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Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Oliver Myers helps his son Oliver Jr. grab the side of the Sanderson Center's pool during the learn-to-swim class for children aged 6 months to 2 years. Classes for swimmers of all ages are held throughout the summer at Sanderson. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Young agents embrace Extension’s bright future
For Extension agents, education is more than the exchange of information. It’s personal. It is a connection to their students and a sense of responsibility for the outcomes. “We’ve always been about delivering knowledge that people need in their everyday lives,” said Kimberly Gowdy, Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Harrison County. “There is still a critical need in our community for general education on every facet of life, from child development to community sustainability.”
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Temporary closure to Bell Island for vehicles
Bell Island -- which includes Tracy Drive, Walker Road and a section of Lee Boulevard -- remains closed to vehicles because of an infrastructure improvement project related to construction of the new classroom building on campus. This closure is expected to remain in place through Wednesday.
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Friday deadline for leadership program nominations
In the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Orientation Program for selected faculty. Nominations for the program are due by Friday.
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Haggard to kick off 2014-15 Lyceum Series
Mississippi State's Lyceum Series will welcome patrons home to the newly renovated historic Lee Hall by kicking off the 2014-15 season with a performance by legendary country artist Merle Haggard on Aug. 20. Taking place throughout the fall and spring semesters, the season also features a variety of other performances. The full season line-up and ticket information will be released June 9 at www.lyceum.msstate.edu.
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Happy Memorial Day from the MVC
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including Staff Appreciation Day, Starkville Community Market, Emerson playground cleanup and more.
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Policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning underway this year, 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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'Summer Fun' memberships available at Sanderson
Join in the summer fun at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center at Mississippi State University with a special Summer Fun membership now available for all faculty and staff. Summer Fun memberships for adults are $100 per person and $30 for each child, and are effective May 19 to Sept. 1.
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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.
Gelston to lead corporate engagement efforts
The chief financial officer of the State of Mississippi’s lead economic development agency is taking a top executive post at Mississippi State University. After a national search, Kathy Gelston has been named associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development at the land-grant institution, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Herrmann awarded Fulbright fellowship to Cyprus
Anthropologist Nicholas P. Herrmann soon will travel from Mississippi State University to build a collaborative bridge to the island of Cyprus. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded the associate professor his first Core Fulbright U.S. Scholarship. Beginning in January, Herrmann will be researching for six months at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.
Bagley honors Lee with 2014 Service Award
A member of the computer science and engineering faculty earned recognition for her dedication to the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State. Sarah Lee, director of undergraduate studies for the department, received the 2014 Service Award at an awards ceremony earlier this month.
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