State alumna who leads the state’s only academic health science center will be commencement speaker for the university’s graduation ceremonies this week. Dr. LouAnn Woodward is vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as well as dean of UM’s School of Medicine. A Carroll County native and 1985 MSU microbiology graduate, she previously was UMMC’s associate vice chancellor. Also during the Humphrey Coliseum ceremonies, William M. Cobb of Dallas, Texas, and W.G. “Mickey” Holliman Jr. of Tupelo will receive honorary doctorates of science.
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Temporary road closure signals final stages of construction project
A portion of Stone Boulevard near Mississippi State’s Wise Center Drive will close temporarily beginning May 8. The closure is part of the south entrance road project, which begins at Poorhouse Road and stretches about 3.5 miles to connect with Blackjack Road at the Stone Boulevard intersection. The new corridor for traffic to and from campus is projected to open in late August before the start of football season. The temporary closure will include the section of Stone Boulevard from Blackjack Road south to Wise Center Drive, said David Howell, engineer for MSU’s Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With local political campaigning underway this year, 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. MSU employees are encouraged to review the policy in its entirety and to understand their rights and responsibilities.
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University strengthens gameday safety, restricts golf cart, ATV use
Beginning July 1, 2017, Mississippi State will significantly restrict the use of non-university golf carts, ATVs or other such off-road vehicles on campus. “These policies are necessary to maintain a safe environment on our campus for students, faculty and staff, as well as thousands who visit our campus each year, including families and children,” said MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter. “These guidelines bring MSU into line with our colleagues in the Southeastern Conference and the vast majority of NCAA Division 1 universities.”
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LEAP program now accepting applications
The 2017 Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals (LEAP) program at Mississippi State is now accepting applications. The goal and purpose of LEAP is to empower new supervisors and extremely high performing professional staff with a heightened self-awareness, advanced knowledge, and value-added leadership in a secure, but challenging environment. As a result of the program, participants increase the capacity to lead themselves, other individuals, and a university unit or organization.
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Morse cites passion, planning as key characteristics for effective teaching
“Master Teachers don’t leave it to chance; the classroom is not a lottery to them,” Linda Morse said during the 2017 Rabideau Lecture on Teaching Excellence at Mississippi State. During her presentation “Mountain Climbing: Passion and Pursuit of Effective Teaching,” the professor and educational research program director for MSU's National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center discussed characteristics that effective teachers, in particular Grisham Master Teachers at MSU, employ to provide a productive learning experience for their students.
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Muse endows education scholarship
Longtime Hinds Community College President and Mississippi State University alumnus V. Clyde Muse of Raymond has established an endowed scholarship in MSU’s College of Education for students aspiring to pursue careers in teaching. The scholarship bears the name of Muse and his late wife and fellow MSU graduate Vashti U. Muse. The couple dedicated their lives to serving others through education. Muse has been president at Hinds since 1978.
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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, and offers a look at this year's outstanding volunteer award winners.
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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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Castaneda, Bitter join volleyball coaching staff
As the 2017 season stands just months away, Mississippi State head coach David McFatrich announced the additions of coaching standouts Diego Castaneda and Garrett Bitter to his staff last week. "I'm very excited to welcome both Diego and Garrett to our Mississippi State Volleyball family," McFatrich said. "Not only do they each bring the experience and qualities I was looking for, such as integrity, social responsibility and great work ethic, they also share my passion for developing this program and a desire to give our volleyball student-athletes a wonderful collegiate experience."
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 05/01/17
Baseball travels to College Station for an SEC series against Texas A&M with games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. ... Softball hosts Kentucky for an SEC weekend series with games on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet
More than 50 Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2017 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors. The honorees, their guests and senior administrators celebrated the university’s research achievements during a campus awards luncheon last Thursday in the Hunter Henry Center’s Hal and Linda Parker Ballroom. Dr. Henry Wan was recognized with the afternoon’s top honor: the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. The program and banquet are co-sponsored by the offices of the vice presidents for Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
Faculty, staff recognized during annual awards program
Mississippi State is a place where faculty and staff are driven to excel in teaching, research and service while inspiring younger generations of Bulldog students to do the same. During the April 27 Faculty Awards and Recognition Reception, the university recognized individuals who have made such commitments over the course of the 2016-17 academic year. During the afternoon ceremony, MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner praised Mississippi State as “a very special place for students to come and learn, for faculty and staff to enjoy working, and for alumni to come back and cherish the wonderful times that they had while they were students.”
Keenum elected to lead Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board of Directors elected Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum to chair the board, effective immediately. He was appointed to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board in August 2014 by then-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “I am very proud to have been part of the startup of this organization from day one and I commend the full board for giving their time and energy to something that is bigger than all of us. I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues to continue building on the extraordinary progress we have made to create the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research,” he said.
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