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MSU Libraries receives Janice Cleary Sheet Music Collection, becoming one of the largest sheet music repositories in U.S.
Mississippi State University Libraries is significantly expanding its printed music resources and becoming one of the largest sheet music repositories in the country with the donation of the Janice Cleary Sheet Music Collection. “Adding a collection of this magnitude and significance to the library will not only greatly expand the holdings of the library but also the type of research that can be conducted here,” said MSU Libraries Associate Dean Stephen Cunetto. “This collection will be used for years to come by musicologists, artists interested in sheet music covers and those studying the influences music has on society.” For many years, MSU has possessed the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Sheet Music Collection with over 20,000 sheets of show tunes, ragtime and popular music dated as early as the 1860s.
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Existing telework agreements set to expire; new agreements required for 2021
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President reminds all Mississippi State University employees that Telework Agreements implemented in 2020 will expire at the end of this year. If any employee in your department plans to continue to telework, a new 2021 Telework Agreement must be completed by the employee and approved by you. Before approving the 2021 Telework Agreement, you should evaluate both the job duties and the ability of the employee to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be effectively performed by the employee from a remote location. Most employees are no longer working remotely and have returned to their physical work locations. If an employee is not performing the same quality of work from a remote location as the employee could perform in the office, a 2021 Telework Agreement should not be approved.
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Testing waivers for Graduate School, College of Education continue into new year
As prospective college students continue to navigate admissions and enrollment processes in a relentless and lingering pandemic, Mississippi State continues its student support into the new year with testing waivers. Students applying to MSU’s Graduate School will have the GMAT and GRE tests waived in many of the university’s on-campus and online programs. Also, those applying for entrance into many of the College of Education’s teacher training programs or working toward teacher certification will have testing waived as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.
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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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Jordan named chief research officer
Julie Jordan has been named Mississippi State’s vice president for research and economic development, MSU President Mark E. Keenum announced last week. Jordan has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2019, providing leadership for the Office of Research and Economic Development, strategic vision for the university research enterprise, and administrative oversight of research centers and institutes. Following the national search, three finalists were presented to the MSU community and university stakeholders prior to Jordan’s eventual selection. The search committee of faculty, staff and administrators was led by Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt.
International recognition continues for new AAAS Fellow Reddy
For Mississippi State’s internationally known cotton expert Raja Reddy, the accolades continue as he joins the likes of Thomas Edison and two Nobel laureates as fellow of the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society. The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, also recognized as publisher of the Science family of scholarly journals, places Reddy in a prestigious class of only 21 fellows across the nation being honored in the organization’s section on agriculture, food and renewable resources. The research professor in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences enters a group of nearly 500 AAAS Fellows elected this year across 24 multidisciplinary sections combined.
Jamerson to lead Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center
The Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center at Mississippi State University has named Starsha Jamerson as director. An MSU employee since 2016 and an alumna, Jamerson began her career as a statewide migrant advocate and later joined the center as educational services coordinator before assuming her new leadership role. The Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center offers supplemental and supportive educational services to ensure that migrant children in the state have access to all public education opportunities and achieve academic success. The center is funded through the Mississippi Department of Education and by federal agencies.
ORED accepting applications for spring 2021 Faculty Leadership Development Institute
The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University is now accepting applications for a new Faculty Leadership Development Institute during the 2021 spring semester. This FLDI will address women’s issues associated with the progression from faculty to administrative positions in higher education. It includes a range of topics aimed at supporting and empowering women faculty at the associate and full academic ranks on their professional journeys. Programming includes small group discussions, bimonthly seminars, and coaching that will allow faculty with an interest in women’s higher education career advancement to come together in an informal setting to discuss current and emerging issues and challenges. Applications are due by December 18.
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