FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2004
Contact: Svetlana Ganea
MUW to host series of events as part of Women’s History Month
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi University for Women Women’s Emphasis
Committee will host a series of events as part of Women’s History Month.
The committee works throughout the year to develop extracurricular
activities and events that will enrich MUW’s mission.
Students, faculty and staff are provided the opportunity to discuss
academic, political and social interests outside the traditional
The first event will be conducted by Eddie Bullock, university counselor
and peer outreach coordinator. It will take place on Monday, March 15 at
6 p.m. in the Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall. In his presentation,
Bullock will focus on various types of relationships that women may have
such as personal, professional or spiritual and how women can become
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, head of the MUW humanities division, will present
a biographical sketch titled “Pauleen Orr—Push to Vote.” According to
Pieschel, Orr was a rather controversial figure with a tremendous
educational and political influence in Mississippi and in the United
States. “She was very active in the women’s suffrage movement, which
resulted in all kinds of benefits for women’s lives that we take for
granted today,” added Pieschel. The presentation will take place on
Tuesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. The location of the event is to be
On Wednesday, March 17, Dr. Bob Seney, associate professor of gifted
studies at MUW, will conduct a session titled “Celebrating Amazing
American Women: A Children’s Literature Point of View.” During this
session, Seney will review “A is For Abigail,” a picture book written by
Lynn Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney. “Her insightful and
delightful book brings an interesting, informative and entertaining
point of view as we consider American women in history,” Seney said. The
session will take place in the Education Building, Room 120.
Linda Halbert, director of counseling and testing at MUW, will conduct a
program on Mind, Body, and Spirit on March 17 at 4 p.m. in the career
resource library, Reneau Hall, Suite 118. According to Halbert, “This
program is designed to educate women about issues that affect their
daily lives, whether it is depression, nutrition or domestic violence.
Knowledge is power --having that knowledge empowers women to make
educated choices for themselves in favor of a healthier and happier
On Thursday, March 18, MUW United Harmony will have a Gospel Concert.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Nissan Auditorium,
Dr. Beverly Joyce, assistant professor of art at MUW, will conduct a
slide show of women artists in history on Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in
Shattuck Hall, Room 106.
The MUW Modeling Squad will present a fashion show titled “Dress for
Success.” Members of the squad will model business wear or casual
business wear that is appropriate for such occasion as a job interview.
The show is scheduled for March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Nissan Auditorium,
On Tuesday, March 23, Theresa Green Ervin, director of career services
at MUW and coordinator of the Women’s History Month activities, will
conduct a workshop titled “Women: Professional Development.” Ervin will
focus on various ways and strategies women can use to market themselves
better in the workforce and for advancement. The workshop will take
place at 6 p.m. in the career resource library, Reneau Hall, Suite 118.
On Wednesday, March 24, the MUW Office of Continuing Education will host
its 24th Annual MUW Women’s Managerial Development Workshop. According
to Patricia Brock, director of continuing education, “This is one of the
most important events showcasing successful women in our community. We
feature women in leadership roles from businesses, industry, education,
government, healthcare, law and others.”
This year the event is titled “Women: Creating Opportunities for
Community Growth and Development” and it will feature Elizabeth Cooper,
consultant; Stacy McCall, vice president ServiceMaster Building
Maintenance; Mary Ellen Sumrall, chief nursing officer at Baptist
Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle; Deborah Schumaker, executive director
Colom Foundation; and Michelle Whittle, operations manager Atmos Energy.
“Building networks of professional colleagues is a key element in
leadership development and this event provides women a chance to do just
that while learning,” Brock added. The cost of attending the workshop is
$28 and includes lunch. To register, call (662) 329-7137.
Chef Sarah Labensky, director of the Culinary Arts Institute at MUW,
will introduce a German movie titled “Mostly Martha.” The film is also
part of this year’s International Series. According to Dr.
Velek, director of the International Series program at MUW, “`Mostly
Martha’ is a rich addition to the recent banquet of movies about food.”
The movie will be shown on Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Columbus
On Monday, March 29, MUW President Claudia Limbert will give a
lecture/presentation titled “Women and Leadership.” Limbert will focus
on women’s roles in leadership positions, tips on being a
leader and show that being a leader is not out of women’s grasp. The
lecture will take place at 6 p.m. in the Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson
Alex Stelioes-Wills, assistant professor of art at MUW, will present a
slide show of women artists, including Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Lea Barton
and Lois Wilson. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 30.
The time and location of the event are to be announced.
Women’s History Month will conclude on March 30 with a Career
Development Workshop for Women, hosted by Ervin. It will take place at 6
p.m. in the career resource library, Reneau Hall, Suite 118 and will
address the basics for women who want to develop resumes or cover
letters, are looking for a job or a career change.
“We are very excited about the events that we have this year. We worked
hard to incorporate a diverse array of events that would appeal to our
very diverse student body, campus and community. We hope that everybody
participates,” said Ervin.
For more information, please contact Ervin at (662) 329-7349.