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Released March 13, 2003

For the week of March 10-14

SOUTHERN MISS GUITARIST TAKES FIRST PRIZE IN
STATEWIDE COMPETITION

HATTIESBURG - Kelly Roth, a Bay St. Louis native and student at The University of Southern Mississippi, took first-prize honors and an award of $600 at the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition March 1 in Jackson. A guitar student of Professor John DeChiaro in the School of Music, Roth competed against other guitarists and string players from across the state. Roth has won many honors during his four years at Southern Miss and has been a recipient of the Elmo and Mary Glenn Harrison Guitar Scholarship at Southern Miss for the past four years. He is the son of Myra and Earl Roth of Bay St. Louis.

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2003 INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG – Foreign students at The University of Southern Mississippi will showcase their native countries during an International Food Fair April 10 at the Baptist Student Union from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. The Baptist Student Union is located at 214 North 31st Ave. on the Southern Miss campus. The fair provides visitors an opportunity to sample cuisine from around the world prepared by the school's international students. Admission is $2. For more information, call Barbara Whitt Jackson at (601) 266-4841.

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GOVERNOR NOMINATES CENTER FOR RECOGNITION

HATTIESBURG -- The Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Southern Miss has been nominated by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove as an "exemplary leadership development and civic engagement program" that will be recognized at the Southern Growth Policies Board's annual conference in Biloxi June 1-3 as part of the group's Innovators program. The CCCE will be featured along with approximately 30 other best practices in leadership development and civic engagement throughout the South. The conference program may be accessed at www.southern.org/conf.asp or the CCCE's Web site at www.ccce.usm.edu.

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SOUTHERN MISS SEMINAR AT GCRL
FOCUSES ON THREATENED FISH SPECIES

OCEAN SPRINGS – A threatened fish species with a prehistoric pedigree will be the focus of a seminar at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory March 19. Dr. Stephen T. Ross, Southern Miss professor of biological sciences, will discuss the plight of sturgeon from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Ross's research on gulf sturgeon is part of his study of basic ecological research and the practical issues of maintaining biodiversity. The seminar will be held in Room 103 of the Caylor Building. To register for the seminar, call Dale Fremin, (228) 872-4256. The $5 registration includes a light lunch.

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SCOTT AQUARIUM HOSTS SUMMER "WATER SAFARI"

BILOXI -- Campers ages 5-16 will be exploring the exotic and unusual in local waters on "Water Safari," the 2003 edition of Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Biloxi this summer. The marine science day camp will unveil two major new activities on "exotics large and small" – and will offer a new take on such old favorites as field trips, computer lab, art and music. Also on the agenda is an "Exotic Friday Fun Day" of food, games and celebration of the week. The five-day sessions are repeated each week of June 2 through Aug. 1 with the exception of July 21-25. Sessions for 5-year-old campers run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs per week are age 5, $65; ages 6-7, $115; ages 8-14, $130; ages 15-16, $145. For information or to register, call (228) 374-5550 or visit www.aquarium.usm.edu. The Scott Aquarium is part of the University's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the Ocean Springs headquarters for the Southern Miss College of Marine Sciences.

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SECURITY SEMINAR SET FOR MARCH 25

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor a Security Awareness Day Brown-Bag Luncheon March 25 to share information on information security best practices with the university community. The session will feature FBI Special Agent Chris Michaelsen, who will share with us his day-to-day experience handling terrorism with devastating consequences suffered by individuals and corporations. Michaelsen then will join a panel of experts comprised of Assistant Attorney General Jean Vaughan, an expert on cyber crime; Dr. Steve Mallory, chair of the Southern Miss Criminal Justice Department; and Isaac Johnston, Southern Miss security administrator, for a question-and-answer session that is open to the public. Administrators, information technology officers, and security administrators are invited to share their experiences and security tips during the session. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 115. After the program, the OTR technical team will be on hand to distribute information security tips.

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CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS
COMPETE IN SAN DIEGO

HATTIESBURG – Six construction engineering technology students from The University of Southern Mississippi were to take part in the 2003 Associated Building Contractors Student Chapters Construction Management Competition March 14 in San Diego, Calif. The event is an opportunity for student chapter members to demonstrate knowledge, skill and aptitude in solving construction problems involving actual field challenges. Students faced challenges in project management, estimating and safety. Students attending included Casey Rogers of Petal, Scott Baragona of Booneville, Caine Dearman of Petal, George Zorn of Ocean Springs, Brandon Allen of Meridian and Matthew Pace of Hattiesburg. Desmond Fletcher, coordinator of the Construction and Architectural Engineering Technology program at Southern Miss, accompanied the students at the competition.

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