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"Achieving Diversity and Inclusion" was the topic of last Wednesday's workshop sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs. Derek Greenfield, right, director of diversity and equity engagement and assistant professor of sociology at Alcorn State, served as the keynote speaker. Helping Greenfield with a demonstration are Angela Verdell and John Thompson. PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations

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Schmitz elected president of geology state board
Darrel Schmitz, head of the geosciences department at Mississippi State University, was recently elected president of the Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists, which is charged with administering the state's Registered Professional Geologists Practice Act of 1997.
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Booth, Butler honored for outstanding service
Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources forest supervisor Misty Booth of Starkville and forest products machinist/instrument maker David Butler of Sturgis were honored with 2011 Doris Lee Memorial Staff Awards for outstanding service.
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Riffell receives CFR research award
Mississippi State University associate wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture professor Sam Riffell was recognized with the annual research award at the College of Forest Resources' recent advisory committee banquet.
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Sun recognized for outstanding teaching
Mississippi State University associate forestry professor Edwin Sun was recognized with the annual teaching award at the College of Forest Resources' recent advisory committee banquet.
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Tabereaux elected to Kennedy Center ed board
Charlotte B. Tabereaux, the education director of Mississippi State University's Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts in downtown Meridian, is a new member of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Advisory Committee, a national board.
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Mississippi and the Morrill Act in focus Thursday
Mississippi State University assistant professor of history James Giesen will present "History of the Morrill Act: The Mississippi Perspective" on Thursday at 3 p.m. The free event open to all is Gamma Sigma Delta's inaugural spring seminar, and it will be held in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium. A reception follows.
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Export compliance training, inspection this week
Mississippi State University will host a leading security consultant for two days of export compliance training, auditing and an inspection this week. Charles "Chip" Palmer, the vice president for training and business development of Maryland-based Export Compliance Solutions LLC (ECS), will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday to provide important training for MSU faculty and staff working on or managing contracts that involve Export Administrations Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
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Education forum showcases research
"In Pursuit of External Funding: Lessons Learned" is the theme for the fifth-annual College of Education's faculty and student research forum to be held March 30 at Mississippi State. Martha Kanter, under secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver a keynote address at 9 a.m. in the Bost Extension theater. "Affordability, Quality and Completion for an America Built to Last" is the title of her presentation.
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Ragtime Jazz Festival to 'razzle-dazzle' campus
Dynamic musical showmanship and toe-tapping entertainment again are on the schedule for the sixth annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival at Mississippi State. Taking place on the university campus Friday and Saturday, the major spring event includes evening concerts in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium, along with daytime sessions and tours at the Templeton Music Museum in Mitchell Memorial Library.
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Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award nominations
Staff Council is seeking nominations for the Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards. Nominations are being accepted for professional and support staff employees who work at least half-time, have been employed at Mississippi State University for a minimum of three years, and represent the nomination criteria for the award. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 12.
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Faculty/Staff Golf League kick-off meeting Tuesday
The MSU Faculty/Staff Golf League will hold a kickoff meeting this Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Sanderson Center's conference room. League membership is open to all MSU faculty and spouses, staff and their spouses, graduate students and their spouses, and friends of MSU faculty and staff and their spouses. Retired faculty and staff and their spouses are especially welcome to join.
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Former USDA Undersecretary lectures Wednesday
A former senior administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2012 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series. Mark E. Rey, undersecretary for natural resources and environment from 2001-09, will lead the March 28 public program.
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Tuck to speak on 'Leadership Perspective' Thursday
Amy Tuck, executive director of campus operations at Mississippi State University and former lieutenant governor of the State of Mississippi, will present "A Perspective on Leadership: A Path to Success" on March 29, at 1 p.m., in the Colvard Student Union, Ballroom U.
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Staff Council hosting Alzheimer's care workshops
Mississippi State University's Staff Council is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association-Mississippi Chapter in April to offer one and a half days of programming geared towards family members and caretakers of Alzheimer's patients and anyone interested in learning more about this disease.
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Stopczynski, Elliott join football support staff
Head football coach Dan Mullen announced two new additions to the Mississippi State University football support staff last Wednesday: Niel Stopczynski and Brett Elliott. Stopczynski will serve as assistant recruiting coordinator, and Elliott will be the graduate assistant for offense.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 03/26/12
Women's Golf opens play in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga., on Monday... Baseball hosts Alcorn State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and then opens a weekend series on the road at Auburn on Friday at 6 p.m.... Softball plays Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and then hosts Alabama in a weekend series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.... Track and Field travels to Austin for the Texas Relays and to Oxford for the Ole Miss Invitational this week... Men's Tennis hosts LSU at 2 p.m. on Friday and Arkansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday... Women's Tennis is on the road to Baton Rouge for a match against LSU on Friday at 3 p.m., and then to Fayetteville for a 1 p.m. match with Arkansas on Sunday.
Facilities Management shares survey results
Mississippi State University's Facilities Management team reports that 1,076 participants provided feedback for its 2011 annual survey -- a noteworthy increase from the 838 people who took part in the 2010 survey. "The annual survey is one of the tools we use to maximize efficiency and provide a superior customer service experience, and we are very pleased that more faculty and staff were willing to participate and let us know how we are doing," said Amy Tuck, executive director of Campus Operations.
Kardos wins top state fiction honor
The co-director of Mississippi State University's creative writing program is receiving a top honor from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Michael Kardos, an assistant professor of English at the university, is the 2012 winner of the organization's annual award in fiction.
Bailey named secretary of student affairs group
Mississippi State's Ann Bailey is the newly elected secretary of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs Foundation Board. The university's housing and residence life director, she recently was elected to a two-year term with the independent organization representing higher education practitioners, educators and students in the field.
IHL honors Lawrence for diversity efforts
Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been honored for his efforts to increase diversity within the veterinary profession. The Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning recently presented Lawrence with the Black History Month Educator of the Year award for MSU's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
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