Southern Miss President Signs Climate Commitment
University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment April 22, a nationwide initiative of college and university presidents and chancellors dedicated to counteracting climate change by taking steps to make their campuses climate neutral. "We will think ecologically with a commitment to actions that reduce, reuse and recycle. Our buildings will be designed with the environment in mind. Our physical plant will re-think operations to minimize our environmental footprint," Dr. Saunders told an audience at a campus Earth Day event. "Good for the environment yes, but these actions will mean bottom line savings." By signing the commitment, Saunders is committing the university to completing an emissions inventory, setting milestones for becoming climate neutral, taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrating sustainability into the curriculum. Several Southern Miss sustainability initiatives are already underway. Over the past year Southern Miss officials began work on a new strategic plan, and as a result, identified creating a culture of healthy minds, bodies and campuses as one of four areas of strategic emphasis. This area, said Saunders, is important because "it enables us to put the full force of the university community behind the tenets of sustainability." Learn more.
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Apr. 25 - Mississippi State University's theater presents Student Showcase at McComas Hall lab theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. Students will present their one-act plays, involving ten plays total. The annual Student Showcase is the capstone project for theater students. Learn more.
Apr. 25 - Jackson State University's Department of Music is sponsoring "Jazz on the Plaza" from 6-11 p.m. on the Gibbs-Green Plaza. Learn more.
Apr. 25 - Mississippi State University's Spectrum presents a day of silence as part of a national day to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender harassment and discrimination in schools. For more information, contact Jenn Fuller at (662) 325-7545. Learn more.
Apr. 26 - The Ninth annual J.H. White Preeminence Awards and Gala will be held at 7 p.m. in the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex. Tickets are $75 for MVSU's largest fund-raising event of the year. Proceeds benefit the general scholarship fund. Learn more.
Apr. 27 and Apr. 29 - The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale presents the American Spectacular performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, in the Saenger Theatre Biloxi and an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Tickets are $5 at the door. Learn more.
Apr. 28 - Alcorn State Global Programs Open House will take place at 2 p.m. in the new Multicultural and International Affairs Building on main campus. Learn more.
Apr. 28 - International Movie Night as well as a performance by Russian and Indian Dancers will take place at 7 p.m. in the Ray Johnson Auditorium in the Ag Extension Building on the main campus of Alcorn State University. Learn more.
Apr. 28 - The Lafayette-Oxford-University Symphony Orchestra performs its final concert of the season in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra is slated to perform the music of Hector Berlioz, Paul Creston, and Howard Hanson. Tickets to the 8 p.m. concert are $10 for adults and $6 for students Learn more.
Apr. 29 - A fun soccer match featuring the Alcorn women's soccer team against the Volunteers will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the track/soccer field on main campus. Learn more.
Apr. 29 - Kenner Rice, chief of the Chemical Biology Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses "Medicinal Chemistry in Drug Abuse Research" as the fourth annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture in Medicinal Chemistry at UM. The talk is at 11 a.m. in the Oxford Conference Center. Learn more.
Apr. 29 and May 6 - The MSU Extension Service Kudzu Control Workshops in Pontotoc and Como cover basics on kudzu as an invasive weed and how to control it. Space is limited so please register by April 25. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
Apr. 30 - The Natural Resources Summer Camp is June 1-5 on the MSU campus. Sponsored by the College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the camp is open to rising 9th through 12th graders. The cost is $150.00, and the registration deadline is April 30. Contact Patsy Foster at email@example.com. Learn more.
May 1 - Jackson State will remember the lives of Phillip Gibbs and James Green, who were tragically killed on the JSU campus in 1970. The 38th memorial observance will be held in the Reddix Campus Union and will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony on Gibbs-Green Plaza. For more information, call (601) 979-2329.
May 8-9 - The Southeast Equine Conference focusing on horse nutrition is sponsored by the MSU and University of Tennessee Extension Services. Participants can attend in person at the Memphis Agricenter or online with an interactive webcast. For more information, contact Preston Buff at (662) 325-2852 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
May 10 - Fox News anchor Shepard Smith delivers the address for the University of Mississippi's 155th Commencement. The main ceremony is at 9 a.m. in the Grove, with individual school ceremonies to follow in various campus locations. Learn more.
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