Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.â âYou can never be happy letting someone else choose your career,â guest speaker Ron Hall told more than 3,400 students gathered Tuesday [August 18] at Mississippi State Universityâs second Freshman Convocation in Humphrey Coliseum.
The co-author of the universityâs 2015 Maroon Edition common reading experience selection, âSame Kind of Different as Me,â shared those words of wisdom and seven other lessons that he said have served him well throughout his life.
--Donât miss an opportunity for God to know you.
--Every ânoâ gets you closer to a âyes.â
--Hustle. Hustle. Hustle.
--Dream big dreams.
--Make your life and legacy uniquely you.
--God can take trash and turn it into treasure.
--Share your blessings.
In his closing remarks, Hall shared words of wisdom from his fellow âSame Kind of Different as Meâ co-author, the late Denver Moore: âNobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.â
Prior to Hallâs address, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert, Robert Holland Faculty Senate President Cody Coyne, along with Student Association President Joseph M. âJoJoâ Dodd and Vice President Roxanne L. âRoxieâ Raven, officially welcomed the Class of 2019 to the Bulldog family.
Dodd also led the students as they recited the University Honor Code in unison.
Each student also received a Freshman Convocation coin to commemorate the special occasion.
Keenum, who holds three degrees from the stateâs flagship research university, promised the newest class of Bulldogs that their college years are going to change their lives.
âYou will hone your leadership and teamwork skills, deepen your understanding of people who come from places and cultures different from your own, and gain a greater appreciation for helping others,â he said.
âOur goal is to ensure that you are prepared to lead a good life that includes contributions not only to your profession, but to your community, to our state, to our nation and more importantly, to the vast majority of people who are less fortunate than you are,â Keenum emphasized.
Keenum also encouraged students to develop lofty visions for themselves. Earning a degree from Mississippi State, he said, will prepare them to do anything, go anywhere and live their dreams.
âDo not underestimate yourself,â Keenum advised. âYou have strengths, skills and smarts that you donât even realize that you have. We have talented, dedicated, world-class faculty, administrators and fellow students who are here to assist you in your journey here at Mississippi State. But of course, this process starts with you.â
Gilbert echoed those sentiments and encouraged students to pursue learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning, student leadership, internships and co-oping all are ways for students to augment the classroom learning experience and enhance their overall education, he said.
âWe are excited to be here to commemorate the beginning of your academic career at MSU,â Gilbert told the largest class in university history. âYour journey to completing college will not include just going to class. You will be growing intellectually and gaining life skills that will aid you in becoming a leader in your chosen profession.â
âI hope that you will leave this ceremony inspired with an attitude that you will be successful here at Mississippi State and in life.â
At the ceremonyâs conclusion, MSUâs State Singersâunder the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Choral Activities Director Gary Packwoodâled the Class of 2019 in the singing of the alma mater, âMaroon and White.â
MSU is Mississippiâs flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Contact: Allison Matthews
STARKVILLE, Miss.âMississippi State University leaders and local and state law enforcement officials met Tuesday [Aug. 18] to discuss plans to make MSU gamedays this fall as safe and smooth as possible on campus and city and state roadways.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum and other university leaders met with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert E. Santa Cruz and Deputy Administrator Ken Magee, Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney, Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols, Mississippi Highway Patrol Director Col. Donnell Berry, MSU Police Chief Vance Rice and Lt. Brad Massey, and Craig Carter representing the Mississippi Department of Transportation, among others.
âWe are very thankful for the cooperation of so many local and state agencies as we work to create an enjoyable gameday experience for everyone who visits MSU,â Keenum said. âWe face challenging traffic and parking issues on football Saturdays, but sharing the resources of the city, county, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety enhances our ability to address these issues.â
Keenum said MSU coordinates operations with gameday partners to make traffic flow and parking as efficient as possible for the thousands of visitors who will come to campus this fall.
Santa Cruz said, âThe visibility of all the agencies involved will play a huge role in traffic safety on gamedays. Drivers are more inclined to focus and pay attention to other drivers when those in uniform are managing traffic.â
Gladney said the Sheriffâs Department works with the university on a wide range of law enforcement and public safety issues.
âAll of us have worked well together for a very long time, so weâre all on the same page. With the campus construction and number of people we now have attending games, fans will have to be patient with us, and we will all do our best to make everything run smoothly,â Gladney added.
Nichols concurred, âWeâll all work as one big unit to get people in and out of town as safely and quickly as possible. All agencies involved will be using their social media platforms and cross-posting with each other to keep fans informed.â
Rice said that current construction projects and necessary road closures on campus are creating expanded challenges this season.
âWe ask for patience from all of our MSU friends and fans as we work together to ensure maximum efficiency, a positive gameday experience, andâfirst and foremostâsafety for everyone involved,â Rice said.
MSU is Mississippiâs flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
(NewsUSA) - Trade and technical positions are the bright, shining stars of the economy these days. They don't require a college degree, do provide the opportunity for a meaningful career, and they often pay very well.
One industry, in particular, shines brightest among those hiring these positions: America's waste and recycling business.
"These are great careers," says Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association. "We do a real service for residents and business owners alike. And business is growing!"
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of waste and recycling collectors is expected to grow significantly over the next seven years. Between 2012 and 2022, more than 21,000 jobs are expected to be created -- a 16-percent growth rate.
In 2012, the median annual pay for truck drivers was about $38,000. With overtime, experienced waste and recycling drivers can earn much, much more. Some workers in various cities make upwards of $100,000 when you factor in overtime. And, most jobs in the field offer generous benefits and possibilities for upwards mobility.
Driving a refuse truck generally requires a commercial driver's license; however, companies are happy to train new recruits.
"The advantages of driving a waste or recycling vehicle are significant: the hours are regular and predictable, the job is local, and it pays well," Kneiss said. "Plus there's job security: We're always going to need good drivers."
But the opportunities in the waste and recycling industry don't end there. Mechanics and welders who work on the industry's fleet are also in significant demand.
For example, the BLS reports that the 2012 median pay for a diesel mechanic was more than $42,000 per year and that the total number of jobs across all industries was expected to grow by 9 percent from 2012 to 2022 -- more than 21,000 additional positions.
There are both formal and informal diesel mechanic training programs. In some cases, the company will train you. But there are also a number of programs offered by vocational schools, community colleges and adult education programs.
In addition, mechanics qualified to work on compressed natural gas engines would do well to investigate the waste and recycling industry: It has one of the largest CNG truck fleets in the U.S.
To learn more about opportunities in the waste and recycling industry, go to http://beginwiththebin.org/jobs.
(NewsUSA) - Did you know that the garbage you throw out every day is a source of green energy? The gas naturally generated by landfills fuels vehicles and powers the electric grid, easing our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.
"Landfill gas is a resource the waste and recycling industry is proud to reliably provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association. "It's renewable energy produced in America."
How does it work?
Today's modern landfills are highly engineered facilities run under strict federal and state regulations to ensure protection of human health and the environment.
When trash like grass clippings, banana peels and coffee grinds gets buried beneath a layer of soil in a landfill, it eventually breaks down and produces gas. Landfill operators safely collect this gas by applying a vacuum to collection wells throughout a landfill. The gas is then piped to a compression and filtering unit, where it's prepared for use by power plants and others.
How much energy is generated?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, waste-based energy is the source of over 5 percent of America's renewable energy -- and there's plenty of room to grow. In March 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that 645 sites had landfill-gas-to-energy programs (in every state except Hawaii and Wyoming). The EPA has identified an additional 440 landfills as expansion candidates.
Landfill operators are also starting to generate energy beyond gas by placing solar panels and windmills on landfills. The power produced can be fed into local electric grids for local homes and businesses.
Stewards of the land
Today, a landfill is designed from the start to protect the environment and public health. Later, it provides benefits even when it closes. Once a landfill has reached its permitted capacity, it is closed and engineered to keep water out by installing a cap made of clay or a synthetic material. A drainage layer, a protective soil cover and topsoil are then added to support plant growth.
These spaces are transformed into parks, golf courses, wildlife refuges and other places that can be enjoyed by the entire community.
Learn more about the many benefits of landfills by visiting http://beginwiththebin.org/innovation/landfill-gas-renewable-energy.