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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Azaria Dandridge
Azaria Dandridge plays an important role in children’s lives at the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center on MSU’s Starkville campus. She interacts with children, teaches developmentally challenging and interesting activities, observes, supervises, and helps children build their self-esteem. “I love that when I walk in the front doors in the morning that I get to see people who are so caring and cheerful while they are here with the children,” she said.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Jennifer Russell
As a family and consumer sciences agent, Jennifer Russell is an important member of the Extension office in Leflore County. Her primary role is to educate adults and young people on family and life skills. For example, she teaches basic sewing skills, financial literacy, nutrition, exercises, food safety, and cooking skills. Her end goal is to train others to continue to provide leadership to the Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers, Begin with Reading volunteers, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program.
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Snyder signing ‘Gatsby’s Oxford’ at Cotton District Arts Festival
The founding dean of Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College will be available to sign books Saturday at noon in the Writers Tent at Starkville’s Cotton District Arts Festival. “Gatsby’s Oxford: Scott, Zelda, and the Jazz Age Invasion of Britain: 1904-1929” is Christopher A. Snyder’s ninth book. Recently published by Pegasus Books, “Gatsby’s Oxford” has been highly praised by Publishers Weekly for offering “a fresh reading of (F. Scott) Fitzgerald’s masterpiece (“The Great Gatsby”) as a novel about the American Dream, wrapped in medieval colors.”
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Staff Council seeks nominations for the Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award
Staff Council needs your help nominating outstanding Mississippi State University employees for the Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award. Twelve winners will be presented with a plaque of recognition and a check for $1,000. Awards will be announced at the annual Luncheon in the Junction. Nomination forms will be accepted from MSU’s administrators, faculty, staff and students. The nomination deadline is April 19.
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Applications sought for Academic Leadership Program
The Office of Research and Economic and Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State will be leading a newly restructured Academic Leadership Program in the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year for faculty who aspire to be administrators. The format of the leadership program consists of two-hour seminar sessions once per month from August to April. A wide variety of topics will be covered by senior leaders at MSU. Applications are due by May 24.
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Butler Hall parking lot construction to cause temporary closure
Construction to improve the parking lot adjacent to Butler Hall will cause temporary closures of the lot beginning Monday [April 8] and lasting through Aug. 6. The MSU Office of Planning, Design and Construction Administration is administering a project to replace a retaining wall, curbs and sidewalks in the area. The parking lot also will be milled, overlaid and striped.


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Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet
More than 50 Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2019 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors. MSU President Mark E. Keenum welcomed honorees, their guests and senior administrators to a celebration of the university’s research achievements during a campus awards luncheon March 29. The program and banquet are co-sponsored by the offices of the vice presidents for Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
Phi Beta Kappa Society installs Gamma of Mississippi Chapter at MSU
The Phi Beta Kappa Society installed a new chapter at Mississippi State University last week at a ceremony at The Mill at MSU Conference Center in Starkville. Following the installation, the new Gamma of Mississippi chapter inducted 77 students selected for their extraordinary academic achievement in the arts and sciences. Frederick M. Lawrence, Phi Beta Kappa Secretary/CEO, Lynn Pasquerella, Phi Beta Kappa Society President and Association of American Colleges and Universities President, and Robert West, Professor of English and President of the Gamma of Mississippi chapter, presided over the installation and induction.
New Grant bio from MSU historians selected for 2019 Maroon Edition
A new, concise biography of Ulysses S. Grant written by Mississippi State historians has been named the university’s common reading book for the 11th Maroon Edition program. MSU President Mark E. Keenum announced “Hold On with a Bulldog Grip: A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant” as this year’s selection on April 2. In a campus-wide message, Keenum said that the book is a “most appropriate choice for our campus,” because MSU is home to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. MSU and Grant Library historians John Marszalek, David Nolen and Louie Gallo, along with former Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams, wrote the new biography.
McRunnels wins national award
Tabitha McRunnels' career spent teaching young children evolved into one devoted to teaching mothers how to feed their kids nutritious meals on limited funds. McRunnels is a nutrition educator with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Lee County. She is part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which administers EFNEP through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. In March, she received one of four national peer educator awards.
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