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University and City of Starkville evaluating cooperative recycling plan
Mississippi State University and the City of Starkville are evaluating a possible cooperative recycling program. The city recently suspended its recycling program after incurring increased contractor costs for recycling services. Saunders Ramsey, MSU’s executive director of Campus Services, said Starkville officials reached out to the university about a potential recycling partnership through Waste Pro. He said the university has a long history of effective collaboration with the city, but a recycling partnership would require some structure to make the proposal financially feasible. “The building blocks of a successful partnership from MSU's perspective would be location, control of the site, cost, and education,” he said.
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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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Caution urged due to plaza construction near McCool Hall and Colvard Student Union
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 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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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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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. The complete policy is available at www.policies.msstate.edu/policy/91301.


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Best in the U.S.: Online MBA program ranked No. 1 in nation by Best Value Schools
Mississippi State is home to the nation’s top online Master of Business Administration program for 2020, according to recently released rankings by Best Value Schools. “The Online MBA program continues to offer a flexible, challenging and supportive educational experience to prepare our online students for success. We are proud to provide students, regardless of location, the opportunity to earn a prestigious degree from Mississippi State University,” said Sharon Oswald, College of Business dean and professor of management. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, MSU’s 30-hour online MBA program offers affordable, flexible courses in accounting, management, marketing and finance.
University releases Spring 2021 academic guidelines
In response to students and their families seeking specific additional information and guidance regarding the Spring Semester 2021, Mississippi State University is aware that the Fall Semester 2020 has been a unique learning experience of delivering courses safely and effectively to MSU students. As we prepare for the Spring Semester 2021, we consider the situation we may expect from a pandemic standpoint, coupled with what we have learned from the fall semester. The Spring Semester 2021 will include an increased number of courses that are offered face-to-face (F2F) but still maintaining social distancing and face mask requirements. MSU believes that transparency regarding these issues with students, their families, and our dedicated faculty and staff is the key to eliminating confusion and inconsistency.
Measells honored as new fellow of the Society of American Foresters
A prominent national forestry organization is recognizing a Mississippi State Extension Service staff member with a prestigious honor. Senior Extension Associate Marcus Measells is one of only 17 honorees nationwide recently named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. One of the organization’s highest accolades, fellows are honored for their extensive and long-standing dedication to the advancement of the forestry industry at local, state and national levels. The Morton native has been actively involved with the organization and industry since his undergraduate years at Mississippi State, when he served as secretary to the SAF student chapter. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry in 1999 and 2001, respectively.
Ready, set, go: First-ever Bulldog Blitz Virtual 5K coming up Saturday
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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