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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI NEWS Law Student-run Network Gets National Recognition for Katrina Efforts

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005, a University of Mississippi law student helped start a nationwide network of law students to provide legal aid to victims. The resulting Student Hurricane Network (SHN), involving more than 65 schools, has been recognized with a national award. Soon after the storm, Allison Korn of Memphis, a third-year law student at UM, began calling coast organizations to offer assistance. Though grateful for her offer, those in charge were too overwhelmed to accept assistance. Undeterred, Korn continued her efforts and helped create the SHN, a law student public service group that continues to work as a liaison between coast organizations and law student volunteer groups to provide legal aid relief. After a year of diligent work, the founders of the SHN met together for the second time recently in Washington, D.C. The students were there to receive the Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell Exemplary Public Service Award during the 2006 Equal Justice Works Awards Banquet. In less than one year, the SHN secured a financial sponsor, accepted charitable donations and assisted 56 schools in planning trips to the coast. To date, about 15 UM law students have participated on coast trips, and several more have provided logistical support by providing names of people and organizations to contact or updates on repair work in their hometowns. Read more,


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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI NEWS Southern Miss Campus Master Plan under Development The University of Southern Mississippi is in the process of creating a new campus master plan with guidance from Sasaki Associates and a Master Campus and Facility Planning Committee composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and representatives of surrounding communities.  So far, the group has conducted several work sessions which began in July. During September, the Master Planning Collaborative conducted a design charrette strategizing the placement of future facilities and open spaces on campus.  From this, a framework plan was developed and presented in November. Based on the feedback received from campus and community constituents, more detailed plans and recommendations will be presented in February.  The goal of the planning collaborative is to create an environment that meets students’ developmental needs by providing opportunities for their intellectual, social and personal growth. The plan will serve as the conceptual armature for organizing land uses and academic, residential, athletic

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