State Spotlight

"Made With Love" at The University Florist

"Made With Love" at The University Florist

Junior horticulture/floral management major Abigale G. “Abby” Jenkins of Cedar Park, Texas, helps Mississippi State senior management major Austin M. McCann of Memphis, Tennessee, to make his own Valentine floral arrangement Friday [Feb. 12] at The University Florist. Jenkins, president of the university’s Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers, is among the students who are on hand today [Feb. 13] from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist individuals and groups with creating their own Valentine’s Day arrangements. Groups may call 662-325-3585 to reserve a time. All participants will earn a discount on their purchase with the make-your-own option and help support SAIFD's trip to the Southern regional competition this spring. Located at 100 Lee Blvd., The University Florist also will be open on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. to assist patrons with all of their Valentine's Day gift and floral needs, including the new Bulldog plush line and an assortment of Valentine candy. Arrangements of roses, tulips, hydrangeas and gerberas are featured at the shop, and a new shipment of McCartys Pottery arrived this week.

 

Photo by: Megan Bean

February 12, 2016

Darwin Week 2016

Darwin Week 2016

Mississippi State geology instructor Amy Moe-Hoffman speaks with Starkville eighth graders during a "Careers in Biological Sciences" tour at the university. While visiting campus facilities including the Dunn-Seiler geology and Cobb archaeology museums, the students learned about wildlife conservation, scientific illustration, entomology, paleontology, archaeology, microbiology and forensic anthropology. The tour is part of MSU Darwin Week, which culminates today [Feb. 12] at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology with a 5 p.m. Darwin birthday party reception and 5:30 p.m. presentation by Evan Peacock, a professor in the anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures department.

Photo by: Megan Bean

February 12, 2016

The Real Buzz

The Real Buzz

Retired NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin answers questions from the audience Tuesday [Feb. 9] after giving a speech in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium at Mississippi State. Aldrin, one of the first two people to walk on the surface of the moon, spoke to a packed house as part of MSU's Global Lecture Series.

Photo by: Beth Wynn

February 10, 2016

Miss MSU with Jak

Bulldog Pride

Miss Mississippi State University Meredith Thomas poses with Bully, aka Jak, during a recent photo session. Jak will be cheering on the Kosciusko senior as she competes with 51 other contestants for the title of Miss Mississippi in Vicksburg this June. Thomas is an interdisciplinary studies major with concentrations in biology, kinesiology and psychology. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MissMSU.

Photo by: Russ Houston

February 8, 2016

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 www.business.msstate.edu.

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 www.emergency.msstate.edu. 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

Resolved

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

#WeMeanBusiness

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