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Thursday seminar tackles fiscal aspects of grant management

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Successful grant management requires a common understanding of processes and systems by both the principal investigator (PI) and the accounting staff with prompt distribution of information and effective communication between academic/research units and central administrative offices.

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State for a "Fiscal Aspects of Grant Management: Cradle to Grave What to Do" seminar on Thursday [Oct. 8] from 2-4 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. Sandy Williamson, the executive director of research fiscal affairs at MSU, will lead the session.

This seminar will cover the fiscal aspects of grants management while reviewing the PI's role and responsibility for administering sponsored agreements, explain established policies and procedures, and provide an overview of the central support services available to the PI.

Seminar topics include the post-award process, terms and conditions, certification of time and effort, federal audit focus, common audit findings, resources, departmental and PI responsibilities, and compliance for salaries and personnel, purchasing goods and services, and good faith cost estimates.

Please register for this event at If you have any question, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168.

Communication department hosts annual golf tournament Friday

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Mississippi State University’s Department of Communication will host its ninth annual golf tournament at noon on Friday [Oct. 9] at the MSU Institute of Golf.  The event is a four-person scramble limited to the first 120 players, and all skill levels are welcome.

Mulligans and other score-reduction enhancement opportunities are available for purchase. Players must register to compete, and playing prizes are included for many holes. The top three teams in the first two flights also will earn prizes. Four-person teams or individual players may register online at

Tournament registration is $100 per player. Registration packages include greens fees, a golf car, lunch, range balls and one free entry in the putting contest. Players also will receive an Adidas MSU golf polo.

On the day of the event, registration, lunch and the putting contest will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Proceeds from the tournament support the department’s scholarship funds, specifically the Lora J. DeFore Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aids students who earn distant internships, with 15 students in the first three years benefitting from this program.

The communication department includes five concentrations: broadcasting, communication studies, journalism, public relations and theatre. One of the largest academic units in MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the department currently includes approximately 600 majors. Departmental faculty members also provide classes to hundreds of other students across the institution.

For more information about the tournament or the department, contact John E. Forde at (662) 325-8033 or, or visit the department’s website at

As Halloween approaches, so does ‘Dracula’ at MSU

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Contact: Sammy McDavid

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The L.A. Theatre Works presentation of a legendary horror tale is the next Lyceum Series program at Mississippi State.

“Dracula” will be performed Oct. 20 in Bettersworth Auditorium of the university’s historic Lee Hall. The curtain rises at 7 p.m.—or approximately 45 minutes after that day’s sun has set.

General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at!order/c1naa or by visiting the Colvard Student Union, Suite 314.

L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit California media arts organization whose mission over the past quarter-century has been the presentation, preservation and dissemination of classic and contemporary plays. For more, see

The play is based on Bram Stoker’s novel that debuted in 1897 with little fanfare. Over the decades, however, the Irish author’s gothic classic has been retold in numerous movie and television productions, as well as in numerous contemporary spin-offs.

In Charles Morey’s acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula has slipped quietly into Victorian London. Time passes and the city becomes helpless against his frightful power.

Only one man seems capable of stopping the bloody carnage. The clever and resourceful Dr. Abraham Van Helsing sets about locating the vampire lair so he may pierce the Prince of Darkness’ heart with a wooden stake.

Their battle becomes an epic confrontation between good and evil.

For more on the MSU Lyceum Series, visit or telephone the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930.

Institute for the Humanities celebrates a decade of service at MSU

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John Churchill

Contact: Karyn Brown

John Churchill

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities celebrates its 10th anniversary Oct. 15 and 16 with a special symposium.

Part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, the institute primarily serves the departments of communication, English, classical and modern languages and literatures, history, music, and philosophy and religion, as well as the Cobb Institute of Archaeology.

The symposium’s featured speaker will be John Churchill, secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, the world’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences. “Reasons, Values and Imagination: A Case for Education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences” will be his topic at 3:30 p.m. on the 15th.

Participants also will hear from historian Roger Geiger at 9 a.m. on the 16th. An award-winning scholar and researcher on 20th century universities, he will discuss the place of humanities at MSU and other land-grant institutions—one of his major areas of study.

Free and open to all, both symposium presentations take place in the Bettersworth Auditorium of historic Lee Hall.

Geiger’s program will be followed in the auditorium with a 10:30 a.m. panel discussion examining current academic perspectives of the humanities, as well as their prospects for the future.

Also open to all, the panel discussion will involve Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council; Joseph Ward, University of Mississippi’s Arch Dalrymple III Professor of History; and Christopher Snyder, dean of MSU’s Shackouls Honors College.

The Institute for the Humanities was established in 2005 with MSU English professor Gary Myers as its first director. Myers, who later served as arts and sciences dean, is credited with helping expand and enhance engagements in research, scholarship and creative work within the campus’ humanistic disciplines.

Myers retired from MSU several years ago to become vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Young Harris College in Georgia.

R. Gregory Dunaway, the college’s current dean, said Myers will be attending the anniversary celebration.

“We are very fortunate that the architect of the institute and my predecessor as dean of the college will be on hand for this celebration,” Dunaway said. “His vision is responsible for the great work that the institute has been able to accomplish and certainly shares in its successes.”

Dunaway said land-grant institutions like MSU often are not known for their humanities programs. “At Mississippi State, however, we are incredibly fortunate to have outstanding humanities programs staffed with nationally renowned faculty scholars who are providing amazing educational opportunities for our students,” he added.

Dunaway praised the Institute for the Humanities’ decade-long efforts to “stimulate academic discourse, provide a platform for creative endeavors and, in general, enhance the intellectual and cultural climate at MSU.”

Current institute director William Anthony Hay said the humanities “challenge students to appreciate worlds different from their own and understand perspectives they may not share.

“Besides teaching critical thinking and sharing a cultural inheritance, humanistic study cultivates empathy,” Hay said.

A complete symposium agenda is available at For other information, contact Hay at 662-325-7095 or Additional information on institute is found at

With more than 5,200 students, 300 full-time faculty members and 24 academic majors offered in 14 different departments, the College of Arts and Sciences is MSU’s largest academic unit. For more, see .

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The MSU Experience goes live with power of personal storytelling

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:47pm

Contact: Checky Herrington

Mississippi State University is defined by its many success stories — and who better to tell these stories than the people who are living them every day.

That's the purpose of The MSU Experience, a series of photographs and videos in which members of the campus community explain why they've chosen MSU as the place for learning, discovery, and personal and career success.

"The MSU Experience gives viewers a sense of what it's like to be a part of the university through the eyes of a diverse cross-section of students, faculty and staff," said Sid Salter, MSU’s ‎chief communications officer. "Their stories prove that no matter who you are or where you come from, Mississippi State is a place where you can find more opportunities to lead, participate and excel.”

The MSU Experience is the latest in a series of communications tools that tie into a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative highlighting the many ways MSU is driven to make a difference. Strengths include diversity, cross-campus collaboration and a supportive and nurturing environment for students.

Other tools include a new social media hub, a revamped website and, an innovative social media initiative that reinforces MSU's standing as a world-class academic research university.

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.

Student-led teams at Mississippi State are involved in a number of research and development projects with state, national and global impacts. They are working to get unmanned aerial systems flying safely in the nation’s airspace, designing the car of the future, and generating solutions to world hunger, to name just a few.

"Being a leader is reflected in everything we do, including how we tell our stories and promote our accomplishments to prospective students," Salter said. "The people of Mississippi State are our ambassadors to the world, and The MSU Experience is another tool they can use to promote the great things happening here every day."

The MSU Experience is available at

Learn more about Mississippi State and sign up for the #WeRingTrue program at

MSU professor named Mercatus Visiting Scholar

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:53pm
Thomas W. Miller Jr. (Photo by Russ Houston)

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Thomas W. Miller Jr. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.— A Mississippi State University finance professor has an opportunity for his research to inform public policy decisions on consumer finance.

Thomas W. Miller Jr., holder of the Jack R. Lee Chair in Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, has been named a Visiting Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

The Mercatus Center is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Working with the center’s Financial Markets Working Group, Miller will research small dollar loans for high credit-risk consumers. Specifically, he will research the impact of government regulations on those consumers and lending agencies.

As a Visiting Scholar, Miller said he would join a “network of scholars” whose research is often considered in national and state policy debates.

“Mercatus is known for the integrity of its research,” Miller said. “It isn’t swayed by any viewpoint, but lets the data speak for itself. It’s an exciting opportunity.”

Miller said he spent six weeks of each of the last two summers in residency at Mercatus, which he said opened his eyes to the opportunity of becoming a visiting scholar. With that designation, he hopes to give his classroom students at MSU access to his fellow Mercatus researchers on a variety of financial market-related topics.

Agreeing with Miller, MSU finance department professor and head Michael Highfield noted Miller’s honor as an opportunity for the university, promoting professional development and intellectual growth for faculty and students.

“As the Jack R. Lee Chair of Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, Dr. Miller’s research on the institutional framework of consumer finance and the role of government regulation thereof has piqued the interest of many individuals in Washington D.C., and I expect further accolades and honors to follow,” Highfield said.

For more information on the Mercatus Center, visit

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MSU recognized by Halbrook Awards for highest graduation rates among athletes

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:53pm
MSU President Mark E. Keenum, center, accepts a trophy during the Halbrook Awards ceremony from Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce, left, and Andy Halbrook, right.

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MSU President Mark E. Keenum, center, accepts a trophy during the Halbrook Awards ceremony from Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce, left, and Andy Halbrook, right.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University took top honors during the Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes ceremony held Monday [Oct. 5] as part of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference.

MSU was the winner in the Public University Division for the highest percentage of both male and female athletes graduating – with 73 percent of males graduating and 88 percent of females graduating. The university’s overall graduation rate for athletes is 78 percent.

“Winning the prestigious Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement as the Mississippi public university with the highest graduation rates for both our men and women athletes is indeed a signature win for our overall program of athletics,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “I’m extremely proud of what these awards say about our commitment to keeping the ‘student’ aspect in the proper perspective for our talented student-athletes.”

Administered cooperatively by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the purpose of the Halbrook Awards program is to recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.

“We’ve always been proud here at MSU of the success our student-athletes have off the field, in addition to what they do on their respective playing surfaces. Receiving recognition from the Halbrook Awards is a great reminder of the academic achievement of our Bulldogs,” said Athletics Director Scott Stricklin.

Seth T. Heck, a member of the MSU baseball team and a senior management major from Edmonds, Washington, and Allyson L. McDonald, a women’s golf team member who is a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Fulton, additionally received David M. Halbrook certificates for academic achievement among athletes.

While serving in the Mississippi Legislature, Representative David M. Halbrook Sr., along with his brothers, John Halbrook, James Halbrook, and J. A. Halbrook, endowed the Halbrook Awards.

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University Press of Mississippi visiting campus for dissertation workshop

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:27pm

The editors and marketing staff of the University Press of Mississippi will present “How to Revise a Dissertation and Turn It Into a Good Book” on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room. The hour-long presentation will be a discussion with time for Q&A. Topics covered will include:

* How publishing has changed, and why a book should be different from a dissertation

* The specific ways in which a successful book is different from a dissertation

* Recognizing and banishing “dissertationese”

* The importance of defining and writing for a specific audience

* What to do when you get stuck

* Researching publishers and crafting a successful proposal

Organizers expect the session to benefit both Mississippi State graduate students and faculty working toward tenure. They will also offer individual appointments starting at noon that day for anyone who would like to discuss their personal project in further detail. Attendees will also be eligible to win a special door prize: a free copy of William Germano’s seminal book, "From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition."

For additional information, contact Leila Salisbury at

Mississippi State University plans brand launch

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:05pm

Mississippi State officials are planning the launch next week of an innovative branding initiative aimed at positioning the university for the future. Special festivities are planned for 3 p.m. on Tuesday [Oct. 13] at 3 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.

The invitation-only celebration reflects months of work designed to create a platform that inspires better storytelling and a strong system to tell those stories in compelling and consistent ways throughout the university and beyond.

Joining MSU President Mark E. Keenum in presenting the comprehensive strategy will be five distinguished university alumni, including Camille Scales Young, vice president for Cornerstone Government Affairs; Bryan Wilson, managing partner for Tacoma Ag, LLC; Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO for Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Kevin Robinson, chief meteorologist for WLWT Cincinnati; and Leslie Henderson, co-founder and general manager for Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company.

MSU panel discussion to focus on future of news media

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:39pm

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A group of local and statewide journalists will share their perspectives on the evolving role of news media in society during a Wednesday [Oct. 7] program at Mississippi State.

Open to all, the 3:30-4:45 p.m. panel discussion takes place in the third-floor Fowlkes Auditorium of the Colvard Student Union.

Sponsored by the university’s communication department, the discussion coincides with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s second News Engagement Day initiative.

AEJMC is a nonprofit organization based in Columbia, South Carolina, that supports the work of journalism and mass communication educators and students, as well as media professionals. It launched the News Engagement Day initiative last year.

Associate communication professor Kevin D. Williams said this is MSU’s first observance of the initiative designed to engage members of campus and local communities by challenging them to “Remember why news matters.”

Members of the MSU panel will include print reporters Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger and Carl Smith of the Starkville Dispatch; and television broadcasters Joey Barnes of WCBI Columbus and Ryan Moore with WDAM in Hattiesburg. Others may be added to the list, Williams said.

“We know that trends are changing in journalism,” the University of Georgia doctoral graduate observed. The panelists will be examining “how media outlets like print and broadcast are adapting to those changes,” he explained.

Williams, who joined the MSU faculty in 2005, said today’s prevalent trends involve the rise of social media and corresponding shrinkage of traditional news cycles resulting from an almost instantaneous consumer expectation.

Rather than specifically seeking stories carried in traditional media outlets, Williams said increasing numbers of young adults now are routed to news accounts via Facebook, Twitter and other third-party sources. The rise of citizen journalism also affects how news is covered, he said.

Williams said Apel made extensive use of social media while covering September’s Delta State University shooting of one campus faculty member by another. She will address both benefits and challenges faced at the scene that garnered substantial social-media involvement.

“When a big event happens, everyone with a cell phone becomes a journalist,” Williams said. “How does that help or hurt the situation?”

MSU Junior Becca L. Hawkins of Laurel said she looks forward to having the working professionals discuss their processes for gathering and reporting news. As a frequent news consumer who relies heavily on Twitter, the communication/communication studies major also is interested in hearing how the panelists expect to improve her future news reading experiences.

“We live in such a fast-paced world, and getting the consumer more news faster is always something that can be improved upon,” Hawkins said.

For more on News Engagement Day, visit Additional support for the campaign may be provided at @newsengagement and via hashtag #newsengagementday.

Additional information on the Wednesday program is available from Williams at 662-325-8330 and

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Planned power outage affecting frat houses, Tri-Delta house extended

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:32am

A planned power outage to facilitate construction activities at the Delta Delta Delta sorority house at Mississippi State has been extended by the contractor. During the outage beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday [Oct. 6], the Tri-Delta house, as well as the Farmhouse Fraternity house, Phi Delta Theta house and Delta Chi house, will be without power.

Services set for longtime engineering professor Jimmy Gassaway

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:30am

Longtime Mississippi State engineering professor James David "Jimmy" Gassaway, 83, of Starkville died at home on Oct. 3.

Services will be held Tuesday [Oct. 6] at 11 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with visitation on Monday [Oct. 5] from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday.

Gassaway taught graduate level engineering courses at Purdue University, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1967, he became a part of the Mississippi State University family, and taught electrical engineering graduate level courses until his retirement in 1997.

MSU, American Cancer Society teaming up to ‘TACKLE CANCER’

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 5:20pm

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and the American Cancer Society are inviting members of the campus and surrounding communities to attend the inaugural “TACKLE CANCER” Kickoff Event.

Taking place Thursday [Oct. 8] at Davis Wade Stadium’s Gridiron Club, festivities begin at 7 p.m. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event also will feature a silent auction and special appearances by The Famous Maroon Band, new Bully mascot Jak and MSU cheerleaders.

Straton Karatassos, MSU associate athletic director for development, will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, make a general donation or obtain sponsorship information, contact Libba Hardwick at or visit

“Mississippi State is the first school in the SEC to launch the new ‘TACKLE CANCER’ breast cancer awareness program benefitting the American Cancer Society,” said Julia Meyers, corporate relations account manager for ACS Mid-South Division in Birmingham, Alabama.

Victoria A. “Tori” Wilson, co-director for the MSU Student Association’s health and sustainability committee, said breast cancer awareness activities have been scheduled for the week leading up to Saturday’s [Oct. 10] “Think Pink” home football game against the Troy University Trojans.

Fans in the upper levels of Davis Wade Stadium are encouraged to wear white, while those in the lower levels are asked to wear maroon.

Breast cancer survivors also will be honored during the game. Those who would like to be recognized are asked to contact Meyers at (404) 538-6069 or

The week’s events include:

Oct. 7—Wellness Wednesday on the Drill Field

The SA’s health and sustainability and community and governmental relations committees will pass out stickers, hashtag #TACKLECANCERMSU bracelets and fast fact sheets to raise breast cancer awareness. Additionally, committee members will be promoting a #TACKLECANCERMSU Instagram contest. Prizes will be awarded.

Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m.—The Pink Dawg Walk, Chadwick Lake walking track at Joe Frank Sanderson Center

MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness again is sponsoring this free, family-friendly breast cancer awareness event. The first 350 people who complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt. Breast health and cancer prevention information will be available at various educational stations. Participants also can enjoy samplings of healthy recipes and other free treats. Prizes will be awarded to those deemed the best dressed in pink attire.

Oct. 9—Pink Friday

In addition to supporting the university’s “Maroon Friday” tradition, interested members of the campus community are encouraged to wear pink all week to promote breast cancer awareness.

For more details, contact Wilson at

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Breast cancer awareness Pink Dawg Walk returns to MSU

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:53pm
Jordan Ramsey walks the 2014 Pink Dawg Walk with her father, Lynn Reinschmidt, and her son, Ryan. The family participates to promote awareness and preventative measures, as well as in memory of Judy Reinschmidt, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer. (Photo by Lee Bryant)

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Jordan Ramsey walks the 2014 Pink Dawg Walk with her father, Lynn Reinschmidt, and her son, Ryan. The family participates to promote awareness and preventative measures, as well as in memory of Judy Reinschmidt, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—In recognition of an illness that affects more than 200,000 American women each year, Mississippi State’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness is hosting the second Pink Dawg Walk on Thursday [Oct. 8] as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

From 4-6 p.m., all are encouraged to dress in their most creative pink attire for the mile-long walk around the Chadwick Lake walking track.

In addition to the walk, educational stations will be available with information on breast health and cancer prevention. The first 350 people to complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt.

Pumpkin decorating, healthy fall treats and recipes and special appearances from MSU’s mascot Jak and the Chick-Fil-A cow will contribute to the fun.

“So many people are affected by breast cancer. Everyone knows at least one person who has been diagnosed with it. The survival rate continues to increase partly due to people being more aware and learning more about early detection. Events like this are designed to increase awareness but have a little fun while doing it,” said JuLeigh Baker, a health and wellness educator for University Health Services.

“This is a great event for the MSU family to come out to show support and create more awareness for breast cancer and its survivors,” she added.  

In addition to MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, sponsors of the event are Baptist Hospital Cancer Center, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice, Center for Breast Health and Imaging of Starkville, Aramark and the Columbus-based Sqwincher sports drink company.

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First female African American MSU architecture grad memorialized

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:28pm

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

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'CTL 101: Best Practices in Online Instruction' sessions to begin Oct. 12

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:54pm

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

Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Jazz at Renasant’

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:08pm
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)

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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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McGee joins Mississippi State alumni staff

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:42pm
Casey McGee (Photo by Russ Houston)

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Casey McGee (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The 130-year-old Alumni Association of Mississippi State University is welcoming a new professional staff member. Starkville native Casey McGee began her duties Sept. 21 as the new assistant coordinator for chapter and recruitment programs.

The Alumni Association was founded June 17, 1885, by the first three graduating classes of what then was Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. The association strives to foster lifelong relationships through programs, activities and events for the university’s alumni, and McGee will play a key role in carrying out this mission.

McGee will provide guidance and advice for the university’s 95 alumni chapters and their leaders. In her role, she also serves as a liaison between the Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions and Scholarships, and will personally work with alumni to further the role of this group in student recruiting. Mississippi State currently has more than 132,000 living alumni.

“Casey brings great knowledge of and passion for MSU to this position,” said Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association.  “I am confident she will be a strong asset to the Division of Development and Alumni and our Alumni Association team.”

McGee received her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations in 2015 from Mississippi State. While a student, she was communications manager for the EcoCAR 3 team and served as vice president of public relations and as scholarship committee chair for the association’s Alumni Delegates.

“My time of service as an Alumni Delegate developed a strong passion in me not only for Mississippi State, but also for the mission of the Alumni Association,” McGee said.

McGee comes to the Alumni Association from A2H Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as marketing coordinator. 

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MSU administrators, faculty named SEC academic leadership fellows

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 2:55pm

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Greg Hall (Photo by Megan Bean)Linda Cornelious (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 50 selected as 2015-16 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities.

The MSU honorees include:

—Linda Cornelious, professor in the instructional systems and workforce development department.

—Greg G. Hall, professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

—Ron McLaughlin, professor and associate dean for administration in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

—Linda W. Morse, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and professor in the counseling and educational psychology department.

Linda Morse (Photo by Megan Bean)Ron McLaughlin (Photo by Tom Thompson)

Through this academic initiative, the athletic conference works to sponsor, support and promote collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. Providing an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels is among its primary missions.

Designated by provosts at the respective institutions, ALDP liaisons serve as the conference’s primary point of academic contact.

“The individuals selected by their SEC universities to participate in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program represent the future of higher education administration,” said SECU Executive Director Torie Johnson. “The leadership skills they already possess are sure to be enhanced by the SEC ALDP experience.”

Cornelious is a Florida State University doctoral graduate who was named in 2003 as Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women. A published author, she regularly serves as presenter and leader at national, regional and state professional conferences. Her primary areas of research include, among others, instructional technology, educational leadership, multicultural education and community service learning.

Hall is an award-winning architect, educator and administrator with extensive local, regional and international experience. He holds a doctoral degree from University of Hong Kong and bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin, both in architecture. Along with receiving a certificate in Japanese language from Osaka, Japan-based Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Hall completed liberal arts studies at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. In addition to cross-departmental undergraduate and graduate courses in such areas as design and construction technology, he has developed and taught courses on architecture design management and global architecture practice.

McLaughlin, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who specializes in small animal surgery, started at MSU-CVM in 2000 as an associate professor and chief of surgery. He became head of the department of clinical sciences in 2006. A University of Missouri-Columbia veterinary medicine doctoral graduate, he provided leadership in establishing the college’s Veterinary Medical Technology program, one of only three 4-year veterinary technology programs in the country.

Morse is a Florida State University doctoral graduate with extensive experience in instructional design, development and evaluation. Along with being a John Grisham Master Teacher, she is a research fellow for the university’s Social Science Research Center, where her efforts focus on cognition issues and development.

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