MISS ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
- The University of Southern Mississippi's nationally ranked, cutting-
edge international and continuing education programs will now operate
from a new center, according to an announcement made on the university's
campus in Hattiesburg Thursday. "This Center for International
and Continuing Education will enable our professional staff, who
are so skilled at what they do, to continue to work with our faculty
to offer Southern Miss students these important learning opportunities,"
said Dr Tim Hudson, founding dean of the College of International
and Continuing Education at Southern Miss and now the provost for
Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
version of the staff structure formerly housed in the College of
International and Continuing Education will comprise the center.
Largely self supporting, the center will facilitate faculty and
student participation in the university's revenue-generating international,
lifelong learning and Web-based courses and programs. These programs
include international programs that offer study-abroad opportunities
to students in more than 30 countries worldwide, and annually sends
approximately 700 students overseas.
Continuing Education and Distributed Learning provides lifelong
educational opportunities to learners outside the traditional campus
and at all stages of life and career, while the English Language
Institute provides English language instruction to students from
all over the world. Nearly 20,000 students have studied at the ELI
since its creation in 1947, and the International Student and Scholar
Services offers services to 420 international students and scholars
annually, representing 65 countries worldwide.
of a new, $8 million facility for the new center is ongoing. Nearly
half of the funding for the facility is from revenue generated by
international and continuing education programs.
will maintain the university's important role in providing excellent
international and continuing education programs that improve the
lives of the people of our state and nation, and in building new
bridges of positive communication and cooperation across the globe,"
said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames.
Wiest, the Southern Miss professor of history who leads the award-winning
Vietnam Studies Program abroad, believes the center will be an excellent
resource for students and faculty. "For several years, Southern
Miss has been a leader in international education, and I believe
the streamlining and re-casting of our infrastructure will enable
us to continue and build on our past successes," he said.
Hudson, a native
of Purvis and graduate of Southern Miss, will serve as executive
director of the center in addition to his duties as provost. He
served as an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of State
in Washington, D.C. before returning to Southern Miss in 1985 to
oversee the development of the university's vast and nationally
recognized international programs. He has implemented more than
40 study-abroad programs worldwide, and, in 1996, he received an
honorary doctorate from London's Guildhall University in 1996 for
his lifelong contributions to international education.
currently director of international programs at Southern Miss, will
serve as director of the center, Hudson said. "Ms. Steen is
extremely talented, well educated and well suited for this position,"
A native of
Natchez, Steen grew up in Jackson and is a graduate of the Southern
Miss Honors College with a degree in speech communication. She also
holds a master's degree in communication from the University of
Florida and is completing work on a doctorate in speech communication
from Southern Miss. While an undergraduate at Southern Miss, she
participated in the school's student exchange program to the University
of Wales in Swansea. She was named a Rotary International Ambassadorial
Scholar following completion of her master's degree from Florida,
which allowed her to spend a year of study at the University of
Canberra in Australia. "The creation of the center will ensure
the continued growth of these highly successful programs,"
Steen said. "We look forward to working with our outstanding
faculty in offering students the chance to broaden their educational
experience and world view, and in providing lifelong learning opportunities
to members of our Hattiesburg community."
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.