Thomas to lead fundraising for College of Architecture, Art and Design

July 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Thomas to lead fundraising for College of Architecture, Art and Design

2014_07_15__2014_07_15_132534Via Amy Cagle | MSU Foundation

Perry King “P.K.” Thomas is the new director of development for Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Thomas officially assumed the position Tuesday [July 15]. He succeeds Nathan Moore, who recently became director of corporate and foundation relations for the MSU Foundation.

“In his new role, P.K’s. knowledge and previous fundraising experience with Mississippi State will prove invaluable as he provides philanthropy leadership within this major academic unit,” said Jack McCarty, the foundation’s executive director of development.

A Tupelo native and Mississippi State alumnus, Thomas joined the university’s fundraising staff in 2010 as assistant director of development for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. Prior to that, he was a district executive for Yocona Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and served two years as an MSU admissions counselor.

His two MSU degrees include a 2003 bachelor’s in communication and a 2008 master’s in physical education and sport administration.

The College of Architecture, Art and Design includes the School of Architecture and three research centers (the Carl Small Town Center, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and Design Research Informatics Lab), along with the Department of Art, the Interior Design Program and the Building Construction Science Program.

The School of Architecture is the only accredited program in the state.

For more information on MSU’s fundraising activities, visit www.msufoundation.com.

Lt. Gov. Reeves names architecture alumnus to Jackson Sales Tax Commission

July 8th, 2014 Comments Off on Lt. Gov. Reeves names architecture alumnus to Jackson Sales Tax Commission

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves today named small business owner and local architect Michael Boerner to the 1-percent sales tax commission charged with overseeing expenditures from a recent sales tax increase in the city of Jackson.

The 10-member commission will develop a plan for infrastructure repairs and address how tax revenues will support the plan.

In January, voters in Jackson approved raising the city’s sales tax by 1 percent to fund infrastructure repairs.

“Michael has a passion for the city of Jackson and wants our capital city to be successful,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “His experience managing a business and expertise as an architect will be useful as the commission prepares a plan to address Jackson’s infrastructure challenges.”

Boerner, AIA, LEED AP, is the principal of Wier+Boerner Architecture in Jackson.

He has a bachelor of architecture degree from Mississippi State University (2002) and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Millsaps College.

Boerner has architectural experience working for firms in Dallas, Birmingham, New Orleans and Jackson.

“Jackson needs a strong, reliable infrastructure to thrive,” Boerner said. “I look forward to serving on the commission and helping to shape the city’s future.”

The Jackson resident has worked on numerous projects around Mississippi, including Babalu restaurant in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, renovations to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and Coliseum and the Iron Horse Grill restaurant in downtown Jackson. He also serves on the State Board of Architecture.

Boerner and his wife, Katherine, have one daughter and attend Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

July 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

MSU senior Jacqueline "Brooke" Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State's 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

MSU senior Jacqueline “Brooke” Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

Undergraduate university students from Colombia and Rwanda, along with peers from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, explained their research at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

During a Monday [June 30] ceremony at McCool Hall, nine junior and senior participants presented posters and talked with judges about their recently completed research projects.

Each summer, the MSU Graduate School sponsors the student projects as part of its Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students.

After their proposals were selected, the students began working in mid-May with MSU faculty mentors. Participants spent 20 hours each week over a seven-week period to design, conduct and conclude their respective projects.

“If you have access to research knowledge that’s happening right now, you are going to be better prepared to know about the cutting edge opportunities in your field,” Jerry Gilbert told the students and others at the awards ceremony.

Gilbert, MSU’s provost and executive vice president, reminded the students that participating in cutting-edge research “is just one of the advantages you have at a research university, and we’re encouraging all undergraduates to come and participate in the research process.”

Architecture fifth-year senior Jacqueline B. Dorman of Biloxi, the daughter of Richard Dorman of Biloxi and Kitda Dorman of Anchorage, Alaska, was honored for having the best presentation, “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology.”

Junior biological sciences major Madison L. “Maddy” Buras of Slidell, Louisiana, the daughter of Dennis and Cheryl Buras, was runner up for “Evaluation of Multiple Paternity in Cyclura ricordii, Ricord’s Rock Iguana.”

Other 2014 participants included, by hometown:

CARROLLTON–Senior biological sciences major Tineka R. Burkhead, the daughter of Frank and Ruby Bulkhead.

FLOWOOD–Senior forestry major Andrew Z. Shaman, the son of Christopher and Felicia Shaman.

SEMMES, Alabama–Junior agricultural information sciences major Kenneth T. “Ken” Hearn, the son of Michael and Terri Perkins.

STARKVILLE–Chemical engineering major Andres F. Chaparral Sosa, a native of Columbia and the son of Mauro Chaparral and Maria Sosa, and aerospace engineering major Christian Kabana Michigan, a native of Rwanda and the son of Yvonne Kabanyana. Both are seniors.

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama–Junior industrial and systems engineering major Mary Katherine B. Beall, the daughter of Howard and Sarah Beall.

WINONA–Senior counseling and educational psychology major Brittany L. Bane, the daughter of Darren and Lisa Bane.

For more about MSU’s undergraduate research opportunities, visit http://www.honors.msstate.edu/research/opportunities/.

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