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Women’s Cross Country Earns Second At Panorama Farms

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 2:00pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – With the highest finish of the season so far, the Mississippi State women's team captured second place at the Panorama Farms Invite Saturday morning.

Bulldogs Earn Scoreless Draw With Volunteers

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With a raucous 1,053 fans packing the stands on a cool fall night, Mississippi State (3-5-2, 1-1-1 SEC) earned a scoreless draw with Tennessee (5-1-4, 1-1-1) to keep momentum building for the month of September.

Moore sprints into roping lead

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:06pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Timber Moore didn’t have much to stress about when he arrived at the American Royal PRCA Rodeo on Friday night.

He’s won more than $105,000 during the 2015 ProRodeo season and sits second in the world standings. He’s assured himself of a fourth trip to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the No. 2 tie-down roper on the money list.

Timber Moore

Timber Moore

None of that stopped him from trying to win in Kansas City. The 29-year-old cowboy roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to take the early lead at the American Royal with two more performances remaining – at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hale Arena inside the American Royal complex.

“I’ve already placed in Omaha, and now I’m winning Kansas City; it feels great to finish the year strong,” said Moore of Aubrey, Texas. “Hopefully things will keep going this way and try to win the world this year. Maybe we’ll keep picking away at them during the finals if things go my way.”

The NFR is rodeo’s super bowl and features just the top 15 contestants in each event in the year-end championship. This year’s finale features an unprecedented purse, with go-round winners earning more than $26,000 each for 10 straight nights.

Making the NFR is imperative for rodeo’s stars that make their living in the game they love. Yes, he made a good living this year, but traveling expenses covered a big portion of that money. There are no guarantees in rodeo; cowboys and cowgirls not only cover their own expenses, but they also must pay fees in order to compete.

“My year’s been great, but I owe it all to Colonel,” Moore said of his horse, an 11-year-old sorrel gelding. “He got a little sore during the summer, but he’s been great all year. Without him, it wouldn’t be possible.”

Moore competed Thursday in Omaha during the River City Rodeo, then made the short commute to the West Bottoms on Friday. He returns to Omaha on Saturday for another PRCA event, ending his season after traveling to 71 rodeos all across the country. Having a solid mount is key to any cowboy’s success.

“He’s got a good mindset,” he said of Colonel. “He’s a little smaller, more compact. He’s real quick footed and wants to stop fast and be quick. He makes things happen. Anymore the calf roping is so tough you’ve got to cut time off where you can, and he allows you to do it.”

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 25-26
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding:
1. (tie) Kyle Brennecke, on Frontier Rodeo’s Miss Garrett, and Devan Reilly, on Frontier Rodeo’s Lizzard Medicine, 81 points; 3. George Gillespie, 80; 4. Ethan Assman, 78; 5. (tie) Luke Creasy and Mason Clements, 76; 7. Tim O’Connell, 75.

Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Clayton Hass, 3.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Ryan Bothum, and J.D. Struxness, 4.0 each; 4. Casey Martin, 4.1; 5. Ryan Swayze, 4.2; 6. Dakota Eldridge, 4.3; 7. (tie) Jule Hazen, Josh Clark and Jacob Edler, 4.5.

Team roping leaders: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, and Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 4.6 each; 4. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 5.1 each; 6. Cale Markham/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.5; 7. Ty Bach/Allen Bach, 5.7; 8. Jesse Stipes/Tyler Worley, 6.2.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Dalton Davis, 81 points on Salt Creek Rodeo’s Campfire; 2. Chuck Schmidt, 79; 3. Tyrel Larsen, 75; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 7.9 seconds; 2. Caleb Smidt, 8.0; 3. Dillon Holder, 8.3; 4. Ryan Jarrett, 8.4; 5. Tuf Cooper, 8.5; 6. Monty Lewis, 9.0; 7. Kadin Boardman, 9.3; 8. Cade Swor, 9.6.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Vickie Carter, 14.34 seconds; 2. Deb Guelly, 14.48; 3. Jeanne Anderson, 14.55; 4. Layna Kight, 14.56; 5. Laura Kennedy, 14.63; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 14.66; 7. Marne Loosenort, 14.67; 8. (tie) Trula Churchill and Sherry Cervi, 14.68; 10. Ashley Baur. 14.69.

Bull riding: 1. Corey Atwell, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big Money; 2. Dallee Mason, 85; 3. Trevor Reiste, 81; 4. John Young, 79; 5. Kody DeShon, 76; no other qualified rides.

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Young Bats Shine As Maroon Takes Scrimmage Number Six

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:23pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Freshmen Luke Alexander and Cole Gordon each launch home runs as Maroon defeats Gray 6-2 in the Bulldogs sixth intrasquad scrimmage of the fall.

State Travels To No. 25 Auburn For SEC Road Tilt Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 6:16pm
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State seeks to climb back into the SEC Western Division race as the Bulldogs travel to face 25th-ranked Auburn at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday in a sold out Jordan-Hare Stadium.

MSU Crisis Action Team holds preparedness exercise

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:25pm
Todd DeMuth, exercise bureau director with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, facilitated at tabletop exercise Friday [Sept. 25] for MSU’s Crisis Action Team. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

Contact: Allison Matthews

Todd DeMuth, exercise bureau director with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, facilitated at tabletop exercise Friday [Sept. 25] for MSU’s Crisis Action Team. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Crisis Action Team held a tabletop exercise during its regular meeting this week to drill the emergency response skills of top administrators and key decision makers during a practice hypothetical scenario and training session.

The university’s Crisis Action Team meets regularly to ensure that members are prepared to respond to a variety of potential threats to the campus community. The most common type of threats include inclement weather incidents, but the team trains for a wide variety of other potential emergency situations.

“Without question, this type of complex, regular training and drills sharpen our university’s ability to respond decisively in times of threat or crisis,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “We’re committed to exploring ways that we can make our campus even safer. I appreciate the leadership of our Crisis Action Team as this process continues to grow and evolve.”

MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt said tabletop exercises and drills allow an opportunity to ensure the team’s processes and policies are working as they are intended to work. She noted that it is important for team members to spend time working with one another, learning strengths and opportunities, so they can operate well as a team in times of crisis.

“The adage ‘practice makes perfect’ is certainly applicable to our work as a Crisis Action Team. We hope to never have to use these procedures, yet we need to ensure that in times of real crisis they can be deployed effectively,” Hyatt said.

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Global Engagement Forum to examine Middle East and North Africa region

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:52pm

The International Institute at Mississippi State will host a Global Engagement Forum on the greater Middle East and North Africa region on Wednesday [Sept. 30] at 3 p.m. in room 210 in the Lloyd Ricks Watson building.

The forum will connect faculty with research and academic interest in the region, discuss funding opportunities and priorities, and learn about potential institutional partnerships. Faculty from the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures will also make a brief presentation on the university's new Middle Eastern Studies minor.

MSU faculty are currently working or interested in partnering with universities and research institutes in Turkey, Morocco, Jordan and Iraq.

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'Food Security for the Future Workshop' to focus on aquatic animal health

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:38pm

Seafood is an important component of global food security, but fish health infrastructure in many countries is often not established to support rapidly growing aquaculture industries, which can have devastating consequences.

On Oct. 22-23, Mississippi State will host a workshop titled, “Food Security for the Future: the Role of Aquatic Animal Health.” This workshop will focus on challenges and solutions for aquaculture in meeting the world’s future needs for food security, particularly on the role of aquatic animal health to ensure safe supply of seafood.

More information can be found at

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Fall flu shot clinics on campus begin Tuesday

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:34pm

University Health Services at Mississippi State will again offer a series of flu shot clinics on campus this fall.

Shots are available for adults, as well as for children who are at least 12 years old. The cost is $20. Cash, check or a personal Banner charge are accepted forms of payment. Please note that insurance will not be filed for this service.

Next week's clinics will be held:

* Tuesday [Sept. 29] -- Sanderson Center front foyer, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

* Wednesday [Sept. 30] -- Mitchell Memorial Library, 2nd floor lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Upcoming clinics include:

* Oct. 7 -- Dorman Hall, Room 110, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 13 -- Herbert Hall lobby, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 14 -- Drill Field - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain location: Longest Student Health Center classroom.)

* Oct. 20 -- Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, PACCAR Board Room, Research Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 21 -- McCool Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Oct. 27 -- Thompson Hall, Room 127, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 28 -- Lee Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Nov. 3 -- Hunter Henry Center, Room A116, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Nov. 4 -- Allen Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MSU earns national honor for diversity

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:23pm

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A national organization is recognizing Mississippi State University’s efforts to promote diversity.

Hyattsville, Maryland-based Minority Access Inc. will recognize MSU during its 16th annual National Role Models this weekend [Sept. 25-27] in Baltimore. A non-profit whose mission includes increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidents of environmental injustices, Minority Access Inc. honors institutions and individuals who have exemplified a commitment to diversity through expansion of opportunities available to the under-represented groups served by the institution or individual.

Specifically, the organization is recognizing MSU for its initiatives and programs such as the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the African American Studies Program and G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans.

It also applauded MSU for its efforts to recruit and retain minority students, as well as President Mark E. Keenum and other university leaders’ “clear commitment to diversity through goals articulated within the university’s strategic plan and by providing funding and support for diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus.”

“Diversity and inclusion remain hallmarks of Mississippi State University’s values,” Keenum said. “We’re grateful for this national recognition of MSU’s long commitment to those values. As MSU grows, it’s vital that we continue to create opportunities that allow us to attract a diverse and vibrant multicultural student body.”

Cedric Gathings, interim assistant vice president for multicultural affairs and director for the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, will accept the award for the university.

“As Mississippi’s leading institution of higher learning, MSU continues to be a catalyst for change, promoting advocacy, tolerance, respect, and appreciation within our community,” Gathings said. “We strive to prepare our current and future students, faculty and staff to become globalized citizens transforming environments, industries and vocations nationwide.”

Minority Access Inc. also has honored more than 400 individuals over the past 14 years as national role models, including Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. President; and Eric Holder, the first African American to hold the position of U.S. attorney general.

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Japanese linebacker at MSU gets first-hand view of U.S. football

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:53pm
Kentaro Kobayashi has enjoyed observing the MSU Bulldogs during his visit to campus this month. (Photo by Russ Houston)

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Kentaro Kobayashi has enjoyed observing the MSU Bulldogs during his visit to campus this month. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Experiencing a Mississippi State football game at Davis Wade Stadium is among students’ most cherished collegiate experiences. For Kentaro Kobayashi, a visiting Japanese student who has spent the month of September at MSU, watching the Bulldogs play has been an unforgettable part of a unique international experience.

Earlier this month, Kobayashi attended his first U. S. game when the Bulldogs played host to the Louisiana State University Tigers before a sold-out Davis Wade Stadium crowd of more than 65,000.

While it may have been his first game in this country, Kobayashi is no stranger to the sport. In Japan, he plays linebacker for the Kyoto University Gangsters, a member of the Kansai Collegiate American Football Association.

To help the team gain in-depth appreciation for the sport as played on this side of the Pacific Ocean, Kobayashi’s coaches selected various NCAA Division 1 programs and held a lottery among the players.

Through the process, each was assigned randomly a U.S. university to visit. While on campus, Kobayashi is observing football practices and games to learn more about the sport and take helpful knowledge back to his own team. Additionally, the trip is serving as a complete cultural exchange visit including English classes each morning.

While doing research about MSU and making preparations for his visit, Kobayashi discovered Chieko Iwata, MSU’s Japan outreach coordinator.

The outreach program is a collaboration among MSU’s School of Human Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York-based Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasia Institution in Seattle, Washington.

“Kentaro is living as a typical MSU student,” said Iwata, explaining that the experience is best described as “a team effort” for all involved.

She said human sciences administrators and faculty have been especially helpful. “As the hospitality state, they’ve rolled out the welcome mat, so to speak,” she added.

Kobayashi has been housed this month with an MSU student who is studying Japanese. To get around, he borrowed a bicycle from a faculty member. He has taken an English class for two hours each day and, most importantly, has observed Bulldog football practice nearly every afternoon.

In high school, Kobayashi played rugby. As a freshman engineering major at Kyoto University, he’s been involved with American-style football for about five months.

“Americans love football; it is big business here,” he observed. The game isn’t all he has taken in, adding: “Tailgating is a very big deal; it is like a big festival.”

He said the strength and endurance of the MSU players have inspired him to continue developing his own strength and stamina regimen.

“When I return home, I will share what I learned here at MSU,” Kobayashi said. “While individual strength is essential, I’ve also learned the importance of a strong team. That is something I would like to help continue to develop in our team back home.”

When Kobayashi does join other team members to describe their American experiences, his presentation probably will be unlike any of his peers.

In addition to explaining football strategies at Mississippi State University, he’ll be able to show his team his own autographed cowbell given to him by President Mark E. Keenum during a recent meeting in the chief executive’s Lee Hall office.

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Cross Country Set For Panorama Farms Invite

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A week after competing at the Commodore Classic, the Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams return to action Saturday to compete in the Panorama Farms Invite in Charlottesville, Va.

GlobeMed representatives leading session Wednesday morning

MSU News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:00am

GlobeMed representatives will present a session at Mississippi State on Wednesday [Sept. 30] from 11 a.m. to noon in room 210 of the Lloyd Ricks Watson building. Lunch will be provided to the first 45 people.

Representatives will be available from noon to 12:30 p.m. to speak with faculty, staff or students who were unable to attend the early session.

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. GlobeMed chapters partner with health organizations in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, contributing to one or more of six key areas of impact: maternal health; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; income generation; communicable disease prevention; and capacity building.

In collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), GlobeMed launched the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II). GHFP II helps develop talented global health professionals that improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health, and Nutrition programs. GHFP-II achieves this with fellowships and internships with USAID and its partners around the world.

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Mississippi State leverages power of storytelling on new social media hub

MSU News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:08pm
On MSU’s new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries. See

Contact: Harriet Laird

On MSU’s new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries. See

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Followers of Mississippi State on social media now can get all of their university news in one place at

On the new social-media hub, visitors can get quick information and learn more about every aspect of the university, from planning a first tour of campus to exploring the latest research discoveries.

“People want to know more about who we are, and we’ve added this new hub to give visitors a 360-degree view of our people, places, activities and accomplishments,” said Sid Salter, MSU’s ‎chief communications officer.

“The MSU experience is defined by our success stories,” Salter said. “When prospective students learn these stories, they not only want to be part of the tradition, but also the future of Mississippi State.”

MSU’s hub brings together on one site the latest MSU-related news from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. It also provides social media connections for university schools, departments, organizations and other units within the campus community.

The hub and revamped website tie into a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative that highlights university strengths including diversity, cross-campus collaboration, and a supportive and nurturing environment for students.

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.

“We’re growing in so many positive ways, not just in our enrollment but also in the number of high-quality students who are choosing to attend MSU,” said Salter. “We’re also seeing increased engagement from faculty, staff and alumni who are playing active roles in carrying the momentum forward. The new social media hub is one of the tools we’re using to let the world know that Mississippi State is a place where you can find more opportunities to lead, participate and excel.”

Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Jared Padgett

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 5:46pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase.

T.K. Martin Center to host ‘Glow on the Go’ fun run

MSU News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 5:32pm

Contact: Paige Watson

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability at Mississippi State University will be hosting its 4th annual ‘Glow on the Go’ fun run sponsored by Cadence Bank Friday, September 25.  

The center invites members of campus and those in surrounding communities to participate in the fun run hosted at the T.K. Martin Center. Open to individuals of all ages, the one-mile course will feature loud and wacky stations with volunteers from various campus organizations.

Director of the T.K. Martin Center Janie Cirlot-New said, “This is our fourth year to have the fun run, and not only is it a great fundraiser for Project IMPACT, it’s also a very fun activity for our families and staff.”

Race registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the fun run starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees are $20 for individuals, and $35 for an immediate family of two or more people.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the T.K. Martin Center’s Project IMPACT early intervention preschool program for children with special needs.

Cirlot-New added, “We appreciate the work of all the volunteers that make it such a great event, and we thank our sponsors for their generosity.”

In addition to being sponsored by Cadence Bank, the T.K. Martin Center and Day One Leadership Community at MSU serve as the hosts of the event.

Along with proceeds from the fun run, the center also accepts donations to its Project IMPACT program. To contribute, call 662-325-1028.

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Bulldogs Add TV Date, Finalize SEC Tip Times

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 4:14pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State finalized tip times for its final two Southeastern Conference contests as well as its non-conference finale against South Florida.

Experimental photography exhibit by Alabama artist opens at MSU

MSU News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 2:05pm
“Pinned” and other recent works by Birmingham Southern College associate art professor and photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 in MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

“Pinned” and other recent works by Birmingham Southern College associate art professor and photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 in MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Images by Alabama photographer Pamela Venz are on display through Oct. 30 at Mississippi State.

Titled “Looking Back to Go Forward,” the exhibition at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is free and open to all.

The gallery adjoins the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at 75 B.S. Hood Dr.

Focusing on such personal concepts as family and place, works of the Birmingham-Southern College associate art professor explore 19th century photography processes, as well as creations produced by X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging.

“Venz’s recent pieces are called alternative processes because the techniques are non-tradition to the digital age of photography,” said Lori Neuenfeldt.

As the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs explained, “When photography first was introduced in the 19th century, photographers used cyanotype, Van Dyke and tintype, typical to how one envisions Civil War era images.

“Often utilized today by artists because of the creative potential and ability to connect with the past, alternative processes have a haunting presence and can be manipulated into powerful imagery,” she said.

In addition to the art department, the exhibit is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

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The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is one of the several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit

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MSU Shackouls Honors College announces Classical Week 2015

MSU News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 1:57pm
For the third consecutive year, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is presenting an outdoor production for Classical Week. Free and open to all, this year’s performances take place Tuesday and Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

For the third consecutive year, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is presenting an outdoor production for Classical Week. Free and open to all, this year’s performances take place Tuesday and Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As part of its third annual celebration of Greek, Roman and other ancient-world cultures, Mississippi State’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College will present Aristophanes’ comedy, “Clouds.”

Free and open to all, the Tuesday-Wednesday [Sept. 29-30] performances will take place at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall.

First produced in 423 B.C. in the open air theater of Dionysus at Athens, the humorous play is one in which Aristophanes questions the proper content and purpose of education. His main character Strepsiades challenges popular philosopher Socrates with such ethical dilemmas as personal beliefs and reason, the nature of things and culture within, religious and scientific ideals, and the rights of a community and an individual.

In addition to blankets and chairs, patrons are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy during the performances.

“What is unique about this production is that the cast is made up of all first-semester freshman Honors College students,” said director and professor Donna Clevinger. “They are just discovering the world of performing arts, and it’s been very gratifying to watch their growth.”

“I encourage everyone to come see them perform and applaud them for their hard work,” Clevinger added.

Along with members of the Class of 2019, Clevinger expressed gratitude for the support of MSU classics assistant professor Salvador Bartera and religion professor Albert Bisson. Both lent their expertise to the play’s script and also provided feedback to students during rehearsals.

“Because this play is from another period, we had to make sure we transformed the script into a piece that would allow us to get the message out in a way that our contemporary audiences would understand and enjoy, so they could respond accordingly,” Clevinger said.

“Professors Bartera and Bisson have helped me a great deal, and we made a good team. Our production is certainly a collaborative piece,” she emphasized.

For more information about Classical Week 2015 and the “Clouds” performances, contact Clevinger at 662-325-2522 or

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Calhoun Named Semifinalist For 2015 Campbell Trophy

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:29pm
Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) named Mississippi State senior cornerback Taveze Calhoun a semifinalist Thursday for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy. The honor recognizes the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.


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