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Theatre MSU announces 2015-16 season lineup

MSU News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:38pm
Junior communication/journalism and theatre major Mackenzie L. Dunn of Cullman, Alabama, sews a mask for Theatre MSU’s “The True Adventures of Pinocchio” show. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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Junior communication/journalism and theatre major Mackenzie L. Dunn of Cullman, Alabama, sews a mask for Theatre MSU’s “The True Adventures of Pinocchio” show. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.— Theatre MSU is opening its 52nd season Saturday [Sept. 26] at 2:30 p.m. with “The True Adventures of Pinocchio” children’s show on the university’s McComas Hall mainstage.

“Pinocchio is a timeless tale with unique characters and wonderful adventures,” said director and first-year MSU assistant professor Tim Matheny. “This production will certainly be visually beautiful and a fun time for the whole family.”

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the performance or in advance at

The department will present three other productions in McComas Hall this season. Also open to all, those shows include:

--Nov. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 15, 2 p.m., Euripides’ “The Trojan Women.”

--Feb. 24-27, 7:30 p.m., “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].”

--April 21-23, 7:30 p.m.; April 24, 2 p.m., Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!”

For more information, contact Cody Stockstill, MSU assistant professor and theatre coordinator, at 662-325-3320 or Matheny also may be reached at

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MSU veterinary researcher, teacher receives national award

MSU News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:23pm
Mississippi State veterinary epidemiologist Dr. David Smith recently received the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Award of Excellence. (Photo by Tom Thompson)

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Mississippi State veterinary epidemiologist Dr. David Smith recently received the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Award of Excellence. (Photo by Tom Thompson)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State epidemiologist is this year’s selection for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Award of Excellence.

At the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. David Smith holds the Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professorship. He also leads the college’s beef program.

With offices in Opelika, Alabama, the AABP is an international association representing veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity.

Presented recently, the AABP award recognized Smith’s contributions to bovine practitioners throughout the country. Also cited were his research and publications, as well as leadership activities with regulatory and legislative bodies to help enhance bovine medicine delivery.

Smith is a board-certified veterinary epidemiologist who came to MSU in 2012 from the University of Nebraska. He has more than 30 years of experience in cattle production systems.

Smith’s research regularly assists in some way or another owners Mississippi’s 17,000 beef cattle farms, said Dr. Kent Hoblet, MSU veterinary dean.

“Dr. Smith’s dedication to learning, community and research is exactly what Dr. Mikell Davis had in mind when he and his wife, Mary Cheek Davis, endowed the professorship,” Hoblet observed. “Because of their commitment, we have Dr. Smith here at our college,” which he called “a benefit to our students and also our state’s livestock producers.”

Davis was an MSU veterinary college faculty member for nearly 30 years and Smith is the first to hold the professorship named for the couple.

Smith received bachelor’s, veterinary medical and doctor of philosophy degrees from The Ohio State University. He worked in private practice for nine years before beginning a career in academia.

His current research and extension activities focus on the applications of antibiotics to help manage cattle populations, specifically the control of pathogen transmissions.

His studies in the applications of field epidemiology seek to discover how beef cattle production systems may be modified to improve the animals’ health, well-being and productivity while also benefiting human and environmental health.

“Dr. Smith is an excellent choice for this award and it truly is an honor to have him here at our college,” Hoblet added.

He also praised Smith’s skills as “a great communicator” who “engages others in important research that ultimately improves U.S. herd health and viability.”

In addition to time spent with beef producers, Smith devotes considerable time training MSU veterinary students in the professional skills needed to serve a rural clientele and keep small-business operations thriving

“Our students are getting unparalleled experiences with Dr. Smith,” Hoblet said. “Working so close with this industry gives students more than just insight on raising healthy cattle; he helps them really understand the importance of being a part of a community and doing their part to share resources in rural areas.”

Beyond campus, Smith serves as an adviser to regional and national organizations, including the U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary’s Committee on Animal Health.

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Diamond Dawgs Land Number Three Recruiting Class In America

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:32pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball's 2014-15 signing class was ranked third nationally by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Tuesday.

Center for Continuing Education offering learning opportunities for everyone

MSU News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 1:23pm

The Center for Continuing Education at Mississippi State is offering learning opportunities that are open to everyone this fall.

Personal enrichment classes
Starting this month, the center is beginning several classes through its Personal Enrichment program. The program is open to all students and includes classes such as Floral Arranging, Personal Safety & Defense, Introduction to Sign Language and Sewing Basics. These non-credit classes meet on campus in the evening. The classes are designed to let participants explore their intellectual and artistic interests. It's learning for the joy of learning. For more information about these classes and to register visit

CPR and first aid training
Throughout the semester, the center will be offering Medic First CPR/First Aid Training for those looking to become certified to administer CPR and first aid. This class will be offered each month in Colvard Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seats are limited to 12 per class, and the cost to participate is $20. Register online at

Online test preparation courses
In partnership with ed2go, the center offers several online test prep courses for college students for only $99. Classes include Praxis I Preparation, GRE Part I (Verbal & Analytical) & II (Quantitative), LSAT Preparation Part I & II, and GMAT Preparation. These courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links and more. Courses can be completed entirely online at any time of the day or night. All courses run for six weeks with a 10-day grace period at the end. New course sessions begin monthly. For more information and start dates visit

Visit the center online at or call 662-325-5002 with any questions.

Learn more about navigating the NSF Thursday afternoon

MSU News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:43pm

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State for a "Navigating NSF: A Primer and Refresher on National Science Foundation Priorities, Programs, Policies, and Processes" seminar on Thursday [Sept. 24] from 2-3:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom, Section M.

Stephanie Hyche, assistant director of Sponsored Programs Administration at MSU, and Becky Bassett, grants and contracts administrator with SPA, will lead the session.

Whether you are new to the National Science Foundation or in need of the latest agency information and updates, this is the session for you. The presentation will cover the various funding mechanisms including discipline specific opportunities, the latest updates to the agency’s proposal and award management guides, and share tips from program officers and successful investigators. Resources for more in-depth coverage of the presentation topics will be available.

The seminar is appropriate for faculty, departmental administrators, students, and research personnel seeking a broad, working knowledge of the NSF, including opportunities for all disciplines.

Register online at

MSU Bulldogs In The NFL: Week 2

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:00pm
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL Rosters

Freitas Named SEC Women’s Runner Of The Week

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:50am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With a standout performance at the Commodore Classic, Mississippi State cross country runner Marta Freitas has been named the SEC Women's Runner Of The Week.

More Americans Choose Chiropractic Care: Gallup

Lifestyles - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:33am
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(NewsUSA) - Far more adults than anyone thought are seeking help from chiropractors, according to a new nationwide Gallup report.

In the last year alone, according to the just-released "2015 Gallup-Palmer Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic," 33.6 million Americans aged 18 and older turned to chiropractic care to relieve conditions like back and neck pain.

That's about 63 percent more than the 20.6 million adults previously estimated in less comprehensive studies, and likely indicates that the "chiropractic first" movement touted by health experts troubled by the overuse of addictive drugs and surgery has become increasingly popular.

"Americans who have exposure to chiropractors are more likely to have an opinion of them, and in general those opinions are positive," Gallup concluded.

Among the other key findings:

* While most patients only head to a doctor of chiropractic when they're in pain, 31 percent of adults who've been treated within the last five years say they prefer regular visits -- regardless of whether they're hurting.

* Those under age 50 are likelier to say a chiropractor would be their first choice for treating back or neck pain.

* So "strongly committed" are recent users that they averaged 11 visits in the last 12 months.

"This groundbreaking report shows Americans are embracing chiropractic as an alternative to other costly and invasive treatments," said the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Sherry McAllister, DC.

Indeed, today's chiropractors -- with a minimum of 7 years of higher education, including clinical patient management -- are not only sought out for pain relief, but also for advice on healthy living, increased flexibility and injury prevention.

To learn more or to find a local doctor of chiropractic, visit

Peter Frampton’s acoustic tour comes to MSU Riley Center on Oct. 9

MSU News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 1:00am

Peter Frampton

One of rock music’s most celebrated guitarists will give audiences a new take on some of his classic hits when Peter Frampton Raw, An Acoustic Tour, visits the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show party will get the fun started at 6 p.m. with refreshments in the Grand Lobby.

Ever since he came to fame at age 18 as singer and guitarist for the British band Humble Pie, Peter Frampton has been one of rock’s most charismatic performers. In 1976, his solo live album Frampton Comes Alive! made him a superstar and turned such songs as “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do” into classics. The album has sold more than 8 million copies in the United States alone.

Lately, Frampton has been reworking some of his favorite songs for acoustic rather than electric guitar. He has reimagined each number as if he had just written it on acoustic. “It’s much more interesting than I thought it was going to be,” he said.

The results are planned for an upcoming album.

Tickets are $65 and $59 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

Bulldogs Finish Third In Oklahoma

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 7:00pm
Norman, Okla. – After inclement weather prohibited play of the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic, the Mississippi State women's golf team came roaring back in Monday's final round shooting a 282 to place third.

Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Kale Breaux

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 5:57pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase

200 employers coming for MSU fall Career Days

MSU News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 5:24pm
Twice each school year, MSU Career Days provide students and alumni special opportunities to introduce themselves and network with employer representatives from around the country. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

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Twice each school year, MSU Career Days provide students and alumni special opportunities to introduce themselves and network with employer representatives from around the country. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State students and alumni will have opportunities Tuesday and Wednesday [Sept. 22 and 23] to share résumés and shake hands with employer representatives from around the country.

Leslie Neal, a campus Career Center coordinator, said more than 200 recruiters will be coming for the university’s annual fall Career Days. The noon-4 p.m. activities take place at Humphrey Coliseum.

As always, the professional gathering is free and open to all academic majors, and preregistration is not required. Tuesday is being designated for all majors, while Wednesday will focus on engineering and technical careers.

Student and alumni participants may enroll upon arrival and obtain a list of attending employer representatives. A Career Center representative then will provide a name tag also indicating the wearer’s academic major and class year.

“In order for their name tag to have their current major and classification, we suggest that students update their profile information on their ‘Connections’ account at,” Neal said.

MSU also holds a career fair in the spring. Neal said business attire is highly recommended at both events, as is bringing along several résumé copies.

Opportunities to engage a large number of employers during a single event may be rare after graduation. For that reason, the Career Center also strongly encourages participants to use these highly organized campus events to make lasting positive impressions, she added.

“MSU students and alumni should consider this an opportunity to discuss their career interests and skill sets with potential employers, collect company literature and network with everyone at the fair,” Neal said.

For additional information, contact the Career Center at 662-325-3344.

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Herl wins title near his hometown

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 5:07pm

ALVA, Okla. – Northwest Kansas always will be home to Laine Herl.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University cowboy found a homecoming quite to his liking this past weekend, winning the steer wrestling title and helping guide the Rangers men to the team title at the Colby (Kan.) Community College rodeo.

Northwestern-Logo-200“Everybody had a great week,” said Herl, a senior from Goodland, Kan., just 40 miles west of Colby. “Everybody was focused. We’ve got a really talented team this year.”

The Northwestern men scored 550 points to beat reigning Central Plains Region champion Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Herl contributed 150 to that total by placing in both go-rounds, winning the championship round and the average title. In all, he grappled two steers to the ground in 9.8 seconds, finishing nine-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Jacob Edler.

“It means a lot to win that rodeo,” Herl said. “My family was able to be there, and just to start off the season on a good note was big. It’s great to start off the season with a win and hopefully keep plugging along to win the region and make the college finals.”

Herl was one of three Rangers to win Colby titles, joined by tie-down roper Bryson Seachrist and barrel racer Sara Bynum. Seachrist won both rounds and the average title; he downed his first calf in 8.7 seconds, then followed that with an 8.6-second run in the short round.

Bynum, who paced the way for the women’s team that finished second overall in Colby, won the first round with a 16.58-second run. She followed that with a 17.26 to place in the short round and clinch the title.

They were just a few of many Rangers that placed in Colby: Goat-tiers Leremi Allred and Tearnee Nelson; header Hunter Munsell and his partner, Sawyer Barham as well as heeler Wade Perry; steer wrestlers Joby Allen and Brock White; bull riders Marcell Jacob and Weston Wilson; and bareback rider Austin Graham.

“I think we’re just smarter about how we go about stuff,” Herl said. “We’ve added some good guys this year, and that makes it a lot better.”

Another valuable asset is how the team prepares. All attribute much of their success to coach Stockton Graves, a Northwestern alumnus who is a seven-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“He’s been there at the highest level, so he knows what it takes to win,’ Herl said. “We’re having some up-tempo practices. We’re running more steers on the ground and focusing on the little stuff so when it comes down to it, you’re making the same run time and time out. We’re working on the basics.

“We’re starting up the matches. With that, we’re learning what to do in certain situations, so come short-go time at a college rodeo, you’re not panicking. You know you’ve been in the same place in a match before, so it helps a lot.”

It paid off this last weekend in northwest Kansas.

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Game-Winning Goal Earns Eubanks SEC Player of the Week Honors

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 3:44pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After nailing a game-winning goal in the final minutes of Sunday's match against Arkansas, Mississippi State sophomore Mallory Eubanks was on an emotional high. On Monday, that euphoria continues to grow as Eubanks was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the league office.

Mullen. Prescott Preview Auburn Game In Weekly Press Conference

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 3:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Dak Prescott previewed the Bulldogs' upcoming SEC road contest against Auburn at MSU's weekly press conference on Monday.

Mississippi State-Texas A&M Set For Evening Kickoff On Oct. 3

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 2:35pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State's Southeastern Conference road game at Texas A&M on Oct. 3 will kick off at either 6 p.m. CT on ESPN or ESPN2 or 6:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network, the league office announced Monday.

MSU joins Partnership for a Healthier America to encourage healthier choices for students

MSU News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:41pm
Participants workout during a morning “Boot Camp” session at MSU’s Sanderson Center. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

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Participants workout during a morning “Boot Camp” session at MSU’s Sanderson Center. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University today [Sept. 21] is joining the Partnership for a Healthier America to expand healthy options for students on campus.

MSU is among 37 other institutions of higher learning which are part of the third cohort joining the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, which involves a three-year commitment to adopt guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.

At the university, MSU Dining, Recreational Sports and Health Promotion and Wellness are focusing on meeting and exceeding the guidelines of the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative.

“MSU has been promoting a healthy campus culture for many years, and we have successfully expanded options in nutrition, recreation and physical fitness and health programming,” said Regina Hyatt, MSU vice president for student affairs.

“Joining the Partnership for Healthier America will help us continue to be a leader in setting healthier standards, and we are happy to be part of a national network of institutions that make healthy choices a priority,” Hyatt added.

Lawrence A. Soler, CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America, said colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders.

“We know that going to college is a time of change for many students—we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow,” Soler said.

The Partnership for a Healthier America was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is working to ensure the health of the nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis by bringing together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. For more about PHA, visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews. For more information on PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit

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Is the Controversy Around Carrageenan Warranted?

Lifestyles - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:58am
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(NewsUSA) - Carrageenan -- have you heard of it?

You might have noticed it listed as an ingredient in your low-fat yogurt or on the label of your toothpaste. Maybe you found a blog post warning you to steer clear of it. There's a lot of conversation about carrageenan. But in order to sift through all the commentary -- including a lot from self-appointed food ingredient watchdogs -- we need to be able to distinguish fact-based food science dialogue from opinion-based diatribes.

Carrageenan is a natural food ingredient made from red seaweed. It's used to thicken puddings and sauces, stabilize dairy, suspend nutrients and more. It has been used for hundreds of years in home kitchens across the world.

Carrageenan's long history of use supports its safety. More important than this anecdotal evidence is the strong body of scientific research -- studies dating back to the 1970s and continuing through the present -- that proves carrageenan is completely safe for consumption. Review some of these studies yourself here:

So why the controversy around carrageenan?

Back to the watchdogs. Their advice may appear useful but it's not always factual or reliable. When it comes to trusting the safety of our food, we need to be able to identify good science.

JECFA is an organization we can trust to analyze and identify good science. As a committee formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to evaluate the safety of food additives, it is one of the most respected independent review panels. And its decision-making helps inform regulatory bodies around the world.

In its recent report, JECFA reassessed all carrageenan studies -- decades' worth that affirm its safety, along with a handful of flawed studies that call it into question -- and concluded that its use in food is safe. The committee placed significant weight on a new study on the use of carrageenan in infant formula. If carrageenan is deemed safe for infants, the most sensitive population, then there shouldn't be safety concerns for the rest of us. Learn more at

Food is social, so we want and expect public discussion. But when that discussion has the potential to affect our health and well-being, we need to hold it to a very high standard. Instead of following a whisper down the lane of thoughts and opinions, we need to take a close look at the resources we're getting information from and make sure to seek factual information to support the decisions we make.


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