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W Receives Gift of More than $2 Million

Ann Coleman Peyton, granddaughter of W founding mother Annie Coleman Peyton, has provided a bequest gift of more than $2 million to support scholarships for W history students.

W President Dr. Jim Borsig, recently presented the Mary Lou Peyton Scholarship to the university and then assisted in unveiling a portrait of Annie Coleman Peyton.

“Generous private support such as this from the Peyton family allows us to provide meaningful academic opportunities for students who seek their education at The W,” Borsig said.  “It is a significant gift for us, and perhaps even more so because of this gift’s historical connections to our earliest days.”

The Mary Lou Peyton Scholarship will be awarded to qualified students who are majoring in history. The scholarship funds may be used to help cover expenses for history majors who are participating in internship programs or The W’s study-abroad program. If in a given year, the funds available to be awarded exceed the scholarship needs of history majors, the scholarship may be used to support students whose course of study includes a substantial history component.

Mary Lou Peyton was one of two children of Annie Coleman Peyton and aunt to Ann Coleman Peyton.

She attended I.I. & C and later taught part-time at The W from 1938-1945. Her mother, Annie Coleman Peyton, for whom Peyton Hall is named, was one of I.I. & C’s founders and taught history there from 1891-1898.

Alum in the News

Peggy Webb


Peggy Webb, Class of 1964, is well-known for her books of comedy, romance and suspense.  She is now being showcased in the Southern Writer's Magazine.  Please check out her great story!




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Katherine Munson


If you've walked through downtown Columbus lately, chances are you've seen the artwork of Katherine Munson. 

Last year, Munson was one of several who painted a mural at the Hitching Lot Farmer's Market. Last month, she helped design and paint a mural in Coggin's Alleyway off of Fifth Street South. This week, she's at it again.


Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series Featured First Guest Speaker

Teema BalducciCOLUMBUS, Miss. – The legacy of Diane Howard, who studied art history at Mississippi University for Women, will continue through a scholarship and lecture series named in her honor.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7 p.m., the Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series featured its first speaker, Dr. Temma Balducci, associate professor of art history at Arkansas State University. The program was held in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium of the Art and Design Building, followed by a wine and cheese reception.


Local Physician Donates Music Collection

Kantack GiftCOLUMBUS, Miss.—A collection of more than 1,100 pieces of sheet music, books, journals, and related items has found a home at Mississippi University for Women, thanks to the generosity of a Columbus physician.

Dr. Paul Kantack, a retired psychiatrist, made the in-kind donation to the Poindexter Fund to support the university’s music program, said Angela Ferraez, director of major gifts.  “Dr. Kantack wanted to honor his wife, who was a longtime private music instructor, including serving as piano instructor at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport,” she said.  Mrs. Kantack died in 2012


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