Some of John Marszalek's friends are pretty good at keeping a secret. The distinguished scholar's wife, Jeanne, was even in on it. For three years or more, unbeknownst to the Mississippi State Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus, a network of his former doctoral students worked on a tribute to the mentor who had so stirred their passion for studying the Civil War era and its influence on shaping America.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is one of 842 libraries nationwide, and one of only three chosen in the state of Mississippi, to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The Mississippi Theatre Association held its 2013 Theatre Festival in Columbus Jan. 17-20 at Mississippi University for Women. This year's festival saw an increase in the number of attendees, maxing out at over 660 people representing six community theaters and 15 high schools. Theaters from Hattiesburg, Picayune, Tupelo and Meridian were awarded top honors in the community theater and secondary divisions.
On Friday, Feb. 15, Dr. James B. Borsig will be installed as the 14th president of Mississippi University for Women in the university's almost 130-year-old history. The formal inaugural ceremony will be held in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall, at 10 a.m.
The Stephen D. Lee Foundation will celebrate its third annual Valentine's Day Party on Feb. 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at Errolton, the antebellum home of Gaines and Keith Gaskin in Columbus. The fundraiser will benefit the S.D. Lee Home and Museum.
"This is an American bitsa -- a bitsa this, a bitsa that," smiled Dr. Phil Bushby, giving a playful scratch to a small black and white pooch he carried out of the mobile veterinary clinic that is his office most days of the week. If dogs can smile, this one did. The mixed breed puppy was one of 23 canines and cats spayed or neutered Wednesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, increasing their chances of being adopted and living out their lives in what shelter director Karen Johnwick calls their "forever homes."
The Gordy Honors College Forum series opens Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The Forum Series continues through April presenting lectures, film and undergraduate research.
With many states -- including Mississippi -- reporting high levels of flu-like illnesses, those who've avoided it so far can take steps to protect against the flu's onslaught. Even if you've had the flu this season, there still are steps you should take, said a nurse practitioner educator at Mississippi University for Women.
Angela Brown is a force. Whether stunning international opera audiences in roles like "Aida," singing show-stopping art songs in concert, or winning over school children with her inspired program, "Opera from a Sistah's Point of View," Angela Brown is a charming, witty, formidable force.
The Rev. Tony Montgomery of Columbus checks his watch a lot these days. He has numerous places to be and tasks to check off, as do Learnard Dickerson and Lavonne Harris, who complete the trio of lead organizers of Dream 365.
Steady rain on a gray Wednesday didn't dampen spirits inside a music room at Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School in Columbus. Fifth-graders concentrated, drawing bows across strings as they performed a scale on violins for their music teacher, Tina Morgan. As the last notes faded, the children's faces were wreathed in smiles.
The Starkville Area Arts Council has announced it will extend the deadline for song entries in its 2013 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter's Competition until Friday, Feb. 1.
Wildlife groups are sponsoring squirrel hunts for youths in seven counties across Mississippi on Feb. 9 to promote lifetimes of safe and responsible hunting.
Mississippi State University's Extension Service is seeking donations of adult-sized saddles and two additional safe, gentle horses for therapeutic riding sessions.
A Starkville High School student says Mississippi State and its connection to historic legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln led to her ideas in a winning essay, which recently earned her a prized scholarship.
Mississippi University for Women nursing students were elected to four statewide positions in the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses.
A small group of explorers led by aviation historian and archaeologist Dave Trojan of Columbus recently revisited Payne Field, the site of a World War I pilot training base near West Point, and undertook a day-long search for artifacts related to the historic aviation site.
Even the sturdiest-looking trees can be brought down by high winds, heavy snow and ice, but there are ways you can limit the damage. Here are some storm-proofing suggestions that will pay off over time, starting with determining which trees in your landscape are the most vulnerable.
Many Americans resolve to improve their physical health each new year, and experts at Mississippi State University suggest it is also a great time to focus on healthier relationships.