The University of Mississippi will aid in suicide awareness and prevention by hosting the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, local hosts include the University of Mississippi Clinical Disaster Research Collaborative, Psychological Services Center, Department of Psychology and Psychology Honors Society.
The walk will take place Nov. 5 in the Lyceum Circle on the UM campus. Registration starts and 8 a.m., opening ceremonies begin at 9, and the 1.5-mile walk through campus starts at 9:30. Following the walk, participants are welcome to enjoy food, live music, and discussion with each other as well as mental health experts from the University and community.
People can register at www.outofthedarkness.org by clicking on the “Find an Event Near You” and signing up for the Lafayette-Oxford University Walk. Registration is free. Proceeds from the Out of the Darkness Community Walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (October 19, 2011)
The University of Mississippi Choral Department presents “The Music Of Joan Szymko” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Nutt Auditorium at UM. The UM Women’s Glee, under the direction of Debra Spurgeon, will present a program featuring several compositions by choral composer Szymko, including the premiere of a new work titled “Lux Beatissima.” Szymko is a Portland, Ore., based composer. She has set the texts of Wendell Berry, Julian of Norwich, William Blake, Langsdon Hughes and Mother Teresa, as well as traditional Latin texts of the choral canon. Her music runs the gamut from rhythmic African pieces, to lyrical, tuneful works. Guest appearances will be made by Sapphire from Olive Branch High School under the direction of Micheal Wegener, the Ole Miss Concert Singer’s and the Men’s Glee under the direction of Donald Trott. This performance represents the culmination of Szymko’s residency at UM. Szymko will conduct some of the works on the program and will discuss her compositional process. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the UM Box Office, 915-7411. (October 19, 2011)
A team of experts is scheduled to discuss the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a public forum Thursday at the University of Mississippi. The 90-minute, free event begins at 6 p.m. in Guyton Annex Room 210. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Panelists include Kristine Willett, associate professor of pharmacology and graduate program coordinator for the Environmental Toxicology Research Program in the UM School of Pharmacy; Phillip Lee, senior research scientist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory; Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies; and Joe Jewell, assistant director of Fisheries in the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The panel presentation is slated for 70 minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Sumrall at 915-5310 or email@example.com. (October 15, 2011)
The University Dames invites women faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff to its annual Newcomers’ Reception and Double Decker Bus Tour from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the second floor board room of The Lyceum.
The University Dames is an organization for women who are affiliated with the University of Mississippi (female faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Priscilla at 662-801-6223. (September 6, 2011)
An open casting call will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at The Inn at Ole Miss board room for some new commericals promoting the University of Mississippi. All current and former students, faculty, administration and their families are invited to be a part of the casting call. The organizers are looking for Ole Miss enthusiastis of all ages — from the very youngest to the very oldest. A true cross section of UM’s base will be reflected in upcoming commercials, so all ethnicities and both genders are encouraged to attend this casting call. Those planning to attend must be available for filming a minimum of a half-day on Aug. 1 or Aug. 2 in Oxford. (July 21, 2011)
India Night 2011, “Jai Ho,” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. India Night is a major annual event organized by the Indian Students Association of Ole Miss. It showcases classical and popular Indian dance and music through a variety of performances. Performances will be featured by Ole Miss students as well as by students from the community and other universities. After the two-hour of performances, delicious Indian cuisine, featuring a variety of flavors is served. Everyone in the community is invited to come out and enjoy a night filled with captivating performances, beautiful music and authentic cuisine. Tickets are $7 and are available at the UM Box Office and at the door. For more information, contact Manasi Desai at email@example.com. (March 30, 2011)
Students will have an opportunity to give back to the Oxford and Lafayette County communities March 26 through the inaugural University of Mississippi Big Event. The Big Event began as an extension of UMSFusion, an annual service event developed in 2003 that encouraged students to volunteer in the Oxford-Lafayette community.
Students can sign up to act as voluntary participants in service throughout the Oxford-Lafayette County community. The day-long projects may include painting, yard work, washing windows, cleaning or assisting the elderly. The university will provide lunch. One unique part of the event is that any community member can register a project for students participation.
Registration forms are available at the Lafayette County Courthouse. To register a community project or to sign up online, visit www.olemiss.edu/bigevent. (March 4, 2011)
The “First Steps to Starting a Business” seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the training room of the Small Business Development Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The free seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business. To register by phone, call 1-800-725-7232. (March 4, 2011)
Barbara Fields, professor of history at Columbia University, will deliver the inaugural Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. Her lecture, titled “Racecraft and Southern History,” is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Overby Center auditorium. Fields, who received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, is the author of “Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century” and is the coauthor or coeditor of several works on the history of emancipation. Her books and articles, beginning with a 1982 essay entitled “Ideology and Race in American History,” have influenced a generation of scholars to examine race what she has termed “a purely ideological notion.” Fields has won many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship to teach at the University of Mississippi in 1988. (March 4, 2011)
An International Women’s Day Panel will be presented at noon Monday in the Fulkner Room on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library on the UM campus. Hosted by the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies in honor of Women’s History Month, the panel will be moderated by Shilpa Shirur, who holds a master’s degree in leadership and counseling from Bombay, India. She will also be a panelist. Other panelists include Hunain Alkhateb, a Ph.D. student in engineering from Jordan, and Ana Kuzmanovi Jovanovi, assistant professor at the Department of Iberian Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and visiting scholar at UM. (March 4, 2011)