Grimes Chosen for National Committee on Ocean
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 601.266.4580) or
Dr. Mike Ward at email@example.com (phone: 601.266.5832).
Accounting Executive Set to Give Final Executive-on-Campus
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,
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
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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