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Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum addressed the Mississippi Economic Council board of directors last week during their meeting at the Hunter Henry Center. The MEC is best known as "the state chamber of commerce" and has been at the forefront of good government and pro-education issues for decades. PHOTO: Beth Wynn | University Relations

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ITAR and OPSEC training blitz starts Tuesday
The Office of Research Security at Mississippi State is having an ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and OPSEC (Operations Security) training blitz during October and November. There will three presentations of "Working with ITAR" and "OPSEC - What, Who, Why, When and How." The presentations will be conducted at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory in the Cochran Research Park. The sessions start this Tuesday.
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Benefits open enrollment underway
Benefits open enrollment is now available for eligible Mississippi State University employees. Open enrollment is required only if you are adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage. If you aren’t adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage, you do not need to participate in open enrollment, and your current benefits will continue into 2014.
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Theatre MSU celebrates milestone with 50th season
When Theatre MSU draws the curtain to begin its 50th season, the milestone will be especially meaningful to those who have invested blood, sweat and tears into hundreds of productions and helped grow a program that has impacted thousands of students. The 50th season has much variety in store for faithful audiences, beginning with "Bloody Murder" by Ed Sala, Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Jo Durst directs this award-winning murder mystery.
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Explore new volunteer opportunities this fall
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including National History Day volunteer mentors, Interfaith Service Challenge Community Supply Drive, Bulldogs On The Move and more.
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Communication's golf tourney tees off Oct. 18
The Mississippi State communication department's seventh annual golf tournament to raise funds for university scholarships tees off Oct. 18 at the MSU Institute of Golf. "This year, we again are dedicating tournament proceeds to our Lora Defore Memorial Scholarships that support student internships around the country," said department head John Forde.
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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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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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Bulldog Club seeks input on Dudy Noble Field
The Bulldog Club is seeking input from baseball season-ticket holders and Bulldog Club members regarding the future of Mississippi State University's Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium. “Dudy Noble Field has provided the ultimate college baseball experience for decades, and now is the time to plan how this historic venue can be enhanced to serve the next generation of Bulldogs,” Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said.
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Submit campus gameday activities
MSU Athletics and Information Technology Services, in conjunction with the MSU Alumni Association, have again partnered for the Gameday website at www.hailstate.com/gameday. It is designed to be a one-stop site that lists all activities, including operating hours for major units such as Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Dining Services, along with contacts and other key information.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 10/07/13
Men's Golf begins play in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday... Men's Tennis opens play in the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.... Volleyball travels to College Station, Texas, on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. match against Texas A&M, and then visits LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday at 1 p.m.... Soccer hosts Florida at 7 p.m. on Friday... Football hosts Bowling Green at Davis Wade Stadium for homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday... Softball hosts Shorter in an exhibition doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
University names Davis alumni director
Jeff Davis, a veteran alumni association executive at Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, is being named Mississippi State University's executive director of the alumni association. "Engaging our alumni is a core mission and I'm confident that Jeff Davis is capable of leading an already successful MSU Alumni Association to the next level," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.
Peterson takes leadership roles in societies
Daniel G. Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, has taken on leadership roles in two prominent plant biology societies -- the International Cotton Genome Initiative and the American Society for Plant Biologists.
Visiting faculty travel grant applications due Friday
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State University can select a maximum of four faculty members to receive 2014 travel grants of $2,500 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday.
Friday deadline for collaborative research grants
The Office of Research and Economic Development is again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. These grants will be in the amount of $2,000 each and limited to a period of 12 months (renewable one time for a total of 24 months and $4,000). The grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students that have a common research theme. Proposals must be submitted by Friday.
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