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Eight Bulldogs Named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:41am
Eight members of the 2014-15 Mississippi State softball team earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2014-15 academic year, the organization announced.

Institute for the Humanities celebrates a decade of service at MSU

MSU News - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:49am
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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Agarwal, Braun End Action At ITA All-Americans

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:11am
TULSA, Okla. – Junior Rishab Agarwal and freshman Niclas Braun fell in the opening round of qualifying doubles, ending their time at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

Intensity Marks #HailStateHoops’ First Practice

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:31pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Hail State Hoops officially returned to the court Tuesday night as the Mississippi State women's basketball team held its first practice of the 2015-16 season.

MSU’s Lee Goes 2-0 On Day One Of Riviera/ITA Qualifying

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:00pm
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – After day one of qualifying play at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship, Mississippi State's Jasmine Lee is one win away from making the main draw after posting two straight-set wins Tuesday.

Maroon Madness Returns To The Hump Friday Night

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:26pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Basketball is back, and fans have a pair of opportunities Friday to get their first look at the 2015-16 Mississippi State men's and women's basketball teams.

Women’s Golf Has Solid Final Day At Jim West Challenge

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:00pm
BOERNE, Texas – After a difficult second round on Monday, Mississippi State came out fighting Tuesday to post a final-round 298 at the Jim West Challenge.

Robson and Rooker Lead Gray To 4-2 Victory Versus Maroon

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 7:35pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - RBI doubles from outfielders Jacob Robson and Brent Rooker led Gray to a 4-2 victory Tuesday afternoon in Mississippi State's 12th scrimmage of the fall.

Follett-Smith Shoots 69, Bulldogs Finish 12th at Jerry Pate

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 5:40pm
BIRMINGHAM – Junior Ben Follett-Smith fired a final round 1-under-par 69 to lead the Mississippi State men's golf team to a 288 on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs finished 12th at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

The MSU Experience goes live with power of personal storytelling

MSU News - 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

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

Contact: Zack Plair

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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Rangers still finding success

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:26pm

ALVA, Okla. – Goals and aspirations are one thing; accomplishing them oftentimes is another.

For the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo teams, reaching goals is all about the preparation involved. With just two events under their belts, the men’s and women’s squads are reaching for championships for the 2015-16 season.

Austin Graham

Austin Graham

“As a team, I think we have all the talent to win the region,” said Austin Graham, a bareback rider from Jay, Okla. “The way I look at it, it looks like we have the talent to compete for a national title.”

Each step taken by the Rangers is one more toward that ultimate prize. The first happens in the practice arena, where cowboys and cowgirls hone their skills and their mindsets in order to compete in the Central Plains Region, annually recognized as one of the top circuit’s in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

From there, it’s competing well at each of the 10 rodeos, and the Rangers have done that so far. In fact, Graham won the bareback riding championship this past weekend in Woodward, Okla., finishing second in both rounds and winning the two-ride aggregate. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Jacob Edler, a steer wrestler from State Center, Iowa.

Jacob Edler

Jacob Edler

“We’ve talked about this, and it’s never happened, but we want to be the men’s and women’s team champions,” said Edler, who finished third in the first round, then won the championship round to claim the title in Woodward. “We’ve got the best athletes we’ve ever had. We’re going to try to win first all the way around.”

So far, it’s working quite well. Besides both Rangers teams being near the top of the standings, Graham, Edler and tie-down roper Bryson Seachrist of Apache, Okla., are atop the list in their events. In Woodward, Seachrist won the first round and placed in the short go-round to finish fourth overall.

“I’ve been rodeoing since high school, and the key to winning at rodeos is about 20 percent talent, and the other 80 percent is being mentally strong,” said Edler, noting that the teams gain a lot of understanding from coach Stockton Graves, a steer wrestler who has played on the biggest stages in the sport.

“I think Stockton does a great job of teaching mental toughness. We have a tournament-style match for every event we do. The kids that haven’t competed much or haven’t learned how to win learn how to do approach the mental aspect of competition. It teaches you how to win.”

In fact, that oftentimes is the driving force for cowboys and cowgirls in deciding on Northwestern to further their college education and rodeo training.

“Stockton has been to the NFR seven times,” Graham said. “He can teach you the things you need to do to go rodeo: Working on my attitude, staying positive, learning how to enter and learning how to win.”

Those lessons are paying off for the Rangers. While Edler won the steer wrestling title this past weekend, he was joined in the final round by four teammates: Layne Livermont, Ty Battie, Tyrell Cline and Maverick Harper. Battie finished sixth overall, while Cline (fourth) and Harper (third) placed even higher.

The women were paced by breakaway ropers Elli Price, who finished second in both the short round and the aggregate race, and Ashton Johnson, who finished third in both rounds and the average. Laremi Allred paved the way in goat-tying, winning the final round and finishing third overall. She was joined in the short round by Shayna Miller, who placed second in the first round, and Tearnee Nelson, who finished in a tie for third in the opening round.

“The first weekend, I won second, and the win in Woodward is helping in the points,” Edler said. “I’m able to take the lead in the standings for the year, but I know with these rodeos it’s dang sure a marathon and not a sprint.

“I’ve been awful fortunate to go to school at Northwestern. We have a great group of bulldoggers, and our coach, Stockton Graves, couldn’t be a better mentor or coach. He makes sure we’re staying sharp in the classroom and in the arena.”

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MSU Recognized For Highest Graduation Rates Among Athletes

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:26pm
STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mississippi State University took top honors during the Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes ceremony held Monday [Oct. 5].

MSU recognized by Halbrook Awards for highest graduation rates among athletes

MSU News - 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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MSU Bulldogs In The NFL: Week 4

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:00pm
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL rosters and their updated stats through week four of the NFL season.

Bulldogs Drop Pair Of Matches At ITA All-American Championships

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:03pm
TULSA, Okla. – Junior Rishab Agarwal and freshman Niclas Braun turned in valiant efforts at the ITA All-American Championships, but ultimately fell on Monday in singles competition.

Pieters Records Another Solid Round For MSU

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00pm
Boerne, Texas – Junior Izel Pieters led the Mississippi State Women's golf team for the second day in a row at the Jim West Challenge.

Wood In Top 20 after 36 holes at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00pm
BIRMINGHAM – Returning as the defending Jerry Pate Intercollegiate champion, senior Ben Wood is tied for 18th heading into Tuesday's final round at Old Overton Club.

Sexton Tosses Four Shutout Innings Monday

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 8:32pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Junior Austin Sexton was dominant in four shutout innings Monday afternoon, leading Gray to a 6-5 win against Maroon in Mississippi State's 11th scrimmage of the fall.

High Energy Dominates Day 1 Of Practice

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:43pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Basketball is now back.
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