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Professor and African American Studies Director Stephen Middleton (left to right), Henry Berry and Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert visit during the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance's meeting at the Hunter Henry Center last Thursday, which was hosted by the university and the Office of Research and Economic Development. PHOTO: Beth Newman | University Relations

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Helveston named Riley conference sales manager
Suzanne Helveston has been named conference sales manager for the historic MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. She will handle outside sales for conference and corporate business, as well as general marketing for the center.
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Help available: 'Moving Forward After a Disaster'
Participants in the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan who have been affected by recent tornadoes and flooding now have access to an employee assistance program through ActiveHealth Management.
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Movin' You to MSU volunteers needed
Faculty, staff and student volunteers are needed for Mississippi State University's annual Movin' You to MSU move-in day, which will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, beginning at 8 a.m.
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Critz Hall parking lot closing for re-construction
Beginning Monday, the Critz Hall parking lot will close for re-construction. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 6, 2011.
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Retirement reception for Shim, Grimes June 22
The College of Business will host a retirement reception honoring J.P. Shim, professor of business information systems, and Paul Grimes, professor of economics and associate dean, Wednesday, June 22 at 3 p.m. in the Seal Atrium of McCool Hall.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With statewide political campaigns underway this year, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel reminds employees to be aware of the university's policy on political activities.
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Floral design workshop registration continues
Applications now are being taken for the popular annual floral design workshop held each summer by Mississippi State's floral management program. Now in its 12th year, the weeklong training typically draws participants to the university that range between floral business employees to homeowners interested in the latest design concepts for personal use.
Keenum part of effort to assess world food needs
Joining former U.S. cabinet officers, international agency representatives and other policy makers, Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum is part of an effort to assess strategies to deal with world food needs. He was among invited panelists at a recent Washington, D.C., symposium convened by the Global Agricultural Development Initiative.
15 tapped for faculty leadership program
Fifteen Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2011-2012 David Carlisle Hull Faculty Leadership Program. Sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution's sixth president (1920-25).
Police department receives national re-accreditation
The university police department at Mississippi State continues to be among only six in the state holding credentials from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Part of the Division of Student Affairs and led by Chief Georgia B. Lindley, the 32-officer department recently was re-accredited for the maximum three-year period.
Pannell returns to state board of accountancy
The business manager of Mississippi State's College of Business is a new appointee to the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy. Angela L. Pannell recently was selected by Gov. Haley Barbour to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the seven-member board.
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