TO ADDRESS SPRING 2003 GRADUATES AT SOUTHERN MISS
- The University of Southern Mississippi will depart from custom
at its 2003 spring commencement ceremonies when one of its top seniors
will address the school's graduates.
Hamm, outgoing Student Government Association president, will give
the keynote address to more than 1,500 students in two separate
graduation ceremonies May 9 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Southern
Miss' Reed Green Coliseum.
angle on my address is going to be on encouragement and the qualities
they (graduates) will need to develop and the initiative they will
need to take to be successful," Hamm said.
a marketing major from Stringer, will graduate with a 3.94 GPA during
the day's commencement ceremonies. He is a member of Golden Key
International, was elected Mr. Southern Miss in 2002 and was recently
inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during Student Awards Day
ceremonies. He was also selected Outstanding Freshman Male and has
served on the University Police Advisory Board.
a guest speaker is invited to address graduates at the ceremony.
Dr. Bill Smith, one of Hamm's professors in the Southern Miss Department
of Management and Marketing, said he's pleased to see the change
and believes Hamm is an excellent choice for speaker.
don't think you could have a better person to represent the student
body than Blake Hamm," said Smith, who also serves as assistant
dean for corporate relations for the College of Business Administration.
"He's an outstanding person as well as an outstanding student.
I'm proud he'll represent our department and college the rest of
Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames will address more than 150 graduates
of Southern Miss Gulf Coast the following day, May 10, at 9 a.m.
at the Long Beach campus. Thames also praised the selection of Hamm
to speak during the two Hattiesburg commencement events.
fitting that Blake address the graduates and their families and
friends," Dr. Thames said. "He's been an outstanding student,
a leader among his peers and a fine representative of the excellence
in academic products from Southern Miss. I'm sure his words will
inspire his classmates at both ceremonies."
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.