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The expansion project at Davis Wade Stadium, begun in fall 2012, is nearing completion. Altogether, 61,337 fans will be able to gather in the renovated facility, which will have new premium seating, as well as additional elevators, restrooms and concessions, along with the new west-side concourse. PHOTO: Russ Houston | Public Affairs

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DAWG hones sponsored project admin skills
Eighteen Mississippi State staff members are graduates of a professional development program offered by the university’s Office of Sponsored Programs Administration. They were honored at a reception last week. During monthly, two-hour meetings, the departmental administrators were taken through the grant process from start to finish, which game them a better understanding of both pre- and post-award functions.
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Reddy makes international connections
When Raja Reddy came to Mississippi State University from India 25 years ago, he saw opportunities for his family and for his research. As an agricultural scientist, he understands the concept of reaping what he sows. But he did not expect his career to take him back to India to give those same opportunities to other students. “Food isn’t just a local issue; it’s a global issue,” he said.
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MSU Riley Center showcases media center
The Mississippi State University Riley Center in downtown Meridian shines as one of the South’s principal venues for meetings and conferences. Thanks to a grant from The Riley Foundation, the center now boasts cutting edge technology for performances, conferences, exhibits and professional/educational meetings.
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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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Stay healthy while volunteering this summer
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its current newsletter, including Starkville Community Market, Habitat for Humanity, the View Summer Camp and tips for staying healthy while volunteering this summer.
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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.
Keenum elected to SEC executive committee
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been elected to the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee. He will represent the conference's university presidents on the seven-member executive committee. Keenum will also continue to serve on the SEC's Content Committee, which is the league's oversight committee in the development of the new SEC Network.
Rice named new police chief
A veteran law enforcement professional with nearly 25 years at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is the new chief of police at Mississippi State. M. Vance Rice's appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. University officials said Rice is expected to begin work July 16.
Brown named PR 'Educator of the Year'
A Mississippi State communication instructor is being recognized as the 2014 Public Relations Educator of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi. Karyn Brown received the award at the organization's recent annual conference. "It is truly an honor being recognized by top public relations professionals in the state," she said.
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