Shades of Starkville connects businesses with students

 Shades of Starkville will take place on the Drill Field on MSU campus Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local businesses will set up booths and meet students. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Classes begin Wednesday at Mississippi State University, but students won't be the only ones populating campus on the first day of classes.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. students will have the opportunity to meet many local businesses and learn more about the services they have to offer.

The MSU Center of Student Activities extended an invitation to Starkville businesses and organizations to gather on the Drill Field for its annual Shades of Starkville event. This year, 79 local businesses and 112 student organizations will set up booths and tables to share information with students and show what is available in Starkville.

"As new students move to campus they're looking for new services," Associate Director of Student Activities Amelia Rogers said. "They're going to need a new hair dresser or a bank. This is really an opportunity to showcase what Starkville has to offer."

Businesses attending the event range from restaurants and banks to churches and workout facilities, with a little bit of everything for students to explore.

Student organizations who are participating include various club sport groups, service opportunities, student government, political groups, religious groups and more. Rogers said the 112 student organizations attending the event is about one third of the student organizations available.