May "End Write" at Southern Miss Workshop
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.
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
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Disability Studies Housing Initiative Marks April As Fair 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.
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.
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 www.usm.edu/ids
or call 1.888.671.0051.
Miss to Host Reading Carnival on April 1
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
and Society Lecture Set for April 19 at Southern Miss
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.
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.
free. For more information about the lecture series, contact 601.266.4497.
Artists Featured on Chamber Music Concert
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.”
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.”
free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the School of Music
scholarship fund. For more information, call the School of Music
Miss Choral Concerts Scheduled for April
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.
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.