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2011 Diversity Award winners Kimberly Watson (left), Amanda Harrison and J.P. Shim were honored last Wednesday. PHOTO: Beth Newman | University Relations

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Diversity Award winners recognized
The MSU President's Commission on the Status of Minorities honored those who exemplify the spirit of diversity at the university during a special ceremony in the Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library last Wednesday.
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Morrison receives Black History Month honor
Minion Kenneth Chauncey "KC" Morrison, Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, was recently honored as the 2011 Black History Month Educator of the Year by the IHL Board of Trustees.
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Lifetime Achievement Award for Ag Econ's Turner
Agricultural Economics Department Head Steve Turner recently received the 2011 Southern Agricultural Economics Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's annual meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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National Wild Turkey Federation honors Leopold
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Professor and Department Head Bruce Leopold was honored with the Henry S. Mosby Award at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 35th-annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville recently.
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Phillips leading family relations conference
School of Human Sciences Assistant Professor Tommy Phillips, currently serving as president of the Southeastern Council on Family Relations, will be leading the organization's annual conference this week.
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Nominations wanted for Research Awards
The nomination period has opened for Mississippi State's 2011 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Employees and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program.
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Library, Art and Floral Design collaborate
Rotating weekly exhibits of ceramic vessels and floral displays are on public display in the Library. Creations by Art Professor Robert Long, along with Plant and Soil Sciences Professor Jim DelPrince and students in his advanced floral design classes, are available for viewing in the third-floor foyer.
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Shuttle service starts for Riley Center shows
Beginning this week, Mississippi State's Riley Center in Meridian will offer shuttle service between the Starkville campus and the historic performing arts venue.
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Dees to receive Mississippi State honor Wednesday
The founder of a Montgomery, Ala.-based organization that offers free legal services and advocacy in the areas of civil rights, immigrant justice, and children at risk will receive a judicial recognition from Mississippi State on Wednesday.
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Lyceum Series continues Thursday with Ahn Trio
The Lyceum Series at Mississippi State continues Thursday when the world-renowned Ahn Trio brings their special brand of chamber music to the university.
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Starkville-MSU Symphony concert Saturday
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra concert this Saturday evening will feature music from the European Romantic period and cello soloist Simona Barbu of the Department of Music.
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REFLECTOR: New dean position formed
The Reflector reports that Mississippi State is raising the director's position of the Shackouls Honors College to a dean level. Provost Jerry Gilbert said the university wanted to elevate the status of the Honors College by raising the level of responsibility of the individual in charge.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 02/28/11
Baseball hosts Alcorn State at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Iowa at 4 p.m. Friday. Georgia State visits Dudy Noble Field for a noon game Saturday and 2:30 p.m. game on Sunday... Softball plays UAB in Birmingham Tuesday at 6 p.m., and opens play in this weekend's Bulldog Classic with Memphis at 3 p.m. Friday... Men's Basketball travels to Fayetteville on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tipoff with Arkansas. On Saturday, they host South Carolina at 1 p.m.... Women's Basketball is on the road for the SEC Tournament in Nashville, which begins Thursday... Track & Field is on the road for the Last Chance Meet beginning Friday... Men's Tennis hosts Vanderbilt Friday at 2 p.m., and Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m.... Women's Tennis is on the road to Nashville on Friday for a 2:30 p.m. match with Vanderbilt, and will be in Lexington on Sunday for a 10 a.m. match against the Lady Wildcats.
Birthday celebration moved to Tuesday
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Mississippi State are invited to participate in the commemoration of the university's founding 133 year ago and to celebrate its accomplishments during a celebration Tuesday. Monday's weather forecast forced the postponement of the special event to Tuesday.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien on campus Tuesday
Soledad O'Brien, award-winning CNN journalist, visits Mississippi State March 1, sharing her perspective as a news professional. The 7 p.m. event on Tuesday is free and open to all.
Wayne Wilkerson named MWRRI director
Wayne Wilkerson has been named director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute at Mississippi State, pending approval of the IHL Board of Trustees.
Paula Threadgill takes Extension leadership role
When Paula Threadgill became leader of Family and Consumer Sciences for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, she decided to tackle the state's obesity problem. She was named state leader of the Extension Service arm of Family and Consumer Sciences, or FCS, on Jan. 1.
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