School of Journalism and New Media

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Books & Bears is back, and you can help

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by ldrucker

It’s the time of year for giving. If you are seeking a charitable project to help with, you may want to consider Books & Bears.

Books & Bears is a holiday project that benefits University of Mississippi campus service workers, custodians, and landscape crews.

“The program began about 22 years ago under the leadership of Donald Cole, Ph.D., now an assistant provost and assistant to the chancellor; and Jan Murray, an art professor and associate dean of liberal arts,” said volunteer Kathleen Wickham, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media.

She and Patricia Thompson, executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, assistant dean for student media, and assistant professor of journalism are members of the Books & Bears committee.

In the beginning, organizers just hoped they’d have enough gift donations for custodians. Wickham said continued support has enabled the program to expand.

How can you get involved? Donate books, bears or money.

There is a box in the main office of the University of Mississippi School of journalism where books for all ages and NEW stuffed animals can be dropped off.

Checks are accepted as monetary donations and used to purchase bicycles. They should be written to Books & Bears.

Those who make monetary contributions may give them to Wickham, Thompson or Cole.

Volunteers who want to are welcome to assist in the Books & Bears distribution from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Union Ballroom, Friday, Dec. 14.

For more information, contact Wickham at