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Blackbourn selected for Harvard University leadership institute
The dean of Mississippi State’s College of Education is taking part this summer in an elite Harvard University professional development experience designed to help higher education administrators master new approaches to leadership. Richard Blackbourn is a selection for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. He will join other senior administrators from around the world June 16-28 for the two-week, on-campus program.
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Carl Small Town Center receives national award for comprehensive plan
The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University is receiving national recognition for a comprehensive plan prepared for the City of Ripley. The American Planning Association’s 2019 Vernon Deines Award recognizes the CSTC’s Ripley Master Plan. The annual award is presented by the APA’s Small Town and Rural Planning division to recognize an outstanding comprehensive plan or special project for a small jurisdiction.
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Endowment memorializes Rafferty’s passion for anthropology field work
A new endowment at Mississippi State University honors the legacy of the late professor emerita Janet E. Rafferty of Starkville. She was a founding faculty member for the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the endowment salutes her 37-year university career.
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Bohach returning to faculty role
A senior Mississippi State administrator will return to the university in a new but familiar faculty role in July. Gregory A. Bohach, who served as vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine since 2009, has been on a leave of absence due to an extended illness. He will assume a full-time position as a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology. In late March, President Mark E. Keenum named veteran MSU agriculture administrator Reuben Moore as interim vice president of DAFVM. Keenum said Moore will continue to serve in that role.
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Summer read: 2019 Maroon Edition book, ‘Hold on with a Bulldog Grip’
Mississippi State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as members of the local community, are encouraged to include the university’s Maroon Edition book, “Hold On with a Bulldog Grip,” in their summer reading selections. The book is being made available to incoming freshman students and transfers in their summer Orientation packets, and others can purchase the book at MSU’s Barnes & Noble bookstore or through other booksellers. Purchases also can be made online from the University Press of Mississippi at www.upress.state.ms.us/books/2240.
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Community-Engaged Learning Fellows create new opportunities through collaborative program
Ten Mississippi State employees from across the university are completing a program to help them incorporate community-engaged learning into courses in their respective departments. The Community-Engaged Learning Fellows have spent three weeks redesigning courses and preparing to integrate this type of learning into their teaching, research and public service work. The program aims to integrate the philosophy, pedagogy and process of community-engaged learning into the MSU academic environment and develop faculty leaders who can encourage and mentor their peers.
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Arbor Day Foundation honors university with Tree Campus USA designation
For the sixth consecutive year, Mississippi State University is being recognized for its sustained commitment to environmental stewardship with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA designation. To achieve this distinction, MSU met five core standards for an effective campus forest management plan. strong>Bart Prather, MSU associate director of campus landscape, said over the past five years, the university has planted approximately 85-100 new trees per year on the nearly 1,500 maintained acres of its Starkville campus.
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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 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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Construction on Rula complex prompts partial closure, temporary detour for Hardy, Morrill roads
Due to new utility connections and road construction for the Richard A. Rula Engineering and Science Complex, there will be a partial road closure and temporary detour for Hardy and Morrill roads lasting through June 17, weather permitting. For questions, please contact the Facilities Management Service Desk at (662) 325-2005.


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Skilled and supportive: Zacharias staff award recipients honored
From helping students throughout their academic careers to conducting research with far-reaching impact, Mississippi State employees use their knowledge and passion to advance the university and state in many ways. Twelve members of the Bulldog family were recognized for their efforts recently with 2019 Donald W. Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards. At the event, MSU President Mark E. Keenum congratulated each honoree.
Agricultural Communications, Public Affairs staff win multiple CPRAM awards
From writing, photography and video to social media, television and web design, Mississippi State’s Office of Agricultural Communications and Office of Public Affairs are receiving various honors in the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s annual awards competition. “Holiday Homecoming,” a video produced by OPA and the University Television Center, received the Grand Award in the senior division’s electronic media category during CPRAM’s recent conference at Holmes Community College’s Ridgeland campus. The video also took home a first-place electronic media award in the new media/social media category.
Edelblute named to NACUBO Fellows Program
A Mississippi State finance administrator and alumnus is a new Fellow of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Kevin Edelblute, MSU’s assistant vice president for finance and the university’s controller and treasurer, is one of 14 higher education business leaders in the nation to be named to the NACUBO Fellows Program. During a year of intensive development, the Fellows work alongside higher education presidents, provosts and chief business officers to enhance their leadership, financial communications and change management skills.
Band fraternity names regional award after Aarhus
Musicianship, leadership and service is the motto of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. An associate professor in Mississippi State’s Department of Music who exhibits those same characteristics is being honored by the organization in a special way. Craig Aarhus, the university’s senior associate director of bands, now is namesake of the Sponsor/Band Director Excellence Award, given each year to one chapter sponsor or college band director in Kappa Kappa Psi’s Southeast District.
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