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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).

Complete information about the academic units is found at, and

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

Additional gallery information is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or

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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.

Soccer Set For SEC Home Opener With Tennessee and Missouri

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to continue the recent winning trend, the Mississippi State women's soccer team (3-5-1, 1-1 SEC) hosts two Southeastern Conference opponents this weekend as the Tennessee Volunteers and Missouri Tigers come to town.

Updated Stats: 26 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:00pm
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 Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Please tweet any corrections to @HailStateBB

"Relentless" MSU Football Episode IV Now On Demand On

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:55am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The fourth 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

Warren Tallies Career-High 23 Kills, MSU Falls To UA, 3-1

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:57am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Despite an astonishing performance from senior Alex Warren, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1 SEC) couldn't withstand a Crimson Tide rally, as Alabama (6-8, 1-0 SEC) defeated MSU 3-1 Wednesday night.

The High Price of Health Care Illiteracy

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 4:01pm
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Choosing the right health insurance plan is one of the most important decisions Americans make each year. Yet, many do not set aside enough time to educate themselves about their health care options to ensure they select the right insurance coverage that will help avoid costly mistakes down the road. For more information, visit

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Lighting Tips for Your Media Room

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:58pm
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(NewsUSA) - Now that football season is underway, is your media room up to the task of hosting fans and providing the best atmosphere for cheering on your team to victory? The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers great play-by-play tips to light your media room effectively.

Reduce Glare on More Than Just Your TV

Brent Protzman, manager of energy information and analytics for Lutron Electronics Company Inc., says Lutron conducts extensive research to determine how lighting and shading controls influence visual entertainment. Often, people like to check their fantasy football teams or catch highlights on their laptop, tablet or smartphone while still watching the game on TV.

Protzman says, "Glare from the amount of daylight can be overwhelming on these devices. The trick is to lower shades and dim overhead lights to make it easier to do tasks."

Joe Rey-Barreau is an education consultant for the ALA and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky's School of Interiors and College of Design. Rey-Barreau says, "Using different lighting layers is always the best option for media rooms. A single lighting layer could be fixtures that are of the same type. For example," he explains, "one layer could be recessed lighting in the media room, another layer could be wall sconces, a third layer could be an integrated architectural lighting system such as a cove or niche."

Adding three layers of light, along with dimmers, gives homeowners the maximum level of control with their lighting, which effectively illuminates the room without too much glare.

Dim the Light to Your Personal Preference

Light fixtures, such as pendants and glass globes tend to create bright spots in a room, which can be problematic for viewing television screens with direct glare and reflections on the glass. To create the perfect viewing atmosphere, Protzman suggests dimming light fixtures to a very low level. "Your eyes will be able to quickly adjust and adapt to the changes in light levels," he says.

According to Protzman people tend to perceive smaller decreases in light level than what really changes. This means if you dim a light by what seems to be 30 percent in brightness, you will actually reduce the light level by as much as 90 percent. Not only do light dimmers allow you to create a media space to your liking, but, as an added bonus, they save energy as well.

To receive the best product selection and professional expertise, visit your local ALA-member retailer for media room lighting options.

For a list of ALA-member showrooms, please visit

Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Ethan Small

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:48pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase.

MSU observatory invites all to view total lunar eclipse, supermoon

MSU News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:10pm

Contact: Georgia Clarke

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Golden Triangle residents and others interested in having a telescopic view of a rare total lunar eclipse are invited Sunday night [Sept. 27] to Mississippi State’s Howell Observatory.

Organized by the university’s physics and astronomy department, the free event takes place 8-10 p.m. on grounds of the Leveck Animal Research Center, usually referred to as the South Farm. Rain or heavily overcast skies will cancel the viewing.

The eclipse is scheduled to reach its midpoint at 9:47 p.m.

During the eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon will align and cause Earth’s shadow to block the sun’s light that normally reflects off the moon. Sunday’s coincidental supermoon should further enhance to the heavenly display.

The last supermoon eclipse combination took place more than 30 years ago; the next will be in 2033.

To reach the observatory, turn south off Blackjack Road at the Stone Boulevard intersection, which is just east of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Then, travel on Stone Boulevard Extended for two miles and follow signs to site.

For more information, contact assistant professor of astronomy Angelle Tanner at 662-325-4112 or

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Suicide survivor, prevention advocate to speak next month at MSU

MSU News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Dese’Rae L. Stage visits MSU on Oct. 8 for a presentation on surviving a suicide attempt and to discuss her Live Through This project.

Dese’Rae L. Stage visits MSU on Oct. 8 for a presentation on surviving a suicide attempt and to discuss her Live Through This project.

Contact: Georgia Clarke

A widely recognized photographer and suicide-prevention advocate will share the work of her national Live Through This project during an Oct. 8 program at Mississippi State.

Free to all, Dese’Rae L. Stage’s presentation on surviving a suicide attempt and related matters will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bill Foster Ballroom of the university’s Colvard Student Union.

Stage’s nine-year struggle with self-injury and an abusive relationship ultimately led to a suicide attempt. After recovering, she went on to found Live Through This with the goal of openly addressing what for many is an unmentionable subject.

The project features a collection of portraits and accompanying suicide-attempt stories told by survivors. It also encourages distressed individuals to seek help immediately while aiding others in spotting the warning signs during daily interpersonal encounters. For more, visit

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, resident, Stage is a frequent speaker at institutions of higher learning and other organizations nationwide. She has been featured in numerous publications and on various broadcast news programs.

The MSU Connection Project, a multidisciplinary program that works to help prevent suicides, is a primary sponsor of her visit.

Funding for this and related campus programs is made possible through a three-year, $304,000 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant from the federally supported Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more, see

Kim Kavalsky said suicide “is the second leading cause of death among college students.

“We know suicide is preventable so it is vital that we raise awareness on this issue by educating the community on warning signs and discussing the suicide prevention resources available,” MSU’s mental health outreach coordinator added.  

Michael Nadorff, an MSU assistant professor of psychology, praised Stage for “breaking down the walls of stigma and shame that keep those who have considered or attempted suicide hidden, and in doing so is demonstrating that there is hope, and that recovery is possible.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The campus mental health outreach program is part of MSU Counseling Services that may be reached at 662-325-2091 or

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#HailStateHoops To Host Walk-On Tryouts

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:16pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Excitement around Mississippi State women's basketball is at an all-time high following a historic 2014-15 season. Current Mississippi State students interested in joining Hail State Hoops have the opportunity to try out for a walk-on position Oct. 12 in Mize Pavilion.

Qualifiers ready for circuit finals

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:44am

DUNCAN, Okla. – For 24-year-old Brodie Poppino, there are a lot of goals he has set for his ProRodeo career.

In his two seasons in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, he has accomplished some of them. In 2013, he was the steer roping rookie of the year and qualified for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. In 2014, he returned to the circuit finals and also qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

This year, he’s closing in on another major goal: Winning the Prairie Circuit title.

Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino

“To me, the Prairie Circuit is really important, especially in steer roping without a whole bunch of rodeos out there for us,” said Poppino of Big Cabin, Okla. “Oklahoma and Kansas are some of the bigger areas in the steer roping industry. To me, it’s more of a prestigious deal to be able to go to those events, and the chance to compete for the circuit title is big.”

The Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15-Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan. It will feature just the top 12 contestants in each event who have qualified through the regular season on the Prairie Circuit, made up primarily of events in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Steer roping, which will feature the top 15 cowboys, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Poppino is No. 1 in the standings with $13,449 and owns a $2,000 lead over the No. 2 man, Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla. The No. 3 man is Rocky Patterson, a three-time world champion from Pratt, Kan. They are among three circuit finalists who also have competed at the NFSR, joining J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw, Okla.; Ralph Williams of Skiatook, Okla.; Chet Herren, Brady Garten and Rod Hartness of Pawhuska, Okla.; and Brady Garten of Claremore, Okla.

“There’s good money up in Duncan, plus if you with them or get the chance to go to Torrington (Wyo.),” Poppino said of the site for the Ram National Circuit Finals Steer Roping. “That’s a big deal in the steer roping world. Plus, the majority of the Prairie Circuit guys are NFSR qualifiers ever year. That makes our circuit finals as prestigious as any event we can go to.”

That sentiment is echoed by all the contestants who will make their way to Duncan in mid-October. Poppino is among nine contestants who will all enter the finale in the standings lead, joined by bareback rider Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas; steer wrestler Stockton Graves of Alva, Okla.; header Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Okla.; heeler Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kan.; saddle bronc rider Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb.; tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla.; barrel racer Kim Couch of Rattan, Okla.; and bull rider Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla.

“This year I’ve got a chance to win the circuit,” Poppino said. “I’ve got two goals in that regard, to win the average in the circuit finals and to win the year-end title. That’s an achievement everybody wants to do, and I’m just blessed to be in that position.”

He is a second-generation circuit finals qualifier. Both his mother, barrel racer Tana, and his father, steer roper Marty, have been to the finale. Tana Poppino also is a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

“My dad has always stayed home and worked and just went to a handful of rodeos a year to try to make it to the circuit finals,” Brodie Poppino said. “He stays home and supports mom and me. He’s the backbone to everything we do.

“He does a lot of the tuning on the horses. I’m the roper; he’s the trainer. Mom’s attitude and optimism is just unreal. She can pick me up and make me feel unbeatable.”

That type of support is a major contributor to Poppino’s success. He loves the idea of carrying on a family tradition in Duncan.

“It’s really cool to go to a deal like that,” he said. “The people in Duncan appreciate us and show us that. They want us to be there. The people are super good to the cowboys.”

It all adds to the championship atmosphere that people in southern Oklahoma have come to expect.

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Making Halloween a Treat For Parents As Well As Kids

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:03am
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(NewsUSA) - For most parents, Halloween involves at least one (if not more) occasion to take their children trick-or-treating. Some parents may dread this task and prefer to be the one who stays home and hands out the candy, instead of hitting the street to go house-to-house with their children and their friends. But fear not, moms and dads: A few simple tips can make the evening a treat for you, too.

* Courtesy. Explain a few key points to your children. First, remind them to say thank-you and take a piece of the candy that's offered, even if it isn't their favorite or first choice, without digging around in the bowl. Second, show respect for the homes and yards of those you visit by staying on the sidewalk and not touching any flowers, pumpkins or other holiday decorations. Third, avoid houses with lights off, and don't knock or ring a doorbell more than twice.

* Control. Large groups of children can get out of control and can make it hard to maneuver around front doors. If you are one of the parents tasked with escorting a large group, divide the children into smaller groups of about 6 or 7, and send each to a different house, then have them switch houses. Tell them this method allows them to visit more houses more efficiently.

* Comfort. Some parents want (or are convinced by their children) to wear a costume. But don't sacrifice comfort. Your feet will thank you if you wear decent walking shoes or sneakers to chase your children along the street, and adult costumes that are overdone take away from the kids' outfits, so keep it simple. A funny hat or ears will go a long way. Bring something to drink if it's hot, or sunglasses if you are out with younger children before the sun goes down.

Parents who are smokeless tobacco users can easily enjoy the evening out with a portable spittoon accessory from FLASR. The FLASR portable spittoon is designed to fit into a shirt pocket, and its uniquely designed lid can be opened and closed with one hand for maximum discretion. Visit for more information about smokeless tobacco accessories.

Career in Sales Can Satisfy an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:01am
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(NewsUSA) - On average, over 533,000 new businesses were started each month in 2014. Clearly, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, but many Americans are still hesitant to become their own boss. While there are many avenues Americans can take to pursue passions and gain control of their career, one often overlooked possibility is being an independent sales agent.

Independent sales agents have the benefit of being able to work autonomously while still being a part of an established organization. Not to mention, these positions usually offer growth potential for income and career advancement. Though there are benefits to this type of work, it is still important for those considering this path to do their own due diligence to ensure that they find the right organization to support.

According to Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site with more than 74,000 independent sales agents in the U.S., here are some things to look for as you conduct your job search:

1. Financially strong companies and industry leaders: Just as a house needs a strong foundation, it is helpful to build a career with a strong, stable organization. Working for a company that offers positive brand recognition and trust provides credibility that could otherwise take a lot of time to develop.

2. Hands-on training and mentorship opportunities: Having the right support and resources is essential for success. When companies offer training and mentorship programs, it means they are invested in their employees.

3. Recognition awards and bonus programs: There is nothing better than working for a company that celebrates individual achievements. Recognition and bonus programs are two ways to know that hard work will be appreciated and contribute to career advancement.

4. Future market potential: Selling a product or service people want and need is a must for career advancement, but so is the future market potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for Insurance Sales Agents is growing at a 10-percent rate from 2012-2022. A market that is growing, or has growth potential, can help ensure your lasting success.

With these tips in mind, entrepreneurial job seekers should be on their way to having the freedom to balance work and personal life and set individual goals. For an independent sales agent, there is virtually no limit to what can be achieved.

Learn more about Aflac's independent sales agent opportunities at

Small and Hughes Combine For Nine Strikeouts In Fifth Scrimmage

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 9:20pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Ethan Small and Noah Hughes led Maroon to a 5-1 victory against Gray in Mississippi State baseball's fifth intrasquad scrimmage of the fall.


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