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Released September 14, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS CAMPUSES CLOSING
SEPT. 15-17 DUE TO HURRICANE IVAN

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus and Meridian teaching site will not hold classes on Wednesday, Sept. 15, Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept.17, due to anticipated destructive weather from Hurricane Ivan.

Night classes will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Students may call the following telephone numbers to obtain information on the status of university campuses and teaching sites: for Hattiesburg, call (601) 271-2049; Ocean Springs, call (228) 818-4616; and for Long Beach, call (228) 864-2298.

Classes will resume and offices will reopen Monday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses and at all Southern Miss teaching sites, unless otherwise noted through the media or through the recordings available at the above listed phone numbers.

Southern Miss president Dr. Shelby Thames is issuing a declaration of emergency on the Hattiesburg campus, which will allow University Police to establish a curfew.

Residential students are encouraged to remain on campus during this time. Food services will remain in operation. Essential personnel working in the physical plant, food services, residence life and student affairs should report to work. The Southern Miss vs. University of California football game scheduled for Thursday, Sept.16, has been cancelled and will not be played during the upcoming weekend. An announcement on when the two teams will play will be made at a later date.

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September 14, 2004 5:29 PM