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‘Creative, supportive, persistent’: MSU thanks faculty, staff advisors during NACADA Global Advising Week
At a time when everyone can benefit from extra attention and assistance from others, Mississippi State is celebrating a special group of employees this week who are giving tireless effort in helping students succeed. Faculty and staff academic advisors at MSU and around the world were recognized during the inaugural Global Advising Week last week. “Perhaps never more than over the past month, MSU’s faculty and staff with advising responsibilities have been creative, supportive and persistent in completing their jobs, meeting the needs of students and supporting MSU,” said Lynda Moore, director of MSU’s University Academic Advising Center.
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Merivaki to discuss COVID-19’s potential effect on 2020 elections Monday
In a virtual format open for pubic interaction, a Mississippi State University faculty member specializing in American politics will provide expert analysis of the effects COVID-19 may have on the political processes for the 2020 elections. Thessalia Merivaki, an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, shares her perspective on the presidential and senatorial elections during an 11 a.m. Monday [May 11] interview with Julia Osman, director of MSU’s Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of history.
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Qualtrics and Stata software now available for MSU personnel
Over the course of this school year, the Office of Research and Economic Development worked through various channels to listen to the needs of faculty and researchers. Based on this feedback, the Office of Research and Economic Development has purchased a university-wide license for both Qualtrics and Stata. Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool to create surveys, polls, and collect feedback using a wide variety of features and question types. Stata is a complete, integrated software package that provides data science needs -- data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting.
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University joins COVID-19 Technology Access Framework
Mississippi State University is joining the COVID-19 Technology Access Framework alongside universities across the nation to provide fast and royalty free access to technologies that can be used to fight the pandemic. As part of this commitment, we will follow the framework set forth by the network that are outlined below. If any MSU researcher has a technology that could contribute to relief of the pandemic or has received interest from industry to license a technology for this purpose, please contact the MSU Office of Technology Management at otm@msstate.edu.
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Looking for a way to help? Give to the MSU Student Relief Fund
The Mississippi State University community continually exhibits a great sense of responsibility and caring for enrolled students that make the land-grant institution such a special place. The MSU Student Relief Fund, built with private gifts, helps those members of the student body affected with day-to-day crises or like now, the impact to their daily lives posed by COVID-19. The Dean of Students' Office assesses needs and administers the fund for acute crises that may impact students’ ability to succeed academically. The funds have a direct impact on students in extenuating circumstances in order to help them achieve their academic success. The MSU Foundation accepts gifts year-round for the MSU Student Relief Fund. Contributions for this effort can be made online or by contacting the Annual Giving office at (662) 325-2466.
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SMART route changes in effect during COVID-19 pandemic to protect riders and staff
As Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit continues to evaluate the best ways to protect transit riders and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, service is being limited (one bus per route) to the following routes: Boardtown North, Boardtown South, Old Main, Highway 12, Sportsplex and Paratransit. Routes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be limited to nine passengers per bus. Routes will stop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for cleaning and spraying of all buses.
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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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Ramsey named executive director of Campus Services
Mississippi State alumnus Saunders Ramsey is the new leader of the MSU Campus Services. Ramsey has been named executive director of MSU Campus Services, which includes oversight of planning, design, and construction of all major capital projects; maintenance, repair, and custodial services for over 100 university buildings; maintenance of more than 1,500 acres of campus landscape; as well as maintenance, repairs, and construction of MSU’s utilities distribution infrastructure. “We are excited that Saunders has joined the MSU team,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Don Zant.
Bian elected to leadership position within international professional society
A Mississippi State engineering faculty member has been elected to lead a division within the world’s largest industrial engineering professional society. Linkan Bian, who holds the Thomas B. and Terri L. Nusz Professorship in industrial and systems engineering, will serve as president-elect for the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers for 2020-2021. He will take the reins as president in 2021-2022 and will remain on the board in 2022-2023 as the immediate past president.
Currie, co-author honored with best article recognition
Melissa Anne Currie, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University, and co-author, Janni Sorensen, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte, have been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Best Article in the Journal of Urban Affairs Award for their article, “’Repackaged “Urban Renewal”: Issues of Spatial Equity and Environmental Justice in New Construction, Suburban Neighborhoods, and Urban Islands of Infill.” The award committee noted that the authors shed light on both the deliberate nature of exclusionary/discriminatory practices, as well as the unintended consequences of well-intentioned, but short-sighted approaches to affordable housing development.
ORED announces research development office restructure and rebranding
Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development Julie Jordan has announced a restructuring and rebranding of Mississippi State University's Office of Proposal Development. Previously a unit within the Office of Sponsored Projects, it is now a stand-alone office and named the Office of Research Development. Stephanie Hyche, who served as OSP associate director, is now serving as the director of the Office of Proposal Development.
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