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Released August 03, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS 2004 STAFF COUNCIL READY TO TAKE ON NEW YEAR

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi's Staff Council is busy settling new members in and readying for the activities of a new year. The group's plans include activities inside - and outside - university quarters.

"This year, we plan to help assist with student move-in day Aug. 19, where we'll also greet and meet students coming to campus," said the current president, Virginia Kittrell. Other officers for the year include Valerie Horne, president-elect; Keri Hensarling, secretary; and Anne Marie Flowers, secretary-elect.

Several professional development workshops are planned, including one on grant writing, and the group plans to once again participate in the fall Southern Miss Community Blitz, where volunteers canvas the Hattiesburg community to reach out to Hattiesburg-area businesses. Last year, almost 300 businesses were contacted by volunteers, who distributed pocket game schedules, Southern Miss yard signs, black and gold pompoms, game schedule posters, "Go Gold" posters, "Go Gold" T-shirts and Southern Miss spirit-pack order forms. Southern Miss contributes about $250 million annually to the local economy.

New council member Wynde Fitts, director of the Freshman Year Experience, sees good things ahead. "It's a fun and exciting time to be on Staff Council," she said. "There are so many changes and new opportunities happening on campus. Staff Council is a place you can make a difference and help shape the future for staff at Southern Miss."

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August 27, 2004 1:43 PM