FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Eka Chemicals contributes $10,000 to Plymouth Bluff
COLUMBUS, Miss. – A $10,000 contribution from Eka
Chemicals will help enhance and create new programs
at the Plymouth Bluff Center operated by Mississippi
University for Women.
“It’s going to help us make Plymouth Bluff Center
even better for our campus and community,” said MUW
President Claudia A. Limbert at a luncheon where
officials from Eka Chemicals and MUW were given an
overview of the various projects taking place at the
environmental education facility.
Dr. Suzanne Bean, director for the Roger F. Wicker
Center for Creative Learning, discussed the outdoor
science laboratory along with the mathematics lab
and low ropes challenge course, which will be used
for teambuilding and problem-solving activities.
“We’re excited about the partnership,” she said.
Dr. Marty Harvill, associate professor of biology,
discussed another exciting project involving a 36
feet long, 10 feet wide floating laboratory, where
students will be able to collect real data and
“We are trying to reintroduce students to the
outdoors,” he said.
The boat is being constructed in Florida and is
expected to arrive at Plymouth Bluff late December.
Other projects in the works include four new natural
history exhibits featuring mounted specimens of
animals that are in the Plymouth Bluff area.
Sherman said they also plan to improve the four
miles of walking trails that go through a variety of
“The gift they (Eka Chemicals) are providing will
help us with all of these projects and will be well
For their generosity, Eka Chemicals’ name will go on
a plaque as a corporate sponsor that has had a
substantial impact upon the development and
operation of the Plymouth Bluff Center.
Plant manager Andy Gressett said, “Eka Chemicals is
pleased to provide support to our local university
with a $10,000 contribution to the Plymouth Bluff
Center. Our company has used these excellent
facilities numerous times for meetings and social
“The company appreciates the work that Dr. Sherman
has done in facilitating our Community Awareness
Panel. This donation cannot compensate Dr. Sherman
or MUW for his efforts; however, it is an attempt to
show our gratitude for his assistance.”
Eka Chemicals, Inc. is an Akzo Nobel company and is
the leading supplier of chemicals to the pulp and
paper industry. The local site, which sits on 300
acres, was established in 1954 and employs 109
The Plymouth Bluff Center has a state-of-the-art
conference center, making it an ideal setting for
retreats, workshops and meetings. For more
information, call (662) 241-6214.