Tiny houses, partnering with Vietnam, women leaders: Campus briefs
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Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County, La Bourgade On Seneca is a growing community of richly hued small rental houses designed and built by Bruno Schickel.
Students build tiny houses
Nearly 30 students spent two semesters building tiny houses.
The students in Mississippi State Universityâs Building Construction Science spent the full academic year working on several projects leading up to the design and construction of steel and wooden house frames.
They designed, researched and explored materials and fabrication methods, planned construction and built every element of the structures. Students also were responsible for creating a comprehensive document explaining the entire design and construction process.
For fabrication, the students were split into two teams of 14. College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West guided students for the wood building. Assistant Clinical Professor Lee Carson guided the the steel building team.
For fabrication, the students were split into two teams of 14 with a hierarchical structure of one project managerâ"West for the wood building and Carson for the steel buildingâ"as well as one superintendent and four foremen, with two or three crew members under each foreman.
The wood building is 8 feet wide by 16 feet long by 13 feet tall with 210 square feet of interior space. It includes loft sleeping space accessible by a ladder. The roof is removable for ease of transportation, and the students built a âpop outâ or extension for the shower t hat expands three feet and also allows for a balcony that reaches four feet out upstairs.
âA lot of the things we were doing were pretty new to us, if not completely new to us, so there was a learning curve,â MSU junior William H. Young of Madison, a foreman for the wooden tiny house, said in a news release. âOne of the biggest things Iâve learned from this project is most of construction isnât just about following directions, but fixing what is broken while youâre following directions.â
For the tiny house with a steel frame and concrete foundation, the students had to build a structure that was 10 feet wide, 20 feet long and 13 feet high, with 320 square feet of interior space including loft sleeping space. Primarily constructed of non-combustible materials, the building features light gauge steel studs, precast concrete wall panels, glass curtain wall, fiber cement board cladding, steel wall panels, vinyl windows, metal roof, gypsum board interior walls, plywood upper interior walls and a metal ceiling.
Curtis A. âCurtâ Wilson, a sophomore from Olive Branch who served as superintendent for the steel and concrete tiny house, said installation of wall panels and insulation was a tough.
âUsing two-inch insulation made it hard to find the studs and we placed them wrong, so that was the first challenge,â Wilson said said in the release. âFastening the Hardie panels to the wall took two weeks, but it also was a great learning experience because of the difficulties.â
Vietnam partners in research
The University of Mississippi has entered into a new international partnership with the National University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam for student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations.
"I understood that the University of Mississippi is widely respected and very well known in the United States and beyond," National University Rector Pham Duy Hoa said in a Ole Miss news report. "As we seek to expand our global collaborations, we found that the goals and activities of this institution were very compatible with ours."
National University proposes to establish a 2+2 transfer agreement in which students in an engineering bachelor's degree program complete two years at one institution and transfer to finish it at the other. Other points of the agreement allow for faculty exchange, research collaborations, English as a Second Language instruction and continued development of the partnership.
"This will open the door for research collaborations that have international significance,â Noel Wilkin, Ole Miss provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in the report.
Negotiations leading to the agreement began unofficially in January 2017. Kurt Smith, global engagement project coordinator, and Tracy Koslowski, associate director of the Ole Missâ Intensive English Program, tr aveled to Vietnam and Thailand to establish new international partnerships for academic exchange and collaborations.
Through the university's Vietnamese Student Association, a connection was made with Pham Quan, second son of Pham Duy Hoa. Pham received his Bachelor of Business Administration in banking and finance from Ole Miss during the May 12 commencement ceremonies.
"My son told me that he has had a wonderful educational experience at the University of Mississippi," Hoa said in the report. "It is certainly my desire that many more Vietnamese students have the opportunity to come to the University of Mississippi and have experiences similar to his."
Next generation of women leaders
Statistics show that while women make up more than half of the U.S. population, they continue to be underrepresented in the political arena.
NEW Leadership Mississippi, a partnership between Mississippi University for Women and the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service, will educate college women about the impact they can have in public service and on the political process. The five-day residential institute is a national bipartisan program developed by Rutgers University and will be held on The Wâs campus Sunday through Thursday.
About 20 participants representing community colleges, Mississippi colleges or universities and female residents of Mississippi pursing a bachelorâs degree out of state will interact with faculty-in-residence, as well as hear from a variety of women who have excelled in public service roles within the state.
On Tuesday, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, former assistant secretary of state and general counsel, will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m.in the Claudia A. Limbert Assembly Room in Cochran Hall. Slaughter-Harvey was the first African-American woman to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi and the first female African-American t o serve as a judge in Mississippi.
Melinda Lowe, interim director of The Wâs Office of Outreach and Innovation, said, âWhile recent years have seen women make strides in leadership roles, they still remain underrepresented in nearly every level of government. Experts have pointed to a lack of recruitment and networking as part of the reason for the disparity, but NEW Leadership Mississippi is looking to overcome those hurdles.â
Participants will visit the state Capitol in Jackson on and meet with women state agency leaders.
For more information about the program, please visit www.muw.edu/newleadership.Read or Share this story: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/05/19/tiny-houses-partnering-vietnam-women-leaders-campus-briefs/625175002/Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam