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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.