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Hearin grant to pair MSU, Delta State

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:28pm

Planned power outage for Giles Hall scheduled

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:00am

A brief planned power outage at Mississippi State's Giles Hall will take place on Wednesday [Aug. 12] from 4-8 a.m. The temporary outage is necessary for new infrastructure at the building.

MSU, Habitat break ground at Maroon Edition site

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am
Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Star...

Contact: Zack Plair

Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Starkville Habitat Board President Suzanne Dressel; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; and Starkville Habitat Past President Danny Setaro officially break ground for the home. Keenum also drove the ceremonial first nail. Mississippi State University and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground Monday [Aug. 10] at the site of the seventh annual Maroon Edition home, located at No. 5 Hope Lane in Starkville. (From left) Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Starkville Habitat Board President Suzanne Dressel; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; and Starkville Habitat Past President Danny Setaro officially break ground for the home. Keenum also drove the ceremonial first nail.
Photo by: Beth Wynn

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A new subdivision the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is developing in north Starkville has the organization's message of "hope" right in the name.

Mississippi State University has partnered with Habitat for its seventh annual Maroon Edition home, which will be the first of five Habitat homes built on Hope Lane -- located off of Douglas L. Conner Drive.

"We want this to be a showcase for what Habitat can do," said Joel Downey, Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity executive director. "We want this to be a community pride, where deserving families can live and raise their kids."

MSU President Mark E. Keenum turned dirt and drove the ceremonial first nail during a groundbreaking celebration Monday [Aug. 10] at the home site -- officially No. 5 Hope Lane. Volunteers, including MSU students, faculty, staff and retirees, all will help build the home over the coming months, Keenum said. The project coincides with MSU's Maroon Edition, an initiative meant to engage incoming freshmen by challenging them to read the same book. This year's Maroon Edition is "Same Kind of Different as Me," by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

At Monday's groundbreaking, Keenum lauded MSU's longstanding partnership with Habitat for Maroon Edition homes. He also presented the organization a $5,000 check toward this year's project, which is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.

"You feel good when you know you are making a difference," Keenum said. "I vividly remember the times I've come out and worked on these projects, and how wonderful it feels knowing you are helping someone who is in need. Beyond that feeling, the students who volunteer will also learn practical skills that will help them later in life."

Downey said Habitat's board wouldn't officially announce the family receiving the home until Aug. 19, but he relayed on Monday this year's Maroon Edition home would go to a single mother with four children who now are living in a two-bedroom apartment. Once they move to Hope Lane, they'll live in a 1,200 square-foot home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

About 500 volunteers who work on the project will come through the Maroon Volunteer Center, said Cade Smith, interim assistant dean/director for MSU Student Leadership and Community Engagement. Each year, he said those volunteers work a combined 3,000-5,000 hours on the Maroon Edition project. Volunteers work under Habitat project managers on site, who also are volunteering their time.

Smith said MSU's Fraternity and Sorority Life organization also has raised $75,000 to partner with Habitat for a second Habitat home on Hope Lane this year.

"We think Habitat does a wonderful job providing volunteers with a meaningful experience that has a positive impact on real people," Smith said. "…Any time you connect learning and hard work with purpose, great things happen."

Over the last 30 years, Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity has completed 57 homes for families in need and offers 20-year, no-interest loans to recipients. All applicants go through a selection process, Downey said, and recipients must have the means to pay the mortgage, they must put at least 300 "sweat equity" hours into building the home and they must agree to complete three self-improvement classes -- one of which must focus on financial literacy.

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, who also spoke at Monday's groundbreaking, said he's always excited to see a Habitat family receive a home, and he's especially looking forward to seeing the impact Hope Lane will have for its residents and the city as a whole.

"A home offers an opportunity for a better way of life for these families," Wiseman said. "This neighborhood will also provide a physical improvement to the center of our city. Truly this is an example of how giving and good works are multiplied."

For more information on the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, visit www.starkvillehabitat.com. Maroon Edition and other MSU volunteering information is available at www.mvc.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi's flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

International Paper Co. gift to benefit MSU engineering

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Contact: Addie Mayfield

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A $2.25 million gift from International Paper Co. will establish an endowment for a faculty chair within Mississippi State's James Worth Bagley College of Engineering and create a new controls laboratory in the college's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"By partnering with Mississippi State, we can leverage its excellent engineering program with our resources to continue to recruit the best and brightest students and faculty from across the country," said International Paper Co. Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Technology, EHS&S and Global Sourcing Tommy Joseph, who is a 1982 MSU graduate.

International Paper Co. is a global leader in packaging and paper, committed to sustainability and environmental education. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company employs approximately 58,000 people in more than 24 countries around the world and contributes nearly $10 million annually to numerous charities and organizations.

At Mississippi State, the International Paper Co. Endowed Chair will support the Bagley College's objective to attract the highest caliber faculty members. Serving as a liaison of International Paper Co., the chair holder will be selected from the departments of Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Systems, and Mechanical Engineering, and will assist with the identification of research opportunities and recruitment for the college.

Additionally, the company seeks to further education and research at MSU with the creation of the International Paper Co. Controls Laboratory within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an endowment exclusively for the lab's maintenance.

The International Paper Controls Laboratory provides two stations for modular servo systems, one located within the MSU Starkville Campus, and another in the extended partnership campus at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The stations will be expanded to provide real-time digital control capabilities through MATLAB or LabVIEW software platforms. Specifically, the Starkville Campus also will acquire four Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs, which will provide students with improved training capabilities in the use of both networked and touchpad control interfaces.

"We are grateful for the continued support of International Paper Co. to MSU and the Bagley College," said Jason Keith, dean of engineering and holder of the Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport Jr. Chair. "This considerable gift will provide innovative, cutting-edge resources for faculty and students to better our research and development efforts for years to come."

The Bagley College currently offers 10 undergraduate degrees through its eight academic departments. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the college offers 21 master's and doctoral degrees. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college's programs in the top 100 nationwide.

For more information on establishing endowments in the Bagley College, contact Bennett Evans, director of development, at 662-325-0386 or bevans@bagley.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi's flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Hearin grant to pair MSU, Delta State

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:00am

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation will allow two state universities to collaboratively research business opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.

With the $73,395 award, Mississippi State University's Carl Small Town Center and the College of Business will partner with Delta State University's Master of Business Administration program to determine if a "symbiotic district" is a feasible means for economic development in the Delta.

A symbiotic district involves a single site where businesses, community members and the building itself exchange products -- such as garden vegetables, social services or cultural enrichment -- and reuse their waste byproducts. The aim of this recycle-reuse collaborative is to create sustainable businesses and neighborhoods while helping the environment.

"Creating a symbiotic district in the Delta, where businesses will not only profit from their close economic relationship but also an ecological one, will provide a model for sustainable economic development throughout the state," said John Poros, director of the Carl Small Town Center.

The grant also will fund a feasibility study in which MSU and Delta State MBA students, under the supervision of faculty outreach directors, will research possible business relationships in Delta communities for the project. Using those findings, the Carl Small Town Center's national Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Emily Roush Elliott, will then work with students from MSU's School of Architecture to recruit potential business partners and secure buildings and site locations.

"We are pleased to be a part of this project that could provide a model for economic development not only in the Delta region, but throughout the state," said Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU's College of Business. "This is a great collaboration with not only the College of Architecture, Art and Design, but also our colleagues at Delta State."

Robert Hearin Sr., the Mississippi Valley Gas Co. chairman and chief executive officer who died in 1992, established the Hearin Foundation in his will. It primarily supports the state's higher education institutions and economic development.

The Carl Small Town Center, a research center within MSU's College of Architecture, Art and Design, is named for Fred E. Carl Jr., a major university benefactor who founded Viking Range Corp. For more information on the center, visit http://carlsmalltowncenter.org/.

MSU is Mississippi's flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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