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Monday, January 25, 2010
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Southern Miss News Briefs
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.

                                       *College of Business to host Alumni Networking Event
                                       *DuBard School to Host Symposium

College of Business to Host Alumni Networking Reception in Jackson

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is helping kick off university Centennial celebrations with an Alumni Networking Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at The Pinnacle at Jackson Place in downtown Jackson.

The free event is designed to promote business education, alumni awareness and networking opportunities for Southern Miss alumni, business professionals and students.

Shortly thereafter the Centennial events will swing into high gear as internationally acclaimed opera star Renée Fleming takes the stage at Thalia Mara Hall along with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

For more information about the Alumni Networking Reception call 601.266.4569.

DuBard School Set to Host Annual Symposium

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Two renowned speakers will highlight the 14th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders set for Feb. 4-5 at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. R. Malatesha Joshi, professor of Reading Education at Texas A&M University, will join Dr. Beverly Smallwood, licensed psychologist with The Hope Center in Hattiesburg, in leading symposium participants on how to make 10 critical choices that illustrate the importance of remaining positive, patient and persistent when working with a child with language disorders.

Each year the symposium attracts educators, social workers, marriage and family therapists, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and parents from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas and the Florida panhandle.

“Dyslexia and similar disorders can be drastically reduced when teachers are provided with evidence-based reading instruction through training programs such as the DuBard Symposium,” said Joshi. “In my opinion, if we solve reading problems, much of our societal problems will lessen.”

There will be concurrent afternoon sessions on both days and continuing education units will be available.

“We encourage all who work with students with reading disorders to take part in the symposium,” said Dr. Maureen Martin, DuBard School director. “The information our speakers share will help participants identify these learning differences and modify their teaching strategies in order to provide the support necessary for academic, and thus, economic success.”

For registration information call the Southern Miss Office of Professional Development and Economic Outreach at 601.266.4186 or visit

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