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Volunteers needed to work on Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home

MSU News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:52pm

Volunteers are needed to help build a home for a local family in need by participating in the Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity project.

Mississippi State students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering can view and sign up for an available shift at https://orgsync.com/56759/events or on the Maroon Volunteer Center website at www.mvc.msstate.edu. Shifts are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until November.

Campus groups interested in signing up to work as a team can contact Shayla Jefferson, AmeriCorps VISTA with the MVC, at scj68@saffairs.msstate.edu or 662-325-2150.

MSU Greeks raise $75,000 for Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity home

MSU News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:48pm
MSU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recently donated $75,000 for a new Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity home. Presenting a check to the committee recently were (l-r) Stevany Jackson; John Michael VanHorn, fraternity and sorority life assistant director; Jacqueline M. “Jacqui” Posley; Grace Wegener; Haley Watters; Grace Mangrum; Yeager Bass; Emily Ann Kirkland; Ja’Syon Charles; Jeremy Knott; Jackie Mullen, director of student activities; and ShirDonna Lawrence, fraternity and sorority life coord

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

MSU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recently donated $75,000 for a new Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity home. Presenting a check to the committee recently were (l-r) Stevany Jackson; John Michael VanHorn, fraternity and sorority life assistant director; Jacqueline M. “Jacqui” Posley; Grace Wegener; Haley Watters; Grace Mangrum; Yeager Bass; Emily Ann Kirkland; Ja’Syon Charles; Jeremy Knott; Jackie Mullen, director of student activities; and ShirDonna Lawrence, fraternity and sorority life coordinator.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Within a year, a Starkville family should be moving into a Habitat for Humanity-built home made possible with support provided by Mississippi State’s fraternities and sororities.

University fraternity and sorority members recently completed a fundraising campaign that raised $75,000 in donations.

John Michael VanHorn, MSU fraternity and sorority life assistant director, said he anticipates the construction project becoming a yearly partnership with the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity program.

Work on the building is expected to begin in September, with dedication of the residence taking place mid-spring, he added.

VanHorn emphasized that service is a cornerstone of Greek organizations. Fund-raising and home construction projects such as this provides fraternity and sorority members with special opportunities to leave a lasting impact on the community, he added.

“Our fraternities and sororities pride themselves on their various philanthropy and community service efforts, and this is a great way for our students to interact with each other while giving back to the community with one specific project,” said VanHorn, an MSU alumnus.

Joel Downey, Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity executive director, said home ownership is key both to personal financial stability and community development.

“What the university’s fraternities and sororities are doing is absolutely fantastic because they have stepped up and offered to raise funds and build a whole house,” Downey said. “The family who benefits from this new home is going to be able to look and say ‘This is what Mississippi State did for me,’ and that’s amazing.”

In addition to assistance from numerous campus and community volunteers, Downey said his organization is grateful for the annual support of covenant partners like MSU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity. As part of their Charity Classic football game, Kappa Sigma members have donated $20,000 each of the past five years to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity program, he noted.

To donate to this Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity project, visit www.habitat.greeks.msstate.edu or mail a check in care of Fraternity and Sorority Life, P.O. Box 5368, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

For more information on MSU fraternities and sororities or the new Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity project, visit www.greeks.msstate.edu. To contact the fraternity and sorority life office, telephone 662-325-3917. VanHorn also may be reached at jvanhorn@saffairs.msstate.edu.

Learn more about Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity by visiting www.starkvillehabitat.com, telephoning 662-324-7008 or emailing hhumanity@bellsouth.net.

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

Injuries sideline NFR hopes

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:28pm

The last week of rodeos was tough on a couple of bareback riders who were battling for qualifications to the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Canadian Luke Creasy suffered a broken left forearm that required surgery Tuesday, while Texan Matt Bright had a rib injury. It’s not the first bout with injuries this season for the two cowboys.

Luke Creasy

Luke Creasy

A few weeks ago, the right-handed riding Creasy broke the fifth metecarpal bone in his right hand and had surgery to repair the ailment. Sitting inside the top 20 all season, the cowboy – now living in Lovington, N.M. – knew he needed to keep riding if he wanted to earn his first trip to the NFR.

So he went back to work and tried to make a living riding bareback horses with his left hand. His plan was to do so until his injured finger was heeled enough so that he could begin riding with his primary hand wedged into the rigging. His return lasted just one event on the ProRodeo trail. Creasy broke his left arm in Douglas, Wyo., but not before earning an $85 check for finishing in a tie for sixth.

As of this week, he is 19th in the world standings. He still plans to make a run for the finals once his hand injury is ready.

Matt Bright

Matt Bright

Bright, of Fort Worth, Texas, had spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines this season because of groin injuries. He returned with a vengeance in July and had rapidly moved up the money list. He finished second in Cheyenne, Wyo., and won the average championship in Dodge City, Kan. He suffered either a separated or cracked rib this past weekend in Hermiston, Ore.

With a little more than a month left in the regular season, Bright has realized that his chances at the NFR are minimal. He has returned home to heal. If things go better than expected, he may make a late-season run at this year’s NFR.

For now, though, he sits 26th in the world standings and knows he can start the 2016 campaign in good standings while also allowing himself the time it takes to heal completely.

As with any athlete, cowboys rely on their bodies. With no guaranteed income, dealing with injuries comes down to making important business decisions.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU floral design team takes top national honors

MSU News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:49am
Mississippi State University seniors Renee Wright (center) and Camille Tedder (right) brought home the overall baccalaureate school award from the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. Tedder took top individual honors at the competition and earned a $3,000 scholarship to use toward her AIFD accreditation process. Both students work for University Florist on campus. Lynn McDougald (left) is the faculty adviser for MSU’s Student AIFD chapter.

Contact: Zack Plair

Mississippi State University seniors Renee Wright (center) and Camille Tedder (right) brought home the overall baccalaureate school award from the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. Tedder took top individual honors at the competition and earned a $3,000 scholarship to use toward her AIFD accreditation process. Both students work for The University Florist on campus. Lynette McDougald (left) is the faculty adviser for MSU’s Student AIFD chapter.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State seniors are top winners in a national floral design competition.

Camille Tedder of Jackson and Renee Wright of Douglasville, Georgia, received the overall baccalaureate school award at the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. The event was part of the organization’s 2015 national symposium in Denver, Colorado.

Both students are horticulture/floral management majors at the university. Tedder also is completing a double-major in business administration.

Their achievement represents the first time since 2013 an MSU team has won the top AIFD student prize, said Lynette McDougald. Since 2005, students at the land-grant institution have won five national titles, the AIFD student chapter adviser noted.

“It’s great to see this happen for these two students, and it’s great to see MSU’s program stand out on the national stage,” McDougald said.

Tedder received top individual honors, with highest overall scores and a first-place finish in both the body flowers and duplicate design categories. Additionally, she and Wright placed in the top 10 for bridal bouquets.

“Basically, you sit in a room for four hours and design constantly,” Tedder said. “It’s tough, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Tedder also won the professional organization’s first scholarship that provides $3,000 toward her AIFD accreditation process. The professional test will be given at next year’s symposium in Seattle, Washington, and the award covers the test fee and travel and hotel expenses, she said.

With the AIFD accreditation, Tedder expects to broaden her floral-design career marketability after graduation. She has big dreams, explaining how “it would be fun to design for high-end clients, and it would be cool to design for movie sets or TV shows.”

Tedder said her ultimate goal is “to open my own floral shop for special events.”

McDougald, an MSU alumna who holds AIFD accreditation, is a horticulture instructor in the plant and soil sciences department. She also directs the The University Florist, the department’s full-service flower shop that provides students with day-to-day work and management experiences.

McDougald said MSU’s student AIFD chapter has nearly 20 members and is the largest of 15 located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Tedder and Wright are among chapter members currently working at the campus florist.

A longtime faculty member, McDougald said the education and work experiences provided by the MSU program consistently produces graduates that go on to everything from opening their own floral shops to working with wholesale suppliers to special-events design careers. A number have even made their mark in the tough New York City market, she observed.

“We can place anybody; people are begging for our graduates,” McDougald said.

Wright, who is leaning toward a wholesale floristry career, praised the national student competition for providing a critical venue to network and market her skills to potential employers.

“I enjoy the competition, but I look at it from the standpoint of how it can help me later,” Wright said. “This year, I got two positive job leads.”

For more information on MSU’s plant and soil sciences department and its floral management and other academic programs, visit www.pss.msstate.edu/index.asp .

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

Softball Releases Fall Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:39am
Coming off its fourth straight season with an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Mississippi State softball program has announced its 2015 fall schedule.

Montgomery congressional collection announced at MSU

MSU News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:08pm
The late congressman and MSU alumnus G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery recently was honored with the opening of the Montgomery Congressional Research Collection at Mitchell Memorial Library. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r) Robert J. “Bob” Bailey, president emeritus of the Meridian-based Montgomery Foundation; Kyle Steward, MSU executive director of external affairs and former senior Montgomery staff member; U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper; and Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president.

Contact: Meg Henderson

The late congressman and MSU alumnus G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery recently was honored with the opening of the Montgomery Congressional Research Collection at Mitchell Memorial Library. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r) Robert J. “Bob” Bailey, president emeritus of the Meridian-based Montgomery Foundation; Kyle Steward, MSU executive director of external affairs and former senior Montgomery staff member; U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper; and Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Congressional Collection now is open to the public at Mississippi State.

On the Aug. 5 occasion—what would have been the former U.S. representative’s 95th birthday—the university formally dedicated the collection in its Congressional and Political Research Center at Mitchell Memorial Library.

University officials said the collection includes more than 1,200 cubic feet of correspondence, memos, speeches, floor statements, photographs and memorabilia about the longtime public servant and MSU alumnus who died in 2006 at age 85.

The files cover the Meridian native from his time at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, through his student leadership at then-Mississippi State College to his World War II military service in Europe, where was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor. The collection also highlights his public service career that began with a decade in the Mississippi Legislature, followed by 30 years in Congress that concluded with retirement in 1997. 

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, Montgomery’s 3rd District successor, joined with members of the Meridian-based Montgomery Foundation to help announce the collection’s formal opening.

Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president, said “from his years as a Mississippi State student throughout his lifetime, Sonny Montgomery was considered a leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of those he served.” 

Noting how the congressman’s “leadership and people skills served him well throughout his career,” Gilbert also praised Montgomery for being “a devoted and loyal friend of Mississippi State and one who frequented the campus throughout his life and whose legacy can been seen throughout the campus.” 

During his time in Washington, D.C., Montgomery gained an international reputation for his tireless work on behalf of American military veterans. In addition to visiting Vietnam repeatedly throughout the war and assisting in the return of prisoners of war, he most notably led in securing an extension of the G. I. Bill—an effort that his colleagues renamed the “Montgomery G. I. Bill” in tribute.  

Additionally, the collection illustrates the close friendship between Montgomery and former President George H.W. Bush. The two met on their first day in Congress in 1967 and remained friends for the remainder of the congressman’s life.

In his remarks, Harper praised Montgomery for serving the district and nation “with integrity, compassion and hard work.

“His efforts on behalf of our country’s veterans and the people of Mississippi are still realized today, and we are eternally grateful,” Harper said.

“Sonny loved Mississippi State University, and I know that he would be proud of the new G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Collection,” he continued. “I hope that this collection will be a reminder of Sonny’s esteemed public service for generations to come.”

The Congressional and Political Research Center is open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, visit http://library.msstate.edu/cprc/index.asp.

For more on the Mississippi State University Libraries, see www.library.msstate.edu.

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

 

#HailStateHoops Adds Another Ring To Staff With Addition Of Dionnah Jackson

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Vic Schaefer added another up-and-coming young coach and an additional championship pedigree to his Mississippi State women's basketball staff with the addition of Dionnah Jackson as an assistant coach.

The Drill moved to Aug. 24

MSU News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:57pm

The Drill at Mississippi State has been rescheduled for Aug. 24 from 5-6 p.m.

Students are invited to join the Student Association on the university's historic Drill Field next week as the 2015-16 academic year at Mississippi State is celebrated.

The university's annual welcome back pep rally will feature guest speakers including MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman and Men's Head Basketball Coach Ben Howland. The Famous Maroon Band, Spirit Groups, Bully, and Miss MSU Randi Kathryn Harmon also will be making appearances.

Free t-shirts and MSU ice cream will be available, and attendees can participate in the traditional signing of the MSU Creed.

MSU researcher: U.S. racial residential segregation evolving

MSU News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:32am

Contact: Carol Gifford

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Racial residential segregation in the United States is changing its form.

A new study co-authored by Mississippi State sociology professor Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi finds that, while neighborhood segregation declined between 1990-2010, segregation between suburbs and suburbs and central cities increasingly shifted the geography of exclusion from neighborhood-to-neighborhood to place-to-place.

Titled “Toward a New Macro-Segregation? Decomposing Segregation within and between Metropolitan Cities and Suburbs,” the report is featured in the August issue of American Sociological Review, a leading professional journal in the field.

“We are a diverse society and our racial relations reflect the places where we live,” said Parisi, director of the university’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, or NSPARC as it’s known to most.

Parisi said the study is different from traditional research that measures social distance between racial groups by neighborhood segregation levels.

Looking at segregation beyond the neighborhood scale raises important considerations that may apply to areas such as Ferguson, Missouri, he observed. Tensions are more likely to emerge in communities when the people involved come from places that are divided along racial and class lines, he added.

“At the end of the day, the story often comes down to place or race,” Parisi said.

“We need to ask whether the place or community has effective ways to deal with race,” Parisi continued. “Outsiders have different experiences and expectations when it comes to different racial groups based on how segregated the community is where they live.”

Even when racial segregation appears to have decreased in certain places, other factors may be in play, according to the veteran researcher. As an example, he cited Detroit, Michigan, where segregation between neighborhoods is declining, but the decline can be connected to a white-population exodus to the suburbs that has left a majority black population in the city.

In affluent suburbs surrounding older cities and other such places, policymakers may change the dynamics of the area through economic development or zoning, thereby attracting residents who are similar in socioeconomic and racial status, Parisi said.

The study also confirmed results that have been shown in decades of previous research on U.S. residential segregation. These include:

—The highest average segregation level is between blacks and whites;

—The lowest average level is between Asians and whites; and

—Hispanic-white segregation tends to fall between these two extremes.

Parisi coauthored the article with Daniel T. Lichter, professor of policy analysis and management and sociology professor and director of the Cornell Population Center at Cornell University, and NSPARC deputy director Michael C. Taquino, an MSU associate research professor.

Noting that race relations is among NSPARC’s signature research areas, Parisi said, “It’s important for us, as an interdisciplinary research center at MSU, to connect academic research to real-world issues.”

Racial relations will continue in news headlines and they are “an important topic for policymakers.” For that reason, he added, “We will continue to provide insight into the topic and make meaningful contributions to the current debate on racial relations in this country.”

For more about NPARC, visit www.nsparc.msstate.edu. Parisi may be reached at 662-325-9242.

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

MSU Gets Heady Performances From Freshmen To Down Memphis 2-1

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Propelled by headers from freshmen Carly Mauldin and Kennadi Carbin, Mississippi State earned a 2-1 win against Memphis Saturday night in front of an electric crowd at the MSU Soccer Field.

Cohen's Club Enjoys Successful Summer On The Diamond

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 7:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seventeen returning Mississippi State baseball players enjoyed successful summer ball campaigns.

Parking and transit changes in place for fall

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:48pm
New parking gates

New parking gates

MSU Parking and Transit Services is excited about the upcoming academic year and would like to welcome everyone back to campus. A few parking and transit changes have occurred over the summer.

Creelman St. and President Circle access

In an effort to increase pedestrian safety and in accordance with the Mississippi State University Master Plan, on Monday [Aug. 17], Creelman St. and President Circle will be closed to through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The McCarthy Gym and Allen East gated lots will be open for access for those with privileges to those parking lots. For those with McCarthy or Allen gated permits, parking gates are currently being installed on Creelman St. just east of Tracy Dr. and on President Circle north of Bully Blvd. The old parking gates at the entrances to the McCarthy and Allen West lots will be removed.

Between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., access into the Lloyd Ricks and Bell Island parking areas will only be from west Creelman Street via Stone Blvd.

Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit expands service area

In July, Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit (SMART) carried its one millionth passenger. During the same time, the system expanded in an effort to increase efficiency and enlarge the service area.

Routes not only connect campus to downtown Starkville and the Sportsplex, but there is now a Highway 12 route with direct access to The Mill at MSU terminating at Wal-Mart with stops at many of the retail areas along Highway 12.

The trolleys on the Old Main Express now also service the Historic Greensboro District and Patriots Park along the Avenue of Patriots. Many more exciting changes have occurred and for more information and live tracking of the buses, please visit www.smart.msstate.edu.

Parking and Transit Services is here to serve you. If you are ever in need of parking or event assistance, please call Parking Services at 325-3526 or visit www.parkingservices.msstate.edu.

For help or for information about transit services or SMART, please call 662-325-5204 or visit www.smart.msstate.edu.

MSU invites all to first ‘Great Chalk Walk’

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:38pm
Interested members of the campus and surrounding communities are being invited Thursday [Aug. 20] to the first Great Chalk Walk organized by MSU’s art department and Ladies Social Circle organization.

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Interested members of the campus and surrounding communities are being invited Thursday [Aug. 20] to the first Great Chalk Walk organized by MSU’s art department and Ladies Social Circle organization.STARKVILLE, Miss—Mississippi State’s art department and the university’s Ladies Social Circle organization are announcing the inaugural Great Chalk Walk.

Taking place Thursday [Aug. 20] in front of the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Dr., the free 4-6 p.m. event is open to all interested members of campus and surrounding communities.

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to create colorful, large-scale chalk art pieces designed to brighten a major thoroughfare leading to campus.

Chalk and sidewalk spaces will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments also will be served.

Art department students, faculty and staff will be on hand to assist participants, and share information about the academic unit’s diverse curriculum and programs.

“We want to show new students and others the main route that connects downtown businesses with the campus and also introduce them to the creative resources available here in Starkville,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the gallery and the department’s outreach programs.

“Come ready to have fun, be creative and get messy,” she added.

Neuenfeldt said this first-ever activity is among many in the university’s 10th annual Dawg Daze program—17 successive days of free activities to help welcome new freshmen and transfer students. A complete Dawg Daze schedule is available at www.dawgdaze.msstate.edu.

Support for the Chalk Walk is being provided by the Starkville Area Arts Council.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is one of several art department venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Fall exhibit hours for the gallery are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s 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 is found at caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU and twitter.com/CAADatMSU.

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

MSU Bulldogs In The NFL

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:23pm
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL rosters.

New MSU Sunday brunch at The Fresh Food Co. open to public

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:18pm

Contact: Sammy McDavid

30 p.m. beginning Aug. 23. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State officials are announcing the launch of a weekend special to begin Aug. 23, and encouraging area residents to come to campus for Sunday dining.

The Fresh Food Co. brunch will be offered 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. each Sunday for $8 per person, plus tax.

“Our goal is to bring members of local communities back on campus for Sunday lunch,” said Ann Bailey, director of housing and residence life.

Patrons can select food choices from various stations – traditions, Mediterranean, sauté, chophouse, Mongolian barbecue, deli, bakery, and salad bar.

With an emphasis on cooked-to-order meals, the recently opened residential dining facility is located at 710 Bully Blvd.

“Since parking around Marketplace at Perry is limited, we chose The Fresh Food Co. for the brunch because of ample, close-by spaces for community members to park their vehicles and have easy access,” Bailey added.

The 29,000-square-foot Fresh Food building replaced the university’s longtime intramural tennis courts, which now are located at the RecPlex on Stone Boulevard.

Operated by the national Aramark Corp., MSU Dining Services has a number of other serving locations around campus. For complete information, visit www.msstatedining.campusdish.com.

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

MSU designated Purple Heart University in honor of military services

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm
Mississippi State University has been designated by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a “Purple Heart University” for outstanding service to military veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Allison Matthews

Mississippi State University has been designated by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a “Purple Heart University” for outstanding service to military veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Military Order of the Purple Heart has designated Mississippi State University as a “Purple Heart University” for outstanding service to military veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

Veterans who themselves have received the Purple Heart – awarded to those who have been wounded in combat – were instrumental in nominating MSU for the distinguished recognition because of its ongoing dedication to helping student veterans. Official presentation of the proclamation will take place Nov. 14 at halftime during the Mississippi State vs. Alabama football game. The game also will feature a halftime show in honor of veterans.

Bill Henry of Starkville was among the members of Chapter No. 677 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart who contributed to the nomination process. A 1966 MSU accounting graduate, Henry served as a member of the Marine Corps., and was wounded in Vietnam in April 1968. After receiving the Purple Heart, he returned to MSU as a staff member until his 1995 retirement as the assistant to the director of the MSU Extension Service.

Henry said that to see his university designated with the single-most honored military award is a satisfying realization.

“It’s just quite an unbelievable thing to have a university that cares enough about veterans to be deemed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as so supportive of veterans’ issues to be honored in this way,” Henry said. He explained that the university-level designation is a relatively young program to recognize universities that “go out of their way to help veterans.”

Henry said MSU President Mark E. Keenum “is probably one of the most supportive people anywhere on veterans’ issues.”

Dennis “Denny” Daniels Jr., another MSU alumnus and Purple Heart recipient, said Mississippi State was a natural selection for the Purple Heart University designation because of the long history of military support and great variety of services provided for veterans.

“When I sent the list of what the university does, it really wowed the national association,” Daniels said.

“To me it’s very important because it’s the national Military Order of the Purple Heart recognizing Mississippi State for efforts in supporting veterans, service members, and dependents. It recognizes that MSU is one of the top veteran or military-friendly universities in the nation,” he added.

Daniels joined the National Guard in 1991 after completing his first semester at MSU. He said the military helped him “get on track.” He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a certificate in criminal justice in 1996. He worked as a sheriff’s deputy and police officer as he continued to serve part-time in the National Guard.

In 2001, his unit was mobilized and went to Bosnia for six months. About three years later, he went to Iraq. It was there, on April 2, 2005, that a vehicle exploded just a few feet from the armored vehicle carrying Daniels and three fellow soldiers. Moments later, another vehicle came toward the group and also detonated. Amazingly, all four soldiers survived, but with serious injuries that would impact them forever.

Daniels later underwent 18 months of evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, before receiving a medical retirement. Unable to return to the law enforcement capacities he held before, he instead returned to MSU, and again graduated in 2011, this time with a master’s in public policy and administration. He said the VA’s vocational rehabilitation program helped make his continued studies possible.

“The Veteran’s Center on campus did an outstanding job of helping me reintegrate to student life and helped guide me through university registration and other activities,” Daniels said. “They were able to remove a lot of the stress so that I could focus on my studies.”

Retired Army Colonel Kenneth D. “Ken” McRae, who directs MSU’s G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, said anytime the university is recognized by a veterans’ organization, it is an honor. Being recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart is especially significant, he said.

“They’re the cream of the crop because these soldiers have seen combat and been wounded. To be recognized by them as serving veterans in an exemplary way means a lot, not only to the veterans and service members and dependents on campus, but it also sets us apart from a lot of other colleges and universities,” McRae said.

About 450 veterans and service members are students at MSU, and the veteran community, which includes dependents, comprises more than 2,100 students on campus.

A premier veterans’ center is currently under construction at the MSU campus and set to open in 2016. The building will include 7,500 square-feet and feature administrative offices, a meeting area and student-support spaces, including a computer lab, study rooms and a “day room,” McRae said.

“The G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans is the most comprehensive veterans’ center in the nation. We not only take care of our veterans when it comes to VA certifications for educational benefits and DOD tuition assistance, we also are the first university in the nation to have select VA medical services on campus,” McRae said. He explained that those services are performed by MSU professionals and include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and expanded mental health services.  

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

The Latest Buzz Phrase in Health Care

Lifestyles - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:58pm

(NewsUSA) - Here's a buzz phrase you'll be hearing a lot more of as part of our brave new world of health care: "integrative care settings."

Not to worry: This time, if you're a patient, you may actually wind up liking what it means for you.

Basically, we're talking about providing different types of care under one roof. Which makes sense when you consider that: (a) we've already begun moving away from a "sickcare" model, where many patients only visit a doctor when their health has declined to one emphasizing a more preventative "wellness-based care;" and (b) the "team approach" to care has also made headway.

"MDs are already focusing on sick-care, so who's the expert in wellness and preventative care?" Kenneth C. Thomas, DC, a member of the Council on Chiropractic Education, wrote in an article for the Chiropractic Summit, which brings together leading voices in fields like education, research and government.

His answer, not surprisingly, was doctors of chiropractic, known for their drug-free approach to treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

But guess what? Not only have major companies already incorporated chiropractic care in their on-site health clinics -- there's that integrative approach for you -- but chiropractors are increasingly co-managing a wide variety of patients ranging from professional athletes to members of the military.

And research suggests chiropractic's benefits include:

* Lower health care costs

* Enhanced patient outcomes

* Higher patient satisfaction

"I think we're looking at a more collaborative, patient-centered focus where chiropractors have an important role to play," says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard Clum, DC.

To learn more or to locate a doctor of chiropractic in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

MSU Women Open 2015-16 Golf Schedule In Charleston

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:51pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Coming off the most successful season in program history and a final ranking of No. 17 nationally, the Mississippi State women's golf team opens its 2015-16 campaign at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 13-15.

Shades of Starkville rescheduled for Aug. 24

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:33pm
Shades of Starkville 2015

The Center for Student Activities at Mississippi State has rescheduled Shades of Starkville for Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Drill Field.

Students are invited to visit booths and displays from a variety of student organizations, campus services and more than 50 local businesses for information, samples, coupons and other free promotional items during next week's event.

MSU Concludes Preseason Slate at Home With Memphis Friendly

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the opening kick of the season less than a week away, the Mississippi State soccer team gets its final tune up Saturday night as it hosts the Memphis Tigers.
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