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Released February 20, 2003

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Feb. 17-21, 2003


HATTIESBURG -- Sumrall senior Jared Loftus has been elected Student Government Association president in campus balloting at The University of Southern Mississippi. Students also selected Sarah Spigener, a sophomore from Gulfport, as vice president; Chad Cornett, a junior from Brandon, attorney general, and Alex Thames, a senior from Florence, election commissioner. More than 2,000 students voted in the election, according to school officials, a marked increase in comparison to student government elections held on campus in recent years.



BILOXI -- Registration is under way for the 2003 edition of Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Biloxi. With the theme "Water Safari," the marine science day camp at Scott Aquarium will take a look at the exotic and unusual in local waters as students ages 5-16 explore the ocean and its creatures. The revamped camp will feature two new major activities and a new take on old favorites such as field trips, computer lab, art and music. Also on the agenda is an "Exotic Friday Fun Day" of food, games and celebration of the week. Five-day sessions are scheduled each week of June 2 through Aug. 1 with the exception of July 21-25. Sessions for 5-year-old campers run from 8-11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8-4 p.m. Costs per week are age 5, $65; ages 6-7, $115; ages 8-14, $130; ages 15-16, $145. For information or to register, call (228) 374-5550 or visit The Scott Aquarium is a part of the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the Ocean Springs headquarters of the Southern Miss College of Marine Sciences.



LONG BEACH --- The Psychology Student Association (PSA) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host its own V-Day celebration Feb. 22- 23. To help raise awareness and raise money for V-Day Gulf Coast 2003, PSA will hold a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23 in the Advanced Education Auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students. V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their communities. Last year, PSA raised more than $7,000 to support organizations actively working to reduce violence against women. This year a goal of $10,000 has been set. For more information on PSA at Southern MissGC and to purchase or reserve tickets of V-Day Gulf Coast 2003, call (228) 868-0035 or (228) 214-3249.



HATTIESBURG -- The Trombone Studio, under the direction of University of Music Professor Marta Hofacre, will present guest trombonist Thomas Ashworth in recital March 5 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. A member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota since 1990, Ashworth is the featured trombonist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has recorded numerous compact discs on such labels as Teidec, Atlantic, Decca and EMI. He also has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion"and William McGlaughlin's "Saint Paul Sunday Live." His 6 p.m. recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call (601) 266-6103.



HATTIESBURG -- Two University of Southern Mississippi music alumni return to campus March 2 to present a recital at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium. Trumpeter Michael Tunnell, who received his D.M.A. in 1982 from Southern Miss, is professor of trumpet at the University of Louisville School of Music, where he performs with Louisville Brass, conducts the trumpet ensemble and edits the alumni newsletter. He will collaborate with his wife, Meme, also a graduate of Southern Miss and a pianist. She is an instructor of piano, staff accompanist, and director of preparatory music at Bellarmine University in Louisville. The program for the evening includes works by Tommaso Albinoni, Johann Nepomuk-Hummel, Stanley Friedman, Eric Ewazen, John LaBarbera, Pat Harbison and Herbert Clarke. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Trumpet Studio at Southern Miss at (601) 266-6937.



HATTIESBURG -- Herbert Randall, renowned civil rights photographer who chronicled Hattiesburg's 1964 Freedom Summer and whose work is currently on exhibit at The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, has rescheduled his gallery talk to Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the museum. Originally scheduled Feb. 17, inclement weather in the northeastern United States canceled the New Jersey resident's travel plans to Hattiesburg. The exhibition, "Faces of Freedom Summer," features Randall's black and white photographs of civil rights activism in Hattiesburg and will be on view through March 7. The gallery talk and exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Tony Lewis, museum curator, at (601) 266-5200.



HATTIESBURG -- Three Generations -- a male vocal trio touring the United States with their tribute to American folk songs, work songs and spirituals -- has added a new member to substitute for recently hospitalized Benjamin Matthews. The trio will make a tour stop at The University of Southern Mississippi Feb. 25-27 to present a three-day residency with a gala concert finale in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. The trio lineup now features the talents of baritones Robert Sims and Kenneth Overton, and newcomer Gregory Emanuel Rahming. Matthews, an original member of the group, recently became ill and is taking a break from touring. Rahming has performed many impressive operatic roles in major United States opera companies as well as in Europe and Sweden. He has served as a guest teaching artist at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Tickets for the Feb. 27 Three Generations concert at 7:30 p.m. are $20 for adult general admission, $15 for Southern Miss faculty and staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets. Order online at For more information about the residency and the classes offered, call Dr. Davis at (601) 266-6941 or visit



HATTIESBURG – A 2002 radio, television and film graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, will present his black-and-white short film "Windows" during the 25th annual Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Ill., Feb. 21-March 2.

Jason Williams's film was among just 58 out of some 260 student and professional films from across the country selected for viewing at the festival. The overall winner will receive a cash prize. A native of Boutte, La., Williams earned a bachelor's degree last May as a liberal arts major in radio, television and film, with an emphasis in film production and a minor in art.

"‘Windows' is a black-and-white short film that's about a young man who battles his own personal demons made manifest through an African dream scape," said Williams. "It all takes place in a dream and has a lot of African stylized elements to it."

For more information, contact Williams at



OCEAN SPRINGS – The University of Southern Mississippi will host a seminar on economic impact and resource allocation in recreational fisheries from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Room 103 of the Caylor Building at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

The featured speaker is Jim Franks, Southern Miss fisheries biologist and an authority on Gulf of Mexico recreational fisheries. Franks will discuss the future of recreational fisheries in the gulf and their economic impact. Franks also will examine the issue of resource allocation that centers around the rights of taking fish from the Gulf of Mexico.

To register for the seminar, call Dale Fremin at (228) 872-4256. The $5 registration includes a light lunch.



LONG BEACH – Learning the ins and outs of floral design will be the focus of two courses offered in March at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"Basic Floral Design-A Workshop for the Beginner," a Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education course, will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon March 5 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of flower arranging. The course will focus on how to make bows, corsages and simple floral arrangements. Holiday decorating ideas also will be featured. The cost of the course is $39, with an additional $10 material fee.

"Advanced Floral Design" will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon March 29.

For more information, call (228) 867-8777.



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