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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund - 228.865.4573   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 228.865.4573.
• Gulf Park Library to Host Author Presentation, Signing
• Faculty Jazz Quintet to Perform Free Concert
• Katrina Research Center to Open New Haiku, Essay Exhibit

Gulf Park Campus Library to Host Presentation, Book Signing by Local Author

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library will host a brown bag presentation and book signing with local author Terry I. Miles on Tuesday, March 23.

The brown bag presentation, from noon – 1 p.m. in room 204 of the library, will feature a discussion on the writing and book printing process. Following the presentation, Miles will sign her latest book from 1 – 3 p.m. on the first floor lobby of the library.

Miles, an accomplished actress for coast community theater, is the author of 11 books in the Cozy Little Murder Mysteries series. She will sign copies of “As You Lie There… Sleeping,” the next book in her series.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 228.214.3450.

Southern Miss Faculty Jazz Quintet to Perform Free Community Concert

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Southern Miss Faculty Jazz Quintet will perform a free community concert Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Advanced Education Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Members of the Southern Miss Faculty Jazz Quintet are Larry Panella on saxes and flute; Dr. John Wooton on pans, vibes and vocals; Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe on piano; Dr. Marcos Machado on bass; and Harrell Bosarge on drums.

For more information, contact Southern Miss Gulf Coast University Communications at 228.865.4573.

Katrina Research Center to Open New Haiku, Essay Exhibit

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi will present its latest exhibit, “Haiku and Essays: Word Pictures of Moments in Time,” by Frank Smith beginning Tuesday, March 30.

The exhibit will open with a community reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the university’s Gulf Park campus library.

Smith, a resident of Long Beach, is a retired railroad freight conductor. Serving in the Intelligence Service of the U.S. Army, Smith gained an interest in haiku and bonsai while living in Okinawa, Japan, for six years.

Haiku, an ancient form of poetry from China and Japan, consists of only 17 syllables within three lines of the poem. The haiku should include a seasonal word to indicate a specific time of year.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or visit

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