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Soccer Opens Action With Exhibition at UT Martin

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:56pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Coach Aaron Gordon will get the first look at his youthful squad on Wednesday, as Mississippi State will head north for an exhibition bout with UT Martin at 10 a.m.

Stairlifts Can Be Integral Tool for Home Healthcare

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:18am
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(NewsUSA) - People are getting older. Not only does this mean there will be more elderly who want to "age at home," and retain their independence, but there will be those who require in-home care from age-related health problems and surgeries.

Consider this: the number of Americans 65 and up is expected to nearly double by the middle of the century, when they will make up more than a fifth of the nation's population, according to a Census Bureau Report released last year.

What this means is that it will be more important than ever to ensure that homes can be retrofitted to accommodate this demographic.

To that end, installing a stairlift may be just what the doctor ordered. For home healthcare providers or loved ones who have to care for someone who is disabled or coming off of surgery, a stairlift makes sense.

"Caregivers for disabled persons are ... becoming more aware of products to help them," Jerry Keiderling, president of Accessible Home Improvement of America told HomeCare Magazine in an interview.

While there is a certain stigma related to stairlifts of old, Keiderling said that technology developments now center on electronic components and aesthetics.

"Today's stairlifts ... have a much more pleasing look," he told the magazine. "They don't look like the service hoist at the local garage. Longevity is also a key component. Some of these systems are used quite often, and they need to last."

Experts agree, saying older people want something that is discreet and that has the ability to be stored away when not in use.

Unlike older models, new designs such as those sold by Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts are powered by two small-12 volt batteries located under the seat. The chair and built-in footrest can be folded up when not in use, and all lifts have sensors around the perimeter of the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered.

While cost can be a factor in the decision, experts say that the risk of a family member injuring themselves while lifting a patient far outweighs the cost of installing a chairlift.

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Making Cities Smarter With Connected Cars

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:20am
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(NewsUSA) - We live in an age of new mobility, where the landscape of our digital life is expanding and evolving at unprecedented speed. Wireless connectivity has spread from computers and smartphones to cars, homes and cities, and it's simplifying and improving our way of living.

The rise of "smart" objects and machines powered by machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has been a huge catalyst for the Internet of Things -- a web of connected objects and devices that communicate with one another to make life easier. The automotive industry is leading the way forward with more than 23 million connected cars on the road today and projections for 152 million by 2020.

Connected cars enhance our lives with rich services, including advanced 3D navigation, automatic emergency calling when accidents occur and always-on mobile WiFi. They can automatically exchange information with other smart objects, such as traffic lights, to help reduce road congestion and improve navigation. They can also direct drivers to the nearest open parking spot and turn on the heat and stereo system before arriving home.

The possibilities are exciting and limited only by our ability to securely manage wireless service plans for the long life of vehicles and smart city solutions.

Until recently, updating connected car systems was costly and time-consuming, requiring a visit to a dealership to change electronic components embedded under the dashboard. Consumers will soon be able to securely update wireless features and even add new vehicles or smart home devices to existing mobile service plans via a mobile device app or website visit. The new "on-demand connectivity" solution makes it much easier to adopt new technology or instantly take advantage of special offers without additional service contracts or monthly invoices.

"In an increasingly connected world, it is vital to remove barriers for growth," said Gemalto Vice President Juan Lazcano. "On Demand Connectivity allows people to easily manage their connected devices while helping mobile network operators improve service offerings and customer loyalty. It's a win-win scenario."

The best part is Gemalto's solution adds a layer of data security that ensures personal information is protected when service plan updates are made. This allows all of us to trust in the connected cars and smart cities of the future. For more information, visit

Planned power outage for Giles Hall scheduled

MSU News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:00am

A brief planned power outage at Mississippi State's Giles Hall will take place on Wednesday [Aug. 12] from 4-8 a.m. The temporary outage is necessary for new infrastructure at the building.

Football Focuses on Two-a-day Practices, Second Week of Camp

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:57pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State football completed its third two-a-day practices of preseason camp on Monday at "The Farm" off campus.

Two-Sport Texan Joins MSU Softball Program

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 8:13pm
Coming off its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Mississippi State softball continued to improve with the addition of pitcher Cori Cooper.

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...

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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

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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

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