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The American flag unfurls in the breeze on Mississippi State's historic Drill Field. The university will be closed next week on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. PHOTO: Jim Laird | Public Affairs

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Gautreau joins baseball staff as assistant coach
Just the second Mississippi State baseball coach to win 40 games in his first season on the job, Andy Cannizaro is adding to his coaching staff with the hiring of Jake Gautreau as an assistant coach. He will serve as the Diamond Dawgs' recruiting coordinator, along with assisting Cannizaro in instructing MSU's hitters. Most recently, he served as Certified Player Agent for the Boras Corporation, where he identified and evaluated talent and recruited premier amateur baseball players from across the country, along with helping them prepare for the MLB Amateur Draft.
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Men's golf adds Ewing as assistant coach
New Mississippi State men's golf coach Dusty Smith rounded out his coaching staff with the addition of Charlie Ewing as assistant coach. Ewing, a Dallas, Texas native, was a four-year letterwinner at Vanderbilt under Smith from 2010-14. He was a four-year All-SEC Academic Honor Roll member off the course. Since graduation, Ewing spent the 2016 postseason as a volunteer assistant at his alma matter and this past season at Texas Tech, where the Red Raiders finished 14th in the final Golfstat Rankings.
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American Farm Bureau tours research centers
Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation co-hosted leaders of the largest nonprofit farmers' organization in the U.S. last week. Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and others with the Mississippi Farm Bureau met with agricultural producers and toured MSU research and Extension facilities across the state during their visit. "I greatly appreciated the opportunity to visit with Mr. Duvall, and I am pleased we had an opportunity to show him the variety of innovative agricultural research and outreach taking place at Mississippi State University," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “Farm Bureau is a champion for our producers and is one of their primary voices at the national level.”
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Jackson visitors learn about unique offerings
John Marchetti of Jackson; John Lewis, Gertrude Ford Foundation member, Jackson; and Dr. John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions, Jackson, were on campus last week to learn about operations of the Mississippi State University Office of Student Support Services, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. They visited with staff members in those units and joined MSU President Mark E. Keenum for lunch in the president’s office in historic Lee Hall.
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Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach continues to grow, impact Mississippi
Mississippi State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach has continued to grow since moving into a new 2,000-square-foot facility in 2016. As the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach continues to grow and pursue new opportunities, Director Eric Hill said the center fosters new businesses from student entrepreneurs from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, building on its VentureCatalyst program that has guided students through successful business launches.
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Small chips, big impact: Horton studies heart disease, sickle cell anemia
A Mississippi State University researcher is developing new miniature models to better understand the factors that lead to heart disease and sickle cell anemia. Renita Horton, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is using clear polymer “chips” to create cellularized microtissue models, which she then uses to study the mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular related diseases. She hopes this work can aid in improving patient outcomes by identifying novel targets that can be exploited to mitigate some of the organ damage caused by sickle cell disease.
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MSU Dining takes the cake in Aramark competition
A cake designed and created by MSU Dining staff has won an international Aramark competition. The carnival-themed cake, designed by State Fountain Bakery Lead Decorator Angel Jennings, recently won Aramark’s Employee Appreciation Day Cake Competition, beating Aramark teams from around the world. The six-layer cake invokes a carnival atmosphere, complete with tickets, popcorn and a top hat at the cake’s peak. The competition’s judges called it the “ringmaster of all cakes.”
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Mississippi, Alabama research administrators coming to campus in July
The Society of Research Administrators International Alabama-Mississippi Chapter will hold its annual meeting at Mississippi State University this summer. With a theme of "Research United," the newly expanded chapter will meet on the Starkville campus on July 21, and registration is now open.
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Variety defines upcoming MSU Lyceum Series
A nostalgic trip down Abbey Road will open Mississippi State’s 2017-18 Lyceum Series. The university’s long-running performing arts program launches Sept. 12 with a concert titled “Cellophane Flowers: A Beatles Tribute.” “MSU’s Performing Arts Committee worked very hard this year to bring a variety of productions that will enhance the cultural opportunities available to the MSU and Starkville communities,” said Stephen Cunetto, committee chair and associate dean of MSU Libraries.
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Volunteers needed for Service DAWGS Day 2017
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 registration for Service DAWGS Day 2017, MVNU2MSU, Back 2 School Bash, Boys & Girls Club summer garden, information about becoming a mentor to at-risk young people, reading tutors, communication partners, Habitat for Humanity home build, 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.

 

Extraordinary Lincoln and Civil War collection donated to Mississippi State
An unparalleled private Lincoln and Civil War collection amassed over the past 50 years by former Rhode Island Chief Justice -- and nationally known Abraham Lincoln authority -- Frank J. Williams will be donated to Mississippi State University. MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Judge Williams last week announced the extraordinary gift that Keenum said will transform MSU into one of the nation’s leading destinations for scholars and students of the American Civil War.
SBA grant awards MSU funds for Boots to Business
Mississippi State University continues to foster entrepreneurship among U.S. veterans with a five-year, approximately $4 million grant from the Small Business Administration. The funding allows MSU, in partnership with the Office of Veterans Business Development, to deliver Boots to Business instruction through a new online training course that will help transitioning military service members and their spouses develop a firm vision for their business models.
Adkerson School of Accountancy earns national reaccreditation from AASCB
Mississippi State University’s Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy has been reaccredited for another five years by the leading global accrediting body for business schools. MSU is among 186 institutions around the world that hold Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation for both its accounting program and business school. “Separate AACSB accounting accreditation confirms the Adkerson School of Accountancy’s commitment to a continuous improvement process through an extremely rigorous peer review process,” School of Accountancy Director Shawn Mauldin said.
Bulldogs, William up for ESPY nominations
Mississippi State's historic win against No. 1 UConn in the 2017 Women's Final Four earned a pair of ESPY nominations last week. State was nominated for Best Upset for its victory that snapped the Huskies' NCAA-record 111-game win streak. Morgan William, who hit the winning jumper at the buzzer in overtime, was nominated for Best Play. William is the No. 2 seed and is up against the No. 15 seed in the first round of voting. The second round of voting begins June 28. Fans can vote now by going to www.espn.com/espys.
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