Jerry Gravat has gray hair, but he holds on to a dream he has cherished since he was much younger.
Many high school seniors have their sights set on the end of their final year: graduation, parties and a summer of fun between finishing their last exam and beginning their next academic undertaking.
On May 31, 1965, Miss Emma Ody Pohl, secretary of the MSCW Foundation, signed the charter of incorporation to be filed with the state of Mississippi for the legal creation of the Foundation with the goal of providing Mississippi University for Women support and encouragement to enhance and enrich The W.
Chances are if you live in Columbus, Lowndes County or one of the surrounding cities, your life has been impacted by one of the many programs run by the Office of Outreach and Innovation on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
During her junior year of high school in Sumner, a small Mississippi Delta hamlet, Patti Carr Black could count her classmates by using less than 10 fingers. When the county schools consolidated the following year as West Tallahatchie High School, her 1951 graduating class was 30 students.
Marchita Mauck, a Columbus native, entered The W in 1960 with the intention of becoming an English and history major, a goal she pursued until her junior year. It was then she was assigned a student worker job in the art department and crossed paths with Professor Mary Evelyn Stringer. That meeting changed the course of her career—and her life.
Kyla Norwood is familiar with the term 'namaste'—the way of greeting another in the Indian Hindu culture. The 11-year-old also can you tell you a thing or two about saris, a drape commonly worn by women of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
If you want to be inspired, Leigh Pourciau's classroom at Germantown Middle School in Madison is the place to be. Students lucky enough to find themselves there often are surprised by their own talent as they grow in confidence and competence.
The room is decorated flawlessly: lush tablescapes, original art reflecting a well selected theme, candles, floral arrangements. It is an elegant setting for a 10-course meal, and it could easily be a fine restaurant in New York.
It is about 4 p.m. on a Monday evening and Quintara Wright is busy preparing dinner in the kitchen. The menu: beer braised country style pork ribs, roasted carrots and potatoes and baguettes.
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