Interior Design professor completes new writing excellence course

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design professor completes new writing excellence course

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.

Interior Design students honored in national competition

June 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design students honored in national competition

Mississippi State interior design students were selected as winners in the national 2014 Brass Ring 100 competition.

Congratulations to the following students:

Emily Hardin and Mackenzie Pettit
Silver Award, Computer Rendering
Instructor: Robin Carroll

Erin Bristol and Mackenzie Black
Bronze Award, Computer Rending
Instructor: Robin Carroll

Emily Hardin
Merit Award, Next Office Space
Professor: Amy Crumpton

Kindyl Black
Silver Award, Hand Rendering
Professor: Beth Miller

Emily Hardin
Bronze Award, Hand Rendering
Professor: Beth Miller

Mary Whitney Evins
Gold Award, Commercial Design
Professor: Lyndsey Miller

Emily Hardin
Bronze Award, Commercial Design
Professor: Lyndsey Miller

MSU interior design student receives coveted Celia Moh Scholarship

June 5th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU interior design student receives coveted Celia Moh Scholarship

Emily Hardin

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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