News and Updates

Southern Miss Doctoral Students Conducting Research in Australia

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students Dave Krzeminski and Nadine Lippa have been awarded an international research fellowship and currently are collaborating with researchers in Australia. They are two of the 235 selected recipients from more than 4,000 applicants around the world. Only 15 Americans were selected for the Endeavour Research Fellowship program, an international, merit-based scholarship provided by the Australian government. [Read More]

Faculty Member Receives Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has been selected to receive a 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). [Read More]

Sport Management Club Tours FSU Athletic Facilities

The professional development trip provided undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to tour FSU athletic facilities and network with sport management professionals. [Read More]

Southern Miss Physical Education Students, Faculty, Alumna Receive Honors

Physical education students, faculty and alumni received awards and recognitions at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2014 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 6 -7. [Read More]

Athletic Training Students Host Homecoming 5K

More than 100 students, faculty, alumni and community members gear up to race in 19th annual Homecoming 5K Eagle Run at The University of Southern Mississippi. [Read More

Southern Miss Student Participates in Regional Leadership Conference

Chiquita Thomas, a student in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, College of Health was selected to participate in The Southern District Future Professional Leadership Conference (FPLC), hosted by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. [Read More]

Southern Miss Instructor Appointed MFA State Captain

Melissa Ziegler, instructor of kinesiotherapy in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed as a state captain for Mississippi in the South central Region by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). [Read More]

Heat Illness Expert Speaks to Southern Miss Athletic Training Students

Dr. Douglas Casa, a nationally recognized expert in the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illness and sudden death in sports, spoke to athletic training students. Casa’s presentation focused on how to deal with heat stroke in a sports environment. [Read More]

Two New Faculty Members Join School of Human Performance and Recreation [Read More]

Southern Miss Graduate Students Present, Win Awards at International Conference

Graduate students and faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi attended the 2014 Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), hosted by The Center for Sports Engineering Research at the City Campus of Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. [Read More]

Helmet Technology Combines Human Performance and Polymer Science

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces to create high performance head protection materials, by combining the efforts of the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. [Read More]

Faculty Member Named Medical Fitness Association Fellow

Melissa Ziegler, instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). A kinesiotherapy instructor, Ziegler also serves as executive director of the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), a national non-profit organization based in Hattiesburg. [Read More]

Southern Miss Students Earn SCUBA Certification

At the end of the 2014 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 Therapeutic Recreation Program Co-Hosts Workshop

Therapeutic recreation practitioners, students and educators from five states and six universities converged for a workshop recently co-hosted by the therapeutic recreation programs of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation and The University of South Alabama. More than 170 attended the event titled, “The Gulf Coast Coming Together for Therapeutic Recreation,” held at the C.E. Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. [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. 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. 

Throughout the academic year, the College of Health Ambassadors selects one faculty member from each College of Health school or department to be named Faculty of the Month. The faculty members are chosen based on their willingness to help, approachability, and dedication to their students and academic unit.

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:

  • Jamie (Missy) Arrant was selected to serve as Student Representative to the Board of Directors.
  • Lindsay Davis was awarded the Convention Scholarship.
  • Karolyne Rehner received the Student Scholarship Award.

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. [Read More]

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. [Read More]

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

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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:

  • Mark Schimmel, a senior in Sport Management was awarded the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus “Making a Difference.”
  • Calvin Taylor, a senior majoring in Sports Management was awarded the Keith’s Superstores Scholarship.
  • Kewin Nielsen, a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science, was awarded the James A. Townley Award
  • Joanna, Rochelle, a junior majoring in Human Performance – Kinesiotherapy, was awarded the Steve “Big Daddy” Rey Intramural Sports Supervisor Employee of the Year
  • Natalie Kuchman, a senior majoring in Exercise Science, was awarded the Outstanding Personal Trainer of the year [Read More]

PhD Student Attends ACSM Annual Meeting

Nadine 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) Thompson Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Melissa Murray, associate 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]

College of Health Alumnus Powell Enjoys Success as Area Softball Coach

Jamie Powell, an alumnus of the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, has achieved great success on and off the softball field since his days as an outstanding academic at the University.


Southern Miss Graduate Discovers Voice With Unconventional Poem

Small towns throughout modest states like Mississippi often produce big dreamers – like University of Southern Mississippi graduate Megan Keyes. [Read More]