Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence honors faculty graduates at MSU

June 1st, 2017 Comments Off on Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence honors faculty graduates at MSU

More than a dozen MSU faculty members are new graduates of a summer program designed to help them better incorporate writing strategies into class assignments. They include (front, l-r) Joanne Beriswill, Brian Counterman, Martha Barton, Kenya McKinley, Kim Smith and Gail Kopetz; (back, l-r) LaShan Simpson, Lesley Strawderman, Christine Cord, Jeffrey Haupt, Robert Green and Byron Williams. Not pictured is Holli Seitz. (Photo by Megan Bean)

By Allison Matthews | Mississippi State University

More than a dozen Mississippi State faculty members are new graduates of the university’s Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence program.

Now in its fifth year, the three-week intensive institute trains teachers from a variety of university departments to modify course syllabi to incorporate more writing-to-learn strategies into class assignments.

The professional development program is part of “Maroon & Write,” the university’s quality enhancement plan—QEP, for short—to improve undergraduate writing and learning skills across all colleges, curricula and class levels. The QEP is required to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

As part of the 30-plus hour workshop held this month, participants read a variety of theory-related literature selections and took part in activities such as journaling, free-writing, peer-evaluation and reflective essay development. They will incorporate many of the activities they learned into the respective courses they teach throughout the academic year.

In addition to teaching one course that incorporates writing-to-learn techniques and a formal writing component, MIWE graduates will continue interacting with the QEP staff throughout the school year for ongoing support.

“We ask a lot of our faculty participants. They learn new strategies for incorporating writing in their classes and they challenge their pre-existing ideas about how writing assignments and student engagement can and should work in their classes,” said Deborah Lee, who co-directs the Maroon & Write QEP with English Instructor Ann Spurlock. “The faculty who are chosen for participation in the MIWE are committed to enhancing their skills as a teacher and care passionately about their students’ success.”

“Working with such dedicated faculty is truly an honor,” Lee added.

LaShan Simpson, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, will apply enhanced writing-to-learn concepts this fall in her biomedical materials course for upperclassmen.

“A lot of classes already have writing components, such as the term paper, but I’ve learned to incorporate writing in small instances earlier in the semester,” Simpson said.

She explained that the concept of “scaffolding writing” allows students to start out with smaller writing assignments and build up to larger papers, gaining feedback for drafts along the way.

“This program has put me back in the role of student, and I’ve been able to test out the free writing and informal writing myself before having my students do it this fall,” she said.

Robert Green, undergraduate coordinator for the Bagley College of Engineering, said he has always given writing assignments as part of his engineering administration course, but he has been interested in making assignments more effective.

“This year my students will be working on a white paper, similar to what professionals would prepare for their bosses,” he said.

In recognition of their participation, graduates received a commemorative framed certificate, T-shirt and portfolio embossed with the Maroon and Write program’s logo.

In addition to Simpson and Green, this year’s MIWE summer graduates and the writing-to-learn courses they’ll be teaching during the upcoming academic year include (alphabetically):

—Martha Barton, instructor of biological sciences teaching special topics in biological sciences.

—Joanne Beriswill, assistant professor of instructional systems and workforce development teaching graphics and web design.

—Christine Cord, postdoctoral associate in food science, nutrition and health promotion teaching food law.

—Brian Counterman, associate professor of biological sciences teaching population genetics.

—Jeffrey Haupt, professor of art teaching painting survey.

—Gail Kopetz, instructor of music teaching foundations of music education.

—Kenya McKinley, assistant professor of sociology teaching social work with communities and organizations.

—Holli Seitz, assistant professor of communication teaching elements of persuasion.

—Kim Smith, instructor of curriculum, instruction and special education teaching middle level literacy.

—Lesley Strawderman, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering teaching industrial ergonomics.

—Byron Williams, assistant professor of computer science and engineering teaching software architecture and design paradigms.

Learn more about MIWE and Maroon and Write QEP at www.qep.msstate.edu, www.facebook.com/QEPMSU and www.twitter.com/MSUQEP.

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See the story in The Starkville Daily News.

CAAD faculty, staff honored at annual ‘Years of Service Ceremony’

May 9th, 2017 Comments Off on CAAD faculty, staff honored at annual ‘Years of Service Ceremony’


(photos via Brent Funderburk)

The annual Mississippi State University Division of Academic Affairs Years of Service Ceremony was held on Mon., May 8 at 3 p.m. in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union.

Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner welcomed everyone before Robert Wolverton from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures presented his reflections on university service. Wolverton was also being honored for 40 years of service.

The event ended with recognition of faculty and staff for years of service, ranging from five to 50 years, and a reception.

CAAD faculty and staff recognized include:

Five Years:
Assistant Professor Neil Callander (art)
Assistant Professor Tom Leathem (building construction science)
Assistant Professor Greg Martin (art)
Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn (architecture)
Christie McNeal, communications specialist (CAAD)
Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery director (art)

10 Years:
Pandora Prater, director’s assistant (architecture)
Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor (architecture)
Christina Vanderberg, administrative assistant (art)

20 Years:
Amy Massey, administrative assistant (interior design)

30 Years:
Jane Lewis, dean’s assistant (CAAD)
Professor and Printmaking Coordinator Linda Seckinger (art)

35 Years:
William L. Giles Distinguished Professor and Fine Arts Thesis Coordinator Brent Funderburk (art)

EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU


(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

By Vanessa Beeson | Mississippi State University

Three cross-college departments commemorated a new raingarden at the university with a ribbon cutting Friday [April 21] in observation of Earth Day. The raingarden is located in the courtyard of the landscape architecture facility on the Starkville campus.

Landscape architecture students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences built the garden, funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a green infrastructure training and demonstration project. Those also contributing to the project include graphic design and engineering students, as well as the MSU facilities management department.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum spoke about the importance of sustainability at the ceremony.

“I am so pleased to see so many students who took an active role in leading this effort to make a difference. Having a wonderful raingarden to demonstrate the sustainability of water is something we are all going to learn from for years to come,” Keenum said. “Our university must address critical challenges like this for the future and instill in our younger generations knowledge of how to develop innovative solutions.”

Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said the raingarden manages one-fourth of the building’s rainwater runoff, but the project’s main purpose is to serve as an educational showpiece that teaches students, faculty and the broader community about green infrastructure technologies.

“The focus of this is really about education. This is the most comprehensive raingarden demonstration project in Mississippi and perhaps even in the Southeast. I don’t know of any that communicate what a raingarden does as well as this one,” Gallo said.

The raingarden’s focal piece is a 2,000 gallon cistern that collects rainwater and directs excess water into a 1,500-square-foot bioretention basin where it is managed with soil and plants. The raingarden is a sustainable water management demonstration in three steps — conveyance, storage and management. As water comes off the roof, it goes into the cistern for storage and then into the garden. Once in the garden, the water is cooled, filtered, absorbed and delayed.

Gallo explained the effects of the process.

“If you come here a day or two after it rains, you’ll hear water making its way into the basin because that’s how much water flow has been slowed down. When there is less water, it becomes much slower and takes more time, and it’s cleaner and cooler as it comes through. It’s an audible experience,” he said.

In previous semesters, landscape architecture students installed the basin in addition to surrounding benches. Part of that previous work included collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering. Civil engineering students completed water quality testing prior to construction as part of the preliminary work.

“This is one of the most amazing projects where landscape architects, graphic designers and civil engineers worked together marching toward environmental sustainability. It is a win-win situation for all involved,” said Veera Gnaneswar Gude, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering.

Graphic design students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design also worked alongside landscape architecture students to develop informational graphics to communicate the project’s purpose in an effective, concise manner.

Both landscape architecture and graphic design students enrolled in a cross-college collaborative course were tasked with designing, creating and installing the cistern; building out the garden; and developing, creating and implementing the demonstration component.

Suzanne Powney, assistant professor in the Department of Art, discussed how that hands-on collaboration, especially the opportunity for graphic design students to assist in the construction of the garden, resulted in a better design. She said while the work was challenging at times, the students took it in stride and did an incredible job.

“All of the students worked really hard. I am very proud of them,” she said. “This is a permanent structure they can come back to years in the future and say, ‘I built this.’”

In addition to Friday’s ribbon cutting, students also participated in a ceremonial first planting in the new MSU Community Garden immediately adjacent to the raingarden. Graphic design students contributed to this garden with a wall graphic, numbering system on the planters and educational graphic explaining when to plant various crops.

For more information, visit MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture online at lalc.msstate.edu; the College of Architecture, Art and Design at caad.msstate.edu; and the Bagley College of Engineering at bagley.msstate.edu. The Water Resources Research Institute, housed at Mississippi State, facilitated the raingarden project’s grant and budget.

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From the Gallery – April 2017

April 25th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – April 2017

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Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with two 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (photography) graduates, Ronnie Robinson and Assanti Miller.

Mixon wins prestigious international design award

April 5th, 2017 Comments Off on Mixon wins prestigious international design award

Among more than 1,000 entries submitted from around the world, Mississippi State University graphic design professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s Mumford & Sons concert poster recently was honored with a HOW International Design Award. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Jamie Burwell Mixon)

By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State Univeristy

Mississippi State University graphic design professor Jamie Burwell Mixon is being honored with a HOW International Design Award for her Mumford & Sons concert poster.

Sponsored annually by HOW magazine, the International Design Award competition recognizes excellence on a global scale. Mixon is one of 292 recipients selected from over 1,000 entries submitted from around the world.

Founded in 1985, HOW encompasses a variety of different products, competitions and events. Its mission is to serve the business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers.

Award winners will receive exposure in the upcoming spring 2017 edition of HOW magazine, as well an online feature at www.howdesign.com.

Mixon has been designing concert posters for the Verizon arena since 2004. She typically illustrates four to five each year.

“I’m excited to have my Mumford & Sons poster chosen for this competition. It always feels good to have your work recognized internationally,” said Mixon.

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See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

From the Gallery – March 2017

March 24th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – March 2017

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‘TypeHike’ exhibit opens at MSU’s McComas Hall art gallery

February 13th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘TypeHike’ exhibit opens at MSU’s McComas Hall art gallery

A North Cascades National Park-inspired poster by Mississippi State Professor of Graphic Design Cassie Hester is among more than 50 works that are on display through March 3 at the university’s Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. The posters are part of a “TypeHike” traveling exhibition commemorating the National Park Service’s centennial. (Submitted photo/by Cassie Hester)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A traveling exhibition of posters commemorating the National Park Service’s centennial are on display through March 3 at Mississippi State’s Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

Free to all, the “TypeHike” exhibit features posters by artists and designers seeking to bring awareness to the beauty and importance of parks around the U.S.

A 5 p.m. reception for the MSU exhibit will take place Thursday [Feb. 16] in the ground-floor gallery, whose main entrance is located off the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

MSU Professor of Graphic Design Cassie Hester’s poster for North Cascades National Park is among works that will be available for viewing and purchase during the reception. Proceeds will benefit the National Park Foundation.

Also during the reception, MSU graphic design students will receive first-, second- and third-place prizes for original posters they created of the Natchez Trace Parkway in commemoration of the National Park Service’s centennial. Amy Genke, supervisory park ranger-interpretation for the Natchez Trace Parkway’s Jackson Branch, will present the awards on the organization’s behalf.

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary on Aug. 25, 2016. For more, visit www.nps.gov.

Exhibit hours for the McComas gallery are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as by appointment.

The campus exhibit is supported by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

For more gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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Graphic design senior accepted to international student competition

December 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Graphic design senior accepted to international student competition

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“#VIEWS” by Aubrey Pohl

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Pohl’s poster on display

Aubrey Pohl, a senior graphic design major at MSU, recently had a poster accepted as 1 of 50 finalists in the 9th Annual Skopje International Student Competition.

“#VIEWS” was designed as part of an Advanced Typography Independent Study with Assistant Professor Cassie Hester.

The 2016 competition theme was “Identity in Crisis,” and entries were judged by a prestigious panel of international designersFinn Nygaard (Denmark), Fons Hickman (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Rysard Kaja (Poland) and Toni Vasikj (the Republic of Macedonia).

The Skopje Poster Festival kicked off on Nov. 22. All 50 finalists of the were exhibited at the Museum of Skopje (city museum) in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, through November 30.

MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

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spread featuring Crosby Arboretum series

A series of posters celebrating MSU’s Crosby Arboretum will be featured in Sappi Fine Papers’ latest promo titled “Verticals.” 

Currently in production, “Verticals” features excellent graphic design projects from universities across the country.

Phillip Bajoras, a December 2015 graduate, designed the poster series in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s spring 2015 Intro to Print Production class. Bajoras is currently working at a screen printing shop in Alabama.

The promo was curated and designed by Studio Hinrichs in San Francisco, Calif. Kit Hinrichs—recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal—is principal and creative director.

Be sure to request the latest promos and samples from Sappi!

Angi Bourgeois one of four at MSU named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

December 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Angi Bourgeois one of four at MSU named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

Angi Bourgeois - (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

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(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 52 selected as 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities.

MSU will host an SEC ALDP workshop Feb. 22-24, 2017 on the Starkville campus.

The MSU honorees include:

—Angi Bourgeois, head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art;

—Teresa Jayroe, associate dean of the College of Education;

—Melissa Moore, head of the College of Business’ Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law; and

—Scott Willard, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Through this academic initiative, the SEC works to sponsor, support and promote collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. Providing an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels is among its primary missions.

“The opportunity to network with academic leaders across the 14 SEC universities has proven to be an excellent experience for all who have participated,” said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner. “We look forward to hosting the conference for the faculty fellows on our campus in February.”

Designated by provosts at the respective institutions, ALDP liaisons serve as the conference’s primary point of academic contact.

“It is our strong belief that helping to prepare administrators for the next phase of their careers has the potential to impact all of higher education, both now and in the future,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Our universities make a significant investment in these individuals, and we are proud to work with them through this program.”

Bourgeois, who has headed the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program on an interim basis since 2014, began her permanent appointment this past July. Since joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2002, the Rhodes College and Emory University graduate has taught a variety of art history courses and has climbed the academic ranks with a promotion to professor coinciding with her new appointment. Earlier this year, she was elected to a two-year term as secretary for the Italian Arts Society, an international scholarly organization where she has been a member since 2004.

Jayroe, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from MSU, always wanted to become a teacher. After teaching for 12 years at Philadelphia and Winston county public schools, she returned to her alma mater to begin work on an education specialist degree in educational leadership and also completed a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Jayroe first joined the MSU faculty as a classroom instructor and worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming part of the College of Education’s administration.

An MSU College of Business faculty member since 1999, Moore now is leading the Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law. In addition to serving on the MSU Entrepreneurship Center’s advisory board, the Kathy M. St. John Fellow and professor of marketing has served on the last two MSU presidential search committees. She was recognized as an MSU John Grisham Master Teacher in 2005, and also was named Outstanding Faculty Woman in 2010 by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Prior to becoming associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Willard served as head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology. A 17-year MSU faculty member, he first served as professor of reproductive and environmental physiology in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Along with a bachelor’s in animal, veterinary and fisheries science from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Willard earned a master’s and doctorate in physiology of reproduction from Texas A&M University.

For more about the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, visit www.thesecu.com/sec-academic-leadership-development-program.php.

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