MSU Interior Design represented at Capitol Day in Jackson

February 20th, 2015 Comments Off

Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Mississippi College all had representatives for interior design at this year’s MEC Capitol Day in Jackson.

The MSU Interior Design program has participated in Capitol Day for ten years. The event serves as an educational awareness day with the state’s legislatures to inform them what interior design and other programs are doing in the state at the university level.

The group from MSU included Beth Miller, director, and five students from the program: Erin Bristol, Anastasia Dorsey, Caitlyn McDade, Brooke Ratliff and Anabel Wilson.

They set up a table with displays of student work and literature from the program in the rotunda area of the state Capitol building and talked with legislatures about the program. They were also introduced in the Senate and House.

Guest speaker Olivia E. Alison discusses historic preservation

February 17th, 2015 Comments Off

photo by Allie Salas

photo by Allie Salas

Olivia E. Alison recently presented a lecture for Jeff Fulton’s ID 4990 Introduction to Historic Preservation, open to all interior design students.

Alison is a native of Selma, Ala., with art history degrees from Hollins College and the University of Delaware, as well as a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris. She began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem and worked at the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, Winterthur Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art before becoming curator of Decorative Arts and the Owens-Thomas House for Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art. In 1995, Alison produced a major exhibition and catalogue titled “Classical Savannah: Fine and Decorative Arts 1800-1840″ with guest curator Page Talbott. This was the first exhibition to document the influence of the classical revival on a Southern port. Alison was the director of the multimillion dollar architectural conservation project at the Owens-Thomas House.

In 1999, she joined Colonial Williamsburg as director of major gifts for collections, conservation and museums. In addition, she was co-founder and the director of the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections. For six years, she worked with Williamsburg’s curators, conservators and development staff to attract world class objects and collections to the foundation and to garner support for the foundation’s museums, trade shops, architectural restorations and educational programs. She then worked at Monticello as the vice president of external affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a consultant. She returned to her native state in 2007 where she is currently the director of development for the Birmingham Public Library system.

Interior design students to receive furniture-industry scholarships

December 9th, 2014 Comments Off

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

Two interior design majors enrolled in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are receiving scholarships from the world’s largest, most influential trade organization in home furnishings.

American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in North Carolina, is awarding $16,750 each to sophomore Haley Austin, the daughter of Judy B. Austin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and junior Daniella R. Bower, the daughter of Bobby and Kay Bower of Nassau, Bahamas.

The scholarships specifically target students planning careers in the furniture and home-furnishings industries and are majoring in business, interior design, industrial design or wood-products manufacturing programs.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute, directed by Bill Martin, selects recipients based on their commitment to the furnishing industry, as well as GPA and class standing. At MSU, eligible students must be pursuing furniture and home furnishings-related degrees in the Bagley College of Engineering or the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design; Business; Education; or Forest Resources.

“Given the importance of Mississippi’s furniture-manufacturing sector, it is important to develop future leaders in one of the state’s largest employers,” Martin said.

Interior design director Beth Miller congratulated Austin and Bower.

“We are always excited for our students who receive the scholarships and look forward to their continued success,” she added. “Also, I want to thank Bill Martin for making this scholarship opportunity available to interior design students.”

To learn more about MSU’s Franklin Institute, visit, or discover more about MSU’s interior design program at

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Interior Design Program awards scholarships

November 14th, 2014 Comments Off

Interior Design scholarships awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year include:

The Linda Clark Memorial Scholarship
Chelsea Harrell, senior: $800
Lauren Henson, senior: $650
Liz Grantham, junior: $650

The Sherry Wingo Memorial Scholarship
Caroline Riley, senior $800
Daniella Bower, junior $800

Cindy W. Simpson Loyalty Scholarship
4-year, $1,000 scholarship
Emily Hardin, senior
Erin Bristol, senior
Cristen Richard, senior
Emily Robinson, senior

CAAD 2014 Alumni Fellow advises students on life after graduation

October 31st, 2014 Comments Off

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Melodi E. Terhune, the 2014 CAAD Alumni Fellow, presented “Adventures in Interior Design” to students and faculty today.

The 2004 interior design alumna discussed her 15-year career and gave students advice for landing a job and what to expect after graduation.

Melodi Terhune receives her award from CAAD Dean Jim West. (photo by Russ Houston | MSU Public Affairs)

Melodi Terhune receives her award from CAAD Dean Jim West. (photo by Russ Houston | MSU Public Affairs)

Terhune and the entire 2014 Alumni Fellow Class will be recognized at the MSU-University of Arkansas football game tomorrow.


CAAD Alumni Fellow to speak, host Q&A Oct. 31

October 29th, 2014 Comments Off

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The 2014 CAAD Alumni Fellow, Melodi E. Terhune, will speak to students this Fri., Oct. 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Colvard Student Union Auditorium (2nd floor, across hall from the ballroom).

Terhune, a 2004 interior design alumna, will discuss her 15-year career and experiences in the architectural and interior design industry. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the presentation.

Terhune has worked on award-winning commercial spaces in the higher education, government, healthcare and corporate market sectors. She is excited to share with students her insights into the real-world aspects of the interior design process while working in a
multi‐discipline team environment.

Terhune is an associate and senior certified interior designer with Clark Nexsen Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va. She is a past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and currently serves as an Interior Design Advisory Board Member for Mississippi State University and Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Va.

Read more about Terhune and the 2014 Alumni Fellows.

Terhune to represent CAAD as MSU Alumni Fellow

October 28th, 2014 Comments Off


By Amy Cagle | MSU

In announcing Monday [Oct. 27] its 2014 class of Alumni Fellows, the Mississippi State University Alumni Association also is marking the 25th anniversary of the annual special recognition program.

Established in 1989, the fellows program seeks to spotlight the 136-year-old land-grant institution’s most distinguished graduates by showcasing their talents and accomplishments to current students.

In addition to bringing one alumnus of MSU’s eight academic colleges back to campus to share professional experiences and provide career guidance, the annual fall semester event includes a series of meetings and presentations with students and faculty, both in the classroom and informally.

“We are proud to welcome some of Mississippi State’s most accomplished alumni as our Silver Anniversary fellows group,” said Jeff Davis, the alumni association’s executive director. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience in their fields to share with students and faculty across the university.”

The 2014 fellows are among the university’s nearly 130,000 living alumni worldwide. Each honoree carries the distinction for life.

Davis said members of the 2014 class will be on campus this weekend [Oct. 30-Nov. 1] and be recognized at the MSU-University of Arkansas football game.

The new fellows include (by college):

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
Bryan S. Wilson of Fulton, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in entomology from in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He is managing partner of Tacoma Ag LLC, a company he founded in 2009 that produces generic crop chemicals for sale throughout the United States. Previously, Wilson held leadership positions with United Agri Products, BASF Corp. and Wilson Ag Service. He is a member of the MSU Bulldog Club board of directors.

College of Architecture, Art and Design:
Melodi E. Terhune of Chesapeake, Virginia, who graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in human sciences/interior design. Holding the designation of LEED Accredited Professional, she is a senior certified interior designer and associate for Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, as well as past president of the American Society of Interior Designers, Virginia Chapter. Terhune currently serves on MSU’s Interior Design Advisory Board.

College of Arts and Sciences:
M. Diane Roberts of Louisville, Kentucky, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology 1963 and 1964, respectively. She later earned a doctorate from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Now retired, Roberts was vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University East in Richmond. Her professional career also included academic positions with Wichita State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and South Texas Junior College.

College of Business:
Boyce Adams Sr. of Columbus, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1980. In addition to co-founding BankTEL Systems in 1992, he currently serves as its president and CEO. BankTEL is on the Inc. 5000 list and has been recognized as one of the state’s fastest growing private companies. Prior to BankTel, Adams developed software in the oil industry. He is a member of the MSU College of Business Advisory Board.

College of Education:
Larry Box of Starkville, whose education degrees include a 1966 bachelor’s, 1968 master’s and 1985 doctorate. Now retired, he was superintendent of the Starkville School District from 1991-2002. After beginning his career as a mathematics teacher, Box was promoted to successive roles as principal of Starkville’s Sudduth Elementary and Henderson Junior High schools, and as SSD assistant superintendent.

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering:
Robert D. “Rob” Hunter of Birmingham, Alabama, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 before going on to earn a doctor of law degree from Cornell University. He now is a senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Altec Inc., a global provider of products and services for the electric utility, telecommunications and contracting industries. Under his leadership, the 2014 Altec legal team was named best in the U.S. in technology by Legal 500. Hunter was named a Bagley College Distinguished Fellow in 2008 and currently serves on the college’s advisory board, as well as the advisory board of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Palliative Care.

College of Forest Resources:
World L.-S. Nieh of Oak Hill, Virginia, a 1990 doctoral graduate in forest products. Now with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., his most recent achievement includes representation as the agency’s forest products program lead for a $20 million national research program. Previously, he was director of amino resin development with Southeastern Adhesives Co. in Lenoir, North Carolina, and senior development chemist with Georgia-Pacific Resins Inc. in Decatur, Georgia. Before enrolling at MSU, he completed a bachelor’s degree from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan and a master’s from Virginia Tech University.

College of Veterinary Medicine:
Dr. Wanda L. West of Churchville, Pennsylvania, who is a 1988 doctor of veterinary medicine graduate. She now is a veterinary research fellow and attending veterinarian at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Princeton, New Jersey. West also volunteers her professional services at various animal shelters, providing free medical and surgical services. In addition to her MSU degree, West holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tougaloo College and doctorate in pharmacology from the Temple University School of Medicine.

For detailed biographies on the 2014 selections and other information about the alumni association, visit

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 | 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