- The University of Southern Mississippi will canvas the Hattiesburg
community throughout the week beginning Aug. 25 for the Southern
Miss Community Blitz, which will see every aspect of the university
community reach out to Hattiesburg-area businesses.
visit a total of more than 250 businesses within the main thoroughfares
of the Hattiesburg area during the Southern Miss Community Blitz,"
said Scott Carr, associate athletic director for Southern Miss.
concentrated on the high-traffic areas of the city so that our visitors
and community members would see the support of the university throughout
the businesses of the area. When people drive into Hattiesburg,
we want them to 'feel' the university. They should see black and
gold, and they should feel black and gold."
members of the Southern Miss athletic department will make calls
on 50 businesses throughout the Pine Belt. Tuesday will bring Southern
Miss administration members, including new college deans, making
calls on another 50 businesses. Wednesday will incorporate visits
from Southern Miss faculty, while Thursday will have visits by Southern
Miss staff and Friday will see student visits to businesses that
are closer to the heart of the Southern Miss campus.
that business owners and managers throughout the Hattiesburg area
are not all Southern Miss graduates, but every business benefits
from the presence of the university, and should support our local
university that contributes more than $250 million to the local
economy," said Athletic Director Richard Giannini.
graduate from Southern Miss," said Greg Gough, senior vice
president of BancorpSouth in Hattiesburg. "But our business
is greatly affected by our customers, which constitute a large number
of Southern Miss faculty and staff. We know the dollar effect of
the university on our business, and we support the university that
supports us, in ways they will never know.
that university personnel understand the impact we have, and can
have, on the success of athletics and university programs. We are
happy to give to the business (Southern Miss) that gives to us.
We have to take care of one another to be successful."
Community Blitz members will distribute pocket game schedules, Southern
Miss yard signs, black and gold pompons, game schedule posters,
"Go Gold" posters, "Go Gold" T-shirts, Southern
Miss spirit-pack order forms, and an ear of corn to commemorate
the Southern Miss vs. Nebraska game on Sept. 25.
is great fun," said staff council president, Kenton McNeese.
"We need the support of the Hattiesburg community in everything
we do. This is a great way for us to get in to the community where
we live, work, and do business."