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For its first fall semester installment of the Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series, Mississippi State University Libraries will host as their special guest Starkville, Miss., Mayor Parker Wiseman on September 16, 2010, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Templeton Room.

Starkville native Mayor Parker Wiseman received the entirety of his elementary and secondary education from the Starkville public schools, graduating from Starkville High School in 1999. Wiseman attended Mississippi State University on the John C. Stennis Scholarship and, in 2002, was elected president of the Student Association. Wiseman attended graduate school beginning in 2003 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a masters in public administration from the UNC School of Government. Beginning in 2005, Wiseman spent three years earning a juris doctorate at the University of Mississippi, serving during his tenure there as president of the Law School Student Body. Most importantly, law school gave him the opportunity to meet the love of his life, the former Lindsey Smith, and they were married on August 16, 2008. In July of 2009, Wiseman was sworn in as mayor of Starkville.

The Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series is sponsored by MSU Libraries, MSU's John C. Stennis Institute of Government, the Stennis Center for Public Service, The Congressional and Political Research Center, and the Stennis Montgomery Association. The Collins Speaker Series brings leading figures of the day to the Mississippi State University campus to engage in close, personal discussions about their lives and careers.

For more information on the Collins Speaker Series, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559. To listen to the event live online, visit the Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins web site located at http://library.msstate.edu/collins.

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