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Date 3-30-06

Teachers May "End Write" at Southern Miss Workshop

Hattiesburg—The South Mississippi Writing Project (SMWP) at the University of Southern Mississippi will present “End Write” April 8 for area teachers who wish to “energize the ending” of the school year.

The workshop is structured into two sessions, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. The morning session, Raft Strategy, begins at 9 a.m. Using a fresh strategy to support student writings, the Raft (Role, Audience, Format, and Topic) Strategy provides a supportive structure to a creative approach.

The next session at 11 a.m. follows a used book sale break at 10:30 a.m. Teachers will be treated to an engaging and creative process for reading and writing poems written for two readers, “Poems for Two Voices.” Using published poems as a backdrop, teachers are again provided a simple but fascinating technique to add to the creative process.

The presenters are experienced, successful classroom teachers who use writing as the central focus of their methods. The SMWP is part of the National Writing Project and is founded in the belief that the best staff development comes from “teachers teaching teachers.”

Each concurrent session will highlight a lesson directed at elementary school, middle school, and high school. All lessons meet benchmarks in the Mississippi State Framework for the grade levels they represent.

The fee is $20 ($25 at the door). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Speech and Hearing Building on the Southern Miss campus. For more information or to register, call the SMWP at 601.266.5066 or e-mail

Institute for Disability Studies Housing Initiative Marks April As Fair Housing Month

The housing initiative of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at the University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate April as Fair Housing Month through workshop and conference activities.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The nationwide theme for Fair Housing Month is "Fair Housing—It's Not an Option, It's the Law." IDS joins with other housing initiatives and communities across the nation in promoting opportunities for fair housing opportunities for all citizens, including people with disabilities.

“Having a decent, safe and affordable home in a safe and secure community is a dream for many Americans, including people with disabilities," said Royal Walker, associate director of IDS and director of IDS' housing initiative, which includes HousingSmart, a project funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that works to ensure equal opportunities in housing and to increase homeownership for Mississippians with disabilities. "Fair housing is truly the law, and this is so important now with so many individuals seeking housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina," said Walker.

Fair Housing Month activities planned include

  • April 21 - HousingSmart will conduct an hour-long Fair Housing/Fair Lending session during the Mississippi Housing Initiative realtor/real estate training. Realtors can receive continuing education credits for this training.
  • April 24 – IDS will hold a three-hour Fair Housing workshop for the general public in Gulfport. The workshop will increase Hurricane Katrina victims' recognition of fair housing rights and law.
  • April 27-28 – IDS will present a Fair Housing session at the Housing Education and Economic Development (HEED) conference in Jackson.

It is unlawful to discriminate in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability (handicap). 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.

Southern Miss to Host Reading Carnival on April 1

Hattiesburg—The University of Southern Mississippi’s Theta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education, is sponsoring its first annual Reading Carnival on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hattiesburg Public Library. The free event, dubbed “April Fools and Reading Tools,” is for area children in grades K-3. In addition to fun reading activities, crafts, and refreshments, all participating children will receive a free book. For more information, please contact Dr. Anne Sylvest at 601.266.5241 or Deidra Gammill at 601.606.9191.

War and Society Lecture Set for April 19 at Southern Miss

Hattiesburg—The Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi continues its inaugural War and Society lecture series with a presentation at 6 p.m. April 19 at Gonzales Auditorium (Liberal Arts Building, Room 108) on the Hattiesburg campus. The theme for this year is the interaction of war and civilians.

Southern Miss assistant professor of history Kyle F. Zelner, Ph.D., will speak on “Home and Hearth on the Front Line: Civilians at War in Colonial and Revolutionary America.” Zelner, who joined the Southern Miss faculty in the fall of 2004, is revising his recent dissertation "The Flower and Rabble of Essex County: A Social History of the Massachusetts Bay Militia and Militiamen during King Philip's War, 1675-1676" for publication as a book. His past publications include an article in the New England Quarterly and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American War Literature and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Military History.

A 2003 graduate of William and Mary in 2003, Zelner is writing a series of entries on colonial military topics for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare to 1775, (Spencer Tucker, ed., Facts on File Press) as well as serving on the project's editorial board. In addition, he is developing new classes to augment the department's burgeoning military history program as well as courses on colonial American history.

Admission is free. For more information about the lecture series, contact 601.266.4497.

Faculty Artists Featured on Chamber Music Concert

Hattiesburg—Faculty artists in the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi will close the sixth season of its Camerata Faculty Artist Chamber Music Series with a concert at 7:30 p.m., April 4 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The last installment of the 2005-06 series, the concert, called “Thus Seeketh Amor,” will open with Francois de Fossa’s “Trio, Op. 18,” featuring Southern Miss music faculty Stephen Redfield, violin; Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar; and Alexander Russakovsky, cello. Danilo Mezzadri, flute, and Kim Woolly, bassoon, will then perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras, no. 6.”

Closing the concert, Redfield, Woolly and Russakovsky will be joined by soprano Kimberley Davis; Raul Munguia, violin; Hsiaopei Lee, viola; Patricia Malone, oboe; and Dana Ragsdale, harpsichord, on J. S. Bach’s Cantata “Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten.”

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the School of Music scholarship fund. For more information, call the School of Music at 601.266.5543.

Southern Miss Choral Concerts Scheduled for April

Hattiesburg—The choral activities program at the University of Southern Mississippi will present two choral concerts to kick off the spring season. Performing at Hattiesburg’s Bay Street Presbyterian Church as part of its 100-year celebration, the Southern Chamber Singers will give a performance at 6 p.m., April 2. In its third season, the choir is made up mostly of graduate students in choral studies at Southern Miss and conducted by graduate students.

Following close on its heels will be a concert at 7:30 p.m., April 6 at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg by the Southern Miss Concert Choir and University Singers. Both groups are under the direction of director Gregory Fuller and assistant director Lauren Brandon. Admission is free for both events and open to the public. For more information, call the office of choral activities at 601.266.4092.


March 30, 2006 5:02 PM

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