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Search process begins for College of Education, MSU Libraries deans
Mississippi State University is beginning the search process to fill two open dean positions. A search is underway to find a new dean for the College of Education following Richard Blackbourn’s announcement this summer that he would be stepping down as the college’s dean effective Jan. 1, 2021. A search committee for the new dean is in place and led by Angi Bourgeois, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. The university is also beginning a national search for a new Dean of Libraries following the retirement this summer of longtime dean Frances Coleman. MSU is in the process of finalizing a search committee for the position, which will be led by Executive Vice Provost Peter Ryan.
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Owen Nagel, Forsythe and Jimerson recognized by national professional and continuing education association
One faculty member in Mississippi State’s Department of Geosciences and two employees in the Center for Distance Education are being honored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. UPCEA is honoring Athena Owen Nagel with this year’s UPCEA South Region Professional, Continuing and Online Educator Award. Kiley Forsythe is the recipient of the UPCEA South Region Emerging Professional, Continuing and Online Education Leader Award. Mark Jimerson, CDE coordinator for MSU College of Business programs, is one of only 13 selected nationally to participate in the inaugural Bethaida “Bea” Gonzalez Diversity in Leadership Scholars cohort.
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Recent tour with state officials highlights university's state-of-the-art meat processing capabilities
Mississippi State University’s state-of-the-art meat processing facilities drew Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson and a small group of influential lawmakers to campus for a personal tour earlier this month. The visit was organized to address a desire to increase meat processing capacity in the state. MSU’s modern meat processing facility and storefront operation on campus became the centerpiece of the daylong tour. Reuben Moore, interim vice president of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, said MSU met the legislators’ need for information and can meet producers’ need for education in the industry’s latest techniques, as well.
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Longest Student Health Center hosting Sept. 29, Oct. 8 flu vaccine clinics for students, employees
With flu season quickly approaching, Mississippi State's Longest Student Health Center will be hosting two flu vaccine clinics that are open to all MSU students (free/no charge) and any employee who wishes for their insurance to be billed. Most health insurances cover flu vaccination at 100%. No appointments are needed or scheduled for these two flu clinics on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 8 from 8-11 a.m. The clinic will be closed to regular patient visits during these hours, but prescriptions can still be dropped off or picked up at the center's retail pharmacy. Students and employees are being encouraged to take advantage of these flu clinics while the center is not also performing COVID-19 testing or seeing other patients.
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Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning underway this fall, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers the following reminder of the university’s policy on political activities. There are several basic guidelines that university employees should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity. MSU employees are encouraged to review OP 01.14: Political Activities in its entirety and to understand their rights and responsibilities.
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ORED, OIDI issue call for proposals
The Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion are jointly issuing a special call for proposals for research that advances inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Proposals are due October 5 by 5 p.m. This funding opportunity is designed to support new research and creative activities in any discipline that contribute to understanding of racial equity. Scholarship from all disciplines and a wide variety of methodological traditions is appropriate for this program.
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Park Cafe re-opens in research park
The Park Cafe in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park re-opened this month under new management. Located in the II-VI building at 60 Technology Blvd., Suite 100, Park Cafe offers blue plate lunches and more from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dine-in service will be available in a reduced capacity. Diners also can order food to-go. The Riley J’s Streatery food truck will park outside the II-VI building to serve lunch on Mondays, offering Mexican cuisine.
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Nominations now open for MSU’s Grisham Master Teacher Award, Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Awards
The University Instructional Improvement Committee is announcing the call for nominations for the 2021 Grisham Master Teacher Award, 2021 Alumni Association Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award and 2021 Alumni Association Graduate and/or Professional Teaching Excellence Award. All submissions must meet the deadline of Oct. 15. Interested faculty must submit an electronic application in PDF form to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President via email to grishamaward@provost.msstate.edu.
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Apply for the 2020 MSU Excellence in Community Engagement Awards
Applications for the 2020 MSU Excellence in Community Engagement Awards are now available at https://tinyurl.com/MSUCEAwardapp. The MSU CE Awards recognize outstanding accomplishment in community engagement in the categories of Community-Engaged Service; Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning; Community- Engaged Research; and Scholarship of Engagement. The most outstanding example of a current community engagement project or program in each of the four areas will receive a $3,000 award to further community engagement efforts within Mississippi State’s threefold mission of teaching, research and service.
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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 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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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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Despite challenges, MSU and Keenum remain focused on university’s vital mission
Despite the many challenges Mississippi State has faced in the last six months, President Mark E. Keenum explained in an address last week the university remains focused on the vital mission it has in Mississippi. “As our state’s leading land-grant institution, we have a tremendous responsibility to serve our students wherever they are, whether that is here in Starkville, in Meridian, on the Coast, or online,” he said. He said continued adherence to safety protocols and testing capabilities will be key to successfully completing the fall semester.
In vice president role, Forbes primed to advance MSU’s success in diversity, inclusion, and access
Mississippi State has named Ra'Sheda Boddie Forbes to the new university role of vice president for access, diversity and inclusion, a position designed to further advance the 142-year-old land grant’s work of inclusive excellence on campus. President Mark E. Keenum said he is thankful to Forbes for accepting this added leadership responsibility in service to the university. “As our state’s leading research and land-grant institution, we must do all we can to increase access and degree completion for underrepresented students. I want us to be innovators in this and in supporting our students and faculty,” he said.
Search resumes for VP for research and economic development after COVID interruption
The 21-member search committee responsible for the selection of Mississippi State’s new vice president for research and economic development is reconvening after a pause due to COVID-19. The committee, with 10 elected faculty and administrative members appointed by MSU President Mark E. Keenum, is chaired by university Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt. “We believe now is the right time to resume this essential search. This pandemic has shone a great spotlight onto the importance of MSU’s research enterprise as evidenced by the innovative and creative activities our faculty and researchers turned to in response to the needs of our university, state and nation during this crisis,” Hyatt said.
Vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine search resumes
After temporarily pausing the search for a new vice president for Mississippi State’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, MSU is announcing the members of the search committee and resuming the search process. The search was postponed in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Veteran MSU agriculture administrator Reuben Moore has been serving as interim vice president of DAFVM since March 2019. The 19-member search committee now in place includes faculty, staff, administrators and external stakeholders. The committee is chaired by MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw.
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