FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2006
Contact: Deana Middleton
Laws to be honored tonight at Celebration of Service dinner
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women alumna
Gail Laws of Columbus will be honored as the 2006
Celebration of Service recipient at a dinner tonight in Thad
and Rose Cochran Hall.
Laws, who retired from a successful sales and marketing
career, graduated cum laude from MUW in 1997 with a bachelor
of science degree in marketing.
She has served as national president of the MUW Alumnae
Association as well as president of the Lowndes County
Alumni Chapter. Laws is chair of the Past Presidents
Committee and represents MUW on the IHL Inter-Alumni Council
and advisory board of the Culinary Arts Institute.
During her tenure as national board president, she
established Compass, a formal mentoring program between
alumni and students. She also was responsible for reviving
the “Southern Grace” alumni cookbook project.
Her honors include the Alumni Achievement Award and Town &
Tower Club’s Community Service Award. She is a charter
member and past officer of Town & Tower, which was
established to build the relationship between Columbus and
Laws is a member of Women in Higher Education in Mississippi
Network, the American Associated University Women and
National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Her past community involvement includes the Columbus Arts
Council Board, which she chaired the marketing committee and
served on the building committee for the renovation of the
Rosenzweig Arts Center. She is a member of the Possum
Toastmasters, the Vine and Olive Garden Club, Belle fleur
Garden Club and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining, traveling,
golfing, physical fitness, gardening and reading.
Recently she volunteered for Hurricane Katrina relief at
Camp Coast Care in Long Beach.
She and her husband, Chance, have five children.
For more information about Homecoming, contact the Office of
Alumni Relations at (662) 329-7295.