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Crepe myrtle trees accent the Chapel of Memories at Mississippi State University. The iconic structure was built from bricks of the burned Old Main Dormitory, destroyed by a fire in 1959. PHOTO: Nikki McKenzie | University Relations

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Traffic changes announced, safety encouraged
As Mississippi State begins the fall semester, university officials are encouraging students, employees and community members to be mindful of the high traffic volume, along with road closures and new directional changes due to construction. "We're encouraging students and all others to take some time to familiarize themselves with the current layout of the campus," said Dan Whatley, MSU construction administrator. "We also want employees and those from the local communities to be aware of updates and changes that have been made during the summer."
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Energy efficiency garners national recognition
Mississippi State is being honored by a national publication for its facility maintenance decisions resulting in more than $20 million in savings over seven years from decreased energy consumption. J.D. Hardy, associate director of utilities in MSU's campus services organization, said the land-grant institution is being recognized for its major sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.
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Register now for Argonne National Lab Day
On Sept. 9-10, Mississippi State University will host officials from one of the world’s leading research facilities. During the two-day visit, MSU faculty, staff, administrators and students will have opportunities to meet with Argonne National Laboratory leaders and researchers and explore partnership and funding possibilities, among other topics. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.
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Welcome Center offers new employee tours, more
The Welcome Center is the front door to Mississippi State University. Not only does the center and its staff assist visitors with questions and directions, but they also provide a centralized location for distribution of MSU and community publications, and offer customized tours to guests and employees.
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Library's 'Think Tank' available to faculty, staff
A new meeting room on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library now is open to provide faculty, staff and students with a technology-filled space designed to enhance collaborative learning and research. Presentation Room 3060 -- also known as "The Think Tank" -- will accommodate up to eight individuals. It is designed specifically for small-group meetings, Blackboard Collaborate and other web-based conference activities, group training, search committee meetings requiring Skype, and presentation practices.
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P.R.E.P/Emergency Preparedness Week next month
Will your family be prepared when disaster strikes? Learn from the experts in disaster preparedness. The MSU Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) and the Maroon Volunteer Center are hosting Emergency Preparedness Week from Sept. 16-21, offering free disaster preparedness training sessions that are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.
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Volunteer to help teach art at the Boys and Girls Club
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including volunteer art teachers at the Boys and Girls Club, Bridges Out of Poverty graduation ceremony, and Peter's Rock Food Pantry.
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Employee assistance program available
Life is filled with change, opportunities and challenges. The issues may be large or small. Knowing that you have someone who can listen, understand and suggest next steps can make a big difference. And that is where Mississippi State University's new employee assistance program (EAP) and work-life program helps.
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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, 08/26/13
Cross Country travels to Tennessee for the Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic on Friday... Soccer is on the road to Fort Myers, Fla., for a Friday game against Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m., and then a Sunday match with Florida Gulf Coast at noon. Volleyball hosts the Maroon Classic with a match at 1 p.m. against Southeast Missouri State and at 7 p.m. against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday, and then a 1 p.m. match against UALR and at 7 p.m. against Southeast Missouri on Saturday... Football opens the 2013 season against Oklahoma State in Texas at Houston's Reliant Stadium (ABC/ESPN2) on Saturday.
DAFVM and Regions Bank honor superior faculty
Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine recently honored five faculty members with the Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards in a new program designed to highlight exemplary work in five key areas. “I am very proud of our faculty for their work in all five areas recognized,” said Greg Bohach, vice president for the Division. “This recognition would not be possible without Regions Bank support.”
Ryan made honorary member of college
The American College of Theriogenologists recently recognized a veteran Mississippi State University professor’s research and teaching career with an honorary membership. Peter Ryan, who specializes in equine reproduction, has served since 1999 as a professor in MSU’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science with a cross-appointment in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the associate provost for academic affairs.
Woods returns as assistant track coach
Chris Woods finds himself back at home as he rejoins the Bulldogs as Mississippi State’s assistant track and field coach. “I’m extremely excited about having a coach come join us who has Mississippi roots,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m really happy to have him on board, not only because of his coaching expertise, but, more than anything, his love and passion for Mississippi State.”
Facilities Management admin offices move to Gast
Mississippi State University Facilities Management administrative staff, along with the faculty housing office and the key shop, have relocated from their longtime home in the Cooley Building on Russell Street in Starkville to the Gast Building on campus. Other shops will continue to operate from the Cooley Building for the time being. The Gast building is located on Robert Louis Jones Circle near the MSU Power Plant and Clay Lyle Entomology Lab.
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