MISS GC'S LIVE OAK WRITING PROJECT GETS $44,500 IN GRANTS
-- With its most recent grant of $44,500, The University of Southern
Mississippi Gulf Coast's Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP) has received
$141,400 in grant money in its three-year existence.
grants include a $38,000 continuation grant from the National Writing
Project (NWP), a $3,000 mini-grant from the Teacher Inquiry Network,
and a $3,500 mini-grant from the Rural Sites Network.
grant will let us be able to continue to help improve the quality
of writing in Gulf Coast schools," said Dr. Elaine White, project
co-director and assistant professor of English at Southern MissGC.
"The mini-grants will be models for other National Writing
Project sites to follow in their work." White is joined by
Mary Kay Deen and Frances Weiler, the other co-directors.
mini-grant will fund teacher research at the LOWP site. The $3,500
min-grant will fund a project that will involve writing curriculum
integrating art, writing and science. Both mini-grants are also
grants include an $18,500 grant from the Mississippi Writing/Thinking
Institute (2002-03), a $28,000 NWP grant (2002-03), an $11,900 grant
from the Mississippi Power Education, a $20,000 NWP grant (2001-02)
and an $18,500 grant from the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute
The grant money
facilitates LOWP, a Southern MissGC writing program, helping Gulf
Coast teachers train better writers.
and educators, we are only limited by our imagination," White
is what White instilled in the 33 teachers who have completed a
hands-on Invitational Summer Institute, where they have examined
their classroom practices, conducted research and developed their
own writing skills. The Summer Institute is offered each year for
those selected to become teacher consultants.
year's Summer Institute June 2-July 3, the 15 Gulf Coast teachers
invited to attend will train to become LOWP fellows.
The work of
the site includes not only the Summer Institute, but also continued
training in composition instruction for the more than 50 teacher
consultants affiliated with LOWP. Other functions of LOWP include
leadership training for the teacher consultants and in-service programs
provided for other teachers through events such as the annual Fall
Festival of Writing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Pascagoula,
Bay-Waveland, Pass Christian and Hancock County school districts.
A new event
this year will be a Creative Writing Festival, as faculty and students
at Southern MissGC will judge writing of Jackson, Harrison and Hancock
County high school students. This will be held on June 25 at the
Gulf Park campus.
program will be the Writing Improvement Network. This will be used
to help teachers of fourth- and seventh-grade students prepare for
the state writing assessment.
LOWP is a local
project site of the National Writing Project, which is a professional
development network established in 1974 for teachers to improve
learning of writing in public schools.
area of LOWP includes teachers in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl
River, George and Stone counties.
To learn more
about the Live Oak Writing Project, contact White at (228) 214-3288.
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.