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First female African American MSU architecture grad memorialized

MSU News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:28

Contact: Addie Mayfield

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Nashville, Tennessee, resident is honoring the memory of a family member who made history at Mississippi State.

Betsy Jackson, along with her siblings, recently established the Sheila Rene Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

In 1984, Sheila Jackson became the first female African American receiving a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture. She went on to a professional design career with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute, among other organizations.

“The School of Architecture is honored to be the recipient of this generous memorial scholarship,” said school director Michael Berk. “She was a pioneer in helping to break gender and racial barriers in the architectural profession, and remains an incredible role model for us all.”

Berk, who also holds the school’s F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship, said the Jackson Scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student completing the final year of the school’s traditional five-year undergraduate program. Among other criteria, preference will be given to female African American majors, he added.

“My sister believed in helping others,” Betsy Jackson said. “My siblings and I wanted to do something that would not only honor Sheila’s legacy at MSU, but also would do what meant the most to her, help others.”

Established in 1973, MSU’s architecture school offers the only accredited professional degree of its kind in Mississippi. Housed in downtown Jackson, the senior-year study requirement was the nation’s first self-contained, fifth-year program in the major.

For information on creating scholarships through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, contact Perry K. “P.K.” Thomas, the college’s development director, at 662-325-2464 or

For more about the School of Architecture and other College of Architecture, Art and Design academic programs, visit

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Can hippies save London?

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:26
Upper Street, Islington, is the heart of chic and cosmopolitan North London -- a mile-long stretch of award-winning restaurants, boutiques and public gardens.

Categories: International News

Jesse James in photo with killer?

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:26
A Houston forensic artist says she's sure an old tintype owned by a Washington state family is that of Jesse James and his eventual killer, Robert Ford.

Categories: International News

U.S.: Assad backing 'catastrophic'

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:24
Secretary of State John Kerry continued his defense Thursday night of the U.S. strategy in Syria, as well as, the Iran nuclear deal, this time advocating for the Obama administration to "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.

Categories: International News

Top 10 global business destinations

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:23

Categories: International News

Official: 13 weapons recovered in Oregon shooting

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:21
Thirteen weapons have been recovered in association with the Umpqua Community College shooting, according to Celinez Nunez, assistant special agent in charge of the ATF's Seattle field division.

Categories: International News

Does eating bugs help fight climate change?

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:13
Earlier this week, I wrote a column for CNN Opinion about the climate cost of beef production -- arguing we have to cut back on steak and hamburgers to avoid dangerous warming.

Categories: International News

Britain's youngest terror mastermind jailed for life

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:12
A police officer beheaded in broad daylight on one of the most solemn days of the year, as thousands of people gathered to pay tribute to the sacrifice of soldiers in past wars.

Categories: International News

Hero blocked door, took bullets

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:08

Categories: International News

Great war photographer 'contaminated by darkness'

CNN World - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:06
Don McCullin is famed for his photographs of conflict, but there was one war he couldn't get to.

Categories: International News

Tennis Set For 2015 ITA All-American Championships

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:00
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After almost a month off from the courts, the Mississippi State men's tennis team returns to the action for one of the biggest fall tournaments of the year as the Bulldogs compete at the 2015 ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

'The Martian' hopes to defy 'Gravity' for biggest October opening ever

Business News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:56
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'CTL 101: Best Practices in Online Instruction' sessions to begin Oct. 12

MSU News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:54

The Center for Teaching and Learning at Mississippi State will offer "CTL 101: Best Practices in Online Instruction" from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8.

The online course will highlight best practices in online education for both experienced and first-time instructors. It is designed to address critical issues in online delivery that are key elements of quality instruction.

The training will be taught completely online using myCourses — — over the four-week period. Completion of this course leads to CTL certification in distance instruction.

Space is limited to 15 participants in each session. To register, please visit

If you would like additional information about this course or require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Linda Morse at 662-325-2083 or

Sweden flirts with six hour work day

Business News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:43
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In setback, U.S. adds only 142,000 jobs

Business News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:23
Headwinds are hitting America's job market.

Kevin McCarthy backtracks Benghazi comments

CNN - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:16
Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to succeed John Boehner as House speaker, tried to walk back on Thursday controversial comments he made about a congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.

Categories: National News

Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Jazz at Renasant’

MSU News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:08
Charles E. “Charlie” Sorto, a senior music education major from Pontotoc, performs at the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra’s annual Jazz at Renasant concert last year. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Charles E. “Charlie” Sorto, a senior music education major from Pontotoc, performs at the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra’s annual Jazz at Renasant concert last year. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.— The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra will present “Jazz at Renasant” during a Tuesday [Oct. 13] evening concert at the city’s Renasant Bank plaza.

Free and open to all, the 6 p.m. outdoor performance sponsored by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association features a nine-piece band and vocalists performing jazz, swing, blues, Latin and ballad standards.

Vocalists include MSU assistant professor Tara Warfield, lecturers Jeanette Fontaine and Chris Jordan, senior music education major Corinne D. “Cori” Reece of Aberdeen and junior music major Abby L. Weinstein of Marietta, Georgia.

Other soloists include associate professors Richard Human and Cliff Taylor, also MSU associate director of bands, on trombone; instructor Sheri Falcone, Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School band director Doug Thomas, and senior music education major Tyler J. Stallings of Pontotoc, on saxophone; Myra Wingo, MSU summa cum laude music education graduate now teaching at Richland Elementary School in Richland, on piano; James Nail, MSU music graduate and serials specialist in Mitchell Memorial Library’s Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review, on bass; and senior music education major Kevin R. West of Byram, drums.

Michael Brown, MSU music professor and SSO music director, will play trumpet and conduct the band.

Selections for the evening concert include “Take the A Train,” “The Nearness of You,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Round Midnight,” “Blues in Hoss Flat,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “Misty.”

The bank is located at the intersection of East Lampkin and South Montgomery streets.

Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to lawn chairs and blankets, patrons are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy during the twilight performance.

For additional concert information, contact Brown at 662-325-3070 or

Founded in 1969, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose members work to educate, enlighten and share classical music with the city, university campus and other communities in the Golden Triangle region. Producing high-quality musical events and increasing awareness for the arts are its primary missions. For more, visit and

In addition to MSU and the City of Starkville, major association contributors include the J.W. Criss Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Renasant Bank, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus-based Gildea Foundation.

The association accepts tax-deductible donations via the MSU Foundation. To contribute, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or

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Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Reagan' tops New York Times' list

Business News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:03
The King of Cable News has once again staked his claim as the King of Nonfiction.


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