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Why Japanese PM Shinzo Abe comes up short

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:53pm
The statement by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be parsed and dissected in detail over the coming months and years as its ambiguities and vagueness allow for varying interpretation.








Categories: International News

Australia's climate politics on a high wire

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:53pm
While the politicization of climate change has transformed climate reporting into something of a circus, the Coalition's announcement of a 26% emissions reduction target on 2005 levels for Australia by 2030 has surely placed its climate policy on a dangerous high wire.








Categories: International News

What Abe should say on August 15

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:53pm









Categories: International News

How to remedy anti-Muslim fear

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm
The tiny town of Farmersville, Texas -- population 3,300, mostly white, and almost entirely Christian -- is terrified. Why? Because (dead) Muslims are coming!








Categories: National News

Donald Trump's clueless immigration plan

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm









Categories: National News

John Kasich: How to make America secure

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm
The Ohio governor says the U.S. needs leadership to build military and alliances, engage adversaries and be willing to project force decisively if needed








Categories: National News

Has Tinder replaced dating with hookup culture?

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm









Categories: National News

What Jeff Bezos learned from Chairman Mao

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm









Categories: National News

The world's 10 best islands

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:42pm









Categories: International News

World's most livable city is ...

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:41pm









Categories: International News

Does sports participation deserve a trophy? Let the parental debate begin!

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:37pm
Whoa, who knew the debate over participation trophies -- those awards children get just for showing up and playing sports -- would strike such a chord?








Categories: National News

Kathie Lee Gifford's touching tribute to her late husband

CNN - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:36pm
In an emotional return to "Today" on Monday, Kathie Lee Gifford had a message for fans of her late husband, Frank.








Categories: National News

Biggest populations in 2050: Move over Russia and Mexico. Here comes Africa

Business News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:35pm
Move away other continents. Africa is coming.








Police: 3 arrested in deaths of Bangladeshi bloggers

CNN World - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:34pm
Police in Bangladesh have arrested three suspects -- including a British citizen -- in connection with the killings of two prominent bloggers, Avijit Roy and Anant Bijoy Das.








Categories: International News

Walmart profits hit by strong dollar and higher wages

Business News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:17pm
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MSU floral design team takes top national honors

MSU News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:49am
Mississippi State University seniors Renee Wright (center) and Camille Tedder (right) brought home the overall baccalaureate school award from the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. Tedder took top individual honors at the competition and earned a $3,000 scholarship to use toward her AIFD accreditation process. Both students work for University Florist on campus. Lynn McDougald (left) is the faculty adviser for MSU’s Student AIFD chapter.

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Mississippi State University seniors Renee Wright (center) and Camille Tedder (right) brought home the overall baccalaureate school award from the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. Tedder took top individual honors at the competition and earned a $3,000 scholarship to use toward her AIFD accreditation process. Both students work for The University Florist on campus. Lynette McDougald (left) is the faculty adviser for MSU’s Student AIFD chapter.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State seniors are top winners in a national floral design competition.

Camille Tedder of Jackson and Renee Wright of Douglasville, Georgia, received the overall baccalaureate school award at the recent American Institute of Floral Designer’s Student Floral Design Competition. The event was part of the organization’s 2015 national symposium in Denver, Colorado.

Both students are horticulture/floral management majors at the university. Tedder also is completing a double-major in business administration.

Their achievement represents the first time since 2013 an MSU team has won the top AIFD student prize, said Lynette McDougald. Since 2005, students at the land-grant institution have won five national titles, the AIFD student chapter adviser noted.

“It’s great to see this happen for these two students, and it’s great to see MSU’s program stand out on the national stage,” McDougald said.

Tedder received top individual honors, with highest overall scores and a first-place finish in both the body flowers and duplicate design categories. Additionally, she and Wright placed in the top 10 for bridal bouquets.

“Basically, you sit in a room for four hours and design constantly,” Tedder said. “It’s tough, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Tedder also won the professional organization’s first scholarship that provides $3,000 toward her AIFD accreditation process. The professional test will be given at next year’s symposium in Seattle, Washington, and the award covers the test fee and travel and hotel expenses, she said.

With the AIFD accreditation, Tedder expects to broaden her floral-design career marketability after graduation. She has big dreams, explaining how “it would be fun to design for high-end clients, and it would be cool to design for movie sets or TV shows.”

Tedder said her ultimate goal is “to open my own floral shop for special events.”

McDougald, an MSU alumna who holds AIFD accreditation, is a horticulture instructor in the plant and soil sciences department. She also directs the The University Florist, the department’s full-service flower shop that provides students with day-to-day work and management experiences.

McDougald said MSU’s student AIFD chapter has nearly 20 members and is the largest of 15 located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Tedder and Wright are among chapter members currently working at the campus florist.

A longtime faculty member, McDougald said the education and work experiences provided by the MSU program consistently produces graduates that go on to everything from opening their own floral shops to working with wholesale suppliers to special-events design careers. A number have even made their mark in the tough New York City market, she observed.

“We can place anybody; people are begging for our graduates,” McDougald said.

Wright, who is leaning toward a wholesale floristry career, praised the national student competition for providing a critical venue to network and market her skills to potential employers.

“I enjoy the competition, but I look at it from the standpoint of how it can help me later,” Wright said. “This year, I got two positive job leads.”

For more information on MSU’s plant and soil sciences department and its floral management and other academic programs, visit www.pss.msstate.edu/index.asp .

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Softball Releases Fall Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:39am
Coming off its fourth straight season with an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Mississippi State softball program has announced its 2015 fall schedule.
Casey Woodford serves during Ridgway volleyball practice earlier this week.
The Lady Dutch had their second match of the season Tuesday at the St. Marys Area High School...
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team picked up their first win of the season Tuesday...

 

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