University of Southern Mississippi officials at campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach continue to monitor Tropical Storm Gustav as forecasters predict the storm may reach hurricane strength as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico.
As of Friday afternoon, no plans have been made to close the university, but school officials are urging students and employees to also monitor the situation and check the Southern Miss Web site for more details at www.usm.edu.
The Southern Miss football game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette is still on schedule for 6 p.m. Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
“Based on all information from state agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi, there’s no need for us to change our game time,” said Athletic Director Richard Giannini. Check the Southern Miss Athletic Web site at www.southernmiss.com for more information.
The university activated the first storm-related messages through the university’s Eagle Alert system Thursday afternoon. Eagle Alert encompasses the text, voice and e-mail components of the university’s emergency notification system.
Officials in the Department of Residence Life in Hattiesburg are advising students to notify their residence hall directors if they plan to leave for the holiday weekend.
Also, university officials at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Oceans Springs and Stennis Space Center are proceeding with their hurricane preparedness plans including relocating research vessels.
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The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.