Contact: Checky Herrington
Mississippi State University is defined by its many success stories â and who better to tell these stories than the people who are living them every day.
That's the purpose of The MSU Experience, a series of photographs and videos in which members of the campus community explain why they've chosen MSU as the place for learning, discovery, and personal and career success.
"The MSU Experience gives viewers a sense of what it's like to be a part of the university through the eyes of a diverse cross-section of students, faculty and staff," said Sid Salter, MSUâs âchief communications officer. "Their stories prove that no matter who you are or where you come from, Mississippi State is a place where you can find more opportunities to lead, participate and excel.â
The MSU Experience is the latest in a series of communications tools that tie into a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative highlighting the many ways MSU is driven to make a difference. Strengths include diversity, cross-campus collaboration and a supportive and nurturing environment for students.
Other tools include a new social media hub, a revamped website and www.WeRingTrue.com, an innovative social media initiative that reinforces MSU's standing as a world-class academic research university.
This fall, Mississippi State is welcoming the largest and most academically advanced freshman class in its history. With an enrollment of more than 20,000, Mississippiâs leading university comprises students from all 50 states and 88 countries.
Student-led teams at Mississippi State are involved in a number of research and development projects with state, national and global impacts. They are working to get unmanned aerial systems flying safely in the nationâs airspace, designing the car of the future, and generating solutions to world hunger, to name just a few.
"Being a leader is reflected in everything we do, including how we tell our stories and promote our accomplishments to prospective students," Salter said. "The people of Mississippi State are our ambassadors to the world, and The MSU Experience is another tool they can use to promote the great things happening here every day."
The MSU Experience is available at msuexperience.msstate.edu.
Learn more about Mississippi State and sign up for the #WeRingTrue program at www.WeRingTrue.com.
Contact: Zack Plair
STARKVILLE, Miss.â A Mississippi State University finance professor has an opportunity for his research to inform public policy decisions on consumer finance.
Thomas W. Miller Jr., holder of the Jack R. Lee Chair in Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, has been named a Visiting Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
The Mercatus Center is the worldâs premier university source for market-oriented ideasâbridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Working with the centerâs Financial Markets Working Group, Miller will research small dollar loans for high credit-risk consumers. Specifically, he will research the impact of government regulations on those consumers and lending agencies.
As a Visiting Scholar, Miller said he would join a ânetwork of scholarsâ whose research is often considered in national and state policy debates.
âMercatus is known for the integrity of its research,â Miller said. âIt isnât swayed by any viewpoint, but lets the data speak for itself. Itâs an exciting opportunity.â
Miller said he spent six weeks of each of the last two summers in residency at Mercatus, which he said opened his eyes to the opportunity of becoming a visiting scholar. With that designation, he hopes to give his classroom students at MSU access to his fellow Mercatus researchers on a variety of financial market-related topics.
Agreeing with Miller, MSU finance department professor and head Michael Highfield noted Millerâs honor as an opportunity for the university, promoting professional development and intellectual growth for faculty and students.
âAs the Jack R. Lee Chair of Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, Dr. Millerâs research on the institutional framework of consumer finance and the role of government regulation thereof has piqued the interest of many individuals in Washington D.C., and I expect further accolades and honors to follow,â Highfield said.
For more information on the Mercatus Center, visit mercatus.org.
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ALVA, Okla. â Goals and aspirations are one thing; accomplishing them oftentimes is another.
For the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo teams, reaching goals is all about the preparation involved. With just two events under their belts, the menâs and womenâs squads are reaching for championships for the 2015-16 season.
âAs a team, I think we have all the talent to win the region,â said Austin Graham, a bareback rider from Jay, Okla. âThe way I look at it, it looks like we have the talent to compete for a national title.â
Each step taken by the Rangers is one more toward that ultimate prize. The first happens in the practice arena, where cowboys and cowgirls hone their skills and their mindsets in order to compete in the Central Plains Region, annually recognized as one of the top circuitâs in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
From there, itâs competing well at each of the 10 rodeos, and the Rangers have done that so far. In fact, Graham won the bareback riding championship this past weekend in Woodward, Okla., finishing second in both rounds and winning the two-ride aggregate. He was joined in the winnerâs circle by Jacob Edler, a steer wrestler from State Center, Iowa.
âWeâve talked about this, and itâs never happened, but we want to be the menâs and womenâs team champions,â said Edler, who finished third in the first round, then won the championship round to claim the title in Woodward. âWeâve got the best athletes weâve ever had. Weâre going to try to win first all the way around.â
So far, itâs working quite well. Besides both Rangers teams being near the top of the standings, Graham, Edler and tie-down roper Bryson Seachrist of Apache, Okla., are atop the list in their events. In Woodward, Seachrist won the first round and placed in the short go-round to finish fourth overall.
âIâve been rodeoing since high school, and the key to winning at rodeos is about 20 percent talent, and the other 80 percent is being mentally strong,â said Edler, noting that the teams gain a lot of understanding from coach Stockton Graves, a steer wrestler who has played on the biggest stages in the sport.
âI think Stockton does a great job of teaching mental toughness. We have a tournament-style match for every event we do. The kids that havenât competed much or havenât learned how to win learn how to do approach the mental aspect of competition. It teaches you how to win.â
In fact, that oftentimes is the driving force for cowboys and cowgirls in deciding on Northwestern to further their college education and rodeo training.
âStockton has been to the NFR seven times,â Graham said. âHe can teach you the things you need to do to go rodeo: Working on my attitude, staying positive, learning how to enter and learning how to win.â
Those lessons are paying off for the Rangers. While Edler won the steer wrestling title this past weekend, he was joined in the final round by four teammates: Layne Livermont, Ty Battie, Tyrell Cline and Maverick Harper. Battie finished sixth overall, while Cline (fourth) and Harper (third) placed even higher.
The women were paced by breakaway ropers Elli Price, who finished second in both the short round and the aggregate race, and Ashton Johnson, who finished third in both rounds and the average. Laremi Allred paved the way in goat-tying, winning the final round and finishing third overall. She was joined in the short round by Shayna Miller, who placed second in the first round, and Tearnee Nelson, who finished in a tie for third in the opening round.
âThe first weekend, I won second, and the win in Woodward is helping in the points,â Edler said. âIâm able to take the lead in the standings for the year, but I know with these rodeos itâs dang sure a marathon and not a sprint.
âIâve been awful fortunate to go to school at Northwestern. We have a great group of bulldoggers, and our coach, Stockton Graves, couldnât be a better mentor or coach. He makes sure weâre staying sharp in the classroom and in the arena.â
Contact: Allison Matthews
STARKVILLE, Miss.âMississippi State University took top honors during the Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes ceremony held Monday [Oct. 5] as part of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference.
MSU was the winner in the Public University Division for the highest percentage of both male and female athletes graduating â with 73 percent of males graduating and 88 percent of females graduating. The universityâs overall graduation rate for athletes is 78 percent.
âWinning the prestigious Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement as the Mississippi public university with the highest graduation rates for both our men and women athletes is indeed a signature win for our overall program of athletics,â said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. âIâm extremely proud of what these awards say about our commitment to keeping the âstudentâ aspect in the proper perspective for our talented student-athletes.â
Administered cooperatively by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the purpose of the Halbrook Awards program is to recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.
âWeâve always been proud here at MSU of the success our student-athletes have off the field, in addition to what they do on their respective playing surfaces. Receiving recognition from the Halbrook Awards is a great reminder of the academic achievement of our Bulldogs,â said Athletics Director Scott Stricklin.
Seth T. Heck, a member of the MSU baseball team and a senior management major from Edmonds, Washington, and Allyson L. McDonald, a womenâs golf team member who is a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Fulton, additionally received David M. Halbrook certificates for academic achievement among athletes.
While serving in the Mississippi Legislature, Representative David M. Halbrook Sr., along with his brothers, John Halbrook, James Halbrook, and J. A. Halbrook, endowed the Halbrook Awards.
MSU is Mississippiâs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
The editors and marketing staff of the University Press of Mississippi will present âHow to Revise a Dissertation and Turn It Into a Good Bookâ on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room. The hour-long presentation will be a discussion with time for Q&A. Topics covered will include:
* How publishing has changed, and why a book should be different from a dissertation
* The specific ways in which a successful book is different from a dissertation
* Recognizing and banishing âdissertationeseâ
* The importance of defining and writing for a specific audience
* What to do when you get stuck
* Researching publishers and crafting a successful proposal
Organizers expect the session to benefit both Mississippi State graduate students and faculty working toward tenure. They will also offer individual appointments starting at noon that day for anyone who would like to discuss their personal project in further detail. Attendees will also be eligible to win a special door prize: a free copy of William Germanoâs seminal book, "From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition."
For additional information, contact Leila Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.