Hattiesburg- As a
student and a mother of two, Kema Jones says she's always looking
for ways to save cash. Fortunately for her, so is the head of the
Southern Miss Textbook Center, who has found a way to help students
pocket more money from their book returns.
Thanks to the willingness of faculty and staff to
place book orders for the fall semester before their scheduled deadlines,
students were reimbursed nearly 50 percent of the original cost
of their books in December, said Kay Bush, manager of the Southern
Miss Textbook Center.
Bush said because the book orders were submitted so
early, the center was able to find better deals on new and used
books. "By finals week, we had received 85 percent of the book
requests," said Bush, "allowing us to pay students $658,000
Graduate student Maigan Wipfl, who admitted she rarely
saw a profit in previous years, was pleased to learn about the center's
mission to issue out more money for returned books. "It's nice
to see that they are trying," Wipfl said.
Freshman Hallie Farris was unaware of the center's
efforts but still reaped some of the benefits. "I got about
$300 back for three of my books," Farris said. "As a college
student, you don't have any money, so when you go and return your
books and get that money back, it's really a nice feeling."
Bush said that because of cooperation from faculty
and staff, the textbook center was able to provide more used books
than ever before, saving students more than $315,000 this semester.
Hoping to make a bigger impact next year, Bush wants
to have book order for the fall semester in by March 15.
"The earlier the book requests are in, the better
prices will be for the students," said Bush. For more information
on how to help reduce the price of textbooks, please contact Bush
at (601) 266-5107 or stop by the bookstore.