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Mississippi State University's Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety recognized the Campus Landscape team for its commitment to safety and training with a barbecue luncheon last Friday. Despite having some of the riskier jobs on campus, the crew's accident record is among the lowest, according to MSU safety officer Alicia Musselwhite PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations

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'Message from the Provost': Policy, progress, P&T
In his latest update for the Mississippi State University community, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert provides details about the new sustainability policy, reports building project progress, and discusses the P&T Procedures document, and more.
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'Dear Colleagues': Comment deadline Tuesday
Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw reminds the Mississippi State community that comments on the university's research priorities document draft are wanted. The deadline to submit your feedback is Tuesday.
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'Investing In Innovation' on tap Tuesday
Innovation and its economic impact will be in play for Mississippi State University's Investing In Innovation conference this Tuesday. The land-grant institution's Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer will host I3 Day at the Hunter Henry Center beginning at 11 a.m.
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MSU hosting Transportation & Economic Symposium
Mississippi State's chief research officer will welcome federal, state and local officials, economic developers, and industry representatives and executives to campus on Tuesday for the 2012 Transportation & Economic Symposium: Transportation for Mississippi's Sustainable Economic Growth. David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development at the land-grant institution, will be joined by Mississippi Development Authority executive director Jim Barksdale and Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman for the opening session in Bost Extension Center at 12:30 p.m.
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Women in Higher Education state conference here
Women in higher education throughout Mississippi will convene Thursday and Friday at Mississippi State University for an annual conference to promote and support women's leadership in the field. The Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network's mission is to identify, develop, advance and support women in higher education in Mississippi. Amy Tuck, MSU executive director of campus operations and institutional representative for WHEMN, is also this year's WHEMN statewide coordinator.
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PCSW hosting 'Financial Planning for Women' lunch
The President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State University continues its mission of supporting and educating women with a "Financial Planning for Women" luncheon this Thursday
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PERS workshop on campus next week
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State is sponsoring a Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) workshop on Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bost Extension Center on the Starkville campus. The workshop is free for university employees, but pre-registration is required.
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Retirewise workshop series starts Tuesday
Mississippi State University Human Resources Management and MetLife are offering Retirewise on campus in this month. The free four-part program is designed to help people feel more confident about retirement, and the first session will be held this Tuesday.
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Sewanee art historian lectures Thursday
University of the South art history professor Greg Clark kicks off the spring semester of Mississippi State's Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series. His free presentation, "Betty Boop: A Roaring 20s Flapper in Depression-Era American Animation," takes place Thursday.
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CHASES hosts environmental historian Friday
With his Friday afternoon presentation, Southern environmental history pioneer Mart A. Stewart continues the new CHASES Lecture Series at Mississippi State. The free event is sponsored by the university's Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environment of the South.
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Hrabowski keynoting diversity conference in March
"Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education: Undergraduate Retention and Recruitment of Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff" will be the theme March 1 and 2 for Mississippi State's second Diversity Conference. The keynote address will be delivered by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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Spirit of State nominations, applications wanted
With the seventh annual Spirit of State Awards, Mississippi State will recognize outstanding contributions made by our students toward improving student life. Applications and nominations are now being accepted.
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Recycling change: No more glass in bins, please
Mississippi State's single-stream recycling program has now been in place for more than a year. The program has fundamentally changed the way the university collects recyclables and trash on campus. However, due to a contractor change, MSU can no longer collect glass as part of the recycling stream.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 02/20/12
Men's Golf begins play in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Monday... Men's Basketball hosts Kentucky on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ESPN), and then travels to Tuscaloosa for a game against Alabama at 5 p.m. on Saturday (ESPN)... Women's Basketball plays Florida in Gainesville at 6 p.m. on Thursday, and then hosts Kentucky on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)... Baseball opens the weekend at home against Kansas on Friday at 6 p.m.... Track & Field begins competition at the USA Indoor Championships and the SEC Championships on Friday... Men's Tennis travels to Montgomery, Ala., for the Blue-Gray Classic Friday through Sunday... Softball is on the road to Clearwater, Fla., for the Leadoff Classic Friday through Sunday... Women's Tennis hosts Tulsa at 10 a.m. Saturday and Southern Miss on Sunday at noon.
Jones named 'Young Veterinarian of the Year'
Kelli Jones of Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has won the World Veterinary Poultry Association Young Veterinarian of the Year award, which was created by WVPA and Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry to recognize young veterinarians' important contributions to the success of the industry.
Duncan recognized as 'Advocate of the Year'
A case manager at Mississippi State's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability is being recognized for her efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Judy Duncan recently was honored as the Advocate of the Year by the Starkville Commission on Disability for her role with a center program that helps people with significant physical disabilities to become artists.
PCSM honors individuals who enhance diversity
The President's Commission on the Status of Minorities recognized several individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Mississippi State during a public ceremony last Friday.
CAVS Extension wins economic development honor
Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension is a major honoree of the Mississippi Economic Development Council. The university's Canton-based office recently accepted the Community Economic Development Award for its work with Nissan at its auto assembly plant in central Mississippi. The MEDC recognition specifically cited the "Enhancing On-the-Job Problem Solving" training program.
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