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Released October 3, 2003

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OCT. 3, 2003


HATTIESBURG The annual McNair Scholars Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi is set for Oct. 7 at the Southern Miss R.C. Cook University Union in the Hall of Honors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in the program will make presentations at the symposium based on research conducted as part of their academic program. The McNair Scholars Program is aimed at helping low-income, first-generation college students attain a doctorate degree and pursue a career in higher education. Southern Miss was awarded a four-year, $881,708 grant to implement the program - providing $220,427 a year to prepare promising juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to doctorates and faculty positions. The program is named for astronaut and laser physicist, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who was killed in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion. The mission of the program is to identify students who have potential for success in graduate study, but who need support and preparation — academically, financially, and socially — during their undergraduate years to prepare for a doctoral program. For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program office at (601) 266- 6910.



HATTIESURG — As part of the first-ever "Octubafest" at The University of Southern Mississippi, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium Richard Perry will present a faculty recital Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium. He will collaborate with other Southern Miss School of Music faculty-artists in an evening of chamber music that showcases the tuba. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the tuba/euphonium studio at (601) 266-6441.



HATTIESBURG — Dr. Joel Treybig, assistant professor of trumpet, and Dr. Mary Ann Stringer, professor of piano, of the The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will present a faculty recital Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The evening's program will consist of American music for trumpet and piano by Eric Ewazen, Harold Shapero, and Southern Miss composer-in-residence Luigi Zaninelli. Also on the program will be a piece for trumpet and prerecorded sound by Meg Bowles. Dr. Carolyn Treybig, flutist, will join Treybig and Stringer for a premier arrangement of Ewazen's popular and challenging "Trio." The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the trumpet studio at Southern Miss at (601) 266-6937.



LONG BEACH - Dr. Charles Hadley, a research professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans, will speak on "The Transformation of American Politics: From F.D.R. to 'W' and Beyond," at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Nov. 6. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m., in the Advanced Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Sponsored by the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Arts and Letters, a meet-the-speaker reception will follow the lecture. For more information on Hadley's upcoming lecture at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, contact the Division of Arts and Letters at (228) 865-4511.


SET FOR JAN. 17-FEB. 28, 2004

HATTIESBURG — The Saturday Gifted Studies Program will be conducted Jan. 17- Feb. 28, 2004, at The University of Southern Mississippi. The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2003. The program is sponsored by Purple Parrot Café and Crescent City Grill. The program is designed to enhance cognitive and affective abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment/acceleration programming. The courses are scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on each of these Saturdays. The following courses will be offered: kindergarten-first grade - "What Makes Us Tick" and "Design Time"; second-third grade - "Young Inventor's Workshop" and "Dollars and Sense" or "German"; fourth-sixth grade - "Living in a Material World" and "Law Connections" or "Author! Author! An Introduction to Creative Writing"; seventh-twelfth grades - a choice of "Debate" or "Competitions: Maximizing Your Abilities" or "Let's Get Published" or "Psychology: Discovering Yourself." Eligibility is based on 1) an IQ score of 120 or above on an individually administered intelligence test, or 2) group achievement test scores at the 90th percentile or above at the national level on either the Total Reading, Total Math, Total Language or Total Battery. The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2003. The program cost is $140, which includes tuition, instructional activities, supplies, materials, and limited accident insurance. Applications may be obtained through local school personnel or by contacting Dr. Frances A. Karnes, director, the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, USM Box 8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, telephone (601) 266-5236 or 266-5246, e-mail, or by visiting the Web site at


SET FOR OCT. 22-24

OCEAN SPRINGS - Professionals who deal with coastal and environmental issues of the northern Gulf of Mexico will meet in Biloxi Oct. 22-24 for a look at the latest on cutting-edge geographical information technologies. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Geospatial Conference, organized by The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Geospatial Center and NASA, will convene at the Palace Casino Resort. National leaders in the fields of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing will lead workshops, panel discussions, training sessions and demonstrations useful to Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana resource managers, economic developers, planners and researchers. Other sponsors are The Nature Conservancy and the Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies. Registration is $150. Registration forms and more information are available from, or by contacting, (228) 818-8856 or fax (228) 818-8848.



BILOXI - Registration continues for The University of Southern Mississippi Scott Aquarium's third annual Escape to Horn Island, Saturday, Oct. 11. The all day event includes sailing to the island aboard the wooden schooner Glen L. Swetman, beachcombing hikes, birding, volleyball, burgers and hot dogs. Scott Aquarium "sailors" will assemble at the aquarium at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Cost is $20 for aquarium members, $30 nonmembers. To make reservations, contact Jennifer Hale, Scott Aquarium educator, (228) 374-5550, for reservations.



LONG BEACH —If you are a small business and would like to do business with big business, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is offering a course that can help you. The course, "Small Business Doing Business with Big Business," will be offered from 8:30 a.m.- noon, Oct. 23 in the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Advanced Education Center, on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The course is designed to provide general small business start-up information. There will be speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Mississippi Power, the Southern Miss Small Business Development Center, Beau Rivage, American Medical Response, Mississippi Gaming Association, and more. The fee for the course is $15 per person if you register before October 16 and $20 per person after October 16. To register and prepay the course fee for the above workshop, mail a check made payable the Southern Miss Small Business Development Center, 143 Beach Park Place, Long Beach, MS 39560. The workshop is subject to cancellation if pre-registration minimums are not met. For more information, please contact the SBDC at (228) 865-4578 or e-mail at



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