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News Briefs 12-01

Date    12-01-05
Contact Christopher Mapp 601.266.4497


Grimes Chosen for National Committee on Ocean Policy Review

HATTIESBURG – Dr. Jay Grimes, provost of the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on a National Research Council (NRC) committee reviewing a plan under development by the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST).

JSOST is one of two subcommittees under the cabinet-level Committee on Ocean Policy, a new organization created according to the Bush administration’s Ocean Action Plan.

Comprised of experts in ocean science and related fields, the NRC committee will review both the draft and final plans of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy. The plan seeks advice from the ocean research community as it aims to enhance collaboration and identify gaps and deficiencies, along with related infrastructure needs.

In 1987, Dr. Grimes was appointed director of the Institute of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and of the Sea Grant College Program, University of New Hampshire, where he was also a professor of microbiology. Grimes received his doctorate in microbiology from Colorado State University in 1971.


University of Southern Mississippi Educational Leadership and Research Department Hosts First Eagle Institute Conference

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Education to host a two-day conference, “Katrina and the Schools—Insights Into Weathering the Storm.” The conference, which is the inaugural event of the USM Eagle Institute, will be held April 3-4, 2006, at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is open to policy makers, superintendents, school district administrators, principals, government agency leaders and emergency preparedness personnel.

The conference will be convened by Mississippi State Superintendent Hank Bounds and Southern Miss President Shelby Thames. This event is part of a series of two-day “policy and action” meetings in which practitioners will meet with the researchers to focus on current school leadership issues, highly relevant research and steps to address these issues. At the April conference, participants will focus on three key topics: crisis planning for schools and school districts; the impact of Hurricane Katrina upon students, school districts and school personnel; and the role of schools as community organizations in emergency response and disaster relief. Participants will interact with state and national leaders in identifying effective policies and procedures for handling catastrophic events. The conference will generate a proceedings document that can serve as a resource for crisis management planning and policy development.

The Eagle Institute is sponsored by Southern Miss’ Department of Educational Leadership and Research. For more information on the April conference or the Eagle Institute, contact Dr. Ron Styron at (phone: 601.266.4580) or Dr. Mike Ward at (phone: 601.266.5832).


Accounting Executive Set to Give Final Executive-on-Campus Lecture

in College of Business

HATTIESBURG – Sarah P. Clark, senior vice president of strategic planning and investor relations for Parkway Properties in Jackson, will be the final speaker this semester in the College of Business’ Executive-on-Campus Series. Clark will speak on the topic of leadership at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 116.

Clark, a 1981 Southern Miss graduate, is a certified public accountant with 23 years of accounting experience and 19 years with Parkway. Before her present position, Clark served as chief financial officer, senior vice president and secretary from January 1995 to November 2000. She holds memberships in the American Institute of CPAs, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants. In 1999, Clark completed the 10-week Professional Management Development program at Harvard Business School.

Parkway Properties Inc. is a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in operations, acquisition, ownership, management and leasing of office properties. The company is geographically focused on the southeastern and southwestern United States and Chicago. Parkway owns or has an interest in 65 office properties located in 11 states with an aggregate of approximately 12.1 million square feet of leasable space as of Nov. 1, 2005.

The public is invited to the lecture. For more information, contact Jana Bryant at 601.266.5854.


Contact: Angela Kilcrease


Southern Chorale Gives Fall Concert

HATTIESBURG -- The Southern Chorale, the premiere touring choral ensemble at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.

The concert will feature the choir’s program from its Nov. 25 appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, a charity concert event organized by the 1st Reformed Church of Bronxville, N.Y., for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Chorale, under the baton of Dr. Gregory Fuller, will perform two sets of varied repertoire.

Also on the program will be the newly formed vocal jazz ensemble, led by assistant director of choral activities Lauren Brandon. The ensemble will perform a mix of vocal jazz and seasonal selections.

Admission is free. For more information, call the Southern Miss Choral Activities office at 601.266.4092.


Faculty Brass Quintet Presents Concert

HATTIESBURG -- The Southern Arts Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg. Formed in 1968, the ensemble includes Reese Land, visiting assistant professor of trumpet; Ken Ortlepp, assistant professor of horn; Bruce Tychinski, assistant professor of trombone; Richard Perry, associate professor of tuba; and graduate teaching assistant Michael Ellzey, performing on trumpet.

The program includes Samuel Schiedt’s “Canzona Bergamasca,” John Stevens’ “Seasons” (1986), and John O’Reilly’s Metropolitan Quintet.

Fitting for the season, the concert will conclude with John Harbison’s Little Fantasy on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a Tychinski arrangement of “Still, Still, Still,” and a David Baldwin arrangement of “Jingle Bells.”

Admission is free. For more information, call 601.266.6441.


Guitar Gala Presented at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music presents its first-ever “Guitar Gala” Dec. 11 at Marsh Auditorium. Two back-to-back concerts will feature students from sophomore to doctoral level of the Southern Miss guitar studio, under the direction of new faculty member Nicholas Ciraldo.

The end-of-the-semester performance will showcase nine solo classical guitar performances of an eclectic selection of guitar music, ranging from the 1700s to present day.

The second concert will feature the classical guitar in various chamber music settings. Two guitar duos will open the concert, performing classical composer Fernando Sor’s “The Encouragement” and Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer’s “Micro Pieces.”

Following the duos, the USM Guitar Orchestra, directed by Jay Erp, will perform two pieces by the composer Von Cahl. Rounding out the program, the USM Chamber Guitarists, under Ciraldo’s direction, will perform Brouwer’s evocative work, “Cuban Landscape with Rain,” as well as Bach’s famous “Little Fugue.”

The solo performance begins at 6 p.m., followed by the chamber music groups at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Southern Miss guitar studio at 601.266.5401.

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