Mississippi University for Women staff members gear up for the “Pink for the Cure” events on campus. Organizing pink bows and pumpkins are, from left, Karen Partain, Rhonda Jones, Kimberly Taylor-Gathings and Rosamund Claudia McDavis. Photo by: Chris Jenkins/MUW Office of Public Affairs
October 8, 2011 11:00:00 PM
Members of Mississippi University for Women's campus community have come together to raise awareness about breast cancer through MUW Pink For The Cure.
Faculty, staff and students will participate in various events that will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 19, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The purpose of the activities is to remember those who have fought breast cancer, raise funds to continue medical research, encourage conversation about the disease and provide information about screening opportunities for men and women, according to Jessica Harpole, MUW coordinator of leadership and service.
Dr. E.E. "Butch" Caston, the university's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, said, "I am thrilled to see the commitment that our campus is making to promote breast cancer awareness and to contribute monetarily to mammogram examinations in Mississippi."
Dr. Jennifer Miles, MUW vice president for student affairs, added, "I continue to be amazed at the willingness of our students to assume major responsibilities for worthy causes such as breast cancer awareness and prevention."
Events open to the public include:
n Thursday, Oct. 13 -- "The Perfect Storm," 7:30 p.m. on Shattuck Lawn on campus.
Relax and enjoy tasty treats from the Culinary Arts Institute. The movie showing is free Food tickets for a drink and popcorn can be purchased in advance for $5. All proceeds benefit the Komen Foundation. This event is sponsored by the Culinary Arts Institute, Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society, MUW Foundation, the Office of the President and Student Life.
n Wednesday, Oct. 19 -- Komen On The Go, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Demonstration School Field. Participate in the Komen mobile experience with interactive information and breast cancer facts. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. Sheila Adams, MUW dean for the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology, said, "Nursing students, faculty and staff are excited to have this opportunity to participate in a collaborative effort to increase awareness about breast cancer throughout the entire MUW community.
"We are proud to be involved in several of the events at the university throughout October. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is to be commended for encouraging all Mississippi universities to be involved in this important initiative."
For additional information about these events, contact the Office of Student Life at 662-241-6974.