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Bulldog Blitz Virtual 5K set for Oct. 24
Mississippi State University’s Alumni Association and Office of Annual Giving are joining forces to host the inaugural Bulldog Blitz Virtual 5K. The event encourages participants to join in celebrating the strength and connectivity of the MSU family, while rallying support for the university’s Student Relief Fund. The first-ever Bulldog Blitz is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, and participation is free and open to all. Whether running on a treadmill, walking in a park, biking down the road, rowing across a lake, or even crawling, participants can complete the virtual 5K (3.1 miles) at their own pace from any location and at any time during the open event date.
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Closed captioning available for Webex meetings
Closed captioning is now available through Webex Assistant, which has been configured for MSU Webex meetings under a trial license from Cisco. The university has been assured the trial license will remain active through June 30, 2021. Those hosting Webex meetings must have Webex Assistant enabled on their accounts to make the following key features available for all meeting participants. Please contact the ITS Service Desk at servicedesk@msstate.edu or 662-325-0631 to request enabling of Webex Assistant for your Webex account.
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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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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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Mississippi State breaks ground on new Bulldog Way corridor project
Mississippi State broke ground last week on a $7 million, two-mile corridor that will improve campus traffic once the new Bulldog Way is completed along the eastern perimeter of campus. MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the new roadway is the result of long-term planning for university infrastructure to accommodate increasing traffic, aiding campus safety and accessibility. Bulldog Way will connect between Blackjack Road and the intersection of East Lee Boulevard and Bailey Howell Drive. “This project is crucial not only to alleviating current traffic issues, but for the future growth and development of our Starkville campus,” he said.
$1.7M Adkerson Foundation gift creates online MSU master’s accounting programs, minority fellowships; endows NABA chapter
The Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation addresses two significant issues facing the southeastern United States with a gift to its namesake’s alma mater, Mississippi State University. The more than $1.7 million gift will strengthen accounting education through accessibility by establishing two online graduate-level degree programs for the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy and bring fellowships to African Americans who enroll full time in the programs. Additionally, the gift endows a student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants for underrepresented undergraduate students to engage with professionals in their soon-to-be career fields of accounting, finance and related business professions.
MSU Extension Service specialists accept award for sea-level rise work
A partnership led by Mississippi State University Extension Service specialists recently received a national award for work aimed at understanding and mitigating the impacts of rising sea levels. The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative won the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the broad partnership category. Renee Collini, program coordinator for the cooperative, along with her colleagues Mikaela Heming, Sonia Vedral and Sara Martin, accepted the award at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual meeting in September.
Caution urged due to plaza construction near McCool Hall and Colvard Student Union starting Monday
Due to construction of a new plaza on the northeast corner of McCool Hall and the southeast corner of Colvard Student Union, those accessing these buildings and nearby sidewalks are urged to use caution. The construction begins 7 a.m. Monday [Oct. 12] and is expected to continue through the end of December 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience of the construction and appreciate your patience and support. Please contact the Facilities Management Service Desk at 662-325-2005 if you have any questions.
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