Former Mississippi Gov. William F. Winter is to give the 142nd Rust College Founders’ address.
Winter is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in the McCarty-Varnell Business, Computer Science and Social Science Center.
During the convocation, Dr. David L. Beckley will present Tower of Leadership Awards to the Rev. Robert Jamieson of Tupelo and the Rev. J. Y. Trice of Cleveland for their distinguished service. Jamieson is the pastor of People’s Community Baptist Church, and Trice is the executive director of the Bolivar County Council on Aging. Both have years of outstanding service in their respective communities.
Immediately following the convocation, Beckley will preside over the dedication of the new Ralph S. Hamilton Science Center.
Winter served as the 58th governor of Mississippi from 1980-84. During his tenure, he helped pass landmark education reform that raised the quality of and broadened access to public education in Mississippi. His nationally acclaimed Education Reform Act of 1982 was hailed as one of the most progressive and comprehensive pieces of education legislation passed in the country at that time.
At 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in the McMillan Center, Micaela Scott, a senior biology major from Jackson, will be officially crowned Miss Rust College.
Founders’ parade is at 11 a.m. Nov. 8. The Rust College marching band will be joined by eight other bands from Memphis and the surrounding area. Campus and community floats, cars, dance squads and drill teams will participate. The Student Government Association is sponsoring student programs – to include an old school party, open mike on the mall, step show and a debate viewing.