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Maintenance Services staff craft props for Sparty

Sparty’s toolbox is growing bigger by the week thanks to employees at IPF’s Maintenance Services. The newest addition, a chrome nutcracker, delighted Big10 fans on national TV in November when Sparty held it near Brutus the Buckeye’s giant head. “This is our first year making props for Sparty,” said Nick Rowe, carpenter II. Rowe has been with Maintenance Services for 12 years and gave the nutcracker its teeth. “Susan Petrisin, an administrative assistant at the MSU Alumni Association, got a hold of me and wanted a nutcracker made for the Buckeye game.”

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Protect your phone, data from grinches

During the holidays, it’s not just Santa who’s watching you. Hackers are lurking, so be equally mindful of your phone as you are your cash and credit cards. In general, your phone and data are safe. Attacks from sophisticated hackers, though, could make your phone vulnerable, according to Michigan State University research. This is particularly noteworthy this time of year, as more people access numerous public Wi-Fi networks as they travel and shop online. If you make calls via Wi-Fi – regardless of the carrier – your phone could be hacked or your privacy could be leaked.

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FRIB hosts free public talk and piano recital

The community is invited to two free upcoming events at FRIB featuring Harvard University Professor of Mathematics Noam Elkies. First, a public talk on “Canonical Forms: A Mathematician’s View of Musical Canons” on 10 December. On 14 December, Elkies and MSU College of Music Associate Professor Young Hyun Cho will perform a piano recital Elkies is the youngest tenured professor at Harvard University. He researches elliptic curves, lattices, and other aspects of the theory of numbers. His talk will begin at 8 p.m.

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24/7 counseling support available to all students

The coming weeks can be some of the most difficult of the year for many college students, particularly those away from home for the first time. For many, having someone to talk to can be best first step toward working through a stressful situation. MSU is offering all students access to counseling support 24/7/365 through My SSP: Student Support Program. My SSP is confidential and can help with adapting to new challenges, being successful at school, relationships with family and friends, stress, sadness, loneliness and more.

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Suzy Merchant receives Athena Leadership Award

MSU head women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant was honored and presented with the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on Thursday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

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Geography prof receives AAG Lifetime Achievement Honors

Joe Darden, a professor in MSU's Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, has received the 2019 AAG Lifetime Achievement Honors. Darden, a former Fulbright Scholar, has put his heart in his research interests of urban social geography, residential segregation, immigration and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies.

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Amalfitano recommended as dean of College of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrea Amalfitano has been recommended to serve as dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as the interim dean for the college since Feb. 16. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, the appointment will be effective Dec. 14.

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