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The mission of Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Outreach & Innovation is to facilitate collaboration, innovation, and outreach between the university and the community. We strive to identify, create, and support lifelong learning opportunities through quality programming that addresses personal and professional development goals of individuals and organizations. Operating with that in mind, Outreach & Innovation extends the resources of Mississippi University for Women to the community at large by enabling students of every type to achieve personal goals, and to improve their organizations, their communities, and their quality of life.

Outreach Programs

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The holiday season is quickly approaching and Mississippi University for Women is gearing up for a month-long series of activities titled Winter Fest at The W that begin Monday, Nov. 28.

The W has reimagined its holiday celebration, replacing the former single-evening activity that followed Wassail Fest downtown. MUW culinary students will serve Wassail from the new CHEW food truck at the downtown event set for Friday, Dec. 2.

“Winter Fest at The W will allow the community to attend events at their convenience and will provide a variety of activities to choose from as we conclude classes for the semester,” said President Jim Borsig. “We hope that we’ll see many friends at The W throughout the month.”

Festivities on campus will begin with the lighting of The W Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., following the downtown tree lighting. Guests are invited to drive or walk through historic campus and enjoy lights, wreaths and decorated trees to get into the holiday spirit.

Other events are listed as follows:

Senior Voice Recital
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Poindexter Hall

Student Piano Recital
Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Poindexter Hall

United Harmony Gospel Choir--The Greatest Gift of All Christmas Benefit Concert
Sunday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.
MUW Carrier Chapel
Admission is free; accepting donations of non-perishable food items, laundry/dish detergent and toiletry items. All donations will benefit The Palmer Home for Children of Columbus.

Festival of Trees
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.
The W Room
Students from The W compete to decorate trees for the holiday season and half of the proceeds are donated to the charity of the winner’s choice. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will stop by to celebrate and take photos.

BKT All Sing, 7:30 p.m.
Nissan Auditorium
Join the brotherhood of Beta Kappa Tau and social clubs from The W for an evening of caroling and cookies.

Choral Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
Poindexter Hall
Relax and enjoy the warmth of historic Poindexter Hall as The W's choirs serenade participants with a selection of holiday songs under the direction of Dr. Phillip Stockton. The Columbus Girlchoir will perform a selection with The W’s choirs. This annual event is one you will not want to miss!
While major events will wrap up Dec. 10, campus will be lit until January for guests to enjoy. Events are free and open to the public.

Nov. 10, 2016
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
(662) 329-7124
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