FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2005
Contact: Regina L. McCray
MUW SOA team places third in skit competition
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s Student
Orientation Assistant team placed third in the skit
competition at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW)
in Clemson, S.C.
The SOA team presented a session at the workshop to give
other schools an idea of how to present certain topics
during their orientation sessions. The SROW was an
opportunity for MUW’s SOAs to interact with their peers
across the Southeast. They were introduced to new ideas that
may be more beneficial to MUW’s orientation program.
Wahnee Sherman, assistant to the vice president for student
services and SOA sponsor said, “It gives our staff good
perspective and it is an important way to get the name of
MUW out to other institutions.”
Nearly 40 schools participated in the song and skit
competition, and more than 1,400 students from the Southeast
attended the conference. MUW was one of the smallest schools
represented in the competition.
Sherman said MUW’s third place in the competition was
incredibly important, noting the team worked several months
writing a skit, learning lines, making props and costumes to
get ready for the competition.
Their hard work paid off, moving them up from fifth place
the past two years to third place.
“It is a great accomplishment for our group. They
represented The W so well. I was so proud of them and the
work that they put into this,” she said.
The following students, along with graduate intern Jennifer
McDuffie, attended the conference during spring break:
Shannon Blevins of Columbus is a sophomore secondary
education major. He is the son of Shirley Terry and Sonny
Syreeta Janelle Campbell of Gulfport is a junior majoring in
pre-law and political science. She is working on a minor in
english. Campbell is the daughter of Wanda Mullins and
Kasondra Clanton of Macon is a sophomore majoring in
elementary education. She is the daughter of Shelly Clanton
Rachel Gillespie of Loretto, Tenn. is a freshman physical
therapy major. She is the daughter of Barry and Emily
Jessica Harpole is a junior social science major from Scooba.
She is the daughter of Johnny and Theresa Harpole.
Freshmen Josh Jones of Ringgold, La. is a biology major.
Jones is the son of Dudley and Renee Jones.
Jessica Kalish, a freshman microbiology/pre-med major, is
from Southaven. She is the daughter of Bill and Theresa
Stephanie Moneek Maples, student orientation director, is
from Tupelo. Maples is a junior majoring in psychology. She
is the daughter of Walter and Barbara Randle.
Kolena Maxwell of Macon is a junior management information
systems major. She is the daughter of Roosevelt Maxwell of
Shuqualak and Cora Barnes of St. Louis, Mo.
Honi Midgol of Yazoo City is a senior majoring in business
administration. She is the daughter of Grace Miron Midgol of
Yazoo City and Marvin Midgol of Dallas.
Emily Schuster of Starkville is a sophomore speech pathology
major. She is the daughter of Dolton and Martha McAlpin.
Willie M. White is a freshman communication major from
Maywood, Ill. He is the son of Anna L. White.
The SOAs are a group of student leaders on campus who assist
new students in making a more effective transition from high
school to college. During the summer school terms, SOAs are
ambassadors for MUW. The SOA team continues to help new
students after they arrive on campus in the fall.