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Date 7-13-06

Contact David Tisdale 601.266.4499

Institute for Disability Studies to Hold Fair Housing Workshop in Jackson

Jackson—The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a workshop on fair housing Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eudora Welty Library at 300 North State St. in Jackson.

Information will be provided on fair housing issues, questions or complaints. Grant programs for down payments for people with disabilities will be reviewed. The workshop is presented by IDS’ HousingSmart project, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which works to ensure equal opportunities in housing and to increase home ownership for Mississippians with disabilities.

It is unlawful to discriminate in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability). For more information about fair housing in Mississippi, call toll free 1.866.883.4474.

The Institute for Disability Studies is Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service, headquartered for more than 30 years at Southern Miss. The Institute provides university training, community services activities, research, and information that promote the independence, productivity, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families. For more information about IDS, visit the Institute’s Web site at or call 1.888.671.0051.

Whole Schools Institute to Hold Exhibit at Southern Miss Museum

Hattiesburg—The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will host an exhibition July 17-21 by the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Summer Institute that will be in session concurrently. Also, part of the recent exhibition, “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm,” will remain on view during the week.

“The Whole Schools Initiative is a school reform initiative through the arts,” said Kim Whitt, Arts in Education director. “The Summer Institute at Southern Miss is designed to train teachers and administrators in the concepts, methods and strategies for teaching in, through and about the arts.”

Whitt also said the exhibition will consist of K-12 student artwork from the school year; arts integrated lessons and artwork generated from that type of curriculum; and Change Journey Maps showing the process and progress of becoming a Whole School.

This year’s theme for the institute is “The Winds of Change.” According to Whole Schools Director Judi Holifield, many of the participating students, from 14 Whole Schools statewide, will follow this theme, although the subject matter was at the teacher’s discretion.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. Special museum hours for this exhibit are Monday -Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Friday, 10 a.m. - noon. Admission to the museum and reception is free and open to the public. School and community groups are welcome. Call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200 for more information.

For more information, contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988 or visit the Web at

Renovation to Temporarily Close Southern Miss’ Greene Hall

Hattiesburg— Joseph Greene Hall, home of the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi, will be temporarily closed Friday, July 14, for three hours beginning at 2 p.m.

Continuing work on the building’s heating and air conditioning systems will render the building without air conditioning and water, making it temporarily uninhabitable for staff and faculty. No regular classes are scheduled during that time.

For more information, contact the dean’s office at 601.266.4659.

July 13, 2006 2:15 PM

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