News and Updates
Southern Miss Students Earn SCUBA Certification
At the end of the 2013 spring semester, 11 Southern Miss students piled into a van bound for Vortex Springs, a camping and diving park near Ponce de Leon, Fla., to complete their SCUBA certification training. [Read More]
Rehner Inducted into Center for Community and Civic Engagement Hall of Fame
Karolyne Rehner, a therapeutic recreation senior in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, was inducted into the Center for Community and Civic Engagement Student Hall of Fame. [Read More]
Southern Miss Researchers Publish Findings on Football Helmet Material
Football helmets are under attack from more than just opposing players on the field. Every season environmental factors wear on a helmet, potentially compromising its ability to protect the player. [Read More]
Southern Miss SCUBA Program Returns
Students are able to earn college credit for courses ranging from basic certification to specialties such as advanced diver and rescue diver. In some cases students may apply these skills to a future profession, such as marine biology or therapeutic recreation. [Read More]
Dr. Brian Gearity Serves as Guest Editor for Strength & Conditioning Journal
“There is a need to understand the practice of coaching from an educational lens. There has been an explosion of psychological and sociological theories of learning that I wanted reflected in this journal,” said Gearity. [Read More]
Dr. Scott Piland Awarded Multidisciplinary Research Award
Every year The University Research Council hosts University Research Awards Day. The event recognizes outstanding researchers, scholars, innovators and performers among Southern Miss faculty each year. [Read More]
Mr. Jerry Purvis Honored as College of Health Faculty Member of the Month
College of Health Ambassador, Karolyne Rehner, presents Mr. Jerry Purvis, instructor at the School of Human Performance and Recreation, with the Faculty of the Month Award for October.
Dr. Bill Holcomb Name NATA Fellow
Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation, has been awarded Fellowship by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). [Read More]
Southern Miss Students, Faculty Honored at MRPA Conference in Tupelo
Students and faculty members from Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Administration received multiple honors at the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference held recently in Tupelo, Miss. Twenty-five therapeutic recreation majors and three faculty members attended the conference.
Three seniors majoring in therapeutic recreation received the following honors:
Dr. Mary Ann Aquadro was elected to serve as President of the Mississippi Therapeutic Recreation Alliance and Megan Marlowe was elected to serve as President-Elect.
Athletic Training Program Welcomes Class of 2015
The Athletic Training Program in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has admitted its first class of students since 2010. With a new administration and revised curriculum, students will benefit from a new outlook and direction for the program.
“This group of students exceeded the rigorous admissions requirements and started the program in June,” said Dr. Bill Holcomb, program director.
Kinesiotherapy Awareness Week: "We Keep You Moving"
The Kinesiotherapy Club celebrated Kinesiotherapy Awareness Week (Sept. 9-13) with, “We Keep You Moving,” an event designed to teach students more about the profession.
“It was a great opportunity for people to learn how to properly use walking aids and also a chance for kinesiotherapy student to get hands on experience of teaching someone how to use them,” said Taylor Brown, sophomore Kinesiotherapy major and Club member.
School of Human Performance and Recreation Welcomes New Faculty Members
The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes five new faculty members to aid in its mission of graduating students who are highly competitive in a variety of health and sport related careers. The new faculty includes:
Dr. Christopher Bown - Athletic Training
Dr. David Dolbow - Kinesiotherapy
Dr. Robert Doan - Physical Education
Dr. Melanie Perrault - Sport Coaching Education
Ms. Helen Grant - Sport Coaching Education, Southern Miss Gulf Coast
USM Senior Receives Award for Best Honor's Thesis from College of Health
Tyler Edwards, a graduate of the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation program, received the Best Honor’s Thesis from the College of Health Award for his thesis titled “Dive into the Pit: Moshing and its effects on Perceived Stress, Sense of Belonging, and Self-Esteem in College Undergraduates.” His academic and thesis advisor was Dr. Rick Green.
“Research awards give scholars like Tyler substantial recognition for a job well done,” said Dr. David R. Davies, professor and dean of the Honors College. “The honor highlights Tyler's quality work and offers encouragement for him to tackle future academic challenges in graduate school.”
HPR Students Receive Comcast Scholarships
Two of the seven students to receive the 2013 Comcast scholarships were from the School of Human Performance and Recreation.
Keriaus McBride of Hattiesburg, Miss., a senior in Kinesiotherapy, was awarded the Physical Plant Scholarship.
Kewin Nielsen of Denmark, a sophomore in Exercise Science, was awarded the Residence Life Scholarship. [Read More]
2012-2013 Southern Miss Recreational Sports Student Staff Winners
Southern Miss Rec Sports honored outstanding student staff and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards Night. Student staff members recognized from HPR:
PhD Student Attends ACSM Annual MeetingNadine Lippa, a doctoral student in the Sports and High Performance Materials program, presented her poster at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. on May 30. Her poster, Reliability Estimates for Three Methods of Determining sEMG Onset, was well received by attendees.
Southern Miss Senior from Mandeville Receives Scholar-Athlete Award
Caitlin Leumas of Mandeville, La., a senior in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the C.L. Dews, Jr. Distinguished Student Scholar Athlete Award based on her athletic, academic and leadership abilities. [Read More]
Southern Miss Doctoral Student Receives Award at Conference
Andrew L. Goldsmith, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, received the Graduate Student Research Award at the Ninth Annual Sport Management Conference in Troy, Ala., for his paper and presentation titled "Whistleblowing Intention in Sport: The Role and Motives and Cost-Benefit Analysis" [Read More]
College of Health Honors Faculty, Staff, Students on Founders Day
Dr. Scott Piland, associate professor for the School of Human Performance and Recreation, received the 2013 Innovation and Multidisciplinary Award. [Read More]
Dr. Melissa Murray Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
Dr. Melissa Murray, program director and associate professor, for sport coaching education, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual College of Health Awards of Excellence.
| M.S. in Human Performance: Physical Education Emphasis Now Offered Online|
The physical education emphasis was created for teachers to enroll in online classes while never having to leave their own classroom. Dr. Nancy Speed, program director and instructor, is confident that this online degree program will improve the quality of physical education programs as well as giving instructors an opportunity to grow professionally. [Find Out More]
Southern Miss Professor Discusses Brain Trauma During Visit to Camp Shelby
Dr. Scott Piland, associate professor at the School of Human Performance and Recreation, recently visited Camp Shelby to speak at an event held in conjunction with Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month. [Read More]
Online Sports Security Management Certificate Program to Begin Feb. 4
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi will offer an online Sports Security Management Professional Certificate beginning Feb. 4 through April 15. [Read More]
Holcomb Named Director of Athletic Training Education Program
“We want to return the quality of the past program while at the same time bringing about an evolution of the new standards as prescribed by our accreditation body,” said Holcomb. [Read More]
Gatwood Shows Direct Link Between Academics, Athletics at Southern Miss
Students throughout the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health are constantly seeking internship and training opportunities in their field of choice. For students in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, these opportunities often materialize close-to-home. [Read More]
Southern Miss Participates in National Therapeutic Recreation Month
The therapeutic recreation program received a proclamation from Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Feb. 7 declaring February 2012 as Therapeutic Recreation Month in Hattiesburg, Miss. [Read More]