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Gordon Adds JUCO Standout Hulett To Round Out 2015 Roster

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:50pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the 2015 season rapidly approaching, Mississippi State has added junior college standout Sarah Hulett after the South Georgia State College graduate walked on to the program last week.

MSU, Habitat break ground at Maroon Edition site

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am
Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Star...

Contact: Zack Plair

Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Starkville Habitat Board President Suzanne Dressel; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; and Starkville Habitat Past President Danny Setaro officially break ground for the home. Keenum also drove the ceremonial first nail. Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Starkville Habitat Board President Suzanne Dressel; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; and Starkville Habitat Past President Danny Setaro officially break ground for the home. Keenum also drove the ceremonial first nail.
Photo by: Beth Wynn

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A new subdivision the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is developing in north Starkville has the organization's message of "hope" right in the name.

Mississippi State University has partnered with Habitat for its seventh annual Maroon Edition home, which will be the first of five Habitat homes built on Hope Lane -- located off of Douglas L. Conner Drive.

"We want this to be a showcase for what Habitat can do," said Joel Downey, Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity executive director. "We want this to be a community pride, where deserving families can live and raise their kids."

MSU President Mark E. Keenum turned dirt and drove the ceremonial first nail during a groundbreaking celebration Monday [Aug. 10] at the home site -- officially No. 5 Hope Lane. Volunteers, including MSU students, faculty, staff and retirees, all will help build the home over the coming months, Keenum said. The project coincides with MSU's Maroon Edition, an initiative meant to engage incoming freshmen by challenging them to read the same book. This year's Maroon Edition is "Same Kind of Different as Me," by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

At Monday's groundbreaking, Keenum lauded MSU's longstanding partnership with Habitat for Maroon Edition homes. He also presented the organization a $5,000 check toward this year's project, which is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.

"You feel good when you know you are making a difference," Keenum said. "I vividly remember the times I've come out and worked on these projects, and how wonderful it feels knowing you are helping someone who is in need. Beyond that feeling, the students who volunteer will also learn practical skills that will help them later in life."

Downey said Habitat's board wouldn't officially announce the family receiving the home until Aug. 19, but he relayed on Monday this year's Maroon Edition home would go to a single mother with four children who now are living in a two-bedroom apartment. Once they move to Hope Lane, they'll live in a 1,200 square-foot home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

About 500 volunteers who work on the project will come through the Maroon Volunteer Center, said Cade Smith, interim assistant dean/director for MSU Student Leadership and Community Engagement. Each year, he said those volunteers work a combined 3,000-5,000 hours on the Maroon Edition project. Volunteers work under Habitat project managers on site, who also are volunteering their time.

Smith said MSU's Fraternity and Sorority Life organization also has raised $75,000 to partner with Habitat for a second Habitat home on Hope Lane this year.

"We think Habitat does a wonderful job providing volunteers with a meaningful experience that has a positive impact on real people," Smith said. "…Any time you connect learning and hard work with purpose, great things happen."

Over the last 30 years, Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity has completed 57 homes for families in need and offers 20-year, no-interest loans to recipients. All applicants go through a selection process, Downey said, and recipients must have the means to pay the mortgage, they must put at least 300 "sweat equity" hours into building the home and they must agree to complete three self-improvement classes -- one of which must focus on financial literacy.

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, who also spoke at Monday's groundbreaking, said he's always excited to see a Habitat family receive a home, and he's especially looking forward to seeing the impact Hope Lane will have for its residents and the city as a whole.

"A home offers an opportunity for a better way of life for these families," Wiseman said. "This neighborhood will also provide a physical improvement to the center of our city. Truly this is an example of how giving and good works are multiplied."

For more information on the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, visit Maroon Edition and other MSU volunteering information is available at

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International Paper Co. gift to benefit MSU engineering

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Contact: Addie Mayfield

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A $2.25 million gift from International Paper Co. will establish an endowment for a faculty chair within Mississippi State's James Worth Bagley College of Engineering and create a new controls laboratory in the college's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"By partnering with Mississippi State, we can leverage its excellent engineering program with our resources to continue to recruit the best and brightest students and faculty from across the country," said International Paper Co. Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Technology, EHS&S and Global Sourcing Tommy Joseph, who is a 1982 MSU graduate.

International Paper Co. is a global leader in packaging and paper, committed to sustainability and environmental education. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company employs approximately 58,000 people in more than 24 countries around the world and contributes nearly $10 million annually to numerous charities and organizations.

At Mississippi State, the International Paper Co. Endowed Chair will support the Bagley College's objective to attract the highest caliber faculty members. Serving as a liaison of International Paper Co., the chair holder will be selected from the departments of Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Systems, and Mechanical Engineering, and will assist with the identification of research opportunities and recruitment for the college.

Additionally, the company seeks to further education and research at MSU with the creation of the International Paper Co. Controls Laboratory within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an endowment exclusively for the lab's maintenance.

The International Paper Controls Laboratory provides two stations for modular servo systems, one located within the MSU Starkville Campus, and another in the extended partnership campus at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The stations will be expanded to provide real-time digital control capabilities through MATLAB or LabVIEW software platforms. Specifically, the Starkville Campus also will acquire four Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs, which will provide students with improved training capabilities in the use of both networked and touchpad control interfaces.

"We are grateful for the continued support of International Paper Co. to MSU and the Bagley College," said Jason Keith, dean of engineering and holder of the Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport Jr. Chair. "This considerable gift will provide innovative, cutting-edge resources for faculty and students to better our research and development efforts for years to come."

The Bagley College currently offers 10 undergraduate degrees through its eight academic departments. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the college offers 21 master's and doctoral degrees. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college's programs in the top 100 nationwide.

For more information on establishing endowments in the Bagley College, contact Bennett Evans, director of development, at 662-325-0386 or

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Hearin grant to pair MSU, Delta State

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation will allow two state universities to collaboratively research business opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.

With the $73,395 award, Mississippi State University's Carl Small Town Center and the College of Business will partner with Delta State University's Master of Business Administration program to determine if a "symbiotic district" is a feasible means for economic development in the Delta.

A symbiotic district involves a single site where businesses, community members and the building itself exchange products -- such as garden vegetables, social services or cultural enrichment -- and reuse their waste byproducts. The aim of this recycle-reuse collaborative is to create sustainable businesses and neighborhoods while helping the environment.

"Creating a symbiotic district in the Delta, where businesses will not only profit from their close economic relationship but also an ecological one, will provide a model for sustainable economic development throughout the state," said John Poros, director of the Carl Small Town Center.

The grant also will fund a feasibility study in which MSU and Delta State MBA students, under the supervision of faculty outreach directors, will research possible business relationships in Delta communities for the project. Using those findings, the Carl Small Town Center's national Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Emily Roush Elliott, will then work with students from MSU's School of Architecture to recruit potential business partners and secure buildings and site locations.

"We are pleased to be a part of this project that could provide a model for economic development not only in the Delta region, but throughout the state," said Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU's College of Business. "This is a great collaboration with not only the College of Architecture, Art and Design, but also our colleagues at Delta State."

Robert Hearin Sr., the Mississippi Valley Gas Co. chairman and chief executive officer who died in 1992, established the Hearin Foundation in his will. It primarily supports the state's higher education institutions and economic development.

The Carl Small Town Center, a research center within MSU's College of Architecture, Art and Design, is named for Fred E. Carl Jr., a major university benefactor who founded Viking Range Corp. For more information on the center, visit

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Physics & Astronomy, Refuge host Perseid viewing

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge will host a Perseid meteor viewing on Thursday [Aug. 13] from 9-11 p.m. MSU scientists will set up several portable telescopes. The viewing will take place at the Morgan Hill overlook and Prairie Trail to the south of the visitor's center. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and insect repellent. Please note that alcohol and campfires are not allowed. For additional information, please contact Angelle Tanner at

SEC visiting faculty travel grants available

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas; develop grant proposals; conduct research; consult with faculty and/or students; offer lectures or symposia; or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit. Mississippi State University can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2015-2016 travel grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible. Travel dates for these visits are between Oct. 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The faculty member will contact a host unit that he or she wishes to visit to determine that unit’s receptivity and availability. Click here to download the application form. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 21. Contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill via e-mail with questions.

Energy storage symposium kicks off Wednesday

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Registration is still open for an upcoming energy storage symposium, and Mississippi State officials are encouraging a variety of participants to register.

Organizers of the major Wednesday [Aug. 12] and Thursday [Aug. 13] event hope to draw other academic researchers and energy industry leaders, along with many others who might play a role in the positive impact of future energy-storage technologies. The symposium is titled, "Challenges and Opportunities for Advances in Grid-Tied Energy Storage in the Southeast."

MSU leaders say the university is positioned to help shape the future of energy storage in the Southeast region, and the symposium at the new Mill at MSU Conference Center on Russell Street in Starkville will help frame the conversation for what the region's future holds.

Recently-elected U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., will deliver the keynote address.

Online signup may be completed at A complete symposium agenda and other information also is found at the site.

Montgomery Leadership Program taking applications

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

The Montgomery Leadership Program (MLP) at Mississippi State is accepting applications (including references) until Tuesday [Sept. 22] for the next class of student leaders beginning in Spring 2016.

MLP Fellows undergo a three-semester study of leadership skills and strategies while actively engaging in their community through service.

Students selected to be a MLP Fellow will receive a $250 scholarship the first semester of the program, a $500 scholarship each of the following two semesters and class credit all three semesters.

To become a MLP Fellow, you must have completed at least one year of college and be in good standing as an MSU student. If you are willing to take the challenge, MLP will equip you with the tools necessary to transform lives -- both yours and others.

For additional information or to apply online, visit

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 662-325-0244 or email Xi "Monica" Chen at or visit the office located on the third floor of Moseley Hall, Suite 313.

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Sign up today for a free Bully Bike

MSU News - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Parking Services at Mississippi State invites students, faculty and staff to participate in the launch of this year's Bully Bike program beginning Monday [Aug. 10]. Bully Bikes are free, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. Participants may ride their bikes anywhere on campus and keep them until December 10, 2015. To enroll, visit the Parking Services office in the YMCA Building, which is located across the street from Colvard Student Union. Please bring a bike lock and a valid Mississippi State I.D. card. For additional information, please see

MSU Dining announces Dawg Daze hours

MSU News - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 1:00am

The new Fresh Food Company at Mississippi State will be open starting Saturday [Aug. 8], along with several other MSU dining locations. For a complete list of Dawg Daze dining hours [Aug. 8-16], click here. Campus meal plans will also start on Saturday.

Champs crowned in Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 12:22am

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Even at 19, Clayton Jon Biglow has long dreamed of having a long and storied rodeo career.

At 38, Cody Wright is still living his dream.

On the final night of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo on Saturday, the two cowboys were mixed in among a world-class field of 2015 champions during the exposition’s 80th anniversary.

Biglow matched moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web for 87 points to share the bareback riding victory with Jake Brown. Wright, a two-time world champion and a 12-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, posted an 86 on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Maria for 86 points to share saddle bronc riding victory with Cort Scheer; both Scheer and Brown competed Thursday night.

Cody Wright

Cody Wright

“I like this rodeo, because Pete has a bunch of good horses,” Wright said of the Dallas-based stock contractor. “That’s where you like to come. It looked like there were a lot of chances to win tonight; apparently there was a lot of chances every night.

“That’s good, especially when I’ve got four people enter that I want to see win. I want to go where we all have a chance to win, and Pete’s rodeos are usually them. It seems to me the horses want to buck here in Lovington. It’s a good rodeo.”

He should know. Over the last five years, Wright has earned a good living in Lovington. Two seasons ago, he shared the victory with his younger brother, Jake, also an NFR qualifier.

Biglow is at the other end of the spectrum. He isn’t even a rookie in ProRodeo. He’s a permit-holder, which, in essence, means he’s trying out for the big leagues. Apparently he’s got a pretty good hang of it, even though he plans to remain on his permit a while longer.

“I’m not going to get my PRCA card until I think I’m ready,” said Biglow of Clements, Calif. “I’m still in college, so I won’t do it for the next couple of years when I’m done with school. When I buy my card, I want to rodeo hard and try to make the finals my rookie year.”

If he keeps riding like he did Saturday night, he stands a great chance to do just that. Of course, it helps to draw one of the greatest horses in ProRodeo in Scarlet’s Web, which has been selected to perform at the NFR nine times.

“It was a little intimidating, especially for a guy like me,” Biglow said. “When you see your name next to one of those really good horses, it gets your motor running. She felt amazing, exactly how I was hoping she’d feel.

“Pete Carr’s got a hell of a string of horses.”

He does, but the Lea County Fair and Rodeo has proven to be a great stop for the top cowboys and cowgirls in the game. The rodeo has been recognized the last two years as one of the top five large outdoor rodeos in the country.

“It’s a combination of great stock, good money and great fans,” Wright said. “There are great people putting it on and making it good. Nobody wants to go to a sorry-run rodeo. You go to a few of them, so it’s nice to go to one that’s run well. It’s not boring. I’m sure it’s not sitting as a fan, because it’s not boring back here, and I’m just catching a glimpse of what’s going on in the arena.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 5-8
All-around champion:
JoJo LeMond, $4,855 in team roping and steer roping.
Bareback riding:
1. (tie) Jake Brown, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sadie’s Gal, and Clayton Jon Biglow, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web, $4,683 each; 3. Kaycee Feild, 86, $3,004; 4. Evan Gray, 85, $1,944; 5. (tie) Ryan Gray and Clint Laye, 83, $1,060 each; 7. (tie) Tyler Scales and Caleb Bennett, 82, $619 each.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.3 seconds, $1,930; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.6, $1,679; 3. Stockton Graves, 3.7, $1,427; 4. (tie) Wade Sumpter, Cooper Shofner and Christian Pettigrew, 3.9, $923 each; 7. Monty Eakin, 4.0, $420; 8. Seth Brockman, 4.1 $168. Second round: 1. Nick Guy, 3.2 seconds, $1,930; 2. Jacob Shofner, 3.5, $1,679; 3. (tie) Cole Edge and Casey Martin, 3.6, $1,301 each; 5. (tie) Tyke Kipp and Cooper Shofner, 3.7, $793; 7. Tyler Waguespack, 3.8, $420; 8. (tie) Cody Kroul and Bray Armes, 3.9, $84. Average: 1. Cooper Shofner, 7.6 seconds on two runs, $2,896; 2. Tyler Pearson, 8.1, $2,518; 3. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Bray Armes, 8.2, $1,951; 5. Dean Gorsuch, 8.3, $1,385; 6. (tie) Seth Brockman and Trevor Knowles, 8.6, $818; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 8.7, $252.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.9 second, $2,539; 2. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2, $2,042 each; 4. Shane Hanchey, 8.5, $1,545;5. Sterling Smith, 8.6, $1,214; 6. Tuf Cooper, 8.9, $883; 8. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Monty Lewis, 9.1, $110 each. Second round: 1. Stran Smith, 7.6 seconds, $2,539; 2. Cory Solomon, 7.8, $2,208; 3. Cade Swor, 8.3, $1,877; 4. Blaine Cox, 8.6, $1,545; 5. Ace Slone, 8.7, $1,214; 6. Tuf Cooper, 8.8, $883; 7. Marcos Costa, 9.0, $552; 8. Jesse Clark, 9.2, $221. Average: 1. Tuf Cooper, 17.7 seconds on two runs, $3,808; 2. Marcos Costa, 18.5, $3,312; 3. (tie) Blaine Cox and Sterling Smith, 19.0, $2,566; 5. Bradley Bynum, 19.2, $1,821; 6. Adam Gray, 20.0, $1,325; 7. Stran Smith, 20.2, $828; 8. Riley Pruitt, 20.3, $331.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Cort Scheer, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Showgirl, and Cody Wright, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Maria, 86 points, $4,235 each; 3. Sam Spreadborough, 84, $2,717; 4. Isaac Diaz, 83, $1,758; 5. (tie) Allen Boore and Jesse James Kirby, 82, $959; 7. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Spencer Wright, 81, $559.

Steer roping: Third round: 1. Shay Good, 10.1 seconds, $1,969; 2. Chet Herren, 12.1, $1,629; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.5, $1,390; 4. (tie) Neal Wood, Brent Lewis and Guy Allen, 12.6, $634.. Average: 1. Cody Lee, 41.5 seconds on three runs, $2,953; 2. Brodie Poppino, 41.7, $2,444; 3. Guy Allen, 42.0, $1,935; 4. Troy Tillard, 43.1, $1,426; 5. Chet Herren, 44.3, $917; 6. Corey Ross, 57.3, $509.

Team roping: First round: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.1 seconds, $1,842; 2. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2, $1,602; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $1,362; 4. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.6, $1,121; 5. (tie) Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson and Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira, 5.8, $761 each; 7. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9, $401; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Wesley Thorp, 6.0, $160. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds, $1,842; 2. (tie) JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Chad Masters/Travis Graves, Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, Aaron Macy/Chad Williams and Bubba Buckaloo/Russell Cardoza, 4.8, $1,121; 7. Cale Markham/Buddy Hawkins Jr. 5.0, $401; 8. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 5.0, $160. Average: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 10.2 seconds on two runs, $2,764; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 10.4, $2,403; 3. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.7, $2,043; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman,11.3, $1,682; 5. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 11.8, $1,322; 6. Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira, 11.9, $961; 7. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 13.1, $601; 8. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 14.0, $240.

Barrel racing: 1. Carley Richardson, 17.70 seconds, $4,330; 2. Jessica Frost, 17.74, $3,464; 3. (tie) Janet Staton and Hailey Kinsel, 17.83, $2,490 each; 5. Alicia Stockton, 17.84, $1,732; 6. Michelle Lummus, 17.87, $1,299; 7. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 17.89, $1,082; 8. Paige Conrado, 17.91, $974; 9. Meghan Johnson, 17.92, $866; 10. Kenna Squires, 17.95, $758; 11. Dawn Lewis, 17.97, $649; 12. Christine Laughlin, 18.0, $541; 13. Jackie Ganter, 18.04, $433; 14. (tie) Ivy Conrado and Jill Wilson, 18.12, $271.

Bull riding: 1. Cody Teel, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Lonestar, $5,048; 2. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Bryce Barrios, 84, $3,365; 4. (tie) Bayle Worden and Casey Huckabee, 82, $1,514; 6. Corey Granger, 78, $841; 7. Tanner Learmont, 75, $673; 8. Dallee Mason, 73, $505.

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First round results from Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 4:56pm
Tyler Pearson stops his steer en route to a first-round winning 3.3-second steer wrestling run Saturday afternoon at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Tyler Pearson stops his steer en route to a first-round winning 3.3-second steer wrestling run Saturday afternoon at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.3 seconds, $1,930; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.6, $1,679; 3. Stockton Graves, 3.7, $1,427; 4. (tie) Wade Sumpter, Cooper Shofner and Christian Pettigrew, 3.9, $923 each; 7. Monty Eakin, 4.0, $420; 8. Seth Brockman, 4.1 $168.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.9 second, $2,539; 2. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2, $2,042 each; 4. Shane Hanchey, 8.5, $1,54;5. Sterling Smith, 8.6, $1,214; 6. Tuf Cooper, 8.9, $883; 8. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Monty Lewis, 9.1, $110 each.

Team roping: First round: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.1 seconds, $1,842; 2. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2, $1,602; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $1,362; 4. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.6, $1,121; 5. (tie) Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson and Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira, 5.8, $761 each; 7. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9, $401; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Wesley Thorp, 6.0, $160.

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MSU Christian Faculty-Staff Forum hosting lunch

MSU News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 1:00am

The MSU Christian Faculty-Staff Forum is hosting a reception for all new and returning faculty and staff on Thursday [Aug. 13] from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 210 of the Lloyd Ricks Watson Building to kick off the fall semester at Mississippi State. Lunch will be provided.

All MSU faculty and staff are invited to come by, enjoy some free food, meet other faculty and staff from around the university, and learn more about the Christian Faculty-Staff Forum. Door prizes will be given away too.

For more information, please contact Tommy Phillips at or visit

Tryan takes care of business

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:35am

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Travis Tryan was in a hurry.

Minutes after making his second team roping run of the day on Friday, Tryan stopped for a few moments, then made his way to his trailer; there, he unsaddled a big bay, got the horse ready to load and ventured north to Colorado Springs.

“My head horse that I had for 10 years gets inducted tomorrow morning at 10,” he said, referring to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductions. “I have to drive 540 miles by myself, but I’m jacked, I’m ready.”

Travis Tryan

Travis Tryan

Before the eight-hour-plus drive, the Billings, Mont., cowboy tended to business at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. He and partner Jett Hillman of Purcell, Okla., posted a 5.2-second run in the afternoon to take the first-round lead. They followed with a 6.1-second run during the performance and sit third overall with a two-run cumulative time of 11.3 seconds.

“It’s one of the (Wrangler Million Dollar) Tour rodeos,” said Tryan, an 11-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “Anytime there’s a tour rodeo, they add equal money in team roping, and it always pays good. It’s that time of year that you need to turn it on.”

In the world standings, Tryan is 25th in heading and Hillman is 31st in heeling. Only the top 15 on the money list at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR.

“We’re a little behind, so any amount of money we can win is good, so it feels good to do well in Lovington,” Tryan said.

This is the first year the tandem has roped together, and it’s gone pretty well.

“It’s been a good partnership,” he said. “We’ve been doing it on the fly, because we don’t get to practice much. We’ve maybe practiced once together, but it seems like everything’s coming together.”

For now, though, Tryan is focused honoring his longtime equine partner. Precious Spec, a bay gelding known as Walt, was named AQHA/PRCA Team Roping Heading Horse of the Year four times. He also was among the top three horses two other times.

Walt died in 2010 at the age of 20.

“This is like a family member going into the Hall of Fame,” Tryan told the PRCA in the spring. “When you have a horse for 10 years and he’s a huge part of your career, to see him go into the hall is one of the coolest things that can happen.

“He was so good that all I had to do was go out and rope, and he took care of the best.”

When the inductions are over, Tryan and Hillman will return to the busy schedule that is the rodeo trail. They have less than two months left in the regular season and a lot of ground to make up if they want to play for the biggest pay in the game at the NFR in Las Vegas.

Big checks in Lovington are a welcome sight.

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 5-8
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Jake Brown, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sadie’s Gal; 2. Kaycee Feild, 86; 3. (tie) Ryan Gray and Clint Laye, 83; 5. (tie) Tyler Scales and Caleb Bennett, 82; 7. (tie) Anthony Thomas, Ty Taypotat and Joel Schlegel, 77.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.6 seconds; 2. Stockton Graves, 3.7; 3. (tie) Wade Sumpter, Cooper Shofner and Christian Pettigrew, 3.9; 6. Monty Eakin, 4.0; 7. Seth Brockman, 4.1; 8. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Tyler McCormick, 4.2. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Shofner, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cole Edge, 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyke Kipp and Cooper Shofner, 3.7; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 4.0; 6. Stan Branco, 4.1; 7. Trell Etbauer, 4.2; 8. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Tim Robinson, 4.3. Average leaders: 1. Cooper Shofner, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 8.3; 3. (tie) Seth Brockman and Trevor Knowles, 8.6; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 8.7; 6. (tie) Billy Bugenig, Jacob Shofner and Stockton Graves, 8.8.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Marty Yates, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2; 4. Sterling Smith, 8.6; 5. Tuf Cooper, 8.9; 6. J.D. Kibbe, 9.1; 7. Tyler Thiel, 9.3; 8. Tyler Prcin, 9.5. Second round leaders: 1. Blaine Cox, 8.6 seconds; 2. Ace Slone, 8.7; 3. Tuf Cooper, 8.8; 4. Jesse Clarak, 9.2; 5. Jordan Ketscher, 9.3; 6. Kooper Saiz, 9.4; 7. (tie) Timber Moore and Bradley Bynum, 9.6. Average leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 17.7 seconds; 2. (tie) Blaine Cox and Sterling Smith, 19.0; 4. Bradley Bynum, 19.2; 5. Adam Gray, 20.0; 6. Riley Pruitt, 20.3; 7. Ryle Smith, 20.8; Cody McCartney, 22.1.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. 2. Cort Scheer, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Showgirl; 2. Sam Spreadborough, 84; 3. Isaac Diaz, 83; 4. (tie) Allen Boore and Jesse James Kirby, 82; 6. Tyrel Larsen, 81; 7. (tie) Taygen Schuelke and Joe Lufkin, 80.

Steer roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shay Good, 10.1 seconds; 2. Chet Herren, 12.1; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.5; 4. (tie) Neal Wood and Guy Allen, 12.6; 6. Corey Ross, 13.5. Average leaders: 1. Cody Lee, 41.5 seconds on three runs; 2. Brodie Poppino, 41.7; 3. Guy Allen, 42.0; 4. Troy Tillard, 43.1; 5. Chet Herren, 44.3; 6. Corey Ross, 57.3.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4; 3. Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson, 5.8; 4. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9; 5.Nathan McWhorter/Wesley Thorp, 6.0; 6. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 6.3; 7. (tie) Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.8. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. (tie) JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Chad Masters/Travis Graves, Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper and Aaron Macy/Chad Williams, 4.8; 6. Cale Markham/Buddy Hawkins Jr. 5.0; 7. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 5.0; 8. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 5.1. Average leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 10.2 seconds on two runs; 2. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.7; 3. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman,11.3; 4. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 11.8; 5. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 13.1; 6. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 14.0; 7. (tie) Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn and Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 15.9.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Carley Richardson, 17.70 seconds; 2. Jessica Frost, 17.74; 3. (tie) Janet Staton and Hailey Kinsel, 17.83; 5. Michelle Lummus, 17.87; 6. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 17.89; 7. Paige Conrado, 17.91; 8. Meghan Johnson, 17.92; 9. Kenna Squires, 17.95; 10. Dawn Lewis, 17.97; 11. Christine Laughlin, 18.0; 12. Jackie Ganter, 18.04; 13. Ivy Conrado, 18.12; 14. Alexa Lake, 18.17; 15. Taylor Langdon, 18.19.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Sage Kimzey, 84 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Fireball; 2. (tie) Bayle Worden and Casey Huckabee, 82; 4. Corey Granger, 78; 5. Tanner Learmont, 75; 6. Dallee Mason, 73; 7. McKennon Wimberly, 69; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

The Most Effective Way to Educate the Public

Lifestyles - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:06pm
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(NewsUSA) - Producing and communicating a cohesive message that's meant to educate a large group of people is a difficult process to set up and put into place, and an even harder one to control. The scope of the message and the action that you want your audience to take can be cast aside -- or worse, not seen at all -- if it's not picked up by the mass media. How can you build on the knowledge that your audience already has to deliver a message that meets your goals?

If you want to educate your audience, you'll first have to determine why:

* Do you want them to act or react in a certain way?

* Do you want to them to advocate for a particular situation?

* Do you want to build brand awareness for your company?

* Do you want people to change their behavior or influence their attitude?

Each of these goals involves educating your audience, but you have to reach them before you can educate them. In the past, public relations practitioners have concentrated on press releases that were tailored to newspapers and other media sources that attract large audiences. It was an easy way to share their stories. Since the advent of the internet, and the subsequent financial collapse that caused many newspapers to shrink, it's difficult to get a story covered, and editors are less likely to assign space in the paper when advertising is what pay the bills.

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Let's say you would like to educate a large audience about a public health risk that hasn't yet been picked up by the media. You can craft and send press releases, talk to media influencers, and attempt to book TV spots on news and talk shows. While these used to work well, they won't give you a guaranteed reach. Instead, consider:

* Mat releases (sometimes called matte releases) to reach and educate a large segment of the population. Mat releases are stories, written to look like news stories, that newspaper editors prefer because they're ready-made and can be placed in either print or digital sections of papers. NewsUSA's mat releases guarantee 1,000 newspaper placements with a guaranteed minimum total reach of 20 million.

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Mullen, Others Speak To Media In Preseason Press Conference

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 3:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, Bulldog assistant coaches and players previewed the 2015 season at its annual media day on Friday afternoon at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

Ramping Up Your Home's Curb Appeal Is a Smart Move

Lifestyles - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:48am
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(NewsUSA) - If people wanted their homes to look like all the others on the block, we wouldn't be so obsessed with "curb appeal."

Doesn't matter whether you're looking to sell -- the National Association of Realtors says 49 percent of all houses are bought based on that one factor -- or planning to stay put longer than the lines for Powerball. Every homeowner craves what's been described as "that quality that makes you say 'wow' when you first see it."

So, how to achieve it? Read on for some of the best ideas from the pros.

* Addresses aren't just for mailboxes. You'll score points for originality by painting each numeral -; in big, bold strokes -; on separate flower-filled planters placed near the front entrance. "You spruce up your landscape with plants, so why not liven your home address the same way?" suggests Angie's List.

* Glam the front door. Painting it lipstick-red is in, for those who dare. For those who don't, or whose houses aren't a neutral color, Forbes advises to "try a more muted shade like sea-blue, sage-green, or even black."

* Replace your roof. This is the biggie, given Better Homes and Garden's oft-cited calculation that 40 percent of a home's curb appeal hinges on the condition of the roof. Now, you may be only slightly embarrassed by your neighbors' not-so-subtle hints that yours looks like it's been hit by a drone. But if you're even toying with the idea of selling and that's the first thing potential buyers see from a distance?

"It's a huge turn-off, and only makes them predisposed to find even more things they hate about the house," says Patsy O'Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby's in Montclair, New Jersey.

The fix? Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, is just out with a glowing review of the gorgeous new line of Glenwood Shingles from GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer ( "It's the industry's thickest triple-layer asphalt shingle," he says. "Not only does that result in an authentic wood-shake look at a fraction of the cost of traditional wood shake, but you're also getting enhanced fire safety and lower maintenance." And, hey, you're also doing your part for the environment.

* Pressure time. If you think of it as water pistols for adults, using a garden hose (set to max) to blast away dirt and debris from your property can actually be fun. But as HGTV cautions: "Be careful not to dislodge, or get any water underneath, your home's siding."

Nationals Ballpark Teams With Lansinoh for Nursing Suite

Lifestyles - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:40am
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(NewsUSA) - Families with young children now have their own space at Washington Nationals baseball games, thanks to a partnership with breastfeeding product company Lansinoh, whose global headquarters is located in nearby Alexandria, Va.

Although breastfeeding in the stands at a ballgame is any mom's right, the Washington Nationals offer an alternative for moms who want one: a cool, quiet, comfortable space that provides privacy while allowing moms to keep an eye on the game. The Lansinoh Nursing Lounge at Nationals Park is conveniently located just off the first base line and offers areas for breastfeeding, pumping and diaper changes, as well as a sink for rinsing pump parts, outlets for phone charging or other electrical needs and a toddler play area. Of course, the lounge is also outfitted with TVs so visitors won't miss the action on the field.

"We are excited to unveil a dedicated and comfortable space for nursing mothers," Valerie Camillo, Chief of Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Washington Nationals, said in a press release. "We truly value the fantastic feedback fans offered us, and are grateful for Lansinoh's assistance in creating this space." The lounge opening occurs during World Breastfeeding Week, an international initiative to raise awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding, and follows the release of findings from the 2015 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey. The survey included more than 13,000 pregnant women or new mothers in 10 countries. Overall, 96 percent of women agreed that breastfeeding is the best way to feed their babies.

However, approximately one-third of the women surveyed said that breastfeeding in public was embarrassing. Having dedicated private spaces for breastfeeding, such as the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge, can help support breastfeeding by making the process easier and more comfortable for moms who would feel more comfortable using an alternative space.

"As a local DC-area company and longtime advocate for moms and babies, we were thrilled to help design and support the creation of the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge," Kevin Vyse-Peacock, CEO of Lansinoh, said. "Lansinoh is committed to providing breastfeeding solutions for every family, and we are very happy to work with the Nationals, who continue to demonstrate their commitment to supporting all of their fans."

The Lansinoh Lounge opened on August 6, 2015, for the Nationals' home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lansinoh is a global leader in breastfeeding accessories. Please visit for more information.


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