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Event: Alcorn State University will host its 30th Anniversary Jazz Festival. For three decades, the Department of Fine Arts – with funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts –  has sponsored what has become Mississippi's longest-running and most prestigious jazz festival. The day-long festival features performances by some of the most outstanding professional jazz musicians and university, college and secondary school jazz ensembles from throughout the United States. Highlights of the festival are the afternoon workshops and evening concerts by some of the world's greatest jazz artists. This year the featured artists are the McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz.
When: Saturday, April 17
Where: Vicksburg Convention Center

Event: Alcorn State University will celebrate National Library Week: Communities Strive @ Your Library with a range of events throughout the week include tours, lectures, skits and other programs.
When: Monday-Friday, April 12-16
Where: J.D. Boyd Library

Event: Alcorn State University will host “For a Healthy Community,” a health and wellness fair that will offer dental, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. The event is free and open to the public. Organizations or agencies interested in participating can call (601) 877-6506 or (601) 877-6507, or e-mail cthomp@alcorn.edu, for more information.
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
Where: Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex


Event: The Bologna Performing Arts Center will present Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives in a main stage performance. For ticket information contact the Box Office at (662) 846-4626.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15
Where: Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Event: Delta State University and the College of Business will present the 5th annual International Business Symposium.
When: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, April 16
Where: Jobe Hall Auditorium

Event: Delta State University will host The American Association of University Women (AAUW) State Convention.
When: Friday-Saturday, April 16-17
Where: Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall


Event: The JSU Dance Ensemble will present Alter Ego.
When: 6 p.m. Friday, April 16
Where: Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. 

Event: The JSU College of Business will host Distinguished Executive Lecturers.
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14
Where: College of Business, Lecture room 134.

Event: Jackson State University will host Tiger Transfer Information Day for Community College Students.
When: 9:30 a.m. (registration) & 10 a.m. (program) Saturday, April 17
Where: Dollye M. E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building


Event: The top Southeast-based diplomat of South America's largest country and one of the world's largest economies speaks at the Executive Lecture Forum in Jackson. "U.S.-Brazil Economic Cooperation: Business Opportunities in Brazil" is the title of a luncheon presentation by Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem, consul general of Brazil to Atlanta. For more information, contact Tan Tsai, in advance, at (662) 325-4062 or (662) 325-8406.
When: Thursday, April 15
Where: Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview Street in Jackson

Event: Adequate food and nutrition can life someone’s spirits, so Mississippi State’s Holmes Cultural Diversity Center will sponsor a canned food construction competition. Artistic designs and constructions using only canned food will be set up to help end hunger. All canned food collected will be donated to food pantries in Oktibbeha County. For more information, contact Maria White at 662-325-2033.
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 15
Where: In front of the Colvard Student Union


Event: The Department of Health and Kinesiology at MUW will host its annual Miller Lecture, which is designed to bring professionals in the field of health, fitness, physical education or exercise science to campus for the benefit of the students and the community. Fitness coach, writer and entrepreneur John Ashworth will be the guest speaker. He will discuss careers in the fitness industry as well as ideas for marketing a fitness business. The lecture is free and open to the public.
When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
Where: Emma Ody Pohl Building, room 206

Event: MUW will host its Homecoming pageant, Crowning Glory, where eight students are campaigning to be named king, queen, prince and princess. Special entertainment will be provided by MUW's Elite Modeling Squad. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Symone Bounds, director of the Student Programming Board, at (662) 329-7416.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
Where: Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall

Event: MUW will welcome alumni to campus during Homecoming. It will be a fun-filled weekend with many special events planned including a bash with the Culinary Arts Institute and Springfest on Shattuck Lawn. A full schedule is available at www.muw.edu/alumni/homecoming. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (662) 329-7295.
When: All day Friday-Sundary, April 16-18
Where: MUW Campus


Event: Mississippi Valley State University Office of International Programs is observing International Week during April 12-16. A bevy of activities are scheduled, including the International Parade of Flags and Convocation featuring Dr. K.C. Minion of Mississippi Valley State University. For more information on all activities, contact the Office of International Programs, (662) 254-3092.

When & Where:

Monday, April 12

  • 9 a.m. – Noon, Henna Painting, Student Union

Tuesday, April 13

  • 6 p.m., Soccer, MVSU Soccer Field

Thursday, April 15

  • 9 a.m. Parade of Flags (begins at Jacob Aron Student Union and continues to the Sutton Administration Building Auditorium)
  • 10 a.m. Convocation featuring Dr. K.C. Morrison, Mississippi State University, H.G. Carpenter Auditorium
  • 6 p.m., Movie Night, H. G. Carpenter Auditorium

Friday, April 16, 2010

  • 9 a.m. – Noon, Cultural Exhibits, Charles R. Lackey Recreation Center
  • 7 p.m. International Banquet, Charles R. Lackey Recreation Center. The tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Office of International Programs or at the door. 

Event: Mississippi Valley State University Department of Social Work will celebrate its 30th annual Social Work Education Conference. Dr. Gwendolyn Spencer Prater, founding dean of the College of Public Service at Jackson State University, is the keynote speaker. "The Many Faces of Social Work in Rural Areas” conference registration is $65 for professionals; $20 for students.
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, April 15-16
Where: MVSU Business Education Building

Event: The Department of Fine Arts at Mississippi Valley State University will present its 15th annual MVSU Piano Festival. The festival's goal is to increase awareness to the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas of the value and importance of piano study throughout childhood and beyond. The festival will include events for both elementary and advanced piano students. A non-competitive festival event will be held for piano students ranging from kindergarten through junior high school. Older beginners may participate. Students will perform selections from the classical piano repertoire and will be rated and given written evaluations. For more information, call 662.254.3681 or visit www.mvsu.edu.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17.
Where: MVSU Fine Arts Building


Event: The UM Steel Drum Band and World Percussion Ensemble present an exciting spring concert of Brazilian and other world music. The steel drum band will perform Ney Rosauro's  Two Brazilian Steel Dances,” a highly rhythmic composition driven by a samba beat and flowing melodies, and a Panaroma composition by Andy Narrell titled “We Kinda Music.” The percussion ensemble will perform Ney Rosauro's “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra,” a version arranged for all percussion instruments. Special guest performers will be the Oxford High School percussion ensemble directed by Andy Murphy. General admission is $5 at the door.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
Where: Nutt Auditorium

Event: The Department of Physics and Astronomy presents the first Spring Fling Physics Demonstration Show. Physics faculty and students will demonstrate a wide variety of physics principles in exciting and entertaining ways.  Examples are crushing a 55-gallon steel drum using atmospheric pressure, firing a ping pong ball through several aluminum cans, demonstration of how an electric guitar pickup works and strange fluids that grow “fingers” when shaken. The last part of the show will allow the audience to view some demonstrations up close in a hands-on fashion.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15
Where: Fulton Chapel

Event: The Family Friendly Series presents  The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon,” the story of Harold, an inventive young boy who takes out his crayons and creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment Theatre's production takes the audience on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars, joins a circus and meets a kind in an enchanted garden. Tickets range from $6 to $12 and are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union or the Ford Center Box Office, by calling (662) 915-7411 or online at http://www.olemiss.edu/fordcenter/.
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17
Where: Ford Center for the Performing Arts


Event: The 6th annual Passions of the Palette fundraiser will be sponsored by the Department of Casino, Hotel and Tourism Management. The event will include a tasting dinner and silent auction.
When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 12
Where: Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg

Event: The university will host the monthly War and Society Roundtable Discussion. This month’s book, “A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie: The Correspondence of Joseph B. Polley, Hood’s Texas Brigade.”
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13
Where: The Hattiesburg branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County

Event: The annual Spring Dance Concert will be presented by the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company. The event will showcase choreographic works by faculty, students and recent guest artist Christal Brown of INSPIRIT.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 15-16; 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17
Where: Mannoni Performing Arts Center


Event: The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast College of Health will host the Issues + Answers lecture “Childhood Obesity: Defining the Problem Through Population Research,” presented Dr. Ronald Cossman Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Advanced Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. Cossman, an associate research professor and research fellow at Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center, is also research director for MS Kids Count, a leading resource for comprehensive information on Mississippi's children. Cossman’s research focuses on spatial analysis and visualization of health conditions. Using GIS and data visualization technologies, Cossman investigates relationships between social and environmental factors and resulting health outcomes such as death rate patterns and chronic illness patterns. In addition to the lecture, the university will host a health fair in the Advanced Education Center. For more information on this lecture or the Issues + Answers lecture series, visit www.usm.edu/gc/lectureseries or call (228) 865-4573.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15
Where: Advanced Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach


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