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Released March 25, 2004

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MARCH 25, 2004

Hattiesburg Campus
Gulf Coast

INTERIOR DESIGN CAREER FAIR, COMPETITION
SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 27

HATTIESBURG -- The Interior Design Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2004 Student Career Day on Saturday, March 27 in the university's Liberal Arts Building. Interior design students, educators and professionals from Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana will be attending the conference. The students will attend seminars featuring such topics as commercial interior design, residential design, kitchen and bath design, and sales. The keynote speaker, Judy Verges, FASID, will give a presentation on the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam, which is required to reach professional status in ASID and IIDA as well as those states requiring licensing for interior design. Students will display their work and compete in design competitions in six categories: residential design, commercial design, team projects, creative design, first- and second- year portfolio and senior portfolio. A vendor trade show will showcase manufacturer representatives in all areas of design, including residential flooring and fabrics to commercial furniture, flooring, bathroom fixtures, and hardware. Also attending the show will be the ASID South Central Chapter board members. The schools represented will include: Southern Miss, Mississippi State University, Delgado Community College, Harding University, University of Central Arkansas, and Louisiana Tech. Registration and competition setup is from 8-9 a.m. The keynote lecture is at 9 a.m. in Stout Hall A, with the vendor trade show from 11 a.m.-1:20 p.m. on the second floor of the Liberal Arts Building. Student exhibits will be displayed at the Kate Hubbard House interior design studio with judging to begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Claire Hamilton at (601) 266-6437.

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SOUTHERN MISS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF TOP THREE STUDENT CHAPTERS BY ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi was one of the top three winning student chapters at this year's Associated Builders and Contractors national convention in Honolulu. Southern Miss received the Student Chapter Award of Merit. Texas A&M University and the University of Cincinnati were the other two top winners. The three chapters were chosen from among ABC's 44 college and university student chapters nationwide for their excellence in innovation, creativity, community service, interaction with their local ABC chapter, and communication/public relations. Southern Miss also won the second place award in the Student Chapter Excellence Award competition, which included all student-related activities for the year. In addition, Southern Miss won the third place award in the 2004 Estimating competition. The student team members were: Beau Dubose, Christopher Logan, Eric Lyon, Matt Pace and alternate Brian Reddoch. The six-hour competition had three major components: project management, estimating and safety. Students had to convert a 44-story hotel located in Waikiki Beach to a condominium project. Southern Miss alumnus Mike Rozier, of Mike Rozier Construction Co. Inc., of Hattiesburg, won the 2004 Supportive Contractor Award for Outstanding Support of an ABC Student Chapter.

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SOUTHERN MISS PROFESSOR WINS ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS' TRIMMER TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

HATTIESBURG -- A professor of construction management at The University of Southern Mississippi has won the Associated Builders and Contractors' John Trimmer Excellence in Teaching Award. David Marchman, a longtime ABC student chapter advisor, received the award at the 2004 ABC national convention in Honolulu in February. Marchman, the author of several textbooks on construction scheduling, recently developed a 400-hour summer internship program at Southern Miss that provides construction students with real-world experience managing a construction project. "Professor David Marchman's dedication to advancing construction education is inspiring," said 2004 ABC national Chair Carole L. Bionda, vice president of Nova Group. "He is an enthusiastic supporter of free enterprise, and he is truly helping to shape the next generation of leaders in the construction industry."

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WORLD-RENOWNED MUSICIAN TO PERFORM AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi presents guest artist Stanislav Venglevski in recital at 12:30 p.m. April 1 in Marsh Auditorium. World renowned for his artistry and technical command of the bayan--a full-size, five-octave concert accordion--his repertoire includes original compositions and a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. This free concert at Southern Miss, titled "Accordian Pyrotechnics," will be a 40-minute concert of virtuosic selections. Simply known as "Stas" in the musical world, he is a native of the Republic of Moldova of the former Soviet Union. He is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where he studied with famed Russian bayanist Friedrich Lops. Venglevski immigrated to the United States in 1992 and lives in Milwaukee, Wis. He has toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen, and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion show. For more information, call the Symphony Orchestra office at Southern Miss at (601) 266-4001.

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INTERNATIONAL CUISINE SHOWCASED AT FOOD FAIR

HATTIESBURG -- International students at The University of Southern Mississippi will showcase their homelands during the second annual International Food Fair, to be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at the Baptist Student Union.

International students will prepare native samples of their respective cuisines. There is no cover, but $2 donations are encouraged. Entertainment will also be provided. The Baptist Student Union is located at 214 N. 31st Avenue on the Southern Miss campus. For more information, call Barbara Jackson at (601) 266-4841.

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SOUTHERN MISS SPRING 2004 FORUM SERIES CONCLUDES
WITH PROGRAMS ON APRIL 6, 13

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi's University Forum series will conclude next month with two programs scheduled for April 6 and 13. On April 6, Dr. Nadine Strossen will present "Current Challenges to Civil Liberties Post-9/11." Strossen became the first woman and youngest person ever to lead the American Civil Liberties Union as its president in 1991. A law professor at the New York School of Law since 1989, she has received acclaim for her extensive writing, lecturing and practice in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. On April 13, Andrew Sullivan will present "American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad." Sullivan is an essayist for Time magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times of London. He is former editor-in-chief of The New Republic magazine and is acknowledged for making the magazine more relevant to readers of his generation. He was named Editor of the Year by Adweek and received National Magazine Awards for reporting, general, and public interest. University Forum is a special series of lectures and programs open without charge to Southern Miss students, faculty, and staff and members of the community. It is sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College. For more information about the spring 2004 University Forum series, call (601) 266-5762.

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SOUTHERN MISS CICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
JOIN TOPRESENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi Center for International and Continuing Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will present "Putting the Pieces Together," a rural development conference, April 6-7 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. The conference is designed to meet the progressive development needs of today's rural communities, and will also provide participants an opportunity to meet and consult with recognized experts in specialized fields and learn precise, practical tactics for everyday use. Area and county elected officials, city administrators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, involved citizens and economic developers are encouraged to participate. For more information, call (601) 266-4186.

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SOUTHERN MISS SCHOOL OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND RECREATION TO OFFER SUMMER DRIVER EDUCATION CLASSES

HATTIESBURG -- Driver education classes will be offered at The University of Southern Mississippi through the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation June 7-25. Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon. Students must be at least 14 years of age and entering the 9th grade in the coming year to attend classes. Students who successfully complete the classes will earn one-half credit toward his or her high school graduation. Most insurance companies offer a discount on car insurance with successful completion of driver education classes. The cost is $175, payable in advance. For more information, call (601) 266-5386.

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SOUTHERN MISS GULF COAST
TO OFFER PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS COURSE

LONG BEACH -- Improving public speaking skills will be the focus of an upcoming continuing education course offered at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. "Public Speaking Skills," a Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education course, will be held from 6-8 p.m., April 19 at the Gulf Park campus in Long beach. Participants will be taught basic and advanced techniques to help them begin to speak confidently in front of groups of people. For more information or to register, call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.

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GCRL SUMMER COURSE HIGHLIGHTS COAST'S
DIVERSITY OF PLANTS ON LAND, AT SEA

OCEAN SPRINGS -- From carnivorous plant bogs to seagrasses, a college course on coastal vegetation will highlight the Mississippi Gulf Coast's unparalleled diversity of plant life this summer. The course will run July 5-July 30 at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and is open to college students and other interested individuals. Course instructor Dr. Michael Wayne Morris of North Georgia College and State University has spent several summers conducting research on endangered plant species in the Pascagoula River system. "The Gulf Coastal plain region is actually more diverse than the Great Smoky Mountains," Morris said. "Savannas are the most diverse plant communities in North America outside the tropics. I will be introducing my students to something very rare in the United States." Morris will also cover the usefulness of native coastal plants, including pharmaceutical properties, edibility, toxicity and use in urban and rural landscapes. The course counts as three semester hours' credit. Individuals who wish to audit the course are not required to take tests and do not receive college credit. They are, however, responsible for completing the registration process including tuition and other fees. For information, e-mail dawne.hard@usm.edu or call (228) 872-4223.

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