Courting the Future: Baskeball at The W

The Owls athletics program is constantly growing. With the 2018-19 season swiftly approaching, The W has added six more sports to athletic offerings: men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s basketball. Last of the new additions and hires were men’s and women’s basketball. Meet the coaches who will push the next wave of Owls athletics.

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A Symphonic Debut

Attending a live symphony orchestra performance is an experience in itself. Now imagine listening to a full symphony orchestra perform one of your original compositions.

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Educational Pathways

A high quality education and flexibility have always been hallmarks of Mississippi University for Women. The two characteristics have come together to offer students access to more educational opportunities.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved three new tuition structures in May for The W.


The new structures include one-rate tuition for in-state and out-of-state students, flat-rate RN-to-BSN tuition and the flat-rate Masters of Business Administration (MBA) tuition. They become effective fall 2018.

In the fall, The W will no longer charge out-of-state fees, regardless of residency, as part of the one-rate tuition. The introduction of the flat-rate RN-to-BSN tuition and flat-rate MBA, both 100 percent online, will enable students to complete each program for $10,000.

The new simplified tuition structures help students and their families understand the cost of attending the university and make The W even more competitive in a changing educational environment.

“Accessibility and affordability, all in a highly personalized learning environment, have always been priorities for our university,” said Nora Miller, acting president. “Students will always be at the heart of all we do at The W.”
The W continues to offer one of the lowest tuitions in the Southeast region.

The RN-to-BSN program is the perfect option for working nurses who are looking to advance their education, expand their career options and enhance their leadership and critical thinking skills. The program is also known for its dedicated and highly qualified faculty who work closely with students. Details about the program are available at

The new flat-rate for The W's MBA will make it one of the most affordable in the region. The 36-hour degree program is ideal for working professionals seeking to advance within their organizations or recent graduates in any program who wish to distinguish themselves on the job market. Details about the $10K MBA can be found at:


In April, The W entered into an articulation agreement with Copiah-Lincoln Community College to give students the flexibility to earn a bachelor of science in elementary education in their home community. The formal signing was held in Wesson.

Through the partnership, students earning the associate of arts (elementary education) at Co-Lin may transfer at least 62 credits to The W for their bachelor of science degree in elementary education (K-3 or K-6 specialty).

While enrolled at The W, students will:
• Complete introductory, methods and competency/content courses in education online through MUW, taught by W professors
• Complete three residency courses, beginning in their first semester of their junior year, at a school in or near Wesson—supervised by a W instructor
• Successfully complete either the Praxis CORE or National ACT exams at Co-Lin prior to admission to the senior year experience (Residency III block and teacher internship semesters) at The W
• Complete the teacher internship in their final semester at a school in or near Wesson—supervised by W instructor

This innovative partnership, the first of its kind in the state, is an effort to increase the number of high quality teachers in Mississippi.


Realignment, curriculum adjustments, as well as renaming degree programs to clarify degree offerings, are also a part of the big picture.

Subject to final approval by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Department of Education, the Office of Outreach and Innovation, the Child and Parent Development Center, Governor's School and Summer Discovery and dual credit programs will be consolidated into the Division of Education and Outreach. 

Led by Dr. Martin Hatton, the new unit will bring together closely-related functions that can provide mutual assistance in managing programs and provide a foundation for growth of both the academic programs within the Department of Education and the outreach programs served by the other units within the division. 

The master of fine arts in physical theatre was renamed the master of fine arts in theatre education. The theatre education program will be a low-residency program offered on The W’s main campus.

The bachelor of science in business administration was renamed the bachelor of business administration.

“These changes signal The W’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality academic programming that meets both the needs of our students and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Scott Tollison, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

MUW senior vice president named acting president


The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named Nora Miller as acting president of Mississippi University for Women at its meeting held today in Jackson. Miller currently serves as senior vice president for administration and chief financial officer at the university and will begin serving as acting president on July 1.

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Perseverance: Our 'why' is greater

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, brought to Mississippi University for Women its first softball game in 15 years. On a renovated field and in front of almost 100 fans, the Owls softball team made its 2018 debut. With a new team and new coaching staff, everyone was nervous about their first outing, but Coach Tat Matthews had one message for her team. “Play for your why.”

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MUW Foundation Giving Societies - FY 17

Gifts to the MUW Foundation provide exceptional opportunities for learning and growth at The W. Your gifts are vital resources that help us continue the tradition of excellence for which The W is known. Th ank you for changing lives by transforming students’ dreams into realities with your generosity.

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Scholarship fund established for inspiring, courageous alumna

Jane Keating Rodriguez

Dedicated mentor, faithful friend, loving wife, daughter, godmother, loyal Mississippi University for Women alumna – these are just some of the attributes that characterized Jane Keating Rodriguez (MUW: 1981-1984), a remarkable woman who faced a 10-year battle with metastatic breast cancer with courage, poise, Southern charm and humor. With seed funds left to The W by her estate, Jane’s family and friends have increased that sum fourfold to launch the Jane Keating Rodriguez Scholarship in her honor and, as noted below, hope to raise more!

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MUWAA announces new board and president-elect

The MUWAA Board of Directors is comprised of 15 total members — five members in three “classes,” each of whom serve three-year terms. The newest class of board members, who will serve from 2017-2020, are Symone Bounds ’12 of Jackson; Amy Harris ’98 of Nashville, Tenn.; Sarah Morgan Howell ’74 of Amory; Audra Odom ’92 of Pontotoc; and Clemmie Phillips ’11 of Columbus. President-elect Katy Canion Pacelli of Brandon will serve for the 2017-2018 term. This is a two-year term, serving alongside current president, Courtney Ballard Murtaugh, this year, and serving as president the next.