EFFORTS IN FULL BLOOM AT SOUTHERN MISS
- Foliage isn't the only thing in bloom this spring at The University
of Southern Mississippi. Currently, multiple construction sites
are blossoming on campus despite months of unseasonably heavy rains.
say 'April showers bring flowers,' but it started raining in December
and hasn't quit," said Tommy Rocconi, major projects coordinator
for the Southern Miss Physical Plant. Still, things are "trucking
right along," he said.
of the sites occupy a three-block area that includes the new Student
Life Center, the International Center and an addition to the Shelby
Thames Polymer Science Research Center.
Also in the
final phase of its construction is the 3-D Art Building on West
Fourth Street, due for completion in late July.
delays have "hampered things somewhat," project manager
Rita Hailey-Burks said construction on the 5,790-square-foot 3-D
Art building has remained on schedule. When finished, the building
will serve as studio classrooms for all functions of the 3-D art
program and will be equipped with high-quality tools and work stations.
Hailey-Burks said the building's foundation has been established
and workers are in the process of "closing in the frame."
Work on the
$6 million addition to the Shelby Thames Polymer Science Research
Center is also in advanced stages, Rocconi said. Due for completion
in early fall, piping and metal studs are currently being installed
in the building. "As soon as the windows and doors go in, we
can start with the sheet rock and other finishes that don't require
painting," he said.
Due in July
2004, the new International Center is a $7.9 million project that
will allow the College of International and Continuing Education
to bring under one roof a variety of academic, programmatic and
to the Liberal Arts Building on the west side of campus, the International
Center will be 42,000 square feet and have five floors in all when
finished. It now has three complete slabs, with columns for the
fourth and fifth floors under construction.
Work on the
new $47 million Student Life Center began this year when McClesky
and McMillin halls were razed to make room for the first phase of
one of the largest construction projects in the university's history.
At a cost of
$30 million, the first phase is scheduled to take three years to
complete. The second phase, at a cost of $17 million, is expected
to be completed in another five years.
The first phase
will include a student dining facility, bookstore, textbook center,
food service offices, underground docks, ballroom and technology
atrium and a presidential suite containing conference and dining
phase will include completion of the shelled-in space cited in Phase
I, plus student and administrative offices, Seymour's food court,
two atriums, a study and TV lounge, lease space and a computer lounge
and game room.
rains during the last two months, workers have been able to clear
out earth and install pilings, which paves the way for grade beams
and foundational slabs, said David Anderson, associate vice president
for facilities, construction and real estate. Most of the underground
utilities have already been installed.
if the weather holds, workers can make up for "a lot of lost
part really goes quick if there's no rain," he said, adding
that contractors factor into their schedule an expected amount of
projects currently underway, nearing completion or in the planning
* The $3.5
million Hydrographic Science Center at Stennis Space Center in Hancock
projects at the Gulf Park campus, including sewage, reroofing, street,
drainage and electrical projects.
accessible entranceway, foyer and elevator on the north side of
the Hattiesburg campus' Bond Hall, to be completed this month.
* The George
A. Knauer Marine Science Laboratory and CHL's Visualization Laboratory
are scheduled for completion in July at Stennis Space Center.
of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's marine shrimp farming program
at Cedar Point includes four new buildings completed and in use
and a fifth that is under construction. A new $1.2 million marine
aquaculture interpretive facility is in the planning stages.
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.