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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Ann Davis
As Extension county coordinator, Ann Davis plays a critical role in her community. “After many years of working in retail and managing a historic site, I wanted a position where I could work with diverse groups of individuals, make a difference in their lives and not be confined to an office,” she said. hat perfectly describes her job with Extension.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Mary Kelly
Mary Kelly’s current career began with a surprising twist. “I didn’t choose this job,” she said. “More or less, it chose me. I was offered a great position and accepted it. Now it’s been 22 years.” She attributes her love for her career to her coworkers, faculty, and students in the Department of Forestry. “Every day is different,” Kelly said, “but it’s challenging and rewarding.”
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Miller published in The Hill
An opinion piece by Thomas Miller, MSU Professor of Finance and Jack R. Lee Chair of Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, was recently published in The Hill, a major source of news on U.S. politics. Miller’s piece discusses a new rule focusing on payday loans proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Military veterans to be focus of events this week
Five Mississippi State programs this week will honor the service and sacrifice of former and current members of the U.S. military. The campus-based G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans is coordinating the programs. “Our veterans and their families have sacrificed beyond anything the average American can even imagine to ensure the freedoms and liberties we enjoy every day,” said Brian S. Locke, interim center director. “As Americans, we should honor these sacrifices and remember the true cost of freedom.”
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Center for Distance Education open house Thursday
Mississippi State University’s Center for Distance Education will celebrate the achievements and growth of its online education programs during National Distance Learning Week. The CDE will host a faculty appreciation and open house event on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in Coskrey Auditorium of Memorial Hall at MSU. “This event will be the perfect opportunity for all who are considering completing their bachelor’s degree or pursuing advanced studies to understand how online learning can assist them in realizing their educational goals,” said Susan Seal, executive director of MSU’s Center for Distance Education.
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Holzer headlines inaugural Frank and Virginia Williams Lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies
A leading expert on Abraham Lincoln will be the featured speaker for the inaugural Frank and Virginia Williams Lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies at Mississippi State on Nov. 30. Harold Holzer, one of the country’s foremost authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, will present a lecture titled “The General vs. the President: Lincoln, Grant and the Battle for Civil War Memory.”
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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 Socktober, Boys & Girls Club, Project CLASS mentors, MSU Community Garden, Habitat for Humanity home build, Emerson's Fresh Start Garden, 3rd Annual Trail 5K Glow Run, Old Main Art Gallery volunteers, 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, 11/06/17
Cross Country competes Friday at the NCCA South Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa ... Volleyball hosts LSU at 3 p.m. on Friday ... Men's Basketball hosts Alabama State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ... Women's Basketball hosts Virginia at 8 p.m. on Friday ... Football hosts Alabama on Saturday at 6 p.m.


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Women leaders discuss challenging the status quo, leading in the South
Prominent women leaders took the stage last week at Mississippi State to reflect on their successful career paths and the challenges they have overcome. The panel discussion on “Women’s Leadership in the Rural South” featured MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner; Rev. Allison Stacey Parvin, ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and pastor of Beth-Eden Lutheran Church in Louisville; Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill; and Camille Scales Young, principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Jackson. Susan Seal, executive director of MSU’s Center for Distance Education, served as moderator.
Four from MSU among latest SEC Fellows
Four Mississippi State administrators are new Fellows of the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program: Kari Babski-Reeves, L. Wes Burger Jr., Will Evans Jr. and Leslie Hossfeld Now in its 10th year, ALDP was created to help prepare and advance academic administrators within the SEC’s 14 member universities -- and beyond.
Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With local political campaigning culminating on Election Day this Tuesday, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers a reminder of MSU’s policy on political activities. There are several guidelines that employees of the university should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity. The Office of General Counsel encourages each employee to review this policy in its entirety to make certain you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities.
Faculty, staff feedback wanted for research priorities
Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw invites faculty and staff to share their thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions for Mississippi State's research priorities by visiting https://w.msstate.edu/research-focus-areas/priorities/index.php. The survey is open through Nov. 17.
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