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Karen Williams, from left, David Hoffman and Kate McClellan, all faculty members in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, take advantage of the quiet campus and warm weather by having a work meeting outside of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology earlier this month. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Friday deadline for Faculty Leadership Program nominations
The Office of Research and Economic and Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will lead Mississippi State's Faculty Leadership Program in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current abbreviated CV (3-5 pages maximum) and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. Application materials should be emailed to Lynn Taylor at ltaylor@research.msstate.edu no later than Friday.
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MSU remains top ‘Best Value College’ in state
Mississippi State University is once again being recognized for providing the highest value of any college or university in the state of Mississippi. In a recent analysis from SmartAsset, a financial technology company, Mississippi State is ranked as the top “Best Value College” for the third year in a row. MSU graduates also earn higher average starting salaries than their peers from other state colleges and universities, according to the analysis.
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Academic journal highlights national Extension project
A journal published by the Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences highlights important findings from three years of work conducted by Extension health professionals across the country. “For more than 100 years, Extension has worked to deliver the information Mississippians need to make informed decisions about their lives, businesses, homes and health,” said MSU Extension Director Gary Jackson, a board member for the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. “The same is true about Extension in states across our country. We all want to help people at all stages of life make healthy choices and positively influence their families and communities.”
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Applications sought for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State University can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2018-2019 travel grants of $1,250 each. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 29.
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Association of Retired Faculty meeting coming up June 6
Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum will be the featured speaker at the summer luncheon meeting of the university's Association of Retired Faculty at noon on June 6 in the atrium of Bryan Athletic Administration Building on campus. Membership in ARF is open to retired faculty and professional staff of Mississippi State. For more information about the organization and its programs and services, please visit the newly updated website at http://lib.msstate.edu/arf.
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Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning for Congress and other races currently underway, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers the following reminder of the university’s policy on political activities. There are several guidelines that employees of the university should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity. The Office of General Counsel encourages each employee to review this policy in its entirety to make certain you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities.

 

Pierce's ‘big poet dream’ realized with Pushcart Prize
A Mississippi State faculty member with a passion and talent for creative writing is being honored with the prestigious Pushcart Prize. “I Kept Getting Books About Birds,” a poem by Associate Professor of English Catherine Pierce, was first published in the spring 2017 issue of The Gettysburg Review, one of the country’s premier literary journals. Editors of The Gettysburg Review then nominated the poem for inclusion in the 43rd edition of “The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses” anthology series.
Opheim named director of spirit and fan engagement
Chris Opheim, who has served as the Spirit Squad Coordinator at Washington State the past six years, has been named Mississippi State's new Director of Spirit and Fan Engagement. "We are thrilled to have Chris join our team as our Director of Spirit and Fan Engagement," said MSU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Branding Rhett Hobart. "He not only brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to our spirit programs, but he has more than 10 years of experience working with spirit groups in the collegiate space."
Smith returns as director of operations for Howland
After spending the past three seasons with the Charlotte 49ers, Tanner Smith has returned to Mississippi State, this time as director of operations for Ben Howland. He served in the same capacity for two years at Charlotte before being promoted to assistant coach this past season. He joined the 49ers' staff after serving the 2014-15 season at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant. A former standout at Clemson, Smith spent two years overseas playing professional basketball in Europe.
Darty completes volleyball staff with Green, Drattlo
Completing her Bulldog coaching staff, first-year Mississippi State coach Julie Darty has announced the hiring of an assistant coach and director of operations. Joining the #DartyParty are assistant coach Travers Green and director of operations Cody Drattlo. Green comes from the University of South Florida, and Drattlo joins the team after graduating from Indiana. "Hiring Trav and Cody to our staff has made everything feel complete here," Darty said. "We have a diverse group of personalities, and we balance one another very well."
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