Recent News

New Industrial Technology Distance Program Starting Fall 2018!

July 02, 2018 (Monday)

We are excited to announce our Industrial Technology program will be offered fully online starting in fall 2018! This program will allow flexibility for those students wanting to obtain a degree while working or who do not have this degree offered at their local college. We hosted our first Industrial Technology Open House in March to introduce the program to students and industry companies. Many students and company leaders toured our facilities and attended information sessions about the degree. If you would like to find out more about this degree, please contact Dr. John Wyatt ( or Mr. Mickey Giordano (

Non-Artist Exhibition Winners!

May 01, 2018 (Tuesday)

The Non-Artist Exhibition for Mrs. Latham's History of the Arts Crafts course was held last Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the students on their amazing work. The pieces these students are able to complete in one semester is unbelievable! They have an awards presentation during the exhibition. The William Morris Awardis is given to the Overall Winners from each section. The winners shown in the picture from left to right are as follows:Graham Arinder, Tyler Goins, Sarah Young, and Madeleine Meilstrup.

Our Department is so proud of Mrs. Latham and her students for putting on such a great show! We can't wait for next semester!

Arts and Crafts Non-Artist Exhibition - Wednesday April 25th

April 20, 2018 (Friday)

Come and be amazed at our Non-Artist Exhibition! Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. The students in our History of the Arts Crafts course have worked hard throughout the semester creating several pieces of work using a variety of different mediums. We are so proud of the students and their hard work. Please come out and support them!

Graduate Students Kimberly Ball and Blake Haney present at this years College Of Education Research Forum!

April 13, 2018 (Friday)

Two of our students competed last week in the College of Education Research Forum! Kimberly Ball is a doctoral student and Blake Haney is an undergraduate student in our ITS program. Read more about their presentations below!


Doctoral student Kim Ball won the first place in the College of Education's 11th Annual Research Forum!

At the College of Education's 11th Annual Research Forum on April 6, doctoral student Kim Ball's research poster won the first place. With a background in electric engineering, Kim is interested in investigating the reasons behind engineering students' nonpersistence in their undergraduate study, which is an issue across the country. Although many students leave engineering programs during their second and third years in the program, little research has been conducted on this phenomenon. As such, Kim's quantitative study explored the impact of a variety of indicators on students' nonpersistence in the second and third-year engineering study.
Kim's research also won the 2nd place in the Ph.D. social sciences category at the University's Graduate Research Forum. Co-advised by Drs. Mable Okojie and Kun Huang, Kim conducted this study as a preliminary effort in her dissertation.


Mr. Blake Haney, a senior in the ITS program teamed up with Dr. Wei-Chieh Wayne Yu to present at the 11th Annual College of Education Research Forum. The title of their research is "Factors Influencing the Pursuit of IT Certifications." The purpose of their study was to investigate the problem of determining the factors that influence the students in information technology to pursue IT certification along with their academic degree and thereby increase their chances of gaining employment and earning higher entry-level salaries. Many thanks to the College of Education and the Dean's office to make this project possible.

We are so proud of these students for their hard work! Great job!

Dr. Martindale Receives Research Award!

March 13, 2018 (Tuesday)

At the 2017 Online Learning Consortium conference in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Trey Martindale, MSU Department Head in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, received the "Best in Strand" research award for his paper presentation, along with co-author Roy Bowery from the University of Memphis. Their session was titled " Enhancing Online Program Quality Assurance". This paper described their use of advanced data visualization tools to help administrators in higher education understand factors related to student achievement in online courses and programs. The paper received the "Best in Strand" award in the Institutional Strategies and Globalization strand.