CAAD hosts students from Milam Elementary

November 4th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD hosts students from Milam Elementary

The MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design hosted a field trip for Gifted and Talented classes at Milam Elementary School in Tupelo on Nov. 3.

The group of 160 was split into four groups, who visited a variety of projects throughout the day, ending with a picnic-style lunch in the Giles Amphitheater.

  • The class visited Professor Robert Long in the ceramics studio for a tour of the facilities, including the glazing process and kiln. The group was also treated to demonstrations by students, faculty and community volunteers before being able to get their hands dirty and work with the clay.
  • The group also toured the School of Architecture in Giles Hall and did several hands-on projects with current students, including making chairs out of giant blocks, playing Giant Jenga and competing to see which group could put together a 3D puzzle house first.
  • The college was joined by a group from MSU’s Department of Sustainable Bioproducts for a Wood Magic Activity. Edward Entsminger and his crew taught students about various properties of wood and presented several demonstrations. The group made guesses about the strength of a toothpick-sized piece of wood and watched in amazement as Entsminger loaded nearly 300 pounds into a bucket it supported. Students then turned small red oak billets into bubble blowers as part of a demonstration of wood properties, including density, hardness and permeability.
  • Finally, students were treated to a private viewing of the current exhibit on display at the Depot Art Gallery, “Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints.” Students were then challenged to create their own drawings, following instructions by art faculty members Lori Neuenfeldt and Matthew Gordon.

One Night Only exhibit held Oct. 28

November 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on One Night Only exhibit held Oct. 28

(photos via Ronnie Robinson)

A “One Night Only” exhibition featuring MSU Department of Art students Aubrey Pohl, Ian Green and Ronnie Robinson was held on Fri., Oct. 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Howell Hall Metal Shop (room 111).

Gregory Martin part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

November 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Gregory Martin part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Greg Martin - MSU Department of Art professor. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Greg Martin – MSU Department of Art professor.
(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin is one of 18 contemporary visual artists living and working across the state to have work selected for the 2016 Mississippi Invitational.

The exhibition will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson from Dec. 17, 2016 – Feb. 18, 2017.

Guest curator, Marisca J. Pascucci, curator of collections at Boca Raton Museum of Art, selected four paintings by Martin   – (“Long Term Parking,” “Spirit,” “Spiral” and “Goodyear”) for inclusion out of 115 submissions from artists across the state.

An opening reception for Mississippi Invitational artists, special guests and museum members is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The following day, Pacucci will be joined by Jane Hiatt and the recipient of the Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by MMA Director and Chief Curator Roger Ward. 

MSU Assistant Professor Critz Campbell also had works selected for the exhibit.

Find out more about the Mississippi Invitational at

Art alumna Val Cripps named 2016 CAAD MSU Alumni Fellow

November 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Art alumna Val Cripps named 2016 CAAD MSU Alumni Fellow

Valerie “Val” Berney Cripps

Valerie “Val” Berney Cripps

By Amy Cagle | Mississippi State University

Eight prominent graduates now living as close as Madison County and as distant as Southern California are Mississippi State University’s 2016 Alumni Fellows.

For more than a quarter-century, the fellows program has brought former students of distinction back to campus to meet with those currently enrolled and share experiences of their successful careers. Fellows carry the designation for life.

Gathering on campus Thursday-Saturday [Nov. 3-5], the group also will be meeting with faculty and staff members.

Sponsored and organized by the MSU Alumni Association, the annual recognition includes one representative from each college of the 138-year-old land-grant institution. They are chosen by their respective academic units to make presentations in both classroom and informal settings.

“The Alumni Association proudly works with the academic colleges of Mississippi State to bring dedicated alumni back to our campus to share their success stories, mentor and enrich the lives of current students,” said Jeff Davis, the international organization’s executive director.

“Through the years, we have had many top-caliber graduates selected as Alumni Fellows, and the annual experience strengthens this group’s ties with our campus and enables them to become stronger alumni leaders from this point forward,” Davis added.

Among MSU’s more than 135,000 living graduates, the 2016 honorees include (by college):

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Loston Rowe of Eads, Tennessee. Receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy in 1984 and 1986, respectively, Rowe went on to Michigan State University, where he earned a 1989 doctorate from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, with an emphasis on weed science. An Aberdeen native, he currently is retail accounts manager for DuPont Crop Protection, a company at which he has held various leadership positions since beginning work in 1989.

College of Architecture, Art and Design, Valerie “Val” Berney Crippsof Los Angeles, California. Before receiving a 1997 Master of Fine Arts degree in electronic visualization, Cripps had earned bachelor’s degrees in art history and Italian from Indiana University. Over her professional career, Cripps has taught doctoral courses on special-effects production software, worked as a freelance FX artist and an FX animator with Disney Feature Animation. Her work has appeared in “Big Hero 6,” “Life of Pi,” “Spider-Man 3” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” among other notable movies. Currently CEO for Valtopia—a company she founded—Cripps originally is from Joplin, Missouri, but was reared in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Read more about Cripps in Alumnus magazine.

College of Arts and Sciences, Tommie S. Cardin of Ridgeland. A former MSU Student Association president from Brooksville, Cardin is a 1983 magna cum laude political science graduate who went on to earn a 1986 Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He presently is a member of the regulatory and government relations practice group at the Jackson-based Butler Snow LLP firm. A former adjunct professor at Mississippi College’s School of Law, he also has served since 2013 as chair of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

College of Business, Jan F. Lewis of Jackson. A 1985 summa cum laude graduate in professional accountancy, Lewis has been a tax partner since 2002 with the accounting firm of Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC, where the Jackson native began working as a staff accountant in 1987. Prior to Haddox Reid, she was a staff accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Lewis also serves as an advisory board member of the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy, a major unit of MSU’s College of Business.

College of Education, Max E. Jobe of Kingwood, Texas. After receiving an industrial education degree in 1954, Jobe went on to a 14 year-career with the Mississippi National Guard, from which he retired at the rank of captain. He also holds a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake College in Louisiana and a doctorate from the University of Georgia, both in education. In addition to several high schools and institutions of higher learning, the Corinth native has served on the Maryland State Advisory Council on Vocational and Technical Education and with the U.S. Office of Education. He spent 25 years at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he now is a professor emeritus.

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, Michael W. “Mike” Bloesch of Sugar Land, Texas. Bloesch is a 1992 magna cum laude graduate in chemical engineering who then attended the University of Houston, where he earned an MBA with a focus on finance. After holding several upper-level positions in engineering and business fields, the Helena, Arkansas, native now is president and CEO of Next Wave Energy Partners LP, a start-up venture he helped found in 2014. For more than two decades, he worked at TPC Group, a Texas-based international provider of chemical and petroleum products.

College of Forest Resources, Steven H. “Steve” Bullard of Nacogdoches, Texas. Bullard is provost and academic affairs vice president at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he also holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Forestry. After earning a 1977 MSU bachelor’s degree in forestry and 1980 master’s in forest management, he later completed a doctorate in forest management-economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. For a time, Bullard taught at MSU’s College of Forest Resources—where he was the Sharp Professor of Forest Economics—and held positions with the campus-based Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and Mississippi Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Additionally, he has been professor and chair of the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Michael R. “Mike” Johnson of Mandeville, Louisiana. Johnson is a 1994 master’s degree graduate in veterinary medical services, with an emphasis in catfish aquaculture and immunology. Currently, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native is a consultant for international companies involved in markets concerning minerals, water treatment and energy. He also holds a holds an undergraduate degree in environmental zoology/biology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, both from Ohio State University, as well as an MBA from Tulane University.

For detailed biographies of the 2016 alumni fellows, along with information about the MSU Alumni Association and its programs, visit .

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