The T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship fundraiser banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Johnson Commons Ballroom on the campus of the University of Mississippi campus focusing on “Education: Past, Present and Future.” The seating for the semi-formal dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Rock, dean of the UM School of Education. Tickets are $35 a person, covering a meal of a meat choice, sides, salad and dessert. A reserved table of eight may be purchased for $350. A silent auction will be held. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Feb. 18. For more information, contact Traci Meredith at 915-7746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (February 11, 2011)
An open house will be held from 6 to 9 this evening at the Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss. Families and children are invited to this free observation of the night sky. In case the weather is cloudy, or rainy, there can be no observation. Observations will include the Moon, the Pleiades, star clusters and colorful double stars, as well as the Orion Nebula. Jupiter sets early, and is only visible for a short time after sunset. (February 11, 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 daylong 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. (February 4, 2011)
Alison Crum and Roy Marks will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Paris-Yates Chapel at the University of Mississippi. Crum is well known as a player and teacher of the viol. She is president of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, professor of viol at Trinity College of Music in London, and a visiting teacher at several colleges and universities both in Europe and the U.S.
Marks has played piano and guitar from childhood, but always felt himself an artist and studied at the Royal Academy in London. Since taking up the viol, lute and theorbo he has had little time for painting but enjoys performing, coaching on various workshops, and composing original music for period instruments. (February 4, 2011)
Alumni, friends and spouses are invited to the annual Mississippi College Alumni Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Bill and Carole Dye, 233 St. Andrews Circle in Oxford. Dr. Lee Royce, MC president, will be in attendance. For more information, call 234-5864. (February 4, 2011)
A free public viewing of the sky will be held from 5:30 to 9 this evening in Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss. The Moon looks great in a telescope, but it sets early and will be observable during the first half of the viewing. Attendees will also be able to observe Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter as well as the Pleiades, star clusters and colorful double stars. The Orion Nebula rises later and will be observable during the second half of the viewing. If the weather is cloudy, or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome. (December 10, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre Arts presents “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” by Charles Dickens, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Fulton Chapel. Tickets can be purchased online or on campus at the University of Mississippi Box Office. (December 3, 2010)
Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble presents, “A Child is Born,” music of the Christmas season, featuring composers Dietrich Buxtehude, Arcangello Corelli and Michael Praetorius. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Admission is free. The performers will include Irene Kaufmann, Susan Marchant, D. Warren Steel, and Ronald Vernon, with special guest singers Debra Spurgeon, Thomas Cesario, Janna Montgomery and Travis Montgomery The instruments will include recorders, violas da gamba, harpsichord and organ. (November 24, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Museum, located at University Avenue and Fifth Street, will host a Santa’s Work/Shop Dec. 11. Santa’s Work/Shop allows parents time for those all-important holiday errands. Register your child(ren) for a fun-filled session of gift-making and art activities for kids ages 5-12.
Choose a session: 10 a.m.- noon, or 1-3 p.m. Registrants are invited to linger for lunch between sessions from noon until 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per child for Museum Members at the Family level and above; $15 per child for non-members. Reservations are required. Call the museum education department at 915-7205 or sign up at www.museum.olemiss.edu by Dec. 8. (November 24, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Choral Department will present a Holiday Concert featuring The Ole Miss Glee clubs at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Ford Center on campus. The clubs will perform selections from John Rutter’s “Gloria” and traditional holiday songs. The Glee Clubs will be joined by choirs from; Center Hill High School, Lewisburg High School, Olive Branch High School and Southaven High School to form a mass choir of 400 singers. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. (November 18, 2010)