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MSU on the Move recognizes Health Heroes for 2015 - August 31, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two current and one former Mississippi State staff members are being recognized for achievements at the university to encourage healthy lifestyles through regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

Michelle Gerhart, Janice McReynolds and Annette Woods recently received 2014-15 Health Hero awards from the MSU on the Move program for their hard work and dedication to overall health improvement on campus.

Gerhart is business manager in the athletic department, while Woods is a senior extension associate in the agricultural communications department. McReyolds retired in June as an administrative assistant in the forestry department. All are MSU alumna.

Supported by the Jackson-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, MSU on the Move involves a series of yearlong activities designed to give participants the skills to modify lifestyle habits and improve overall health.

In 2014, a second-year foundation grant supported a free comprehensive health and fitness program for the MSU community and beyond. In addition to measuring and monitoring participants’ progress as part of a pre- and post-program assessment, the $250,000 award enabled the College of Education’s kinesiology department to establish the Health Fitness and Wellness campaign, an extension of the existing MSU on the Move program.

“These standout participants are exemplary of the meaningful impact we hope to achieve with MSU on the Move,” said Megan Holmes, assistant professor of kinesiology.

For more information about program, visit or contact Holmes at

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Student-Designed Website Serves Local Business- August 19, 2015 - Dr. Sang Joon Lee's TKB 4583: Graphics and Web Design students partnered with a local business, W&W Specialties, for their service-learning project. Click the link to read more from the MSU Extension Office publication.

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MSU announces revised IT graduate degree program- August 4, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--As the 2015 fall semester gets underway in two weeks, Mississippi State will unveil a revised master's degree curriculum in instructional technology.

Available through the university's Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, the popular program now will involve a choice of three academic concentrations--instructional design, multimedia and distance education.

Students also will be required to complete six hours of elective courses that may be completed in any of the areas not chosen as a concentration, as well as other electives approved by the student's adviser.

MSU fall classes begin Aug. 17.

Connie Forde, department head, also said the launch of an online IT master's degree is scheduled to take place next spring, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

In addition to curriculum changes, Forde said the department is opening a new multimedia classroom and video-editing studio for students and faculty. It houses 12 student Dell workstations that run Intel i7 processors with 8 GB of RAM. Each workstation is equipped with the latest software, including the Adobe Creative Cloud design suite, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premier and After Effects, among other programs.

According to the longtime faculty member and administrator, the facility in the historic Industrial Education Building also features an additional workstation and video camera that faculty and students may use to capture video and edit movies for DVD and web productions both in and out of class.

Sang Joon Lee, Instructional Systems and Workforce Development assistant professor, will teach the multimedia concentration's design courses, while professor Chien Yu, department graduate coordinator, will lead classes in theories of multimedia learning and interactive media. Yu also is coordinating the revised graduate program.

Forde said department faculty and members of the MSU Advisory Council provided considerable input on the curriculum revisions, along with support for a multimedia laboratory that will enable the continued offering of numerous courses via distance technology.

"Our faculty now have an excellent studio for producing quality video lectures for these classes," she emphasized. "Our aim is to provide the very best distance courses that we can, and this multimedia studio provides many opportunities for us to do that."

Part of MSU's College of Education, the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development works to prepare students for careers in a range of professional settings from kindergarten-higher education, as well as industrial and business environments. For more information, visit

Additional details about the curriculum and other changes may be obtained from Forde at 662-325-7258 or Lee and Yu also may be reached at or

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Learning Center hosts life skills etiquette luncheon- August 3, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In conjunction with Mississippi State's Career Center and athletics department, the College of Education's Learning Center recently hosted an etiquette luncheon for students in the life skills summer course.

Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator with the Career Center, presented proper techniques on three-course meal etiquette to more than 30 students and staff at the Templeton Athletic Academic Support Services Cafeteria.

Christa King, coordinator for The Learning Center, said the purpose of the event was to boost students' confidence for professional situations and prepare them for real-world work settings.

"The luncheon is a great preparatory tool for many of our students who will find themselves in professional settings throughout college and their careers," King added.

Clay Armstrong, interim director of The Learning Center, said he looks forward to seeing the center's work unfold through other special events designed to meet the needs of MSU students of all majors.

"The Learning Center prides itself on being a valuable resource for all students at MSU, and we're excited to continue expanding services and practical training courses," Armstrong said.

For more information about The Learning Center, contact King by email at or by phone at 662-325-1384.

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