June 30, 2009
A new name for the Mississippi University for Women will be announced in August.
At a convocation at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 in Nissan Auditorium, Claudia Limbert, MUW''s president, will tell faculty and staff which name the school will present to the College Board.
Based on input from the MUW Leadership Committee -- comprising leaders of the MUW Staff Council, the MUW Faculty Senate, the MUW Foundation, the Student Government Association and the MUW Alumni Association -- and the MUW Naming Committee, Limbert will select one of two possible names: Reneau University or Waverley University.
The name Welty University was struck from the list of candidates after Eudora Welty''s family "declined to agree to the use of her name by MUW," according to a statement from the family and MUW.
Leeroy Jenkins commented at 6/30/2009 2:41:00 PM:
News Flash - nobody cares anymore.
KJ commented at 6/30/2009 3:35:00 PM:
They should rename it Diaphanous University, since everything over there is so darn transparent.
J commented at 6/30/2009 3:39:00 PM:
And then I'm sure on Aug 11th the NAACP will try to sue the school for choosing a name they think is racist. Then months later when it finally reaches the legislature and all the money has been spent on the lawsuit, they will tell the school that they were stupid for trying to change the name in the first place because it is going to cost too much money that the state doesn't have. The proposal will get shot down and Limbert will have spent all this time and money for nothing when she could have just tried to raise enrollment numbers in a smarter, more economical way.
TG commented at 6/30/2009 4:53:00 PM:
I still say Possum Town University is the only name that will satisfy everyone.
alley36 commented at 7/1/2009 8:53:00 PM:
Possum Town University?? LOL. Actually when we were stationed at the Air Force Base, the temporary housing was called The Possum Town Inn. I looked at my husband and pleaded with him to get me the heck out of there!!! Actually I believe that this is an unconscionable waste of money. I would have MUCH rather seen the (hundreds) of thousands of dollars that were wasted on this project put into the better use of RECRUITING. There have been MANY missed opportunities for recruiting in the last few years that have let all kinds of talent slip through their fingers.
Jim Spell commented at 7/2/2009 8:35:00 AM:
From a business perspective I challenge president Limbert to disclose to the public how much public funding was used in this project and secondly to demonstrate an increase in enrollment and/or student satisfaction because of the new name. Oh wait, we don't need a committee and a years time to accomplish this!
Avery Insinger commented at 7/2/2009 12:33:00 PM:
Jim Spell is right. And more business people and community leaders in Columbus ought to demand she disclose this information. Plus, the final two names are ridiculous choices based on her logic of needing to get enrollment up. Nobody, including many Mississippians are going to instantly know "Reneau" or "Waverly Waverley" University either. If you want instant brand recognition to get enrollment up and are dead set on a name change, it should be Miss. State or Ole Miss or Southern - Columbus Campus ... yet the current name with the one-liner, "admitting smart men since ..." is PERFECT for a very creative, cutting edge marketing campaign. But then, doing something logical seems unconscionable by Limbert and her administration. I also hope the NAACP keeps pressing on the negative aspect of both names because they offend me.
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