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For the week of June 20, 2003

ORCHESTRA TO SPONSOR "GEAR UP" INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH

HATTIESBURG -- The Symphony Orchestra at The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor an institute to benefit young string musicians of middle school age. The "Gear Up" Middle School Institute, starting June 26, will be a week-long camp devoted to bettering musical and performance skills on the various orchestral string instruments. The camp's activities will culminate with its participants taking part in the Symphony's annual presentation of the Mississippi Holiday Spectacular July 3 at Lake Sehoy. Unlike other summer music camps, organizer Jay Dean, musical director for the university orchestra, said this camp offers students the unique opportunity to perform with professional musicians in a public concert setting. Students also receive one-on-one training in theory and string techniques. For more information, call the Southern Miss Symphony office at (601) 266-4001

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Southern MissGC TO OFFER COURSE ON
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

LONG BEACH -- Learning to cope with the frustration and aggravation that arises from dealing with a truly difficult person is the focus of an upcoming continuing education course offered at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The course, titled "Dealing with Difficult People," will be offered through the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education. Two separate course sessions will be held, one from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 23, at the Jackson County campus in Gautier and the other on July 25 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This course is designed to help participants learn how to identify and handle the four most common types of difficult people, turn confrontation into constructive stepping-stones to conflict resolution, be a catalyst for changing difficult behavior and understand what triggers difficult people to behave negatively. Edward Leader, a nationaly recognized authority in the area of communications, will instruct the course. The cost of the course is $175. For more information or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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Southern MissGC TO OFFER PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BASIC (40-HOUR) COURSE

LONG BEACH -- Anyone interested in pursuing a private investigation career will be able to get started next month at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Private Investigator Basic Course (40-hour), a Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education course, will be offered on two consecutive weekends in July and August. The first session will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 25 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The second session will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, August 1 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 also at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The course covers rules, regulations, surveillance techniques, locating witnesses or missing persons, interviews and statements, court records research, courtroom testimony, and standard practices associated with work as a private investigator.

A certification exam will be held immediately following class on the last day of the course. Successful completion of the course and exam is one of the first steps in pursuing a private investigation career. The cost of the course is $325. For more information or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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Southern MissGC TO OFFER COURSE ON
FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT

LONG BEACH -- An upcoming continuing education course at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will help equip people with the facts they need to prepare for a financially secure retirement. The course, titled "Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement," will be offered through the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education. Two separate course sessions will be held at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, one from 6:30 - 9 p.m. on July 29, August 5, 12 and 19, and the other from 6:30 - 9 p.m. on July 31, August 7,14 and 21. Another course session will be held at the Jackson County campus in Gautier from 6 - 9:30 p.m. on July 30, August 6, 13 and 20. The course will help participants learn to seek maximization of income and get more from investments. The course will also teach participants to protect their money from inflation, income taxes and erosion due to possible long-term health care needs. The seminar presents a conservative approach to wise money management, identifying lifestyle issues facing retirees. The cost of the course is $69.50. For more information or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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Southern MissGC TO OFFER COURSE ON
TECHNICAL WRITING FOR PROFESSIONALS

LONG BEACH -- Becoming more efficient and productive in the communication of technical information is the focus of an upcoming continuing education course offered at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.Technical Writing for Professionals, a Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education course, will be held from 6-10 p.m., July 17 and 24, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This course is designed to help participants develop clarity and conciseness by avoiding pitfalls common to technical communication. Participants will learn strategies of document design to give a professional look to reports, letters, procedures, memos, and e-mails. The current style in technical English will be discussed to help participants edit their writing. The cost of the course is $99. For more information or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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Southern MissGC TO OFFER TIME MANAGEMENT
AND LIFE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

LONG BEACH -- Just imagine a work environment that's productive rather than reactive, where focus and direction leave little room for crisis, stress and frustration. Learning to achieve these ideals and more will be the focus of an upcoming course, titled "What Matters Most: Time Management and Life Leadership," offered through the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education. The course is a new workshop from Franklin Covey, the company that created the Franklin Planner, the best-selling business book of all time, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and the highly acclaimed TimeQuest workshop. The workshop is designed to help participants focus their time, energy and resources on the things that matter most to them, both on and off the job. Participants will receive a complete Franklin Day Planner system (value $99) as part of the seminar. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 24, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The cost of the course is $269. For more information or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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