- "Futhering Life's Work"
Milton Sundbeck 2
One of Milton Sundbeck's
most prized possessions is his
herd of cattle that reside on his
Town Creek Farm between West Point and Columbus, and he
doesn't entrust their care to just anyone.
Sundbeck, president and CEO of West Point-based Southern Ionics Inc. (SII), owns a cattle operation in Clay County where he raises Brangus, a hardy and popular breed of beef cattle, for commercial use and seedstock production.
Sundbeck's stock has its genetic origins from Cow Creek Ranch LLC
, in Aliceville, Ala.
The ranch is one of the U.S. beef industry's most respected seed stock providers and is well-known for the Ultrablack, a cross between a Brangus and an Angus.
"Animal husbandry provides me with a great sense of satisfaction.
I am fortunate to have a partnership with Cow Creek
Ranch," said Sundbeck
, an Austin native who hails from a family of Texas cattlemen and dairymen.
Several years ago, Sundbeck
enlisted the MSU College
of Veterinary Medicine in the reproductive management and preventative care of his
The association between Sundbeck
and CVM allows students an opportunity to obtain vital field experience.
"I didn't realize MSU
offered a large ambulatory service with its animal hospital until I explored my options after my veterinarian, Dr. Pete Edwards, retired," Sundbeck
"Since then, I've been very pleased with the care provided and the knowledge shared by CVM professionals."
has forged beneficial relationships with several of the university's academic colleges.
An appreciation of the university's teaching and research activities led Sundbeck
to make a generous gift to CVM, Mississippi's only veterinary college.
Sundbeck's gift supports an annual award fund for deserving veterinary medicine faculty members.
The award, created through StatePride: An Initiative for Student and Faculty Support, will recognize meritorious members for the individual's teaching, research or service activities.
Not surprisingly, Sundbeck
is also adding his
name to this list of StatePride scholarship supporters because he
understands the importance of a quality technical education.
Recipients of the Southern Ionics
Endowed Scholarship in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
must be entering full-time freshmen, with a minimum high school grade-point average of 3.5 and ACT score of 29.
shares a kinship with Mississippi State's
chemical engineering school.
He received his chemistry education at the University of Texas before beginning his career with Hercules, Inc.
He later joined American Cyanamid before founding SII in 1980.
"It makes sense for me to invest in the students and faculty of Mississippi State
since they impact the industry we serve," said Sundbeck
He continued, "An ongoing association with Mississippi State will prove beneficial in helping both SII and Town Creek Farm achieve their goals."