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Released August 12, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS ADMINISTRATORS, FACULTY, STAFF PREPARE
FOR RETURN OF STUDENTS FOR FALL 2004 SEMESTER

HATTIESBURG - Administrators, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi are preparing for the fall 2004 semester with Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend, starting with Freshman Move-in Day on Aug. 19, as new students move into their dormitory rooms on the Hattiesburg campus.

Approximately 1,500 freshmen are expected to join the university's student body this fall.

Freshman and transfer students will be moving into dormitories at two locations, with men at Bond Hall and women in the dorms located at the Women's Quad. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff and campus and community organizations traditionally are on hand to assist students and their parents as they move the students' belongings into their dorm rooms. The event is sponsored by Southern Miss Student Activities.

On Friday, August 20, the traditional painting competition among the freshman class at the Eagle Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Freshmen will meet at M.M. Roberts Stadium with the Golden Eagles football team and coaches, followed by the painting competition under the east tunnel of the stadium at 7 p.m.

The painting of the Eagle Walk is sponsored and led by The Legacy, formerly the Student Alumni Association.

"The annual painting of the Eagle Walk has not only become one of the highlights of Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend, it has become one of the highlights of a freshman's year," said Dawn Smith, the Southern Miss Alumni Association's chapter services and Legacy adviser. "This is their way of leaving a mark at Southern Miss, while becoming a part of one our time-honored traditions. Also, it's just a lot of fun."

Following the painting of Eagle Walk will be Freshman Friday Night at the Fountain, beginning at 7:45 p.m. This event will include a pep rally featuring the Southern Miss baseball and softball teams and coaches, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Southern Miss mascot Seymour, and a video dance party along with music, food and prizes.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, freshmen are invited to take part in "Discover Downtown Hattiesburg," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as downtown merchants and eateries provide lunch for freshmen and information and displays of products, services and entertainment in the city's historic center. Later in the day, from 5-7 p.m., students can participate in "Saturday Night Fall Fest" at Shoemaker Square in front of The Hub and at adjoining Weathersby Lawn near the center of campus. This event will include food and refreshments, prizes, inflatable games, a rock climb, mechanical bull and music by D.J. Sweat.

These events are sponsored in part by Student Activities, The Legacy, University Activities Council and the Office of Freshman Year Experience.

"It's a great start for the fall semester, and a great way for our new students to get acclimated to the different activities and opportunities available to them on campus," said Brant Ryan, Southern Miss Student Activities coordinator.

For more information about these events, call the Southern Miss Student Activities Office at (601) 266-4403 or the Southern Miss Alumni Association at (601) 266-5013.

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September 1, 2004 2:04 PM