the week of January 27 - 31
DISSIDENT SOUTHERN MISS SPEAKER FEB. 11
- Harry Wu knows firsthand the repercussions of fighting for
human rights in a country where the government is hostile to political
Wu will recount
his 19 years as a political prisoner in China's "Bamboo Gulag"-
which included time in solitary confinement under brutal conditions
- and his struggle against forced labor in his native land during
The University of Southern Mississippi's next University Forum Feb.
11 at 7 p.m.
author and speaker on human rights issues, Wu has returned to China
since his release to document the atrocities committed in Chinese
prison camps and forced labor camps. He twice has testified before
the U.S. Congress on the abuses.
Wu is the author
of two books, Bitter Winds, in which he recounts his life as a political
prisoner; and Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty,
in which Wu details his decision to return to China and the victories
he has achieved for human rights.
University Forum series is sponsored each fall and spring semester
by the Honors College. All presentations are free and open to the
public, and are held at Bennett Auditorium. For more information,
call (601) 266-5762.
AEROBICS CLASS" PART OF FEB. 20 EVENT
The University of Southern Mississippi Division of Recreational
Sports will hold a day-long program of physical and educational
activities Feb. 20 - including Southern Miss's "largest aerobics
class" - to observe National Recreational Sports Fitness Day.
university's largest aerobics class will be among the day's highlights,"
said Stacey Ready, assistant director of recreational sports. "This
event will start at 5:30 p.m. and once again, the surrounding community
is encouraged to attend.
health and wellness are goals for many Americans, and we want to
showcase several ways to reach those goals," she added.
said the day's program at the Payne Center fitness and recreational
complex will start at 10:30 a.m. with a "climbing wall"
event. A health fair scheduled at 11 a.m. will involve participants
from Forrest General Hospital, the Institute for Wellness and Sports
Medicine, the Southern Miss Clinic, the Southern Miss Counseling
Center and personal fitness instructors from Recreational Sports.
at 11 a.m., fashion merchandising students, under the direction
of Mary Swoope, will produce a fitness fashion show to highlight
fitness wear," Ready said.
INVADERS TOPIC OF GCRL PROGRAM FEB. 12
SPRINGS - A University of Southern Mississippi fisheries expert
will examine the issue of invading species of plants and animals
in the Gulf of Mexico during a Feb. 12 seminar at the university's
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
presentation, "Invasive Species," will feature speaker
Harriet Perry, director of the Southern Miss Center for Fisheries
Research and Development. She will cover how alien invaders make
their way to northern gulf estuaries, how they survive and their
potential for impacting regional fisheries.
presentation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 103, Caylor
Building. Lunch and informal discussions with the speaker will be
held from noon-1 p.m. Registration, including a brown-bag lunch,
is $5. To register, call Dale Fremin at (228) 872-4256.
program will mark the sixth in a seminar series on the health of
gulf estuaries and fisheries. GCRL's pioneering research has provided
state agencies, industry and organizations with scientific information
on northern gulf marine and coastal resources for more than a half
TO DISCUSS "LIFE ON MARS" FEB. 13
- A planetary scientist with the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration will discuss life on Mars during a Feb. 11-13 event
at Hattiesburg's Lake Terrace Convention Center.
Christopher McKay will present "Life on Mars: Past, Present
and Future" at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 as the concluding Dodgen Lecture
portion of the 67th annual conference of the Mississippi Academy
of Sciences, one of the largest and most active academies in the
has conducted research since 1980 in Mars-like environments such
as the Antarctic dry valleys and is a co-investigator on a probe
looking at the atmosphere of Titan, one of Saturn's moons.
than 100 University of Southern Mississippi scholars will be among
presenters of nearly 300 papers during the three-day conference
on topics ranging from marine and atmospheric science to psychology,
the social sciences and science education. Faculty, staff and students
from each of Mississippi's four-year universities and colleges,
community colleges and governmental agencies will be among presenters.
special events will include symposia on molecular visualization
in biochemistry, supercomputing, forensic science and genomic networking.
There also will be technology-related presentations and exhibits.
convention center is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway
49 and Interstate 59 in northwest Hattiesburg. A complete schedule
of presentations is available at the Web site www.nsacad.org. For
more information, contact Marie Danforth, MAS publicity director,
at (601) 266-5629 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AQUARIUM EVENTS SET IN FEBRUARY
- A "subs and sweets" social and a look at ocean babies
are on tap at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
free, members-only valentine celebration Feb. 8 will feature submarine
sandwiches and desserts from 5-7 p.m. at the aquarium, located on
U.S. 90 at the Biloxi end of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge.
aquarium will offer a peek into the family lives of sea creatures
during the program, "Ocean Babies," Feb. 22 from 10-11
a.m. Participants will meet some of Scott Aquarium's own offspring
of the sea. Aquarium educators also will explore just how new sea
creatures come about from fish that release millions of eggs
to creatures that rear just one baby.
memberships to the Great Scott! Membership program are $50. Other
membership categories range from $15 for individual students to
$1,000 for corporate memberships. For more information on memberships
or to make reservations for the member social, call (228) 374-5550.
MissGC ASSUMES NEW SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ROLE
- Operations for the Small Business Development Center in Jackson,
Stone and George counties have been reassigned to The University
of Southern Mississippi.
the control of Gulf Coast Community College, these three counties,
under the university's management since Jan. 1, will continue to
offer the same services to the business community, said SBDC Director
people to be aware that the same good services are available, that
we're still present and things will go on just like before, now
that Southern Miss is responsible for those counties," Betcher
The SBDC is
a nonprofit, government-funded organization designed to provide
comprehensive management and technical assistance to owners and
potential owners of small businesses. There are 20 development centers
throughout Mississippi. Before taking over the additional counties,
Southern Miss was responsible for Harrison and Hancock counties.
about 500-plus clients a year and do about 40-50 workshops, so we'll
expand on that," Betcher said.
the SBDC for the five counties are located at the Gulf Park campus.
For more information call (228) 865-4578.