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Mississippi State Trial Gardens to present 'Autumn Window Boxes' workshop

MSU News - 2 hours 14 min ago

The Mississippi State Trial Gardens will present a workshop on "Autumn Window Boxes" on Sept. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Dorman Hall greenhouse on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Faculty, staff and students, as well as member of the surrounding community, are invited to learn how to decorate and care for fall container gardens. Participants will be able to make their very own fall container masterpiece to use in their own home during the fall season.

Registration is $20 and space is limited. For more information, please contact Kandiace Gray at ekg19@msstate.edu, or find the gardens on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mstrialgarden.

You can also register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autumn-window-boxes-tickets-17809698287.

Women’s Cross Country Picked to Finish Sixth in SEC

Bulldog Beat - 2 hours 52 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a record breaking 2014 season, the Mississippi State women's cross country team was selected to place sixth in the Southeastern Conference and fourth in the NCAA South Regionals announced Monday.

Lights, camera, action! MSU Television Center now features HD set

MSU News - 3 hours 13 min ago
Mississippi State’s Office of Agricultural Communications films its first Farmweek episode since the completion of the University Television Center’s new high-definition studio. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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Mississippi State’s Office of Agricultural Communications films its first Farmweek episode since the completion of the University Television Center’s new high-definition studio. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Television Center now is home to a high-definition studio that will better assist the state’s largest higher education video production facility.  

“Using the innovative set construction methods of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Gelbach Designs, we were able to work together to create a new look that specifically caters to high-definition programming, and we were able to do it in a very cost-effective manner,” said David Garraway, the center’s director.

Twenty percent larger than its predecessor, the new set features state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting and three high-definition monitors that allow for high-end motion graphics to be presented, Garraway said.

The newly renovated space also enables TV Center staff to utilize its six-foot camera crane for moving shots and dynamic camera angles.

 “Our clients have many, many different needs, audiences and styles, and we feel that the look of the new set really pushes the TV Center into the 21st century, but also gives our clients a more flexible environment in which they can create productions that suit their needs,” Garraway emphasized.

He also expressed appreciation for the support of the university’s Facilities Management division and Office of Agricultural Communications in making the set redesign project a reality. OAC, the TV Center’s primary client, will continue using the set to produce Farmweek for the MSU Extension Service.

 Airing Saturdays at 6 p.m., Farmweek is the state’s oldest and only locally-produced agricultural television news show that broadcasts statewide 52 weeks a year on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. To view the latest edition of Farmweek, visit http://bit.ly/FarmWeekNewSet.

The University Television Center is part of MSU’s Office of Public Affairs. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said the new set “gives MSU one of the finest on-campus facilities of this nature in the Southeastern Conference.”

“As MSU enters a new era of marketing and branding, this facility will enable us to produce high quality videos, live satellite feeds and in-depth university programming,” said Salter. “I’m proud of what this upgrade represents for the future of the University Television Center.”

Garraway said the university’s communication department also will be using the new set for its advanced television production classes.

An open house celebrating the TV Center’s studio renovation takes place Sept. 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the Wise Center. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Located at 240 Wise Center Drive, MSU’s Television Center offers broadcast-quality educational, marketing and promotional projects for both traditional and new media. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.utc.msstate.edu or call 662-325-1332. Garraway also may be reached at david.garraway@msstate.edu.

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

Health Equity Cross-Campus Interest Group to meet Wednesday

MSU News - 3 hours 18 min ago

Faculty, staff and students at Mississippi State are invited to the semester's first meeting of the Health Equity Cross-Campus Interest Group with special guests Corey Wiggins and Buddy Daughdrill on Wednesday [Sept. 2] from noon to 1 p.m. in 210 Lloyd Ricks Watson Building.

Wiggins, the director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC), will lead a discussion titled "The Intersection of Health Policy, Health Disparities, and Advocacy." Daughdrill, executive director of the Mississippi Public Health Association, will describe the history, activities and benefits of the MPHA.

Lunch will be served free to the first 45 people, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

More information on health equity and the initiative's plans for the fall is available at http://guides.library.msstate.edu/healthequity.  If you have questions or would like to be added to the HECCIG listserve, please email heccig@lists.msstate.edu. For information about MEPC and MPHA, visit http://mepconline.org or www.mspha.org.

The MSU Health Equity Cross-Campus Interest Group brings together faculty, staff, and students into a forum for sharing novel ideas, challenges and successes on issues related to health equity. The group aims to encourage participants to conduct health equity research, to create and foster solutions about how to be a conduit for change, and to partner with communities to implement programs focused on health and wellness.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact David Buys at david.buys@msstate.edu.

Mullen Previews Season Opener at Weekly Press Conference

Bulldog Beat - 4 hours 23 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon in the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

MSU announces Bulldog Bash 2015 musical lineup, title charity

MSU News - 4 hours 25 min ago
(Graphic by Aubrey Pohl and Katie Erickson)

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(Graphic by Aubrey Pohl and Katie Erickson)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—California-based indie rock band Local Natives will headline the Mississippi State University Student Association’s 16th annual Bulldog Bash.

Taking place Sept. 11 in the heart of Starkville’s Cotton District—the day prior to MSU’s Southeastern Conference home football game with Louisiana State University—the state’s largest, free outdoor concert also features:

—Ithaca, New York-based alternative rock band X Ambassadors; and

—New York City indie pop band MisterWives.

A fourth group will be determined with the selection of a winner in the SA-sponsored Battle of the Bands concert competition.

Prior to the Sept. 11 musical performances, the annual Dawg Rally will feature a pep rally at the concert site.

Also that day at the Cotton District location will be an afternoon Maroon Market. Interested local artists and food vendors may email msubash2015@gmail.com for more information and to reserve a booth.

Local Natives’ debut album, “Gorilla Manor,” was released in 2009 in the United Kingdom and in 2010 in the United States. The album debuted in the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 3 in the New Artist Chart. Released in 2013, the Los Angeles group’s second studio album, “Hummingbird,” reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 and was preceded by the single, “Breakers.” For more, see thelocalnatives.com.

Information on X Ambassadors is found at www.xambassadors.com; MisterWives, www.misterwives.com.

Proceeds derived from Bulldog Bash 2015 will benefit the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Aramark Corp., Aspen Heights, Busylad Rent-All, City of Starkville, Clark Beverage Group Inc., Coca-Cola, Copy Cow, CSpire, Hail State Rewards, HELiX Starkville, Monster Energy, MSU’s Alumni Association and Office of the President, and Sweet Peppers Deli.

For more, contact the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930 or msubash2015@gmail.com. Additional details also may be found at www.msubulldogbash.com and twitter.com/MSUBulldogBash.

The MSU Student Association is online at www.thestudentassociation.com, facebook.com/ MSUStudentAssociation, twitter.com/msu_sa and instagram.com/msu_sa.

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

Tour finale will crown champs at Kansas Star

Twisted Rodeo - 5 hours 16 min ago

MULVANE, Kan. – The race for the 2015 Don Gay Bull Riding Tour championship will come down to the final weekend of the season.

The tour’s finale will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane.

“We’ve had a phenomenal race for the title,” said Randy Schmutz, general manager of United Bucking Bulls Inc., which is tied into the Don Gay Tour. “It’s been an exciting season, and it’s going to come down to the final three days to decide our champion.”

DonGayBullRidingTourThe tour features a 19-event regular season, and only the top 50 cowboys on the money list advance to the finals, where they will be matched with some of the top bulls in the industry. It makes for a wild three-day ride inside the Kansas Star Arena.

“We’ve got 17-year-old Koal Livingston leading the standings,” Schmutz said, referring to the cowboy from the north Texas community of Burleson. “Also in the race is our well-known veteran, Ronny Kitchens, who was our first finals champion and won the 2013 year-end title. He was the recipient of the first Don Gay Tour pickup.”

Kitchens, a 39-year-old bull rider that has been part of the game for the last two decades, sits second in the standings. He will head into the finale with a lot of momentum but will be in the mix for the title with Jory Markiss and Michael Earl. All four cowboys are within range to make a move on Livingston.

Events that are part of the Don Gay Tour also feature competitions for the bulls that are in the mix. Like the cowboys that ride for the money available, bull owners enlist their bulls in the contest with hopes of cashing in. Owners of the bull with the top score will win the lion’s share of the prize money.

“Our tour is different in that we have a Rank Rider Score System, wherein every rider receives a Rank Rider score regardless of an 8-second qualified ride based on the judges’ evaluation of the bull and the riding time by the cowboy,” Schmutz said. “The bonus is if they ride for eight seconds, they receive a Rank Rider score based on the same premise, then they get a traditional ride score and are eligible for two paychecks.

“This system is not to reward an unqualified ride, but it doubles the reward for those guys that do ride for a qualified ride. Our events are about the rankest bulls in the world and the guys that try their hearts out trying to ride them.”

It all adds to the mix for the final weekend of September. This marks the third straight year the Kansas Star Arena has hosted the Don Gay Tour finale.

“The arena and the amenities all being in one place is such a tremendous experience for all of our bull riders and our bull owners,” Schmutz said. “We’ve had a wonderful relationship with the staff and management there, and it’s been a phenomenal event each year.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Rooker Named 2015 New England Collegiate Baseball League MVP

Bulldog Beat - 6 hours 52 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker was named the recipient of the 2015 Rick Ligi NECBL Most Valuable Player Award, the league announced late Sunday night.

Watch Dan Mullen's Weekly Press Conference at 1 p.m. Monday

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:23pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's weekly press conference begins at 1 p.m. CT Monday as the Bulldogs prepare for their 2015 season-opener at Southern Miss this Saturday.

Bulldogs Fall 3-0 to South Florida

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 2:30pm
TAMPA, Fla. – With sweltering heat and the threat of a tropical storm weighing down on the Tampa area Sunday morning, the Mississippi State soccer team left it all out on the field as the Bulldogs showed true grit in defeat to South Florida.

MSU Volleyball Splits Decisions To Close Out Bulldog Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:50am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a Friday that saw Mississippi State sweep a pair of matches to open the 2015 season, the volleyball Bulldogs closed out the Bulldog Invitational by splitting decisions Saturday at Newell-Grissom.

Bulldogs Sweep Pair Of Matches In McFatrich’s Debut

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 1:11am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In front of a two-match crowd of 1,846, including the third-largest crowd in school history in the nightcap, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs swept a pair of opponents to open the David McFatrich era Friday at Newell-Grissom.

Perseverance, academic achievement in focus for MSU’s Men and Women of Color Summit

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:36pm
The Mississippi State University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion honored six alumni and faculty for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday [Aug. 27] in the Mill at MSU Conference Center as part of the Men and Women of Color Summit. From left are Camille Scales Young, Linda Cornelious, Albert J. Williams, Sebetha Jenkins, Marilyn Crouther and Wanda Williams. The summit continued with a full day of educational sessions Friday [Aug. 28]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

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The Mississippi State University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion honored six alumni and faculty for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday [Aug. 27] in the Mill at MSU Conference Center as part of the Men and Women of Color Summit. From left are Camille Scales Young, Linda Cornelious, Albert J. Williams, Sebetha Jenkins, Marilyn Crouther and Wanda Williams. The summit continued with a full day of educational sessions Friday [Aug. 28]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—“Where will you be on Labor Day weekend 2035?”

With that prompt from speaker Albert J. Williams, hundreds of students who were gathered in the Mill at MSU Conference Center ballroom – eyes closed – visualized futures that involved success and accomplishment. Moments later, Williams, a Mississippi State alumnus and president of Chevron Pipeline Company, instructed the students to open their eyes.

“That vision you had will not happen if you do not have a plan,” Williams warned. “You must try and not be afraid of failure.”

Williams was one of three keynote speakers Friday [Aug. 28] for the MSU Men and Women of Color Summit, organized by the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. He also was one of six MSU alumni and faculty honored for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday night [Aug. 27].

Themed “Reframing the Dialogue around Men and Women of Color: Academic Success in Higher Education,” workshops and panels focused on the importance of education and developing life skills.

More than 700 registered to attend the summit, and students from six other universities – the University of Mississippi, Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Mississippi University for Women, Southern Mississippi and Alabama – joined a strong MSU contingent.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum said he believes the university reflects the kind of impact a focus on diversity can make, and events like the summit help strengthen that impact.

“We take great pride in what we do to promote diversity because diversity enriches and empowers any institution and the people in it,” Keenum said.

One component of each keynote speech, however, was perseverance, and Williams hit that keystroke in his Friday morning speech hard and often.

A Jackson native who came to MSU on a football scholarship, Williams dealt with injury and a rigorous academic regimen on his way to earning an historic place in Bulldog football history – he returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown against Louisiana State University in 1990, breaking a five-year losing streak against the Tigers – as well as earning an electrical engineering degree.

His parents, he said, always valued education, leading eight of the 11 children in his family to receive degrees. He urged participants to get the most from their education, welcome adversity as a building block for success and use their “God-given talents” to realize their potential.

“Strive to shape history rather than just be shaped by it,” he said. “Through academic achievement, anything is possible for you and for us. And remember, life itself is a class, and school is always in session.”

Much in the same vein as Williams’ message, lunch speaker Lori A. Harper told summit participants how she trudged through college as a single mother of two and eventually became the first African-American woman to reach vice president status at Ingalls Ship Building. Working out of Pascagoula, Harper manages the company’s supply chain.

“Life happens,” she said. “When life happens, it’s how you respond that makes a difference.”

Participants also heard from La Doris “Dot” Harris, the director of the Office of Impact and Diversity and assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy. She worked in the private sector for almost 30 years before President Barack Obama appointed her to her current post in 2012.

To persevere, she said, students have to fight against fear.

“You should never have fear in anything you do,” Harris said. “When you tolerate fear, you contaminate faith.”

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

Soccer Drops Decision to Florida Gulf Coast 2-0

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:30pm
TAMPA, Fla. – On a muggy and humid afternoon the Mississippi State soccer team displayed a tremendous effort as the Bulldogs took Atlantic Sun favorite Florida Gulf Coast to the limit, but ultimately fell 2-0.

VBOC holds grand opening at research park

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:24pm
The Veterans Business Outreach Center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday [Aug. 28]. The center helps veterans and their spouses either start a business or grow an existing business. From left are Bob Seitz, VBOC counselor; Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business; Mark Scott, VBOC director; Janita Stewart, director of the Small Business Administration’s Mississippi office; Trent Kelly, congressman for Mississippi’s

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The Veterans Business Outreach Center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday [Aug. 28]. The center helps veterans and their spouses either start a business or grow an existing business. From left are Bob Seitz, VBOC counselor; Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business; Mark Scott, VBOC director; Janita Stewart, director of the Small Business Administration’s Mississippi office; Trent Kelly, congressman for Mississippi’s 1st district; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; Rodney Pearson, MSU business professor and VBOC board member; and Mike Pornovets, head of the VBOC’s satellite office at The Innovation Center in Biloxi. (Photo by Mitch Phillips)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A ribbon-cutting and open house formally welcomed to the Mississippi State University campus a new resource for military veteran entrepreneurs.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) hosted distinguished guests and members of the public for a grand opening ceremony Friday morning [Aug. 28] at its location in Suite 105D, 60 Technology Blvd., in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Park. In partnership with the College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, the VBOC is providing guidance for veterans, and their spouses, who either want to start a small business or grow their existing business.

 “Entrepreneurship and support for startups are among our strengths,” said Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business. “The VBOC is a natural extension of what we are already good at. We’ve assembled a great team, and they are already working hard to help veterans.”

MSU received an $825,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to start its VBOC, which will serve veterans and their spouses in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. MSU’s VBOC is one of 15 nationwide.

Trent Kelly, 1st district congressman for Mississippi and a colonel in the Mississippi National Guard, commended MSU for its commitment to veterans during Friday’s ceremony. He said veterans typically have a servant’s heart, a high level of intelligence and an innate ability to “not accept failure.” These traits, he added, often translate into business success.

“Our veterans are so important to this nation,” said Kelly, who serves on the House Small Business Committee. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to become entrepreneurs and small business owners because they have what it takes.”

The VBOC officially became operational in May and has already served dozens of clients. Center Director Mark Scott said he and his staff field calls daily requesting consultations. Its free services range from developing ideas into businesses, identifying a business’ customer base and helping veterans form a business plan.

Further, Scott noted the VBOC has set up a satellite office in The Innovation Center in Biloxi to help better serve the four-state region.

A land-grant institution established in 1878 with the U.S. Military Academy as a model, Mississippi State has a long history of service and commitment to veterans. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 29th on its elite list of the 52 best national higher education organizations for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

On Friday, MSU President Mark E. Keenum said more than 450 veterans are enrolled at MSU, and more than 2,100 students are directly connected to veterans as dependents or spouses.

“We have a long history of engagement and involvement with veterans,” he said.

Since October 2012, VBOCs have helped more than 136,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs nationwide, said Mississippi SBA Director Janita Stewart. For more information on MSU’s VBOC, visit www.vboc.msstate.edu/~vboc/index.php. The telephone number is 662-325-4990; the email address, vboc@business.msstate.edu.

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

McComas exhibit featuring ‘outsider art’ from Jackson collection

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:10pm
 Loy Allen “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin (1909-1995), no title, 1986. Glitter and glue on paper. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of Warren and Sylvia Lowe. 1994.049.

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 Loy Allen “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin (1909-1995), no title, 1994.049.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Artworks by the co-author of Mississippi State’s 2015 Maroon Edition book selection—as well as others by self-taught artists—are on display at the university.

Free and open to all through Oct. 2 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery, the exhibit titled “Here and Beyond: Outsider Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art” features 16 varied pieces. They range from visions of space ships to rural landscape memory paintings to observations of New Orleans street life.

Among them is a print made from an original painting by Denver Moore (1937-2012). Titled “We Are All Homeless Just Working Our Way Home,” it shares its name with the last line of this year’s Maroon Edition selection, “Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together.”

Moore is co-author of the 245-page novel released in 2006 by Thomas Nelson, a HarperCollins Publishers subsidiary. His art piece was donated to the MMA exhibit by Cerulean Gallery in Amarillo, Texas.

Among other self-taught artists being featured are Eula Crabtree (20th century), Roy Ferdinand (1959-2004), M.C. “Five Cent” Jones (1917-2003), Prophet Royal Robertson (1936-97), Juanita Rogers (1934-85) and Luster Willis (1913-94).

In addition to the Jackson museum and its Traveling Exhibition Endowment, the campus exhibit is supported by MSU’s Maroon Edition freshman common reading program and College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

A 5 p.m. exhibition reception will take place Oct. 1 in the ground-floor gallery whose main entrance is located off the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free and open to all.

In addition to Moore’s creation, the exhibit includes three works by self-taught artist Loy Allen Bowlin (1909-95), a Franklin County native who resided in McComb until his death.

Bowlin experienced a spiritual awakening of sorts in 1975 after hearing Glen Campbell’s hit song “Rhinestone Cowboy,” which he said inspired his passion to create colorful, glittery art works. Bowlin also favored embellished satin suits that, along with his distinctive artworks, earned him the nickname “The Original Rhinestone Cowboy.”

“The art on view was created sometimes for spiritual reasons and sometimes from the sheer pleasure of creating,” said Beth Batton, MMA’s curator of the collection. “Art by outsider artists was shaped less by an ambition to ‘make it’ in the art world and more by the ups and downs of life.”

Ron Hall, the other co-author of “Same Kind of Different as Me,” was keynote speaker for the university’s second Freshman Convocation held earlier this month.

MMA’s Traveling Exhibition Endowment is supported by significant private contributions that are matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

Now in its seventh year, Maroon Edition is a university-wide program that encourages incoming freshmen to read the same book prior to fall-semester arrival. Throughout the school year, they discuss the selected work with other students, administration, faculty and staff members. For more, visit www.maroonedition.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

The McComas Art Gallery is one of the several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Complete information about the college and department is found at caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU and twitter.com/CAADatMSU.

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

Stewart bringing voice to KC

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:33am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Stewart looks at his job from many angles.

He is a researcher, a statistician and an entertainer. He has the unique ability to put it all together as one of the top emcees in professional rodeo, a six-time nominee for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Announcer of the Year.

He will bring his talents to Kansas City as the voice of the American Royal PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Hale Arena inside the American Royal Complex.

Andy Stewart

Andy Stewart

“I feel that production is extremely important in the world of rodeo,” said Stewart, now in his 20th year in the PRCA. “If people get a $20 ticket, then we need to give them $40 worth of entertainment and get the most bang for their buck.”

It’s something fans have come to expect with the American Royal Rodeo over the years.

“Anytime you can be part of rodeo history – and every great cowboy, every legend that has been associated with our sport has been to the American Royal – it’s pretty special,” he said. “There are not a whole lot of rodeos in our industry that can make that kind of statement.

“For those guys to put enough trust in me to bring me in there to be part of that rodeo is a thrill.”

The American Royal Rodeo takes place on the final weekend of the 2015 regular season. It is a major stop for contestants who are scrambling to finish the campaign in a position to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that features the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in each event.

That just adds to the excitement that is Kansas City’s ProRodeo.

“It’s almost like being a wildcard game in the NFL or Major League Baseball,” Stewart said. “These guys might have one shot left to make it. It’s so important, because I’ve seen guys that go to rodeos like Kansas City with that much money in the pot at the end of the season, and they can win enough money to get them to the NFR or winning a world title.

“When you talk about the extensive travel these guys have to do, the money they have to spend to get up and down the road, a rodeo like the American Royal becomes extremely crucial because they make their money at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – that’s where they put money in the bank for the winter and hold them over for the next year.”

That just adds to the atmosphere in Kansas City.

“It turns up the level of competition as well,” he said. “Hunger is a major motivator; it’s a financial motivation for these guys. They’ve got families, they’ve got bills, they’ve got things that they’ve got to pay. When it comes crunch time like that at a great rodeo, you see the intensity level and the competition level step up another notch.”

Stewart knows what it takes to work at an elite level. He works many of the biggest rodeos in the country, including the legendary Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo. One reason is because of his energetic, booming voice. Another is the extra work he puts ahead of each rodeo performance so that he can be the perfect voice of the fans.

For every hour he’s on the microphone, Stewart spends many more going through biographies and background and looking over all the important statistics of each competitor in the show. He understands what it takes to compete at an elite level, and he wants fans to realize it, too. It is, after all, the perfect mix of world-class competition and true family-friendly entertainment.

“Rodeos like the American Royal are special to the best of the best, the world champions,” Stewart said. “It’s not necessarily for the money, but it’s an honor and a privilege to enter Kansas City. It’s another notch on your belt to win a rodeo like the American Royal.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway can be gateway to global economy

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:32am

Contact: Carol Gifford

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is an engine for economic development with great potential for future growth, said Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, or NSPARC, a research unit of Mississippi State University.

Parisi’s remarks, delivered Thursday [Aug. 27] at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Opportunities Conference in Point Clear, Ala., were based on a recent economic analysis of the Tenn-Tom Waterway produced by NSPARC.

The Tenn-Tom is a 234-mile manmade waterway that connects the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers and runs through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and opened in 1985, the Tenn-Tom creates a 1,300-mile water system between the Ohio River and Gulf of Mexico.

“The Tenn-Tom Waterway was strategically planned to create an economy around it,” said Parisi, a sociology professor at MSU.

The waterway primarily provides a cost-effective and safe way to transport goods, Parisi said. Shipments are increasing and more diverse commodities are being shipped on the Tenn-Tom due to the development of advanced manufacturing nearby, including automotive, aerospace, chemical, petroleum product and hydropower firms.

“For every federal dollar spent [for the Tenn-Tom’s commercial navigation], an additional $3.54 is returned to the treasury, resulting from local, state, and federal tax revenues and annual economic output,” he said. “The Tenn-Tom is also responsible for more than 24,000 full-time jobs, developing a middle-skill workforce, and supporting an education system of 23 community colleges and 14 universities.”

The Tenn-Tom is poised to capitalize on growth in manufacturing in other parts of the country, added Parisi, citing the rapid growth of a variety of advanced chemical and plastic manufacturing facilities located on the Ohio River basin. He said the Tenn-Tom is uniquely positioned to emerge as the prime means for transporting chemical and plastic goods from Ohio River-based facilities to the Gulf of Mexico.

Outdoor recreation represents another major contribution from the Tenn-Tom, Parisi said. More than 1.7 million annual visitors to the Tenn-Tom region take part in fishing, boating and water activities, camping, hiking picnicking, sightseeing, and hunting.

Parisi said that for every federal dollar spent on recreation around the Tenn-Tom, $1.22 is returned to the treasury from tax revenues, job creation and personal income.

Parisi also discussed other uses of the Tenn-Tom, including water for residential and commercial use, water for irrigation of farmland and infrastructure, and flood control.

“The Tenn-Tom impacts 17 metro areas, 111 counties and 6 million people,” said Parisi. “With expansive room for growth and more investment, the waterway can be the centerpiece of multi-state regional opportunities and become a gateway to the global economy.”

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

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McFatrich Era Opens Friday With Bulldog Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:01pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Months of preparation, practice and planning are officially in the books. Friday, Aug. 28, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs open the 2015 season and the David McFatrich era with a doubleheader in the Bulldog Invitational at the Newell-Grissom Building.

STATEMENT OF MSU PRESIDENT MARK E. KEENUM

MSU News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 6:11pm

“Today, our usually placid Thursday campus routine was interrupted by a frighteningly real threat of violence. Fortunately, our MSU Police, the Division of Student Affairs, and our Crisis Action Team were able to manage this threat and the outcome was that no one was injured, no shots were fired, and no gun was found to have been used by the student making threats against himself and others.

“But something else happened today. We tested procedures designed to protect all of us through our Crisis Action Team responses. Those responses and protocols worked and worked successfully. And they worked because by and large, our students, faculty and staff knew what to do and knew how to react.

“I have directed the Provost to make sure that our faculty are as lenient as possible with regard to the attendance policies so no one is unjustly penalized with regard to class absences. I have also taken steps to make sure that we offer appropriate counseling to any member of our MSU family who desires such assistance.

“Tomorrow, our Crisis Action Team will return to the table to examine what we learned during these tense hours and how we can use that knowledge to make us all even safer tomorrow. But for now, let’s all be thankful for the safe resolution of today’s unfortunate incident and keep our eyes firmly on our business here at MSU – learning, research, and service.”

 

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