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Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum, left, visits with MSU alumnus and Mississippi National Guard Adjutant General Durr Boyles, center, and U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly last Thursday [April 5]. Keenum, Boyles and Kelly discussed the university's nationally-recognized commitment to support veterans and their dependents, as well as ways to enhance those efforts. PHOTO: Russ Houston | Public Affairs

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Allison recognized with regional award for innovative gender research
A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s Department of Sociology is being honored with a prestigious award from the preeminent academic organization for research and teaching on gender. Assistant Professor Rachel Allison is receiving an Early Career Gender Scholar Award by Sociologists for Women in Society-South. The award is presented to a junior researcher who has authored groundbreaking work advancing the scholarship of gender and has received a Ph.D. within the last six years.
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Holt, Madison receive top publication honor from Family Business Review
Two faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Business are being recognized for their publication of leading research in the prestigious journal Family Business Review. Daniel T. Holt and Kincy Madison, faculty members in MSU’s Department of Management and Information Systems, along with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Franz Kellermanns, are winners of the 2018 Family Business Review Best Article Award. The researchers will be recognized for the award at the Family Firm Institute’s annual conference in October.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Katie Cooley-Locke
When Katie Cooley-Locke was a veterinary medical student, she faced a hardship that would shape her life: Her dog was diagnosed with cancer. Enduring her pet’s disease inspired her to pursue a position as an internal medicine resident in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Cooley-Locke performs a variety of tasks, from overseeing clinical cases to working hand in hand with clients. She gives classroom lectures on hematology and other topics, but she also advises 10 students on rotation in the CVM.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Farley Fondren
For Farley Fondren, diligence is key. His work as an agricultural technician in the Mississippi State University Department of Poultry Science allows him to exercise a work ethic built around dedication and persistence. “The job description had activities that I enjoy. I didn’t get into it for poultry but for hands-on technical work,” Fondren said. “And, as it goes, if you’re in the field every day, you realize you may as well work for a degree in it, too.” And so he has.
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Kardos launches new mystery novel
A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s Department of English is celebrating the launch of his new mystery novel. Michael Kardos’s “Bluff” has been hailed by Literary Hub as one of this year’s most anticipated crime, mystery and thriller titles. Independent literary publisher Grove Atlantic also praised Kardos’s book for taking the reader “deep inside the fraught and fascinating world of a modern magician who becomes obsessed with magic’s dark twin -- the underworld of the card cheat.”
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Watercolor paintings garner national, global recognition for Funderburk
Colorful creations by Mississippi State University’s William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art are featured this spring in multiple national and international exhibitions. A North Carolina native, Brent Funderburk is retiring this May after nearly 36 years at MSU. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence, Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence awards. He also is a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award recipient.
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Lippillo featured in international photography magazine
A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design was recently featured in an international photography magazine. Department of Art Associate Professor Dominic Lippillo’s portfolio from his series “Stories We Tell Ourselves” was showcased in “Don’t Take Pictures,” along with an article written by Roger Thompson, senior editor for the magazine and professor at Stony Brook University.
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Faculty and students take all at Southeastern Deer Study Group competition
Faculty and students in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources took top honors at the recent 41st annual meeting of the Southeastern Deer Study Group, marking the first time in the conference’s four-decade history that one school has swept the competition. MSU graduate students in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture took first, second and third place in the annual student oral presentation competition. Steve Demarais, the Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, received the prestigious Deer Management Career Achievement award.
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University connections prominent among annual state history awards
Five individuals at or affiliated with Mississippi State, as well as the university’s Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, are new honorees of the Mississippi Historical Society. The land-grant university group includes Michael B. Ballard, Alison Collis Greene, Jeffrey C. “Duffy” Neubauer and Frank J. and Virginia Williams.
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Communication department to host inaugural New Narrative Festival this week
From corporate communication, journalism and social media to visual arts, literature and music, storytelling is at the heart of the many ways the human experience is documented and conveyed. During Mississippi State University’s inaugural New Narrative Festival on Friday and Saturday, students, faculty, community members and business leaders will share storytelling ideas and best practices while discussing the Magnolia State’s influence on the American narrative. UPS is presenting sponsor for the event.
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2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference coming up Saturday on campus
Students and professionals seeking to expand their leadership and networking skills can now register for Mississippi State University’s 2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference on Saturday. Sponsored by MSU’s Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, Center for Student Activities, Student Association and Department of Housing and Residence Life, the conference on the Starkville campus will begin with a high-energy keynote by New York-based author, professional speaker, personal coach and entrepreneur James T. Robilotta.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 04/09/18
Softball hosts Alcorn State on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and then visits Oxford for games against Ole Miss on Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. ... Baseball visits Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game with Alabama State, and then is on the road to Auburn for games on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. ... Beginning Thursday, Track & Field competes at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville ... Women's Tennis hosts Ole Miss at 4 p.m. on Friday ... Men's Tennis plays Texas A&M in College Station on Friday at 6 p.m. and LSU in Baton Rouge at noon on Sunday.

 

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University recognizes Diversity Award winners
Mississippi State honored a group of student, faculty and staff members last week for actions that enhance campus diversity. University students, faculty, staff and team honorees received their respective 2018 Diversity Awards during a ceremony hosted by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities. The 2018 Diversity Award honorees are Brittany Radford-Clark, Margaret A. Hagerman, JP Abercrumbie and EXPRESS Yourself! artists and trackers.
President’s Commission on the Status of Women recognizes outstanding female leaders
Mississippi State University is honoring five individuals for their outstanding contributions and leadership on campus and in the community. During a recent ceremony in the university’s Griffis Hall, the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women honored Sarah E. “Izzy” Pellegrine, Leslie Hossfeld, Leslie Fye, Terranecia L. “Bria” Henderson and Feifei Zeng. MSU President Mark E. Keenum congratulated and presented each recipient with an award at the ceremony.
SEC honors Fowler with Faculty Achievement Award
James Fowler is Mississippi State University’s winner of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Fowler, the Billie J. Ball professor and graduate program director in MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is among the 14 faculty members from across the SEC to receive the distinguished award this year. “We are so pleased that the SEC has chosen to recognize Dr. Fowler for his important contributions to teaching and research,” MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner said.
Lance elected to American Bandmasters Association
Elva Kaye Lance, Mississippi State’s nationally recognized director of bands, is receiving another major professional accolade. Lance is among 13 recently elected to membership in the historic American Bandmasters Association, one of the highest recognitions of its kind. An alumna of the university’s College of Education, she has led the Famous Maroon Band and associated groups for more than two decades.
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