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

July 15th, 2014 Comments Off

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

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

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/.

Architecture professor completes new writing excellence course

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

After becoming students once again at Mississippi State’s recent Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, the new faculty-member graduates are ready to incorporate what they’ve learned in courses not traditionally associated with writing.

Now in its second year, the annual summer institute trains teachers to modify course syllabi to incorporate more writing-to-learn strategies in class assignments. Known as “Maroon & Write,” the overall initiative is the university’s quality enhancement plan to improve undergraduate learning at all class levels.

The QEP is required to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

During Thursday [June 26] ceremonies, the 11 participants representing architecture, language arts, mathematics, music and various sciences formally concluded the three-week intensive institute. By free writing and journaling, conversing and debating, they have developed methods to amend syllabi to include writing assignments, many of which qualify as participation grades.

Creating a “culture change” to make MSU a more writing-centric institution is the underlying purpose of Maroon & Write, said Rich Raymond. Head of the English department and the institute’s facilitator, Raymond has for some time applied the writing-to-learn techniques in all his courses.

“We are very excited about the QEP and Maroon & Write,” said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, at the graduation celebration. “We’re introducing writing-across-the-curriculum, and I tell students at each orientation, it’s important for their future careers. We’re preparing them for life and to be leaders.

“Our students are going to graduate from Mississippi State better prepared to be better members of the community,” Gilbert added.

The summer 2014 institute graduates and the writing-to-learn courses they’ll be teaching this fall include, by department:

–Agricultural economics assistant extension professor Becky Smith, three Honors Forum sections in the Shackouls Honors College.

–Architecture visiting assistant professor Jeffery Roberson, architectural theory.

–Communication assistant professor Melanie Loehwing, rhetorical theory.

–Curriculum, instruction and special education assistant professor Stephanie Bennett, integrated language arts instruction.

–Geosciences associate professor Renee Clary, principles of paleobiology.

–Human sciences assistant professor Juyoung Lee, sociological and psychological aspects of clothing.

–Interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton, principles, processes and practices for interior design.

–Landscape architecture assistant professor Elizabeth Payne, fundamentals of planning design.

–Mathematics and statistics instructor Kim Walters, problem-solving with real numbers for education majors.

–Music professor Robert Damm, African-American music.

–Sociology instructor Mehrzad Netadj, marriage and family.

–Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture assistant professor Peter Allen, fish physiology.

This group joins the institute’s inaugural class from 2013, many of whom plan to continue teaching Maroon & Write courses. They include, by department:

–Animal and dairy science assistant professor Jamie Larson, physiology of reproduction.

–Associate professor Matthew Little, American literature survey, and instructor LaToya Bogard, introduction to literature. Both are English department faculty members.

–Forestry professor Stephen Grado, forest resources survey.

–Human sciences instructor Rick Noffsinger, introduction to technical writing in agricultural communication.

–Marketing, quantitative analysis, and business law professor Robert S. Moore, Internet marketing.

–Music professor Michael Brown, history and appreciation of music and honors history and appreciation of music.

Learn more about Maroon & Write at www.qep.msstate.edu.

School of Architecture professors to retire after 26 years of service

June 10th, 2014 Comments Off

Two longtime professors in the School of Architecture will retire this summer after twenty-six years of service.

David C. Lewis, Ph.D., and Rachel McCann, Ph.D., will both retire at the end of June.

Lewis joined the School of Architecture faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 1988. He served as an associate professor from 1994-2007, was interim director of the School of Architecture from 2006-2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He represented the College of Architecture, Art and Design from 2008-2013 as associate dean and most recently was the interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

Lewis was the recipient of the National Educator Honor Award AIAS for the 1988-1989 academic year. In 2005, he received the College of Architecture, Art and Design Faculty Research Award, and he was also the recipient of the prestigious ACSA Faculty Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the association’s top teaching honor.

McCann joined the School of Architecture in 1988 as assistant professor. She served as an associate professor from 1994-2007, and she was promoted to full professor in 2007.

For the past 10 years, she has been the coordinator of the history/theory curriculum in the school, giving rise to numerous invitations to present workshops, critiques and lectures around North America on the subject. McCann was appointed to the international Board of Directors of the Merleau-Ponty Circle, one of the top philosophical societies in the world. In 2010, she was the recipient of the prestigious Grisham Master Teacher award, Mississippi State University’s top teaching honor. Also in 2010, she was named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities. Currently, McCann has three books in the works with top-tier publishers.

“David and Rachel’s significance started when they became key players in furthering the development of the phenomenological curriculum at MSU, making it one of the earliest curriculums to embrace experiential design-theory in the architectural academy,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture. “Many programs subsequently have been modeled after it. “As senior members of the faculty, their leadership and knowledge will be greatly missed.”

“When a school hires new assistant professors, the ultimate goal is for them to develop, over time, their own thoughts and expertise and then be able to use those to influence, in a most positive way, the pedagogy and direction of the school,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This is an elite goal, but in fact both David and Rachel have accomplished this in the School of Architecture. Their individual contributions to the foundational structure of the architecture curriculum are indelible. While their continued input will be missed, the school will continue to benefit from the rich heritage of their design thinking.”

A lunch celebration was held for McCann on June 25. See the photos:

Mississippi State Alpha Rho Chi Chapter installs colony in Georgia

June 9th, 2014 Comments Off

Hippodamus, the Mississippi State University Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, was recently invited by the fraternity’s grand council to install a new colony at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Hippodamus is the youngest chapter – just over a year established – to ever install another colony, and they were honored to help install the largest colony in the fraternity’s history.

The Hippodamus members, along with faculty advisor Justin Taylor, spent two days in Marietta, Ga., performing the installation ritual to initiate thirty-eight new members into Polyidus.

“Our members of Alpha Rho Chi did a fantastic job,” said Taylor. “The members of grand council that were there had nothing but complements for the group. On numerous occasions they said it was the best installation they had seen.”

Alpha Rho Chi is the only national coed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The Hippodamus chapter includes 32 members representing students from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

“I’m super proud of all the members of Alpha Rho Chi,” said Taylor. “They are a stand-up group of students; they work hard and are continuously working on stuff around the school and for the betterment of the student body.”

For more information on how to become a member of Alpha Rho Chi, contact Justin Taylor at jtaylor@caad.msstate.edu.

Hippodamus Executive Board 2014-2015:
President – Megan Vansant
Vice-President – Amarin Montroy
Secretary – Emily Morse
Treasurer – Matthew Peugh
Superintendent – Bradford Trevino

Members:
Justin Taylor (Alumni/Faculty Advisor)
Adam Rhodes (Alumni)
Eric Lynn (Alumni)
Melinda Ingram
Cory May
Mark Riley
Megan Vansant
Stefan Balcer
Emily Morse
Lorianna Baker
Ryan Mura
Hannah Waycaster
Sang Nguyen
Patrick Brown
Daniel Torres
Tyler Warmath
Mary Whitney Evins
Elesabeth Evans
Matthew Peugh
Garrett Yelverton
Rashidat Momoh
Amarin Montroy
Lucas Posey
Zachary Busman
Chad Cordray
Bradford Trevino
Maria Germash
Zachary Henry
Nicholas Vezinaw
Gerald Wicks
Sara Peppers
Elizabeth Beuche
Taylor McKinney

National AIA leaders tour the School of Architecture

June 4th, 2014 Comments Off

On Memorial Day weekend, F.L Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael Berk spent the afternoon touring top leadership of the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) around Giles Hall.

The tour had a special focus on the current gallery exhibition, which includes select student work from the spring semester.

The following delegation were a part of the tour: Jeff Potter, FAIA (Dallas, Texas), and Mickey Jacob, FAIA (Tampa, Fla.), both former national presidents of the AIA. Accompanying them was Robert Ivy, FAIA, executive vice president and CEO and a member of the school’s Advisory Council. Also attending were Shelly Potter, landscape architect, and Diane Jacobs, interior designer.

Both Porter and Jacob were presented a copy of BARNworks, a compilation of student work.  All were invited to a dinner engagement and discussion at Ivy’s home in Columbus later that evening.

MSU School of Architecture presents scholarships

May 28th, 2014 Comments Off

Via MSU Public Affairs

Nearly 20 Mississippi State students representing Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee, along with one from Russia, are receiving School of Architecture scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

Part of the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the school offers the only program leading to a professional architecture degree in the Magnolia State. Its curriculum is designed to emphasize independent thinking within an ethical framework to inform and challenge the contemporary practice of architecture.

The new scholars included (by hometown):

ALABASTER, Ala.–Junior Yerix R. Morel Jr., receiving the $2,000 Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship. He is a Thompson High School graduate and the son of Yerix Morel Sr. and Carole Morel.

BRANDON–Senior Jonathan T. Greer, receiving the $1,350 Mockbee Hall and Drake Scholarship. He is a Brandon High School graduate and the son of James and Deborah Greer.

CANTON–Senior John Taylor Schaffhauser, receiving the $2,000 Acme Brick Co. and $2,500 Burris/Wagnon Architects P.A. Annual scholarships. He is a Canton Academy graduate and the son of John and Jennifer Schaffhauser.

CARRIERE–Senior Cody J. Smith, receiving the $4,000 Paul Grootkerk Travel Award sponsored by Ted T. Porter, and the $2,000 Interior Elements Scholarship. He is a Pearl River Central High School graduate and the son of Ray and Christina Renderman of Carriere and James Smith of Ward, Arkansas.

CLINTON–Sophomore Gerald A. Wicks, receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship. He is a Clinton High School graduate and the son of Corky and Paula Wicks. (Ed. note: The scholarship is in the form of computer software.)

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.–Incoming freshman Kaitlyn A. Hoover, receiving the $1,000 McCarty Co. Loyalty Scholarship. She is the daughter of Paul and Karen Hoover. [High school information not available].

FOREST–Senior Kevin Flores, receiving the $500 Pryor & Morrow Endowed Scholarship. He is a Forest High School graduate and the son of Jose and Teresa Flores.

GULFPORT–Katherine R. Ernst, receiving the $2,000 Mockbee Hall and Drake Scholarship, is a St. Patrick Catholic High School graduate and the daughter of David and Beverly Ernst; and Nenyatta K. Smith, receiving the $500 Pryor & Morrow Endowed Scholarship, is a Harrison Central High School graduate and the daughter of John and Dorothy Smith. Both are seniors.

HOOVER, Ala.–Michael Thomas McKinney “Mack” Braden, receiving the $2,000 Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Window Traveling Fellowship. The son of Emmett and Carol Braden, he graduated magna cum laude from MSU earlier this month. He also graduated from Spain Park High School.

MADISON–Incoming freshman Micah R. Dear, receiving the $1,000 Boral Bricks Inc. Loyalty Scholarship. He is the son of Sacia Dear. [High school information not available].

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia–Senior Maria Degtyareva, receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship. She is the daughter of Grigoriy and Larisa Degtyareva. (Ed. note: The scholarship is in the form of computer software.) She is a graduate of Gymnasium No. 1 in Novosibirsk.

OLIVE BRANCH–Senior Aryn S. Phillips, receiving the $2,000 Interior Elements and $1,000 Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial scholarships. She is a DeSoto Central High School graduate and the daughter of William and Luretha Phillips.

OXFORD–Junior Caleb E. Fearing, receiving the $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship. He is an Oxford High School graduate and the son of Erik and Kimberly Fearing.

PEARL–Sophomore Diondria M. Bingham, receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship. She is a Pearl High School graduate and the daughter of Ronald and Donna Bingham. (Ed. note: The scholarship is in the form of computer software.)

PENSACOLA, Fla.–Incoming freshman Mitchell D. Hubbell, receiving the $1,000 McCarty Company Loyalty Scholarship. He is the son of Daniel and Tricia Hubbell.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn.–Incoming freshman Micajah C. Tucker, receiving the $1,000 Columbus Brick Co. Loyalty Scholarship. He is the son of John Tucker and Joy Stinson-Tucker.

TUPELO–Sophomore Savannah B. Ingram, receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship. Ingram. She is a Tupelo High School graduate and the daughter of Thomas and Kimberly Ingram. (Ed. note: The scholarship is in the form of computer software.)

WARD, Ark.–See CARRIERE.

WATER VALLEY–Sophomore Whitney A. White, receiving the $1,000 Creig B. Hoskins Annual Scholarship. She is a Mississippi School of the Arts graduate and the daughter of Sherman White Jr. and Wyanda White.

School of Architecture alumni promoted at CDFL

May 23rd, 2014 Comments Off

CDFL

photo from CDFL

The Jackson-based architecture firm, Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers PA (CDFL), has named 1994 MSU School of Architecture alumnus David Burnet a principal of the firm.

photo from CDFL

photo from CDFL

The firm also named 2001 alumni Matthew Buchanan and Chris Myers as associates.

Congratulations to these alumni!

Read more about this and other news at CDFL here.

Architecture student work on display through summer

May 22nd, 2014 Comments Off

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Select student final projects will be on display in the Giles Gallery through the summer.

Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

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