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Released April 25, 2003

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For the week of 4/21 - 4/25

"HOME OF YOUR OWN" HOMEOWNER SPOTLIGHT

HATTIESBURG - Theresa Gardner and Alison Novey are the most recent new homeowners in Greenville assisted by the Home of Your Own (HOYO) program, a program for persons with disabilities to obtain home ownership administered by the Institute for Disability Studies, located at The University of Southern Mississippi. The local media is invited to Theresa and Alison's home at 2265 White Oak Drive, on Monday, April 28, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., as the homeowners share their story with their community. Gardner says she would like to be interviewed to let local residents know that people with disabilities can live in and be a part of their local community. The HOYO staff would like the Greenville area to know that state funding provides down payment and closing costs monies up to $10,000 for qualified applicants with disabilities. IDS is Mississippi's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, headquartered for 25 years at Southern Mississippi. The institute provides university training, community service activities, research, and information that promote the independence, productivity, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families. For more information about IDS, call 1-866-883-4474 or visit the institute's Web site at www.ids.usm.edu.

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PHI DELTA KAPPA CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG - The Southern Miss Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International will observe the 50th anniversary of its chapter at Southern Miss and hold its spring initiation May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Union Room. Phi Delta Kappa is an international professional education association for men and women and is open to professional educators and others. Members now include classroom teachers, school administrators, college and university professors, educational specialists of many types, graduate students preparing for careers in education and students who are enrolled in or have successfully completed student teaching. The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Phi Delta Kappa was chartered on April 25, 1953, counting among its members University of Southern Mississippi President Emeritus Dr. Aubrey Lucas. The program of Phi Delta Kappa is designed to stimulate the professional growth of members and to deal with current problems and issues related to public education. For more information about this event contact, Dr. Janice Thompson and Dr. Bettie Barrett in the Office of Educational Field Experiences at (601) 266-4571.

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SOUTHERN MISS TO OFFER DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE

HATTIESBURG - Driver's education classes will be offered at Southern Miss through the School of Human Performance and Recreation this summer from May 27 to June 13. Classes are offered mornings or afternoons. Students, who must be at least 14 and entering the ninth grade, can be earn one-half credit toward high school graduation. The cost is $175, payable in advance. Call 266-5386 for a brochure and registration packet.

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SOUTHERN MISS TO HOST YOUNG WRITERS CAMP

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Continuing Education and Distance Learning will hold a Young Writers Camp June 9-20, 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, featuring creative writing programs for students in elementary school grades second through fifth. The fee is $150 and the camp is limited to 15 participants. For more information, call (601) 266-4186.

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