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 Southern Miss Gulf Coast Office of University Communications at 228.865.4573.
• “Paint Out” set for Nov. 14
• Visions of NOLA Poetry Reading Nov. 17
OPA to Host Great Paint Out at Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Miss. – The first Oil Painters of America Great Paint Out on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Friendship Oak at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
Each fall, OPA members nationwide spend a day painting outdoors during the Great Paint Out. Members volunteer to coordinate paint-outs in their state so local artists have an opportunity to meet, paint, observe and learn from one another.
The Great Paint Out, sponsored by Pat Walker, OPA and Sandy Shaver of Caboose Art Gallery, is free and open to the public. Guests can bring their own lunch or purchase a boxed lunch at the event. For more information, contact Sandy Shaver at
or call 228.324.1697.
Southern Miss Gulf Coast to Host ‘Visions of NOLA’ Poetry Reading Nov. 17
LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi will host the fourth Poets at Gulf Park poetry reading of 2009 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The theme for the reading is “Visions of NOLA” with New Orleans poets Dave Brinks and Bill Lavender presenting.
The readings will be presented in Sahvannah’s Coffee House, located at the entrance of the library. An open microphone session for audience members who wish to share their own favorite poetry will begin after the scheduled readers. Open microphone participants must sign up at 5:45 p.m. for a designated five-minute time slot.
This poetry reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Southern Miss English Department, the College of Arts and Letters, the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library. For more information, contact Dr. Wil Watson at
or call 228.214.3245.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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/gulfcoast