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Students make dresses for girls in need
Donna Buckley, instructional assistant professor of costume technology, has been teaching students the basic techniques of sewing in THEA 272: Introduction to Costumes for the Stage so they learn the process of how to design a costume.
"I saw this as a great opportunity for students to participate in a service project," Buckley said in an Ole Miss news story. "Students tend to get so involved in their own little world, so this allows them to see a need and make a difference for others."
The Little Dresses Ministry is an ongoing effort of the church to provide clothing to less-fortunate children around the world and in the poorest counties of Mississippi.
"I read about and participated in a similar ministry in Tupelo, and as a lifelong collector of fabric, thought I could put my fabric stash to good use," Banahan said. "Turns out, many women at St. Peter's had similar fabric stashes, so we got together and began sewing."
The church has been making dresses for almost five years and has distributed more than 300 pieces of new clothing to young children.
The sewn dresses, made of cotton or cotton-blend fabric and adorned with embellishments such as ribbons, buttons and lace, go to the Mississippi Delta and several foreign countries, including Honduras, Haiti and Nigeria. Volunteers also make shorts for young boys.
Buckley’s class will donate more than 20 dresses to the ministry.
Biblical perspective being brought to mental health
Bradford Smith, the institute’s director, said in a news release that “a lack of biblical understanding of mental health among pastors and laypeople is a major contributor to the silence, fear, avoidance and prejudice that often marks churches’ lack of helpful response to those with mental health problems.”
Over the next two years, a nationally known scholar/educator will come to campus each semester and deliver a community lecture, present a faculty workshop on applying biblical teaching to contemporary issues, and dialogue with students. Presentations will be developed into new online resources available for students and the global community.
The first scholar/educator visit will be in the spring and will focus on the question, “Where is mental health in the Bible?”
Alcorn State University
Scholarships, low student debt earn kudos
Alcorn is ranked No. 4 on The Student Loan Report’s 2017 Public Colleges with the Most Creative Arts Scholarship Aid list.
The Student Loan Report ranks private and public colleges in the United States according to total creative arts scholarship aid awarded in the academic year of 2015-2016. It also ranks colleges according to average Student Loan Debt per graduate, highlighting which colleges offer the more affordable and advantageous programs from a financial viewpoint.
Limited scholarships for online RN to BSN Program
The University of Southern Mississippi’s new online RN to BSN program has a limited number of scholarships available for the spring semester.
Depending on the number of applicants, scholarships may range from $500 to $1,000.
To qualify for the scholarship, Mississippi RNs must meet the admissions deadline of Jan. 2 and enroll in RN-BSN courses during the spring semester.
The accredited RN to BSN program at Southern Miss can be completed within three semesters, offered in eight- and 16-week intervals. All of the courses are available fully online.
To learn about requirements and admission deadlines, visit https://online.usm.edu/undergrad/online-nursing-rn-to-bsn-degree or call the College of Nursing at 601-266-5454 or 228.865-4555.
Prof’s art showcased at Meridian CC
Works by award-winning Mississippi College art professor Carrie Reeves is being featured at an exhibition through Jan. 29 at Meridian Community College.
The school’s Miller Art Gallery is hosting the show that opened in mid-November.
Carrie Reeves (Photo: Special to the Clarion Ledger)
“Through my art I aspire to speak to the viewer concerning the major and minor themes of human experience: joy and sorrow, meekness and anger, peace and fear, light and dark, memory and loss, hope and defeat, life and death,” Reeves says.
“As a Christian artist, I seek to create with this underlying message of hope and beauty,” Reeves added.
Reeves sculpts with the clay medium and creates a variety of two-dimensional media, including watercolor, pastel and oil.
Raised in Central and South America, Reeves earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from Mississippi College with a concentration in sculpture. She received a bachelor’s in theology from Jackson College of Ministries. She took private watercolor lessons as a child in Ecuador.
Sam Gore vividly remembers teaching Reeves years ago. “She was one of my treasured students.”
Meridian Community College’s Miller Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact MCC art instructor John Marshall at 601-484-8647 or email@example.com.Read or Share this story: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/12/16/sewing-service-bible-and-mental-health-campus-briefs/957388001/
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