DUNCAN, Okla. â€“ Less than two weeks remain in the 2015 Prairie Circuit rodeo season.
Crunch time has fallen for a number of the top contestants in the region if they want to qualify for the year-end championship, 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.
Only the top 12 contestants in each event at the conclusion of the circuit season advance to the finale, so doing well in the few rodeos that remain is vital.
For instance, less than $1,000 separates the 10th-15th barrel racers in the standings. Two-time reigning champion Gretchen Benbenek of Aubrey, Texas, sits 10th with $4,112 in regional earnings, while three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Tana Poppino of Big Cabin, Okla., is 15th with $3,148. A top finish in any of the final rodeos could make all the difference in the world.
Kim Couch of Rattan, Okla., has $12,680 in earnings and leads the barrel racing standings by nearly $4,000 over the No. 2 cowgirl, Bailee Snow of Miami, Okla. Emily Miller of Weatherford, Okla., sits third, less than $500 behind Snow.
Reigning world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., has the largest lead in the circuit standings with $18,951, nearly $7,000 ahead of his traveling partner, Brennon Eldred of Sulphur, Okla. The race will be for that coveted 12th spot, where less than $500 separates cowboys in the 11th to 16th positions on the money list.
Steer wrestler Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla., has closed the gap he has behind the leader, Stockton Graves, a five-time regional champ from Alva, Okla. Graves has pocketed more than $20,000 in the circuit this season and is more than $4,000 ahead of Duvall, who has a $6,000 lead over the No. 3 cowboy, Ryan Swayze of Freedom, Okla.
Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas, is a four-time Prairie Circuit champion who has won the last three titles, but he has a little bit of work remaining if he wants to win his fifth. He has earned $8,398 this season and has reserved his spot in Duncan, but his lead is just $728 ahead of Blaine Kaufman of Pretty Prairie, Kan.
NFR team ropers Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kan., lead their respective standings by about $2,000 each. Header Sac Small of Welch, Okla., and heeler Tyler Worley of Nowata, Okla., sit just behind Proctor and Long.
Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb., a seven-time NFR qualifier in bareback riding, leads the circuitâ€™s saddle bronc riding standings with more than $13,000 in earnings. He owns a $4,000 lead over another NFR qualifier, Wade Sundell of Coleman, Okla. Dent is now focusing his time on bronc riding.
Tie-down roper Cody Quaney of Cheney, Kan., has pocketed more than $14,800 and holds about a $900 lead over nine-time circuit champ Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., who has made a solid late-season push to make a run at his 10th title.
The races are heating up, making Duncan an even bigger destination in October.
(NewsUSA) - Are you ready for some football!? As football camps commence and America begins to prep for the upcoming season, sports fans are gearing up for the country's most popular sport.
Indeed, as summer eases into the fall season, it's a grand time to be a sports fan, what with football starting and baseball heading into the stretch run for the playoffs. Whatever your sports heart desires, however, there's a certain code of conduct when you're supporting your favorite team at the next home game. Remember, there's a fine line between a rabid fan and an obnoxious one.
To ensure your next trip to the arena or stadium is as relaxing and successful as ever, here are some essential items to bring and keep in mind:
* Alcohol consumption and watching sports go hand in hand. Certainly enjoy a nice tall beer and some good-natured booing with your fellow fans, but remember to be a good citizen and respectful of your stadium neighbor(s).
* Pack binoculars and seat cushions. You'll never be more comfortable and glued to the action when you can see the plays and players as if you're on the field.
* Bring some snacks and drinks. If your venue allows, it's always wise to keep hydrated with bottles of water.
* Don't forget your spittoon. Being at an arena or stadium crammed shoulder to shoulder with someone can be uncomfortable and leave you exposed to say the least. If you're a smokeless tobacco user, there's even less opportunity to take a discreet "dip" and spit.
That is, unless you own a portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR. These new 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoons are designed to allow users to easily open and close with just one hand, making them ideal items to bring to the next sports event or any other public setting so you can privately enjoy your tasty tobacco. Another advantage to the FLASR flask is its advanced closing mechanism that ensures it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of any messy spills or leaks.
For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.
(NewsUSA) - Believe it or not, cooler weather is on the way. For most parts of the country, mid-September brings a break in the heat, and signals a good time to turn off your air conditioner and turn on your ceiling fan to start saving energy and money. This Sept. 18 marks the third annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD).
Many major ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy-conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and relying on ceiling fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption.
As an extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers at AmericanLightingAssoc.com.
If every American participates in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months. And it saves money too. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home.
Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by other ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca Fan Company, Craftmade, Emerson Ceiling Fans, Hunter Fan Company, Kichler, Matthews Fan Company, Minka-Aire, Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company, Progress Lighting, Quorum International, Regency Ceiling Fans, Savoy House, Sea Gull Lighting, The Modern Fan Co., Vaxcel International and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot, Lowe's Companies, Inc. and the ALA. Many of the nation's leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the U.S. Green Building Council, Alliance to Save Energy, Affordable Comfort, Inc., Environmental and Energy Study Institute and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
For more information on how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to AmericanLightingAssoc.com.
Contact: Alan Burns
STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State Universityâ€™s Social Relations Collaborative is part of a large psychology reproducibility study published this past week in Science magazine.
The SRC, a unit of MSUâ€™s nationally recognized Social Science Research Center, participated in the global endeavor that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals. The results of this review study appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of Science.
The collaborative is led by Colleen Sinclair, associate psychology professor, and Rebecca Goldberg, assistant counseling and educational psychology professor. They are assisted by undergraduate students Mallorie Miller, Taylor Ritchey, Emily Bullard, Jeri Champion, Mitchell Gressett. Graduate students include Sining Wu, Dominique Simmons, Jessi Dillingham and Chelsey Hess.
The study, which includes a replication conducted at Mississippi State, was conducted by 270 researchers on five continents and attempted to address one of the four tenets of the Scientific Method, reproducibility.
â€śI was always taught that the four central tenets of Scientific Method were falsifiability, measurability, generalizability, and reproducibility,â€ť Sinclair said. â€śNeglecting the latter seems like building a table with only three legs.â€ť
The results of the study show that the independent researchers were able to replicate less than half of the original findings. This result may call into question the validity of some scientific findings, but may also point to the difficulty of conducting effective replications and achieving reproducible results.
â€śWe believe that replication is indeed a unique contribution to current professional literature and should be viewed as such,â€ť said Goldberg. â€śThere are certain journal editors who do not care to publish replication projects and certain social scientists who think that replication is unnecessary; however we stand behind reproducibility as being necessary for social science and providing unique contributions.â€ť
The article goes beyond simply calculating an initial estimate of the rate of reproducibility in psychology. It also identifies indices by which reliability studies might be predicted; including the effect size and size of the p-value.
While less than half of the original findings were replicated, it is important to note that a failure to reproduce does not necessarily mean the original report was incorrect. These results should also not be taken as evidence of psychology as a poor science.
â€śRather, the fact that we are engaging in this self-examination shows that science is working as it should,â€ť Sinclair said. â€śValidation of findings should not stop at publication. We need to test, and we need to retest.â€ť
Failure to replicate could be due to three basic reasons. First, though most replication teams worked with the original authors to use the same materials and methods, small differences in when, where or how the replication was carried out might have influenced results. Second, the replication might have failed, by chance, to detect the original result. Lastly, the original result might have been a false positive.
â€śOpen science is critical to the future of research; our ultimate goal is to increase transparency in science and the benefits therein can have great impact on social science in particular,â€ť Goldberg said.
The Social Relations Collaborative has been an integral part of this ongoing program studying reproducibility. This special issue details the involvement of the SRC in the first phase of the Reproducibility Project. The Social Relations Collaborative plans to continue work to improve openness and reproducibility within psychology. The SRC has joined another collaboration with the Center for Open Science examining some of the practices certain journals have already put in place to improve transparency in research.
Also, to complement their participation in the broad-and-shallow method of testing reproducibility (i.e., many labs individually testing separate studies) employed by the present Science publication, the SRC has also joined forces with the Association for Psychological Science to use a more narrow-and-deep approach (i.e., 10 labs testing one study).
â€śWe believe science is at its best when collaborative and open. We look forward to further representing Mississippi State as a part of this movement to reinforce the integrity of science,â€ť said Sinclair.
For more information on the SRC, please visit http://advancedsocialpsychlab.weebly.com/. Sinclair can be reached at 662-325-9166.
STARKVILLE, Miss. â€” During three post-event meetings with senior administration officials, the Crisis Action Team and law enforcement, Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum today announced a new initiative designed to enhance the safety and security of the institution in the wake of last weekâ€™s active shooter scare on MSUâ€™s Starkville campus.
â€śAs I said last week, there were no guns, no shots fired and no injuries,â€ť said Keenum. â€śOur university was very fortunate that last weekâ€™s event turned out to be threats by a lone individual, but the very real threat of an active shooter on our campus has shown us ways that we can make our campus even safer from and more responsive to such dangers.â€ť
After the incident, Keenum praised campus and local law enforcement for their â€śswift responseâ€ť in apprehending a student who made threats to harm himself and others.
During a meeting on Friday [Aug. 28], Keenum challenged MSUâ€™s Crisis Action Team, the Division of Student Affairs, and other senior administrators to learn from the event and develop new strategies to enhance the universityâ€™s security.
Subsequent meetings were held Monday [Aug. 31] between the MSU president and the universityâ€™s vice presidents. University leaders also met again Monday afternoon with area law enforcement agencies to seek their input.
Keenum asked all involved for input and innovation from all the groups on three primary initiatives â€“ training, locks, and communications â€“ what he called â€śTLC.â€ť
â€śSome of these TLC enhancements will be immediate and some will require additional study. But by addressing additional training for MSU faculty, staff, and students, we can become safer and more efficient in our response,â€ť said Keenum. â€śThis event showed us areas where we need additional locks and better ways to block or barricade interior doors. Finally, we need to take a hard look at new and emerging technologies that will improve how we communicate Maroon Alert emergency messages and how law enforcement communicates with each other and with us.â€ť
University officials agreed the TLC security enhancements should be systematic in nature and undertaken in conjunction with state and federal emergency preparedness guidelines, also with the approval of the local and state fire marshals.
â€śThe highest priority I have as president of this university is the safety of our students, faculty and staff,â€ť said Keenum. â€śWe are always, always going to err on the side of caution in protecting our most precious resource â€“ our people.â€ť
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, law enforcement officials at Mississippi State arrested a student near McCool Hall that had been described as a danger to himself and others. The student subsequently withdrew from MSU and was transported to a treatment facility in Jackson.
The incident transpired after a telephone to MSU Police from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol revealed that a student on the Starkville campus was both threatening suicide and threatening to harm others.
After MSU issued a â€śMaroon Alertâ€ť notice at 10:16 a.m., the individual was taken into custody 10 minutes later. Chief Vance Rice said the MSU Police Department deeply appreciated federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that had responded immediately and assisted in arresting the student.
Assisting agencies included the Oktibbeha County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Starkville Police Department, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Department of Health, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Classes resumed under normal conditions at 2 p.m. Thursday.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Contact: Anne Hierholzer
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€”This month, the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State will mark a half-century of service to the state.
Housed since 1999 under the universityâ€™s Office of Research and Economic Development, the RCU is part of the land-grant institutionâ€™s mission to help improve the lives of Mississippians through research, innovation and other areas of public education.
The organizationâ€™s professional staff focuses on career and technical education that trains secondary and postsecondary students for careers in high-demand industries.
â€śThe RCU has an established track record of working with educators to improve public education in Mississippi,â€ť said David Shaw, MSU vice president for research and economic development.
â€śThey are to be commended for their decades of service to the students of Mississippi, and I look forward to their many accomplishments in the years to come,â€ť Shaw said.
The RCU traces its history back to 1963 and congressional passage of the Vocational Education Act that many regard as a primary impetus for reawakening interest throughout the U.S. in what was then called vocational education.
With an emphasis on learning that leads to employability, the then-Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational-Technical Education was established 1965. After three years of wide-ranging discussions with educational leaders at all levels, leaders and staff members of the unit began writing new curricula for Mississippiâ€™s career and technical education programs.
During succeeding decades, the RCU concentrated on addressing a theory-practice gap by linking research results with curriculum development. During this time, it also developed customized training programs for emerging areas of industry and implemented a training program for new CTE teachers who were skilled in their fields but often lacked a traditional teaching background.
In 2001, a grant from the Mississippi Department of Education enabled a unit assessment team to begin overseeing statewide assessments for secondary and postsecondary CTE students. The team since has developed, administered and reported on all state secondary and postsecondary assessments in that academic field.
â€śWe at MDE strongly value our longstanding partnership with the RCU, and we congratulate them on their 50 years of service to our state,â€ť said Mike Mulvihill, the Mississippi Department of Educationâ€™s career and technical education director.
â€śWe look forward to continuing our work with them to bring innovation and rigor to our state CTE programs,â€ť he added.
RCU director Julie Jordan said her organization also has collaborated with other state agencies and regional organizations on numerous programs and initiatives over the years. She noted that the RCU broadened its longstanding partnership with MDE in 2013 to encompass training, evaluation and research across a variety of public education initiatives.
While the RCU maintains a core focus on CTE curriculum, assessment and professional development, Jordan said it has expanded into such areas as innovative school models, statewide educator-evaluation models and performance-based compensation.
â€śSince our founding in 1965, the RCU has come a long way,â€ť she said. â€śOur work to expand and improve CTE education in Mississippi is ongoing, and we continue to collaborate with educators and leaders across the state to bring innovation to public education.â€ť
She and the staff are â€śproud of all we have accomplished, and we continue our mission to ensure that every Mississippi student graduates ready for college, career, and life,â€ť Jordan emphasized.
For more information on the RCU, visit www.rcu.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€”Mississippi State Universityâ€™s Television Center now is home to a high-definition studio that will better assist the stateâ€™s largest higher education video production facility.
â€śUsing 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,â€ť said David Garraway, the centerâ€™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.
â€śOur 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,â€ť Garraway emphasized.
He also expressed appreciation for the support of the universityâ€™s Facilities Management division and Office of Agricultural Communications in making the set redesign project a reality. OAC, the TV Centerâ€™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 stateâ€™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 MSUâ€™s Office of Public Affairs. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said the new set â€śgives MSU one of the finest on-campus facilities of this nature in the Southeastern Conference.â€ť
â€śAs 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,â€ť said Salter. â€śIâ€™m proud of what this upgrade represents for the future of the University Television Center.â€ť
Garraway said the universityâ€™s communication department also will be using the new set for its advanced television production classes.
An open house celebrating the TV Centerâ€™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, MSUâ€™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.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€”California-based indie rock band Local Natives will headline the Mississippi State University Student Associationâ€™s 16th annual Bulldog Bash.
Taking place Sept. 11 in the heart of Starkvilleâ€™s Cotton Districtâ€”the day prior to MSUâ€™s Southeastern Conference home football game with Louisiana State Universityâ€”the stateâ€™s largest, free outdoor concert also features:
â€”Ithaca, New York-based alternative rock band X Ambassadors; and
â€”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 email@example.com for more information and to reserve a booth.
Local Nativesâ€™ debut album, â€śGorilla Manor,â€ť 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 groupâ€™s second studio album, â€śHummingbird,â€ť reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 and was preceded by the single, â€śBreakers.â€ť For more, see thelocalnatives.com.
Proceeds derived from Bulldog Bash 2015 will benefit the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.
Sponsors for this yearâ€™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, MSUâ€™s Alumni Association and Office of the President, and Sweet Peppers Deli.
The MSU Student Association is online at www.thestudentassociation.com, facebook.com/ MSUStudentAssociation, twitter.com/msu_sa and instagram.com/msu_sa.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
MULVANE, Kan. â€“ The race for the 2015 Don Gay Bull Riding Tour championship will come down to the final weekend of the season.
The tourâ€™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.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a phenomenal race for the title,â€ť said Randy Schmutz, general manager of United Bucking Bulls Inc., which is tied into the Don Gay Tour. â€śItâ€™s been an exciting season, and itâ€™s going to come down to the final three days to decide our champion.â€ť
The 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.
â€śWeâ€™ve got 17-year-old Koal Livingston leading the standings,â€ť Schmutz said, referring to the cowboy from the north Texas community of Burleson. â€śAlso 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.â€ť
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 lionâ€™s share of the prize money.
â€śOur 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 judgesâ€™ evaluation of the bull and the riding time by the cowboy,â€ť Schmutz said. â€śThe 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.
â€śThis 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.â€ť
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.
â€śThe arena and the amenities all being in one place is such a tremendous experience for all of our bull riders and our bull owners,â€ť Schmutz said. â€śWeâ€™ve had a wonderful relationship with the staff and management there, and itâ€™s been a phenomenal event each year.â€ť