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Fear the Okra fun run for a wish

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Delta State’s Student Athletic Advisory Council is partnering with Make-A-Wish Mississippi to host the first Fear the Okra Fun Run and 5K on Oct. 26 at Delta State’s Fitness Trail on the intersection of Canal and Maple Street.

The Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 10 a.m. The goal is to raise $5,000, the average cost of a child’s wish.

Cleveland’s very own wish kid, Braxton Grant, will be leading the start of each race. Grant and his family recently returned from his wish, a trip on a Disney Cruise. The Grants spent four nights traveling in the Bahamas aboard the Disney Dream.

There will be a Halloween costume contest held on Saturday and participants are encouraged to dress in their best costume. Grant and his family will be judges for the contest. There will also be face painting, door prizes and much more.

Event information and interested participants may register at the Make-A-Wish website.

Sponsors are still needed for the event. For a $200 sponsorship, individuals or businesses will be named on signage at the walk, in all Make-A-Wish advertisements and press releases, and on the Make-A-Wish website. To make a donation, please call (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, or email swayze@ms.wish.org.

The organizers would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi for being the presenting sponsor of this event. A thanks also goes out to local sponsors: The Image Specialist, Sanders, Inc., Planters Bank, Pentecost Brothers Catfish, Brown Brothers Scrap Metal Inc., Lampard’s Wholesale Meat, H Squared, Heidi’s, Cleveland Lumber & Supply Co., Mosco Land & Realty, and Jackson, Braswell, Mullins, & Bailey, CPA.

For more information, contact Swayze Pentecost at Swayze@ms.wish.org or (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, Kristi Harrison at kltharrison81@gmail.com or Delta State Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Services Michael Vinson at svinson@deltastate.edu.

The Madison Center at Delta State to host political leader and author

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Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day:  A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office: From the PTA to the White House, will be speaking in Jobe Auditorium on Oct. 3 at 12:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Madison Center at Delta State and will be co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Gender Studies Group.

Sive is a public affairs strategist with experience as a public official, organizational leader, business executive, and philanthropist. She speaks and writes about women’s public leadership, political power and influence. She specifically speaks to women on building and maintaining an influential public presence, making a positive difference in life, and advancing personal and professional opportunities by becoming a public leader.

The author provided a preview of her speech on campus.

“At Delta State, I will discuss the fact that this new era in American history presents a unique opportunity for women who seek public leadership roles to successfully achieve them.  In the speech, I will discuss the personal traits needed for such success, highlighting the advice and inspirational stories of women “from Mississippi to Manhattan,” featured in my book,” said Sive.

As a founding member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Sive began her professional career at the American Jewish Committee and then founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers. Later, she launched The Sive Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting practice that develops and leads programs to increase women’s visibility and influence. She currently teaches a course on women and public leadership at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

Director of The Madison Center Dr. Garry Jennings said, “Rebecca Sive’s advocacy is not merely informational.  Her advocacy for women in politics is necessary for those who want to engage the public forum but do not have the necessary practical wisdom to get out and win.  Her book is both a guide to involvement and a testament to the fact that women’s issues touch every issue in our society.”

Sive has received many awards including distinguished achievement awards from her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, and the University of Illinois, the United Negro College Fund and the YWCA. She is also listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press.

The Madison Center, under the direction of Dr. Garry Jennings, is Delta State’s center for the study of democracy, human rights and the Constitution. This event is open to the public.

bookcover for Rebecca Sives' Every Day is Election Day

The Madison Center will host Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office: From the PTA to the White House.