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Released August 23, 2004

"HIGHLY VISIBLE" CLASSROOMS RECEIVE
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION EQUIPMENT

HATTIESBURG - When the fall semester opens today, students and faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi will have access to 13 new "smart" classrooms. Twelve of the classrooms are located in the Hattiesburg campus and one at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The addition of these classrooms increases the university's number of technology-integrated classrooms from 26 to 38.

The university launched its first technology-integrated classroom in the summer of 2003 through student technology fees and the Department of Education's Title III-A Strengthening of Institution grant received October 2001. The introduction of "smart" classrooms serves to strengthen the institution by providing the students and faculty with state-of-the-art instructional technology to enhance the teaching and learning environment.

"The University of Southern Mississippi strives to prepare our students to learn the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century," said Bradley Bond, assistant provost and principal investigator of the Title III-A grant. "The implementation of these 'smart' classrooms lets our students know that their futures are a priority with us. We believe that technology integration in the classroom will enhance the educational experience for our students, introducing them to new ideas and spurring their creativity and enthusiasm in new and different ways."

The "highly visible undergraduate classrooms" (HVUCs) feature a set of multimedia equipment that includes a SMART Sympodium lectern, a computer with video and sound cards, a data projector to display the computer images, a visual presenter, a projection screen, a KeySpan remote control system and a DVD-VCR combo unit complete with an audio sound system.

"The SMART Sympodium is the latest state-of-the-art interactive lectern integration module that allows faculty to write notes, annotate over applications, present multimedia and save their work in a single file, all from the interactive screen," said Equipment Services manager Joel Holder, who is responsible for equipment acquisition and installation. "Southern Miss is a pioneer in using a Sympodium in its classrooms." Faculty training is organized and coordinated through the Learning Enhancement Center, also supported by Title III-A funds.

A complete list of the HVUCs or "smart" classrooms can be found on the Learning Enhancement Center Web site at www.usm.edu/lec.

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September 8, 2004 5:12 PM