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Released June 3, 2005


HATTIESBURG Several University of Southern Mississippi staff members won awards in a variety of categories at the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi conference, held recently in Biloxi.

*Steve Rouse, media productions manager for the Southern Miss Department of Marketing and Public Relations, swept the Black and White Photography competition, taking first place for his photo "Criminal Justice Dog," second place for "Krewe of Kids" and third place for "Easter Hat Parade." He also took second place in the TV Spots Category for "Eustachy-McNelis Era Begins."

*Judy Isbel, coordinator of marketing, public relations and recruiting for Southern Miss Gulf Coast, received first place in the Advertisements Category for "International Development Ph.D. Program ad in Economist Magazine." Isbel also took second place in the Power Point Presentation Category for "Presentation to New IHL Board Members" and second place in the Web site Category for "International" and second place in the PR Innovation Category for "International Development."

*Shelia White and Isbell took third place in the PR Campaign Category for "Jackson County MBA Announcement." White also took third place in the Creative Partners Category for "Issues and Answers Lecture Series."

Southern Miss also took first and second place in the Creative Partners Category. The USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program took first place for "AMRAT PR" by Linda Skupien, Harriet Perry, Dale Diaz, David Yeager, Chris Snyder, the MDMR Public Relations Office and Lee Yokel. Second place also went to USM GCRL for "Selected Plants of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge" by Shelia Brown and Chris Snyder of the J.L. Scott Marine Research Education Center and Aquarium; Diana Reid, GCRL; Jennifer Buchanan of the Department of Marine Resources, Grand Bay NERR; and Linda Skupien.

*Jana Bryant, manager of public relations and the annual fund for the Southern Miss College of Business, and Rick Bice won first place in the Special Publications Category for "Joint Venture."

*Chris Mapp, Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations assistant director of news, took first place in the Sports Stories Category for "Sixth-ranked Southern Miss Table Tennis Team to Play for National Championship" and won second place in the Feature Stories Category for his story "Where Eagles Dare." Mapp, who also serves as editor of the Eagles' Eye, Southern Miss' faculty and staff news publication, shared first place with Rouse; former Southern Miss Publication and Printing graphic designer Ann Mapp; and Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations Assistant Director of News David Tisdale in the category of Tab Publication.

*Tisdale also won second place in the News Stories Category for his story "Hattiesburg Veteran to Travel With Southern Miss Group for return to site of Normandy Invasion."

*The Southern Miss Alumni Association staff took second place in the Institutional Magazine Category for The Talon.

*Harriet Perry, Diana Reid, Chris Snyder and Linda Skupien took second place in the Brochure Category for their informational handout "The Horseshoe Crab/The Striped Hermit Crab."



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