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Farmweek has moved to Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Mondays at 6 a.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Leighton Spann (from left), Artis Ford and Amy Taylor launched the show’s 37th season this month. The MSU Extension Service and the MSU Office of Agricultural Communications have produced Farmweek since Oct. 3, 1977. PHOTO: Scott Corey | MSU Ag Communications

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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Jan Acoff
Every day, Jan Acoff arrives at an in-home child care provider’s house ready to share teaching strategies and learning materials. Her goal: to increase the quality of early learning environments for the infants, toddlers and preschoolers who spend their days in multi-age, in-home settings. Acoff said she loves her job. “I enjoy working with the children, doing art activities and dramatic play,” she said. “Language development is a big focus for us, especially with infants and toddlers.”
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Debbie Bagwell
A lot has changed in the MSU Extension Service since Debbie Bagwell worked in Word Processing years ago. Back then, she typeset publications manually. “When you work on campus, say in agronomy or entomology, that’s all you do,” Bagwell said. “I’d heard there was more variety in the county office, but you don’t truly experience it until you work here.” After various jobs with MSU and the local school district, Bagwell now spends her days as an office associate in Webster County, looking for answers to all kinds of questions -- and that is one thing about the Extension Service that has not changed.
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Walking track ribbon cutting set for Tuesday
A new one-mile loop walking track at Mississippi State's Chadwick Lake will open during an official ceremony this Tuesday with university and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation representatives cutting the ribbon. "We are excited to have this walking track open to faculty, staff, students and the community," said Joyce Yates, director of health education and wellness in the Division of Student Affairs.
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Cyber Security Awareness Week underway
Mississippi State University's 6th-Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week will be held Oct. 15-17 as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Throughout the week, you will have the opportunity to interact with information security experts to gain valuable information that you can use to protect yourself and raise your awareness of information security issues.
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Theatre MSU opens 50th season this week
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, on Thursday 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 MS BEST Notebook Judging, Wood Magic, Bulldogs on the Move, Pink Heals 5K, Cub and Family Weekend, and more.
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ITAR, OPSEC training blitz continues next week
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 continue next week.
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Communication's golf tourney tees off Friday
The Mississippi State communication department's seventh annual golf tournament to raise funds for university scholarships tees off Friday 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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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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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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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, 10/14/13
Men's Tennis begins play in the USTA Future in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday... Cross Country competes in the Crimson Classic on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.... Women's Tennis competes in the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships beginning Friday in Auburn, Ala.... Soccer travels to Athens, Ga., for a Friday night match against Georgia, and then plays Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday afternoon... Volleyball hosts South Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m., and then Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday... Softball hosts two exhibition doubleheaders this weekend: Wallace-Hanceville on Saturday at 1 p.m., and then Itawamba Community College at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Smith takes leadership role in AJHA
Glenn "Pete" Smith Jr., an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University, was elected second vice president of the American Journalism Historians Association at the organization's conference in New Orleans in late September. He will serve a term as president in 2016. Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history.
National College Testing Association honors Vaughn
Mary L. Vaughn, assistant director in Assessment and Testing Services at Mississippi State, is being honored with the 2013 Service Recognition Award of the National College Testing Association. The NCTA represents some 1,900 members at more than 650 institutions and 55 corporations. It is the world's largest group dedicated to the establishment, recognition and promotion of professional testing standards and practices.
Innovative teaching earns Keith national award
A Mississippi State engineering administrator is receiving a national award for innovative teaching. Jason Keith, director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, is a recent selection for the David Himmelblau Award for his decade of work in developing hydrogen fuel cell and energy education modules. The award recognizes an individual or group that creates and further develops new ideas for computing aids in chemical engineering education.
University launches historic $600-million campaign
Mississippi State University launched the public phase of its $600-million comprehensive capital campaign last weekend during homecoming festivities for the 135-year-old institution. "As our institution unveils Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign, it does so with a greater purpose of shaping not only the university, but the future of the world in which we live," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "This campaign is like no other in our history and its success will be measured over time as private gifts allow us to make a positive difference on a global scale."
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