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Legendary Mississippi bluesman B.B. King opened the 2011-12 Lyceum Series at Mississippi State with a sold-out performance in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium last Tuesday night. PHOTO: Beth Newman | University Relations

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Forde new instructional systems/workforce head
Connie M. Forde is the new head of the instructional systems and workforce development department at Mississippi State. A veteran member of the department, Forde has been serving as the technology teacher education and information technology services undergraduate coordinator and the graduate coordinator.
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Poultry science names Beck department head
Mary Beck has been selected as the new head of the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University. Beck has served as a professor at Clemson University's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences since 2007.
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Stuedeman elected to Huntingdon's Hall of Fame
A determination to play softball at the collegiate level led current Mississippi State head softball coach Vann Stuedeman to be inducted into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame during an Oct. 8 ceremony.
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Bracelets support university's United Way campaign
It is now easier than ever to show your spirit for both Mississippi State University and the United Way by purchasing a "Grindin' for My State/This is Our State" bracelet. The bracelets are only $5 each, and proceeds help support the agencies of the United Way of North Central Mississippi.
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FBI biosecurity workshop on campus Tuesday
Biosecurity and safety will be examined in detail this week during a free workshop at Mississippi State. Experts from the FBI will be at the university Tuesday 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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Two flu shot clinics this week
University Health Services has scheduled a series of flu shot clinics this fall, and the next one will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Herbert Hall. One is also set for Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of Allen Hall. In order to keep our campus healthy, everyone is urged to get a flu shot.
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Food for Thought: Roundtable discussion on menu
The President's Commission on the Status of Women and the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities will present "Minorities and Women at Mississippi State University: A Roundtable Discussion" for October's Food for Thought luncheon this Wednesday.
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Diversity & Equity Programs online with new site
The Office of Diversity and Equity Programs at Mississippi State has launched a new website that provides another platform for connecting with the campus community, according to director Tommy Stevenson.
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Sign-up continues for Heart Health Symposium
Mississippi State employees are invited to learn more about living a heart-healthy lifestyle at the 2011 Heart Health Education Symposium, which will be held on campus Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Foster Ballroom of Colvard Student Union. The free symposium includes lunch.
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Benefits open enrollment through Oct. 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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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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In time for the holidays: Jack Cristil's biography
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, 10/17/11
Men's Golf opens play in the David Toms Intercollegiate in Shreveport, La., on Monday... Soccer hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Thursday and travels to Vanderbilt for a game Sunday at 2 p.m.... Men's Tennis starts play in the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships at Auburn on Friday... Women's Tennis begins play in the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championship in Birmingham on Friday... Volleyball travels to South Carolina on Friday and to Florida on Sunday... Women's Golf opens play in the Mercedes Benz SEC-Pac12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday... Softball hosts Southern Miss in an exhibition doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Cyber Security Awareness Week underway
Online vigilance never ends in a wired and wireless world of 24/7 connectivity. For one week each fall at Mississippi State, technology security comes into an especially sharp focus. University students, faculty and staff are taking part in Cyber Security Awareness Week this week.
On your mark, get set, go: Bully's 5K for United Way
The Golden Triangle community is invited to help support Mississippi State's local needs campaign by running or walking the 2011 Bully's 5K for United Way. Proceeds from the run this Saturday go to the annual campus United Way campaign.
Corinth High School honors Keenum
Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum is Corinth High School's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The university's 19th chief executive was selected for the honor by the Corinth High School Alumni Association. A 1979 CHS graduate, he formally accepted the award Oct. 7 during halftime activities of the school's home football game with Amory High School.
'Dear Colleagues': An update from ORED
In his latest update for the campus community, Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw takes a look at training opportunities, this week's FBI biosecurity workshop, the Cotton Mill Marketplace development in Starkville, and more.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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