MISS GC HOLDS EASTER OPERA AND EGG HUNT
- LONG BEACH - Kids, opera and Easter egg combined for an
unforgettable experience at The University of Southern Mississippi
Gulf Coast on Thursday.
40 children from the Southern MissGC Early Childhood Center and
their parents hunted for Easter eggs and listened to the Southern
Miss Children's Opera as Gulf Coast Provost Dr. Tim Hudson and his
wife, Deidra, hosted the unique event on their front lawn at the
Gulf Park campus.
envisioned the Easter egg hunt as one of the special events to be
held on the grounds of her new home soon after her family's recent
move to Long Beach.
has been such a fun and exciting day for us all," she said.
"We are so fortunate to have such talented and dedicated faculty
and students. We are looking forward to many more events involving
the campus and the community at our home in the near future."
The title of
the opera is "Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing" by Max
Howard. According to Dr. Maryann Kyle, assistant professor of music
at Southern Miss, the opera tells the story of a circus serpent
who wanted to sing more than anything.
many different styles of singing: opera, rock, blues and barbershop,"
Kyle said. "But he can't seem to find the right style. He eventually
learns that his own style of singing is what's best and he does
The opera is
set in a circus and Sid visits the cities of Rome, New York and
London. The cast consists of undergraduate music majors from Southern
Serpent" has been performed for more than 600 school-aged children
this year and is one part of the Southern Opera and Music Theatre
Opera Outreach Program.
who attended the event are enrolled at the Southern MissGC Early
Childhood Center, where children ages 2 through 4 are provided with
a hands-on educational program. The center's curriculum is based
on the National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC) programming guidelines. The center falls under the direction
of the Southern MissGC Division of Education and Psychology.
The cost is
$375 per month for a 2-year old child, and $355 per month for a
3-year-old or 4-year-old child.
For more information
or to register a child at the Southern MissGC Early Childhood Center,
call Jennifer Smart, center director, at (228) 867-8781.
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.