- A host of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the
Payne Center at The University of Southern Mississippi is scheduled
for the month of October.
The Payne Center
is a nationally recognized fitness and recreation facility for use
by Southern Miss students, faculty, staff and alumni. Built in 1993,
the center was named for brothers Jimmy Austin Payne and James Larry
Payne, Southern Miss graduates and benefactors.
In the 10 years
since its opening, the Payne Center has been an important aspect
of life at Southern Miss.
really added a lot to life at Southern Miss because it allows the
university to address more than just the mental aspect of its students
by addressing their need to stay physically active as well,"
said Stacey Ready, assistant director of recreational sports at
Intramural-Recreational Sports Administration has named the Payne
Center one of the top 13 such facilities in the nation. The Payne
Center offers recreational activities that include an indoor swimming
pool, multiple workout rooms, volleyball courts and basketball courts.
Among the events
scheduled to mark the Payne Center's 10th anniversary are the following:
Oct. 21 - Carolyn Cornelison, a national spokesperson with Anheuser-Busch
and a Southern Miss grad, will present the "Courage to Care"
program at Bennett Auditorium at 7 p.m. This is a positive peer
influence and alcohol awareness program. Admission to the program
is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by Southern
Miss Recreational Sports in conjunction with Southern Miss Greek
Life and Southern Beverage.
Oct. 21 - Fun-themed intramural sports at the Payne Center; time
TBA. Contact Robert Borden at (601) 266-5405.
Oct. 22 - Classical guitarist John DeChiaro will present a concert
on the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail at the Payne Center
at noon. Admission is free and open to the public.
" Thursday, Oct. 23 - A luau will be held on Pride Field at
the Payne Center. The university commons will close and the evening
meal will take place here instead. Sponsored in conjunction with
Southern Miss Food Services.
Oct. 25 - A "Tailgating on the Trail" and 10th anniversary
celebration will be held on the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness
Trail at 10:30 a.m. Dignitaries such as the Payne Brothers and university
officials will be in attendance. Admission is free and open to the
public. Contact Tricia Linton at (601) 266-5405.
Oct. 26 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at Pride Field
at the Payne Center at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the
public. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and enjoy this cult
classic in traditional interactive fashion.
Oct. 28 - A Children's Fitness Festival will be held at the Payne
Center, Court Four, at 5:30 p.m. The festival is open to children
up to 12 years of age. Contact Seth Robertson at (601) 266-5405.
Oct. 29 - Howl-oween on the Trail will be held on the Bruce and
Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail at sunset. Open to children up to
age 12, this event is free and open to the public, benefits the
Humane Society, and is sponsored in conjunction with Delta Tau Delta
and Pi Kappa. Trick or treaters will bring dog and cat food, and
receive treats in return. There will be different stations along
the trail with adoptable pets at each station.