The Long Blue Line




Fannye Cook Presentation

Linda“The most talented alumna in the history of the institution,” quoting Dr. Clytee Evans (1911). Celebrate the life of Mississippi’s most noteworthy conservationist, and 1911 II&C graduate, Fannye A. Cook. A glimpse at Miss Cook’s remarkable life unfolds in a half-hour, biographical performance by wildlife biologist Dr. Cathy Shropshire. Shropshire’s theatrical incarnation of Miss Cook entertains and educates, in the true spirit of the incredible Fannye Cook. Q&A will follow.

Marion Barnwell and Libby Hartfield, co-editors of “Fannye Cook:  Mississippi’s Pioneering Conservationist,” will be on hand to sign copies of the book that will be available for purchase.  The biography was written by Dorothy Shawhan, who died in 2014 before final edits were complete.  Shawhan was an MUW alumna and was awarded the 1998 MUW Alumni Achievement Award. 


Barbara Black Travis '70


Honored in 2005 by the MUW Alumni Association as an “Alumna of Distinction,” Barbara Black Travis takes us down memory lane with a fun-filled, interactive “Personal Appearance” class just as it was presented in the 60’s and 70’s, but with an entertaining new twist. Barbara taught at MUW and later at Delta State where her work with students was featured in local, regional and national magazines, The Los Angeles Times and NBC’s Today Show.




Dusty Thompson '93


Dusty Thompson is a displaced Southern gentleman, writer and speaker who is best known for his blog (Penny Loafers at the Rodeo), book (A Gone Pecan) and leadership video on YouTube (Funniest Leadership Speech Ever). He is a frequent speaker at colleges and non-profits on the topics of leadership, healthcare administration and education.

Dusty’s newest book is about the three years his good ol’ boy of a father lived with him in the San Francisco Bay Area. Almost Odis: My Preppy Life with My Redneck Dad has been described as a southern version of the TV show, Frasier.




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