A group that offers college alums the opportunity to reconnect makes a monthly home in Fondren. The Metro Jackson Mississippi University For Women (MUW) alumni chapter holds its ‘lunch bunch’ in the back of Interiors Markets at the shop’s restaurant, Market Bites. The gathering has been mobile for some time, but recently settled into one location to help other alums always find their way.

Katy Pacelli is their chapter president. “Market Bites is always great to host us on the first Thursday of every month,” she said. While the group differs from one meeting to the next, there are a string of regulars. “If they’re not here, we’re worried about where they are.”

The alumni meeting is a chance for former students to catch up, visit and share what’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s also the place to introduce new faces. “We have here today a student going to campus in two weeks,” Pacelli said, pointing out a young woman whose mother, sitting nearby, was also an alumnus.

Ladies who attend this group span the decades in age, but the glue that holds them together is their college experiences. “We all were at the W at different points but our common bond is our traditions that span the time,” Pacelli said.

While the main goal is to simply reconnect, Pacelli cites a great energy on campus back in Columbus with new developments, recent construction and a new president. The lunch bunch gathering is a great way, she contended, to get that information out to former students.

Pacelli said she has enjoyed the people she’s met and they’ve become good friends. She noted a younger lady in the group that had been a student during the years she herself had been employed at the college. “We knew who each other were, but now (as two alums), we’re able to form a relationship. The W makes that bond stronger.”

MUW alum? Find the Metro Jackson W alum group on Facebook. Upcoming happy hour socials are planned in addition to lunch bunch. MUW professor and author of ‘Rivers’, Michael Ferris Smith, is slated for September’s meeting, a lunch and learn on his post-Katrina Mississippi book. 

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