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

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