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Brain, Hersey named editors of leading scholarly journal in environmental history
Two faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences are new editors of the world’s leading scholarly journal in environmental history. Stephen Brain and Mark D. Hersey, associate professors in the university’s Department of History, are excited to share insight and expertise through their new roles with Environmental History. They will begin work on July 1 and assume full charge of the journal on Jan. 1, 2019, with Hersey serving as editor and Brain as co-editor.
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Rendon earns appointment to U.S. Army War College
A Mississippi State University student affairs administrator and Mississippi Army National Guard officer has received a prestigious appointment to study at the United States Army War College. Andrew Rendon, director of MSU’s Office of Planning and Assessment, will spend 10 months at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he will pursue a master’s degree in strategic studies. “We are so very grateful for Andrew’s service with the Mississippi National Guard and his selection to attend the prestigious Army War College is an honor for us all,” said MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt.
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Delta Council honors Ebelhar, Wise with achievement awards
Mississippi State University scientists with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station were recently honored with achievement awards from the Delta Council. Wayne Ebelhar and David Wise, both located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, received the honors at the Delta Council Annual Meeting. Wise and Ebelhar were two of eight honorees at the Delta Council’s 83rd Annual Meeting. The economic development organization represents the 18 Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi.
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As nation celebrates independence, students, employees prepare for Middle East deployment with National Guard
A year ago, Keanna Rush was preparing to enroll at Mississippi State University after taking time off from school to go through basic training and join the Mississippi Army National Guard and its 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team. Shortly before the 2017 fall semester began, Rush learned her education would once again be placed on hold as her unit would be deploying to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Rush is one of dozens of MSU students, faculty and staff members putting their education and careers on hold to serve their country during the 155th’s deployment.
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‘Godmother of Soul’ Patti LaBelle headlines 2018-19 Lyceum Series
Musical treasure Patti LaBelle will fill Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium with her legendary rhythm and blues when she headlines the upcoming season of Mississippi State’s Lyceum Series. Known as the “Godmother of Soul” and ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 100 Singers of All Time,” the Grammy Award winner will perform Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the curtain rises on all shows scheduled for the 2018-19 Lyceum Series, the university’s long-running performing arts program.
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Institute for the Humanities issues call for papers
Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities invites faculty members to submit individual paper proposals for the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop Series to be held in the upcoming academic year. The Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop Series will consist of six gatherings anchored around the theme of “Examining Governance from an Interdisciplinary Perspective.”
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Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning for Congress and other races currently underway, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers the following reminder of the university’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.
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Summer Student Science Symposium taking abstracts from grads, undergrads
The Mississippi Academy of Sciences second-annual Summer Student Science Symposium will take place July 26 at Bost Conference Center at Mississippi State University. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract and register to attend this special event. The symposium is designed to bring student researchers across all branches of science divisions to present their research findings and network with their peers and others in the state's scientific community. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday.
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Faculty, staff volunteers needed for Heifer Ranch trip
Mississippi State faculty and staff volunteers/chaperones are needed for the annual trip to Heifer Ranch, Arkansas, for the Global Village educational experience Oct. 12-14, 2018. Heifer International is an Arkansas-based non-profit organization focused on community development to resolve poverty and hunger around the world. The Global Village is a hands-on educational experience where students are challenged to live in modeled developing world conditions.


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New Canvas platform to provide students, faculty user-friendly academic experience
Mississippi State is moving to a new Learning Management System, Canvas by Instructure, to improve the teaching and learning experience for students and faculty. MSU will conduct a pilot program with approximately 50 instructors and 100 courses taught in the Canvas system for the fall 2018 semester. “Our faculty were integral in the selection process for a new learning management system that would be intuitive and easy to use. We are pleased to provide faculty their choice of Canvas,” said Steve Parrott, MSU’s chief information officer.
New faculty orientation, welcome reception, teaching academy, Canvas training set for August
Mississippi State University is announcing a variety of programs to officially welcome new faculty to the Bulldog family this fall. The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is sponsoring an Aug. 14 orientation program at The Mill at MSU in Starkville. MSU President Mark E. Keenum and First Lady Rhonda Keenum also are hosting a welcome reception at The Mill for new faculty and their spouses or significant others. MSU's Center for Teaching and Learning also is offering a New Faculty Teaching Academy on Aug. 15 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the third-floor John Grisham Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. The program is intended for new faculty who will begin teaching in the fall or spring semesters.
Ramsey named associate director of MSU Alumni Association
The Mississippi State University Alumni Association recently welcomed alumna and Starkville native Jordan Reinschmiedt Ramsey as associate director of the organization founded in 1885 by the first three graduating classes of the 140-year-old land-grant institution. She began her new duties June 18. “Jordan is a valuable alumna who possesses vast institutional knowledge coupled with a passionate love of our university that she brings to this role,” said Jeff Davis, the association’s executive director.
Fitzkee garners $1.8 million NIH grant to study bacteria, surfaces and infections
A Mississippi State faculty member and structural biophysicist is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how bacterial proteins attach to surfaces and impact public health. Nicholas Fitzkee, an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Chemistry, has been awarded an NIH R01 grant -- the original and oldest grant mechanism used by NIH -- which provides support for a “specified, circumscribed project” for health-related research and development. Fitzkee’s grant will be appropriated over five years.
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