National interior design association honors MSU student chapter

May 17th, 2016 Comments Off on National interior design association honors MSU student chapter

ASID leaders at 2015 convocation

ASID leaders at 2015 convocation

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State student group is being recognized by the nation’s leading professional organization for interior designers.

Chosen from a group of 25 chapters around the country, the 55-member student chapter of American Society of Interior Designers is receiving an honorable mention award as part of a chapter-of-the-year competition. Formal presentation takes place July 16 during ASID’s annual leadership conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mississippi’s largest, interior design is an academic program of the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

2015-16 officers for MSU’s ASID student chapter include (by hometown):

BILOXI—Vanessa L. Holden, resource chair.

BRANDON—Kayla M. Thompson, fundraising chair.

CORINTH—Blake Marlar, treasurer.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Anna L. Strohm, president.

GREENWOOD—Terry E. “Liz” Grantham, photography co-chair.

MEADOWS PLACE, Texas—Joy C. Bottom, junior representative.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Haley F. Austin, vice president.

NASSAU, Bahamas—Daniella R. Bower, secretary.

PICAYUNE—Austin R. DeLoach, sophomore representative.

RIDGELAND—Victoria M. Owchar, community service co-chair.

SOUTHAVEN—Carley M. Jones, community service co-chair.

STARKVILLE—Alexandra S. “Ali” Carter, photography co-chair.

YAZOO CITY—Jennifer L. “Jenn” Potter, senior representative.

“The quality of this year’s entries has been exceptional, with student leaders and educators who went above and beyond to connect students to the impact of design,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser in announcing the winners. “We are thrilled to honor their achievements.”

Competition judges included Michael Bent of IA Interior Architects’ New York office, associate professor Tamie Glass of the University of Texas at Austin and Beth Harmon-Vaughan of the Gensler international design and architecture firm.

With a focus on education, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID professional, faculty and student members work to advance the profession by demonstrating the power of design to positively enhance life. For more, visit www.asid.org.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design curriculum provides a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experiences. For more, contact program director Beth Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

Interior design student selected as 2016 orientation leader

May 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Interior design student selected as 2016 orientation leader

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Twenty-three top Mississippi State students are leaders of the university’s 2016-17 orientation programs.

Working with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships, MSU Orientation Leaders provide assistance and share their knowledge of the 138-year-old land-grant institution with incoming freshman and transfer students—and their parents—during each school year’s various registration and information sessions.

Ranging from sophomores to seniors, members are selected through a rigorous screening process. This year, 75 students were considered.

The 2016-17 group includes (by hometown):

BROWNSVILLE, Tennessee—Senior Molly M. McAdams, an animal and dairy science major and 2013 Haywood High School graduate. She is the daughter of Jim and Jan McAdams.

CLEVELAND—Sophomore Elaine Vyles, a human sciences/human development and family studies major and 2014 Cleveland High School graduate. She is the daughter of Benny Williams and Amanda McMillan.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Junior Taylor Darnell, a human sciences/human development and family studies major and 2014 Memphis Home Educator Association graduate. She is the daughter of Ben and Shawn Darnell.

COLUMBUS—Sophomore Austin Fitch, a communication/broadcasting and public relations major and 2014 Heritage Academy graduate. He is the son of Terry and Karen Fitch.

CORINTH—Sophomore Hayden W. Park, a pre-accounting major and 2014 Corinth High School graduate. He is the son of the late Thomas Park and Brenda Park.

FLOWOOD—Sophomore Tyler B. McMurray, an animal and dairy science major and 2014 Northwest Rankin High School graduate. She is the daughter of Dr. Robert McMurray and Dr. Miriam Shatley.

GULFPORT—Junior Kristian R. Hefley, a communication/journalism major, 2013 Harrison Central High School graduate and the daughter of Chad and Paula Hefley; and sophomore Savannah M. Metz, an aerospace engineering/astronautics major, 2014 Gulfport High School graduate and the daughter of Allan and Lisa Metz.

HARVEST, Alabama—Sophomore Joshua F. “Josh” Daniels, a biochemistry/pre-medicine and foreign language/German double-major and 2014 Providence Classical School graduate. He is the son of John and Roxanne Daniels.

HATTIESBURG—Junior Abby K. Richardson, an interior design major and a 2013 Presbyterian Christian School graduate. She is the daughter of Brent and Robbie Richardson.

HOLLANDALE—Senior Haley L. Hobart, a biochemistry/pre-medicine major and 2013 Deer Creek School graduate. She is the daughter of Chip and Mary Hobart.

HOOVER, Alabama—Sophomore Molly C. Dance, a communication/public relations major and 2014 Hoover High School graduate. She is the daughter of Jeff and Janice Dance.

JACKSON, Tennessee—Sophomore Alice H. “Ali” Graham, a kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major and 2014 University School of Jackson graduate. She is the daughter of Chris and Ann Graham.

MADISON—Sophomore Audrey K. Jarvis, a human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major and the daughter of Mike and Janie Jarvis; junior Katelyn E. Seago, a psychology major and the daughter of Paul and Gail Seago and Karen Seago; and sophomore Calvin D. Waddy, a finance major and the son of Calvin Waddy Jr. and Kim Waddy. Jarvis and Seago are 2014 Madison Central High School graduates; Waddy, a 2014 graduate of Germantown High School.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Junior Joshua P. “Josh” Barnett, a kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major and 2014 Seigel High School graduate. He is the son of Matt and Sheila Barnett.

OLIVE BRANCH—Sophomore Caroline G. “Gracie” Hoggard, a psychology major and 2014 Olive Branch High School graduate. She is the daughter of Steve and Melodie Hoggard.

STARKVILLE—Sophomore Jacob H. “Jake” Goodwin, a communication/public relations major, 2014 Starkville Academy graduate and the grandson of Don and Anita Goodwin; and senior Ogorchukwu Jennifer “Ogo” Johnson, a native of Nigeria majoring in psychology, 2011 Christ the Redeemer’s College graduate and the daughter of George and Iyabo Adebiyi.

TUPELO—Junior Mary Jennings Bouchillon, a kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major, 2013 Tupelo High School graduate and the daughter of Paul and Susan Bouchillon; and sophomore William G. “Kyle” Holliman, a business administration major, 2014 THS graduate and the son of Skipper and Beth Holliman.

VICKSBURG—Junior Jerome E. Woodson, a communication/public relations major and 2013 Vicksburg High School graduate. He is the son of Jerome Woodson Sr. and Catrina Miller.

For complete orientation details, visit www.admissions.msstate.edu/admitted/orientation. Follow MSU Admissions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MSStateAdmit.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Steelcase Competition Award winners announced

May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Steelcase Competition Award winners announced

Interior Design students recently presented their Steelcase Competition projects.

This year’s project was to design a 16,000 square foot corporate headquarters and training facility for the fictional company FutureSoft.  Each student was allowed to choose what kind of software their company produced to help them develop an appropriate design concept.

The goal of the project, sponsored by Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson, is to increase proficiency in planning and designing large-scale commercial interiors. This project focused on the specific issues of general office and training space types and on understanding systems furniture selection and specification. Students were guided through the project in Associate Professor Amy Crumpton’s third-year studio course.

Student winners were selected by Emily Kimbrell, interior designer at Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson, and Ginger Huffman, RID, IIDA, interior designer for Office Interiors in Huntsville, Ala. Both are alumnae of the Mississippi State Interior Design Program. Additional reviewers included College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West and Associate Dean Greg Hall, Ph.D., and Director of the Interior Design Program Beth Miller.

2016 award winners:

SteelcaseComp04272016_28Best Overall Project: Katie Hughes ($500)

SteelcaseComp04272016_27Best Use of Furniture: Caitlyn Fleming ($350)

SteelcaseComp04272016_26Most Creative: Caroline Smith ($150)

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Honorable Mention: Concept Annah Pennebaker ($50)

SteelcaseComp04272016_25Honorable Mention: Martina Walker ($50)

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Honorable Mention (Professor’s Choice) Amber Henry ($50)

Steelcase Competition 2016 First Place boards (Katie Hughes) by CAADatMSU

Interior Design holds 2016 Senior Show

April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on Interior Design holds 2016 Senior Show

Interior design creations by twelve graduating seniors at Mississippi State were on display Friday-Saturday [April 15-16] at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

The senior interior design exhibitors include (by hometown):

BILOXI—Vanessa L. Holden.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Missouri—Alexandra S. Carter.

CORINTH—Blake Marlar.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Anna L. Strohm.

GREENWOOD—Terry E. “Liz” Grantham.

JACKSON—Kayla M. Thompson.

NASSAU, Bahamas—Daniella R. Bower.

RIDGELAND—Victoria M. Owchar.

SENATOBIA—Kalyn S. Johnson.

SOUTHHAVEN—Carley M. Jones.

STARKVILLE—Cheyenne M. Underwood.

YAZOO CITY—Jennifer L. Potter.

(Photos by Marissa Landon)

Interior design senior show set for Super Bulldog Weekend

April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on Interior design senior show set for Super Bulldog Weekend

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Interior design creations by twelve graduating seniors at Mississippi State are on display Friday-Saturday [April 15-16] at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the exhibit showcases the practical knowledge and range of skills that the rising professional designers have acquired throughout their participation in the interior design program.

In addition to general education coursework, the students have gained studio experience in a variety of interior design areas, including design theory, lighting design and interior construction and furniture design, among others.

“We are proud of how far these students have come, and we are excited to say that all of them have secured summer internships with firms as far east as Dallas, Texas, and far north as Raleigh, North Carolina,” said Beth Miller, professor and director of the university’s interior design program.

The senior interior design exhibitors include (by hometown):

BILOXI—Vanessa L. Holden.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Missouri—Alexandra S. Carter.

CORINTH—Blake Marlar.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Anna L. Strohm.

GREENWOOD—Terry E. “Liz” Grantham.

JACKSON—Kayla M. Thompson.

NASSAU, Bahamas—Daniella R. Bower.

RIDGELAND—Victoria M. Owchar.

SENATOBIA—Kalyn S. Johnson.

SOUTHHAVEN—Carley M. Jones.

STARKVILLE—Cheyenne M. Underwood.

YAZOO CITY—Jennifer L. Potter.

Special exhibit hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday [April 15] and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday [April 16] in the gallery located on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

Accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program is the largest of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Providing students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design is its primary mission.

For more information about the interior design program, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 orBMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

Interior Design holds annual Academic Insight event

March 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Interior Design holds annual Academic Insight event

(Above photos by Robbyn Weaver, art student)

On Sat., Feb. 13, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an annual event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event is meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and is a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Students interested in interior design worked with Assistant Professor Will Riehm along with current interior design student volunteers on a project with Google Sketchup.

(Above photos by Liz Grantham)

Sherry Wingo Memorial Scholarship donor honored as MSU National Alumnus of the Year

February 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Sherry Wingo Memorial Scholarship donor honored as MSU National Alumnus of the Year

Turner A. Wingo of Collierville, Tennessee, will be recognized Friday [Feb. 12] as Mississippi State’s national alumnus of the year during the MSU Alumni Association 2016 awards banquet. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Turner A. Wingo of Collierville, Tennessee, will be recognized Friday [Feb. 12] as Mississippi State’s national alumnus of the year during the MSU Alumni Association 2016 awards banquet. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Via Amy Cagle | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State will recognize 1967 general business graduate and retired retailer Turner A. Wingo of Collierville, Tennessee, as its national alumnus of the year during the Friday [Feb. 12] MSU Alumni Association 2016 awards banquet.

“We are proud to salute Turner Wingo on behalf of Mississippi State University for his professional success and for his loyal lifelong connection with his alma mater,” said Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. “Of our more than 133,000 living alumni, Turner is a distinguished selection for Alumnus of the Year.”

Wingo is a native of Socorro, New Mexico, who grew up and graduated from high school in Collierville in 1963. Following graduation from MSU, he returned to Collierville where he worked in real estate and opened Sherry’s Hallmark. He also spent six years in the U.S. Army National Guard.

At Mississippi State, Wingo currently serves on the board for the MSU Foundation, chairing its real estate committee since 2015. Over his lifetime, Wingo has generously supported Mississippi State with scholarships in the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, Business, and Engineering. His giving also extends to athletics, the Turner A. Wingo Endowed Professorship in the College of Business, and campus facilities.

For his many accomplishments, Wingo previously has been recognized by Mississippi State. He was named the 2011 College of Business Alumnus of the Year and, most recently, was honored among the business college’s top all-time 100 graduates for its centennial anniversary.

Wingo is a member of the Patriots Circle for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he is a board member for Alpha Corporation, Inc. He has also been a member and vice president of the Memphis Maroon Club for Bulldog alumni and friends.

Along with the national alumnus recognition, each of MSU’s eight academic colleges will honor a graduate for outstanding personal, professional and community achievements.

The new MSU alumni-of-the-year group includes (by hometown):

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—George D. “Dave” Thomas Jr., College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A 1987 master’s in agricultural economics graduate, Thomas is vice president of marketing for Helena Chemical Co., a role he has held since 2009. He joined Helena in 1987 and over the years has served as location manager for Louisiana and Mississippi and also as manager for the South Delta Division and South Texas Division. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

DALLAS, Texas—William M. “Bill” Cobb, James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. Cobb earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering in 1966 and 1967, respectively, and he is a former faculty member of MSU, having served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering from 1972-1975. He is founder and president of the oil-field management firm of William M. Cobb & Associates Inc. He also received a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University in 1971.

HOLLY SPRINGS—Robert P. “Bob” Bowen, College of Arts and Sciences. A retired CPA, Bowen is a 1963 history and political science graduate who spent 30 years with Arthur Andersen LLP, concluding his career as partner. Bowen became a director and audit committee chair for three New York stock exchange-listed public companies, and has served on a number of civic boards in Memphis and North Mississippi. He also received an MBA from Emory University in 1968.

JACKSON—Haley R. Fisackerly, College of Business. A 1987 business administration graduate, Fisackerly is president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi Inc., a role he has held since 2008. His career with Entergy has included roles as director of system regulatory strategy and vice president of customer operations, among others. He also had a stint at Entergy Nuclear as vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, Fisackerly managed the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from George Washington University in 1993.

Also of JACKSON is Andrew W. Grady, College of Veterinary Medicine. A 1986 doctor of veterinary medicine graduate, he directs the Center for Comparative Research and is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Since 2001, Grady has served as veterinary medical officer for the Jackson-based Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He serves as an adjunct professor in MSU-CVM’s Department of Clinical Sciences. He also holds a Master of Laboratory Animal Medicine from the University of Missouri.

KENNESAW, Georgia—Eric G. Yonge, College of Architecture, Art and Design. President and creative director of EYStudios, Yonge is a 1998 fine arts graduate. Yonge began EYStudios in Starkville, where he was raised, and later relocated the company to Georgia. Under his leadership, EYStudios has developed more of the world’s Top 1,000 e-commerce stores than any other private firm in the world.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—John D. Enlow, College of Forest Resources. A 1990 forestry graduate, Enlow is vice president of real estate and southern timberlands at Weyerhaeuser Co. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 2014 to lead the company’s southern division and in 2015 assumed leadership of Weyerhaeuser’s real estate nationally. He also holds an MBA from Brenau University and is a graduate of the Executive Education Strategy Program of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

PELAHATCHIE—Andrea Scott Mayfield, College of Education. Mayfield is an MSU 2009 doctoral graduate in community college leadership who became executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board in 2015, overseeing the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. Prior to this, Mayfield served as president of Shelton State Community College in Alabama. She earlier spent 18 years at East Mississippi Community College, where her roles included vice president of the Scooba campus. Mayfield also holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Arts in teaching, both from the University of West Alabama.

Other graduates to be given special recognition at the banquet for service to the alumni association will include (by hometown):

BROOKHAVEN—Jason A. Snider, a 2010 business administration graduate, receiving the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Snider works as risk management coordinator for King’s Daughters Medical Center, and he recently became a certified professional in Healthcare Risk Management.  He was chapter president for the Lincoln County alumni chapter in 2013 and 2014. Since 2013, Snider has served as a National Alumni Board member for the Mississippi South 2 Region. He also earned a master’s of Health Services Administration from Mississippi College in 2012.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Brian M. Sabourin, a 1983 aerospace engineering graduate, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Sabourin is director for corporate development for Strata-G Solutions Inc. He previously has served as the deputy project manager for Fixed Wing Aircraft and the deputy project manager for Aviation Systems, both with the U.S. Army Aviation. Sabourin is vice president of the Huntsville-Decatur alumni chapter, having served in roles ranging from president to membership committee lead. He was a national board member in 2014.

LUCEDALE—Douglas D. “Doug” McLeod, a friend of the university receiving the Distinguished Service Award. He has owned McLeod Tire Company for nearly 30 years. McLeod also is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 107 in his second term. With the George-Greene County MSU alumni chapter, Doug served as secretary from 2001 to 2009, vice president from 2010 to 2012, and president from 2013 to 2015.

TUCKER, Georgia—Kieu-Anh T. Tran, a 1996 civil engineering graduate, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Tran is vice president, engineer and project manager at Q Solutions Inc., and a registered professional engineer in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. In 2004, Tran was the university’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. She is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia, alumni chapter and has been an officer in the Central Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, chapters. From 2010-2013, Tran served on the Alumni Association National Board.

Other highlights of the awards banquet will include the announcement of individual chapters recognized for their achievements during the 2015 calendar year. Some 54 chapters of the university’s 95 worldwide are scheduled to be saluted.

The 2016 alumni awards banquet will be simulcast live via the Internet, beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 from The Mill at MSU Conference Center. For a broadcast link and more on the MSU Alumni Association, visit www.alumni.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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CAAD holds career panel

February 4th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD holds career panel

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The College of Architecture, Art and Design held a career panel in conjunction with MSU Career Days on Wed., Jan. 27 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Representatives included:

  • Jack Allin, AIA, NCARB, principal | Wier Boerner Allin Architecture
  • Kyle Barnes, project engineer | Hoar Construction
  • Mary Beth McDavid, creative director | DPM Fragrance
  • Melodi Terhune, CID, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, senior certified interior designer, associate | Clarknexsen

In a moderated question and answer session, the representatives gave the following tips for interviewing and finding jobs:

  • The importance of a nicely formatted portfolio.
  • Showcase digital skills and time management.
  • Be self-motivated, get involved, gain experience, and give back to the community.
  • Do your research before a career fair.
  • Let a company interview you, then interview them.
  • It’s never to early to follow up, but make sure to have some sort of connection for them to remember you and note that in the email; don’t email every day!
  • Always write thank you notes. Digital communication is acceptable. Keep it professional. Handwritten letters on a desk do standout, though.
  • Seek out shadow opportunities.

The group also discussed the pros and cons of large firms versus small firms, noting that the final choice depends on the person and the type of environment they are searching for.

MSU interior design alumnus featured in Tupelo newspaper

January 11th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU interior design alumnus featured in Tupelo newspaper

Building roots: Real estate investor focuses on renovating Tupelo properties

By Zack Orsborn | via Daily Journal

At age 11, Chris Rakestraw (’10), Tupelo real estate investor, found himself flipping through real estate ads after moving to Tupelo in the 80s.

Growing up in Alpine, Miss., his mother raised three kids in a small two bedroom house.

He played in gardens, raised hogs and helped his mother cook mustard greens, corn and peas they picked the day before.

“We were just poor,” Rakestraw said. “My mom knew there was a better life for us, so she moved us to Tupelo. That’s where it all started. It was an awakening for her and myself, as well.”

Before his real estate career kicked off, Rakestraw worked as a banker in his early 20s. Wanting more, he left his job in 2004 to renovate his first house.

“My first house was a learning experience. It helped me realize that there could be a different story to my life,” he said. “As I worked on that house, I was working on myself, too. With the first house, second house, third house, I built confidence in myself.”

Since then, Rakestraw began adding his “eclectic transitional” style to flip older homes, inside and out.

He enjoyed the process of rebuilding structures and reconfiguring floor plans while also adding modern fixtures.

After Christmas, he helped move his mom into a new home he helped her renovate.

“I’ve done a lot of projects, and my mom has just commented on about everyone of them,” he said with a laugh. “She told me I was crazy at times, and she’s not the only one. Now, she understands. I know what she likes, and she let me go with it.”

His most notable project began three years ago, known as the Greensboro Cottages, where he renovated five apartments on the corner of Green and Jackson streets.

“That project was probably where I grew the most. It was a difficult project and stretched out well over a year to do the five apartments,” he said. “That’s one of the projects where people told me I was crazy and that I would never get the rent.”

But now, the cottages have a 100 percent occupancy. The interest from the cottages spurred his interest into revitalizing the West Jackson corridor.

He recognized the potential as the city and the Neighborhood Development Corporation began upgrading the infrastructure of the area.

“It is my hope to do more in that area,” he said. “If everything comes together, and I have a part in it, when you drive down West Jackson Street, it’s going to be like flipping the pages of Southern Living.”

Two months ago, Rakestraw finished his 1119 W. Jackson St. project, reconfiguring the floor plan from a two bedroom, one bath to a three bedroom, two bath and adding a front porch. The house sold recently.

Now, Rakestraw is converting the old Pizza Doctor building on 621 Joyner Ave. that was once a little neighborhood market called Booker’s Grocery Store.

Ten years ago, the building was converted into two apartments, and Rakestraw plans to transform them. He calls them Booker’s Condos.

“It’s a loft on the ground floor with 12-foot ceilings with a lot of modern finishes,” he said. “The facade has already undergone complete transformation. After months, I have gone in there and reconfigured the whole building and put a lot of money into to it to create two really super cool loft-style apartments.”

After living in Nashville for two years while also completing projects in Tupelo, Rakestraw said he’s ready to transition and concentrate on more properties in Tupelo. He gained inspiration from Nashville’s development renaissance and wants to bring that back to Tupelo.

To him, it’s his home.

“It has the potential to be really great, and of course, all of my family is here,” Rakestraw said. “The times I’ve been in Nashville, I’ve become disconnected with some people, and I really just wanted to get back to Tupelo.”

CAAD hosts Tupelo elementary school group

December 1st, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD hosts Tupelo elementary school group

By Marissa Landon

The College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State recently hosted a group of nearly 200 six-graders from Milam Elementary School in Tupelo.

Volunteers from the college’s Deans Council student group, along with other CAAD students, faculty and staff guided the intellectually gifted, “Challenge,” students to the different departments and activities.

  • University Television Center
    Established in 1988, the University Television Center is a leader in providing high quality, cost-effective production services to the university community and clients across the country. The space was recently renovated, and students were able to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the production area and set.
  • Cullis Wade Depot Welcome Center
    Students were able to take this time to buy a souvenir at Barnes & Noble, visit the Welcome Center or visit the Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Musuem. The Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum showcases an extensive collection of mostly American clocks and watches dating as far back as the early 1700s. Purchased from across the United States, this collection of over 400 clocks represents nearly every American manufacturer of clocks.
  • Architecture
    Students received a tour of the architecture students’ studio spaces in Giles Hall and heard about architecture as a profession from Emily Parsons, a former architecture student and current admissions and advising coordinator. Then, students were challenged to piece together a house plan and see which group could finish the challenge first.
  • Ceramics
    Students toured the ceramics studio in Howell Building and heard from ceramics professor Robert Long about careers and the type of work his classes do. Then, advanced ceramics students paired up with students and let them work alongside them on a current project. Students were also able to view other sculpture work and see the kiln.
  • Interior Design
    Students heard from current interior design students about their program and careers in interior design. Then, they played “Interiors Pictionary” using fabric and other swatches from the interior design sample room to create various spaces.
  • Building Construction Science
    Students heard about the Building Construction Science Program and professions from staff member Laura Mitchell. Then, they worked on a hands-on project with Legos that focused on collaboration and communication. Some even had the opportunity to play giant Jenga with a set taller than many of them built by BCS students.

Elise Otis, one of the teachers from Milam Elementary School who helped coordinate the trip, said her students had a great day discovering new careers they had not realized were out there.

“They particularly enjoyed getting to talk to students about what they were doing the day we saw them,” said Otis. “They loved the ceramics department, and TV and broadcasting were some of their favorites.”

For more information about visiting the College of Architecture, Art and Design, contact Christie McNeal, communications specialist, at cmcneal@caad.msstate.edu.