President Mark E. Keenum discusses Mississippi State University’s many recent accomplishments during last week's spring general faculty meeting in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom. PHOTO: Logan Kirkland | Public Affairs
Parisi taking leave of absence to lend expertise to Italian government
The executive director of Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) will be tackling a new set of challenges in the coming months. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi will be taking a year-long unpaid leave of absence from the university to serve as president of an Italian government agency charged with improving unemployment in that country. He will begin his new role with Italy’s National Agency for Active Labour Policies, or ANPAL, on March 1. Allen Parrish, MSU’s associate vice president for research development, will lead NSPARC during the interim period.
Lang to present American Civil War lecture, book signing Thursday afternoon
Mississippi State Assistant Professor of History Andrew F. Lang is presenting a Thursday campus lecture on military occupation during the American Civil War. Free to all, Lang’s 3 p.m. talk in Mitchell Memorial Library’s John Grisham Room also will include a signing session for his first book, "In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation and Civil War America" (LSU Press, 2017). The 2018 Tom Watson Brown Book Award-winning work earned Lang a $50,000 prize for his original contributions to the understanding of the Civil War time period.
Congress establishes water research center in Delta
A new research center in the Mississippi Delta is tasked with studying agricultural water management to protect this critical natural resource. Jeff Johnson, head of the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center, said the center primarily focuses on waters in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Plans for establishing the facility began in 2014 after several meetings with researchers, regional farmers and stakeholders to discuss water-related research in the Lower Mississippi River region.
Nominations for Irvin Atly Jefcoat, Wes Ammon academic advising awards now open
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards and the 2019 Wes Ammon Outstanding New Advisor Awards. The Jefcoat and Ammon awards honor both a full-time MSU faculty adviser and a full-time staff adviser for contributions to student advising. Interested faculty and staff must submit an application in PDF form to Nancy Fultz at email@example.com. The deadline to submit nominations for both awards is 5 p.m. on April 1.
Construction area near Allen Hall causes temporary closure on west side
To allow a contractor to complete sidewalk and parking lot construction in the area, a portion of sidewalk and parking spaces on the west side of Allen Hall will close temporarily. Please use entrances on the east, north and south sides of Allen Hall through March 1. For questions or more information, please contact the Facilities Management Service Desk at (662) 325-2005.
Faculty and staff may update online information about summer youth camps
Faculty, staff and deans, directors and department heads: The MSU summer camp page is up and ready to be updated with 2019 camp information. Having this information in one location is a help for people wanting to know what camps MSU will offer this summer. Your help getting this information centralized in one location is very much appreciated and a great way to ensure parents can find camp information easily. If you have any questions or trouble entering your camp information, please do not hesitate to contact Amber Shultice at the Center for Continuing Education, (662) 325-1457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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