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Released December 3, 2003


LONG BEACH. - The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast chapters of the Psychology Student Association (PSA) and the national psychology honor society Psi Chi recently helped raise money for new books at the Gulf Park campus library.

Its weeklong turkey feather fund-raiser, which lasted from November 17-21, was a part of the "Brick to Books" campaign.

The event was organized to raise $500 dollars so that PSA and Psi Chi could buy a corporate brick to be placed in front of the library.

"PSA and Psi Chi decided to do the fund-raiser because they felt students benefit from a well supplied library," said Dr. Darlys Alford, adviser for PSA and Psi Chi and associate professor of Psychology at Southern Miss.

A total of $485 was raised toward the brick purchase.

Twenty faculty members participated in the fund-raiser. The faculty member with the most feathers was chosen to wear the turkey costume for two days before Thanksgiving.

Dr.Vincent Stretch, assistant professor of psychology at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, had the most feathers with a total of 196, and Dr. Darlys Alford, adviser for PSA and Psi Chi and associate professor of psychology, came in second with a total of 70 feathers.

"Bricks to Books" provides money for library books through the purchase of commemorative bricks and was started in 2002 with the construction of the new library.

The bricks, which can be engraved with the name of a family member or business, are a way to donate money for books and serve as a lasting memorial.


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