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
"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."