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University planning for in-person classroom instruction in Fall 2020 semester
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum said the university is fully committed to welcoming students back to campus this fall and that plans to resume in-person classroom and laboratory instruction in the Fall 2020 semester are “on schedule and taking solid form” as the university continues development of specific new operating guidelines.
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Interior design program earns reaccreditation
Mississippi State University’s interior design program has received accreditation for another six-year term from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. “Program accreditation demonstrates our commitment -- to our students and to the profession—that we constantly seek to hold ourselves to the highest standards of design education,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois. “I am extremely proud of our interior design program’s achievements that are being recognized by CIDA. Their on-site team specifically noted the extreme dedication of the faculty, led by Director Beth Miller, and they are to be congratulated for their accomplishments.”
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MSU Extension Service offers professional development courses free online
The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering 10 of its online professional development courses free of charge through June 30. “These are great classes for those who may be looking for work or those wanting to gain new skills to advance in their career field,” said Dixie Cartwright, manager of the MSU Extension Center for Continuing Education. “These courses are open to everyone and can be taken at a pace that is convenient for them.” The courses are Personal Finance, Individual Excellence, Managing Customer Service, Creating Web Pages, Creating WordPress Websites, Keys to Effective Communication, Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search, Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, and Fundamentals of Supervision and Management.
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Looking for a way to help? Give to the MSU Student Relief Fund
The Mississippi State University community continually exhibits a great sense of responsibility and caring for enrolled students that make the land-grant institution such a special place. The MSU Student Relief Fund, built with private gifts, helps those members of the student body affected with day-to-day crises or like now, the impact to their daily lives posed by COVID-19. The Dean of Students' Office assesses needs and administers the fund for acute crises that may impact students’ ability to succeed academically. The funds have a direct impact on students in extenuating circumstances in order to help them achieve their academic success. The MSU Foundation accepts gifts year-round for the MSU Student Relief Fund. Contributions for this effort can be made online or by contacting the Annual Giving office at (662) 325-2466.
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University joins COVID-19 Technology Access Framework
Mississippi State University is joining the COVID-19 Technology Access Framework alongside universities across the nation to provide fast and royalty free access to technologies that can be used to fight the pandemic. As part of this commitment, we will follow the framework set forth by the network that are outlined below. If any MSU researcher has a technology that could contribute to relief of the pandemic or has received interest from industry to license a technology for this purpose, please contact the MSU Office of Technology Management at otm@msstate.edu.
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Qualtrics and Stata software now available for MSU personnel
Over the course of this school year, the Office of Research and Economic Development worked through various channels to listen to the needs of faculty and researchers. Based on this feedback, the Office of Research and Economic Development has purchased a university-wide license for both Qualtrics and Stata. Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool to create surveys, polls, and collect feedback using a wide variety of features and question types. Stata is a complete, integrated software package that provides data science needs -- data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting.
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SMART route changes in effect during COVID-19 pandemic to protect riders and staff
As Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit continues to evaluate the best ways to protect transit riders and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, service is being limited (one bus per route) to the following routes: Boardtown North, Boardtown South, Old Main, Highway 12, Sportsplex and Paratransit. Routes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be limited to nine passengers per bus. Routes will stop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for cleaning and spraying of all buses.
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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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Interim restructuring plan in place for DAFVM administration
Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President David R. Shaw and interim MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) Vice President Reuben Moore jointly announced plans last week for the interim restructuring of DAFVM’s administration. At the direction of MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Shaw -- the university’s chief academic officer -- said the new administrative structure “reflects the growth and sophistication of MSU’s agricultural units and the need moving forward for a strong and consistent focus on a unit by unit basis.”
MSU Foundation fills two key fundraising positions
As its “Infinite Impact” capital campaign continues, the Mississippi State University Foundation welcomes a new fundraiser for the gift planning area and places a veteran in a key role to lead fundraising efforts for the College of Business. Kevin Randall of Starkville fills the newly created position of assistant director of gift planning to support the university’s efforts to secure private gifts through charitable estate planning. Additionally, Stephen Lack of Starkville assumed responsibilities as lead fundraiser for the College of Business beginning in May.
MSU Athletic Communications earns second straight FWAA Super 11 honor
For the third time in five years, the Mississippi State Athletic Communications office was awarded as one of the Football Writers Association of America's Super 11, which goes annually to the best performing communications departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The 11th edition of the award is part of the 2019 season. Other honorees include: Appalachian State, California, Clemson, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas State, Memphis, Navy, NC State, San Diego State. Mississippi State previously claimed the honor in 2018 and 2016.
Scientists from College of Veterinary Medicine assist MSDH with COVID-19 laboratory work
Five research scientists from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Department of Basic Sciences are assisting the Mississippi State Department of Health with efforts to mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Working at the MSDH Public Health Laboratory in Jackson on weekends in May to conduct COVID-19 human diagnostic testing, these scientists include CVM research associates Michelle Banes and Allen Shack; Dr. Wei Tan, director of the CVM flow cytometry facility; graduate student Liyuan Liu; and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Nogi Park. These five scientists join Dr. Lifang Yan, a CVM faculty member at Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl, who already was assisting the MSDH.
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