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NSA honors Hamilton for contributions to national cyber education program
The National Security Agency recently honored Mississippi State's Drew Hamilton for his outstanding contributions for the agency's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program. "Dr. Hamilton's technical expertise was instrumental to the success of the 2018 CAE-Cyber Operations season, which culminated in the designation of three new national CAE-Cyber Operations schools," wrote Steven M. Lafountain, the dean of the National Cryptologic School and College of Cyber, in a letter of commendation. "Dr. Hamilton's contribution to this important national effort is greatly appreciated."
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New class graduates from Departmental Administrator Working Group
Eleven Mississippi State staff members are graduates of the sixth-annual professional development program offered by the university’s Office of Sponsored Projects. This year’s edition of the Departmental Administrator Working Group -- also known as DAWG -- involved a nine-month curriculum designed to develop participants’ sponsored-project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with campus peers. The DAWG program helps departmental administrators grow professionally and create relationships with their peers across campus.
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Taylor Group gift benefits Bagley College of Engineering lab
A significant gift from The Taylor Group of Companies, based in Louisville, will assist with training the next generation of mechanical engineers at Mississippi State University. The gift makes possible endowment-level support of the Taylor Solid Mechanics Laboratory, a newly renovated state-of-the-art facility in the lower level of Carpenter Hall, formally dedicated in ceremonies last week.
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State, industry leaders to converge at Data Summit
Registration is now open for the third annual Data Summit, hosted by Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC). Discussions and activities at the Thursday-Friday event, held at The Mill Conference Center on 600 Russell St. in Starkville this week, will focus on data science and the growing emergence of “smart cities.” “Opening a dialogue on improving the smart city framework is important because it will help us understand how data science can help towns and cities modernize and compete in the growing data economy,” said NSPARC Executive Director Mimmo Parisi.
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Dallas String Quartet Electric kicks off MSU Lyceum Series Tuesday
International music sensation Dallas String Quartet Electric is bringing a fusion of classical music and modern pop to the Bettersworth Auditorium stage Tuesday when it opens Mississippi State’s annual Lyceum Series. Performing on both traditional and electric strings, DSQ Electric has continued expanding its passionate following on Pandora, Spotify and Sirius XM radio since the 2016 release of the group’s fourth album “DSQ.”
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Adkerson School achieves high marks in latest Public Accounting Report rankings
Mississippi State University’s Adkerson School of Accountancy is once again being recognized for its nationally competitive accounting programs. The 2018 Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report lists MSU in the top 10 for master’s and undergraduate accounting programs for schools with 16 or fewer full-time accounting faculty. The programs also are ranked among the best in the southern United States, regardless of faculty size. The rankings are based on survey results from accounting faculty across the country.
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Complete 2 Compete program graduates 108 in first year at MSU
In just its first year, Mississippi State’s Complete 2 Compete program has changed lives by helping 108 students earn their college degrees. Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner said, “We’re so proud and excited for all of this year’s graduates who completed their degrees through the Complete 2 Compete program. We look forward to guiding more working adults on their journey to achieving the college degree they started years ago.”
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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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Keenum touts university growth, accomplishments at general faculty meeting
During his annual address to the general faculty last week, Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum highlighted the university’s many successes as the land-grant institution begins another academic year. He said MSU is welcoming another strong group of freshman and transfer students, as well as 97 new faculty members. He also detailed several ongoing campus capital improvement projects. “I believe that we -- the people of this great university -- will continue on this great momentum that we have as we are looking forward to the future,” Keenum said.
Parisi honored with Excellence in Government Award
The director of Mississippi State’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center was recognized in late August by Gov. Phil Bryant for excellence in government. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi is the recipient of the Excellence in Local and District Government Award, presented during a Jackson ceremony. He was nominated for the award by MSU President Mark E. Keenum. As the founder and executive director of NSPARC, Parisi has led several data science initiatives aimed at improving government, education, workforce and economic outcomes.
Poe joins Longest Student Health Center as newest staff physician
A Mississippi State University alumna specializing in family medicine is the newest staff physician at the John C. Longest Student Health Center. Dr. Katrina Poe, a Kilmichael native and long-serving doctor in her hometown, joined the Student Health Center staff at the beginning of August. Prior to coming to MSU, Poe spent 17 years working as a physician in the Montgomery County town. With Poe now on staff as a full-time physician, the center can treat more primary care patients. In addition to serving MSU students and employees, the health center is open to those in the community.
Enroth promoted to director of Sponsored Projects
An alumnus of Mississippi State’s College of Business now is leading the university’s Office of Sponsored Projects. Kevin Enroth, a Gulfport native who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2008, officially assumed his new leadership role Sept. 1 after serving three years as an OSP senior grants and contracts administrator. “It’s an honor to work with Mississippi State and its research community,” he said.
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