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About 100 young people involved in the Cal Ripken Foundation visited Mississippi State last week and got life skills tips from baseball coach John Cohen. The group also heard from MSU President Mark Keenum. The foundation uses baseball to reach underserved youth across the country through partnerships with organizations and schools. PHOTO: Megan Bean | University Relations

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Corzo recognized for poultry research
A Mississippi State University poultry sciences associate professor has been recognized by the National Chicken Council for his research contributions. Alex Corzo received the council's Broiler Research Award for research work that has positively impacted the broiler industry.
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HRM announces benefits open enrollment Oct. 1-25
Benefits open enrollment for eligible Mississippi State employees will be held Oct. 1-25, according to Human Resources Management. Open enrollment changes include adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage. The changes become effective Jan. 1, 2012.
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Three Research Seminar Series sessions this week
The Office of Research and Economic Development will host three free seminars for Mississippi State faculty and staff this week. Throughout the academic year, ORED offers these learning opportunities designed to assist faculty and staff with conducting research and securing funding.
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Monday lecture: 'Obama effect' on black politics
An award-winning author and researcher in African American politics and related matters speaks Monday at Mississippi State. "The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics" is the title of Fredrick C. Harris' presentation.
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Lunch-n-Learn: online instruction best practices
The Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education will host its monthly Lunch-n-Learn session Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall's Coskrey Auditorium. The program will be a panel discussion with the Center for Teaching and Learning on the best practices in online instruction.
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Discovery Channel star to speak next month
The host of Discovery Channel's "Time Warp" popular science program is visiting Mississippi State early next month. Jeff Lieberman will be at the university Oct. 4 as part of the Bagley College of Engineering's Hearin Distinguished Lecture Series.
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FBI biosecurity workshop on campus Oct. 18
Biosecurity and safety will be examined in detail next month during a free workshop at Mississippi State. Experts from the FBI will be at the university Oct. 18 to share information and provide training for researchers, faculty, staff and students, as well as law enforcement officers. Area first responders, health care providers and biotech company employees also are invited to participate.
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ORC&S offering lab safety training Oct. 4
The Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety is offering a free interactive, hands-on training course on general laboratory safety to the university community Oct. 4.
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Eudora Welty exhibit on display at MSU Libraries
"Eudora Welty: Mississippi Daughter," an exhibit in conjunction with Mississippi State University's Maroon Edition, is on display on Mitchell Memorial Library's 2nd and 3rd floors through December 2011 and highlights the literary career of Mississippi's much-honored author.
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Jack Cristil book orders now being accepted
Orders are now being accepted for the biography of Mississippi State's legendary sports broadcaster. "Jack Cristil: The Voice of the Bulldogs" is written by university alumnus and veteran newsman Sid Salter. Best-selling author and fellow alumnus John Grisham is providing the book's foreword.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 09/26/11
Soccer hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday and Auburn on Sunday at 1 p.m.... Volleyball travels to Tuscaloosa for a 7 p.m. match against Alabama Friday and then faces Ole Miss in Oxford at 4 p.m. Sunday, which will be broadcast by ESPNU... Cross Country runs the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday... Women's Golf opens play in the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky., on Friday... Women's Tennis opens play in the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Saturday... Men's Tennis starts play in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday. Football is on the road to Athens for an 11 a.m. kickoff against Georgia on Saturday, which will be televised by Fox Sports South... Softball travels to Flora for an exhibition against Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at 2 p.m.
'An Evening with the Daughter's Optimists' Thursday
A public program Thursday at Mississippi State is the latest event in the university's 2011 Maroon Edition common reading program. This year's Maroon Edition project focuses on "The Optimist's Daughter," the 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel by the late Jackson author Eudora Welty. "An Evening with the Daughter's Optimists" gets under way at 7 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of Lee Hall. Tickets are not required for admission.
Collins Speaker Series: U.S. archivist visits Monday
The archivist of the United States will be a special guest of Mississippi State on Monday, when he will tour the university-based Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection. At 2 p.m. in the John Grisham Room, David Ferriero will discuss his duties and responsibilities as U.S. archivist, as well as the future of the National Archives and its importance to the nation.
Mabus keynoting biofuels conference next week
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the keynote address during the 2011 Mississippi State University Biofuels Conference Oct. 5-7. University President Mark E. Keenum and conference director Rafael Hernandez also will speak.
Cross-college, interdisciplinary proposals sought
The Office of Research and Economic Development is again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create cross-college research groups on campus. The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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