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Mississippi State University head football coach Joe Moorhead speaks to members of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc.'s leadership team on Wednesday [Feb. 21] at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex. In addition to touring the Seal building and Davis Wade Stadium, the Toyota leaders toured MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and met with university leaders to discuss potential partnerships. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Strawderman first recipient of International Paper Endowed Chair
Lesley Strawderman, an associate professor and undergraduate coordinator of industrial and systems engineering within Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering, has been named as the first recipient of the International Paper Endowed Chair in Engineering. The endowed chair was created as the result of a $2.25 million gift from International Paper Co. The chair holder is selected from the departments of chemical, electrical and computer, industrial and systems and mechanical engineering. The holder also serves as a liaison to International Paper and assists with the identification of research opportunities and recruitment for the college.
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Du named fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Bagley College of Engineering faculty member Qian (Jenny) Du has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She joins the newly elevated class of 2018 IEEE fellows for her contributions to hyperspectral data processing, a remote sensing technology with potential to advance earth observation. “I am extremely honored to receive this recognition and would like to thank my students and collaborators for their contributions,” Du said. IEEE fellows are chosen from an international pool of candidates working in both academia and industry.
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MSU, MUW choral groups to perform Black History Month concert Monday
The Choral Activities unit of Mississippi State University’s Department of Music is sponsoring a concert on Monday in celebration of Black History Month. Free to all, “Reflect and Rejoice: Celebrating Black History Through Music” takes place at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in downtown Starkville. The program will consist of a selection of choral repertoire reflective of the gospel and spiritual heritage of African-American communities, both past and present. MSU’s select women’s choir, or Schola Cantorum, will perform, along with soloist and MSU voice lecturer Khary Wilson and the Women’s Chorale from the Mississippi University for Women.
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University plants 400 trees in Arbor Day celebration
Mississippi State faculty, staff and students planted 400 trees last week in observance of Arbor Day. Students from the MSU Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Waldorf Endowed Scholarship recipients and campus facilities management personnel participated in the tree planting. Andy Ezell, head of MSU’s Department of Forestry, spoke to the importance of trees and the legacy created by students participating in the planting. “Mississippi has 19.7 million acres of forestland, and forestry is the second most valuable commodity in the state,” he said.
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Everything Garden Expo returning to Mississippi Horse Park in March
The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park in March. Jane Loveless, chairman of the two-day event, said almost 60 vendors will be selling plants, tools, garden art and other items. An antique tractor show will be part of the event on the first day. Children’s programs and activities both days will ensure there is something for everyone. Gary Bachman and Jim DelPrince, horticulture specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will conduct programs the first day.
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Classics of all kinds highlight MSU Riley Center spring/summer series
Classics will rule the stage as the MSU Riley Center presents its 2018 Spring/Summer Performing Arts Series, starting April 14 with a concert by the powerhouse rock band Jefferson Starship. “Each of our performers and productions in the Spring/Summer Series has, in some exceptional way, stood the test of time,” said Dennis Sankovich, the Riley Center’s executive director. “What better fit could we have for our Victorian gem of a theater? It made its grand debut in 1890, regained its youthful vigor in 2006, thanks to a loving restoration, and has since inspired the ongoing revival of Meridian’s historic downtown.”
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Maroon Goes Green: Recycling reminders
Mississippi State University currently recycles an average of 60,400 pounds per month. The campus-wide sustainability initiative "Maroon Goes Green" is continuing its efforts to increase recycling awareness and participation among the campus community. Custodial staff members continue to be an integral part of this process and are committed to helping us increase our recycling numbers. To reduce contamination of recyclables, the Office of Sustainability is working to ensure all offices have bins with blue bags for recyclables only and to have convenient trash containers placed in buildings throughout campus.
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PCSM now accepting nominations for 2018 MSU Diversity Awards
The President's Commission on the Status of Minorities is accepting nominations for the 2018 MSU Diversity Awards. The annual awards program is designed to recognize individuals and teams of individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Mississippi State University or within the community. Nomination packets are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 9.
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Nomination period open for 2018 PCSW Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 PCSW Awards, sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State. These awards recognize those who are advocates for the well-being, development and advancement of all women on the university's campuses and the surrounding communities. Nominations will be accepted from or on behalf of qualified nominees with notable achievements in promoting the status of women, regardless of the sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation of those nominees.
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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, 02/26/18
Beginning Monday, Women's Golf competes at The Dickson Invitational in Houston, Texas, and Men's Golf starts play in the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette ... Baseball plays Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas, on Monday at 7 p.m., McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and starts play on Friday in the Shriner's College Classic in Houston, Texas ... Men's Basketball hosts Tennessee on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (SEC Network), and is on the road to Baton Rouge on Saturday for a noon tipoff against LSU (SEC Network) ... Women's Tennis hosts South Carolina on Thursday at 3 p.m. and Florida at noon and Alcorn State at 3 p.m. on Saturday ... Women's Basketball begins play in the SEC Tournament in Nashville on Friday at noon (SEC Network) ... Softball hosts Lamar at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (SECN+), Mercer at 11:30 a.m. (SECN+) and Sam Houston State at 2 p.m. (SECN+) on Saturday, and Sam Houston State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

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Communications and marketing team named best in Southeast at CASE III awards
Mississippi State University’s Office of Public Affairs is being hailed as one of the nation’s top communication and marketing teams by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III. MSU won the Platinum Award -- the CASE III competition’s top prize -- for its “We Ring True” branding initiative, along with a Grand Award and two Awards of Excellence, during the organization’s recent annual conference in Atlanta. Competing against 125 public and private higher education institutions in nine Southeastern states comprising District III, MSU emerged as the region’s top recipient for its strategic initiatives in communications and marketing.
Campus party, Hail State Giving Days slated for Mississippi State’s 140th anniversary
Mississippi State will celebrate its 140th birthday Wednesday, and mark the start of the annual online philanthropy event known as Hail State Giving Days. HSGD officially begins at 10 a.m. on MSU’s birthday and concludes at 5 p.m. the following day, for a total of 1,878 minutes in commemoration of the university’s founding as a land-grant institution. All alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to celebrate the occasion by attending the official campus party hosted by the MSU Alumni Association and presented by Renasant Bank.
Commissioner announces plans to retire
Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce announced last week his intention to retire at the end of the current fiscal year. Named commissioner on April 17, 2015, he has enjoyed an expansive career in secondary and post-secondary education. "Dr. Glenn Boyce has been a transformational leader in his role as Mississippi's Higher Education Commissioner," said Mark E. Keenum, president of Mississippi State University. "During my tenure at Mississippi State University, I have come to deeply respect Dr. Boyce and appreciate his passion and commitment to the cause of advancing higher education in Mississippi. I wish him every success and happiness as he enters the next phase of his life and work."
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