'Message from the Provost': Strategic plan feedback

In his latest update for the Mississippi State University community, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert provides details about the fall academic calendar and fall break, and also offers a reminder that feedback about the university's strategic plan is wanted.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is great to see the campus invigorated anew with the excitement of the start of spring semester. We have a number of outstanding events and speakers planned for the early spring, and I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities. They include a teaching seminar by Saundra McGuire of LSU on Jan. 20 (information can be found at http://ctl.msstate.edu) and a two-part faculty recruitment workshop sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 (http://odep.msstate.edu/events).

Our fall academic calendar has changed as a result of the change in the fall football schedule. We will not have a Thursday night football game. Consequently, the Calendar Committee met and recommended a change in the fall schedule which is now approved. We have restored class meetings on Thursday, Oct. 11, and on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22. The 2012 Fall Break will now occur on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5.

We will be keeping the window open for feedback on the MSU Strategic Plan (https://w.msstate.edu/strategicplan/index.php) in order for the website to be open simultaneously with the forthcoming website for review of the university's research priorities, as recently announced by Vice President David Shaw. I encourage you to comment on both of these important documents. I would also ask you to consider submitting potential ideas for our upcoming Quality Enhancement Plan to improve some identified aspect of the undergraduate educational experience at MSU (http://www.qep.msstate.edu).

I, along with my team in the Office of the Provost, remain committed to finding ways to enhance all of the programs at MSU and reward our personnel. I will continue working hard in 2012 with President Keenum and the Vice Presidents to do so.

With warm regards,

Jerry Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President

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