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Allison receives MSU’s first Russell Sage Foundation grant to study early marriage outcomes
Rachel Allison, an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Sociology, is receiving a three-year grant intended for early-career scholars for her project titled “First Comes Marriage: Educational and Workforce Trajectories of the Early Married in Mississippi.” Allison’s research addresses the social factors that influence young adult family formation and work outcomes, and will consider how these may vary across gender, race and socioeconomic status.
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Campus Services testing Power Generation Plant early Tuesday
On Tuesday, MSU Campus Services will conduct the annual Power Assurance Test of the Generation Plant to verify its ability to operate during a prolonged area-wide power outage. Power will be shut down and taken off the Starkville Utilities’ system at 3:30 a.m. and will be off for up to 60 minutes until power is restored by the MSU Power Generation Plant. Over the next three and a half hours, the MSU Facilities Management personnel will operate the 26 Megawatt turbine system through various generation modes, verifying the system’s proper operation during an extended outage. During this testing, further outages are unlikely but may occur. Normal utility power will be restored from Starkville Utilities’ system before 7:30 a.m.
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Music City Bowl tickets on sale now
A constant every college football postseason this decade rings true once again. For a school-record 10th consecutive year, Mississippi State football is going bowling as the Bulldogs will take on Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 from Nashville's Nissan Stadium. ESPN will televise the contest, which kicks off at 3 p.m. CT. Tickets for the Music City Bowl are on sale now at HailState.com/bowltickets. MSU's ticket allotment and team bench is located on the east side of Nissan Stadium. Reserved lower level tickets are $85, while 200 level club seats are available for $120.
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Shopping online offers convenience, but consumers should keep security in mind
Many consumers would agree with the song “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” even to the point of keeping their shopping at home with the convenience of online purchasing and home delivery. Cybersecurity expert Merrill Warkentin, a longtime faculty member in MSU’s College of Business and author of a book on electronic commerce, said online shopping offers many advantages, but consumers should stay aware of security issues. “Identity thieves and financial scammers are around all year, but they are especially busy during the holiday season trying to get your information and your money,” Warkentin said.
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Family science professor offers tips on navigating holidays with children
While holidays are often portrayed in popular culture as a time of wonder and merriment for children, the excitement and disruption of routine can cause issues for kids and their parents. Lori Elmore-Staton, a Mississippi State associate professor of human development and family science, said it is important for parents to be mindful of overscheduling as families juggle social and family obligations. “We tend to schedule way more than we probably should or have time for,” said Elmore-Staton. “Especially with children that get overstimulated easily, crowds can be a lot for them."
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MSU registered dietician weighs in with tips for holiday meals
For many, the recipe for a happy holiday season requires equal parts of food and family. Registered dietician Taylor VanDyk in Mississippi State’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness couldn’t agree more, so she’s dishing out some tips and tricks to help everyone stay on the nice list for holiday eating. For starters, VanDyk recommends enjoying one’s favorite foods at the beginning of the meal instead of the end to avoid overeating. Consuming a non-caloric drink like water or unsweet tea throughout the meal can help reduce sugar content, she said.
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Starkville-MSU Community Band enters 17th year, seeking musicians
Mississippi State’s band staff again is inviting university faculty, staff and graduate students, as well as Golden Triangle residents with previous band experience, to participate in the Starkville-MSU Community Band. Practice sessions will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Monday during the spring semester at the MSU Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall, located at 72 Hardy Road on the Starkville campus. A $20 participation fee is required, which can be paid at the first meeting on Jan. 6. No pre-registration is required.
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Information needed for 2020 youth summer camps
The MSU summer camp page is ready to be updated with your 2020 camp information. Please login at http://ce.extension.msstate.edu/add-summer-camp to enter information about your upcoming summer camps. Only MSU employees have the ability to access the summer camp information site using their MSU NetID and Net Password. Once submitted, your camp information will be reviewed, approved and posted. If you have any questions or have any trouble entering your information, please contact Amber Shultice at 662-325-1457 or ams257@msstate.edu.
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Smoke-free policy enhances healthy environment
Mississippi State University is a smoke-free campus. Official policy prohibits the use of any combustible or vapor products anywhere on campus property including university buildings, university grounds, university vehicles, parking areas and sidewalks. The smoke-free campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy environment for all members of the campus community. Use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah or other similar devices are prohibited by this policy.


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Carraway, Markham assume MSU development and alumni leadership roles
The Division of Development and Alumni at Mississippi State University fills two integral positions this month. Janet Carraway and Leann Markham, both MSU graduates, are accepting positions being vacated by retiring longtime university employees. Carraway becomes the executive director of finance for the MSU Foundation, succeeding David D. Easley, who is retiring following a 32-year MSU career. Markham, who joins the Division of Development and Alumni as executive director of information services, succeeding Vickie Brown who retires Dec. 31 after more than 30 years of MSU service.
Arts & Sciences announces faculty award winners
Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences recently presented Dean’s Eminent Scholar awards to Margaret A. Hagerman, Jamie L. Dyer, Mark D. Hersey and Deborah K. Eakin for being “exceptionally meritorious faculty who have achieved national recognition and enhanced the quality and stature of academic programs.” Dean Rick Travis recognized each 2019 winner with a plaque at the college's recent fall faculty meeting.
Forest Resources recognizes excellence in faculty and staff
Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources recently recognized outstanding achievements of faculty and staff during an annual awards ceremony. George Hopper, dean of the College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, praised this year’s honorees for their commitment to advancing natural resource utilization and conservation, and further positioning MSU as a national leader in the field.
Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center honored for public outreach by APA, Mississippi Chapter
Mississippi State’s Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center is being recognized with the Best Public Outreach Award by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association. The accolade is a result of the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center’s recreation master plan for the city of Byram, a formerly unincorporated community which has become a Jackson suburb. The city hired the MSU center to create an improvement proposal for pedestrian and recreational opportunities.
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