State Spotlight

Student Studying in Colvard Union

Study time

Destiny Braswell, a sophomore kinesiology major from Olive Branch, takes time to study in the Colvard Student Union.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

February 4, 2016

Travis Pratt with MSU Black Voices Gospel Choir

A Night with Travis Pratt featuring MSU Black Voices Gospel Choir

Mississippi State's Holmes Cultural Diversity Center welcomed "America's Got Talent" performer Travis Pratt to campus Wednesday [Feb. 3] for a performance in historic Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium. As a black male opera singer, Pratt challenges the perception concerning the norms of black music. The event also included a special performance by the MSU Black Voices Gospel Choir. Click here to view more photos from "A Night with Travis Pratt," one of many MSU-sponsored Black History Month events focused on the theme, "Changing the Narrative."

Photo by: Megan Bean

February 4, 2016

Students Studying Outside Union

A Pleasant Learning Environment

Javous Nicks, Seth Peace and Reagan Foxworth, all senior business administration majors from Brandon, soak up the sunshine while studying outside the Colvard Student Union. Mississippi State's College of Business offers degrees in accounting, business administration, business information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. For more information, visit

Photo by: Mitch Phillips

February 3, 2016

Car of the Future

Car of the Future

Joseph J. Gaddis, a graduate mechanical engineering student from Bolton, tightens coil packs on Mississippi State University's Car of the Future in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. As research engineer, Gaddis and other team members are building the Car of the Future, a high performance, energy efficient vehicle. The project is funded by former Lam Research Corp. CEO James Worth "Jim" Bagley, an MSU alumnus and namesake for the university's engineering college.

Photo by: Megan Bean

February 1, 2016

Bulldog Gets Vet School Medical Attention

Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs

Second-year veterinary medicine doctoral student Amber Soutthovong-Chavez of Starkville, back, watches as her dog Sukie receives medical care at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Animal Health Center. The French Bulldog, suffering from allergies, was treated by MSU alumna and assistant clinical professor Dr. Juli Gunter, left, and Chelsea A. Meyer, a third-year CVM doctoral student from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

January 29, 2016

Career Days

Making Connections

Senior civil engineering major Thomas L. Liffrig of Starkville shakes hands with one of the more than 170 employer representatives at Mississippi State’s annual spring Career Days. Along with collecting company literature and sharing their own résumés with potential employers from around the country, MSU students and alumni had the opportunity to discuss their career interests and skill sets during the two-day campus event.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

January 28, 2016

A new academic service dedicated to advising Mississippi State pre-medical majors formally opened Wednesday [Jan. 27]. Celebrating the new Dr. A. Randle and Marilyn W. White Pre-Med Advisory Office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony were (l-r) Morgan Crowley, a senior chemistry/pre-med student from Tupelo; Marilyn White and Dr. Randy White, the office's namesakes; and Nathan Usry, senior biolgoical sciences/pre-med student from Clinton.

Expanded opportunities

A new academic service dedicated to advising Mississippi State pre-medical majors formally opened Wednesday [Jan. 27]. Celebrating the new Dr. A. Randle and Marilyn W. White Pre-Med Advisory Office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony were (l-r) Morgan Crowley, a senior chemistry/pre-med student from Tupelo; Marilyn White and Dr. Randy White, the office's namesakes; and Nathan Usry, senior biological sciences/pre-med student from Clinton. For more information about the new office, click here.


Photo by: Beth Wynn

January 27, 2016

Women's Basketball Record Crowd

History made at the Hump

A school-record 10,626 packed Humphrey Coliseum Sunday [Jan. 25] night to watch the No. 10-ranked Mississippi State women's basketball team battle No. 2 South Carolina to the final seconds of a Southeastern Conference thriller. In the end, a veteran South Carolina squad made enough plays to hold off MSU’s spirited upset bid, grabbing a dramatic 57-51 victory. Sunday's crowd set a program and state attendance record for a women's basketball game and marked the fourth-largest crowd in Humphrey Coliseum history.

Photo by: Russ Houston

January 25, 2016

Walking to Class in Snow Flurries

Snowfall on the Drill Field

Snow didn't keep MSU students from making Friday classes. As MSU officials are monitoring weather conditions, the university is continuing normal operations. For weather updates, visit For more snow pictures, click here.

Photo by: Megan Bean

January 22, 2016

MLK Jr. Candlelight Ceremony

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the campus and local communities gathered Wednesday [Jan. 20] in front of Mississippi State's Y.M.C.A. Building for an evening candlelight ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsored by the campus Black Student Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, the event included a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech and spiritual songs. Other activities held this week in celebration of the Baptist minister, humanitarian and civil rights activist included MSU's 22nd annual MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast at The Mill at MSU Conference Center. The unity breakfast also was part of a day of service in Starkville and Oktibbeha County coordinated by Volunteer Starkville and the university's Maroon Volunteer Center.

Photo by: Megan Bean

January 21, 2016

Students at MSU's Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum

Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum

Mississippi State civil engineering majors Luke A. Baker, a senior from Macon, and Vipul Upadhyay, a sophomore from Nepal, look at a record player housed at the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum at Mitchell Memorial Library. The museum is home to more than 22,000 pieces of sheet music, 200 musical instruments and unique musical memorabilia from the 1880s-1930s. Viewing hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Members of the campus and surrounding communities are welcome to drop by the museum or call (662) 325-6634 to schedule a tour.

Photo by: Sarah Tewolde

January 20, 2016

"We Can Still Dream Today"

"We Can Still Dream Today"

Mission Mississippi president Neddie Winters was the keynote speaker at Mississippi State’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast at The Mill at MSU Conference Center. Attended by more than 1,000, the event is also part of a day of service in Starkville and Oktibbeha County coordinated by Volunteer Starkville and the MSU Maroon Volunteer Center. Click here for more information.


Photo by: Leilani Salter

January 18, 2016

Walking in the Junction

Junction Pathway

Students walk past the Bully statue in The Junction while heading to class on a chilly January afternoon at Mississippi State. The university will be closed Monday [Jan. 18] in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. 

Photo by: Mitch Phillips

January 15, 2016

Poster Sale at Union

Back-to-School Poster Sale

Cecelia R. "Cece" Marascalco, a freshman human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major from Madison, peruses the wide selection of posters and wall art on sale through Thursday [Jan. 14] in the Colvard Student Union Dawg House.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

January 13, 2016

 First Day of Classes

Chilling Out

German Club friends Laura Terry and Auriana Tucker catch up at Old Main Plaza following the winter holiday break. Terry is a junior information technology services major from Huntsville, Alabama. Tucker is a freshman biochemistry major from Brookhaven. Frigid temperatures welcomed Mississippi State students back to campus on the first day of the spring semester.

Photo by: Megan Bean

January 11, 2016

Minding details

Attention to detail

Douglas Dumas, an MSU facilities management staff member, smooths new concrete near Colvard Student Union. A relatively quiet week on campus is ending as students return to the university and prepare for the start of the spring semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 11.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

January 8, 2016

Walking At Sanderson Center Track


Leslie Pace, a senior biological engineering major from Olive Branch, takes a lap around the walking track in the Joe Frank Sanderson Center. Her New Year's resolutions for 2016, she said, are working out four times per week and being accepted to graduate school.

Photo by: Robert Lewis

January 5, 2016

New Classroom Building Construction Progress

Construction continues

While students, faculty and staff were away for winter holidays, construction on campus continued on several major building projects. MSU's new classroom building is underway and will be a "showpiece" for the campus, officials have said. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art instructional technologies, the classroom building also will feature a multipurpose auditorium and will have a study group area, study rooms and seating areas. The structure will be reminiscent in design to the campus's legendary Old Main Dormitory, which was destroyed by fire in 1959.

Photo by: Megan Bean

January 4, 2016

MState Christmas Tree Ornament

MState Christmas Tree Ornament

Happy Holidays from the Mississippi State University family. Our offices are closed and will reopen on Jan. 4, 2016.

Photo by: Russ Houston

December 21, 2015

Carols in the Chapel

Carols in the Chapel

The Mississippi State University Christian Faculty-Staff Forum hosted Carols in the Chapel Thursday [Dec. 17] in the Chapel of Memories. In addition to traditional Christmas carols, attendees enjoyed instrumental music and a reading of the Christmas story.

Photo by: Keats Haupt

December 17, 2015

Santa Reads to Kids at Basketball Halftime

Santa Comes to Town

Santa Claus visited Humphrey Coliseum during the women's basketball team's tilt against Southern Miss on Wednesday [Dec. 16]. He read a story to dozens of children at halftime, spreading Christmas cheer on a night when the Lady Bulldogs prevailed over their in-state rival, 78-65.

Photo by: Russ Houston

December 17, 2015

Giving Tree at Barnes & Noble at MSU

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Members of the Bulldog family have a special opportunity to help children in need by contributing to the Oktibbeha County Head Start Giving Tree at Barnes & Noble at MSU. Before Monday [Dec. 21], interested patrons may select a tag off of the tree, purchase the gifts listed on the tag (may be purchased at Barnes & Noble at MSU or elsewhere), and place the purchased gifts under the tree. During the bookstore's final Appreciation Day of the year, MSU faculty and staff are able today [Dec. 15] to double their existing 10 percent discount to 20 percent on MSU clothing, general reading books and a variety of other gifts.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

Elaine A. Rush, a communication/communication studies major from Starkville, was among the more than 1,300 new members of the Mississippi State Alumni family who were all smiles during Friday's [Dec. 11] commencement at Mississippi State University. International best-selling and award-winning author James Patterson, who delivered the fall 2015 commencement address, encouraged his audience to "dream big" and "be doers." As Mississippi’s leading university, MSU is committed to providing a challenging and supportive educational experience that prepares students to lead and make a difference on local, national and global levels after graduation.  Visit the MSU Facebook page, or click here to view a slideshow of photos.

Photo by: Keats Haupt

December 11, 2015

Lyceum Series Chinese Acrobats Performance

'Peking Dreams'

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performed Thursday [Dec. 9] evening at Mississippi State as part of the university's 2015-16 Lyceum Series. A packed audience in historic Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium witnessed the showmanship and athleticism of one of China’s longest running and most distinguished circus troupes, whose members demonstrated hat juggling and other feats of gymnastic strength, balance, dance and acrobatics. Visit the MSU
Lyceum Series' Facebook page
, or click here to view a slideshow of photos from last night's awe-inspiring performance.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 10, 2015

Studying in Gingko Tree

A Quiet Place to Study

Bret Giles, a junior mechanical engineering major from Olive Branch, studies for finals while sitting among the branches of a Ginkgo tree. Mild temperatures have allowed the beauty of fall foliage on campus to extend into December this year, and students are taking advantage of the scenery as the semester comes to a close. Click here to see a slideshow of scenic fall photos from across campus.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 9, 2015

Studying for December Finals - McCool Hall Atrium


Luke W. Spencer, a freshman marketing/PGA Golf Management major from Saint Charles, Illinois, studies calculus in the atrium at McCool Hall, home to Mississippi State's College of Business. Final exams continue through Thursday [Dec. 10], with the university's fall 2015 commencement set to take place Friday [Dec. 11] at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 8, 2015

LEAP Graduation

Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals-Class of 2015

Mississippi State alumna Nicole S. Cobb, a compliance administrator in the university's Office of Research Compliance, and other “contestants” answer questions about what they learned from their experience in the Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals (LEAP) program. LEAP is designed to enhance professional skills by providing advanced training and direct, practical work applications for employees identified through a competitive nomination and selection process. Consisting of 11 sessions over an eight-week period, the program gave participants the opportunity to meet with campus and community experts and to expand their knowledge about the university's goals and priorities and those of its departments.

Photo by: Russ Houston

December 7, 2015

Architecture Design/Build Garden at Starkville Boys and Girls Club

Room for Growth

Senior architecture major Zachary White, of Valparaiso, Indiana, works on a raised garden bed for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club community garden. A team of 14 Mississippi State architecture students, working under assistant professor Alexis Gregory, are installing a garden at the club with six raised beds, two shaded pavilions and space for tool storage. The team also is partnering with MSU's Horticulture Club, the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, and the College of Education to make the garden a sustainable source for education and healthy foods.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 4, 2015

Cotton Fashion Show

High Fashion Cotton

Jaime Smith, a senior criminology major from Madison, models a cotton outfit designed by Brittany Henderson, a senior from Jackson, during the Safari Cotton Incorporated Fashion Show in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom at Mississippi State University. The university's Fashion Design and Merchandising program partnered with Cotton Incorporated to host the show, which featured Fashion Board models and designs from MSU fashion design and merchandising majors. Grand prize-winning designers included Tempest Crump, a freshman from Rienzi; Jesse Newton, a junior from Eupora; and Laura Richardson, a junior from Madison.

Photo by: Megan Bean

December 2, 2015

Fall leaves on Old Main Plaza

Fall foliage on Old Main Plaza

Students returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to a short week of classes, which end Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are scheduled as reading days before final exams begin Friday and continue next week.

Photo by: Sarah Tewolde

November 30, 2015