Contact: Carol Gifford
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒA major research unit at Mississippi State University is playing a critical role in how the State of Mississippi delivers nutrition assistance.
The National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) were recently awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop an algorithm to facilitate data usage that improves the quality of the state‚Äôs Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families, and provides economic benefits to communities.
‚ÄúThe use of data has become a big factor in the way government agencies function and operate. This project will put MDHS on the cutting edge of developing methods to improve the quality of program implementation,‚ÄĚ said Domenico ‚ÄúMimmo‚ÄĚ Parisi, executive director of NSPARC.
According to Parisi, the project‚Äôs main objective is to make sure SNAP funds are used to their fullest potential for the benefit of those in need.
‚ÄúThis project is an example of the innovative partnerships that a university can develop with state government,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúNSPARC, as a university research center, acts as an innovation branch in Mississippi, reaching out to partners with policymakers and stakeholders by conducting research to improve systems that can lead to better program results.‚ÄĚ
The three-year project will continue through 2018.
For more about NSPARC, visit www.nsparc.msstate.edu. Parisi may be reached at 662-325-9242.
MSU is Mississippi‚Äôs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Let the Sanderson Center at Mississippi State help you stay fit through the holidays. Through the month of October, sign up for six personal training sessions and receive three bonus sessions.
For further information about fitness programs at the Sanderson Center, contact Adam Thigpen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.recsports.msstate.edu/programs-and-activities/fitness/fitness-assessment.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Mississippi State offers its own "shark-tank" each month where students, faculty and staff can pitch business ideas for an opportunity to receive up to $3,000 in startup cash.
This highly competitive program is a grant to new or current entrepreneurs and not a loan.
The next deadline to submit proposals is 6 p.m. on Wednesday [Oct. 14]. Proposals should be submitted online at http://ecenter.msstate.edu/launch/start-up-grants/apply-for-startup-grant.
For more information about this and other programs offered by the E-Center, visit 210 McCool Hall or online at http://ecenter.msstate.edu. Follow the center on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram via @msstateecenter.
Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒMississippi State‚Äôs music department will welcome nearly a hundred prospective music and music education majors and their families Nov. 9 for the university‚Äôs ninth-annual Music Discovery Day.
Nov. 4 is the deadline for online registration at https://w.msstate.edu/music/discover/.
During a 9 a.m.-3 p.m. open house, high school juniors and seniors, as well as community college students, will have opportunities for one-on-one visits with faculty members and current students.
In addition to learning about the department‚Äôs academic majors and programs and music-related career opportunities, participants will observe music classes and attend faculty and student performances.
‚ÄúMusic Discovery Day provides a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to come see what life is like at Mississippi State and learn about all the exciting things that are happening in our department,‚ÄĚ said event coordinator Tara Warfield.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the music department is an academic unit of both the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education. It currently offers a bachelor‚Äôs degree in music education, with specific majors in instrumental music, vocal music, piano and guitar, as well as a bachelor of arts in music.
Developing quality music educators for Mississippi and the Southeast region, and providing an advanced study of music in the liberal arts tradition are its primary missions.
With more than 100 annual concerts, recitals and other programs, the department also contributes to the cultural atmosphere of Starkville and the Golden Triangle region.
For more about 2015 Music Discovery Day, contact Warfield at 662-325-4753 or email@example.com.
MSU is Mississippi‚Äôs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Contact: Zack Plair
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒNo matter how technology changes news media delivery methods, a panel of professionals speaking at Mississippi State University on Wednesday [Oct. 7] said the first rule of reporting should never change: Tell the truth.
The panel, which consisted of print reporters Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson and Carl Smith of the Starkville Dispatch; and television broadcasters Joey Barnes with WCBI in Columbus and Ryan Moore of Hattiesburg-based WDAM, spoke to students as part of News Engagement Day on campus. Sponsored by MSU‚Äôs communication department, the event coincided with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication‚Äôs initiative to engage with news media and recognize why news matters.
Panelists discussed the increased prominence of social media in reporting, as well as deadlines, ethics and the entertainment value of news. While panelists admitted technology and increasingly competitive media markets put unprecedented pressure on reporters to break stories, they all agreed it is still far more important to be right than to be first.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good to be first, but people will only remember if you are accurate,‚ÄĚ said Barnes, managing editor, news editor and anchor at WCBI.
Apel, the Clarion-Ledger‚Äôs breaking news reporter, also spoke to the benefits and challenges ‚Äúcitizen journalists‚ÄĚ create when they take to social media. Speaking to her experience covering September‚Äôs shooting at Delta State University in Cleveland, where one professor killed another and later took his own life, Apel said wading through tweets about the scene, verifying which were true and which were rumors, added an extra layer to her already hectic task on scene.
‚ÄúWhat you have are all these people tweeting all the things they‚Äôve seen,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIt becomes a guessing game (as to what to retweet and share).‚ÄĚ
Smith, the Starkville bureau reporter for the Columbus-based Commercial Dispatch, agreed with Apel. Also a frequent Twitter user in reporting, Smith said capitalizing on citizen journalism means tirelessly verifying information and building a trustworthy source base.
‚ÄúIt really gets us back to the basics of what we do,‚ÄĚ Smith said.
Both Apel and Moore, the crime reporter for WDAM, spoke to multi-platform reporting as a means to engage different types of consumers with a media product. For example, Moore addressed how broadcast journalists were increasingly writing newspaper-style stories for the Web to complement their traditional video packages that air on TV. Conversely, Apel noted the Clarion-Ledger‚Äôs use of video on the Web to complement their printed and online stories.
Overall, Moore characterized a journalist‚Äôs day at the office in the same manner most characterize the trade itself.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs always something different,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIf you like something that‚Äôs ever-changing that you have to adapt to, this is it.‚ÄĚ
MSU is Mississippi‚Äôs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
(NewsUSA) - What would you do if you learned you had only one year left to live? A new novel from published author Blaize Nolynne explores this question from the perspective of a volunteer fire captain in River Falls, Maine. The novel, The Captain's Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live, depicts the reality of cancer and examines its impact on patients and their families.
The story centers on fire captain Steven Williams, whose doctors have given him one year to live after a diagnosis of stage IV stomach cancer. Steven starts with denial, but then he attempts to come to terms with his situation as treatments fail. His thoughts turn to how to make the most of his remaining year, and he grapples with a range of issues. Could he change his relationship with his son, Christopher, or improve the disrespectful attitudes that have become an epidemic in his community? Ms. Nolynne's intent is to make readers consider what they would do if they learned they had one year left to live.
Fire and rescue services are the venues of many of Ms. Nolynne's books, and she writes from personal experience. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Independent, she notes that her father was a volunteer fire captain with the fire department in Standish, Maine, and that she visited the department often as a child. Her paternal grandfather was a volunteer firefighter and a driver for the local rescue squad, and her great-grandfather served as a fireman in South Portland, Maine.
Another family member -- Ms. Nolynne's grandmother -- also inspired the novel through her battle with terminal cancer.
Ms. Nolynne is honoring her grandmother and the firefighters in her family by assisting with the medical expenses of Jeff Douglass, a fire chief in Baldwin, Maine, who has stage four pancreatic cancer.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Captain's Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live will go to Team Jeff, Code 3 for a Cure, in addition to other firefighter cancer charities. Ms. Nolynne's books are available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bam.com (Books A Million).
For more information about the book, visit www.ayresdelzariopublishinginc.com.
Successful grant management requires a common understanding of processes and systems by both the principal investigator (PI) and the accounting staff with prompt distribution of information and effective communication between academic/research units and central administrative offices.
Join the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State for a "Fiscal Aspects of Grant Management: Cradle to Grave What to Do" seminar on Thursday [Oct. 8] from 2-4 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. Sandy Williamson, the executive director of research fiscal affairs at MSU, will lead the session.
This seminar will cover the fiscal aspects of grants management while reviewing the PI's role and responsibility for administering sponsored agreements, explain established policies and procedures, and provide an overview of the central support services available to the PI.
Seminar topics include the post-award process, terms and conditions, certification of time and effort, federal audit focus, common audit findings, resources, departmental and PI responsibilities, and compliance for salaries and personnel, purchasing goods and services, and good faith cost estimates.
Please register for this event at www.research.msstate.edu/workshops. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168.
(NewsUSA) - Winter is coming -- and that means it's time to store seasonal tools and recreational equipment. Safe, smart storage of motorcycles, RVs, power equipment and seasonal cars goes a long way towards keeping them at their best to ensure peak performance in the spring.
To keep the fuel in gas-powered machines and equipment in peak shape through winter storage, consider these three elements:
Time Is the Enemy
Fuel in gas-powered equipment that remains in storage during the winter months needs to be stabilized to ensure easy starts and full power in the spring. Untreated fuel begins to oxidize, losing quality and combustibility over time, which leads to engines that are hard to start or run rough.
Draining gas from power equipment or cars is one way to prevent gunk and debris from forming, but it isn't always a practical solution. One alternative -- add a fuel stabilizer. However, you need to choose the right treatment to ensure maximum fuel quality. In general, ethanol-blended gasoline should be used within 30-45 days. However, an enzyme stabilizer, such as Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment, will stabilize gasoline for up to 2 years. Star Tron does much more than simply stabilize; the unique enzyme formula also helps improve fuel combustibility to ensure easy starts, full power, improved fuel economy and decreased emissions.
Some fuel stabilizers contain many of the same anticorrosion and antioxidant additive packs that are already present in pump-grade gas. Adding more of these add-pack compounds can degrade fuel quality causing engines to run rough and smoky when they are started after winter storage. An enzyme stabilizer is designed to work in conjunction with pump-grade gas additives to keep fuel fresh for maximum performance in the spring. Fresh fuel and easy engine starts are better for fuel economy, which means lower emissions and less environmental impact. And it's not just for winter; an enzyme fuel treatment can maximize fuel quality all year long.
For more information, please visit www.startron.com or call (800) 327-8583.
Mississippi State University‚Äôs Department of Communication will host its ninth annual golf tournament at noon on Friday [Oct. 9] at the MSU Institute of Golf. The event is a four-person scramble limited to the first 120 players, and all skill levels are welcome.
Mulligans and other score-reduction enhancement opportunities are available for purchase. Players must register to compete, and playing prizes are included for many holes. The top three teams in the first two flights also will earn prizes. Four-person teams or individual players may register online at www.comm.msstate.edu.
Tournament registration is $100 per player. Registration packages include greens fees, a golf car, lunch, range balls and one free entry in the putting contest. Players also will receive an Adidas MSU golf polo.
On the day of the event, registration, lunch and the putting contest will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Proceeds from the tournament support the department‚Äôs scholarship funds, specifically the Lora J. DeFore Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aids students who earn distant internships, with 15 students in the first three years benefitting from this program.
The communication department includes five concentrations: broadcasting, communication studies, journalism, public relations and theatre. One of the largest academic units in MSU‚Äôs College of Arts and Sciences, the department currently includes approximately 600 majors. Departmental faculty members also provide classes to hundreds of other students across the institution.
Contact: Sammy McDavid
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒThe L.A. Theatre Works presentation of a legendary horror tale is the next Lyceum Series program at Mississippi State.
‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ will be performed Oct. 20 in Bettersworth Auditorium of the university‚Äôs historic Lee Hall. The curtain rises at 7 p.m.‚ÄĒor approximately 45 minutes after that day‚Äôs sun has set.
General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.lyceum.msstate.edu/#!order/c1naa or by visiting the Colvard Student Union, Suite 314.
L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit California media arts organization whose mission over the past quarter-century has been the presentation, preservation and dissemination of classic and contemporary plays. For more, see www.latw.org.
The play is based on Bram Stoker‚Äôs novel that debuted in 1897 with little fanfare. Over the decades, however, the Irish author‚Äôs gothic classic has been retold in numerous movie and television productions, as well as in numerous contemporary spin-offs.
In Charles Morey‚Äôs acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula has slipped quietly into Victorian London. Time passes and the city becomes helpless against his frightful power.
Only one man seems capable of stopping the bloody carnage. The clever and resourceful Dr. Abraham Van Helsing sets about locating the vampire lair so he may pierce the Prince of Darkness‚Äô heart with a wooden stake.
Their battle becomes an epic confrontation between good and evil.
For more on the MSU Lyceum Series, visit www.lyceum.msstate.edu or telephone the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930.
DUNCAN, Okla. ‚Äď For years, Shy-Anne Jarrett stood in the background as the rodeo world shined its light on her husband, 2005 all-around world champion Ryan Jarrett.
The spotlight will beam brightly on the Comanche, Okla., cowgirl during the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15-Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan.
For the second straight year, the former Shy-Anne Bowden has qualified for the regional finale, which features only the top 12 contestants in each event from cowboys, cowgirls and events primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve rodeoed, but I never went that much,‚ÄĚ she said, noting that she‚Äôs competed in barrel racing in ProRodeo for several years. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd just go to a handful of circuit rodeos. I‚Äôd get a little money won, and I‚Äôd usually take off with him. I wouldn‚Äôt go as much as I have the last two years.‚ÄĚ
Ryan Jarrett has now qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo nine times, eight in tie-down roping. In 2005, he earned the trip to Las Vegas in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling, and he walked away from the Nevada desert with the most coveted prize in the game, the gold buckle awarded to the world champion all-around cowboy.
In fact, since 2002, he is the only man outside of 21-time champ Trevor Brazile to have earned that championship ‚Äď Brazile owns 12 all-around titles, five in steer roping, three in tie-down roping and one in heading.
But Ryan failed to qualify for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2015, so all eyes will be on the local girl. Shy-Anne, the daughter of Billy Bob and Sandy Bowden, grew up in a rodeo family. Dad roped calves and has trained tie-down roping horses for years, while mom was a professional barrel racer, much like her daughter.
‚ÄúShe actually missed the finals in the late ‚Äô70s,‚ÄĚ said Shy-Anne, who was raised in and still lives in Comanche, just eight miles from the Stephens County Arena. ‚ÄúAfter she had me, she trained futurity horses.
‚ÄúRodeo is just a way of life.‚ÄĚ
That‚Äôs still the case. Shy-Anne has been riding horses since she was a toddler and began competing at about 5 years of age. It engrained a passion a deep passion for the sport, and she‚Äôs competed in most female-based disciplines over her lifetime.
‚ÄúI did them all in high school,‚ÄĚ she said of barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying. ‚ÄúI really do like to breakaway rope. I don‚Äôt do very much of it anymore, but it‚Äôs right up there on the list.‚ÄĚ
Her focus these days is in barrel racing, primarily because the financial opportunities in rodeo are greater in that event than in the roping. Of course, it helps to have a solid partner, and she does in Cuatro Snow, an 11-year-old bay/brown gelding she calls Cuatro.
‚ÄúI got him when he was 5 years old,‚ÄĚ Shy-Anne said. ‚ÄúHe had been on the track a little but not in any races. He‚Äôd been worked out. I‚Äôve done all the legwork myself; I started him completely. When I got him, he was track broke, but he was not the brokest thing. I spent a lot of time getting that done.
‚ÄúI knew right away when I started him on the barrels that he had enough potential.‚ÄĚ
She seasoned Cuatro, meaning exposing him to all the things that can happen in barrel racing and rodeo. From crowds to added noise to traveling, it‚Äôs all part of conditioning the animal to perform at its best. Now she will enter the circuit finals as the eighth-ranked cowgirl in the standings.
‚ÄúI always knew he had the talent to do it, so I stuck with him,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThe last three years has been fun.
‚ÄúGoing a little more is my goal for next year. The past two summers, I‚Äôve gone to my circuit rodeos. Next year, I‚Äôd like to go a little bit more.‚ÄĚ
Even though Ryan won‚Äôt be in the competition in Duncan, he will be around to lend a hand and plenty of support. The two have been together since the fall of 2005, just a few months prior to his most celebrated moment, and married in December 2010.
‚ÄúI was there at his first NFR and his first gold buckle,‚ÄĚ Shy-Anne said.
Ryan not only returns to the NFR this December, but he also has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which will take place in November in Edmonton, Alberta. That means through the 2015 campaign, the couple spent more time apart than they had in years as she worked to make her way into the circuit finale.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard, because you put your normal wife things, the normal activities, on hold a little bit,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI think we make it work because we have good communication, and we help each other even though we‚Äôre not right there together.‚ÄĚ
The good news is they‚Äôll be together in mid-October while competing close to home.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs really neat being this close to home,‚ÄĚ Shy-Anne said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs another reason I wanted to pursue making the circuit finals the last couple of years. It‚Äôs a good place to have it. I know the Prairie Circuit has struggled to have a place to call it home. To me, that makes a difference when you‚Äôre trying to qualify for the circuit finals.
‚ÄúYou want to have a good rodeo and a good committee to work with.‚ÄĚ
She may be a little biased, but that‚Äôs OK. Both Billy Bob and Sandy Bowden are instrumental in planning the annual championship in Duncan. But as a cowgirl that competes for a living, there‚Äôs much more that goes into her quest for rodeo titles.
‚ÄúI rodeo because I love it,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think I ever could‚Äôve been one who sat in a cubicle from 9 to 5. I have to have a challenge. I crave the work. It‚Äôs living on the edge, from one day to the next. That‚Äôs the way with rodeo and with training horses.‚ÄĚ
It‚Äôs also the heart and soul of a champion.