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Monday event honors Pierce as state’s Poet Laureate
Mississippi State English Professor Catherine Pierce -- also serving as Mississippi’s Poet Laureate -- officially is being recognized for this prestigious, statewide appointment on Monday [April 11]. The public is invited to celebrate Pierce at the MSU College of Arts and Sciences Institute for the Humanities program “A Conversation and Reading with Mississippi Poet Laureate Catherine Pierce” at 3 p.m. in historic Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. After the event, Pierce will be available to sign copies of her publications and previously signed works will be available for sale. Pierce said her work as Poet Laureate is rooted in her belief that “poetry is for everyone.”
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MSU celebrating Research Week with more than two dozen events beginning Monday
Mississippi State is celebrating its inaugural Research Week with more than two dozen events beginning Monday [April 11] through Thursday [April 14]. Sponsored by MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development, Research Week celebrates and showcases university faculty, staff and students advancing their fields and making an impact in Mississippi and across the globe. Events include research center tours and showcases, panels, lectures, exhibits and more. The week will culminate with the 2022 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. Exhibits from MSU research centers, institutes, support units and academic departments will be on display all week in the first floor of the Old Main Academic Center.
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MSU hosts ERDC Thursday for student interaction, public panel presentation
Professionals from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg will spend a day at Mississippi State on Thursday [April 14] visiting with students and employees to discuss research collaborations, internships, employment and how the longstanding partnership between MSU and ERDC benefits Mississippi and beyond. “ERDC Day is a wonderful opportunity for hundreds of MSU students to be taught about some of the ways ERDC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers utilize a diverse range of skills to accomplish their mission and how an education from MSU prepares students to impact the world of tomorrow. ERDC Day also provides a showcase of the value this longstanding partnership between the two organizations makes in Mississippi and beyond,” said Isaac L. Howard, professor and endowed chair in MSU’s Rula School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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College of Business, Adkerson School of Accountancy reaccredited by AACSB
The Mississippi State University College of Business and Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy remain accredited through one of the most prestigious business education groups in the world. “AACSB reaccreditation is the marker of distinction in business education. It is a continual improvement process to assure that we are achieving excellence in teaching, research and societal impact,” College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald said. “This is a collegewide effort. We could not be successful without an engaged faculty and staff. This reaccreditation is a tribute to their hard work and sincere interest in achieving excellence.”
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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program underway
Mississippi State has a long association with the Fulbright Scholar Program with over 50 MSU faculty from a variety of disciplines having received Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards since 1954. MSU has also welcomed many international scholars to our campus through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program recently opened its 2023-24 competition with over 400 awards in 130 countries featured in the Catalog of Awards, which includes teaching, researching and professional project opportunities. The MSU International Institute welcomes questions from faculty who are interested in applying. If you have questions, please email Fulbright scholar liaison Cathy Curtis at ccurtis@international.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. The complete policy is available at www.policies.msstate.edu/policy/91301.


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Campus leaders discuss paths to current administrative roles
A panel of Mississippi State leaders said recognizing opportunities when they come, ensuring the timing is right for a new role and continuously developing skill sets that stand out from the crowd have helped them climb the ladder of higher education and land the jobs they currently hold. MSU faculty and staff gathered last week for “Let’s Talk About That!,” a panel discussion featuring Shackouls Honors College Interim Dean Tommy Anderson; College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Angi Bourgeois; MSU Online Executive Director Susan Seal; Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw; and Vice President for Finance and Administration Don Zant. The MSU Human Resources Management-sponsored seminar series highlighted the path key university leaders have taken to the positions they currently hold.
Hand selected to lead Extension’s central region
Theresa Hand has been selected to lead the efforts of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the central region. Hand assumed the regional Extension coordinator position on April 1. She has served as interim in the position since April 2020. “Theresa will be an asset to the central region with her strong background and experience as an Extension agent,” said Steve Martin, associate director of county operations for the Extension Service. “I look forward to continuing to work with her.” Hand has served as an Extension agent for over 25 years.
Holliman selected to lead Extension’s coastal region
The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a familiar face directing its outreach efforts in the coastal region. LaTawnya Holliman has been named regional Extension coordinator for the coastal region’s 21 counties effective April 1. She began the role on an interim basis in April 2020. “Tawnya has had several roles throughout her tenure with MSU Extension and has excelled in each one, including her latest post as an interim coordinator,” said Steve Martin, MSU Extension associate director of county operations. “Her familiarity with the position and institutional knowledge make her a great fit to lead our Extension personnel in southeast Mississippi.” 2022 marks Holliman’s 26th year as an MSU Extension employee.
Wolverton Legacy Awards, research and teaching awards presented in ‘recognition of excellence’ for College of Arts and Sciences
Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences honored three individuals -- Tracy Fulgham Britt, Mark A. Novotny and Ann C. Spurlock -- with the Robert E. Wolverton Legacy Award and presented six additional research and teaching awards to faculty members Stacy Hoskins Haynes, Kelly M. Moser, Colleen N. Scott, Cody Fondren, Veronica Knowles and Amber Robinson for their research and scholarly commitments to the university at the March 31 spring faculty meeting, held this year at Shorty’s in The Mill.
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