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At the State Fountain Bakery last week, senior biochemistry major Amanda Coward orders a pastry from Ray Ray Rogers. The State Fountain has re-opened after a complete remodel including bright, fresh paint. In addition to old favorites like ice cream, donuts and dog bone shaped sugar cookies, new items have been added to the menu. PHOTO: Megan Bean | University Relations

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New system joins MSU-based library consortium
Mississippi's largest library consortium has added new libraries to its membership. Based at Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Library Partnership now serves 55 libraries in 16 of our state's counties. The Lee-Itawamba Library System will be live on the MLP system beginning Oct. 18.
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Fall fitness programs kick off at Sanderson
Need a trainer? Contact Sanderson Center Associate Director Jason Townsend at tjt3@msstate.edu to inquire about getting the motivation you need for the semester, including the popular morning fitness boot camps.
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Be a part of this year's National Day of Service
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Humane Society volunteer training, the Clothesline Project, Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity, and much more.
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International food summit on campus next week
Global food safety and security issues will be in focus Sept. 10 at Mississippi State when leading international authorities on the subjects join researchers and government policymakers for a daylong conference. Participants include Raj Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Daniel Gustafson of the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations; and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes. The luncheon keynote speaker is Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
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Radvanyi honored by MSU for lifetime achievement
Mississippi State formally honored history professor emeritus Janos Radvanyi for his achievements at the land-grant institution, including the founding of the university's internationally recognized Center for International Security and Strategic Studies. A recurring theme during the evening event was Radvanyi's lifelong passion for service, primarily through international diplomacy.
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Funding facilitates Fulbright Visiting Scholar travel
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars provides travel awards through the Occasional Lecturer Fund to enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the country to accept guest lecturing invitations at U.S. colleges and universities. Academic departments interested in learning more about this funding opportunity should contact Stephen Cottrell, a Fulbright Ambassador with the MSU International Institute, or School of Architecture Associate Professor Jane Britt Greenwood, AIA, Fulbright Representative.
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Williams delivering Evers lecture Sept. 20
The African American Studies program at Mississippi State will host MSU assistant professor Michael V. Williams for a Sept. 20 lecture titled "Sit Me Up and Turn Me Loose: Medgar Wiley Evers as Civil Rights Activist, Leader and Martyr in the Fight for Justice." The lecture will be held in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium (Room 124) at 4:30 p.m. A book signing will immediately follow.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigns for the White House and other federal offices well underway for the Nov. 6 general election, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel reminds employees to be aware of the university's policy on political activities. There are several basic guidelines that university employees should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity.
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University hosting October PERS seminar
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State is hosting a PERS pre-retirement, full-day seminar on Oct. 3, 2012, at Bost Extension Center. The seminar offers general information on a range of topics, including estate planning, Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan and Trust, Social Security benefits, and PERS benefits and options. The seminar is available to any covered PERS member at no cost, but pre-registration is required.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription online, and privacy.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 09/03/12
Soccer hosts Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. on Friday and Southern Miss on Sunday at 7 p.m.... Men's Tennis travels to Athens, Ga., for the Southern Intercollegiate Championships this weekend... Women's Tennis plays Saturday and Sunday at the Auburn Invitational... Volleyball is on the road to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, where it plays Sam Houston State at 10 a.m. and Tulane at 7 p.m. on Friday, and then Pittsburgh on Saturday... Football hosts Auburn at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Not easy being 'true green,' Emison finds
Persistence. Resilience. Adaptability. Reliability. Successful government executives -- especially environmental officials -- demonstrate these qualities every day, according to a new book co-edited by an environmental policy authority at Mississippi State University. "True Green: Executive Effectiveness in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency" was co-written and -edited by Gerald A. "Jerry" Emison, MSU political science and public administration professor, and former departmental colleague John C. Morris.
National publication recognizes Funderburk painting
Brent Funderburk's watercolor painting, Perfect Storm, was chosen by jurors as a "Runner Up Award" winner of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design. This is the third issue in the past four years in which the MSU Art Department professor's work has received awards.
Barnes & Noble celebrating expansion Friday
Following a renovation over the summer break, the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Mississippi State University will host a day of celebration this Friday, and starting at 9 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the MSU Spirit Shop expansion is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Kibler.
General Faculty meeting Sept. 12
The fall meeting of the General Faculty of Mississippi State University is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, in McComas Hall Theatre at 3 p.m. The program will include a report from President Mark E. Keenum on topics of general interest to the university community, followed by a time for questions and discussion.
The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

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