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Released October 13, 2004


HATTIESBURG - Women who work as professionals in a variety of fields will share their success stories at The 'Career Exploration for Girls Conference' to be conducted on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies and the Spirit of Women at Forrest General Hospital, is open to all young women in grades 9-12. Each participant must be accompanied by her mother or another adult female.

Careers to be discussed include business development, science and technology, health care, journalism, education, business, military, art, psychology, law, music, and sports.

Hattiesburg chief administrative officer Beverly Commodore will welcome the conferees. She will be followed by keynote speaker, Ada Nielsen, manager of commercial development and licensing with BP Amoco Chemicals, who will offer practical tips to prepare young women for their future careers.

Other conference presenters and the fields they represent include Southern Miss Research Foundation president Dr. Angie Dvorak and Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership chair Paige York-Losee, business; Hattiesburg American newspaper publisher Skippy Haik, journalism; Southern Miss assistant professor Dr. Sarah Morgan, science; Southern Miss associate professor Dr. Anita Davis, music; Hattiesburg attorney Deborah Gambrell, law; Southern Miss assistant professor Dr. Heather Sterling-Turner, psychology; Hattiesburg physician Dr. Cathy Sessums, health care; Southern Miss associate professor Jennifer Torres, art; Lt. Col. Virginia Carlton, military; Southern Miss professor Dr. Dana Thames, education; and Hattiesburg city councilwoman Betsy Rowell, government.

Participants do not need to be enrolled in gifted education to attend. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Bennett Auditorium lobby on the Southern Miss campus. There is no charge for the conference and lunch is included.

To register for the conference, call the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 266-5236 or visit the center's Web site at


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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM