New & Noteworthy
Award-winning Theatre MSU celebrates 60 years, opens 2023 season with improv
Mississippi State’s Theatre MSU debuts its 60th season this month with a play steeped in improvisation as part of its Theatre for Young Adults program. With four annual mainstage productions, the 2023-2024 season opens with “Pants on Fire: A totally made up musical for kids,” from Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. MSU’s Lab Rats Comedy—an improv student theatre club—also will sponsor the show.
Likes shares ‘Cowbell Culture’ audio documentary exploring iconic university symbol
Just in time for Mississippi State’s season opener in football—September 2’s MSU vs. Southeast Louisiana game—a veteran journalist at MSU is releasing an audio documentary looking in depth at the influence of the iconic university tradition, the cowbell.
Communication student, Rayborn, helps increase trafficking awareness
“Barbie” movie extra. International magazine and runway model. World traveler. Communication and philosophy student at Mississippi State University. Rayborn, an MSU junior and native of Brandon majoring in Communication and Philosophy, is using her talents to build a nationwide platform for human trafficking awareness.
Dr. Heesook Choi, a native of Gangneung, South Korea, has been a member of MSU’s Department of Communication for five years. Choi received a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Gangneung-Wonju National University, a master’s in Communication/Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Pamela Dankins is a senior communication major from Amory, Miss., majoring in communication with a concentration in print & digital journalism. Dankins is a 2023 Stephen D. Lee Scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Beta Phi Society. She will intern during the 2023 summer for Mississippi Today.
Carrie McCormick, a Crystal Springs, Miss., native, re-joined the MSU Department of Communication this year. She previously taught in the department prior to going to law school. McCormick received a BA in communication at MSU, an MA in communication from the University of Arizona, and a JD from Mississippi College School of Law.