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Representatives from Ellucian, the company that provides a range of higher education software and services including Banner, spent several days on campus last week for meetings with Mississippi State staff who work with student recruitment and admissions, as well as Information Technology Services professionals. The team is planning to deploy a new student recruiting system later this year.

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Follett, Harris named HEADWAE honorees
Holland Faculty Senate President Randolph F. "Randy" Follett and Student Association President Brett R. Harris are Mississippi State's 2015 HEADWAE faculty and student honorees. An acronym for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence, the program has been held since 1987.
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Outstanding Women' nominations due Tuesday
Nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Women Awards Program, sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State, are due Tuesday. These awards recognize women who are advocates for the well-being, development and advancement of all women on the university's campuses and the surrounding communities. MSU faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate campus and community women for the awards.
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HRM search committee workshop on Friday
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State will host a "Successful Search Committees Guaranteed" workshop with noted HR practitioner Chris Lee of SearchCommittees.com on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. MSU academic and non-academic administrators, faculty and staff who have served or plan to serve on a search committee are invited to attend this free session.
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'Safety stand-down' deadline for labs nears
In a continuing effort to meet best practices at Mississippi State, the university's Office of Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are requiring all principal investigators who conduct research at Biosafety Level 2 to participate in a phased plan in support of a federal "safety stand-down." The deadline is March 13.
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Take advantage of spring volunteer opportunities
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community on its website and in its newsletter this week, including details about alternative spring break in the Delta, Boys & Girls Club tutoring, Emerson's Fresh Start program, and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this spring.
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Deadline nears for Spirit of State nominations
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 10th-annual Spirit of State awards. These awards are open to all Mississippi State students from all campuses and recognize excellence in campus involvement; service to the university community; actions that promote the Spirit of State; and overall impact on peers and the broader campus community. All forms should be submitted online by Wednesday.
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New series offers advice on food, lifestyle choices
The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently launched a new video series to help Mississippi families make informed choices about food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. “The Food Factor” offers research-based information on topics such as home canning, food safety, emergency preparedness and nutritional science.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription online, and privacy.
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2015 football season tickets on sale now
Season tickets for the anticipated 2015 Mississippi State football season are on sale now at HailState.com/Tickets or by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS. The Bulldogs are coming off arguably the greatest regular season in school history, winning 10 games, ascending to No. 1 for five straight weeks for the first time and recording their highest Associated Press Poll finish since 1940.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 02/23/15
Men's Golf starts play at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Monday... Baseball hosts Alcorn State at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Arizona on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Samford at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday... Softball is on the road to Birmingham on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game with UAB, and then plays Minnesota at 12:15 p.m. and Maryland at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m. and Indiana at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, and Georgetown at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Citrus Classic in Orlando... Men's Basketball hosts Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and then visits Columbia on Saturday for a 5 p.m. tipoff against South Carolina... Women's Basketball is on the road to Columbia to face South Carolina on Thursday at 6 p.m., and then hosts Ole Miss at 1 p.m. on Sunday... Women's Tennis plays Vanderbilt in Nashville at 5 p.m. on Friday, and then visits Lexington on Sunday for a 9 a.m. match with Kentucky... Men's Tennis faces Alabama on the road Friday at 5 p.m.... Track & Field competes Friday and Saturday at the SEC Championships in Lexington.
Keenum addresses spring General Faculty meeting
MSU President Mark E. Keenum spoke to members of the faculty and administration during the spring general faculty meeting held last Monday. His address included an overview of recent university accomplishments and outlined priorities and expectations for the coming year. Keenum shared many positive observations, noting that the state economy seems to be "moving in the right direction."
NSF awards Bagley's Li CAREER grant
A member of the Bagley College of Engineering’s civil engineering faculty has received one of the National Science Foundation’s most competitive research grants. Xiaopeng Li, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department, earned an NSF CAREER award, which will provide $500,000 of funding for his research and educational contributions in connected automated transportation systems.
Reynolds to hold Hartwig endowed chair
An award-winning Mississippi State weed science professor is receiving another high honor, this time in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dan Reynolds has been selected to hold the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy.
Kennedy Center program honors Tabereaux
Charlotte Tabereaux, education director for the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian, recently attended the 2015 Kennedy Center Partners in Education annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where she was recognized for exemplary service.
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