On behalf of the College of Science and Technology, I’d like to extend best wishes to former dean Dr. Joe B. Whitehead, Jr. and former associate dean Dr. Dale Ledford, both of whom retired effective July 31.
We wish Dr. Whitehead success in his new position as Provost of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Whitehead was appointed interim dean of the College of Science and Technology in August 2009 and became dean in March 2010.
We also wish Dr. Ledford the best in his new occupation as retiree. Dr. Ledford spent many years at Southern Miss providing leadership for the college at the Long Beach campus and the temporary Gulfport Student Services Center location and more recently on the Hattiesburg campus.
Both men left Southern Miss better than they found it and we are proud to call them permanent members of the Southern Miss family. Good luck to both as they begin new chapters in their lives.
The following update was sent out to the Southern Miss faculty/staff email listserve Sunday afternoon 8/26/2012:
“Tropical Storm Isaac continues on a path to enter the Gulf of Mexico. It has been difficult to pin point where Isaac will make landfall and currently locations from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle should be monitoring the storms activities and be on alert and prepared to act if instructed to do so.
The university’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is being updated as information becomes available.
Updates and information concerning day-to-day operations of the university will be distributed through the Eagle Alert emergency notification system and will also be available at http://www.SouthernMiss.info.
To sign up for Eagle Alert or ensure your contact information is current, visit http://www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert.
Take this time to prepare for possible severe weather and impact of the storm. Review your preparedness and plan accordingly. More information regarding preparedness can be found at http://www.redcross.org and http://www.nhc.noaa.gov;
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The College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss is committed to having an impact on our local, state, and national community. Faculty at Southern Miss are experts in the classroom as well as the larger community.
One of our own, Max van Norden, program coordinator for the hydrographic science master’s program in the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center, was featured as a call-in expert on NPR’s Science Friday program on Jan. 20 from 2:30-3 p.m.
Van Norden answered questions on electronic charting and surveying technology in the wake of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy.
Click to see the Science Friday archive of van Norden’s discussion.
Garrett Wright, a construction engineering graduate from Gulfport, Miss., has received national recognition as a recipient of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education. Wright was one of 20 students honored as Pearson Prize National Fellows.
Garrett is featured on our Southern Miss website home page, as the example of our “Achieve” feature. He has gone on to pursue a masters degree in economic development.
Garrett Wright, featured as "Achieve" example on University website
Construction Engineering Graduate, Garrett Wright
Watch Garrett’s video about his success as a Southern Miss student through campus and community involvement.