PROFESSOR OFFERS RECITAL OF CLASSICS
-- Kenneth Ortlepp, assistant professor of horn at The University
of Southern Mississippi, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17
in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. A member of the faculty ensemble
Southern Arts Brass Quintet and director of the horn studio, Ortlepp
joined the Southern Miss School of Music in the fall of 2003. The
evening's program includes Franz Strauss' Nocturno, Richard Strauss'
Concerto No. 1, W. A. Mozart's Concerto No. 2, and a piece by Mark
Schultz called Dragons in the Sky for horn, percussion and tape.
The recital is free and open to the public. Having studied with
Dennis Behm, who recently retired as professor of horn at Southern
Miss, Jill Wilson at the University of Mississippi, Ortlepp has
performed with orchestras and freelanced in Mississippi, Tennessee,
Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming. He was also the guest clinician and
lecturer for the brass studio at Angelo State University in San
Angelo, Texas, where he taught private lessons for the horn studio.
Ortlepp played with the USAF Band of the West from 1998-2002, where
he was the principal horn with the Concert Band and played the horn
with the Southwest Winds Woodwind Quintet and the Top Brass Quintet.
SOUTHERN MISS ART ALUMNUS TO VISIT FEB. 17-19
-- Renowned Mississippi visual artist Thornton Willis will return
to his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, Feb.
17-19 to share his knowledge and expertise with area students-from
elementary to college-and will culminate his visit Feb. 19 with
a public lecture on his career as an artist. On Feb. 17, Willis
will give workshops at Smith Elementary School in Petal, Oak Grove
High School, and Hattiesburg High School. On Feb. 18, he will present
self-designed art projects to children at Nora Davis Magnet Elementary
School, Mason Elementary School, and at Northeast High School in
Laurel. To round out the visit, Willis will present a free public
lecture at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Polymer Science Building Auditorium,
sponsored by Partners for the Arts. A native of Pensacola, Fla.,
Willis holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Southern
Mississippi and a master's degree from the University of Alabama
in Tuscaloosa. A professional abstract painter in New York City,
his work is collected by major international and national art museums
such as the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn.;
the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Power Institute of Arts in Sidney,
Australia; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Musee a la
Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland; and the Malmo Museum of Fine Arts
in Malmo, Sweden, among others. This series is generously supported
by the Mississippi Arts Commission, and, in part, by Partners for
the Arts. For more information, contact Southern Miss Art Education
coordinator Elizabeth Leal at (601) 266-5815 or e-mail Elizabeth.Leal@usm.edu
or museum director Tony Lewis at (601) 266-5200.
SCOTT AQUARIUM HOSTS HURRICANE BOWL FEB. 6-7
More than 200 high school competitors, coaches, fans and volunteers
will assemble for the annual "Hurricane Bowl" ocean sciences
competition at The University of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium
Feb. 6-7. Teams from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana
will test their knowledge and compete for scholarships, prizes and
a chance to go to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in
Charleston, S.C., in April. The event is one of 21 regional bowls
held around the country. Attendance to the competition is open to
the public with paid admission to the aquarium. On Saturday the
rapid-fire, college-bowl-style contest features a round-robin tournament
from 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. and a double-elimination tournament from
1:15 - 6 p.m. Admission to the aquarium is free to Scott Aquarium
members and to competitors' families.
MISS GULF COAST TO OFFER OSHA TRAINING
- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will offer
a slate of OSHA training courses this spring through its Division
of Continuing Education.
OSHA First Responder Awareness, will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Feb. 16. The cost of the course is $175. OSHA First Responder Operations
will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 17-19. The cost of the
course is $250. OSHA Refresher will be offered from
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 20. The cost of the course is $150. All three
are HAZWOPER courses and will be held at the Gulf Park campus in
For more information and to register for the OSHA training courses,
call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education
at (228) 867-8777.
MISS GULF COAST TO OFFER NEW
LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
-- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will kick
off its new Leadership Certificate Program this spring. "Surviving
and Thriving as a Leader," a Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division
of Continuing Education course, will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,
starting Feb. 24, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
The six-week program is designed with the goals of today's supervisors
and managers in mind. Classes are packed with vital information
to increase the productivity of employees and give participants
the skills needed to succeed. The courses include: Leadership and
Communication Skills, offered Feb. 24; Leadership in Dealing with
Priorities and Demands, March 17; Leadership and Motivation, April
21; Leadership and Change, May 12; Leadership and Difficult Behavior,
June 2; and Leadership and Team Building, July 21. Participants
must take all six courses to qualify for a certificate. The cost
is $900 for all courses in the certificate program or $175 per course.
The presenter for the courses will be Edward Leader, a nationally
recognized authority in the area of communications. For more information
and to register for the Leadership Certificate Program or individual
courses, call Dayonne McGuire at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division
of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.
MISS GULF COAST
TO OFFER GRANT WRITING COURSE
-- Improving skills in grant writing will be the focus of an
upcoming continuing education course offered by The University of
Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The course, Grant Writing, will
be held from 6-9 p.m., April 15, 22 and 29 at the Jackson County
teaching site in Gautier. It will emphasize finding the right fit
between a dream and a funding source for both nonprofit and governmental
agencies. Participants will learn how to search for grant sources
and package their visions into forms that funding agencies recognize
as fitting into their missions. The cost of the course is $69, and
the instructor is Sue Chamberlain. For more information or to register,
call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education
at (228) 867-8777.
MISS GULF COAST AMBASSADOR SERIES
TO PRESENT MOZART'S 'MAGIC FLUTE' IN LONG BEACH
-- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Ambassador
Series will present the second of its spring concerts Feb. 6 in
the Advanced Education Center Auditorium at the Gulf Park campus
in Long Beach. Southern Opera and Music Theatre at Southern Miss
will present an adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The
Magic Flute,"which will start at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free
and open to the public. The production is under the direction of
stage director Dr. Maryann Kyle and musical director Pablo Saelzer.
Being an adaptation, the production will use narration rather than
the normal spoken dialogue of most operas. A lyric drama with a
mystic twist, "The Magic Flute" embodies the concept of
good versus evil in a rather complicated story. The musical numbers
have been called romantic, dramatic, and just short of blessed.
There is even an embrace of the melodic elements of folk. For more
information, call Joanne Edwards at (228) 863-9879.
MISS RESEARCH LAB INVOLVES VOLUNTEERS
TO RESTORE SEAGRASSES
-- The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory is issuing a call for adult volunteers for a seagrass
restoration project now in progress. Robin McCall, principal investigator
for the project, said the program involves volunteers in collecting,
potting, monitoring and transplanting seagrasses at the restoration
site at Horn Island, one of Mississippi's four barrier islands.
Approximately $80,000 in support for the restoration is from the
National Park Service and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seagrasses provide
critical habitat for important commercial and recreational species.
Anyone interested in participating in any phase of the project should
contact McCall at (228) 872-4272 or email@example.com.
MISS GEOSPATIAL CENTER LAUNCHES E-NEWSLETTER
-- The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center has launched an online newsletter to share "news to
use" about geographic information systems and remote sensing.
The audience for the newsletter is the geospatial community of the
Mississippi Gulf Coast and surrounding areas, said Anitra Blake,
the center's user-services training coordinator. "The goal
of the publication is to provide information on applications, research
and technology that are derived from or that support geospatial
activities," she said. Christened Gulf Coast GIFT: Geospatial
Information for Today, the four-color newsletter will be e-mailed
to subscribers in a portable document format (PDF). Send requests
to subscribe to GIFT to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The geospatial center is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory,
a unit of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.
ANNUAL RUN FOR LOVE SCHEDULED FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
- The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Recreational
Sports will host the seventh annual Run for Love 5K on Feb. 14.
The 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Payne Center parking lot
near Reed Green Coliseum. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Awards
will be given to top finishers in the following categories: 17 and
under, 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-over and couples. Official
T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners. The Run for
Love is open to all runners, walkers and persons with disabilities.
The entry fee is $13 for entries received before Feb. 12 and $16
for entries received after Feb. 12. All proceeds from the Run for
Love will go toward the professional development and scholarship
fund of the Southern Miss Recreational Sports student employees.
For more information on the Run for Love, contact event coordinators
Jenny or Ryan at (601)266-5405.
MISS PROFESSOR CO-EDITS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND BOOK
-- Dr. John A. Pojman, professor in the Department of Chemistry
& Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has
co-edited a book that was recently published by the American Chemical
Society and Oxford University Press. The book, co-edited with professor
Qui Tran-Cong-Miyata of Kyoto Institute of Technology, is titled
Nonlinear Dynamics in Polymeric Systems.
"The book brings to fruition a dream of mine since I came to
Southern Miss - to establish the study of nonlinear dynamics in
polymeric systems as a recognized and active field of study,"
said Pojman. "Qui Tran-Cong-Miyata and I have shared this dream,
and it was a great pleasure to work with him on this project."
The book consists of 24 chapters contributed by participants in
a symposium at an American Chemical Society national meeting. It
is the first book on this topic to be published. Nonlinear dynamics
is the study of systems that can exhibit spontaneous self-organizing
behavior in space and time. Pojman and Tran-Cong-Miyata have been
pioneers in applying nonlinear dynamics to the study of polymers.
Pojman has co-edited another book, Polymer Research in Microgravity:
Polymerization and Processing and co-authored An Introduction to
Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics. More information can be found at Dr.
Pojman's Web site: www.pojman.com.