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Updated Stats: 26 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:51pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-six former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including four currently playing in Major League Baseball. Below are their updated stats following games that ended Thursday, August 20, 2015. Please tweet any corrections to @HailStateBB.

MSU to be well-represented Saturday at Mississippi Book Festival

MSU News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:44pm

Contact: Allison Matthews

STARKVILLE, Miss.—This weekend’s inaugural Mississippi Book Festival at the state capitol will include a number of prominent authors with close Mississippi State University connections.

Free and open to all, the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday [Aug. 22] event is being called a celebration of both contemporary authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination. For complete details, visit  

English professor Michael Kardos, director of the university’s creative writing program, will moderate a session on short stories to begin at 11:30 a.m. He is the award-winning author of “Before He Finds Her” (Mysterious Press, 2015), among other works.

A 2 p.m. session on history and biography features, among others:

—Former Gov. Haley Barbour, author of the just-released “America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina (University Press of Mississippi, 2015). He also will be at MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library Monday [the 24th] as a continuation of his national book tour.

—Professor Dennis Mitchell, head of MSU-Meridian’s Division of Arts and Sciences and author of “A New History of Mississippi” (University Press of Mississippi, 2014).

—Professor Minion K.C. Morrison, head of the political science and public administration department and author of the just-released “Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator” (The University of Arkansas Press, 2015).

—Alumnus Don Thompson, a College of Forest Resources graduate whose “Stennis: Plowing a Straight Furrow, The Story of Statesman John C. Stennis” was released earlier this year by Oxford-based Nautilus Publishing.


—A 3 p.m. session titled “What Reading Means for Our Culture: Reading, Writing and Journalism’s Influence in Mississippi” will feature MSU accounting alumnus and international bestselling fiction author John Grisham.

—A 4 p.m. session on the Civil War will involve, among others, Michael Ballard, author of “The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles” (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Ballard is an MSU alumnus now retired as the university’s archivist.

—A separate 4 p.m. session on sports and outdoors will feature Sid Salter, MSU’s chief communications officer and author of “Jack Cristil: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs,” first published in 2011 and now being released in limited quantities as a revised edition by University Press of Mississippi.

Portions of the event will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, coordinators said.

Books will be available for purchase throughout the day courtesy of Lemuria Books and Mississippi’s independent bookstores. Authors will sign copies of their books at a signing tent immediately following their respective panel discussions.

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Greenan Completes 2015-16 Class With Pair Of Signees

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Building on an already stellar recruiting class, Mississippi State women's tennis coach Daryl Greenan announced the addition of two more newcomers to the Bulldog family on Friday.

New MSU center helps veterans start businesses

MSU News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:44am

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Entrepreneurs who are military veterans now have a new resource at Mississippi State to help get their businesses off the ground.

The university recently became one of five new locations for a Veterans Business Outreach Center that provides counseling, training and other resources to former service members seeking to launch their own commercial operations.

Designated to serve residents of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, the center is located next to campus in Suite 105D at 60 Technology Blvd. in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Park.

A grand opening is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at its office in the business incubator, where U.S. Congressmen Gregg Harper and Trent Kelly, along with Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office Director Janita Stewart will be keynote speakers. MSU President Mark E. Keenum and MSU College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald also will speak.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing $825,000 over three years to fund the center, a partnership between the College of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, along with MSU’s nationally recognized G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans.

The SBA now supports 14 such facilities nationwide, said MSU center director Mark Scott, a U.S. Army veteran and former Raytheon Corp. employee who said his office already has assisted more than two dozen clients in some way since opening its doors in May.

“Our mission is to aid the veteran who is transitioning out of the service, or the veteran who is already out of the service and wants to start a new business,” Scott said. Though some may never launch a business, all who visit the VBOC should be better prepared for the process, he added.

“There’s more to opening a business than hanging up a shingle and opening your doors,” Scott emphasized. “There are considerations like employees, taxes, insurance and many other things. We provide a lot of free resources to these veterans that can help them through the process.”

While the VBOC provides no grants or other funding sources, Scott said the staff will do everything possible to help clients identify avenues for accessing capital, including navigation of the bank loan process. Those already helped have represented businesses ranging from a bar to a fitness gym, he noted.

Franchises also are popular entrepreneurial options since they provide a structured business environment—and some even offer veteran-specific discounts for franchise fees.

Scott said spreading the word is key to the center’s mission, and he and others on the staff are working hard to let all interested former service personnel in the region know about their location.

He said many referrals also likely will come from through the SBA’s “Boots to Business” program, a two-day course offered by the Armed Forces’ Transition Assistance Program for those leaving active service. Other related SBA programs will be directing individuals to Mississippi State, as, of course, will the university’s College of Business and Montgomery Veterans Center.

A land-grant institution established in 1878 with the U.S. Military Academy as a model, Mississippi State has a long history of service and commitment to veterans. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 29th on its elite list of the 52 best national higher education organizations for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

Allison Pearson, the business college’s Jim Rouse Endowed Professor in Management, said the center is an excellent fit for the land-grant institution’s ongoing service mission.

“It’s a great opportunity to combine synergies at MSU,” said Pearson, who was a co-principal on MSU’s grant application for VBOC funding.

“The strength that Mark brings to the outreach effort, as a veteran and businessman himself, provides a great combination for what we want to help our veterans accomplish,” Pearson said. “We’re excited about the opportunity.”

For more about the VBOC at MSU, visit, The telephone number is 662-325-4990; the email address,

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Renfroe Promoted To Triple-A; Rooker Named Summer All-American

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:33pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Former Mississippi State baseball All-American Hunter Renfroe was promoted to Triple-A El Paso Wednesday afternoon, the San Diego Padres announced.

Ten TV Appearances Part of Bulldogs' 2016 SEC Slate

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:01pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A day after unveiling a challenging non-conference slate, Mississippi State found out it will have 10 television appearances, including a pair of ESPN2 contests, as part of its Southeastern Conference slate released by the league office Thursday evening.

Facts about rabies from MSDH

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 6:03pm
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the first rabies case in a land animal in Mississippi since 1961. The case was identified in a feral cat in Starkville described as a small, black and white kitten. At this point there is no ongoing public health risk.


  • Rabies is a viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies is commonly found in bats in Mississippi and has been found in feral and wild animals in bordering states in previous years. The university is working closely with the Department of Health and the Mississippi Board of Animal Health to ensure there is no ongoing public health risk.


  • Exposures to the rabid cat were reported in downtown Starkville and in a remote area in the general proximity of paved and developed portions of the Thad Cochran Research Park near the MSU campus. Health officials urge anyone who may have been bitten or scratched by a feral cat matching this description in either of these areas within the past 10 days to contact their primary healthcare provider or the Mississippi State Department of Health. Rabies is completely preventable if post-exposure shots are administered after contact with a rabid animal.


  • To protect yourself, make sure your domestic dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies at three months, one year later, and every three years thereafter. Never handle or touch feral animals, animals you do not know, or wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes and coyotes that can carry rabies. If you see a feral animal acting strangely, contact your local Animal Control officials.

Soccer Hosts South Alabama To Open 2015 Season On Home Pitch

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 6:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fresh off an exciting preseason that saw Mississippi State claim two friendly victories, the Bulldogs kick off the 2015 campaign on the home pitch Friday with a 7 p.m. contest against South Alabama.

MSU fans seek to break GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title at Cowbell Yell

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:38pm
MSU football fans are encouraged to attend Cowbell Yell on Sept. 10. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Harriet Laird

MSU football fans are encouraged to attend Cowbell Yell on Sept. 10. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State football fans will attempt the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most people ringing cowbells simultaneously during the university’s Cowbell Yell event on Sept 10.

All fans—students, employees, alumni and the community—are encouraged to attend and help the university continue its record-setting reputation into the 2015 football season.

Cowbell Yell, the season’s kick-off pep rally co-sponsored by the MSU Student Association and Athletics, will begin at 9 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium and will feature the Famous Maroon Band, MSU spirit groups, the new Bully mascot Jak and a surprise guest. The stadium’s northwest Gate F will open at 7:30 p.m., and those with cowbells will be asked to enter specific portals for inclusion in the world record attempt.

Student Association President JoJo Dodd said, “I hope to see everyone there, cowbell in hand, to make history for our university. It’s going to be an incredible experience for all in attendance as we kick off football season.”

Dodd continued, “Mr. Steve Brandon is really the visionary behind this attempt. Without his efforts in fundraising and hand in organizing, the logistics of this would not be possible.”

Brandon is a 1972 and 1973 MSU graduate who was very involved during his years on campus. He served two terms as student director of Colvard Student Union and was a Student Association senator. 

Fans also will be the first to view the Bulldogs’ new “hype” video, hear from Coach Dan Mullen and several players, learn more about how to “Respect the Bell,” and be among those receiving 1,000 free t-shirts.

Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said, “So much of our success as a department is because of the outstanding fan and student support our teams receive. Students have taken great ownership in making the special atmosphere that now exists at Davis Wade and have created an incredible home field advantage, while remaining focused on honoring our tradition by respecting the bell. This event provides a great opportunity for our fans and students to prepare for another exciting home season.”

While there is no current record holder in this category, in order to set the record, MSU’s number must beat the current record for largest cowbell ensemble. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 1 that more than 1,000 people rang cowbells at a running race in Royal Oak, Michigan, but this record has yet to be verified. According to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the current record for largest cowbell ensemble is a gathering of 640 people in Switzerland on Sept. 6, 2009.

Following Cowbell Yell, the Student Association will present its annual Bulldog Bash on Sept. 11, featuring free live music in Starkville’s Cotton District from indie rock band Local Natives. Opening acts include alternative rockers X Ambassadors, indie pop band Misterwives and the winner of the SA-sponsored “Battle of the Bands.” The day also will include a Maroon Market with local food vendors, the annual Dawg Rally and other afternoon activities.

Paving project set for Buckner Lane on Friday

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:14pm

Buckner Lane paving project

A contractor will be paving Buckner Lane on the campus of Mississippi State University beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday [Aug. 21], as illustrated by the accompanying map.

One lane of the roadway will be closed at a time as each section is paved. The work is expected to take most of the day, and drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route if possible.

Thank you for your cooperation during this necessary roadwork.

MSU alumnus, award-winning fiction writer Brad Watson visits next week

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:42pm
Brad Watson

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Brad Watson

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State alumnus and award-winning novelist and short story writer Brad Watson will deliver a public reading Tuesday [Aug. 25] at the university.

Free to all, Watson’s presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Watson also will visit classes and interact with students during his campus visit.

Currently an associate professor of creative writing and literature at University of Wyoming, Watson is a native of Meridian who graduated from MSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literature from University of Alabama.

Watson is the author of “Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010), which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. He also was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2011.

His first published work, a short story collection titled “Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories by Brad Watson,” received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997.

Another of Watson’s novels, “The Heaven of Mercury” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2002), received the 2003 Southern Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and was a 2002 National Book Award in Fiction finalist.

Prior to joining the University of Wyoming teaching staff in 2005, Watson held visiting writer-in-residence positions at the University of West Florida, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi and University of California, Irvine.

Additional information about Watson’s visit may be obtained from Michael Kardos, MSU associate professor of English, at 662-325-3644 and

Learn more about MSU’s English department at

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"Relentless: MSU Football" Debuts in September on

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:58pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – "Relentless: Mississippi State Football," a new weekly show produced by Hail State Productions chronicling the 2015 Bulldog season from behind-the-scenes coverage to exclusive interviews makes its debut in September only on

MSU Staff Council invites staff to 'Get the Scoop!'

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:52pm

Mississippi State staff are invited to stop by and meet their MSU Staff Council representatives and learn more about the council's activities during a meet-and-greet on Aug. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center's Parker Ballroom.

Attendees will be able to make their own mini-sundaes with MSU ice cream and an assortment of toppings.

MSU among coalition stressing suicide, alcohol-abuse prevention

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:52am
Mississippi Coalition of Partners in Prevention

Contact: Georgia Clarke

Mississippi Coalition of Partners in Prevention

STARKVILLE, Miss.—According to national statistics, suicides claim the lives of more than 41,000 people annually—and are the second leading cause of death on college campuses. Alcohol is the most abused substance.

As Mississippi State begins the 2015-16 school year, the Mississippi Coalition for Partners in Prevention is launching a media campaign to combat suicide and alcohol abuse.

As part of the 20-week campaign, the university and all of the state’s other public institutions of higher learning, as well as a majority of community colleges in the state, are being flooded with posters and social media messages providing helpful tips, statistics and positive messages information to incoming students. “Hotline” telephone numbers also are provided.

“Hopefully, blanketing the college-age student with prevention media messages will reduce these two high-risk behaviors,” said Joyce Yates, Mississippi State’s director of health promotion and wellness.

Regina Hyatt, who is in her first semester as the university’s new vice president of student affairs, said the campaign has the potential to make a significant impact.

“We want students to know the facts and we want them to reach out for help,” Hyatt said. “The Mississippi Coalition for Partners in Prevention campaign puts information in the hands of our students so they can make good decisions and know where to go for help.”   

For more on MCPP, visit

MSU’s department of health promotion and wellness provides weekly messages via Instagram @msuhealthpromo, Twitter @MSUHEW and Facebook at

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at

Bougard To Compete In IAAF World Championships

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:47am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After completing a successful season at Mississippi State that ended on the national stage, Erica Bougard joins Team USA to compete in the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

ZZ Ward to launch MSU 2015-16 Lee Hall performance season

MSU News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:43am
ZZ Ward

Contact: Sammy McDavid

ZZ Ward

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s 2015-16 Lyceum Series begins Sept. 3 with a concert featuring singer-songwriter ZZ Ward.

As with most Lyceum events, the performance begins at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased in advance via

MSU Music Maker Productions and the Student Association are co-sponsoring the campus appearance by Ward, a Pennsylvania native who began her musical career in 2007.

In 2012, she debuted both an extended-play album, “Criminal,” and album, “Til the Casket Drops.”

“Put The Gun Down,” her first single, broke into the Top 10 in early 2013 and remained there for 10 weeks. It also was a Top 40 entry on the Billboard Alternative chart.

Ward was featured at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Colorado and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, as well on a brief tour with rock guitar legend Eric Clapton. For more, visit

This year, the Lyceum Series is adding a mini-series offering to its traditional season ticket packages. The new package includes a choice of three programs at a discounted rate and with guaranteed reserved seating.

Following Ward’s appearance, five other Lyceum events are scheduled during the school year. They include:

—Oct. 20, L.A. Theatre Works, presenting Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Employing a hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative technology, the Los Angeles-based non-profit media arts organization keeps the venerable art form thriving.

—Dec. 9, National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, in a performance of “Peking Dreams.” One of China’s longest running and most distinguished circus troupes, it mixes circus arts and acrobatic entertainment to delight and astound children of all ages.

—Feb. 16, The American Shakespeare Center’s performance of “Henry V.” A regional theatre company based in Staunton, Virginia, ASC returns to campus to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and present his rousing story of England’s hero king and one of the greatest upsets in European military history.

—March 22, Ballet Memphis, in a presentation of contemporary original works. Nationally acclaimed for producing more original work than any other company its size, the Tennessee dance company has been recognized by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure.”

—April 21, The Delphi Trio, a chamber music group praised for beautifully blended sound, rich string tone, artistic piano skills and rhythmic flexibility.

Season tickets for the general public are $125; MSU employees and senior citizens, $105.

Coordinated by the MSU Performing Arts Committee, annual Lyceum programs are designed to expose residents of campus and surrounding communities to national and international artists in dance, music and theater. Follow the series on or

For more information on the 2015-16 events schedule, contact the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930 or The office is located in Colvard Student Union, Suite 314.

Support for the Lyceum Series also is provided by MSU’s Division of Student Affairs, Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, as well as Starkville arts patron Ida Cunetto. The performing arts committee also accepts tax-deductible donations via Lynn Durr of the MSU Foundation at 662-325-8918 or

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Mullen Previews Upcoming Football Scrimmage Under the Lights

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State football will go through its second scrimmage of preseason camp Thursday night and it will feature more game-realistic conditions, according to head coach Dan Mullen at his weekly media session.

Bulldogs Open SEC Schedule At Home Against Aggies

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - It won't take long for first-year Mississippi State coach Ben Howland to get a feel for how his team will respond on the road in league action, as the Bulldogs play three of their first five SEC games away from the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum.

Roberts Announces Addition Of Four Men’s Tennis Bulldogs

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 5:50pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Year two of the Matt Roberts era for the Mississippi State men's tennis Bulldogs is drawing near and with that comes Roberts' 2015-16 signing class, which features a wide range of talent from across the world. Roberts' announced the addition of four tennis stars to the Bulldog family on Wednesday.

Start your semester with Recreational Sports' fitness program

MSU News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:12pm

The Department of Recreational Sports' fitness program at Mississippi State has many opportunities for faculty, staff and students to get fit as the fall semester begins. It is a great time of year to take advantage of personal training, boot camps, group exercise classes, spin classes and AMPED cross-training classes.

Discover more at, or contact Adam Thigpen at
And remember to save the date for the 6th Annual Strength and Fitness Week at MSU, which will be held Oct. 26-31 at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center. Be on the lookout for additional information.

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