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Kathy Mattea, one of the most versatile and thoughtful stars in country music, will bring her holiday show, "Songs and the Season," to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on Dec. 10. The festivities will include a pre-show party with refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 7 p.m.
Mattea has won two Grammy Awards, and the Country Music Association has twice named her Female Vocalist of the Year. From the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, she was one of country musicâs superstars. She charted four number one hits: âGoinâ Gone,â âEighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,â âCome from the Heart,â and âBurninâ Old Memories.â She has continued to record and tour while branching out musically, exploring Celtic and folk traditions. She has also worked on behalf of several social causes, including AIDS awareness and environmental activism.
She has released two Christmas albums, including the Grammy-winning "Good News." True to her innovative spirit, she has found fresh ways to sing traditional carols while also showcasing new or obscure music. Her "Songs and the Season" concerts, she says, are âmore about the spiritual side of Christmas and not so much about the holiday.â
Tickets are $43 and $37 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 www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.
Contact: Georgia Clarke
STARKVILLE, Miss.âMississippi State is celebrating a national award for outstanding groundskeeping.
The Professional Grounds Management Society, a Baltimore, Maryland-based organization, recently selected the land-grant institution for an Honor Award in the university and college grounds category of its 2015 Green Star Awards competition.
MSU is among 19 U.S. institutions of higher learning being praised for exceptional grounds maintenance. The complete list is found at www.pgms.org/2015-green-star-award-winners.
Speaking for the university administration, Vice President for Campus Services Amy Tuck expressed pride in the campus landscape teamâs achievement.
âThey work diligently to keep MSU beautiful,â she said. âIt is an honor for Mississippi State University to be recognized nationally for excellence in grounds maintenance,â Tuck added.
Bart Prather accepted Mississippi Stateâs award during the societyâs annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Associate director of campus landscape, he is an agronomy graduate of the university.
âThis award goes to those who work for MSU Campus Landscape, and the Campus Services division as a whole,â Prather said. âIt is through their hard work and dedication that this award was even possible.â
Each year, MSU plants 80-100 new trees and more than 50,000 daffodils and other color plants. The Campus Landscape staff maintains nearly 1,500 acres of the Starkville campus.
Information on MSUâs Campus Services is found at www.campusservices.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippiâs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.