Released February 18, 2003


Long Beach --- For the second year in a row, the Psychology Student Association (PSA) at The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast will host its own V-Day celebration on Feb. 22- 23.

To help raise awareness and raise money for V-Day Gulf Coast 2003, PSA will hold a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22-23 in the Advanced Education Auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students.

"V-Day gives college students and the college community the opportunity to become active in the fight against the abuse of women and girls," said Suzanne Reichard, campaign coordinator and producer of V-Day Gulf Coast 2003. "We had wonderful community support last year, and I'm sure this year will be no different."

V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing antiviolence organizations.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness and funds for antiviolence groups within their communities.

Last year, PSA raised over $7,000 to support organizations actively working to reduce violence against women. This year a goal of $10,000 has been set.

"The Vagina Monologues" is a positive learning experience for the actors and actresses because they can read the monologues and understand women's experiences in a very personal way, said Dr. Darlys Alford, PSA faculty adviser.

PSA was formed to promote educational activities and discussions about human behavior. Programs organized by PSA feature speakers that work in the field of psychology who inform students about important academic choices, graduate study, volunteer work experience, and other topics of human interest, Alford said.

In its four years of existence, PSA has established a chapter of the national psychology honor society (PSI CHI) at Southern MissGC, conducted a student research conference and sponsored community fund-raising events. Membership in PSA is open to all students who enroll in psychology classes at Southern MissGC. Meetings are bimonthly, and dues are $5 per semester.

For more information on PSA at Southern MissGC and to purchase or reserve tickets of V-Day Gulf Coast 2003, call (228) 868-0035 or (228) 214-3249.




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