Public Relations

3/1/2010 -


Event: Delta State University will host guest vocalist Leon Turner for a recital.
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 1
Where: Bologna Performing Arts Center recital hall

Event: A Compassionate Eye: Photography by William Anderson Exhibit will be on display. For more information call 662-846-4780
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, March 1-4; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 5
Where: Capps Archives & Museum

Event: The Delta Music Institute Anniversary Celebration will feature the Thacker Mountain Radio Show.
When: 3-4 p.m. (Thacker Mountain Radio Show) and 7:30-9 p.m. (Songwriters Show) Saturday, March 3
Where: Whitfield Studio A of the Delta Music Institute


Event: Jackson State University’s Division of Student Life presents Women Emphasis Week Comedy/Poetry Show, featuring comedian Cocoa Brown and poet Georgia Me. For more information, call (601) 979-2241.
When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3
Where: Jacob L. Reddix Building General Purpose Room, 2nd Floor


Event: Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway who disappeared in Aruba while on her senior class trip, will speak on spring break safety and other safety travel tips. She will also sign her book, Loving Natalee, earlier in the day. Attendance to the events is free and open to the public.
When: 2:30-4 p.m. (Book signing) and 8 p.m. (Safety presentation) Tuesday March 2, Book signing, 2:30-4 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State (Book signing) and Humphrey Coliseum (Safety presentation)

Event: Award-winning fiction writer and essayist Michelle Herman will read from her recent work. Herman's novels include "Dog" (2005) and "Missing" (1998), as well as the 2005 novella, "The Middle of Everything." In addition to serving as co-editor of Ohio State's literary magazine, she teaches in the university's creative writing program that she formerly led. The event is free and open to the public.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Colvard Student Union, Fowlkes Auditorium (3rd Floor).

Event: Sonia Sanchez, an African American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement, will present her literary works. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children's books. The event is free and open to the public.
When: 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4
Where: McCool Hall, Room 130


Event: The MUW Department of Art and Design’s Community College Faculty Exhibition is currently on display. The exhibit features work from nine different artists who teach at community colleges around Mississippi. These teachers are John Marshall of Meridian Community College, Curtis Houston and Daniel Bass of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Shawn Whittington and Thomas Douglas of Itawamba Community College, Lisa Spinks and Terry Cherry of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba and Tom Ross and Janet Campbell of Copiah-Lincoln.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 1-5
Where: Eugenia Summer Gallery

Event: “The Women's Kingdom” documentary offers an inside look at one of the last matriarchal societies in the world. In remote southwestern China, Mosuo women have long enjoyed great freedom outside the dictates of Chinese culture. This program is finally assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Whitehead at
When: 5 p.m. Thursday, March 4
Where: Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall

Event: MUW will host its annual Scholars’ Day event. Participants have an opportunity to meet MUW faculty, staff and students; tour campus and compete for MUW’s most prestigious scholarships. Students will be interviewed by an honors committee to determine Scholars' Day awards. For more information, call Cassie Derden at (662) 329-7106 or
When: 11:15 am. Friday, March 5
Where: Cochran Hall


Event: Mississippi Valley State University will hold its annual Black Executive Exchange Program Conference, sponsored by the MVSU Career Services Center. For more information, call (662) 254-3851 or go to
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, March 3-5
Where: Business Education Building Auditorium

Event: The MVSU Mini Medical School Health Education Lecture Series will feature information regarding healthy lifestyles and nutrition to the community and MVSU faculty and staff. Featured speakers include faculty and staff of MVSU, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Area Health Education Center. For more information, call MVSU Delta Health Alliance at (662) 254-3020 or go to
When: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, March 6
Where: MVSU Science & Technology Center


Event: Susan Hollandsworth of the Nature Conservancy discusses the group's efforts and the unique places in our state in a brown bag lecture on "Conservation in Mississippi's Eco-regions." For more information, call Anne McCauley at (662) 915-2074 or e-mail
When: 12 p.m. Monday, March 1
Where: Barnard Observatory Lecture Hall

Event: Gov. Haley Barbour takes questions from four reporters and editors of north Mississippi newspapers before a live audience at a public forum hosted by the Overby Center for Southern Journalism & Politics. For more information, contact Dawn Jeter at (662) 915-1692 or
When: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Overby Center Auditorium

Event: Actress and singer Shirley Jones performs some of her most memorable songs from the many movie musicals in which she starred, including "Music Man," "Oklahoma" and "Carousel." She will be accompanied by the Hollywood Concert Orchestra. Tickets are $30-$40, available at the Ford Center box office or by calling (662) 915-7411.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Ford Center for the Performing Arts


Event: Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at New York University, will be the featured speaker at the next University Forum. He will present “Coloring the Past: The Little Red Schoolhouse and American Memory.”
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Auditorium of Joseph Greene Hall

Event: A century’s worth of collectibles that tell the story of the University of Southern Mississippi’s first 100 years will be on display with the opening of the Centennial Exhibit.
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 5
Where: Room 105-A in Cook Library

Event: Ribbon-cutting ceremony and special tour of the new Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 5
Where: Trent Lott Center on campus


Event: The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a presentation on Long Beach truck farming by Ashley Skellie. The presentation is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Journey Stories exhibit. Journey Stories is an interactive exhibit addressing migration and immigration as they relate to the American experience. Using engaging images, audio and artifacts, it tells stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society. The Journey Stories exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and Mississippi Humanities Council, will be on display at the Katrina Research Center until March 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Katrina Research Center at (228) 214-3423 or visit
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach

Event: The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a financial aid information session. The financial aid information is important for students, parents, counselors and anyone interested in learning about funding for higher education. Students planning to attend any college or university will find the information session useful in order to learn more about financial aid options. Representatives from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning will discuss application procedures and timelines for anyone applying for financial aid. Admissions representatives will discuss application procedures and institutional scholarships available at Southern Miss. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at (228) 865-4513.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Where: Advanced Education Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach

Event: The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the Mississippi Humanities Council, will host the conference “Charting New Courses in the History of Slavery and Emancipation.” The sessions feature more than 30 panelists from universities across the nation. Ira Berlin of the University of Maryland will serve as the keynote speaker March 4. Mark Smith of the University of South Carolina will serve as the keynote speaker March 5. The conference is open to the public and there is no charge to attend the open sessions and keynote addresses. This event was made possible through funds provided by a Mississippi Humanities Council grant. For more information on the Charting New Courses in the History of Slavery and Emancipation Conference, visit
When: Open sessions for the conference are scheduled 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 4 and 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 5. A keynote speaker will present each day of the conference from 4-5 p.m.
Where: The University of Southern Mississippi

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