'Message from the Provost': Momentum and more

In his latest update for the Mississippi State community, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert shares details about Thursday night football game revenue sharing, a proposal for instructional professors, and more:

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I want to express my appreciation for the cooperation that was exhibited in managing the logistics of the Thursday night football game in September.

In recognition of the associated challenges faced by campus, Dr. Mark Keenum and Scott Stricklin generously agreed to share a portion of the Thursday night game revenue with the colleges and divisions. A total of $200,000 in extra revenue will be distributed.

Proposal: instructional professors

The faculty at MSU will have a chance to vote on the addition of a new category of professors, instructional professors. This is an optional category that, if approved, would allow the university to have non-tenure track faculty members with responsibilities related only to instructional programs. These faculty would have terminal degrees and would have the possibility to advance in rank. There will be a number of sessions scheduled for me to answer questions and talk to the faculty about the proposal. A general faculty meeting will be called by the Faculty Senate, probably in early November, for the purpose of the vote.

Momentum building for international activities

We are beginning to see momentum build for international activities due in large part to the leadership coming from the International Institute under the direction of Dr. Benjy Mikel. I encourage all faculty and staff who are interested in international research, scholarship, or study abroad to contact the new Institute. The Institute reports to the Division of Academic Affairs; the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine; and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Maroon Edition activities continue

I hope that each of you will continue to support the Maroon Edition and the activities remaining for the rest of the semester, including "Why I Live at the PO" on Oct. 6 in McComas Auditorium at 7 p.m., and the Cemetery Tour on Oct. 25, starting at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum at 4:30 p.m. Other Maroon Edition activities can be found at http://www.maroonedition.msstate.edu/events/

Holocaust survivor visiting campus Oct. 10

In closing, I encourage you to consider attending the lecture given by Ann Jaffe, a survivor of the Holocaust, who will speak of her experiences during this tragedy. Hosted by Mississippi State University, this inspiring, educational lecture is free, open to the public, and will be held Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium.

Warm regards,

Jerry Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President

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