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College of Architecture, Art and Design Associate Dean David Lewis shares interesting facts about Rome's Colosseum with the nine students touring Italy in the Structure and Beauty Maymester class. The course offers students a study of ancient to modern buildings throughout the country, including Milan, Vicenza, Verona, Venice, Pisa and Florence. PHOTO: Heather Rowe | Bagley College of Engineering

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Successful test of power generation capabilities
The May 19 power outage that impacted most of the Starkville campus of Mississippi State provided a highly successful test of the "black start" capabilities at the university's power generation plant. Much of the planning and successful operation of the "black start" test were credited to MSU vice president for campus operations Amy Tuck, MSU mechanical and energy engineer J.D. Hardy, MSU generation plant supervisor Lee Collins, MSU electrical supervisor Dwight Dempsey, MSU vehicles and equipment manager Ricky Brock, and MSU associate director of facilities management George Davis.
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Edwards-Henry premiers 'Travelin' Music'
Jackie Edwards-Henry, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Mississippi State University, premiered the harpsichord suite "Travelin' Music" at the convention of the American Musical Instrument Society and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America June 1. "Each movement presents ideas related to music and travel -- sometimes in a general sense and, at other times, in settings that present more programmatic intentions," said the solo and collaborative pianist who has performed in Canada, Europe and the U.S.
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Publication highlights Grant presidential library
A special online feature of a new national Civil War print publication currently features an interview with the head of the Mississippi State University-based Ulysses S. Grant Association and Grant Presidential Library. Internationally recognized Civil War historian John F. Marszalek is the focus of a nearly 15-minute production by Civil War Monitor magazine's "Behind the Lines" video interview series. In late 2008, the Grant collection relocated to MSU from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
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Volunteers needed at Christian Women's Job Corps
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including Father's Child Ministry, computer training with Christian Women's Job Corps, Muscular Dystrophy Camp, Emerson's Fresh Start Program, and more.
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Art faculty exhibition open through the month
A collection presented in a variety of mediums by members of the Mississippi State art department faculty will be featured on campus through the month of June. The showcase at the university's Cullis Wade Depot Gallery will include samples of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, drawings, photography and printmaking. The gallery is located on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center, located adjacent to the Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State Bookstore.
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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 helps.
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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.
Tuesday vote prompts political activity reminder
With citizens across the state set to go to the polls for Tuesday's municipal elections, 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.
Cooley assumes leadership of annual giving
A professional staff member in the Mississippi State University Foundation is being promoted to a key fundraising leadership position. Asya Besova Cooley will become the university's new annual giving director, effective June 1. In that role, she will direct fundraising efforts that typically focus on gifts made to any MSU area on a continuing basis.
Academic advisers recognized nationally
Two Mississippi State academic advisers are being recognized by the National Academic Advising Association for significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Tim Fancher, an academic coordinator with the University Academic Advising Center, and Caroline Cooper, academic records assistant in the art department, are selections for 2013 NACADA Certificates of Merit.
Public presentations set for associate VP candidates
After a nationwide search, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University will host three finalists for the position of associate vice president for research in June. During their visits to Starkville, each candidate will deliver a public presentation. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend these sessions.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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