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

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

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The week’s events include:

Oct. 7—Wellness Wednesday on the Drill Field

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

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

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

Oct. 9—Pink Friday

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

For more details, contact Wilson at

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Breast cancer awareness Pink Dawg Walk returns to MSU

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

Contact: Georgia Clarke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gameday: No. 21 MSU, No. 14 Texas A&M Meet in College Station

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 3:00pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two of the nation's most explosive offenses collide in a Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown as No. 21 Mississippi State faces its second straight road test against No. 14 Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Kyle Field.

Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Noah Hughes

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:48pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase.

First female African American MSU architecture grad memorialized

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

Contact: Addie Mayfield

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Nashville, Tennessee, resident is honoring the memory of a family member who made history at Mississippi State.

Betsy Jackson, along with her siblings, recently established the Sheila Rene Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

In 1984, Sheila Jackson became the first female African American receiving a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture. She went on to a professional design career with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute, among other organizations.

“The School of Architecture is honored to be the recipient of this generous memorial scholarship,” said school director Michael Berk. “She was a pioneer in helping to break gender and racial barriers in the architectural profession, and remains an incredible role model for us all.”

Berk, who also holds the school’s F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship, said the Jackson Scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student completing the final year of the school’s traditional five-year undergraduate program. Among other criteria, preference will be given to female African American majors, he added.

“My sister believed in helping others,” Betsy Jackson said. “My siblings and I wanted to do something that would not only honor Sheila’s legacy at MSU, but also would do what meant the most to her, help others.”

Established in 1973, MSU’s architecture school offers the only accredited professional degree of its kind in Mississippi. Housed in downtown Jackson, the senior-year study requirement was the nation’s first self-contained, fifth-year program in the major.

For information on creating scholarships through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, contact Perry K. “P.K.” Thomas, the college’s development director, at 662-325-2464 or

For more about the School of Architecture and other College of Architecture, Art and Design academic programs, visit

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Tennis Set For 2015 ITA All-American Championships

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After almost a month off from the courts, the Mississippi State men's tennis team returns to the action for one of the biggest fall tournaments of the year as the Bulldogs compete at the 2015 ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

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

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

The Center for Teaching and Learning at Mississippi State will offer "CTL 101: Best Practices in Online Instruction" from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8.

The online course will highlight best practices in online education for both experienced and first-time instructors. It is designed to address critical issues in online delivery that are key elements of quality instruction.

The training will be taught completely online using myCourses — — over the four-week period. Completion of this course leads to CTL certification in distance instruction.

Space is limited to 15 participants in each session. To register, please visit

If you would like additional information about this course or require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Linda Morse at 662-325-2083 or

Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Jazz at Renasant’

MSU News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:08pm
Charles E. “Charlie” Sorto, a senior music education major from Pontotoc, performs at the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra’s annual Jazz at Renasant concert last year. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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Charles E. “Charlie” Sorto, a senior music education major from Pontotoc, performs at the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra’s annual Jazz at Renasant concert last year. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.— The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra will present “Jazz at Renasant” during a Tuesday [Oct. 13] evening concert at the city’s Renasant Bank plaza.

Free and open to all, the 6 p.m. outdoor performance sponsored by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association features a nine-piece band and vocalists performing jazz, swing, blues, Latin and ballad standards.

Vocalists include MSU assistant professor Tara Warfield, lecturers Jeanette Fontaine and Chris Jordan, senior music education major Corinne D. “Cori” Reece of Aberdeen and junior music major Abby L. Weinstein of Marietta, Georgia.

Other soloists include associate professors Richard Human and Cliff Taylor, also MSU associate director of bands, on trombone; instructor Sheri Falcone, Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School band director Doug Thomas, and senior music education major Tyler J. Stallings of Pontotoc, on saxophone; Myra Wingo, MSU summa cum laude music education graduate now teaching at Richland Elementary School in Richland, on piano; James Nail, MSU music graduate and serials specialist in Mitchell Memorial Library’s Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review, on bass; and senior music education major Kevin R. West of Byram, drums.

Michael Brown, MSU music professor and SSO music director, will play trumpet and conduct the band.

Selections for the evening concert include “Take the A Train,” “The Nearness of You,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Round Midnight,” “Blues in Hoss Flat,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “Misty.”

The bank is located at the intersection of East Lampkin and South Montgomery streets.

Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to lawn chairs and blankets, patrons are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy during the twilight performance.

For additional concert information, contact Brown at 662-325-3070 or

Founded in 1969, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose members work to educate, enlighten and share classical music with the city, university campus and other communities in the Golden Triangle region. Producing high-quality musical events and increasing awareness for the arts are its primary missions. For more, visit and

In addition to MSU and the City of Starkville, major association contributors include the J.W. Criss Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Renasant Bank, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus-based Gildea Foundation.

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

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Branco wrestles to the lead

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:16pm

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Stan Branco makes no bones about his 2015 ProRodeo season.

“I just wasn’t bulldogging good enough,” said Branco, a 29-year-old steer wrestler from Chowchilla, Calif.

He kicked off his 2016 season on the right foot Thursday night with a 4.1-second run to take the early lead at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo in Hempstead.

Stan Branco

Stan Branco

“I rodeoed most of ’15 and came home early,” he said. I wasn’t winning like I needed to. If I start off winning now, it’ll hopefully start the year off right and I won’t be home in December next year.”

Each regular season runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30, and only the top 15 on the money list in each event advance to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. It’s not only the cream of the crop in the sport, but it also features the biggest purse in rodeo.

“That’s where you make money,” said Branco, who earned a spot among the elite steer wrestlers at the NFR in 2013 and finished the season ninth in the final world standings. “It took a lot of money to make it to the NFR this year. The money is really spread out, and a lot of guys can dang sure bulldog.”

In fact, steer wrestling might be one of the toughest events in which to qualify for the finale, so getting an early start is key. Of course, competing in top form is also a must in the discipline, where proper technique often is matched with powerful men.

“Bulldogging used to be the place to get the aggression out,” he said. “I’m trying to get some of that back. I roped calves and team roped my whole life, and bulldogging is something more like football.”

Standing 6-foot-4, Branco weighs in at 260 pounds, and he looks like he could easily fit into an NFL lineup.

“The biggest thing for me before was the fight of it,” he said. “I need to get some of that back.”

It seems as though he’s well on his way.

Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 1-3
Hempstead, Texas
Bareback riding:
1. Winn Ratliff, 82.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Touched By An Angel; 2. Matt Bright, 80; 3. Richmond Champion, 78.5; 4. Scotty NeSmith, 78; 5. Kody Lamb, 77.5; 6. Anthony Thomas, 74.

Steer wrestling: 1. Stan Branco, 4.1 seconds; 2. Cody Doescher, 4.2; 3. Logan Glendhill, 4.4; 4. Clayton Hass, 5.0; 5. Wade Steffen, 5.1; 6. Shayde Tree Etherton, 5.5; 7. Wyatt Carney, 6.3; 8. Daryl Joe Elliott, 7.0.

Team roping: 1. Cord Crowell/Trey Carter III, 5.2 seconds; 2. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 5.5; 3. Tyler Waters/Steve Northcott, 5.6; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 77 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sky Bow; 2. (tie) Isaac Diaz, Alex Wright and CoBurn Bradshaw, 73; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Ace Slone, 10.0 seconds; 2. Trent Walls, 16.0; 3. Riley Lambert, 26.4; no other qualified times.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Brittany Grant, 15.40 seconds; 2. Tiffani Sonnier, 15.44; 3. Shelby Garcia, 15.68; 4. Jennifer Epps, 15.71; 5. Jill Tanner, 15.74; 6. Susan Liggitt, 15.88; 7. Lauren Davang, 20.63; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 21.21; 9. Sherrylynn Johnson, 22.24.

Bull riding: 1. Tim Bingham, 83.5 points on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Cash Daddy; 2. Ardie Maier, 79; no other qualified rides.

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Bulldogs Close Out Nine-Match Roadtrip At No. 21 Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 8:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to keep their momentum rolling after an impressive win Sunday in Oxford, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (11-4, 1-1 SEC) close out a nine-match road stretch at the No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats (9-5, 2-0 SEC) on Friday.

Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Brant Blaylock

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 7:12pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase.

Women’s Tennis Set To Travel To Purdue Invite

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 6:45pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a two-week break, the Mississippi State women's tennis team returns back to action in the Purdue Invite this weekend in Lafayette, Indiana.

McGee joins Mississippi State alumni staff

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

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Casey McGee (Photo by Russ Houston)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on the MSU Alumni Association, visit

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MSU administrators, faculty named SEC academic leadership fellows

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

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

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

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

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

The MSU honorees include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Soccer Heads to College Station For SEC Battle With Texas A&M

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:00pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Coming off one of the most successful months in program history, the Mississippi State women's soccer team heads into October looking to keep the winning trend alive as the Bulldogs (3-5-3, 1-1-2 SEC) travel to Texas A&M (9-3-0, 2-2-0 SEC) for a pivotal conference clash.

"Relentless" MSU Football Episode V Now On Demand On

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:55am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The fifth episode of "Relentless," a new weekly show produced by Hail State Productions that chronicles the 2015 Mississippi State football season, is now available on demand on

Benefits open enrollment underway

MSU News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 1:00am

Starting Thursday [Oct. 1], benefits open enrollment will be available for eligible Mississippi State University employees. Open enrollment is required only if you are adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage. If you aren’t adding new coverage, changing existing coverage or canceling coverage, you do not need to participate in open enrollment, and your current benefits will continue into 2016.

The Human Resources Management (HRM) Web site -- -- provides information and resources needed for Open Enrollment.

For those who do not have access to a computer, please visit HRM in person at McArthur Hall, Room 150, or call 662-325-3713 to obtain this information.

Off-campus open enrollment options include:

Central Mississippi Research and Extension, Raymond
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Verona
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
3-6 p.m.

Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
1-3 p.m.

All online elections must be completed by Oct. 25. Completed application forms must be received by HRM on Oct. 31 to be effective for 2016.

There are three ways to complete the open enrollment process:

Online Open Enrollment: Step-by-step instructions for completing Online Open Enrollment are available on the HRM Web site -- -- during the open enrollment period Oct. 1 through Oct. 25.

HRM Benefits Staff: If you need assistance from the HRM Benefits Staff, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 662-325-3713. The Department of Human Resources Management, 150 McArthur Hall, will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to assist employees as needed.

HRM Web site: You may refer to the HRM Web site,, to obtain product information and appropriate forms in the benefits section.

Mike Smith Continues Hot Streak In 11-3 Blowout

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 9:58pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Maroon exploded for a nine-run second inning on its way to an 11-3 rout versus Gray Wednesday evening in Mississippi State's ninth scrimmage of the fall.

MSU nutrition graduate students to compete in RICE Bowl

MSU News - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 5:31pm
The second RICE Bowl will take place in Jackson on Oct. 27.

Contact: Georgia Clarke

The second RICE Bowl will take place in Jackson on Oct. 27.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Three Mississippi State University graduate students will travel to the state capital Oct. 27 to take part in the second RICE Bowl.

An interdisciplinary health-care competition whose title is an acronym for Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience, the 5:30-7:30 p.m. event takes place in the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s conference center at the Jackson Medical Mall.

Interested members of the general public are being encouraged to attend both the competition and reception that follows at the location. 

All pursuing master’s degrees and serving as dietetic interns in the food science, nutrition and health promotion department, the MSU team includes Tiffany M. Mihaliak of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Kayla E. Proctor of Ocean Springs; and Brooke A. West of Ashburn, Virginia.

Proctor is pursuing her third degree in the academic major from MSU, with a bachelor’s degree completed in 2013 and her first master’s the following year. Mihaliak is a graduate of West Virginia University; West, Virginia Tech University.

The Rice Bowl again is organized by UMMC’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and Office of Population Health. The challenge was designed to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students from multiple disciplines working in teams to address complex rural health issues.

In addition to MSU and UMMC, institutions represented this year will include Belhaven and Jackson State universities, Mississippi College and University of Mississippi.

“This is a great opportunity for graduate students and dietetic interns to practice their critical thinking skills while participating in a friendly multidisciplinary case study competition and working with graduate students in other healthcare disciplines,” said MSU professor Diane Tidwell.

Tidwell directs the department’s didactic program in dietetics. For more on the department, visit

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