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McFatrich Announces Anderton, Singleton And Warren As 2015 Team Captains

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:01pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A week remains until a new era of Mississippi State volleyball kicks off at Newell-Grissom. With Aug. 28 rapidly approaching, coach David McFatrich has named his team captains for the 2015 season.

Soccer Falls 2-1 To Murray State

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman Kiley Martens recorded her first collegiate goal, but Mississippi State was unable to capitalize as a second-half penalty kick proved to be the difference with Murray State escaping the MSU Soccer Field with a 2-1 victory.

Soccer Looks To Bounce Back Sunday Against Murray State

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 2:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a heart-breaking loss on opening night, Mississippi State wraps the opening weekend of soccer on Sunday as it hosts Murray State at 1 p.m. from the MSU Soccer Field.

MSU’s Valiant Effort Falls Short In 1-0 Defeat to South Alabama

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A solid effort on opening night wasn't enough for Aaron Gordon's squad as Mississippi State fell 1-0 to South Alabama in front of a crowd of 1,088 at the MSU Soccer Field.

Men and Women of Color Summit takes place Aug. 27-28

MSU News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:17pm

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Three leaders in business and government will be featured speakers next week at Mississippi State’s first combined Men and Women of Color Summit.

Taking place Thursday and Friday [Aug. 27 and 28], the summit is organized by the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. More than 700 are preregistered. Organizers said that preregistration has closed, but participants still may register at the door.

“Reframing the Dialogue around Men and Women of Color: Academic Success in Higher Education” is the theme for the free event at the new Mill at MSU Conference Center on Russell Street.

Speaking Friday morning [the 28th] will be Albert J. Williams, an MSU alumnus now president of the Chevron Pipe Line Co., and La Doris Harris, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Lori Harper, vice president for supply chain management with Ingalls Shipbuilding, will address that day’s luncheon.

The Friday schedule gets underway at 8 a.m. with greetings by MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president.

“At Mississippi State, we consider diversity both a point of pride and a reason for our success as an institution,” said Cedric Gathings, interim assistant vice president for multicultural affairs. “Events like the Men and Women of Color Summit expose our students of color to people who once were in their shoes and made the most of their opportunities.”

Gathings predicted participating students “will be inspired by the wisdom and success stories of our presenters.”

Summit chair NaToya Sanders said the program is specifically designed to engage minority students with faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and others interested in dialogue about critical issues related to academic and professional success.

Sanders, OIDI’s recruitment, retention and program specialist, said activities begin at 6 p.m. Thursday [the 27th] with an Empowerment Dinner, also at the new conference center.

Friday workshops and discussion panels will address issues ranging from higher academic achievement, time management and health to strategies and solutions for minorities dealing with law enforcement.

Sanders said her office began sponsoring separate summits for men and women of color in 2012 after campus enrollment statistics indicated low retention rates among minority students. Support for the events are provided by offices of the President and Provost.

As she explained, a snow threat earlier this year forced cancellation of the women’s summit and resulted in its rescheduling with the men’s program planned for this month.

Sanders expressed excitement at the prospect of witnessing the dynamic created by having both male and female perspectives represented at a single gathering.

“We hope the students leave feeling empowered,” Sanders said. “I tell students all the time, ‘I’m inspired by the speakers, so I know you will be.’”

During Thursday’s dinner, MSU also will recognize six alumni and faculty for high achievements in leadership, innovation, public service and contributions to a better society. The honorees include Linda Cornelious, Marilyn Crouther, Sebetha Jenkins, Albert J. Williams, Wanda Williams and Camille Scales Young.

For more information on the OIDI, visit www.oidi.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Christina Richardson Joins Hail State Hoops

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer added additional Division I experience to his Hail State Hoops staff with the addition of Christina Richardson as the program's graduate assistant.

Fan Day, Yard Sale Set For Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:29pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State supporters can meet the 2015 Bulldog football, soccer and volleyball teams at the annual Fan Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 22, inside the Palmeiro Center.

Updated Stats: 26 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

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

MSU to be well-represented Saturday at Mississippi Book Festival

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

Contact: Allison Matthews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also:

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

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

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

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

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

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Greenan Completes 2015-16 Class With Pair Of Signees

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

New MSU center helps veterans start businesses

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

Contact: Zack Plair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more about the VBOC at MSU, visit, www.vboc.msstate.edu/~vboc/index.php. The telephone number is 662-325-4990; the email address, vboc@business.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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 MKardos@english.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s English department at www.english.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

"Relentless: MSU Football" Debuts in September on HailState.com

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 HailState.com.
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