Interior Design students build models to learn ADA Standards for Accessible Design

October 13th, 2014 Comments Off

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The accessibility to be able to maneuver through the Pizza Hut line plus purchase food. (Students – Martina Walker and Brianna Brown)

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The accessibility of the parking lot, door, elevator and purchasing textbooks upstairs. The different books on top of the Barnes & Noble model note the findings for the different areas at Barnes & Noble. (Students – Haley Austin and Joe Morrow)

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The accessibility of being able to rent a movie if you are in a wheelchair. (Students- Lauren Dyess and Tori Reynolds)

Students in Robin Carroll’s environments for special needs class recently were given the task of evaluating different areas on and off campus in order to understand the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

The students then built models that were used to share their findings with classmates.

Interior Design students celebrate No. 1 ranking at TODAY Show

October 13th, 2014 Comments Off

Via msnewsnow.com | By Mary Grace Eppes

Mississippi State University is the new No. 1 in the AP college football poll after beating Auburn 38-23 on Saturday, its third straight victory against a top-10 team.

Mississippi State fans from all over are celebrating the win…even all the way in the Big Apple.

MSU Interior Design students took a field trip to New York City to visit museums, get some exposure to the latest design trends…and ring their cowbells.

Senior Interior Design student, Anabel Wilson of Jackson, said that before Mississippi State went up against Auburn, she and her fellow classmates made a pact.

“We said ‘if we beat Auburn, we’re gonna go to the TODAY Show.’”

The students in the Interior Design program all attended the game on Saturday and celebrated the big win that night, even though they had to leave for New York by 1:30 am on Sunday.

Wilson says their mission on Monday morning in New York was to head to the TODAY Show and ‘rep our state’.

They arrived at Rockefeller Plaza at 5:15 am and made it to the front row. They came bearing signs that read “#HA1LSTATE”, “#DAK4HE15MAN”, and one girl even brought an MSU flag to hang over the railing.

And they got the TODAY Show’s attention. That’s when Matt Lauer came up and asked Junior Interior Design student, Emily Hardin of Calhoun City, if he could ring her cowbell.

The TODAY Show also tweeted a picture of the fans with Natalie Morales.

And Wilson didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to take some pretty cool selfies.

Wilson says, “It was awesome. They were the nicest people!”

Watch the video.

Interior Design professor completes new writing excellence course

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

After becoming students once again at Mississippi State’s recent Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, the new faculty-member graduates are ready to incorporate what they’ve learned in courses not traditionally associated with writing.

Now in its second year, the annual summer institute trains teachers to modify course syllabi to incorporate more writing-to-learn strategies in class assignments. Known as “Maroon & Write,” the overall initiative is the university’s quality enhancement plan to improve undergraduate learning at all class levels.

The QEP is required to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

During Thursday [June 26] ceremonies, the 11 participants representing architecture, language arts, mathematics, music and various sciences formally concluded the three-week intensive institute. By free writing and journaling, conversing and debating, they have developed methods to amend syllabi to include writing assignments, many of which qualify as participation grades.

Creating a “culture change” to make MSU a more writing-centric institution is the underlying purpose of Maroon & Write, said Rich Raymond. Head of the English department and the institute’s facilitator, Raymond has for some time applied the writing-to-learn techniques in all his courses.

“We are very excited about the QEP and Maroon & Write,” said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, at the graduation celebration. “We’re introducing writing-across-the-curriculum, and I tell students at each orientation, it’s important for their future careers. We’re preparing them for life and to be leaders.

“Our students are going to graduate from Mississippi State better prepared to be better members of the community,” Gilbert added.

The summer 2014 institute graduates and the writing-to-learn courses they’ll be teaching this fall include, by department:

–Agricultural economics assistant extension professor Becky Smith, three Honors Forum sections in the Shackouls Honors College.

–Architecture visiting assistant professor Jeffery Roberson, architectural theory.

–Communication assistant professor Melanie Loehwing, rhetorical theory.

–Curriculum, instruction and special education assistant professor Stephanie Bennett, integrated language arts instruction.

–Geosciences associate professor Renee Clary, principles of paleobiology.

–Human sciences assistant professor Juyoung Lee, sociological and psychological aspects of clothing.

–Interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton, principles, processes and practices for interior design.

–Landscape architecture assistant professor Elizabeth Payne, fundamentals of planning design.

–Mathematics and statistics instructor Kim Walters, problem-solving with real numbers for education majors.

–Music professor Robert Damm, African-American music.

–Sociology instructor Mehrzad Netadj, marriage and family.

–Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture assistant professor Peter Allen, fish physiology.

This group joins the institute’s inaugural class from 2013, many of whom plan to continue teaching Maroon & Write courses. They include, by department:

–Animal and dairy science assistant professor Jamie Larson, physiology of reproduction.

–Associate professor Matthew Little, American literature survey, and instructor LaToya Bogard, introduction to literature. Both are English department faculty members.

–Forestry professor Stephen Grado, forest resources survey.

–Human sciences instructor Rick Noffsinger, introduction to technical writing in agricultural communication.

–Marketing, quantitative analysis, and business law professor Robert S. Moore, Internet marketing.

–Music professor Michael Brown, history and appreciation of music and honors history and appreciation of music.

Learn more about Maroon & Write at www.qep.msstate.edu.

MSU interior design student receives coveted Celia Moh Scholarship

June 5th, 2014 Comments Off

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Via Press Release | The Media Matters, Inc.

May 22, 2014, High Point, N.C. — A Mississippi State University undergraduate student has been selected to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship for the upcoming academic year. This extensive scholarship will pay for full tuition, room, board, books and fees. The scholarship recipient is Emily Hardin, a senior majoring in interior design.

Hardin, along with three other students around the country attending universities with home furnishings programs, was notified of her selection earlier in May.

The Celia Moh Scholarship was established in October 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh to honor his wife, Celia. The scholarship program, funded by Mr. Moh’s initial gift of $3 million, was established to provide full tuition scholarships for students whose academic endeavors would logically lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.

The application process requires candidates to complete an extensive questionnaire, write a personal essay, obtain instructors’ recommendations, and provide a college transcript illustrating exceptional academic achievement. A scholarship committee comprised of notable home furnishings industry executives selected Hardin and the other students. The four scholarship recipients join four returning students selected as Celia Moh scholars in previous years. Eighty-four full scholarships have been awarded in the program’s thirteen-year existence.

For more information about the Celia Moh Scholarship program, please visit www.mohscholarship.org.

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Interior Design seniors work at summer internships

May 29th, 2014 Comments Off

In order to fulfill degree requirements, seniors in the Interior Design program must complete a summer internship.

Below is the list of seniors and their internships this summer.

Kate Berryman          SCM Architects, Little Rock, Arkansas

Alex Birkholz             ai3, Atlanta, Georgia

Mary Clair Cardin     Lauren Liess & Co., Washington, D.C.

Sunny Clements        GMK Associate, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina

Shadow Cox               Worlds Away, Memphis, Tennessee

Camille Holland        LISAMBIANCE Interior Design, New Orleans, Louisiana

Molly Mullett             Hirsch Bedner, Atlanta, Georgia

MacKenzie Neel       The Crump Firm, Memphis, Tennessee

Racheal Powell         Looney & Associates, Dallas, Texas

Catherine Ross         Callison, Dallas, Texas

Claire Thompson     Gensler, Dallas, Texas

Interior Design professor selected for Winterthur Fellowship this summer

April 29th, 2014 Comments Off

William Riehm, assistant professor in Interior Design, was selected for a Winterthur Fellowship this summer. The fellowship application process is very competitive and open to academics internationally.

As part of the fellowship, Riehm will have access to the museum’s collections and archives and will receive housing for a month in Winterthur, Delaware.

His research will look at American and Louisiana furniture following the Louisiana Purchase – “In-Between Creole and Anglo-American Material Culture.”

Winterthur fellowships are awarded annually (chosen based on the merit of the research proposal) and include graduate students up to senior academics.

“Having access to the collection is just such a special opportunity because I will get hands-on exposure to some of the finest and rarest pieces of furniture in the world,” said Riehm.

MSU Interior Design well represented at 2014 IDEC Conference

April 28th, 2014 Comments Off

The 2014 Interior Design Educators’ Council (IDEC) Conference was held March 6 – 8 in New Orleans.

Mississippi State, along with Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, hosted the conference, providing and organizing volunteers.

Eight interior design students attended the conference, helping with tasks such as monitoring Continuing Education Credits, taking photos and keeping speakers on time. Volunteers included Kate Berryman, Kindyl Black, Ebbony Evans, Mary Whitney Evins, Lauren Henson, Camille Holland, Macenzie Pettit and Shadow Cox.

Assistant Professor William Riehm was in charge of coordinating the volunteers, and he received a Service Award as a member of the host committee.

Riehm, however, gave full credit to the students for their hard work.

“I think they represented us really well and impressed people,” he said. “A big win, win.”

A student project was also on display at the conference. The project represented the IDEC South Region and was one of 16 winners on display. It also received honorable mention in the Sustainable Design – Team Category at the ASID South Central Career Day Competition.  Team members were Alex Birkholz, Sunny Clements, Kate Berryman and Catherine Ross. See the project and other Career Day winners here.

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All the MSU interior design professors also presented at the conference.

Riehm presented two research papers.

The first presentation discussed the way we view slave quarter interiors.

For the second presentation, Riehm partnered with TL Ritchie from Louisiana State’s Interior Design Program to discuss issues of professional examination and curriculum development, research the two also presented at the last IDEC conference.

MSU Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller also conducted presenations.

She discussed her recent ASID Gold award-winning project, “The LOFTS: Transformation of an Iconic Industrial Plant into a Lux Urban Dwelling.”

She also worked with Beth Miller, director of the program and current interim associate dean, to present research from the interdisciplinary annual Brasfield and Gorrie Student Design Competition.

Professor Amy Crumpton, along with Dana Moody from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, presented “Students Come and Students Go: Results of a multi-year study of attracting and retaining interior design students.” The presentation discussed the top three reasons students choose interior design as a major (they wanted to do something creative; were interested in architecture but liked interiors better; liked to design rooms in their house), how students most often learned about their selected university from a website and the fact students who choose interior design as a major before choosing a university are more likely to stay in the program.

Click here to see student Shadow Cox’s photos from the conference.

Interior Design holds Senior Exhibit

April 14th, 2014 Comments Off

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The MSU Interior Design Senior Exhibit and reception was held on April 11-12 in the Depot Gallery.

The eleven graduating seniors displayed their work created during the past four years.

Class of 2014:
Kate Berryman
Cordova, Tenn.

Alex Birkholz
Amory

Mary Clair Cardin
Clinton

Sunny Clements
Hernando

Shadow Cox
Weir

Camille Holland
Brandon

Molly Mullett
Madison

Mackenzie Neel
Memphis, Tenn.

Racheal Powell
Ocean Springs

Catherine Ross
Eupora

Claire Thompson
Flora

Interior Design Senior Exhibit to be held April 11-12

April 9th, 2014 Comments Off

Senior interior design students will have a chance to showcase their work this Friday and Saturday.

The Interior Design Senior Exhibit will be held at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery (second floor above the clock museum) on Fri., April 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The opening reception, where students will be available to discuss their work, will be held on Friday from 2 – 6 p.m.

The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

View photos from last year’s Senior Exhibit.

Mississippi State Interior Design students take home honors at annual career day

March 28th, 2014 Comments Off

Junior Kindyl Black's hand rendering took first place at the ASID South Central Chapter Student Competition

Junior Kindyl Black’s hand rendering took first place at the ASID South Central Chapter Student Competition

Every spring, interior design students and faculty from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi attend the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day.

The agenda and location varies every year, but the conference for the South Central District, which includes 16 universities, always includes a keynote speaker, various seminars, mock interviews with portfolio reviews, and a student competition.

This year’s Career Day was held on February 22 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg.

Beth Miller, interim associate dean for the College of Architecture, Art and Design and director of the Interior Design program, said students really enjoyed hearing from various interior designers during a panel discussion this year. Panelists represented all different areas of the profession, including the in-house designer for Newk’s Eatery and MSU Interior Design Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller, who represented education and also works as a designer primarily for a developer.

Students’ favorite part about the day, however, is the student competition. For the competition, students are able to submit up to three projects in sixteen different team and individual categories including Hand Rendering, Creative, Corporate Design, Residential Design (team and individual), Computer Generated Renderings, Hospitality (team and individual), Institutional Design (team and individual), Beginning Studio (team and individual), Portfolio, Retail and Sustainable Design (team and individual).  Winning projects are selected by a panel of judges the day of the event.

This year, MSU Interior Design students won 22 of 41 total awards, including first place individual wins in the Creative, Computer Generated Renderings and Retail categories. MSU swept the individual Hand Rendering and Hospitality categories as well as the team Institutional Design category.

Miller credits the group’s success with the fact that they are doing things that not many other programs are involved in, such as a relatively new furniture design class, computer renderings and hand renderings.

“I think it was evident that student work from MSU is high quality,” said Miller. “In the past few years, the MSU Interior Design Program has dominated the competition, and we expect to continue to do so.”

The following Mississippi State University Interior Design students won awards at the spring 2014 ASID South Central Student Competition (alphabetically by hometown)

AMORY – Alex Birkholz, a senior and daughter of Buddy and Mary Carlise, received honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Birkholz is a graduate of Amory High School.

BILOXI – Erin Bristol, a junior and daughter of Jerry and Kathy Bristol, received first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Bristol is a graduate of Biloxi High School.

BYRAM – Mackenzie Pettit, a junior and daughter of Timmy and Shelly Pettit, won third place in the Hand Rendering Category, honorable mention in the team Hospitality Category, and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Pettit is a graduate of Terry High School.

CALHOUN CITY – Emily Hardin, a junior and daughter of Tony and Susan Hardin, won second place in the Hand Rendering Category, second place in Corporate Design, honorable mention in the team Hospitality Category, second place in individual Hospitality, and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Hardin is a graduate of Calhoun City High School.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. – Lauren Henson, a senior and daughter of Glenn and Stacy Henson, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Henson is a graduate of Caruthersville High School.

CLINTON – Mary Clair Cardin, a senior and daughter of Tommie and Susan Cardin, won third place in the Portfolio Category. Cardin is a graduate of Clinton High School.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Tillman, a junior and daughter of Chad and Kim Tillman, won third place in the individual Hospitality Categories and in the team Institutional Design Category. Tillman is a graduate of Briarcrest Christian High School.

CORDOVA, Tenn – Kate Berryman, senior and daughter of Mitch and Laura Berryman, received second place in the Retail Category and honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Berryman is a graduate of First Assembly Christian School.

EUPORA – Catherine Ross, a senior and daughter of Henry and Anne Ross, received second place in the Computer Generated Renderings Category and honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Ross is a graduate of Eupora High School.

HERNANDO – Emily Robinson, a junior and daughter of Jim and Kim Robinson, was a second place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Robinson is a graduate of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch. Sunny Clements, a senior and daughter of Kevin and Kim Naugle, received honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Clements is a graduate of Hernando High School.

JACKSON – Ebbony Evans, a junior and daughter of Ruby Smith, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Evans is a graduate of Murrah High School. Marguerite Johnson, a junior and daughter of Bill and Hope Johnson, was a third place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Brooke Ratliff, a junior and daughter of Earl and Faye Ratliff, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Anabel Wilson, a junior and daughter of Joy Stewart, won first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Wilson is a graduate of Jackson Preparatory School.

LOVELAND, Ohio – Sidney Ashmore, a junior and daughter of Jeffrey Ashmore Margaret King, won third place in the team Institutional Design Category.

MADISON – Mary Whitney Evins, junior and daughter of Chip and Tammy Evins, received third place in the Corporate Design Category. Evins is a graduate of Madison Central High School. Molly Mullet, a senior and daughter of Bonita Sturgis, won second place in the Portfolio Category. Mullet is a graduate of Madison Central High School.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mackenzie Neel, a senior and daughter of Stacey Neel, won first place in the Retail Category and second place in the Creative Category. Neel is a graduate of Evangelical Christian School.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Kindyl Black, daughter of Tony and Cheryl Black, won first place in the Hand Rendering Category, first place in the individual Hospitality Category and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Black is a graduate of Blackman High School. Caroline Riley, a junior and daughter of David and Donna Riley, won third place in the team Institutional Design Category. Riley is a graduate of Middle Tennessee Christian School.

STAR – Cristen Richard, a junior and daughter of Clyde and Michelle Richard, won first place in the Computer Generated Renderings Category. She was also a second place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Richard graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson.

WEIR – Shadow Cox, a senior and daughter of Johnny and Teri Cox, won first place in the Creative Category for her sculpture. Cox is a graduate of Weir Attendance Center.

YAZOO CITY – Jennifer Potter, a junior and daughter of Belinda Poe, won third place in the Residential Design Category. Potter is a graduate of Manchester Academy.

View winning projects by category.

Read the story on MSU’s website.