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The Office of the Graduate School held Graduate Student Appreciation Week last week, and the celebration included a cowbell, visible on the Drill Field from the Dave C. Swalm Chemical Engineering Building, made of individual flags representing the entire population of MSU graduate students -- 3,602. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Horstemeyer earns SEC Achievement Award
A Bagley College of Engineering professor received a regional award for his commitment to teaching, research and scholarship. Mark F. Horstemeyer, a professor and the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems chair in computational solid mechanics, has earned the 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for Mississippi State.
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Adkerson completes advanced PGA certification
The leader of Mississippi State's PGA Golf Management academic program now holds advanced certification status with the Professional Golfers' Association of America. Jeff Adkerson became director in 2007 after serving as assistant director for four years. He is a 1999 marketing/PGM graduate of the university's College of Business, where he also completed an MBA in 2005.
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Finalists for Student Affairs VP named
Finalists for the position of vice president for Student Affairs at Mississippi State University have been announced by the search committee. The four candidates will visit MSU for on-campus interviews during the weeks of April 13 and 20. Finalists also will participate in open forums to include a brief presentation by each candidate followed by a question-and-answer session.
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Federal patent official visiting campus Monday
An official with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be visiting Mississippi’s flagship research university this week. Mississippi State will host Asad Nawaz on Monday for a series of meetings with engineering and business students, as well as a public lecture. He is a supervising examiner working with the USPTO's Office of Innovation Development.
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Be a part of #HailStateDays April 20-21
Join the Bulldog family in its second online philanthropy event at Mississippi State -- #HailStateDays. The university's goal is to raise 1,001 donations from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends over the 48-hour period on April 20-21.
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'I Bleed Maroon' blood drive underway
Mississippi State campus radio station WMSV 91.1 FM and United Blood Services are hosting a week-long blood drive event this week -- believed to be the first of its kind. “I Bleed Maroon” consists of nine blood drives in six days at bloodmobiles located throughout campus and in Starkville.
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Suicide prevention training offered April 21
The Work Life Balance Committee at Mississippi State is partnering with Staff Council and the Mississippi Coalition of Partners in Prevention for two QPR suicide prevention workshops for faculty and staff on April 21. QPR stands for question, persuade and refer -- three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With local and statewide political campaigning underway this year, 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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Celebrate service during National Volunteer Week
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community on its website and in its newsletter this week, including National Volunteer Week activities, Cotton District Arts Festival, MSU College Corps applications, and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this spring.
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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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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 04/13/15
Baseball hosts Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and then hosts Florida on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.... Women's Tennis opens competition in the SEC Championship in Columbia on Wednesday... Men's Tennis opens competition in the SEC Championship on Wednesday in College Station... Soccer hosts Memphis at 8 p.m. on Wednesday... Softball hosts South Alabama at 8 pm. on Wednesday, and then hosts Tennessee on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.... Track & Field begins competition Thursday at the Mt. Sac Relay in Walnut, California... Women's Golf starts play Friday in the SEC Championship in Birmingham... Men's Golf starts play in the SEC Championship on St. Simons Island, Georgia, on Friday... Football plays the annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Super Bulldog Weekend kicks off Friday
The 30th-annual Super Bulldog Weekend, a Mississippi State spring homecoming tradition featuring three days of athletic events and a pig cooking contest, will take place Friday through Sunday on the Starkville campus. The event is once again being presented by Regions Bank.
Outstanding Women Awards presented
Seven women with close connections to Mississippi State University were presented with 2015 Outstanding Women Awards last week. "If you look at the President's Commission on the Status of Women here at Mississippi State, it's an impressive organization that is inclusive of students, staff and the community," said Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president.
CAAD's Gheisari gets national honor from ASCE
A Mississippi State faculty member is a new ExCEEd Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Masoud Gheisari is an assistant professor in the building construction science program. Later this year, he joins others in the select group for a six-day teaching practicum focused on improving and enhancing classroom leadership skills.
CVM's Pace earns national award from NIAA
A Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine laboratory system director recently received the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award. Dr. Lanny Pace was recognized by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture for his dedication to animal agriculture, specifically for involving the organization in aquaculture.
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