HED:MUW annual homecoming beckons alumni

From staff reports COLUMBUS, Miss. - Time honored traditions and a beautiful campus in its spring glory are beckoning Mississippi University for Women alumni to annual Homecoming festivities April 15-18. Celebrating its 50th commencement anniversary will be the Class of 1949; a reception is scheduled April 17 at the home of alumni Chebie Gaines Bateman. Adding a special emphasis to women's education and achievement will be the induction of '73 W alum Ricki Rayner Garrett as incoming president of the state Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees. IHL will hold its meeting on campus in honor of Garrett. Other highlights include the music revue, "Tapestry," based on the music of Carole King, the art exhibit of 1967 W graduate Valerie Jaudon in the Fine Arts Building, and a theatrical performance, "Collected Stories," by W students.Events get underway on Thursday, April 15 with a fish fry at 5 p.m. at Plymouth Bluff Center. Tickets are $10. The evening will culminate with a Choral Potpourri under the direction of W professor Bruce Lesley, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Carrier Chapel. Friday events begin at 10 a.m. with Awards Day Ceremony in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. Outstanding students will be recognized. Faculty of the Year nominees will be announced. In addition, Outstanding Staff Members of the Year are revealed. The Golden Girls Luncheon, open to all alumni from the Classes 1900-1949, will be held in the banquet room of Hogarth Dining Center. Tickets are $8. At 5 p.m., a reception for Jaudon, two-time winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters' coveted Visual Arts Award, will be held in the Fine Arts Building. A Greenville native, Jaudon is a leading abstract painter and is heralded as one of the important artists originally linked to the Pattern and Decorative movement. A fried chicken picnic on the Bryan Green will begin at 6 p.m. (tickets are $7), followed by the 7:30 p.m. Fine and Performing Arts performance of "Collected Stories," performed in Cromwell Theatre. Tickets are $4 in advance from the Fine Arts Department; tickets at the door are $6. W alumni who have graduated from 1984-1998 are invited to a Young Alum Soiree at the Holiday Inn at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for cocktails or $2 for band only Alumni of all ages are invited to the annual Alumni Bash at Stovall's from 9-11 p.m.; tickets are $10. On Saturday, the Wesley Foundation will host breakfast at 7:30 a.m., as will the Home Economics Division from 8 -9 a.m.

Department receptions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the respective divisions.

The announcement of the 1999 Alumni Achievement Award Winners will be held during the 10:30 a.m. Convocation in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. Another picnic lunch will follow from 12 -1 p.m. on Bryan Green.

Class reunions are schedule from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by four-year social club reunions from 2:30-4 p.m., and two-year social club reunions from 4-6 p.m.

Reneau Hall, one of several Georgian-Revival structures located on The W's central campus, will be rededicated beginning at 1:30 p.m. The four-story building underwent a $2.7 million renovation and will house the Division of Business and Communication, Career Services and Leadership Development Center, Counseling and Testing Center, Academic Support Services, and W Angels/Americorp.

The Class of 1949 will enjoy a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Bateman home prior to the theater dinner at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center, which includes a reception, dinner and the musical revue, "Tapestry," based on the music of Carole King. Tickets for the theater for $20.

The weekend's activities draw to a close Sunday with prayer service from 9-10 a.m. in Carrier Chapel followed by brunch at 10 a.m. on Bryan Green.

Registration continues now through April 12 by contacting The W's Office of Alumni Relations, W-Box 10, Columbus, MS 39701, or by telephoning (601) 329-7295. Late registration is accepted; however, ticket prices are subject to change.

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