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Released June 22, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
TO HOST SUMMER COLLOQUIUM JUNE 25

HATTIESBURG --- The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will host its annual summer colloquium June 25 at the Hattiesburg Family YMCA from 9 a.m. to noon.

The theme for this year's event is "What Children Deserve in the 21st Century: Child Welfare and Mental Health" and it will feature Southern Miss alum Beth Frizsell as keynote speaker.

Frizsell earned her master's degree in social work in 1982 from Southern Miss and currently serves as director of strategic planning for the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement. Previously, she served as deputy director for the Mississippi Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children's Services.

This event will also include a panel discussion, featuring Forrest County Youth Court Judge Mike McPhail; Velma Hankins, coordinator of the Title IV-E program at Jackson State University; Dr. Missy Rowley, assistant professor of social work at Southern Miss; Dr. Michael Forster, director of the Southern Miss School of Social Work; and Billy Mangold, director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children's Services. Panelists will take approximately 10 minutes each to respond to the keynote speaker's presentation or give their own unique perspective on issues related to child welfare.

At the end of the session, a presentation will be made to Carolyn Brooks, who will be retiring after 14 years of service to the School of Social Work as coordinator of field placements.

Southern Miss School of Social Work alumni, friends of the school and current field instructors and supervisors are invited to attend this event. For more information, call the School of Social Work at (601) 266-4163.

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