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Existing telework agreements set to expire; new agreements required for 2021
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President reminds all Mississippi State University employees that Telework Agreements implemented in 2020 will expire at the end of this year. If any employee in your department plans to continue to telework, a new 2021 Telework Agreement must be completed by the employee and approved by you. Before approving the 2021 Telework Agreement, you should evaluate both the job duties and the ability of the employee to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be effectively performed by the employee from a remote location. Most employees are no longer working remotely and have returned to their physical work locations. If an employee is not performing the same quality of work from a remote location as the employee could perform in the office, a 2021 Telework Agreement should not be approved.
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Construction: Use caution at the intersection of Bailey Howell Drive and Lee Boulevard
The intersection of Bailey Howell Drive and Lee Boulevard is now a four-way stop as part of the East Road (Bulldog Way) construction project. Caution should be given to the new south leg of the intersection, which will serve as the primary entrance for construction traffic entering the road site. New traffic signals will be installed over the next several months and, as the construction process will allow, be turned on with full intersection function and use expected in September 2021. To increase safety and notification, existing traffic signals are operating in a blinking red condition in an effort to start the all-stop pattern. The blinking red will continue until the stop signs are installed and signals removed.
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‘Look Up and Look Out’ pedestrian safety campaign launched as fall season brings shorter days, less daylight
“Look Up and Look Out” is a new pedestrian safety awareness campaign at Mississippi State aimed to show students that being more attentive when crossing campus roads can be a life-saving part of their day. The social media campaign, posted by the MSU Division of Student Affairs, runs through the month of November. Injuries, and even fatalities, are caused by three main violations on campuses across the nation. These are failing to use marked crosswalks, not looking up from cell phones and not looking out for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. “Look Up and Look Out” also includes the placement of campaign signs at campus crosswalks during November, social media videos and graphics, and a new website at www.lookup.msstate.edu.
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University offering winter session Dec. 1-Jan. 4
For the first time in more than a decade, Mississippi State University is offering a winter session to help students advance in their academic journeys and earn credits on an accelerated schedule. With the launch of MSU’s comprehensive “Winter Express,” students at every level can choose from an updated, expanded selection of more than 200 online courses that begin Dec. 1 and conclude Jan. 4. By enrolling in Winter Express, students can get a head start on the spring 2021 semester, finish core course requirements, take classes within majors, or pick up extra credits to accelerate graduation. They also can explore new subject areas, concentrate on difficult courses, and benefit from smaller classes taught by MSU’s world-class faculty.
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Testing waivers for Graduate School, College of Education continue into new year
As prospective college students continue to navigate admissions and enrollment processes in a relentless and lingering pandemic, Mississippi State continues its student support into the new year with testing waivers. Students applying to MSU’s Graduate School will have the GMAT and GRE tests waived in many of the university’s on-campus and online programs. Also, those applying for entrance into many of the College of Education’s teacher training programs or working toward teacher certification will have testing waived as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.
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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 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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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. The complete policy is available at www.policies.msstate.edu/policy/91301.


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University celebrates completion of new Poultry Science Building
Mississippi State officials commemorated the completion of the university’s new Poultry Science Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. The 27,300-square-foot building and its 4,700-square-foot connector building adjoins the 34,500-square-foot Animal and Dairy Sciences Building, which opened last fall. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences three-building complex at the corner of Blackjack Road and Hail State Boulevard also includes the 15,000-square-foot Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory completed in fall 2018. “The new Poultry Science Building provides our students and faculty with an exceptional teaching, learning and research environment,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.
Bequest cements Hurst’s philanthropic legacy
A significant bequest from the late Louis A. Hurst Jr. of Houston, Texas, will continue his longtime support of scholarships at Mississippi State University. The gift by the retired Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation bank examiner and accounting alumnus will provide two sizeable endowments for scholarships. The Poplarville native died in July at age 95, having enjoyed a steadfast connection with his alma mater as a loyal contributor to academics and athletics. “Mr. Hurst’s years in the banking industry taught him much more than the value of a dollar -- his wise investments allowed him to contribute generously to MSU,” said Jack McCarty, MSU Foundation executive director of development.
Gifts for new music building honor notable educators, alumni
Mississippi State University’s new music building, once complete, will include dedicated spaces named for influential alumni, educators and supporters of the university. The Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry Piano Studio, Dr. Clinton H. Graves Jr. Student Piano Practice Room, and Frank G. and Heather H. Williams Student Practice Room are named with gifts for separate excellence endowments benefiting the College of Education’s Department of Music to enhance the facility. With construction underway, the new 37,000-square-foot music building is slated for completion in fall 2021. The facility has been a longtime university goal and will allow the music department and choral program to be housed in one location for growth, enabling the band program to maximize its existing building.
MartinFederal opens cybersecurity practice in Cochran Research Park
A Huntsville, Alabama-based federal contractor is establishing a cybersecurity practice in Mississippi State’s Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. MartinFederal Consulting held a ribbon cutting last week for its new office. “We are excited to welcome MartinFederal,” said MSU Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development Julie Jordan. “The research park continues to thrive as home to some of the most advanced research taking place in Mississippi, as well as public and private tenants that wish to take advantage of the park’s proximity to world-class researchers in several fields. MSU is a national leader in cybersecurity training and research, which helps draw companies like MartinFederal to Mississippi, creating more in-state job opportunities for the outstanding graduates we are producing in this field.”
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