Letter From The President

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Mississippi State family and to our Maroon Edition common reading program. Before you join us on campus this fall, I invite you to take the time to read our 2019 book selection, “Hold On with a Bulldog Grip: A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant.” Every incoming freshman and transfer student attending an Orientation session will receive a copy of the book.

During the upcoming academic year, you will be able to participate in activities and discussions about the book and the important questions it raises. I look forward to talking with you about it.

Written by Mississippi State historians John Marszalek, David Nolen and Louie Gallo, and university benefactor and scholar Frank Williams, “Bulldog Grip” offers a concise but no less compelling account of Grant’s remarkable life as soldier, general, president, and best-selling author. I was honored to contribute a section examining the long-standing connection between Grant and our institution – a story that many may not know.

I am confident you will find reading “Hold On with a Bulldog Grip” time well spent as you get to know Ulysses S. Grant, one of our nation’s most fascinating figures whose life continues to unfold here at Mississippi State University, the home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.

Have a great summer and Hail State!

Mark E. Keenum

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. --Henry David Thoreau