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Lippillo honored with 2020 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit. The 2020 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Associate Professor Dominic Lippillo in the Department of Art. Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.
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Bostic's work chosen for online archive
Two pieces by Mississippi State University Professor of Painting Alex Bostic have been chosen to appear online as part of American Illustration's The ARCHIVE collection. Bostic submitted work to the American Illustration 39 Call For Entries, along with over 7,000 other submissions. His work will represent the best images from 2019. A slideshow announcement showcasing his work will also be sent to AI's member list of 50,000 creative professionals. The ARCHIVE will launch online in November immediately after the Nov. 12 "The Party," an annual launch event in New York City to celebrate winners, set for Nov. 12, 2020.
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University's veterinary, poultry and aquaculture labs across state committed to service despite pandemic challenges
While COVID-19 has dampened “business as usual” for many, the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, operated by Mississippi State University, continues providing much-needed surveillance and diagnostic testing for the state’s practicing veterinarians, individual producers, pet owners, and the livestock, aquaculture and poultry industries. Located in three geographic sites and run by MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the MVRDLS includes a total of four labs: the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory and the Poultry Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, both located in Pearl; the Aquaculture Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Stoneville; and the CVM Diagnostic and Aquatic Laboratory housed in the Wise Center on MSU’s Starkville campus.
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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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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. 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. Those who enroll in any of the self-paced classes will have three months to complete all course materials from the time they start the course.
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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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U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization highlights MSU partnership to strengthen food security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is highlighting its partnership with Mississippi State University to develop and enhance animal and veterinary public health, plant and fish health, food safety and nutrition programs. A new FAO publication -- “Strengthening food security through innovative aquaculture management” -- is available online as part of the organization’s academia partnerships webpage. After establishing its partnership with MSU in 2010, the FAO recognized the university in 2014 as a Center of Knowledge and a member of the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership. In 2018, MSU was selected to be a Candidate FAO Reference Center on Aquaculture Biosecurity and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Artunç to lead international organization promoting landscape architecture education
A Mississippi State professor and department head in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the newly elected president of an international organization promoting landscape architecture education. Sadik Artunç, a longtime faculty member in MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture, is leading the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, a global group striving to further education in landscape architecture specifically related to teaching, research/scholarly works and service. CELA’s membership represents more than 120 higher-learning institutions across more than 15 countries. The organization develops and manages curricula, generates and disseminates knowledge, and promotes public health, safety and welfare.
Swann earns prestigious online teaching certification
With an increasing number of Mississippi State University classes now including an online component, one engineering staff member has earned a prestigious certification from the international organization dedicated to improving the quality of online education. Tamra Swann, the distance education coordinator for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, has earned the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters. The certification allows her to better support to Bagley faculty members who are teaching online courses. “Providing successful online course opportunities help the students, the faculty, the college, and the university to flourish,” Swann said.
PCI Foundation awards Gregory precast and prestressed concrete grant
Mississippi State University School of Architecture Associate Professor Alexis Gregory was awarded a $100,000 grant over the next four years from the PCI Foundation. Gregory will use the grant funds to incorporate precast and prestressed concrete projects into architecture courses at MSU including Assemblages, Structures II and the Spring 2021 Collaborative Studio. “We will be utilizing this opportunity to begin a relationship with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and to involve the professional architecture community through workshops, presentations, and lectures, as well as invitations to review the student work,” said Gregory.
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