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Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum (standing) discusses the university's role in the Furniture Academy during a press conference in Tupelo last Thursday [Jan. 12]. Local and state officials also participated in the announcement, including District 6 Sen. Chad McMahan (l-r), Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. The new manufacturing skills certification program is a partnership between MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Community Development Foundation, Three Rivers Planning and Development District and several industry partners.

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MSU, Habitat for Humanity dedicate eighth Maroon Edition home
Mississippi State University and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity officially welcomed Lena and LaShay Evans into their new home earlier this month. “MSU is glad to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide a transformative experience for the Evans, as well as the student volunteers that have the opportunity to understand what partnership is, understand what hard work is and investing in something that is important,” MSU Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement Cade Smith said.
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Library makes major changes to some departments and collections
As if adding a fourth floor wasn’t enough, Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State is announcing several reorganized operations. Frances Coleman, dean of libraries, said the changes have been designed to “benefit students in every area of study and improve the overall library program.” Stephen Cunetto, associate dean, said developing a multi-media collaborative space equipped with technology helps to greatly advance the library’s teaching, learning, exploration and research missions.
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Mississippi State addresses food security through advanced research techniques
Two agricultural scholars spent fall 2016 at Mississippi State learning advanced research techniques as part of an international fellowship study program. Ali Bhuiyan of Bangladesh and Priyadarshini Bhorali of India spent several months at MSU participating in the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. “These are very distinguished scientists that we were proud to have as a part of our team for a few weeks,” said George Hopper, director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
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MSU researchers describe new disease of impatiens
When impatiens planted as part of a Mississippi State University variety trial died within two weeks, researchers acted quickly and described a pathogen never before seen in this flower. Shaun Broderick, an MSU assistant Extension and research professor of ornamental horticulture and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, observed the pathogen rapidly kill impatiens he was growing at the MSU Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs.
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Nominations wanted for Powe, research awards
The nomination period is now open for Mississippi State University's 2017 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program. Recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at the Hunter Henry Center on April 27 at 11:30 a.m. The awards program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
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PCSW now accepting nominations for annual awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 PCSW Awards Program, sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State. These awards recognize individuals both on and off campus with notable achievements in promoting the status of women, and who are advocates for the well-being, development and advancement of all women of MSU's campuses and surrounding communities. All nominations are due by Feb. 24 at noon.
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Registration open for SEC Academic Conference
Registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference to be hosted by Mississippi State University March 27-28. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds.” For complete conference details, visit www.secconference.msstate.edu.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription, privacy and more.
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Grantham named defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
Todd Grantham, one of the elite defensive minds in the country with over 25 years of combined experience at the college and NFL levels, has been named defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi State, head coach Dan Mullen announced last week. "Todd has proven to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the country this decade," Mullen said. "He understands what it takes to build a physical and aggressive defense at the highest of levels. We are excited to welcome him and his family to Starkville."
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 01/16/17
Women's Basketball hosts Ole Miss on Monday at 6 p.m., and then visits Tuscaloosa on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Alabama ... Men's Basketball hosts Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and then visits Knoxville for a 5 p.m. tipoff against Tennessee on Saturday ... Track & Field competes Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville ... Men's Tennis visits Malibu for a 3 p.m. match on Friday against Pepperdine, and then travels to San Diego State for a match Sunday at 3 p.m. ... Women's Tennis hosts UAB at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Justice Court Judge Larnzy Carpenter Jr. to give MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast keynote
An Oktibbeha County Justice Court judge and pastor with extensive military and law enforcement experience will be keynote speaker for Mississippi State’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast. The Monday address by Larnzy L. Carpenter Jr. of First Baptist Church of Longview begins at 9 a.m. in The Mill at MSU Conference Center located at 600 Russell St. in Starkville. The free, public celebration of King’s life and legacy as a Baptist minister, humanitarian and civil rights activist gets underway with an 8 a.m. breakfast.
Mississippi State among leaders in collegiate social media usage
Mississippi State holds a top social media presence among U.S. higher education institutions. The university is ranked 11th on Facebook and 37th on Twitter, according to a report released late last month by Engagement Labs, a technology and data company. At Mississippi State, institutional social media operations are coordinated through the Office of Public Affairs led by Sid Salter, chief communications officer. The university’s numerous social media strategies are directed by Checky Herrington, the office’s marketing research analyst.
Bagley College of Engineering earns fifth straight Top 25 ranking
For the fifth straight year, Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering has been ranked among the Top 25 for online graduate engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report. “This ranking is a terrific reflection of the impressive work done by our distance education faculty and staff,” said Jason Keith, dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. “I’m proud that their efforts are being recognized nationally.”
College of Business distance programs move up in national rankings
Two distance degree programs offered by Mississippi State University’s College of Business are among the best in the nation in rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. “Our faculty do such a great job in the distance programs,” MSU College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald said. “They are able to maintain the same rigor and benefits of a full-time program while still supporting and understanding the requirements of the working student.”
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