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Six MSU employees received 2011 Donald Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards during annual Staff Appreciation Day activities last Friday. They include (from left) Joy Odom, administrative assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics; William "Bill" Hamrick, extension associate II, Wildlife and Fisheries Department; Sherry Fisackerly, administrative assistant, School of Human Sciences; Sandy Williamson, fiscal officer, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Straton "Strat" Karatassos, associate athletic director for development, MSU Bulldog Club; and, not pictured, Nicole Ivancic, office associate, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. They were congratulated by MSU president emeritus Donald Zacharias, seated, the awards' namesake; and MSU President Mark E. Keenum, far right. PHOTO: Beth Newman | University Relations

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McCarty named executive director of development
A veteran fundraiser and campus staff member is the Mississippi State University Foundation's new executive director of development. Jack R. McCarty of Starkville officially begins his duties May 15.
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Forecasting team captures third national title
A third consecutive win in a forecasting competition is another feather in the cap for Mississippi State's nationally recognized meteorology program. The nine-person team, including three faculty members, placed first in the 2010-11 Wx Challenge.
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Faculty honored for research, productivity
Three faculty members in MSU's Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station were recently recognized for outstanding publications and productivity.
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Leed honored with teaching excellence awards
Ann Leed, an instructor in animal and dairy sciences, recently was honored with the Upper Division Excellence in Teaching award and the Overall Excellence in Teaching award.
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CALS honors Petrolia with teaching award
Daniel Petrolia, assistant professor in agricultural economics, received the Lower Division Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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Musical ambassadors set for European tour
The Wind Ensemble of Mississippi State University departed campus Sunday for a two-week performance tour in Germany and Austria. The 44-member instrumental group is led by Elva Kaye Lance, director of bands.
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Auto manufacturers support Japan relief effort
The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association recently donated $5,000 for disaster relief to the Japan-America Society of Mississippi. The ceremony was held at Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension office in Canton.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 05/09/11
Baseball hosts Mississippi Valley State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and then travels to Oxford Thursday to begin a three-game SEC series with Ole Miss... Softball opens play in the SEC tournament in Oxford on Thursday... Track & Field is on the road to Athens Thursday through Sunday for the SEC Championships. Men's Tennis opens play in the first round of the NCAA Championship at 9 a.m. Friday with a match against Florida State in Atlanta.
Provost announces Hodges, Ryan appointments
Two veteran Mississippi State faculty members are assuming full-time duties in the university's provost office. Julia E. Hodges is being named associate vice president for administrative services. Peter L. Ryan, who has been serving as interim associate provost, will now hold that position permanently
Campus Operations online with new website
Campus Operations has launched a new website this week that provides another platform for sharing information and enhancing customer service, according to executive director Amy Tuck.
Mid-week event to launch 2011 Maroon Edition
At a Wednesday public event, Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum and other administrative and faculty leaders will formally announce the next selection for the university's 2011 Maroon Edition common reading program.
North Farm road closing for Research Park project
Beginning Monday, the portion of the North Farm road between Joe Baddley Drive and the entrance to the western parking lot of the A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab building will close.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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