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A bright red cardinal and the blossoms of redbud trees are among the many signs on campus that spring is here. Sunday saw the spring equinox, which marks the beginning of the new season. PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations

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Fulbright ambassador visiting campus Thursday
The Office of International Program Development at Mississippi State will host an information session with George Wright, a Fulbright ambassador, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium.
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Reading, book signing for Michael Kardos Thursday
English faculty member Michael Kardos will read from his debut book, "One Last Good Time," Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in McCool Hall, Room 110, Rogers Auditorium.
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LEAP taps 14 staff members for 2011 program
Fourteen Mississippi State staff members are new participants in the university's 2011 Learning Experience for Aspiring Professionals program.
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Gary Packwood named new MSU choral director
An Alabama musician with national and international conducting experience is becoming the new director of choral activities at Mississippi State. Gary D. Packwood assumes his new duties on campus this fall.
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DAILY NEWS: Keenum talks issues with local leaders
Recent congressional budget strategies could create challenges for research institutions like Mississippi State University, MSU President Mark Keenum said last Friday.
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LEDGER: State pension fund cut opposed
The Clarion-Ledger reported over the weekend that after years of market losses, a majority of the state's pension board said they will not support skipping a taxpayer-funded increase next year to bolster the retirement system.
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Health plan info online at myBlue site
Mississippi State employees have access now to the myBlue website from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. The secure and personalized site provides access to health care claims and benefit information provided by the Mississippi State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
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Library exhibit commemorates MSU's 133rd
A new exhibit in Mitchell Memorial Library takes part in wishing Mississippi State University a happy 133rd birthday this month. Display cases are showcasing MSU's presidents, yearbooks, Mississippi State apparel and more memorabilia.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 03/21/11
Women's Golf is in Georgia Monday and Tuesday for the John Kirk-Panther Intercollegiate... Men's Tennis hosts Nebraska at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Florida on Saturday at 1 p.m.... Track & Field is in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama Relays Thursday and Friday, and returns home to host the SEC vs. Big Ten meet on Saturday... Women's Tennis hosts South Carolina Friday at 2 p.m., and plays Florida in Gainesville Sunday at noon... Baseball hosts Auburn this weekend. First pitch for the SEC series is Friday at 6:30 p.m.... Softball is on the road to Kentucky for a weekend series with the Lady Wildcats.
Ragtime returning to Mitchell Memorial Library
Internationally renowned musicians will bring the sights and sounds of another age to Mississippi State Friday and Saturday when the Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival returns to Mitchell Memorial Library for the fifth consecutive year.
Business incubator breaks ground Monday
Mississippi State officials will join with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper and Alan Nunnelee Monday to break ground for a new building in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.
Faculty/Staff Golf League kick-off meeting Tuesday
The Mississippi State Faculty/Staff Golf League will hold its annual kick-off meeting Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Sanderson Center Conference Room.
Research Award nominations due this week
Nomination packets for Mississippi State's 2011 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award are due in the Office of Research and Economic Development by the close of business Friday.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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