State Spotlight

ZZ Ward opens 2015-16 Lyceum Series

ZZ Ward opens 2015-16 Lyceum Series

Singer-songwriter ZZ Ward kicked off the 2015-16 MSU Lyceum Series Thursday evening [Sept. 3] in historic Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium. Along with Ward, the event also featured performances by The Young Wild and Marc Scibilia. A Pennsylvania native who began her musical career in 2007, Ward debuted both an extended-play album, “Criminal,” and album, “Til the Casket Drops” in 2012. “Put The Gun Down,” her first single, broke into the Top 10 in early 2013 and remained there for 10 weeks. It also was a Top 40 entry on the Billboard Alternative chart. Ward was featured at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Colorado and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, as well on a brief tour with rock guitar legend Eric Clapton.

Photo by: Mitch Phillips

September 4, 2015

Going Green

Going Green

The Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, with its 600 square-foot green roof, is a public use space that forms the centerpiece for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum's rain garden. Over five years, more than 200 undergraduate- and graduate-level landscape architecture, landscape contracting, architecture, art, building science and graphic design students designed and built the museum's green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies. The garden project has earned several awards, most recently winning the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4's Rain Catcher Award in the neighborhood/community-level. 

Photo by: Megan Bean

September 2, 2015

Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, action!

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. Twenty percent larger than its predecessor, the new set features state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting and three high-definition monitors--among other features--that will better assist the state’s largest higher education video production facility. Read more about the TV Center and its set redesign here.

 

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 31, 2015

Bulldogs Win!

Bulldogs Win!

Led by first-year Head Coach David McFatrich, Mississippi State's volleyball team started its 2015 season on a high note with a 3-0 victory over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The Bulldogs will face off against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at 7 p.m. Friday [Aug. 28] at the Newell-Grissom Building. MSU will round out the Bulldog Invitational with a Saturday [Aug. 29] noon match against the Jackson State Tigers and 7 p.m. match against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.

Photo by: Russ Houston

August 28, 2015

Sunset Drive

Sunset Drive

A golfer tees off at sunset on Mississippi State University's Golf Course. Located at 14279 Old Highway 182 in Starkville, the course is listed "among the top 30 collegiate golf courses." Call (662) 325-3028 or click here to reserve your tee time today!

 

 

 

 

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 27, 2015

The Drill 2015

The Drill 2015

Dawg Daze, Mississippi State's 10th annual welcoming activities for new freshmen and transfer students, concluded Monday [Aug. 24] with The Drill on the university's historic Drill Field. The annual welcome back pep rally featured guest speakers including MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman and Men's Head Basketball Coach Ben Howland. The Famous Maroon Band, Spirit Groups, Bully, and Miss MSU Randi Kathryn Harmon also made appearances. In addition to receiving free t-shirts and MSU ice cream, attendees had the opportunity to participate in the traditional signing of the MSU Creed. Additional Dawg Daze 2015 photos, including ones from The Drill, can be viewed here and a full album of The Drill photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 25, 2015

Bubble Brawl

Bubble Brawl

As part of Mississippi State's Dawg Daze activities, the Student Association, Black Student Association and MSU chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a Bubble Brawl soccer tournament on Friday at The Junction. Dawg Daze will culminate today with The Drill on the Drill Field.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

August 24, 2015

The Great Chalk Walk

The Great Chalk Walk

Mississippi State’s art department and the university’s Ladies Social Circle organization hosted the inaugural Great Chalk Walk Thursday [Aug. 20] in front of the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive. Participants of all ages created colorful, large-scale chalk art pieces designed to brighten a major thoroughfare leading to campus. Organizers said the event was well-attended, and they plan to offer similar events in the future. The Great Chalk Walk is among many events in the university’s 10th annual Dawg Daze program. A complete Dawg Daze schedule is available at www.dawgdaze.msstate.edu. For more Dawg Daze 2015 photos, click here.

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 21, 2015

Ringing in the Class of 2019

Ringing in the Class of 2019

Ron Hall, left, rings a cowbell presented to him Tuesday [August 18] by MSU President Mark E. Keenum, right, during the university’s second Freshman Convocation. Hall, co-author of the university’s 2015 Maroon Edition common reading experience selection, “Same Kind of Different as Me,” shared life lessons with the more than 3,400 freshmen in attendance, who make up the largest class in the 137-year-old land-grant university’s history.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

August 19, 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL

BACK TO SCHOOL

New and returning Mississippi State students make their way across the Starkville campus on a rainy first day of fall classes.

Photo by: Russ Houston

August 17, 2015

Having A Field Day

Having A Field Day

Members of the Day One Leadership Community participate in a team-building exercise at the old intramural fields on campus. Day One is built on a foundation of faculty and staff mentors helping freshmen adjust to the rigors of college and develop a greater understanding of academic, civic and professional success.

Photo by: Mitch Phillips

August 14, 2015

Service Dawg Days

Service Dawg Days

Freshman Alana Daum of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was among many MSU students participating in Service DAWGS Day this week. Volunteers fanned out to more than 35 community service sites throughout Starkville and surrounding communities. Daum spent her time helping wash puppies at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.  For more pictures, click here.

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 12, 2015

Habitat House First Nail

Habitat House First Nail

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum drives the ceremonial first nail at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home. MSU has partnered with the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to build a 1,200 square-foot home at No. 5 Hope Lane in north Starkville for a single mother and her four children. MSU's Maroon Volunteer Center is helping coordinate student volunteer efforts at the home site, and the home is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

August 10, 2015

Move In Day

Move In Day

Anticipation builds for Mississippi State’s fall semester 2015 as students, including an expected record freshman class, move into residence halls Saturday morning. For more move in day photos click here.

Photo by: Russ Houston

August 8, 2015

MSU Herbarium - Biological Sciences plant collection

MSU Herbarium - Biological Sciences plant collection

Lisa Wallace, associate professor of biological sciences, peruses the MSU Herbarium in Harned Hall. Wallace serves as curator of the collection of more than 30,000 vascular plant specimens. Available for viewing by appointment, all specimens in the collection have been digitized and label data processing is ongoing.

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 7, 2015

New Maroon Camp - Opening Assembly

New Maroon Camp - Opening Assembly

More than 240 first-year students at Mississippi State University enjoy an evening assembly focused on MSU's history and traditions during New Maroon Camp. In its second year, New Maroon Camp is a four-day, three-night experience designed to provide interested freshmen and transfer students with information about MSU. It also divides students into family groups, where they will spend the week developing meaningful relationships with their counselors and peers through team building activities and group discussions. The camp began Aug. 4 and will conclude Aug. 8 when campers will join other volunteers to help with move-in day for on-campus residents.

Photo by: Keats Haupt

August 6, 2015

Fresh Food Dining Ribbon Cutting

Fresh Food Dining Ribbon Cutting

Celebrating a ribbon cutting for The Fresh Food Co., one of MSU's newest dining options, are (l-r) Student Association President JoJo Dodd; Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles, Aramark Regional Vice President Chris Harr, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt, and Talla Cisse, a senior political science major from Madison, who also serves as president of the Residence Hall Association. Read more here.

Photo by: Russ Houston

August 5, 2015

CAVS - electric car charging station

CAVS - electric car charging station

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems research associate Matthew Doude charges his car at the CAVS electric vehicle charging station, located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. In 2011, MSU became home to one of three EV charging stations donated to universities. A CAVS team also is working on a special project to develop Car of the Future, a new electric car which boasts high energy efficiency.

Photo by: Megan Bean

August 4, 2015

Cicada Molts Exoskeleton at Bost

Cicada Molts Exoskeleton at Bost

At MSU's Bost Extension Center, a cicada rests after molting its exoskeleton. The insect prepares to join the campus chorus signaling that summer's end is near.

Photo by: Kat Lawrence

August 3, 2015

Vet School Football Fun - Man Cup Challenge

Vet School Football Fun - Man Cup Challenge

First- and second-year students in Mississippi State's College of Veterinary Medicine competed earlier this week in the second annual "Man Cup Challenge." Max D. Farmer, a second-year student from Columbus, snaps the ball for his team during the "just for fun" game. The Class of 2018 came back to claim the "Man Cup Challenge" trophy with a stunning overtime victory.

Photo by: Tom Thompson

July 31, 2015

Painting South Farm Water Tower

Painting South Farm Water Tower

In advance of the fall semester, workers paint the Mississippi State logo on the water tower at the H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center, also known as South Farm. In the foreground, MSU's maroon and white banners hang from a post anchored at the Blackjack Road roundabout.

Photo by: Russ Houston

July 30, 2015

REU Ag&Bio Research at I2AT

REU Ag&Bio Research at I2AT

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student Peace Adeyemo of University of Memphis looks at calcified cells scanned by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at MSU's Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, or I2AT. Adeyemo is working with LaShan Simpson, an MSU professor of agriculture and biological engineering, to research vascular calcification. Funding for the REU program allows MSU to bring in undergraduate researchers from other universities. A number of students became regular visitors this summer, as their research required use of I2AT's electron microscopes.

Photo by: Megan Bean

July 29, 2015

Student relaxing at Giles

Student relaxing at Giles

Junior architecture major Lara Lynn Waddell from Marietta enjoys her lunch under the shade from a bus shelter behind Giles Hall, home of MSU's College of Architecture, Art and Design. Designed and built in fall 2009 by associate professor Hans Herrmann's fourth-year architecture students, the structure served as a prototype bus shelter for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians rural transit system. A second example was built in Bogue Chitto for the MBCI and went on to win an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Honorable Mention award in 2010.

Photo by: Sarah Tewolde

July 28, 2015

War heroes with Jak

War heroes with Jak

Mississippi State University mascot Jak, and handler Lisa Pritchard (right), visit a pair of war heroes and MSU grads, Lt. Col. Richard "Gene" Smith (left) and World War II Bronze Star recipient Howard Miskelly, at the plaza on Columbus Air Force Base named in Smith's honor. Smith, a CAFB wingman, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict. Miskelly served in the Army's 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division in the European theater during World War II.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

July 27, 2015

CVM Vets for Vets Program treats retired military dogs

CVM Vets for Vets Program treats retired military dogs

College of Veterinary Medicine student Courtney Griffin administers laser therapy treatment to retired military dog, Maci. The college's class of 2018 created the Vets for Vets program to provide free rehabilitative care for retired military dogs.

Photo by: Tom Thompson

July 24, 2015

TK Martin Center EXPRESS Yourself painting

TK Martin Center EXPRESS Yourself painting

T.K. Martin Center staff member Judy Duncan, right, serves as a tracker for artist Amanda Williams in the art studio of the EXPRESS Yourself! (EXperiencing Painting as Recreation and Express the Spirit within YourSelf) program. Williams and other program participants have been painting covers for custom blank journals, a new creation to be sold by the program, which already sells the artists’ paintings, prints, and notecards. Mississippi State's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations to remove limitations through the application of assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest degree they choose.

Photo by: Megan Bean

July 23, 2015

Cully Cobb Antique Tool Museum - CFR

Cully Cobb Antique Tool Museum - CFR

Savannah Griffin, a junior marketing major from Decatur who serves as a student worker for the sustainable bioproducts department, looks over antique forestry tools from the extensive Cully A. Cobb Antique Tool Museum maintained by the College of Forest Resources. A portion of the Cobb artifacts are on display in the showroom of the Franklin Furniture Institute and available for viewing by appointment.

Photo by: Megan Bean

July 22, 2015

McCain from Lee Hall

McCain from Lee Hall

A view from the steps at Lee Hall shows McCain Hall and a corner of the historic Drill Field, a popular spot for summer recreational walks and other activities. This week, summer temperatures are reaching highs in the mid-90s.

Photo by: Sarah Tewolde

July 21, 2015

Holmes 50th Anniversary

Holmes 50th Anniversary

On Sunday, July 19, MSU marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in university history when Dr. Richard E. Holmes became the first African American to enroll as a student. A reception in Holmes' honor was held to mark the anniversary. MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, and MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Y. Hyatt, right, present gifts to Holmes during the event in the Colvard Student Union.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

July 20, 2015

Meridian Tour

Meridian Tour

Dennis Sankovich, executive director of the Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian, gave a tour of the historic performing arts and educational center on July 16 to Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for the U.S Economic Development Administration. The EDA provided a portion of the funding for the center's restoration, which has stimulated growth and development in the downtown Meridian area.

Photo by: Lisa Sollie

July 17, 2015