FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 27, 2010
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW campus buzzing with activity
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women officials are reporting increased activity on campus with the opening of the semester.
According to Dr. Hal Jenkins, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, they have added new sections in nursing, communication, music and philosophy.
“We raised the class size on most general education courses such as art and music appreciation, history, literature surveys, speech, mathematics and philosophy as well as some of the lower division courses in several majors. We have hired additional adjunct faculty to teach the added sections,” he said.
Sirena Parker, director of community living, added that the residence halls are almost full, noting the number of males living on campus.
“We have seen that number grow in the last two years,” she said. The 100 men living on campus are being housed in two residence halls.
At Move In Day, which was headed by Parker, there was overwhelming community support including 10 churches that sent volunteers.
Dave Haffly, director of Plymouth Bluff and outsourced enterprises, said they were purchasing additional chairs and tables for about 50 people on the food services side.
Dr. Jenkins said, “Our enrollment increases are a very good thing for Mississippi University for Women. The challenges that come with a larger enrollment only means that this is a university on the move and additional students want to be a part of what is happening at our university. It is indeed an exciting time to be at The W.”
All of this news comes on the heels of MUW once again garnering recognition by U.S. News & World Report. The latest rankings place MUW in the top tier of Best Regional Universities and the highest ranked public school from Mississippi in the Southern category.