Mississippi Public Universities
IHL Press Release
UNIVERSITY EVENTS ROUNDUP: APRIL 19-25
4/19/2010 -

ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY

Event: Alcorn State University will host the Earth Day 2010 Celebration themed “Create Green Act/Billion Acts of Green.” Activities include:

  • An Experts Symposium on the Environment;
  • A Public Officials Symposium featuring the Mayors of Vicksburg, Natchez, Port Gibson, and Hazlehurst Visitation of the Millennium Tree planted ten years ago by late President Clinton Bristow;
  • Essay contests for the Earth Day Celebration;
  • A Dirty Sock Contest dormitory room clean-up by students; and
  • The Signing of Earth Day pledges.

The celebration will end with an Earth Day social. There will be videos and a display of informational booths on the environment by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and the Engineering Research Development Center at Water Ways Experiment Station. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Alex Acholonu at (601) 877-6236.
When: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 20-21
Where: Math and Science Building, Room 109

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Event: Delta State University’s Department of Music will present guest artist, Kimberly Jackson Carballo, and Delta State faculty soprano, Dr. Teri A. Herron, in a concert of Spanish song.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
Where: Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center

Event: Delta State University will host the 2010 Delta International Film and Video Festival.
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 and 6 p.m. Friday, April 23
Where: Recital Hall at the Bologna Performing Arts Center

Event: Delta State University’s College of Business and the Chair of Entrepreneurship in Business Technology will present the fourth in its lecture series: “Conversations with Entrepreneurs.”
When: 12:15-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Where: Baioni Conference Center of Broom Hall

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Event: The JSU Meteorology program presents: “Global Warming: Attribution, Who is to Blame?”
When: 2 p.m. Monday, April 19
Where: Just Science Hall, Room 209

Event: The “Jazz on the Plaza” annual outdoor concert will feature Miles Davis mentee Wallace Roney.
When: 6 p.m. Friday, April 23
Where: Gibbs-Green Plaza

Event: JSU will host the Graduate Student Conference: “Rhetoric, Race and Readers.”
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 24
Where: Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Event: A Neshoba County native and former three-term Mississippi secretary of state Dick Molpus will be featured Tuesday [April 20] at Mississippi State's 2010 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series. Molpus, president of the Molpus Woodlands Group, will examine the future of state and national forestry industries. For more information, contact Karen Brasher at (662) 325-8530.
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
Where: Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall at MSU's Starkville campus

Event: Mississippi State's Environmental Collaborative Office will hold an Earth Day fair to highlight campus and community environmentally-friendly programs and activities. The fair will feature student organizations, as well as local non-profits and businesses, sharing information about their environmental programs, responsible natural resource stewardship and emerging "green" trends.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Where: Old Main Plaza on MSU's Starkville campus

Event: Mississippi State's Entrepreneurship Center will host an event for World Creativity and Innovation Day, highlighting student entrepreneurs who have created their own businesses. More than $22,000 in prizes will be presented at the ceremony hosted by the university center. For more information, contact Gerald Nelson, director of the Thad Cochran Endowment of Entrepreneurship, at (662) 325-4812.
When: 3 p.m. Friday, April 23
Where: McCool Hall atrium on MSU's Starkville campus

MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN

Event: The Office of Community Service, Campus Recreation and the Wesley Foundation at MUW will package 30,000 meals to support Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that coordinates dehydrated food distribution around the world. The organizations at MUW have already packaged and sent 12,000 meals in January. Donations will be accepted until the event. Cash, change and checks will be accepted, and checks should be made payable to the Wesley Foundation. All volunteers are welcome to help package meals. For more information, contact Jessica Harpole.
When: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Where: Stark Recreation Center

Event: Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend the Southern Literary Festival hosted at MUW. The public is invited to attend readings by southern authors, Jeanie Thompson, Dedra Johnson and Alan Huffman, sponsored by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival has been preceded by a literary contest for students from member schools. Categories in the contest are short fiction, poetry, informal and formal essays and one act plays. Each school submits up to two entries in each category and the final choices are made by outside judges. During the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be readings by the student prize winners in each category and by the workshop leaders. For more information, visit the Southern Literary Festival website or contact Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 21-22
Where: Carrier Chapel

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Event: The Lyceum Committee at Mississippi Valley State University will present violinist Tami Lee Hughes in recital. Joining Hughes will be pianist and MVSU faculty member Lawrence Goldman. The program will include violin and piano duo sonatas by Mozart and Brahms, as well as a selection of unique works by African-American composers, including George Morrison, Ozie Cargile and Chad Hughes. A native of Baton Rouge, Hughes is a highly sought after soloist, teacher and clinician. Her career has spanned the United States, including solo appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, and the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestra. Currently Dr. Hughes serves as a faculty member and assistant professor of violin at the University of Kansas School of Music.
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19
Where: H.G. Carpenter Auditorium

Event: Mississippi Valley State University is observing Founder’s Week during April 19-23. Daily activities are planned, promoting the vision of founding president, Dr. J.H. White. The week also kicks off the yearlong 60th Anniversary celebration planned through April 2011. For more information on all activities, contact the Office of Advancement, (662) 254-3092 or visit www.mvsu.edu.
When & Where:
Monday, April 19

  • 11 a.m. -1 p.m., 60th Anniversary Pep Rally Celebration, Pavilion (includes pep band and cookout)
  • 7:30 p.m., Lyceum Event featuring Violinist Tami Lee Hughes accompanied by MVSU Professor and pianist Dr. Lawrence Goldman, H.G. Carpenter Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 20

  • 11 a.m., Valley Family Forum, Sutton Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 21

  • 7:30 a.m., Symphonic Wind Band Spring Concert, H.G. Carpenter Auditorium.

Thursday, April 22

  • 10 a.m., Gravesite Ceremony, laying of the wreath by President Donna Oliver and First Gentleman James Oliver.
  • 11a.m., Founder's Day Convocation, H.G. Carpenter Auditorium. Guest Speaker, Dr. Gary A. McGaha, President, Atlanta Metropolitan College and alumnus of Valley.

Friday, April 23

  • 11 a.m., Video viewing of "The Legacy of Dr. James Herbert White, Sutton Auditorium, followed by reception with members of the White Family.

Event: Mississippi Valley State University Observance of Earth Week will be held April 19-23. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to carpool with a colleague to conserve fuel. On Tuesday, Valley constituents are encouraged to bring their recyclable electronics such as cell phones, laptops and computers. In addition, individuals are asked to bring their own water receptacles in lieu of purchasing drinks in plastic bottles or cans. On Wednesday, The Valley will unveil its new cardboard baler and highlight recycling bin locations. Rounding out the week on Thursday and highlighting Earth Day at 9 a.m. will be the grand flower bed “planting” as children from the MVSU Child Development Center as they sow flowers, herbs and vegetables.
When & Where: See the MVSU Web site at mvsu.edu for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Event: The University of Mississippi and the city of Oxford are teaming up to promote a more sustainable lifestyle during the second annual UM-Oxford Green Week. Each day features a different theme: recycling and waste minimization on Monday, transportation on Tuesday, energy conservation on Wednesday, green initiative awareness on Thursday and Local Community Day on Friday. Information on several pledge opportunities will be available throughout the week that encourage people to learn by doing and by serving others through activities such as recycling, adopting a highway or by taking the bus. For more information, visit olemiss.edu/green.
When: Monday-Friday, April 19-23
Where: Student Union Plaza and the Oxford Square

Event: Longtime "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw examines society in a high-tech world during a public address on "Life is Not a Virtual Experience – Citizenship Beyond the Keyboard." Brokaw also is serving as a guest lecturer all week for an honors college journalism course being taught by Curtis Wilkie, UM's Cook Chair of Journalism. The public lecture is free and open to the public.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Where: Fulton Chapel

Event: The departments of Music and Theatre Arts are collaborating to present an evening of laughter and tears, courtesy of the Italian master composer Giacomo Puccini, with the UM Opera Theatre productions of "Suor Angelica," a one-act tragedy set in a convent near Siena, Italy, and sung in Italian; and "Gianni Schicchi," a one-act comedy set in Florence and sung in English. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8.50 for children and seniors, and $10 for UM students with valid IDs. They are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union or by calling (662) 915-7411.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25
Where: Meek Hall Auditorium

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Event: The men’s a cappella group The Spirit of Southern will hold a memorial concert for former member Steffan Myers, who died in January.
When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 19
Where: Bennett Auditorium

Event: The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the award-winning play, “Crimes of the Heart.” This offbeat tragic-comedy is set in Hazlehurst, Miss.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25
Where: Martha R. Tatum Theatre

Event: Free fashion show and launch party to kick off “Passion for Fashion,” a weeklong project being sponsored by students in the Marketing and Fashion Merchandising program.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24
Where: Union lobby

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GULF PARK CAMPUS

Event: The Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra will perform a free community concert. Founded in 1994 by Dr. John Wooton, the Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra began as a six-piece ensemble including a drum set and percussion. The band, which now features 30 members, plays a variety of music including traditional calypso, classical, Cuban and jazz. For more information on this event, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters at (228) 214-3263.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Where: Advanced Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach

Event: Nearly 10 years after The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced Education Center on the Gulf Park campus, the building will be named for the university’s seventh president, Dr. Horace W. Fleming. The building dedication to name the Horace Weldon Fleming, Jr. Education Center will be at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The public is invited to attend. Fleming, who died in May 2009, served as president of Southern Miss from 1997-2001 during which freshman and sophomore courses were introduced at the university’s Gulf Park campus. In October of 2000, the university broke ground for the $13.3 million construction project that included both the Advanced Education Center and library at the Gulf Park campus. The Advanced Education Center features 20 regular classrooms; three computer laboratories; two interactive video network rooms; a conference room; and a 500-seat auditorium. For more information about the dedication, contact University Communications at (228) 865-4573.
When: 3 p.m. Friday, April 23
Where: Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach

Event: In recognition of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Centennial Celebration, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform “‘Begin the Celebration’ 100 Years of Music: A Centennial Performance,” which will feature a song from each decade since the university’s founding in 1910. The chorale, in its 15th year at Southern Miss, features 85 singers from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is under the direction of John Flanery. Serving as a community outreach program for the university, the ensemble meets once each week for rehearsal and performs a wide variety of choral literature throughout the year. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale performances, call (601) 266-6931.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 (first performance); 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 (encore performance)
Where: Advanced Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach (April 23); Biloxi Junior High School auditorium, located on Father Ryan Avenue (April 25)

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