Architecture student Daniel Smith featured in MSU STATEments

September 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture student Daniel Smith featured in MSU STATEments

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2017-2018 Presidential Scholars class includes two architecture majors

September 26th, 2017 Comments Off on 2017-2018 Presidential Scholars class includes two architecture majors

President Mark E. Keenum (first row, center) welcomes the newest class of Mississippi State University Presidential Scholars. From left to right, they include (first row) Anna Shepard, Caroline Sleeper, Karson Pettit and Anna Mitchell; (second) Lindsey Downs, Jayla Mondy, Jasmine Topps, Cailin Sims, Laura Ingouf and Nada Abdel-Aziz; (third) Jack Davis, Choteau Kammel, Braden Garrison and Eli Riser. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Thirteen freshmen and one sophomore are new selections for Mississippi State University’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships.

The annual awards cover the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 30 ACT/1330 SAT score, as well as have graduated with a minimum core or overall 3.75 high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale).

Selected from more than 500 qualified applicants, the 2017-18 group joins 39 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College. Recipients are expected to maintain an overall 3.4 GPA while in their respective academic majors.

Presidential Scholars have opportunities to interact with members of the land-grant institution’s extensive research faculty and be part of the college’s Oxford University summer-study program in England, among other enhanced learning experiences.

MSU Presidential Scholars Mentor Donald Shaffer said the program recognizes academic achievement and presents recipients with “a challenge to make a lasting impact on MSU and the world beyond it.”

“We are a community of scholars who value the life of the mind and the pursuit of knowledge, but what makes our scholarship program special is the emphasis we place on effecting positive social change through research and social engagement,” said Shaffer, associate professor of English and African American Studies. “We don’t just hope that our Presidential Scholars will change the world; we expect it.”

Over the years, a number of scholars have received additional recognitions as national Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholars, and many have been selected for a variety of professional internships. For more on the program, visit www.honors.msstate.edu/scholars.

Representing Mississippi, Alabama and Nebraska, the 2017-18 Presidential Scholars class includes (by hometown):

ALABASTER, Alabama—Lindsey B. Downs, a freshman English major and Evangel Classical Christian School graduate receiving a Roy Rein Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

BRANDON—Anna K. “AK” Mitchell, a freshman animal and dairy science major and Northwest Rankin High School graduate receiving a Mike and Nan Sanders Presidential Endowed Scholarship; and Elijah J. “Eli” Riser, a freshman computer engineering major and Northwest Rankin High School graduate receiving a Louis Hurst Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

CLINTON—Jayla M. Mondy, a freshman biochemistry/pre-medicine major and Saint Andrews Episcopal School graduate receiving a Necole Moore Ray Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

COLUMBUS—Jasmine E. Topps, a freshman architecture major and Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

CORINTH—Caroline E. Sleeper, a freshman geosciences/broadcast meteorology major and Corinth High School graduate receiving a Jim and Julia Rouse Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

DECATUR, Alabama—Laura N. Ingouf, a sophomore anthropology major and Austin High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

FLOWOOD—John D. “Jack” Davis, a freshman biomedical engineering major and Jackson Preparatory School graduate receiving a Brad Roderick Moore Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

GREENWOOD—Nada A. Abdel-Aziz, a freshman architecture major and Pillow Academy graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

MADISON, Alabama—Braden P. Garrison, a freshman biological engineering/biomedical engineering major and Sparkman High School graduate receiving a John and Renée Grisham Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

MADISON—Karson C. Pettit, a freshman biochemistry/forensic sciences major and Saint Andrews Episcopal School graduate receiving a Charles and Pat Lee Presidential Endowed Scholarship; and Anna E. Shepard, a freshman biological engineering/biomedical engineering major and Germantown High School graduate receiving a San Shuttleworth Adkerson Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

OMAHA, Nebraska—Choteau X. Kammel, a freshman business economics major and Central High School graduate receiving a John and Renée Grisham Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

VANCLEAVE—Cailin G. Sims, a freshman mathematics major and Vancleave High School graduate receiving a G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

Learn more about the Shackouls Honors College at www.honors.msstate.edu.

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See the story in the Starkville Daily News.

Marika Dunne featured as university’s ‘Our People’

September 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Marika Dunne featured as university’s ‘Our People’

Photo by Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Even though Marika Dunne has family in Washington, D.C., and visits often, she had never stepped foot in the U.S. Capitol. That all changed, however, with eight days of hard work and dedication.

Dunne – an entering freshman architecture major in Mississippi State University’s Shackouls Honors College – was encouraged last year by her Starkville High School art teacher, Andrew Lark, to enter the 2017 National Congressional Art Competition.

With the deadline closing in, Dunne took over her family’s dining room and went straight to work every day after school for eight days. 

“Starting is by far the hardest part,” she said.

But she soon completed her piece, a white charcoal pencil still-life drawing on black paper, which she titled “Southern Silver.”

“We could submit any type of art, but my favorite is realistic, fine art,” the daughter of James and Demetra Dunne said. “I like that it’s possible to make something look real.”

She credits Lark for that skill.

“He taught me so much about how to do a piece like that – how to shade objects and make them feel real,” she said. “And, it was his composition that I drew.”

Dunne was shocked when she found out she won Best in Show for the state’s Third Congressional District.

“I was just so honored to have won, but then I found out it came with more,” she said.

Along with winning, Dunne’s work will represent U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, and will hang in one of the hallways of the Capitol for the entire year.

Marika Dunne with her winning artwork and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi. (photo submitted)

She also received four one-way tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines, which she cashed in for two round-trip tickets to D.C. for her mother and her to see the exhibit and take part in the competition’s reception.

“Congressman Harper took us on an amazing tour of the building,” she said. “I was just really impressed by how he took time out of his day to talk to us and show us around.”

Dunne said this was her first real composition work, and it has given her further confidence in her abilities as she immerses herself in her first year of architecture school.

“It showed me that if I really stick with it, I can get something done and make it look real if I remember to focus on what that object is in real life,” she said.

The competition also has given her a new outlook on life.

“It was so cool to walk around the Capitol and know that I did something to get there,” she said. “Through the rest of my life, I will be trying to do stuff to get me somewhere – not wait around and let stuff happen.”

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