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Mississippi State University is defined by its many success stories â€” and who better to tell these stories than the people who are living them every day.
That's the purpose of The MSU Experience, a series of photographs and videos in which members of the campus community explain why they've chosen MSU as the place for learning, discovery, and personal and career success.
"The MSU Experience gives viewers a sense of what it's like to be a part of the university through the eyes of a diverse cross-section of students, faculty and staff," said Sid Salter, MSUâ€™s â€Žchief communications officer. "Their stories prove that no matter who you are or where you come from, Mississippi State is a place where you can find more opportunities to lead, participate and excel.â€ť
The MSU Experience is the latest in a series of communications tools that tie into a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative highlighting the many ways MSU is driven to make a difference. Strengths include diversity, cross-campus collaboration and a supportive and nurturing environment for students.
Other tools include a new social media hub, a revamped website and www.WeRingTrue.com, an innovative social media initiative that reinforces MSU's standing as a world-class academic research university.
This fall, Mississippi State is welcoming the largest and most academically advanced freshman class in its history. With an enrollment of more than 20,000, Mississippiâ€™s leading university comprises students from all 50 states and 88 countries.
Student-led teams at Mississippi State are involved in a number of research and development projects with state, national and global impacts. They are working to get unmanned aerial systems flying safely in the nationâ€™s airspace, designing the car of the future, and generating solutions to world hunger, to name just a few.
"Being a leader is reflected in everything we do, including how we tell our stories and promote our accomplishments to prospective students," Salter said. "The people of Mississippi State are our ambassadors to the world, and The MSU Experience is another tool they can use to promote the great things happening here every day."
The MSU Experience is available at msuexperience.msstate.edu.
Learn more about Mississippi State and sign up for the #WeRingTrue program at www.WeRingTrue.com.
Contact: Zack Plair
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€” A Mississippi State University finance professor has an opportunity for his research to inform public policy decisions on consumer finance.
Thomas W. Miller Jr., holder of the Jack R. Lee Chair in Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, has been named a Visiting Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
The Mercatus Center is the worldâ€™s premier university source for market-oriented ideasâ€”bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Working with the centerâ€™s Financial Markets Working Group, Miller will research small dollar loans for high credit-risk consumers. Specifically, he will research the impact of government regulations on those consumers and lending agencies.
As a Visiting Scholar, Miller said he would join a â€śnetwork of scholarsâ€ť whose research is often considered in national and state policy debates.
â€śMercatus is known for the integrity of its research,â€ť Miller said. â€śIt isnâ€™t swayed by any viewpoint, but lets the data speak for itself. Itâ€™s an exciting opportunity.â€ť
Miller said he spent six weeks of each of the last two summers in residency at Mercatus, which he said opened his eyes to the opportunity of becoming a visiting scholar. With that designation, he hopes to give his classroom students at MSU access to his fellow Mercatus researchers on a variety of financial market-related topics.
Agreeing with Miller, MSU finance department professor and head Michael Highfield noted Millerâ€™s honor as an opportunity for the university, promoting professional development and intellectual growth for faculty and students.
â€śAs the Jack R. Lee Chair of Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance, Dr. Millerâ€™s research on the institutional framework of consumer finance and the role of government regulation thereof has piqued the interest of many individuals in Washington D.C., and I expect further accolades and honors to follow,â€ť Highfield said.
For more information on the Mercatus Center, visit mercatus.org.
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