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Registration open for October legal continuing ed seminar

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:38

For the fifth year, Mississippi State’s political science and public administration department is sponsoring the Bulldog Lawyer Continuing Legal Education Seminar. 

The daylong Oct. 9 program for university alumni will take place in Ballroom C of The Mill at MSU. Those interested in attending should be aware that the event occurs a day prior to the Bulldogs’ Saturday [the 10th] home football game with the Troy University Trojans.

The seminar offers six hours of continuing legal education credit, including one credit hour in ethics. The flat-rate registration fee is $225, and early sign-ups are encouraged.

In addition to various sessions, the provided lunch will feature remarks by MSU Men’s Head Basketball Coach Ben Howland.

Complete seminar details, including a registration form, are available at

Whit Waide, an attorney now serving as an MSU political science instructor, said his department established the seminar in an effort to “create a network of MSU alumni attorneys and use that network to enhance our pre-law advising efforts.”

For more information, contact Waide at 662-325-7860 or

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) family show comes to MSU Riley Center

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 18:12

A little orphan girl and her supersize pal will join forces to save the world’s children when The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) comes to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian as a family show Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

The Dallas Children’s Theater On Tour production was adapted for the stage by David Wood from the book by Roald Dahl.

Beloved children’s author Dahl -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox -- said this was his favorite of all his books. Wood, Britain’s most popular children’s playwright, adapted it with nonstop fantasy action to please children and plenty of cleverness to delight adults. The production involves actors, gigantic puppets, special effects, and hilarious dialogue featuring some gloriumptiously creative words.

Sophie the orphan and the Big Friendly Giant do eventually triumph over evil, with a little help from the Queen of England. Douglass Burks, the play’s director, promises “a very visually dynamic and thoughtful production appealing to a broad age range.”

The show is recommended for children age 7 or older.

“We are attempting to capture the wildly colorful world that is uniquely Dahl’s, but also explore the story’s sensitive themes of diversity and unexpected friendships, societal outcasts, and surprising heroes,” Burks said.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

Works by MSU English faculty featured in national anthologies

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 17:36

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Becky Hagenston (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Works by two Mississippi State English faculty members are being featured in two of the nation’s most prestigious anthologies.

“The Upside-Down World,” a 2013 short story by Becky Hagenston, is among 20 included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.

“Relevant Details,” a poem by Catherine Pierce, was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2015.

Both are associate professors at the university.

In addition to teaching creative writing and fiction courses, Hagenston serves as faculty editor and adviser to the semi-annual campus literary journal, Jabberwock Review (

Her previous recognitions include a 1996 O. Henry Award, as well as special mentions in Pushcart anthologies and Best American Short Stories. A story titled “Midnight, Licorice, Shadow” also was included as a Distinguished Mystery Story in the 2008 Best American Mysteries list.

Hagenston, whose works have appeared in numerous journals, is the author of three award-winning short-story collections. They include Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction winner “Scavengers” (University of Alaska Press, 2016); Spokane Prize for Short Fiction winner “Strange Weather” (Press 53, 2010); and Mary McCarthy Prize winner “A Gram of Mars” (Sarabande Books, 1998).

Catherine Pierce (Photo by Megan Bean)

A Maryland native, she is an Elizabethtown College graduate who holds master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. For more, see

Pierce co-directs the university’s creative writing program and teaches creative writing and American literature courses. Among others, she has authored two award-winning books of poems, “Famous Last Words” and “The Girls of Peculiar” (Saturnalia, 2008 and 2012, respectively). The former received the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2007; the latter, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry in 2013.

Additionally, Pierce was honored in 2013 with the MSU College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities.

Originally from Delaware, she is a Susquehanna University graduate with a master’s degree from Ohio State University and doctorate from the University of Missouri. For more, see

Editions of the O. Henry collection are available for purchase at; the poetry collection, at

For more about MSU’s English department and its creative writing program, visit

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Staff Council taking limited pre-orders, planning campus sale dates

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 17:36

Staff Council at Mississippi State reminds staff members that annual homecoming sale pre-orders are only being accepted for the new long sleeve t-shirts from the following areas until Oct. 2: county offices, research and extension centers, College of Veterinary Medicine, Meridian campus, Animal and Dairy Sciences farm workers and laborers, and Stennis Space Center.

Staff Council will not be accepting pre-orders for the additional sale items listed below. Any pre-orders for these items will be returned. The items will be available at the sale on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are sold out.

Sale dates on campus are scheduled for Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center breezeway, and on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Hall.

Additional sale items available during the campus sales include:

* 2015 Staff Appreciation Day t-shirts, small and medium only, $5

* 2014 homecoming jacket, quarter-zip only, $10

* 2014 Staff Appreciation Day t-shirts, $1

Find more information, a pre-order form, and view the shirt and logo at

MSU Wind Ensemble fall concert takes place Thursday

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 16:55
Under the direction of Elva Kaye Lance, MSU’s Wind Ensemble presents its first concert of the fall semester Thursday [Oct. 1] in the McComas Hall theater. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Under the direction of Elva Kaye Lance, MSU’s Wind Ensemble presents its first concert of the fall semester Thursday [Oct. 1] in the McComas Hall theater. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Wind Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2015 fall semester Thursday [Oct. 1] in the university’s McComas Hall theater.

Free to all, the 7:30 p.m. performance is directed by Elva Kaye Lance, MSU director of bands and an instructor in the music department, which is sponsoring the event.

The evening’s selections will include a movement from Robert Buckley’s “Portrait of the North,” Franco Cesarini’s “Bulgarian Dances,” musical depiction of Aldo Forte’s “Van Gogh Portraits” and Roger Cichy’s “Maestro!”

A tribute to the heritage of band repertoire, Karl King’s “Kentucky Sunrise,” will close the program.

The university’s Flute Ensemble conducted by lecturer Jessica Banks also will be featured.

The MSU Wind Ensemble is the university band program’s premier instrumental group. As the result of a series of 2008-2014 European concerts, it has earned an international reputation for its mastery of contemporary and traditional band literature.

Selected through competitive auditions, this year’s ensemble members represent Mississippi and seven other states, as well as a range of academic disciplines across campus. For more, visit

Additional concert information is available from Lance at 662-325-3070 or Craig Aarhus, MSU associate professor of music and associate director of bands, also may be reached at

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, MSU’s music department offers a bachelor’s degree in four areas of music education, as well as a bachelor of arts in music. Learn more at, and

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Register today for Safe Zone awareness training

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 16:22

Mississippi State University’s Safe Zone Advisory Board encourages interested students, as well as faculty and staff members who have not previously attended, to register now for the Safe Zone LGBTQ Ally Training on Oct. 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Colvard Student Union’s Bill R. Foster Ballroom.

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program that promotes a welcoming and safe community for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. Safe Zone Allies, who have completed awareness training, are any individuals committed to providing and maintaining a safe and supportive campus environment.

Food will be provided. Participants also will receive a certificate, resource manual and Safe Zone sticker upon completion of the training.

Since space is limited, early registration is encouraged. The deadline to register is Oct. 14 by 5 p.m. To register, visit

In addition to the Safe Zone Advisory Board, the training is being sponsored by the Richard E. Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, LGBTQ + Union, Spectrum, Delta Omega Lambda, Gender Studies Program, Department of Recreational Sports and Student Counseling Services.

For more information about this and other Safe Zone events, please email the Safe Zone Advisory Board at

MSU administrator releases Aaron Henry biography

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 15:44
Book cover provided by The University of Arkansas Press

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Book cover provided by The University of Arkansas Press

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The head of the political science and public administration department at Mississippi State has released a new biography about one of the state’s most influential civil rights leaders.

Titled “Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator,” Professor Minion K.C. Morrison’s 365-page book focuses on the Coahoma County native who served as president of the Mississippi NAACP and founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Council of Federated Organizations.

“‘Aaron Henry of Mississippi’ covers the life of this remarkable leader, from his humble beginnings in a sharecropping family to his election to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1979, all the while maintaining the social-change ideology that drove him to improve his native state and the nation,” Morrison writes in the book’s inside cover. The book was published by University of Arkansas Press.

Morrison expressed appreciation for Mitchell Memorial Library’s special collections staff for assisting him with the project. He also thanked the Research Board of the University of Missouri System, Tougaloo College’s Coleman Library, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, among others.

Minion K.C. Morrison

Noted author and historian John Dittmer, professor emeritus of Depauw University, described Morrison’s book as “an important biography of an extraordinary man” and one which “represents a major contribution to the historiography of the civil rights movement.”

Matthew Holden Jr. of the University of Illinois-Springfield called the book “a page-turner,” while Dianne Pinderhughes of the University of Notre Dame praised it as a “meticulously researched and carefully written biography…that has been well worth the wait.”

Morrison is this year’s selection for the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service of the American Political Science Association. He accepted the honor in ceremonies prior to the association’s recent annual conference in San Francisco, California.

In addition to the new Aaron Henry biography and numerous scholarly articles, Morrison has authored the books “African Americans and Political Participation” (CLIO, 2003) and “Black Political Mobilization, Leadership, Power, and Mass Behavior” (State University of New York Press, 1987).

His areas of expertise include comparative politics—African and third world politics and comparative public administration—and American politics—racial politics, American government, public administration and policy.

Morrison is a 1968 honors graduate of Tougaloo College who went on to complete master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a certificate of African studies from the University of Ghana in Accra.

Before returning to Mississippi, he held the Frederick Middlebush Chair of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He earlier taught at Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith College and Tougaloo.

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Barnes & Noble at MSU adjusts hours for upcoming fall break

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 01:00

Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State is adjusting its hours for fall break next week. The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday [Oct. 3] through Tuesday [Oct. 6].

Barnes & Noble at MSU is located at 75 B.S. Hood Dr. inside the Cullis Wade Depot next to Davis Wade Stadium. Click here to visit the store online.

College Democrats interest meeting coming up Wednesday afternoon

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 01:00

The College Democrats at Mississippi State invite students, faculty and staff to their kickoff interest meeting on Wednesday [Sept. 23] in Bowen Hall, Room 160 at 5:15 p.m For additional information, please contact Kennedy Moehrs at

MSU Crisis Action Team holds preparedness exercise

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 16:25
Todd DeMuth, exercise bureau director with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, facilitated at tabletop exercise Friday [Sept. 25] for MSU’s Crisis Action Team. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

Contact: Allison Matthews

Todd DeMuth, exercise bureau director with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, facilitated at tabletop exercise Friday [Sept. 25] for MSU’s Crisis Action Team. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Crisis Action Team held a tabletop exercise during its regular meeting this week to drill the emergency response skills of top administrators and key decision makers during a practice hypothetical scenario and training session.

The university’s Crisis Action Team meets regularly to ensure that members are prepared to respond to a variety of potential threats to the campus community. The most common type of threats include inclement weather incidents, but the team trains for a wide variety of other potential emergency situations.

“Without question, this type of complex, regular training and drills sharpen our university’s ability to respond decisively in times of threat or crisis,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “We’re committed to exploring ways that we can make our campus even safer. I appreciate the leadership of our Crisis Action Team as this process continues to grow and evolve.”

MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt said tabletop exercises and drills allow an opportunity to ensure the team’s processes and policies are working as they are intended to work. She noted that it is important for team members to spend time working with one another, learning strengths and opportunities, so they can operate well as a team in times of crisis.

“The adage ‘practice makes perfect’ is certainly applicable to our work as a Crisis Action Team. We hope to never have to use these procedures, yet we need to ensure that in times of real crisis they can be deployed effectively,” Hyatt said.

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Global Engagement Forum to examine Middle East and North Africa region

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:52

The International Institute at Mississippi State will host a Global Engagement Forum on the greater Middle East and North Africa region on Wednesday [Sept. 30] at 3 p.m. in room 210 in the Lloyd Ricks Watson building.

The forum will connect faculty with research and academic interest in the region, discuss funding opportunities and priorities, and learn about potential institutional partnerships. Faculty from the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures will also make a brief presentation on the university's new Middle Eastern Studies minor.

MSU faculty are currently working or interested in partnering with universities and research institutes in Turkey, Morocco, Jordan and Iraq.

If you require accommodation or assistance relating to a disability, please contact Madison Poole at 662-325-8632 or at

'Food Security for the Future Workshop' to focus on aquatic animal health

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:38

Seafood is an important component of global food security, but fish health infrastructure in many countries is often not established to support rapidly growing aquaculture industries, which can have devastating consequences.

On Oct. 22-23, Mississippi State will host a workshop titled, “Food Security for the Future: the Role of Aquatic Animal Health.” This workshop will focus on challenges and solutions for aquaculture in meeting the world’s future needs for food security, particularly on the role of aquatic animal health to ensure safe supply of seafood.

More information can be found at

If you require accommodation or assistance relating to a disability, please contact Madison Poole at 662-325-8632 or at

Fall flu shot clinics on campus begin Tuesday

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:34

University Health Services at Mississippi State will again offer a series of flu shot clinics on campus this fall.

Shots are available for adults, as well as for children who are at least 12 years old. The cost is $20. Cash, check or a personal Banner charge are accepted forms of payment. Please note that insurance will not be filed for this service.

Next week's clinics will be held:

* Tuesday [Sept. 29] -- Sanderson Center front foyer, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

* Wednesday [Sept. 30] -- Mitchell Memorial Library, 2nd floor lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Upcoming clinics include:

* Oct. 7 -- Dorman Hall, Room 110, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 13 -- Herbert Hall lobby, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 14 -- Drill Field - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain location: Longest Student Health Center classroom.)

* Oct. 20 -- Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, PACCAR Board Room, Research Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 21 -- McCool Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Oct. 27 -- Thompson Hall, Room 127, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 28 -- Lee Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Nov. 3 -- Hunter Henry Center, Room A116, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Nov. 4 -- Allen Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MSU earns national honor for diversity

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 13:23

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A national organization is recognizing Mississippi State University’s efforts to promote diversity.

Hyattsville, Maryland-based Minority Access Inc. will recognize MSU during its 16th annual National Role Models this weekend [Sept. 25-27] in Baltimore. A non-profit whose mission includes increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidents of environmental injustices, Minority Access Inc. honors institutions and individuals who have exemplified a commitment to diversity through expansion of opportunities available to the under-represented groups served by the institution or individual.

Specifically, the organization is recognizing MSU for its initiatives and programs such as the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the African American Studies Program and G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans.

It also applauded MSU for its efforts to recruit and retain minority students, as well as President Mark E. Keenum and other university leaders’ “clear commitment to diversity through goals articulated within the university’s strategic plan and by providing funding and support for diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus.”

“Diversity and inclusion remain hallmarks of Mississippi State University’s values,” Keenum said. “We’re grateful for this national recognition of MSU’s long commitment to those values. As MSU grows, it’s vital that we continue to create opportunities that allow us to attract a diverse and vibrant multicultural student body.”

Cedric Gathings, interim assistant vice president for multicultural affairs and director for the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, will accept the award for the university.

“As Mississippi’s leading institution of higher learning, MSU continues to be a catalyst for change, promoting advocacy, tolerance, respect, and appreciation within our community,” Gathings said. “We strive to prepare our current and future students, faculty and staff to become globalized citizens transforming environments, industries and vocations nationwide.”

Minority Access Inc. also has honored more than 400 individuals over the past 14 years as national role models, including Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. President; and Eric Holder, the first African American to hold the position of U.S. attorney general.

For more information about Minority Access Inc., visit

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Japanese linebacker at MSU gets first-hand view of U.S. football

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:53
Kentaro Kobayashi has enjoyed observing the MSU Bulldogs during his visit to campus this month. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Contact: Vanessa Beeson

Kentaro Kobayashi has enjoyed observing the MSU Bulldogs during his visit to campus this month. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Experiencing a Mississippi State football game at Davis Wade Stadium is among students’ most cherished collegiate experiences. For Kentaro Kobayashi, a visiting Japanese student who has spent the month of September at MSU, watching the Bulldogs play has been an unforgettable part of a unique international experience.

Earlier this month, Kobayashi attended his first U. S. game when the Bulldogs played host to the Louisiana State University Tigers before a sold-out Davis Wade Stadium crowd of more than 65,000.

While it may have been his first game in this country, Kobayashi is no stranger to the sport. In Japan, he plays linebacker for the Kyoto University Gangsters, a member of the Kansai Collegiate American Football Association.

To help the team gain in-depth appreciation for the sport as played on this side of the Pacific Ocean, Kobayashi’s coaches selected various NCAA Division 1 programs and held a lottery among the players.

Through the process, each was assigned randomly a U.S. university to visit. While on campus, Kobayashi is observing football practices and games to learn more about the sport and take helpful knowledge back to his own team. Additionally, the trip is serving as a complete cultural exchange visit including English classes each morning.

While doing research about MSU and making preparations for his visit, Kobayashi discovered Chieko Iwata, MSU’s Japan outreach coordinator.

The outreach program is a collaboration among MSU’s School of Human Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York-based Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasia Institution in Seattle, Washington.

“Kentaro is living as a typical MSU student,” said Iwata, explaining that the experience is best described as “a team effort” for all involved.

She said human sciences administrators and faculty have been especially helpful. “As the hospitality state, they’ve rolled out the welcome mat, so to speak,” she added.

Kobayashi has been housed this month with an MSU student who is studying Japanese. To get around, he borrowed a bicycle from a faculty member. He has taken an English class for two hours each day and, most importantly, has observed Bulldog football practice nearly every afternoon.

In high school, Kobayashi played rugby. As a freshman engineering major at Kyoto University, he’s been involved with American-style football for about five months.

“Americans love football; it is big business here,” he observed. The game isn’t all he has taken in, adding: “Tailgating is a very big deal; it is like a big festival.”

He said the strength and endurance of the MSU players have inspired him to continue developing his own strength and stamina regimen.

“When I return home, I will share what I learned here at MSU,” Kobayashi said. “While individual strength is essential, I’ve also learned the importance of a strong team. That is something I would like to help continue to develop in our team back home.”

When Kobayashi does join other team members to describe their American experiences, his presentation probably will be unlike any of his peers.

In addition to explaining football strategies at Mississippi State University, he’ll be able to show his team his own autographed cowbell given to him by President Mark E. Keenum during a recent meeting in the chief executive’s Lee Hall office.

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GlobeMed representatives leading session Wednesday morning

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 01:00

GlobeMed representatives will present a session at Mississippi State on Wednesday [Sept. 30] from 11 a.m. to noon in room 210 of the Lloyd Ricks Watson building. Lunch will be provided to the first 45 people.

Representatives will be available from noon to 12:30 p.m. to speak with faculty, staff or students who were unable to attend the early session.

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. GlobeMed chapters partner with health organizations in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, contributing to one or more of six key areas of impact: maternal health; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; income generation; communicable disease prevention; and capacity building.

In collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), GlobeMed launched the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II). GHFP II helps develop talented global health professionals that improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health, and Nutrition programs. GHFP-II achieves this with fellowships and internships with USAID and its partners around the world.

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Mississippi State leverages power of storytelling on new social media hub

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:08
On MSU’s new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries. See

Contact: Harriet Laird

On MSU’s new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries. See

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Followers of Mississippi State on social media now can get all of their university news in one place at

On the new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries.

“People want to know more about who we are, and we’ve added this new hub to give visitors a 360-degree view of our people, places, activities and accomplishments,” said Sid Salter, MSU’s ‎chief communications officer.

“The MSU experience is defined by our success stories,” Salter said. “When prospective students learn these stories, they not only want to be part of the tradition, but also the future of Mississippi State.”

MSU’s hub brings together on one site the latest MSU-related news from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. It also provides social media connections for university schools, departments, organizations and other units within the campus community.

The hub and revamped website tie into a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative that highlights university strengths including diversity, cross-campus collaboration, and a supportive and nurturing environment for students.

This fall, Mississippi State is welcoming the largest and most academically advanced freshman class in its history. With an enrollment of more than 20,000, Mississippi’s leading university comprises students from all 50 states and 88 countries.

“We’re growing in so many positive ways, not just in our enrollment but also in the number of high-quality students who are choosing to attend MSU,” said Salter. “We’re also seeing increased engagement from faculty, staff and alumni who are playing active roles in carrying the momentum forward. The new social media hub is one of the tools we’re using to let the world know that Mississippi State is a place where you can find more opportunities to lead, participate and excel.”

T.K. Martin Center to host ‘Glow on the Go’ fun run

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 17:32

Contact: Paige Watson

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability at Mississippi State University will be hosting its 4th annual ‘Glow on the Go’ fun run sponsored by Cadence Bank Friday, September 25.  

The center invites members of campus and those in surrounding communities to participate in the fun run hosted at the T.K. Martin Center. Open to individuals of all ages, the one-mile course will feature loud and wacky stations with volunteers from various campus organizations.

Director of the T.K. Martin Center Janie Cirlot-New said, “This is our fourth year to have the fun run, and not only is it a great fundraiser for Project IMPACT, it’s also a very fun activity for our families and staff.”

Race registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the fun run starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees are $20 for individuals, and $35 for an immediate family of two or more people.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the T.K. Martin Center’s Project IMPACT early intervention preschool program for children with special needs.

Cirlot-New added, “We appreciate the work of all the volunteers that make it such a great event, and we thank our sponsors for their generosity.”

In addition to being sponsored by Cadence Bank, the T.K. Martin Center and Day One Leadership Community at MSU serve as the hosts of the event.

Along with proceeds from the fun run, the center also accepts donations to its Project IMPACT program. To contribute, call 662-325-1028.

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Experimental photography exhibit by Alabama artist opens at MSU

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 14:05
“Pinned” and other recent works by Birmingham Southern College associate art professor and photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 in MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

“Pinned” and other recent works by Birmingham Southern College associate art professor and photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 in MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Images by Alabama photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 at Mississippi State.

Titled “Looking Back to Go Forward,” the exhibition at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is free and open to all.

The gallery adjoins the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at 75 B.S. Hood Dr.

Focusing on such personal concepts as family and place, works of the Birmingham-Southern College associate art professor explore 19th century photography processes, as well as creations produced by X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging.

“Venz’s recent pieces are called alternative processes because the techniques are non-tradition to the digital age of photography,” said Lori Neuenfeldt.

As the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs explained, “When photography first was introduced in the 19th century, photographers used cyanotype, Van Dyke and tintype, typical to how one envisions Civil War era images.

“Often utilized today by artists because of the creative potential and ability to connect with the past, alternative processes have a haunting presence and can be manipulated into powerful imagery,” she said.

In addition to the art department, the exhibit is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

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The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is one of the several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit

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MSU Shackouls Honors College announces Classical Week 2015

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:57
For the third consecutive year, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is presenting an outdoor production for Classical Week. Free and open to all, this year’s performances take place Tuesday and Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

For the third consecutive year, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is presenting an outdoor production for Classical Week. Free and open to all, this year’s performances take place Tuesday and Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As part of its third annual celebration of Greek, Roman and other ancient-world cultures, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College will present Aristophanes’ comedy, “Clouds.”

Free and open to all, the Tuesday-Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] performances will take place at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall.

First produced in 423 B.C. in the open air theater of Dionysus at Athens, the humorous play is one in which Aristophanes questions the proper content and purpose of education. His main character Strepsiades challenges popular philosopher Socrates with such ethical dilemmas as personal beliefs and reason, the nature of things and culture within, religious and scientific ideals, and the rights of a community and an individual.

In addition to blankets and chairs, patrons are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy during the performances.

“What is unique about this production is that the cast is made up of all first-semester freshman Honors College students,” said director and professor Donna Clevinger. “They are just discovering the world of performing arts, and it’s been very gratifying to watch their growth.”

“I encourage everyone to come see them perform and applaud them for their hard work,” Clevinger added.

Along with members of the Class of 2019, Clevinger expressed gratitude for the support of MSU classics assistant professor Salvador Bartera and religion professor Albert Bisson. Both lent their expertise to the play’s script and also provided feedback to students during rehearsals.

“Because this play is from another period, we had to make sure we transformed the script into a piece that would allow us to get the message out in a way that our contemporary audiences would understand and enjoy, so they could respond accordingly,” Clevinger said.

“Professors Bartera and Bisson have helped me a great deal, and we made a good team. Our production is certainly a collaborative piece,” she emphasized.

For more information about Classical Week 2015 and the “Clouds” performances, contact Clevinger at 662-325-2522 or

Additional details about MSU’s Shackouls Honors College may be found at, and

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