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Members of the MSU community came together last week in remembrance of those who died in the Oct. 27 shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania. Held at the Chapel of Memories and sponsored by the MSU Student Association and Mississippi State Hillel, a Jewish student organization, the vigil included remarks from MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt, Student Association President Mayah Emerson, Hillel President Tyler Daniel, as well as area religious leaders. PHOTO: Logan Kirkland | Public Affairs

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Gertrude C. Ford Foundation gift assists Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic
Mississippi State University is receiving support from the Ridgeland-based Gertrude C. Ford Foundation for autism and developmental disabilities research and treatment services. Specifically, a gift of $125,000 makes possible renovated facilities and expanded services for more clients of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic in MSU’s College of Education. The ADDC is primarily funded year to year through grants, and it is one of the only comprehensive pediatric psychological service centers in north Mississippi.
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Three grants to fund science literacy enhancements
Mississippi State University received three grants last month totaling almost $900,000 to enhance the advancement of scientific and environmental literacy among children and young people living near the Gulf Coast. These funds were part of $3.2 million awarded in nine grants from the Gulf Research Program, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The awards were the first grants from this funding agency made specifically to focus on building the scientific capacity of the next generation.
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Major renovation planned for Humphrey Coliseum
Already boasting the best fans in college basketball, Humphrey Coliseum will become one of the premier arenas in the nation as major renovation plans were announced for the 43-year-old facility. "Humphrey Coliseum has been one of the most storied venues in all of college basketball," MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. "We are excited about the enhancements that will modernize the venue and offer Bulldog fans an unforgettable gameday experience. Expanded concourses, enhanced sightlines, new dining options and a luxurious club level are some of the many new features that will be coming to Humphrey Coliseum."
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Nathan Gregory
Nathan Gregory advocates for Mississippians through his work as a writer in the Office of Agricultural Communications on the MSU Starkville campus. He promotes science-based information by writing media releases that go out to the state’s newspapers and TV outlets, as well as articles for LandMarks and Extension Matters magazines. “I learn a lot about things that Extension researches and the different outreach efforts they do that I had no idea about when I was a student here 10 to 12 years ago,” he said.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Derrel Taylor
Derrel Taylor works as a research technician for the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center at the H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center, popularly known as South Farm. His main job is to help with the research ponds and feeding. “I generally help with anything and everything that needs to be done. That sometimes includes keeping predators out of the ponds,” he said. “However, my main chores are to monitor the oxygen level in the ponds and feed the fish.”
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Calendar, holiday cards available for order
Bring the Bulldog spirit home with the new Mississippi State University calendar and holiday cards. The perfect holiday gift, the 2019 calendar features 13 beautiful images of campus scenes by MSU's own award-winning photographers and student photographers. It's truly a one-of-a-kind treasure. This year, we have two holiday card options debuting original artwork by MSU alumni. Calendars cost $20 and holiday cards are $24.50 for a pack of 25 cards and envelopes. Orders may be placed online at msufoundation.com/calendar.
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Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne takes MSU Riley Center stage Tuesday night
Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne brings his Just Passing Through Tour to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., along with special guests The Secret Sisters. LaMontagne’s new album, “Part of the Light,” returns to the acoustic-guitar sound and emotionally direct lyrics that made him a star -- in his own low-key way -- with such hits as “Beg Steal or Borrow” and “You Are the Best Thing.” The electric guitars and mystical poetry of his previous album, “Ouroboros,” give way to the quiet intensity of “Such a Simple Thing,” the new album’s first single release.
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‘Godmother of Soul’ Patti LaBelle coming to MSU for Lyceum Series
Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle is bringing her legendary rhythm and blues to Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium Nov. 15 as the next guest in 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,” LaBelle will perform at 7 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the curtain rises for the show, which is part of the university’s long-running performing arts program.
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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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New federal sponsor reporting requirements for harassment and sexual misconduct
Some of you may have seen news articles from various federal sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning new or pending policies on university notification requirements regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault. These federal policies are specific to individuals involved in projects sponsored by those federal sponsors.

 

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University moves forward with strategic plan update
Mississippi State faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders are being invited to contribute to an update of the university’s strategic plan. MSU President Mark E. Keenum made the announcement last week. Judy Bonner, the university’s provost and executive vice president, is leading the update process with members of the President’s Committee on Planning. A series of town hall meetings has been scheduled for members of the campus community to provide feedback, along with options to comment online and via email through February.
Martin named associate VP for economic development and corporate engagement
A Mississippi State alumnus with a distinguished career in both the U.S. Air Force and the private sector is returning to his alma mater in a senior executive leadership role. James F. “Jim” Martin has been named associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development at MSU. “We are very pleased that Jim is coming back to join the Mississippi State team,” said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and economic development. Kathy Gelston, who currently serves as associate vice president, is retiring in December.
Bagley welcomes new fundraiser
Stephen Lack of New Orleans, Louisiana, is joining Mississippi State University as assistant director of development for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, one of the 140-year-old university’s oldest academic units. “Stephen brings valuable fundraising experience to this position, and we are extremely pleased that he is joining our team of development professionals,” said Jack McCarty, the Foundation’s executive director of development. “The Bagley College of Engineering has a great history of private support, and we are confident Stephen will do an outstanding job as he works to secure private gifts for the institution."
Marszalek, Nolen and Gallo receive non-fiction award from Mississippi Library Association
The Mississippi Library Association is recognizing Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library scholars at Mississippi State University with an award for non-fiction writing. John F. Marszalek, David Nolen and Louis Gallo are the recipients of the Mississippi Library Association’s 2018 Writer’s Award for Non-Fiction for their work editing “The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition.” Marszalek is an MSU Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Ulysses S. Grant Association executive director and managing editor; Nolen and Gallo are Grant Association assistant editors.
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