Habitat Prototype House class presents plans

March 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Habitat Prototype House class presents plans

Future homeowner Marcus Hendrix talks with the students in the Habitat Prototype House class tabout the design for his house. (Photo by Alexis Gregory)

On Thurs., March 7, students in Professor Alexis Gregory’s Habitat Prototype course presented their design ideas to the future homeowners and board of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Alpha Rho Chi donates to local Habitat for Humanity

October 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Alpha Rho Chi donates to local Habitat for Humanity

Mississippi State University’s Alpha Rho Chi fraternity donated $1,250 to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. From left are Daniel Torres, fraternity fundraising chairman; Freddie Rasberry, Habitat executive director; and Adam Rhoades, fraternity chapter president. Photo by Beth Newman | University Relations.

Story By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations
(Also read the story on MSU’s website.)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — By donating more than $1,000 toward the completion of a fourth Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home, a new Mississippi State University service fraternity is fulfilling one of its missions.

Alpha Rho Chi at MSU primarily includes College of Art, Architecture and Design majors, though service-oriented students can join. From the fraternity’s inception almost three years ago, members have focused on donating to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity.

“We’re a service-oriented organization, so we started pushing the Maroon Edition Habitat House — we wanted to get more involved and increase community awareness,” said senior Adam Rhoades of Diamondhead, chapter president.

The fraternity organized two major Habitat fundraisers: selling “Got Sleep?” wristbands and holding a “penny wars” competition where students attending classes in Giles Hall — the location of most architecture design courses — donated whatever pocket change they had.

“We wanted to take a dominant role in Maroon Edition house and help out the community in any way we can,” added sophomore Daniel Torres of Enterprise, Ala., fundraising chair.

Freddie Rasberry, executive director for Habitat Starkville, said the donation will help pay to finish the fourth Maroon Edition project, which will also be the 50th local Habitat house.

“This money will go a long way toward finishing that house and preparing for building another one,” Rasberry said. “Each house contains one family, and our goal is for this money and other donated money to help those children grow up in their own home, so they can go to college and buy their own home. And, so the cycle goes from generation to generation.”

To learn more about Alpha Rho Chi at MSU, visit http://msuapx.com; to donate to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, www.starkvillehabitat.com.

Architecture students design Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house

August 7th, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture students design Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house

Alexis Gregory did a lot of work at her previous job in Savannah, Ga., with nonprofits, so it was no surprise for her to get involved in Starkville as well.

“It’s just a passion that I have,” the assistant professor in the School of Architecture at MSU said.

Gregory worked with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity last fall and began a class with 11 students last spring to design houses for the organization.

Students researched projects other universities have done, general information about Habitat for Humanity and information about the local chapter.  They also were able to take field trips to local Habitat for Humanity houses and others throughout the state.

“The students learned a lot by seeing other people’s homes and learning how people other than themselves live,” said Gregory. “They also learned how hard it is to work with such a limited building footprint because the building slab was existing; the students had to work within that limitation.”

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