Interior Design to hold 2017 Senior Show April 7-8

March 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior Design to hold 2017 Senior Show April 7-8

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Interior design creations by 16 graduating seniors at Mississippi State are on display Friday-Saturday [April 7-8] 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 state’s largest 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 our interior design students, and we are excited that they have secured summer internships with firms in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Others are seeking internships with firms in Colorado, Florida and Oregon as well,” said Beth Miller, professor and director of the university’s interior design program.

MSU’s 2017 senior interior design exhibitors include (by hometown):

BARTLETT, Tennessee—Caitlyn R. Fleming.

CLINTON—Martina R. Walker. She was chosen earlier this year as one of just five national semi-finalists in the fourth annual Steelcase NEXT Competition.

COLUMBUS—Hannah E. Higgins.

CORDOVA, Tennessee—Sarah A. Galbreath.

CORINTH—Anastasia F. Miller.

CUMMING, Georgia—Anastasia D. Dorsey.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida—Catherine H. Conner.

LONGVIEW, Texas—Caroline E. Smith.

MADISON—Annah K. Pennebaker.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Haley F. Austin.

NEW ALBANY—Bobbie O. Rogers.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Rylee H. Laborde.

RICHMOND, Texas—Victoria C. “Tori” Reynolds.

SOUTHAVEN—Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes.

STAFFORD, Texas—Joy C. Bottom.

TERRY—Amber C. Henry.

Exhibit hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday [April 7] and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday [April 8] in MSU Welcome Center’s second-floor gallery located at 75 B.S. Hood Drive on the Starkville campus.

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 provides students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design.

For more information about the interior design program, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 or

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Alumna Cindy Simpson makes ‘2017 Most Powerful Business Leader’ list

March 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Alumna Cindy Simpson makes ‘2017 Most Powerful Business Leader’ list

Cindy Simpson

Via Natalie Esfandiary | Gensler

Cindy W. Simpson, Mississippi State University alumna and co-managing director of Gensler’s Dallas office, has been named one of the Dallas 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas and Fort Worth for 2017 by D CEO Magazine.

Divided into over 60 different categories, the prestigious standalone publication recognizes the most influential business and civic leaders and entities in the DFW Metroplex. A result of exhaustive research and interviews, the Dallas 500 is coined the ultimate “business bible;” Simpson shares this platform with such iconic powerhouses as Ross Perot and Charlotte Jones Anderson.

Simpson is one of six powerful leaders awarded within the Architecture and Design subcategory of Real Estate – and the only woman in her group. Within the Real Estate category as a whole, she is one of only nine women out of 54 awardees. In dealing with her toughest challenges, she emphasizes, “In the male-dominated profession of architecture, it is imperative that women in the industry are professionally confident, intellectually valiant and mentally agile.”

Since joining Gensler in 2002, Simpson has emerged as a visionary leader, inspiring confidence in her clients, respect among her peers and loyalty from her staff. Promoted to managing director in 2013, she is now supported by nine principals and a co-managing director in the Dallas office with over 200 passionate designers and architects. A design-centered, research-focused, business-minded architecture firm, Gensler works with clients to deliver bold solutions that meet the constantly evolving demands of a changing workforce and rapidly growing city. A dedicated client advocate, Simpson serves on the Firmwide Client Relationships Management Committee, working across the firm to strengthen client partnerships. As both an accomplished project leader and designer, she offers her clients and project teams strategic solutions that also respect and advance design excellence. Her leadership style, breadth of experience, knowledge of the market, effective communication skills and intense focus on her clients’ business drivers have merited her a reputation as a strategic partner and trusted advisor.

Simpson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Interior Design from Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design in 1996, and was named Alumnus of the Year by the College in 2010. Dedicated to numerous philanthropic initiatives, at MSU she established the Cindy W. Simpson Loyalty Scholarship, providing scholarships to incoming freshmen who exhibit academic excellence and leadership potential; she also supports the advancement fund for the Interior Design Program and in September 2016, established the Cindy W. Simpson Endowed Scholarship in the Interior Design program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. In January 2015, she became a member of the MSU Foundation Board of Directors. She serves on the Executive Committee for MSU’s Foundation Board, is a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Check out Simpson featured in Alumnus magazine.

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