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Perfect Day On Pitch Leads to 2-0 Win For Bulldogs

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 6:00pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Propelled by two first-half goals, Mississippi State turned in its best performance of the season to down Lipscomb 2-0 on a perfect fall afternoon in Nashville.

Men’s Golf Starts Season At Sam Hall Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 2:00pm
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Clay Homan's Mississippi State men's golf team opens its season on a familiar course Monday, taking part in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate for the seventh-straight year.

No. 25 MSU Drops Tough 21-19 Decision To No. 14 LSU In SEC Opener

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 1:30am
STARKVILLE, Miss. - No. 14 LSU (1-0, 1-0 SEC) beat No. 25 Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1) 21-19 on Saturday night in Starkville to open the 2015 Southeastern Conference season.

Day Two of Southern Intercollegiate In The Books For Men’s Tennis

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 10:08pm
ATHENS, Ga. – Junior Vaughn Hunter picked up another singles win on Saturday, as the Mississippi State men's tennis team completed the second day of action at the Southern Intercollegiate.

Bulldogs Split Matches To Close Out Golden Dome Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 9:11pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In the final day of the Golden Dome Invitational, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-3) split a pair of matches to close out their first road trip of the season in South Bend, Ind.

MSU Women’s Tennis Goes Undefeated Day Two At Wolfpack Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 7:25pm
RALEIGH, N.C. - With the second day of the Wolfpack Invitational in the books, Mississippi State women's tennis went 4-0 in the doubles session against Virginia Tech and 7-0 in the singles sessionversus host team N.C. State. MSU is now a combined 7-3 in doubles play and 10-2 in singles play.

Bulldogs Set To Tee Off First Tournament Of The Season

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 10:32am
Charleston, S.C. - Coming off a record-setting season last year that produced two tournament victories, the Mississippi State women's golf team opens the 2015-16 campaign this week at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C.

Bulldog Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision At Notre Dame

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:53am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Hitting the road for the first time this season, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (6-2) were unable to take down the home-standing Notre Dame Irish (3-4), falling 3-1 Friday night at the Purcell Pavilion.

Bulldogs Drop Hard-Fought Match To Vanderbilt 2-1

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:34am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman Kiley Martens scored her team-leading third goal of the year, as Mississippi State fell to Vanderbilt 2-1 in a tightly-contested match that saw both teams turn up the intensity for southeastern conference play.

Gameday: No. 25 MSU, No. 14 LSU Clash in Primetime SEC Opener

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:28pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – One of the most anticipated home openers in the 116-year history of Mississippi State football has arrived as the 25th-ranked Bulldogs clash with No. 14 LSU in a pivotal Southeastern Conference showdown at 8:15 p.m. CT Saturday in a sold-out Davis Wade Stadium.

MSU Women’s Tennis Finishes Day One At Wolfpack Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After the first day of play at the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., Mississippi State women's tennis is 3-3 in doubles play and 3-2 in singles play. Today's session included matchups with players from Georgia State and N.C. State in doubles and Virginia Tech in singles.

Bulldogs Wrap Up Day One of Southern Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 7:00pm
ATHENS, Ga. – Junior Vaughn Hunter earned his first singles win as a Bulldog, after the Mississippi State men's tennis team wrapped up day one of the Southern Intercollegiate.

Award-winning philosopher, political economist coming to MSU

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:59pm
James R. Otteson (Photo by Ken Bennett)

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James R. Otteson (Photo by Ken Bennett)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A nationally recognized philosopher and political economist will speak Tuesday [Sept. 15] at Mississippi State.

James R. Otteson’s presentation, “The Enlightenment World of Adam Smith: Capitalist Justice vs. Social Justice,” is part of the university’s 2015-16 Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series.

Free to all, the 3:30 p.m. program takes place in the Colvard Student Union’s Bill Foster Ballroom.

Following the presentation, Otteson will sign copies of his 2014 book, “The End of Socialism” (Cambridge University Press). Copies will be available for purchase.   

Otteson is executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He also holds the university’s Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics.

His 2006 book “Actual Ethics,” was selected the following year for the national Templeton Enterprise Award of the Delaware-based Intercollegiate Studies Institute. For more, see

“Dr. Otteson is an award-winning philosopher whose interests cross disciplinary boundaries and brings scholarship to bear on important debates beyond the academy,” said institute director William Anthony Hay.

“Presenting a perspective drawn from the 18th century work of Adam Smith and other Enlightenment philosophers helps students engage important debates that resonate today,” Hay added.

Established by MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2005, the lecture series regularly brings prominent artists, writers, critics and art historians, among others, to campus for the benefit of students, faculty and interested members of the general public.

For more information about the institute or its lecture series, visit or contact Hay at

The institute accepts tax-deductible donations to its Humanities Advancement Fund via the MSU Foundation. To contribute, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or

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Starkville-MSU Symphony Assn. announces 2015-16 concert season

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:21pm
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Brown. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Brown. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association’s 2015-16 season begins next week with a concert at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

Titled “String Symposium,” the free Friday [Sept. 18] performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rent Auditorium. 

The group is directed by MSU music professor Michael Brown.

Celebrating its 47th performance season, the association has scheduled seven other free concerts during the school year, all in the Bettersworth Auditorium of MSU’s historic Lee Hall unless otherwise noted. They include:

—Oct. 13, 6 p.m., “Jazz at Renasant,” Starkville’s Renasant Bank Plaza at the intersection of South Montgomery and East Lampkin streets.

—Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., “Children’s Concerts.”

—Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., “Vivaldi Gloria” featuring the MSU Philharmonia student orchestra, MSU’s McComas Hall main auditorium.

—Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., “Criss Christmas Concert.”

—Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., “Faure’s Finest” featuring MSU and MUW choirs.

—March 18, 7:30 p.m., “The Best of the B’s.”

—April 24, 2:30 p.m., “Light and Live,” Starkville First United Methodist Church.

Founded March 2, 1969 in the home of Starkville residents David and Barbara Cornell, the 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.

In addition to Mississippi State, major SSA contributors include the J.W. Criss Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Renasant Bank, City of Starkville, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with Columbus’ Gildea Foundation.

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

For more information about the Friday event, contact Brown at 662-325-3070 or

Learn more about the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association at and

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Keenum installed as honorary consul to Kingdom of Morocco

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:53pm
MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, became Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco on Sept. 11 during a morning ceremony at The Mill at MSU. Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Rachad Bouhlal made the presentation to Keenum who said the honor will enable him to “work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities.” (Photo by Megan Bean)

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MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, became Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco on Sept. 11 during a morning ceremony at The Mill at MSU. Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Rachad Bouhlal made the presentation to Keenum who said the honor will enable him to “work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities.” (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been named Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco in Mississippi by Moroccan Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal, the country’s ambassador to the U.S., in ceremonies held today [Sept. 11] at The Mill at MSU.

Keenum’s appointment was approved by the U.S. State Department. Morocco is one of North Africa’s most stable and successful nations.

 “I count this a great personal and professional honor, one that will enable me to work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities for people of good will in both Morocco and in our own state and nation,” said Keenum. “This designation also helps Mississippi State as we continue to seek to further expand the university’s global footprint through meaningful research and productive partnerships.”

In his seventh year as MSU’s president, Keenum will work to help further develop cultural and business relationships between Mississippi and Morocco.

In his remarks, Bouhlal praised Keenum and outlined the important role played by honorary consuls in the promotion of the image of Morocco abroad and the diversification of the economic, commercial and cultural ties between the U.S. and Morocco – saying those relationships “paved the way for closer cooperation and deeper understanding, reinforcing, thus our common and shared values of democracy, tolerance and shared prosperity.”

Keenum’s interest in Morocco grew out of friendships with key Moroccan diplomatic officials, including Ambassador Bouhlal. The ambassador gave a speech at MSU earlier this year about the Arab Spring and Morocco’s strategy in fighting radicalism. The ambassador also spent a day in Jackson where he addressed MSU’s Executive Lecture Forum and met Governor Phil Bryant and state economic development officials.

MSU also signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with the International University of Rabat (IUR) for the implementation of a School of Automotive Engineering at the UIR campus in Rabat, Morocco.

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Rodeo clown plays to strengths

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:26am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There is one good reason Cody Sosebee has been nominated five times as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year.

He’s funny.

“I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what you’re selling, if people don’t buy into you, they’re not going to buy what you’re selling,” said Andy Stewart, a ProRodeo announcer who will be the voice of the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year. “That’s where Cody is one of the best; he’s such a likeable guy. What you see in the arena is him all the time. He’s not afraid to make fun of himself.”

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee returns to the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year to be one of the featured entertainers. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee returns to the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year to be one of the featured entertainers. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

That’s a key ingredient that Sosebee brings to the table at this year’s rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Hale Arena inside the American Royal complex.

“Maybe someone in the crowd is feeling bad about themselves, maybe their job or their body or their marriage,” Stewart said. “When Cody steps into the arena, he’s making fun of himself and cracking jokes about the problem he’s having. People tend to relax and think, ‘I feel comfortable with him; he’s just like us.’

“Through making fun of himself, we’re laughing at ourselves. That’s a very unique trait that he has that makes him a really special clown.”

This isn’t the first time Sosebee has worked the American Royal. In fact, he’s been a regular at some of the biggest events in the country, including rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede.

In addition to his clowning nomination, the former competitor also has been nominated for the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year two of the past three seasons. But there’s much more to Sosebee than meets the eye. Over his lifetime, he’s competed in nearly every rodeo event possible and was at the top of his game in bareback riding.

It’s part of the life growing up in a family that was heavily involved in rodeo. His father was a pickup man, so Sosebee has been part of the sport as long as he can remember.

“I got into clowning by accident by filling in for guys,” said Sosebee, who also owns a barbecue restaurant in his hometown of Charleston, Ark., just 25 miles east of Fort Smith, Ark. “I didn’t know where I was going to go with my rodeo career when I quit riding barebacks, and it turned into a good living. I get to see the world.

“I live in a community with one four-way stop, and I get to go to a lot of other great places where as soon as you pull into town, you are considered a rock star for a week.”

A born competitor, the clown has made the adjustments he needed to get the true fix after a lifetime of being part of the contest.

“I’ve always been a competitor in anything I did, from football to basketball to when I was in freestyle bullfighting,” he said. “I miss putting my hand in the riggin’ and nodding my head to be 80 points to win the rodeo, but I’m a realist. I’m 43 years old. While most of the guys I rodeoed with have slowed down and have found jobs, I get to be in the arena and get to make a living in rodeo doing something I love.”

Sosebee also plays to his strengths. Bigger than many in the game, he showcases a true athleticism that is rarely seen among men of his stature. It’s comedy at the purest level.

“Having the ability to laugh at myself is probably my biggest strength,” he said. “I don’t take anything too serious. When I’m watching a comedian, the funniest thing I see is when they’re honestly open and having a good time. I want the fans to see that I’m a real person and I’m having fun, and they can have fun with me.”

That’s why Sosebee has excelled as one of the premier rodeo clowns in the game. That’s why the volunteer committee is bringing him to town. It’s another key reason the American Royal is always at the top of the game.

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MSU Volleyball Heads To South Bend For First Road Trip Of 2015

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:07pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a two-week homestand that saw them earn their best start since 2010 and be crowned the Maroon Classic champions, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (6-1) hit the road to South Bend, Ind., for the Golden Dome Invitational.

MSU opens registration for October legal continuing ed seminar

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 5:38pm

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—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 attorneys Joan Lucas and Brandon Jolly of the MSU General Counsel’s office, this year’s speakers include:

—Judge Kenny Griffis of the Mississippi Court of Appeals;

—Lee Hill, a member of the State Public Policy Practice and Real Estate and Finance Practice groups at the Jackson law firm of Baker Donelson;

—Judge Jim Pounds of the First Circuit Court District of Mississippi;

—Professor Jim Rosenblatt, dean emeritus of the Mississippi College School of Law; and

—Michael Williams, registered patent attorney and associate with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, also in Jackson.

All are MSU alumni except Rosenblatt and Griffis, though Griffis attended MSU-Meridian.

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

Completed forms and registration payments should be mailed in care of the MSU Pre-Law Society, P.O. Box PC, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Mississippi Bar identification numbers should be listed on the checks.

Forms and fees should be submitted prior to Friday’s program that begins at 8 a.m.

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.”

“We now have an entire class in our pre-law minor program taught exclusively by MSU alumni attorneys, and we could not have accomplished that without the continuing legal education seminar,” the Pre-Law Society adviser emphasized.

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

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Bulldogs Open Fall Slate With Southern Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 5:29pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fall officially arrives for the men's tennis team this Friday, as Mississippi State travels to Athens, Ga., for the Southern Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Georgia.

MSU State Singers welcome school choirs from four states

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 5:00pm
The Mississippi State University State Singers, performing here with the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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The Mississippi State University State Singers, performing here with the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Mississippi State University State Singers are welcoming nearly 400 middle- and high school musicians from Mississippi and surrounding states for the university’s fifth annual Choral Colloquium.

Free to all, the Sunday and Monday [Sept. 13 and 14] music department-sponsored event will feature choirs from Meridian and Starkville high schools, Lafayette High School in Louisiana, McAdory Middle School in McCalla, Alabama, and Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tennessee.

Unless otherwise noted, the performances and their rehearsal session will take place at the MSU Band and Choral Hall on Hardy Road.

The colloquium schedule includes:


—2:45 p.m., honor choir rehearsals.

—8:30 p.m., honor choir concert with MSU State Singers in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.


—8:30-11 a.m., honor choir rehearsals.

—12:45-2:15 p.m., honor choir rehearsals continue at Starkville First Baptist Church.

—2:30 p.m., honor choir final concerts.

Visiting faculty members from Texas and Kentucky are assisting with this year’s event.

Professor Susan Brumfield of Texas Tech University’s School of Music will conduct the middle-school honor choir, while adjunct instructor Denise R. Eaton of Sam Houston State University’s School of Music will lead the high school group.

Brad Almquist is directing the MSU State Singers’ Sunday evening performance. He is choral activities director at Murray State University and a former president of the American Choral Directors Association’s Southern Division.

Almquist also will lead sessions for teachers interested in obtaining continuing education units. For information on CE registration and cost, visit

Gary Packwood, MSU’s director of choral activities, said the colloquium is another example of continuing efforts by “the entire faculty in the department to increase our visibility, strengthen our reputation as an outstanding place for cultivating the very best musicians and people and become a central location for global research in the arts.”

An associate professor, he also expressed appreciation for “the support of the music department faculty throughout the past five years.”

For more colloquium information, contact Packwood at 662-325-3490 or

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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