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As part of the state of Mississippi's bicentennial celebration, Donald Shaffer, MSU associate professor of English and African American Studies, will present “Writing Across the Color Line: Conversations, Intersections and Chance Encounters in Mississippi Literary History,” Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Peacock named interim leader of Cobb Institute
A Mississippi State alumnus and veteran environmental archaeologist now is serving as interim director of the university’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology. Evan Peacock joined MSU in 1999 as an anthropology faculty member. Born in Clarksdale and reared in Choctaw County, Peacock also worked as an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service. The Cobb Institute is part of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. In making the announcement, Dean Rick Travis said Peacock is an experienced specialist with nearly two decades as a senior research associate at Cobb.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Hailey Deichmann
Working with animals has been a lifelong dream for Veterinary Technician Hailey Deichmann. “Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to work with animals, and this career allows me to do that,” she explained. She administers anesthesia to animals, preps them for surgery, and aids in their post-operation recovery. But Deichmann’s passion for animal care goes beyond working inside a veterinary clinic.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Charlsie Halford
For Charlsie Halford, working at Mississippi State University was unexpected. “I never really thought I would end up having the chance to work here, but the opportunity came along, and I was blessed to be selected for the position,” she said. Her career is multi-faceted. What Halford appreciates most about her job, however, is the community. “I love the people I work with. Everyone in the college and research center is down-to-earth and kind,” she explained.
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Crisis Action Team holds preparedness exercise
Mississippi State’s Crisis Action Team held a tabletop exercise during its regular August meeting to drill the emergency response skills of top administrators and key decision makers during a practice hypothetical scenario and training session. “Regular training and drills sharpen our university’s ability to respond decisively in times of threat or crisis,” said MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt, who also serves as the university’s emergency operation center director.
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First Lyceum event to celebrate ‘lads from Liverpool’
Mississippi State’s long-running performing arts program begins the 2017-18 season Tuesday with “Cellophane Flowers: A Beatles Tribute.” The two-hour concert launching the university’s Lyceum Series is a reinterpretation of Fab Four fan favorites. The title comes from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the iconic hit single on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band,” their groundbreaking album now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Bettersworth Auditorium of historic Lee Hall.
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RCU, College of Education taking computer science courses into K-12 classrooms
Two major education units at Mississippi State will be working to expand computer science offerings in the state’s public schools with new support from the National Science Foundation. A recent grant of more than $700,000 was awarded to the university-based Research and Curriculum Unit to advance training and curriculum development for a Mississippi Department of Education initiative known as Computer Science for Mississippi. Over the next three years, RCU professionals will join with campus colleagues in the College of Education to enhance computer skills of high school teachers working in CS4MS pilot districts.
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MSU-led team studies mussels to unlock Delta archaeology secrets
An innovative research process developed at Mississippi State will be used to explore prehistoric trade in the Mississippi Delta and provide data that may help conservation biologists in their quest to conserve endangered organisms. A new National Science Foundation grant of more than $60,000 is supporting the first area-wide study of how freshwater mussel shells and pottery may have been used as ancient trade items throughout the western side of what is now the Magnolia State.
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Cross-college research grant program deadline
The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. The objective of this program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency.
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Faculty proposals sought for undergrad research program
The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State is again soliciting proposals from faculty to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission.
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New opportunities with the 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 hurricane relief efforts, First Responders Appreciation Day, Montgomery Leadership Program, Habitat for Humanity home build, Art in the Park, area food pantries, the MSU Community Garden, 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, 09/11/17
Volleyball hosts Jackson State at noon and North Texas at 7 p.m. on Friday and Southeastern Louisiana at 11 a.m. on Saturday ... Soccer visits Fayetteville on Friday for a 7 p.m. game with Arkansas ... Football hosts LSU at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

State’s leading research university sees all-time record enrollment
Fueled by its growing prominence as a leading research university, Mississippi State again is setting records for fall student enrollment, welcoming a total of 21,884, a number that includes an unprecedented number of transfers. MSU President Mark E. Keenum said he’s excited to accommodate this record number of high academic achievers, noting that the university’s average first-time freshman ACT score is 25.13. “I am pleased that Mississippi State continues to be the largest four-year accredited university in the state. We’re motivated by this university’s unprecedented growth, and we’re also very prepared for these new students who’ve chosen to build their future with us,” he said.
Moyen to lead College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership
A higher education administrator originally from Lexington, Kentucky, is the new leader of the graduate academic department housed in Mississippi State University’s College of Education. Eric Moyen now heads the university’s Department of Educational Leadership. “I’m pleased to announce Dr. Moyen as our new department head, as he provides quality leadership for the department in this capacity,” said MSU College of Education Dean Richard Blackbourn.
Student financial aid department receives Regions Bank marketing honor
Mississippi State University’s Department of Student Financial Aid is receiving a 2017 Regions Bank Marketing Partner Rock Star Award for its role in promoting financial education. “This is the first time we have presented this award externally,” said Sammy Slaughter, senior vice president and city president for Regions Bank in Starkville. “We have a strong partnership with MSU, and we appreciate the university’s ongoing financial education efforts.”
Zhang recognized by top chemistry journal
A senior member of Mississippi State’s Department of Chemistry is being recognized as one of the most prolific contributors to an international professional publication. Dongmao Zhang, an associate professor at the university, recently joined a group of researchers from around the world cited by name in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The others work at major institutions of higher learning in China, England, Germany and India.
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