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Kasia Gallo (right) led her Landscape Architecture Design 1 class in exploration of how the design of a space influences its use last week at the Sanderson Center. Following an interpretive dance by Terpsichore dancers Joy Bouder and Lauren White (center) the students were invited to sit in the different areas and test how their reaction to the space was impacted by its design. The public seating structure was built through a summer architecture project and was commissioned by the Sanderson Center. The area will have an official ribbon cutting Sept. 9. PHOTO: Megan Bean | University Relations

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Volunteer families needed for Borderless Hosts
The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center's Borderless Hosts program is seeking volunteer host families and international students for the fall and spring semesters. The program pairs an MSU international student with a local family and gives both an opportunity for cultural learning and understanding.
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Program to explore 'other side' of space race
A nationally recognized authority on Soviet and Russian space programs discusses those and related topics Thursday at Mississippi State. James Andrews' visit is co-sponsored by the university's history department, Bagley College of Engineering and Office of Research and Economic Development.
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Ohio poet visiting campus Sept. 6
An award-winning Ohio poet will read from his works Sept. 6 at Mississippi State. Don H. Bogen is the inaugural guest for the university's 2011-12 Robert Holland Visiting Writers Series.
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Get running with 'Couch to 5K' program
Interested in running a 5K and not sure how to get started? The MSU Rec Sports "Couch to 5K" program will motivate and prepare you for the MSU Turkey Trot on Oct. 29 or any other upcoming 5K.
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Recycling on campus easier than ever
Mississippi State's campuswide recycling program is underway, and most of the university's facilities are now participating. "We are excited that everyone on campus is now a part of our recycling effort," said assistant research professor and campus sustainability coordinator Jeremiah Dumas.
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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, 08/29/11
Football opens the 2011 season on the road against the University of Memphis in the Liberty Bowl Thursday at 7 p.m.... Soccer takes on Jackson State at 4 p.m. Friday in Jackson and then Southern Miss Sunday at 1 p.m. in Hattiesburg.... Volleyball opens play in the Community Bankers Classic at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. at 9 p.m. Friday.... Cross-Country runs the Sewanee Invitational in Tennessee Saturday.
IHL Board of Trustees extends Keenum's contract
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum received a great vote of confidence from the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning when they voted unanimously to extend his contract for four more years.
ORED's Research Seminar Series kicks off Monday
"From Idea to Conception: How to Turn Your Idea Into a Proposal" kicks off the 2011-12 Research Seminar Series presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State. The opening session takes place Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Grisham Room.
General Faculty meeting Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The fall meeting of the General Faculty is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Bettersworth Auditorium of Lee Hall. The program will include a report by President Mark E. Keenum on topics of general interest to the Mississippi State community, followed by a time for questions and discussion.
Library hosts successful technology conferences
Mitchell Memorial Library hosted more than 100 librarians, administrative staff members, libraries and information sciences students, and other professionals from across the country for its annual MidSouth e-Resource Symposium and Emerging Technologies Summit Aug. 11-12.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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