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Straight from the practice field, Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen paid a surprise visit to the Office of Parent Services' "Blues Breakfast" last week. The annual event celebrates MSU parents and helps ease their "bye-bye blues" after helping their children move into campus residence halls. PHOTO: Megan Bean | University Relations

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Free NSF communication workshop Aug. 29
Principal investigators, early-career researchers and engineers, graduate students, post-docs, and public information officers at Mississippi State are invited to attend a free National Science Foundation workshop Aug. 29 to learn more about communicating science to the media and general public.
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Conference focused on improving trees for biofuels
Southern forests are expected to face increasing demands from the emerging biomass-to-bioenergy market, as well as the existing forest products industry. That was the message presented recently at the 31st Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference.
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Visiting architecture prof wins international prize
A Mississippi State visiting professor in architecture recently won an international award and a $10,000 prize for his design submission for a site along Australia's Parramatta River foreshore.
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Founding member endows fund for symphony
As the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony tunes up for its 43rd season, the association will benefit from the financial contribution of a founding member.
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Academic Advising Center open at 25 Morgan Ave.
The Academic Advising Center at Mississippi State has moved from 150 Magruder St. to 25 Morgan Ave. The new location is directly across the street from the old facility.
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Former Bulldog Brad Corley joins baseball staff
Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has announced the addition of former Bulldog standout Brad Corley to the MSU staff as an undergraduate assistant.
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Jack Cristil book orders now being accepted
Orders are now being accepted for the biography of Mississippi State's legendary sports broadcaster. "Jack Cristil: The Voice of the Bulldogs" is written by university alumnus and veteran newsman Sid Salter. Best-selling author and fellow alumnus John Grisham is providing the book's foreword.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 08/15/11
Soccer hosts Samford Monday in an exhibition at the MSU soccer field at 7 p.m., and is on the road to Jonesboro, Ark., for a Sunday game against Arkansas State at 2 p.m.
Service DAWGS Day kicks off Tuesday
Mississippi State's Service DAWGS organization has designated Tuesday as a time to contribute to the Starkville community through various volunteer projects. Breakfast in the Junction will jump-start the day at 8:30 a.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Keenum joins D1 presidents for reform talks
Last week's gathering of university presidents and NCAA officials in Indianapolis is very likely to be a turning point in college athletics, according to Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum.
President drives first nail for Habitat project
Mississippi State University and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers and officials were on hand to break ground last Monday for the third-annual Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity project.
MSU Libraries hosting grad student fair Tuesday
Mississippi State's graduate students will start the semester off right at MSU Libraries on Tuesday. The annual Graduate Student Information Fair will offer grad students opportunities to visit with library departments and learn more about their many services.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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