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School of Architecture recognized by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter
Mississippi State’s School of Architecture received several statewide honors from the American Institute of Architects at the virtual 2020 AIA Mississippi Celebrates Architecture Awards Ceremony this fall. Awards were presented to Director Emeritus Michael A. Berk, the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center, and Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann during the annual Mississippi Chapter of the AIA event that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the profession. Berk, who retired in 2019 after 29 years with the MSU School of Architecture, received the Education Commendation Award for his significant contribution to the field of education related to the purposes of AIA. The Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center, led by Director Leah Kemp, received an honor citation for the creation of the Starkville Streatery and Small Town Streatery Toolkit. Herrmann’s project, Mirror Perch Bridge at the Crosby Arboretum Gum Pond Exhibit, received two awards, with the first being an honor award for overall design excellence.
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Hosemann Family Foundation extends support at MSU for future educators
The Hosemann Family Autism Foundation has created an annual scholarship award for graduate students studying and pursuing careers in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the Mississippi State University College of Education. The nonprofit foundation was established in 2017 by Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and his wife Lynn, along with their children, to improve access to and the quality of educational, therapeutic, medical and behavioral health-related services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in Mississippi. The Hosemanns have publicly and privately supported autism-related efforts within the state for many years. At MSU, they have previously worked with Dan Gadke, director of MSU’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, and Kasee Stratton-Gadke, director of the university’s T. K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, to provide support for these two campus-based programs.
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University launching online master’s programs in accounting and taxation
Mississippi State University will launch new online master’s programs in accountancy and taxation in 2021. The MSU College of Business’ Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy is set to begin offering online Master of Professional Accountancy and Master of Taxation programs in the fall, building on the college’s nationally-recognized online offerings. The new online programs are made possible by a recent gift from the Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation. “As the fields of business and accounting evolve, it is our job to equip students with both the foundational concepts and the modern tools they need to be at the forefront of their profession,” College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald said. “Our updated accounting curriculum and expanded online offerings are two great examples of how we are doing just that.”
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Beware of scammers as vaccines roll out
The saying goes that tough times bring out the best and worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, and consumers need to be wary of potential fraud related to the vaccine as it is rolled out. Becky Smith, a family financial management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said two of the most important facts to keep in mind about the vaccine is that it will be free of charge, and it will require an appointment to receive. “You should get your vaccination only from your doctor, a hospital or clinic, or a licensed pharmacy. There will be no do-it-yourself versions of the vaccine,” said MSU Extension health specialist David Buys.
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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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Bourgeois to serve as interim AVP for Student Success
Veteran Mississippi State University administrator Thomas Bourgeois will serve in a new role as interim Associate Vice President for Student Success, it was announced by MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David R. Shaw. Shaw said Bourgeois -- who will continue to serve as Dean of Students in the MSU Division of Student Affairs -- is uniquely qualified to serve in this new position that more effectively connects the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The new position will be situated in the Provost’s Office. Shaw said Bourgeois is highly respected in both divisions and his long MSU tenure is invaluable.
Gathings returns to MSU as director of strategic planning and implementation
A veteran higher education administrator is returning to Mississippi State in a new position within the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Cedric Gathings begins his role as director of strategic planning and implementation this month. He will provide assistance to the provost and other senior leaders, as well as build partnerships and collaborate to integrate best practices into institutional programming. Among his primary duties will be engaging stakeholders to develop, implement, operationalize and measure the university’s strategic plan, vision and related goals.
Lang attains Library Journal’s prestigious starred review for new Civil War book
A Mississippi State University Civil War expert and associate professor of history received a starred review in Library Journal for his newest publication, described by the periodical as a “brilliant book” that depicts how “the Civil War-era generation struggled to give form and force” to American ideas of liberty. Andrew F. Lang’s book, “A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era” (2021), is the final installment of UNC Press’s landmark series, the “Littlefield History of the Civil War Era.” The book explains how 19th-century Americans “questioned whether the Union could chart a distinct course in human affairs when slaveholders, abolitionists, free people of color and enslaved African Americans” had differing definitions of nationhood.
Rios joins MSU Extension Service as sheep and goat specialist
The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a new specialist to support the important small-ruminant industry in the state. Leyla Rios de Alvarez began work at MSU in December as an assistant Extension/research professor of small ruminant production in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. The Venezuelan native is the new Extension sheep and goat specialist. Her work will focus on existing programs as well as establishing new efforts to help Mississippi producers be more successful in their sheep and goat businesses. Her expertise lies in the interaction of nutrition and parasites in ruminants, along with plant extracts and bioactive forages for animal health and welfare.
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