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Tommy Stevenson, director of Diversity and Equity Programs, talks to students during the Promise program ice cream social last week. The Mississippi State Promise is designed to help entering freshmen and community college transfer students from low-income Mississippi families attend MSU. PHOTO: Megan Bean | University Relations

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University Health Services: Get the shot — not the flu
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds students, faculty and staff to get the flu shot -- not the flu. A series of clinics offering flu shots will be offered on campus this fall, including one this Wednesday in the main hallway of the Sanderson Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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ITS expands hours for Help Desk
Information Technology Services at Mississippi State University has expanded Help Desk hours for the benefit and convenience of students, faculty and staff. In addition to walk-up business in 108 Allen Hall and on the phone, requests for Help Desk assistance can be submitted via email to helpdesk@msstate.edu or by visiting the ITS website, www.its.msstate.edu, and clicking on the "Need Help" tab.
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Open enrollment for benefits ends Oct. 24
Benefits open enrollment at Mississippi State will be held through Oct. 24. During the open enrollment period, MSU employees may add new benefits coverage, change existing coverage, or cancel coverage. All open enrollment benefits elections are effective on Jan. 1, 2013. If you do not want to make changes, your benefits will automatically roll over for 2013 and no action is required to remain enrolled in coverage.
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Service awards and alternative spring break info
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including Bulldogs on the Move, Make A Difference Day, T.K. Martin Center Fun Run, SHS Cross-Country Meet, and much more.
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MSU hosting 5K race for United Way Oct. 30
The local community is invited to help support Mississippi State University’s United Way campaign by running or walking Bully’s 5K for United Way. Race day fun begins Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. with registration at McArthur Hall on the MSU campus. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. “We have the same course as prior years, but have changed the day and time,” said race director Les Potts. “We plan on having a lot of fun with a twilight race with plenty of glow sticks and a new Halloween theme.”
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Evangelicals and climate change discussion Monday
The author of "Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change," will speak Monday at Mississippi State University. Katharine K. Wilkinson will host a discussion, free and open to the public, about faith-based efforts for addressing climate care at 6 p.m. in 102 Hilbun Hall. Wilkinson's visit is sponsored by the university-affiliated Climate Literacy Partnership in the Southeast, or CLiPSE.
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Well-known poet to read on campus Wednesday
A critically acclaimed, nationally celebrated poet will visit Mississippi State University this week to read some of her vivid personal poems and intense dramatic monologues. Sandra Beasley of Washington, D.C. will select poems from her most recent collection, "I Was the Jukebox," and new work during the Wednesday afternoon program.
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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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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, 10/15/12
Men's Golf opens play in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham... Men's Tennis begins competition in the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships at Auburn on Thursday... Women's Tennis opens play at the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships in Tuscaloosa on Friday... Volleyball hosts South Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m., and then Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday... Soccer hosts Georgia at 7 p.m. on Friday, and then Arkansas on Sunday at 3 p.m. (ESPNU)... Football hosts Middle Tennessee at Davis Wade Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday for homecoming... Softball hosts Wallace-Hanceville on Sunday for an exhibition doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Burrell earns national recognition
A Bagley College of Engineering staff member has earned a national award for her work with underrepresented students at the graduate level. Rita Burrell, the BCoE’s graduate and distance education manager, was recognized as the National Graduate Education for Minorities Consortium’s Standing Chair of the Year. She has served as standing chair for its university committee since 2007. Burrell says the award comes as quite a nice surprise.
Wicker to keynote new MSU building opening
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker will be the keynote speaker at the grand opening ceremony for the new Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The $9-million research facility funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the new home for the university-led Northern Gulf Institute and researchers from MSU’s Geosystems Research Institute.
Communication's golf tournament tees off Friday
The 6th-annual Mississippi State University Department of Communication Scholarship Golf Tournament is set to tee off this Friday at the MSU Golf Course with registration, food and chipping and putting contests from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., before a 1 p.m. shotgun start. In addition to raising money, the tournament provides opportunities to reconnect with alumni and others.
Nominations open for honorary doctoral degrees
Mississippi State University alumni who know a nationally recognized, hardworking individual who deserves special and elite recognition can submit that person’s name and qualifications for an MSU honorary doctoral degree. MSU graduates -- as well as current faculty, staff and students -- should suggest only individuals with sustained achievement in scholarship, public service, professional activity, or creative and performing arts: influential leaders deserving of exclusive and elite honors.
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