TO: News Editors, Directors
WHAT: Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, his wife, Gail, and aide Scott Walker, will visit The University of Southern Mississippi Campus. Media are invited to attend for photo and interview opportunities.
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Shelby Thames Polymer Research Center, Hattiesburg campus
SPECIFICS: Following a 9 a.m. meeting with President Martha Saunders and cabinet members, Dr. Cecil Burge, vice president for Research and Economic Development, will take Sen. Wicker on a tour of the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at 10 a.m.
Former President Dr. Shelby Thames and other faculty members will brief the senator on work being done on an $8 million Department of Defense marine composite project underway at the university.
Sen. Wicker, formerly the First District U.S. Representative, was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour in December to fill the senate seat vacated by Trent Lott.
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.