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21 graduate from Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program
Twenty-one Mississippi State staff members are new graduates of the university’s Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program for 2017. “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. “We look forward to seeing this group’s collective accomplishments and the benefits their leadership skills will bring to Mississippi State.”
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Mississippi State reflects on another year of growth and rising prominence as research leader
Building on its legacy as a world-class research institution where students are driven to make a difference, Mississippi State University made headlines in 2017 for its dynamic achievements in areas such as agriculture and forestry, computer science, engineering, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. "We have tremendous momentum right now," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "Our university teams are leading more than 50 percent of all funded research in our state, contributing greatly to Mississippi’s $8 billion agricultural and forestry industries, and working with major companies to bring new investments and new high-skill, high-paying jobs to our region."
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Donna Bland
Donna Bland is not averse to change, which is good, because her title has changed four times during her MSU career, and the department’s name has changed three times, even though she’s worked in the same place for 27 years. As an administrative assistant in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, she loves that no two work days are ever alike. “My responsibilities vary from day-to-day, sometimes moment-to-moment,” she said.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Loretta Derett-Smith
Loretta Derett-Smith taught herself shorthand from an encyclopedia when she was in the seventh grade in Madison, Illinois, and she has never veered from her career plan. For 22 years, she has served MSU Extension Service clients in Tippah County as an office associate. While she manages all of the usual office duties, such as managing schedules, writing letters, scheduling meetings, setting up for programs, planning, budgeting and helping with all of the local specialty groups including 4-H, the Forestry Association, the Cattlemen’s Association, and Master Gardeners, she knows her role requires much more.
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Architecture educator releases latest book, ‘Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy’
Theodore “Ted” G. Ammon’s recent book, “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy: Experience Required,” was released in mid-December. Ammon, an associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps College, also teaches the Philosophy of Architecture course at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s Jackson Center. Jassen Callender, associate professor and director of the Jackson Center, contributed to the chapter “Facing Up to the Realities.”
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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, 01/08/18
Men's Basketball visits Gainesville for a game against Florida on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (SEC Network), and then hosts Auburn at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (SEC Network) ... Women's Basketball hosts Ole Miss at 8 p.m. on Thursday (SEC Network) and Alabama on Sunday at 3 p.m. (ESPNU) ... Track & Field competes Friday at the UAB Blazer Invite and the UAB Vulcan Invite on Saturday in Birmingham ... Starting Friday, Women's Tennis competes at the Indiana Winter Invite in Bloomington ... Men's Tennis hosts UAB at 1 p.m. on Sunday.


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Ellis to keynote MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast at MSU
Former State Rep. Tyrone Ellis will be the featured speaker at Mississippi State during the university’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast. The Jan. 15 program 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, civil rights activist and humanitarian gets underway with an 8 a.m. complimentary breakfast. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Strickland named St. John Family Endowed Professor
A longtime Mississippi State faculty member has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources. Bronson Strickland, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture extension professor, has led a wide-ranging educational program in applied wildlife science since his arrival at MSU in 2006. In the last five years, he has participated in more than 70 workshops, assisting landowners with improved game management. Additionally, he has been awarded more than $2 million in external grants and has produced 22 peer-reviewed technical publications.
West lauded for major publishing achievement
“One of the most anticipated books of the fall.” So proclaimed a recent review in New York-based Publishers Weekly about a two-volume set edited over recent years by Robert M. West, an associate professor of English at Mississippi State University. “The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” was released in December by W.W Norton & Co. The first volume includes works of the internationally acclaimed poet from 1955-77; volume two, from 1978-2005.
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