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Mississippi State faculty members (l-r) Brian Shoup, Andrea Spain, Stephen Middleton, Stacy Haynes and Meghan Millea rest on Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, during their international travels this summer. Shoup and Millea are leading six students on a three-week study abroad across the country. Spain, Haynes and Middleton are investigating future opportunities to engage their scholarly research and teaching agendas in South Africa. Shoup is assistant professor of political science and public administration; Spain, assistant professor of English; Middleton, professor of history and director of African American Studies; Haynes, assistant professor of sociology; and Millea, professor of economics.

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University, local museum receive EPA honor
Mississippi State is the 2015 neighborhood/community-level recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4's Rain Catcher Award for its role in implementing the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum's rain garden program. The museum project was formally recognized June 16 during the 2015 EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Atlanta.
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APLU recognizes MSU for innovation, economic dev
A new designation from a national organization further affirms the unique role Mississippi's flagship research university plays in economic development throughout the state and beyond. On June 24, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity recognized Mississippi State as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
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Special designation for geospatial sciences at MSU
Federal officials have affirmed Mississippi's flagship research university as one of the nation's leading institutions for geospatial sciences instruction and research. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey have designated Mississippi State as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences.
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Mississippi State, Cardiff extend partnership
Mississippi State University is partnering with a major leader of higher education in Wales to pursue joint research projects, faculty exchanges and study abroad opportunities for students. MSU signed a memorandum of understanding with Cardiff University this month to explore opportunities for potential collaboration.
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2015-16 Lyceum Series takes stage in September
A Sept. 3 concert by American musician and singer-songwriter ZZ Ward will kick off Mississippi State's 2015-16 Lyceum Series season. Season ticket renewals for those wishing to retain the same seats as last year will take place through June 19, while new season tickets will go on sale June 29-July 17. Season tickets for the general public are $125; for MSU employees and senior citizens, $105.
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Men and Women of Color Summit registration opens
Mississippi State's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is encouraging interested members of the campus and surrounding communities to begin registering for the 2015 Men and Women of Color Summit. Now in its fourth year, the summit is designed to engage minority students with faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and others interested in dialogue about critical issues related to academic and professional success.
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AmeriCorps VISTA, College Corps positions
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 available positions with AmeriCorps VISTA and MSU College Corps, Delta service trip, Service DAWGS Day, College Ready move-in, and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this summer.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With local and statewide political campaigning underway this year, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel reminds employees to be aware of the university's policy on political activities. There are several basic guidelines that university employees should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity.
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Holmes Cultural Diversity Center seeks volunteers
The Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center at Mississippi State again is seeking host families and individual mentors for its Linking Internationals in the Community program. "The LINC program is an opportunity for families and mentors to share their favorite traditions and customs of American culture, while also learning about the international student's culture," said HCDC program coordinator Rachel Ross.
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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.
Gathings named to interim assistant VP role
Mississippi State has appointed a new interim assistant vice president for multicultural affairs to oversee and expand the university's longstanding efforts in cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus community. Cedric Gathings will continue to lead the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center while assuming expanded leadership of MSU's overall multicultural programs.
Kouba to head Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Andrew J. Kouba, director of conservation and research at the Memphis Zoo, is the new head of Mississippi State's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. He will begin serving Aug. 16 as head of the academic, research and extension unit of the university’s College of Forest Resources.
Faculty tackle better communication in new book
Three Mississippi State faculty members are authors of a new book on ways to improve personal communication skills. "Communicate Like a Pro: A Practical Handbook for Pursuing Excellence in Oral and Written Communication" is the work of university professor Jack Blendinger, assistant professor Angela Farmer and lecturer Christy Derby.
MSU ag communicators win national awards
Fifteen communication professionals at Mississippi State University won national awards June 8-11 at the annual conference of the Association for Communication Excellence. The Association for Communication Excellence is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists specializing in agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.
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