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Mississippi State’s W.L. Giles Distinguished Professors recently met for a campus luncheon to mark the start of a new academic year. Named after MSU’s 13th president, the honor is one of the most prestigious ranks bestowed on faculty members. Giles Distinguished Professors include (front row, left to right) Mark Horstemeyer, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Chair in Computational Solid Mechanics; Lori Mann Bruce, associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the Graduate School, and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Janice E. Chambers, professor and director for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences; (second row, l-r) Brent Funderburk, professor of art; Allison Pearson, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of management; Keith Coble, professor and head of agricultural economics; Arthur G. Cosby, Social Science Research Center director and professor of sociology (ret.); (third row, l-r): Alan I. Marcus, professor and head of history; and Richard Brown, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology. Not pictured are Mark Novotny, professor of physics and astronomy; and David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development and professor of plant and soil sciences. PHOTO: Beth Wynn | Public Affairs

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Mark your calendars: MSU Benefits Day next week
The Department of Human Resources Management’s “Benefits Day” is a come-and-go event for all benefits-eligible employees at Mississippi State on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom. MSU vendors representatives will be exhibiting brochures and pamphlets, providing important information about plans, and engaging with employees throughout the day to help with your questions. You may also attend any workshops if you’re interested in specific plans information.
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Networking opportunities await students, alumni at MSU fall Career Days
Mississippi State students and alumni can share resumes and shake hands with employer representatives from around the country Tuesday and Wednesday. Leslie Neal, manager of marketing and events for the university’s Career Center, said approximately 180 recruiters take part in fall Career Days. The noon-4 p.m. activities take place at Humphrey Coliseum on the Starkville campus. As always, the professional gathering is free and open to all academic majors, and preregistration is not required.
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Retired faculty couple establish new scholarship
A Starkville couple, both Mississippi State retirees, are making a lasting impact on the lives of MSU students. Douglas Crawford and Leigh Jensen-Crawford have established two MSU academic scholarships, each in honor of friends and mentors who impacted them during their university careers. The Crawfords recently established the Dr. Leanne H. Fazio Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Music in honor of their friend. The Crawfords earlier established the Dr. Donald W. Emerich Endowed Scholarship.
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New opportunities with the Maroon Volunteer Center
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community on its website and in its newsletter this week, including hurricane relief efforts, First Responders Appreciation Day, Montgomery Leadership Program, Habitat for Humanity home build, Art in the Park, area food pantries, the MSU Community Garden, and more.
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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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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 09/18/17
Soccer hosts Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m., and then travels to Baton Rouge on Sunday for a 3 p.m. game against LSU ... Women's Tennis starts play Friday at the Furman Invite in Greenville, South Carolina ... Men's Tennis starts play Friday at the Gator Ranked +1 in Gainesville and the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall in Tuscaloosa ... Volleyball hosts South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday, and visits Knoxville on Sunday for a 12:30 p.m. match against Tennessee ... Women's Golf tees off Saturday at the Schooner Classic in Norman, Oklahoma ... Football visits Athens on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Georgia.

 

NSPARC data summit showcases Mississippi as a leader in turning data into action
University, state and federal leaders highlighted the many ways Mississippi State’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) is utilizing data to inform decisions last Friday at the second annual Data Summit. Held at The Mill at MSU, the summit featured keynote speeches from U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and NSPARC Executive Director Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi.
Haupt assumes new leadership role in College of Architecture, Art and Design
A longtime art professor is moving into a new role as interim associate dean for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Jeffrey Haupt, who previously served as the painting concentration coordinator in the Department of Art, will take on the role of the associate dean. This addition to the college administration is allowing Associate Dean Greg Hall to concentrate his work as interim director of the college’s Building Construction Science program.
Trinkle honored by national accounting organization
A member of the Mississippi State College of Business faculty is sharing an inaugural honor from the American Accounting Association. Associate Professor Bradley S. “Brad” Trinkle recently became one of four contributors receiving the first Best Paper Award of the Journal of Information Systems, academic publication of the association’s Accounting Information Systems section. Since 2011, he has been a faculty member in the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy.
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