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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.

Former Gov. Haley Barbour to discuss, sign new Hurricane Katrina book

MSU News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:53pm

Contact: Brad Moreland

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will visit Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University next week as part of a national book tour.

Free and open to all, the Monday [August 24] event will take place from 2:30-5 p.m. in the third-floor John Grisham Room, where Barbour will discuss and sign copies of his new book titled “America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina.”

The 276-page personal memoir highlights the many leadership lessons Barbour learned and employed in a time of massive crisis.  

Barbour was assisted by contributing author Jere Nash. The book's foreword is by Ricky Mathews.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Purchases also may be made via Amazon at

“When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi on August 29, 2005, it unleashed the costliest and third-deadliest natural disaster in American history. Barbour had been Mississippi’s governor for only 20 months when he assumed responsibility for guiding his home state’s recovery and rebuilding efforts,” according to the book’s publisher, University Press of Mississippi.

For the book, Barbour and his colleagues interviewed more than 45 key people—local, state and federal officials to private citizens—who played pivotal roles in helping Mississippi recover following Katrina’s landfall.

The book discusses the special legislative session that allowed casinos to build on shore and the role of the recovery commission chaired by Jim Barksdale. Along with providing a behind-the-scenes description of work done with Congress to pass an unprecedented, multi-billion-dollar emergency disaster assistance appropriation, the book discusses the enormous roles played by volunteers in rebuilding the entire housing, transportation and education infrastructure of south Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.

Barbour, a native of Yazoo City, served as governor from 2004-12. In addition to two terms as the state’s chief executive, he is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former White House political affairs director.

For more information on the book signing or to request special assistance relating to a disability, contact Mandy Page at 662-325-0813 or  Additional event details also may be found at

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

Fred Ross Named To Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:50pm
Mississippi State junior wide receiver Fred Ross was one of 39 native Texans to be named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, SPORTyler announced Wednesday at its annual Football Kickoff Luncheon.

MSU Adds Keilani Ricketts To Coaching Staff

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:51pm
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