All the cities you once knew are gone. Biloxi. Gulfport. Ocean Springs. The Gulf of casinos, water-fronted mansions, seafood restaurants, quickstop gas stations and grocery marts, destroyed and gone. In Michael Farris Smith's novel, "Rivers," (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 2013) the familiar Gulf landscape suffers an irreversible transformation, the product of unrelenting hurricanes and pounding rains that gather intensity and wreak destruction on both the physical and moral landscape.
John Grisham when he was "an emerging young writer." Elizabeth Strout before the Pulitzer Prize came for "Olive Kitteridge." Jesmyn Ward, not yet a National Book Award winner. Natasha Trethewey, twice before being named the nation's poet laureate.
And many more: Will Campbell, Larry Brown, Ellen Douglas, Clyde Edgerton, Ellen Gilchrist, Rick Bragg, Ann Patchett, Mark Childress, Nanci Kincaid, Clifton Taulbert, Lee Smith, John Dufresne, Hillary Jordan, Ace Atkins, Ron Rash, Brad Watson, Kaye Gibbons, Haven Kimmel, Lewis Nordan, Jill McCorkle, Al Young, Yusef Komunakaa.
And the grand lady for whom the series was named: Eudora Welty, a W alumna and herself a Pulitzer Prize-winner.
The Gulf of Mexico was the living laboratory for 16 biology students this summer.
A scrapbook from the MUW Archives by the class of 1913 Student Government Association president, Kate Cunningham, gives testimony to the lighter side of life on the campus of the Industrial Institute and College.
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The summer of 1973 was hot. Temperatures consistently hovered around 90 with 75 percent humidity. Not unusual for a Mississippi summer, but culture shock for Sheila Adams, a new faculty member in the fledgling nursing program that had just begun at The W. "By mid-afternoon, we would be dripping," Adams recalled. "It was a real adjustment for someone who grew up in Virginia."
On a neglected part of West Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, two men are sitting on the steps of a former church, at loose ends on a sunny spring morning.
Life is a series of confluences. Just ask Ferrell Tadlock, staff attorney with the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Even though Bethany Lindsey is from the small town of Mantachie with less than 1,200 people according to the 2010 census, she has big dreams. Lindsey, who will transfer to The W in the spring, one day aspires to go into public service, working first in her community and possibly making a run as a state senator.
For a year, he’s been getting to know campus and the campus has been getting to know him. As The W installed its 14th president Feb. 15, it was apparent we’ve all learned a lot together. Here’s a snapshot of Dr. Jim Borsig.
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