College of Arts and Sciences presents outstanding advisor awards


     STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mississippi State University’s College of Arts and Sciences presented five MSU employees with “Outstanding BSIS Sponsor” awards in December for using their advisory positions to assist students seeking a Bachelor of Science of interdisciplinary studies.


     BSIS is a university-wide degree coordinated through the College of Arts and Sciences and is intended to allow students maximum flexibility to custom-design a curriculum to their personal and career goals.


     “We decided to give this honor this year because 2020 was very challenging and led us all to explore creative ways to help our students. The extra mile these sponsors have gone to fulfill the needs of our students could not go unrecognized,” said Kasondra Harris, an academic coordinator the College of Arts and Sciences.


     “All of our sponsors are great and we are beyond grateful that they are willing to allow our students to study courses in their department,” Harris said. “We selected these individuals because they have gone above and beyond in helping our BSIS students transition from their current major to Interdisciplinary Studies. They have spent a great amount of time assisting the students in selection of courses that align with their particular career goals.”


     Harris said BSIS sponsors have a long list of tasks in their individual departments, but put in extra time to “foster to the growth” of their students.


     “They are beyond deserving of this token of appreciation and it is something that we hope to continue for years to come,” said Harris, noting the recipients were presented with an engraved pail full of MSU treats.


     Recipients of the award include:


     Jonathan Black, academic coordinator for the Department of Psychology


     Haylee Crouch, academic coordinator for the Department of Communication


     George Ford, director of building construction science in the College of Architecture, Art and Design


     Suzanne McClain, academic records assistant for the Department of Kinesiology


     Kevin Rogers, associate dean for the College of Business.


     MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,200 students, 323 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs, 15 master’s programs, and 27 undergraduate academic majors offered in 14 departments. It also is home to the most diverse units for research and scholarly activities, including natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. For more details about the College of Arts and Sciences, visit

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