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Mississippi State is beginning construction of a walking and exercise track to provide additional health benefits for university employees, students and local community members. From left, Stephen Weathers and Gary Weathers, both of Weathers Construction, Inc.; Saunders Ramsey, Neel-Schaffer, Inc. engineering firm; Joyce Yates, director of MSU health education and wellness; Sheila Grogan, executive director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; Bill Kibler, MSU vice president for student affairs; Amy Tuck, MSU vice president for campus services; Scott Stricklin, MSU director of athletics; and Michael Hogan, MSU Student Association president, participated in a recent groundbreaking. PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations

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New walking track construction underway
Mississippi State is beginning construction of a walking and exercise track to provide additional health benefits for university employees, students and local community members. Noting the consistent patterns of recent late winter-early spring rains, project manager Bill Broyles said the MSU Division of Student Affairs is "so pleased construction finally has begun." Broyles said the .95-mile walkway will include a .80-mile concrete loop encircling Chadwick Lake on the north side of campus, with an additional .15-mile exercise loop adjacent to the Sanderson Center.
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Refresh Leadership Live 2013 simulcast Wednesday
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State University, in conjunction with Express Employment Professionals of Starkville, will host a simulcast of Refresh Leadership Live 2013 on Wednesday in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. The half-day session starts at 8 a.m.
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'Letter from Birmingham Jail' event Tuesday
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including Cotton District Arts Festival, Starkville in Motion census, tutoring, Odd Fellows Cemetery cleanup, and more.
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Faculty leadership program seeks nominations
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an academic leadership program for selected faculty at Mississippi State. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its participants serve in key leadership positions on campus today. For the upcoming year, attendance will be limited to approximately 12 individuals who will be chosen from those who apply.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning for local elections underway, 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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New employee assistance program available
Life is filled with change, opportunities and challenges. The issues may be large or small. Knowing that you have someone who can listen, understand and suggest next steps can make a big difference. And that is where Mississippi State University's new employee assistance program (EAP) and work-life program will help, beginning April 1.
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Maroon Alert: Sharing emergency updates with MSU
During this time of the year, weather becomes more of a factor in our day-to-day lives at Mississippi State University. The Maroon Alert system is how we communicate with the campus community about emergency situations that may arise on campus. Maroon Alert is a family of communication outlets to communicate about emergency situations. In most situations the primary means of communication are web, e-mail and sometimes instant messaging.
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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.
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Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night on ESPN
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced April 10 that the 110th Battle for the Golden Egg -- the annual rivalry football game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss -- will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, in 2013. "This is a tremendous opportunity for our state’s largest football game to be played on the largest stage of a crowded football weekend," director of athletics Scott Stricklin said.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 04/15/13
Softball visits Samford in Birmingham on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and then opens an SEC weekend series in Tuscaloosa against Alabama at 6:30 p.m. on Friday... Men's Tennis travels to Oxford for the SEC Championship, which gets underway on Wednesday... Women's Tennis hosts the SEC Championship at Pitts Tennis Centre from Wednesday through Sunday... Track and Field competes in the Mt. Sac Relay in California on Thursday and Friday, as well as the Mississippi Open in Oxford on Saturday... Baseball hosts Auburn on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU), Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CSS-TV) and Saturday at 4 p.m.... Women's Golf opens play in the SEC Championship in Birmingham at Greystone Country Club on Friday... Men's Golf starts play at the SEC Championship on Friday at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simon's Island, Ga.
Super Bulldog Weekend kicks off Wednesday
For Mississippi State students, employees, alumni and friends, mid-April signals the arrival of the university's annual family-friendly Super Bulldog Weekend. The Old Main Music Festival, a Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Championship, Maroon-White Intersquad Football Game, and SEC baseball series with Auburn University are among activities at this week's event-packed spring homecoming. SBW begins Wednesday and concludes Sunday.
Abraham retirement reception set for Friday
The Division of Development and Alumni at Mississippi State will host a retirement reception for Dr. Jimmy Abraham, associate vice president for development and alumni and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, this week. The special event will honor and thank him for his 38 years of service to the university. "A Life in Maroon and White" will take place on Friday, April 19 from 4-6 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus.
Pierce wins state literary award
As co-director of Mississippi State's creative writing program, assistant professor Catherine Pierce already knows how to create literary works that speak to readers. A group of her peers agrees and recently awarded the university's English department faculty member with the 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters' Poetry Award. The honor recognized Pierce's second full-length collection of poems, "The Girls of Peculiar."
Maroon Edition pick: Guide for 'future presidents'
A book praised as "a marvelously readable and level-headed explanation of basic science and how it relates to the issues" is Mississippi State's selection for its fifth-annual common reading experience. In an April 8 campus-wide announcement, university President Mark E. Keenum said "Physics for Future Presidents" by Richard A. Muller will be the focus for the Maroon Edition program during the 2013-14 academic year.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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