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Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen delivers a presentation to attendees of the Southeastern Conference Communicators Association annual conference, which MSU hosted last week. During a session at the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Cohen gave an overview of MSU's Athletic Department and thanked the public relations professionals from across the conference for what they do to advance the SEC's 14 universities. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Whitten joins Extension Service nutrition program
Kelli Whitten recently joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service Office of Nutrition Education as a regional registered dietitian for the Delta. She will help in the fight against obesity and chronic disease in Mississippi. Whitten will oversee the Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed, curriculum and delivery in the Mississippi Delta. She will work with SNAP-Ed nutrition educators in Extension county offices to help coordinate efforts to teach limited-resource families ways to improve their diets, increase physical activity and manage their food resources.
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Grant to support coding education program
An $80,000 grant will help Mississippi State University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering support the teaching of computer coding skills to recent high school graduates in the Golden Triangle area. The grant will help fund the Columbus-based campus of the Mississippi Coding Academies, a tuition-free, 11-month program that helps selected participants develop into coders and web developers. “There are more than 1,000 unfilled coding jobs in Mississippi and the number of computer and technology jobs is expected to grow by 13 percent across the state over the next eight to 10 years,” said Sarah Lee, an associate clinical professor of computer science in Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering.
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Mississippi State recognized as ‘Military Spouse Friendly’ school
Mississippi State is being listed by Victory Media as a “Military Spouse Friendly” school for 2018. The honor is included in an annual companion list to the company’s “Military Friendly” schools, which also recognized MSU for its veteran-oriented campus culture. Brian Locke, director of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said the recognition is another accolade that showcases MSU’s veteran-friendly culture.
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Applications sought for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State University can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2018-2019 travel grants of $1,250 each. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 29.
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Institute for the Humanities issues call for papers
Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities invites faculty members to submit individual paper proposals for the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop Series to be held in the upcoming academic year. The Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop Series will consist of six gatherings anchored around the theme of “Examining Governance from an Interdisciplinary Perspective.”
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Summer Student Science Symposium taking abstracts from grads, undergrads
The Mississippi Academy of Sciences second-annual Summer Student Science Symposium will take place July 26 at Bost Conference Center at Mississippi State University. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract and register to attend this special event. The symposium is designed to bring student researchers across all branches of science divisions to present their research findings and network with their peers and others in the state's scientific community. The deadline to submit an abstract is July 2.
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Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning for Congress and other races currently underway, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers the following reminder of the university’s policy on political activities. There are several guidelines that employees of the university should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity. The Office of General Counsel encourages each employee to review this policy in its entirety to make certain you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities.
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Faculty, staff volunteers needed for Heifer Ranch trip
Mississippi State faculty and staff volunteers/chaperones are needed for the annual trip to Heifer Ranch, Arkansas, for the Global Village educational experience Oct. 12-14, 2018. Heifer International is an Arkansas-based non-profit organization focused on community development to resolve poverty and hunger around the world. The Global Village is a hands-on educational experience where students are challenged to live in modeled developing world conditions.

 

Reception, awards highlight faculty contributions
From mentoring students to become the next generation of leaders to conducting innovative research impacting lives around the state and beyond, Mississippi State faculty are helping to move the university forward each and every day. A select group of these educators recently received special honors during the university’s annual Faculty Awards and Recognition Reception. “The strengths of a great university are always in its people. I extend the thanks of the whole university to these faculty and staff honorees for their outstanding contributions during the 2017-18 academic year,” said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner.
Wesley Ammon awards recognize excellence in undergraduate student advising
A new Mississippi State award recognizes and encourages faculty and professional staff who are new to their roles as student advisors while honoring “a great servant to MSU.” MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan said the award is a memorial to Wes Ammon, who served as director of MSU’s University Academic Advising Center until his death in 2016. Ammon joined the University Academic Advising Center in 1995 and was promoted to assistant director before taking on the director’s role in 2009.
NCBWA names Henderson 2018 Coach of the Year
Prior to Mississippi State baseball's College World Series opener, interim head coach Gary Henderson was named the 2018 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year on Saturday. The award is the second of its kind for the season for Henderson, who was also named the 2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year this past week.
New officers for Association of Retired Faculty
Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum (front row, center) joins newly elected MSU Association of Retired Faculty officers and board members during the ARF annual President’s Luncheon in early June. Leading ARF for 2018-19 are (front row, from left) Gloria Reeves, vice president, and board members Elton Moore, Albert Allen and Jimmy Abraham; (middle row, from left) Margo Swain, secretary, Joe Street, treasurer, and Roy Ruby, past president; (back row) Marty Wiseman, president. Not pictured are board members Vernon Ammon and Joe Farris.
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