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This Week @ Southern Miss March 26-31, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 26, 2007
Contact Jana Bryant - 601.266.4497   

The following events are being held on campus at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg unless otherwise noted. For news media who may have questions about interviews or photo opportunities, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491.

Special Event:
Wednesday-Friday, March 28-30, Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, Thad Cochran Center
More than 500 participants from all across the country are expected who come to this annual festival to hear from authors and illustrators of children’s books. A complete schedule may be found online at A few highlights are included in the schedule below.

Tuesday, March 27

• 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., Scott Cook presentations, Thames Polymer Science Research Center Auditorium
Renowned children’s literature artist and puppeteer Scott Cook, a native of Jackson, will make three presentations to about 400 area school children as part of events leading up to and including the 40th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

• 12-1 p.m., Clyde Kennard Remembrance Day, Kennard Hall front lawn
This annual ceremony is a tribute to the late Clyde Kennard, the first African-American who tried to gain admission into Mississippi Normal College, now Southern Miss. Contact Richard Johnson at 601.266.6705 for more information.

• 3 p.m., Lecture, “Taming the Beast: Molecular Biology Meets Laboratory Medicine,” Thad Cochran Center Room 210
Roberta M. Madej, director of Global Standardization for Roche Molecular Systems, will speak as part of the Scholars Series sponsored by the College of Health.

• 7 p.m., Nature Photography Slide Show by Tom Ulrich, Caylor Auditorium at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs
This free nature photography presentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich  will feature his work from the past year, with a focus on images of birds and other wildlife in international and North American habitats.

 7-8:30 p.m., “Take Back the Night” rally, Stout Hall, Auditorium B
This annual event calls attention to the problem of violence against women and is held as part of events observing Women’s History Month during March.

• 7:30 p.m., Trombone Choir Concert, Bennett Auditorium

Wednesday, March 28
• 10 a.m., Young People’s Matinee dance concert, Mannoni Performing Arts Center
The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company will present a matinee performance for area children. Call 601.266.4161 for more information.

• 10 a.m., Speaker: Giovanna Smith, Gulf Coast Student Service Center, Gulfport
Giovanna Smith will speak about her experiences as an Italian Jewish woman in World War II. The event is part of Women’s History Month activities.

• 12 p.m., Southern Miss men’s tennis vs. Troy, Racquet Club of Hattiesburg

• 2 p.m., Southern Miss women’s tennis vs. Southern University, Tatum Park, Hattiesburg

• 7:30-8:30 p.m., Storytelling session for the Children’s Book Festival, TCC ballroom

Thursday, March 29
• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Keats Luncheon, Children’s Book Festival, Union Rooms A-C
This luncheon will feature Leonard Marcus, who will deliver this year's Ezra Jack Keats lecture.  Mr. Marcus is a leading critic and historian in the field of children's literature and the author of Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; A Caldecott Celebration; and Side by Side.

 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Medallion Session, Children’s Book Festival, Thad Cochran Center Room 218
This session will feature Eve Bunting, the 2007 Southern Miss Medallion recipient and the author of over 100 books for children.  Among Mrs. Bunting's numerous titles are the Caldecott-winning Smoky Night, Dandelions, and Fly Away Home.  Mrs. Bunting has published books in almost every genre, from picture books to nonfiction. Some of Mrs. Bunting's awards include the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the PEN Los Angeles Center Literary Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature, and the Edgar, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

• 2 p.m., Southern Miss men’s tennis vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Racquet Club of Hattiesburg

• 2:30-5 p.m., Children’s Book Festival Author’s autograph session at Barnes and Noble

• 3:30 p.m., “Current Challenges in Survey Research,” Stout Hall A
James S. Zoller, interim chair and associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the Medical University of South Carolina, will speak as part of the Scholars Series sponsored by the College of Health.

• 4 p.m., David Wright Guest Saxophone Recital, Marsh Auditorium

• 6 p.m., Reception and Official Ring Ceremony, Shelby Freland Thames Polymer Science Research Center Auditorium
The Alumni Association will host the fourth annual official ring ceremony where students and alumni will receive their school rings. Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul will officiate.

• 7:30 p.m., Spring Dance Concert, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Friday, March 30
• All Day, Jackson County and Keesler Teaching Sites will hold open house events in observance of Founder’s Day.

• 9-10 a.m., General session with illustrator Scott Cook, Children’s Book Festival, Thad Cochran Center

• 10 a.m., Founder’s Day ceremonies at Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs and Stennis Space Center in Waveland

• 2 p.m., Founder’s Day ceremonies, Gulf Coast Student Service Center, Gulfport

• 2-3:30 p.m., Founder’s Day ceremonies, Lucas Administration Building, Hattiesburg
The university community will celebrate the 97th anniversary of the university’s founding with several events including presentation of various student awards, Southern Miss Hall of Fame inductions, faculty and staff service recognition and inauguration of new Student Government Association officers.

• 4:30 p.m., College of Arts and Letters Awards Day, Gonzales Auditorium
Each department in the COAL will recognize students for their achievements during this academic year. Contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4498 for more information.

 7:30 p.m., Spring Dance Concert, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Saturday, March 31
• 9 a.m., Biological Sciences Science Symposium,  Walker Science Building’s Reuben Auditorium, Room 137
The Biological Sciences Graduate Student Forum will host this 23rd annual symposium that will feature graduate and undergraduate students in science-related fields presenting their research in oral or poster format.

 1 p.m., Southern Miss softball vs. Memphis, Hattiesburg

• 1 p.m., Southern Miss women’s tennis vs. Louisiana Monroe, Tatum Park, Hattiesburg

• 7:30 p.m., Symphony Orchestra Concert with Charley Pride, Saenger Theater, Hattiesburg

 7:30 p.m., Spring Dance Concert, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Sunday, April 1
• 2 p.m., Spring Dance Concert, Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

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