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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Contact Van Arnold - 601.266.5568   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.

 Healthcare Marketing Industry Day set for Oct. 22
• Authors to be Honored at MLA Banquet
• Career Explorations for Girls Conference set for Nov. 14

Healthcare Marketing Industry Day set for Thursday

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Department of Marketing and Fashion Merchandising at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring “Healthcare Marketing Industry Day” on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon in the lobby of Joseph Greene Hall.

Six healthcare-related companies have signed up to participate in the event that allows students to ask questions and gain valuable insight from healthcare industry representatives.

Dr. C. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of marketing at Southern Miss, noted that alumni and members of the general public are also welcome to attend the free event.

For more information contact Wittmann at 601-266-4969.

Mississippi Authors to be Recognized at MLA Banquet

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Mississippi authors Kathryn Stockett and Gerry Helferich will be honored by the Mississippi Library Association’s Authors Award Committee during a banquet Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center.

The committee selects two outstanding works by writers from the state each year. Stockett’s “The Help,” which is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list, was selected for the fiction category. Helferich’s “High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta” was chosen in the non-fiction category.

The banquet is part of the MLA’s annual conference being held on the Southern Miss campus. For more information call 601-266-4350.

Career Explorations for Girls Conference Nov. 14 at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The seventh annual Career Explorations for Girls Conference will be held in Joseph Greene Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The conference is open to all girls in grades 7-12; each girl must be accompanied by her mother or another adult female. Girls do not need to be enrolled in gifted education to attend.

Miranda Beard, assistant news director for WDAM-TV, will present “Communication: The Key to Success.” Other distinguished presenters will offer practical information to help girls plan for a career in business, interior design, health care, technology, psychology, communication, education, music, law, finance, architecture, social work, science, marketing/public relations, sports, art and design, real estate and nutrition.

The registration deadline is Nov. 1. On the day of the conference, registrants should sign in from 8-8:45 a.m. in Joseph Greene Hall.  There is no charge for the conference, which is co-hosted by Southern Miss’ Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies and the Spirit of Women at Forrest General Hospital. Lunch is included.

To register for the conference, contact the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 601-266-5236; online, visit

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