Sunday, January 31, 2010


I just received this from fellow Mississippi University for Women alum Lynn Lott Schneider. If you can't be at the meeting tomorrow, please call and email. And pray! Also, ask your friends and family members to do the same. Thanks.

The tide seems to be turning in the Mississippi legislature about a name change. We have heard repeatedly that the name change won't make it out of committee, is a dead issue this year, etc. However, some of the "friends" in the legislature who said this have apparently changed their tune.

There is a hearing at 1:30 tomorrow of the Senate University and Colleges committee in Room 409 of the Capitol. PLEASE if you can get there, BE THERE!!! We need a visible showing of support for the W and it's current name! OR if you are willing to make phone calls or emails in favor of the current name, NOT Reneau University or whatever else the legislature or the college board may come up with, let me know ASAP.

There was absolutely two days notice of this hearing and there is a HUGE scramble to prepare. We need to have as many as possible show up in support of our name staying the same. You need to be there around 12:30 if at all possible.

Be aware that with all the name change talk lately, "mission change" has also been mentioned by Hank Bounds, Commissioner of the IHL Board. If the mission and name are changed, then any reason to keep a university 30 miles from another university will also be gone. Merger and closure of colleges is still not completly off the table, either. So it is not just about wanting to keep our name.

Again, IF YOU CAN BE THERE, WE NEED YOU. THIS IS A CRUCIAL TURNING POINT. If you can't be there, and I'm with you since I can't miss another day of school, then phone calls and emails to Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Doug Davis and the rest of the committee will be the next thing. We need to bombard them with support for the name. If you need more information about what to say and how to contact the senators on the committee, let me know.

W alums have fought to keep our school before, and it's time to do it again.

Here is contact info for the key people who need to be contacted by as many as possible before 1:30 TOMORROW:

Chairman Doug Davis
1268 South Lake Dr, Hernando, MS 38632
(601) 359-2220 (S)
(662) 449-5617 (H)
(662) 449-4115 (W)
District 1 DeSoto

Sampson Jackson
PO Box 686, DeKalb, MS 39328
(601) 677-2305 (H)
(601) 743-5900 (W)
(601) 359-3935 (S)
District 32 Kemper Lauderdale Noxubee Winston

Hillman Frazier
2066 Queensroad Ave, Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 359-3453 (S)
(601) 359-3935
(601) 982-1871 (H)
District 27 Hinds

Tommy Gollott
235 Bay View Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 374-1431 (H)
(228) 374-1070
(228) 432-5450
(601) 359-2220 (S)
District 50 Harrison

Alice Harden
PO Box 20084, Jackson, MS 39289
(601) 359-3232 (S)
(601) 359-3998
(601) 359-3696 or (601) 359-3935
District 28 Hinds

Briggs Hobson
405 Long Leaf Cove, Vicksburg, MS 39180
(601) 359-3211 (S)
(601) 636-6399
District 23

Billy Hudson
300 Churchwell Rd, Purvis, MS 39475
(601) 359-4090 (S)
(601) 794-0606 (H)
(601) 466-3573 (C)
District 45 Forrest Lamar Pearl River Perry Stone

Gary Jackson
495 Austin Place, French Camp, MS 39745
(601) 359-3221 (S)
(662) 262-9273
(662) 547-6684 (H)
District 15 Attala Calhoun Choctaw Montgomery Oktibbeha Webster Winston

Tom King
PO Box 1134, Petal, MS 39465
(601) 359-2886 (S)
(601) 582-3617 (H)
District 44 Forrest Lamar Perry

Nolan Mettetal
PO Box 414, Sardis, MS 39666
(601) 359-3229 (S)
(601) 359-2220
(601) 359-3935
(662) 487-1512 (H)
District 10 Panola Tate

Gray Tollison
PO Box 1358, Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-7070 (W)
(662) 234-8395 (H)
(601) 359-3425 (S)
(601) 359-3935
District 9 Lafayette Tallahatchie Yalobusha

Johnnie Walls
351 South Washington Ave, Greenville, MS 39701
(601) 359-3165 (S)
(662) 332-4522 (H)
(662) 335-6001 (W)
(662) 378-8958
District 12 Bolivar Washington

J. P. Wilemon
PO Box 82, Belmont, MS 38827
(601) 359-3232 (S)
(601) 454-7585 (H)
District 5 Itawamba Prentiss Tishomingo

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant
PO Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215
601-359-3200 Phone
601-359-4054 Fax

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