CREDITS SOUTHERN MISS EDUCATION
FOR SUCCESS WITH GOODALL INSTITUTE
- Jeanne McCarty says the education she received from The University
of Southern Mississippi is the cornerstone of the skills she uses
daily to promote her passion for the environment and for animals.
of the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots program, McCarty,
a 1991 Southern Miss graduate, says her academic preparation in
a broad-based academic program provided through the Southern Miss
Honors College helps her design and implement programs for youth
who participate in Roots and Shoots.
College helped me integrate history, philosophy, English and science,"
she said. "It gave me an interdisciplinary (focus), and in
Roots and Shoots, it's the same thing. We include all academic disciplines
(in implementing the program)."
Roots and Shoots
helps youth organize to learn about their communities and plan and
implement projects to promote care and concern for people, animals
and the environment. McCarty, who joined Goodall in Hattiesburg
Wednesday during a visit to the Southern Miss campus, said there
are 2,000 Roots and Shoots groups in the United States and 4,500
worldwide. Goodall, long famous for her research on chimpanzees
in Africa, started Roots and Shoots in Tanzania in 1991.
she became familiar with Roots and Shoots while teaching at the
University of Maryland, where she said community service learning
had become an integral part of the school's academic programs. She
went to work for Goodall four years ago.
someone I've always admired, and I learned about the program while
helping students link their academic majors to their commitments
to what they wanted to do for their communities and professions,"
McCarty's energy and passion. "She's the perfect director for
Roots and Shoots," she said. "Jeanne has enormous enthusiasm.
She just gets on (gets along) with people so. She's a kid at heart,
so that makes it easy for her to work with those involved in the
While at Southern
Miss, McCarty was awarded the William Colmer Fellowship in American
Studies. During her junior year, Jeanne participated in Southern
Miss's exchange program with The University of Wales, Swansea, where
she studied history and American studies. Following her return to
Southern Miss, Jeanne was named "Best Citizen" and she
graduated summa cum laude in August 1991. She is the daughter of
Dr. Kenneth McCarty, professor emeritus of history and editor of
The Journal of Mississippi History; and Sylvia McCarty, a retired
faculty member of Southern Miss's English Language Institute. Jeanne
is engaged to Jason Hewitt (Southern Miss '93), an attorney in Washington,
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.