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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Michael Brown
Michael Brown has worked for Mississippi’s veterinary program for nearly 13 years. He works in the technical aspects of animal husbandry for the Equine Hospital at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He ensures the doctors and students have the necessary supplies to provide exceptional care to all client- and university-owned animals. He began his career as a student worker in 2007 and enjoyed the work. When the opportunity for full-time employment became available to him, he jumped at the chance.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Beverly Keasler
Beverly Keasler is the outreach point-person for the Mississippi Bug Blues program. She organizes and leads events with students, professionals and the public. The bulk of her team’s outreach focuses on invasive species awareness, especially detrimental insects such as Spotted Lanternfly, Emerald Ash Borer and Tawny Crazy Ants. They also highlight the importance of native ecosystems and protecting endangered species. Her favorite part of her current job is teaching kids about nature and seeing them get excited about things they previously thought were scary or gross.
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Lambert, other researchers awarded NSF grant to create safe, inclusive archaeological field schools
A Mississippi State faculty member is part of a collaboration awarded $300,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of research aimed at preventing sexual harassment during undergraduate field-based courses. Shawn P. Lambert, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures and research fellow at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, is partnering with researchers from the Southern Arkansas University Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seeking to combat sexual harassment during archaeological field studies.
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Hibbs' screenplay to be featured at National Broadcasting Society convention
"The Reverend,” a screenplay written by Communication Instructor Jason Hibbs, will be featured during the Professional and Alumni Competition presentations at the National Broadcasting Society’s annual convention in Burbank, California, this March. Hibbs, a former television news reporter and newsroom manager, teaches broadcast news and media writing at Mississippi State. He said he is flattered that his first major creative endeavor outside of broadcast journalism has been so well received.
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Center for Distance Education celebrates as online program offerings surpass 50
Mississippi State’s Center for Distance Education is celebrating a significant milestone, now offering more than 50 accredited online programs. Recent additions of master’s programs in foreign language and educational psychology are among degrees offered through six colleges. “Mississippi State has experienced a nearly 35% increase over the last three years in the number of degree programs we are offering online,” said Susan Seal, executive director of MSU’s Center for Distance Education. “This is exciting, not because of the number, but because it provides more opportunities for working adults to expand their education and improve their lives.”
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Science Night at the Museums offers scientific exploration for all ages
For the fourth consecutive year, Mississippi State’s Museums and Galleries Committee is presenting Science Night at the Museums. Free and open to all, the interactive event is Wednesday [Feb. 12] from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations in Hilbun Hall, Harned Hall and the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. Amy Moe-Hoffman, committee chair and MSU geology instructor, said the event offers visitors a wide array of hands-on activities. “Participants can do everything from holding a live tarantula to watching chemical reactions,” she said.
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Fan experience upgrades announced for Dudy Noble Field
After christening the new Dudy Noble Field with a school-record for total attendance and the program's 11th trip to the College World Series last season, Mississippi State athletics has announced a number of fan experience upgrades to the venue for the 2020 baseball season. The upgraded features cover everything from stadium entry, upgraded concession offerings, added concession points of sale and seating upgrade options. Mississippi State opens the 2020 baseball season at Dudy Noble Field on Friday [Feb. 14] against Wright State at 4 p.m.
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Applications for MSU's 2020 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows program due by Feb. 21
Feb. 21 is the deadline to submit an application for Mississippi State's 2020 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows program. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Center for Community-Engaged Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning, this three-week program supports instructional faculty and staff in integrating community-engaged learning into their formal or non-formal teaching. The CEL Fellows program will meet in May 2020, and CEL Fellows will learn community-engaged learning theory, course design, and pedagogy.
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Registration underway for annual Legal Issues Conference at MSU
Mississippi State will hold its 9th annual Legal Issues Conference April 22-24 on the Starkville campus. The conference is open to all levels of university practitioners and will provide valuable educational and networking opportunities. This year’s keynote speakers include Will Creeley, senior vice president of legal and public advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), W. Scott Lewis, partner at NCHERM Group, a legal and consulting firm that serves K-12 schools and university campuses, and Marisa R. Randazzo, CEO and founder of SIGMA Threat Management Associates.
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Nominations sought for Jefcoat and Ammon advising awards
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is seeking nominations for Mississippi State’s 2020 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards and Wes Ammon Outstanding New Advisor Awards. The deadline for nominations for both awards is March 23. Nominations are to be submitted in PDF form to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President via email to nfultz@provost.msstate.edu.
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Information needed for 2020 youth summer camps
The MSU summer camp page is ready to be updated with your 2020 camp information. Please login at http://ce.extension.msstate.edu/add-summer-camp to enter information about your upcoming summer camps. Only MSU employees have the ability to access the summer camp information site using their MSU NetID and Net Password. Once submitted, your camp information will be reviewed, approved and posted. If you have any questions or have any trouble entering your information, please contact Amber Shultice at 662-325-1457 or ams257@msstate.edu.
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Smoke-free policy enhances healthy environment
Mississippi State University is a smoke-free campus. Official policy prohibits the use of any combustible or vapor products anywhere on campus property including university buildings, university grounds, university vehicles, parking areas and sidewalks. The smoke-free campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy environment for all members of the campus community. Use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah or other similar devices are prohibited by this policy.


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MSU Idea Shop, College View development recognized at GSDP annual banquet
Two new Mississippi State projects were recognized for their contributions to community development during the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s annual awards banquet last week. “The Partnership is pleased to recognize both the College View development and the Idea Shop for their respectively unique contributions to our community,” said GSDP President and CEO Mike Tagert, who also serves as associate director for corporate and economic partnerships in MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development.
MSU CVM hospitals attain highest level of veterinary care excellence
Mississippi State’s three hospitals affiliated with its College of Veterinary Medicine are being recognized for attaining the nation’s highest level of veterinary care excellence. The university’s CVM Animal Health Center, Veterinary Specialty Center, and Animal Emergency and Referral Center all earned American Animal Hospital Association accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospitals’ practice protocols, medical equipment, facilities and client services. “We are very proud of our main hospital on campus and our clinics in west Starkville and Flowood for attaining this accreditation,” said CVM Dean Kent Hoblet.
University celebrates Black History Month with special events
Mississippi State is hosting a variety of free programs on the Starkville campus to commemorate Black History Month, including a “read-in” event and new exhibit at MSU Libraries. For the second consecutive year, MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library will host a “National African American Author Read-In” on Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the John Grisham Room. As event organizer, MSU Assistant Professor of Early Literacy Education Kristin Javorsky is looking to build on last year’s inaugural success. This year’s program will feature African American authors giving short readings from their works. Attendees also can browse a wide range of children’s books, chapter books and novels, and make a selection to read during the event.
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