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Released February 5, , 2003

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FEB. 5, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- 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.



HATTIESBURG -- 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 or museum director Tony Lewis at (601) 266-5200.



BILOXI -- 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.



LONG BEACH - 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 Long Beach.
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.



LONG BEACH -- 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.



LONG BEACH -- 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.



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.



OCEAN SPRINGS -- 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



OCEAN SPRINGS -- 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 The geospatial center is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a unit of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.



HATTIESBURG - 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.



HATTIESBURG -- 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:



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