Graphic design student to bike across country raising funds, awareness for cancer

June 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Graphic design student to bike across country raising funds, awareness for cancer

Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Via | Our People

Heather Hardman wanted to spend her last summer before graduation “doing something bigger than herself.”

In her search, the Mississippi State graphic design senior stumbled upon the 4K for Cancer website. The program allows 18-25 year olds the opportunity to give and get support within the cancer community as they bike or run 4,000 plus miles across the country.

Now part of Team Seattle in the program, Hardman joined 24 other college students in Baltimore, Maryland, this week.  Together, they are biking across the country (through sites such as the Appalachian Mountains, Lakes Michigan and Chicago, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and the Olympic National Park), and plan to end their journey in Seattle in mid-August.

Hardman and her teammates will be raising funds and awareness for cancer along the way, visiting treatment centers and delivering scholarships. They will dedicate days of the journey to people they know who have battled cancer by writing these names on their legs. Hardman has had friends and family members who have had cancer, as well as her childhood figure skating coach. (See her dedication list here.)

The graphic design student has taken on several additional roles for the trip.

She was part of the committee that designed the team jerseys.

“I think we rotate out three all summer,” she laughed. “Hopefully there will be laundry facilities at some of our host sites.”

And, some of that responsibility is on her. As a leg leader, she was in charge of finding hosts (lodging and food) for twelve of the cities they will stop in – all around 50-100 miles apart.

“It was easier than I thought it would be to find people willing to help,” she said. “Anytime I called a church or others who have helped in the past, they have been so welcoming.”

Hardman won’t have much time to relax at these stops, though; she is social media coordinator for her team and will be blogging about the experience at She will keep an updated map with her team’s current location and post photos and details from each day.

She is excited about the journey – getting to know this group of like-minded students, exploring new states and pushing herself to the limit – all for a good cause.

Read more and see how you can donate here:

From the Gallery – May 2017

June 1st, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – May 2017

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with Professor of Biological Sciences Diana Outlaw. Outlaw discusses a special project dealing with photography by autistic children. An exhibit of this work will be on display through July in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

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; the College of Architecture, Art and Design at; and the Bagley College of Engineering at The Water Resources Research Institute, housed at Mississippi State, facilitated the raingarden project’s grant and budget.

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Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary

December 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary

(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University and submitted)

For their final project, students in Brittany Spencer’s Design I class completed a community installation at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville.

Earlier in the semester, a committee at the elementary school chose two quotes for students to base designs on: “Plant Kindness, Grow Love” and “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.”

Each of Spencer’s students proposed three designs based on the two quotes. Those proposed designs were eventually narrowed down by a vote to the top three designs for each quote, and the Sudduth committee chose the final designs.

The MSU students then cut out these designs by hand on vinyl and decorated the school’s hall windows.

Students who were a part of the installation include:
Ashtyn Carpenter
Caroline Fitzwater
Tess Frazier
Karleigh Harfst
Megan Henry
Hayden Hunt
Haley Lawrence
Eric Lindsey
Savanah Martinez
Meghan Norman (her design was chosen for the theme “Plant Kindness, Grow Love”)
Elise Sears
Melissa Sones(her design was chosen for the theme “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti”)
Mary Katherine Swindoll
Anna Terry
Deremy Triplett

See the story spotlighted on MSU’s website!

This is the second community installation done by Spencer’s Design I students. Read more about the previous installation in Howell Building.

Reception held for fall 2016 graphic design seniors

December 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for fall 2016 graphic design seniors

(photos by Aaron McElfish)

Works of six fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display Nov. 29-Dec. 7 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

A reception for “Half Dozen” was held on Thurs., Dec. 1.

The “Half Dozen” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston.


JACKSON—Brian T. Ballou.

MERIDIAN—Andrea M. “Andee” Schuurman. She also is pursuing a bachelor’s in fashion design and merchandising in the School of Human Sciences.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell.

PASS CHRISTIAN—Matthew C. Garriga.

Oxford High students visit MSU

November 16th, 2016 Comments Off on Oxford High students visit MSU

The College of Architecture, Art and Design hosted a group of art students from Oxford High School on campus on Nov. 16.

As part of the visit, the students toured campus before meeting with current MSU students and faculty in the Department of Art.

The group enjoyed a pizza lunch while hearing an overview on the college from Dean Jim West. They also had a chance to learn about general Mississippi State Admissions questions from MSU representative Grant Nerren.

Students ended the day with a discussion about the School of Architecture and a look at the facilities in Giles Hall.

MSU ice cream was a surprise treat for the bus ride home.

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).

‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 2

October 1st, 2016 Comments Off on ‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 2

MSU Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with Elizabeth Williams, who discusses her mother Carole McReynolds Davis. Davis’s works are currently on display through Nov. 18 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

From the Gallery Sept. 2016 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Fiber and Paper Arts club welcomes new members

September 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Fiber and Paper Arts club welcomes new members

(Above: Photos by Kelsey Brownlee) The Fiber and Paper Arts club held their first meeting of the semester recently with an embroidery workshop. The workshop taught beginners basic embroidery stitches.

By Kelsey Brownlee | Class of 2019

The Fiber and Paper Arts club at Mississippi State University is an emerging organization that is fun and will help you tap in to your creative side.

Open to all, the group meets every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Howell Building, room 108.

Members are taught how to do different basic art skills, ranging from from embroidery to knitting.

As of now, there are no fees for the club, but fees will soon be encouraged to offset the cost of supplies.

For more information, follow the group on facebook at to stay updated on what will be happening week to week, or email

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