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Mississippi State baseball players Josh Lovelady (left) and Cody Brown (right) presented the Governor’s Cup trophy to MSU President Mark E. Keenum last week. The Bulldogs earned the trophy by defeating the University of Mississippi in the annual Governor’s Cup game at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The baseball Bulldogs swept the 2017 regular season matchups against the Rebels 4-0. PHOTO: Russ Houston | Public Affairs

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Deadline for Faculty Leadership Program nominations coming up May 26
The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Program for selected faculty at Mississippi State during the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The program consists of two-hour seminar sessions once per month from August to April. A wide variety of topics will be covered by senior leaders at MSU.
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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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MSU education policy fellows discuss rural education with policymakers in Washington
Mississippi State faculty and staff members recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss rural education research with policymakers and leaders through the Education Policy Fellowship Program. “A major goal of the trip was to share our work with Senator Thad Cochran’s staff,” said Devon Brenner, one of three coordinators of the 2017 Mississippi cohort and assistant to the vice president for research at MSU. “For about seven months, we have studied rural education and the role that MSU can play to support rural schools at all levels, from early childhood education through transition from high school to post-secondary education. We were glad to share what we learned."
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Extension launches deer biology podcast
The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering a weekly podcast that will be of interest to deer hunters and wildlife professionals in the Southeast. Extension wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist Bronson Strickland said the series would regularly cover pertinent wildlife topics, including food plots, habitat management, antler development and selective harvesting. “We will periodically devote an episode to answering questions from listeners,” he said.
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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 Columbus Boys & Girls Club volunteers, reading tutors needed at Emerson, summer garden volunteers, tutoring at Ms. Smith's Educational Services, communication partners needed, Habitat for Humanity Home Build, Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum volunteers, applied suicide intervention training, Back 2 School Bash, helping the Council of Community Organizations, and Starkville Boys & Girls Club summer volunteers.
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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.

 

Dudy Noble Field celebration starts Thursday
As Mississippi State baseball approaches the end of the regular season, the Bulldogs will host the Dudy Noble Field Celebration Series when MSU takes on LSU in a three-game set this week. The Thursday-Saturday series will celebrate the history of Dudy Noble Field and Bulldog Baseball in advance of construction beginning on the school's new stadium following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Over the course of the weekend, MSU will honor its seniors on the field, highlight the greatest fans in college baseball and welcome Diamond Dawg greats from all generations.
Service at State: MSU recognizes newest Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award recipients
Twelve Mississippi State employees are 2017 selections for Donald W. Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards. The honors are a memorial to the university’s 15th president in whose 1985-97 administration the annual Staff Appreciation Day and the accompanying awards program were established. Organized by the MSU Staff Council, the recognition program was a part of the university’s Staff Appreciation Day activities last Friday. MSU President Mark E. Keenum presented each honoree with a plaque and $1,000 check. Tommie Zacharias, widow of former President Donald Zacharias, also congratulated each recipient.
LEAP program applications due Monday
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. Completed and approved application packets are due on or before Monday at 5 p.m.
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