Powered by the Southern Miss Web Team Southern Miss Marketing & PR http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms 2010-08-10T20:09:14+01:00 text/html 2010-08-06T14:10:44+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Crenshaw Serves as Facilitator for International Professional Standards Institute http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3647&Itemid=2 Dr. Chris Crenshaw, director of the Department of Residence Life at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently served as a facilitator for the Association of College and University Housing Officers’ International Professional Standards Institute.At the conference, held at Texas State University in San Marcos, Crenshaw led a group of six housing professionals in the review and application of the group’s professional standards.Crenshaw has been a member of the Southern Miss staff for 18-years, all with its Division of Student Affairs, serving as director of Residence Life since 2005. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Southern Miss and serves as associate graduate faculty for the program. Crenshaw is also an instructor for the university’s Leadership Scholars class.He is president of the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers (MAHO) and chairman of next year’s regional conference for the Southeast Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO). text/html 2010-08-06T13:59:05+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms New Speed Change in Effect on West Fourth Street through Southern Miss Campus http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3646&Itemid=2 A 15-mile per hour school zone speed limit will be enforced beginning Monday, Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the section of text/html 2010-08-05T14:21:16+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Renowned Ex-Military Leader: Empower, Inform Your Team of Goals, Purpose to Achieve Success http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3645&Itemid=2 Throughout a distinguished career as a commander in the U.S. Army, Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré knew how important it was for his troops to understand what their mission was and why it mattered. He stressed the need to employ that philosophy in managing sporting event security during an address at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in text/html 2010-08-05T08:09:32+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms DuBard School Welcomes New Students for 2010-11 Year http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3644&Itemid=2 Sixteen new students became part of a specialized learning environment as the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi began the 2010-11 academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Students from several cities and communities in the surrounding area will comprise this year’s class which numbers a capacity of 80. “Every new school year brings hope – hope for the children and their families,” said DuBard School Director Dr. Maureen Martin. “It is a privilege for us, at the DuBard School to have the opportunity to provide services to children and to contribute to preparing them for adult lives which are productive and independent.” The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. For more information visit www.usm.edu/dubard/ (http://www.usm.edu/dubard/) Ramey Key, 7, of Oak Grove receives instruction from teacher’s assistant Miranda Sewell on Wednesday, Aug. 4, as another school year got underway at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-08-03T11:23:37+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Napolitano, Goodell Address National Sports Security Conference http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3643&Itemid=2 United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stressed the importance of “shared responsibility” during her address at the inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. “All of us recognize the long-standing risks that face sports teams and fans in our country. If you didn’t you wouldn’t be having a conference like this,” said Napolitano. “But we can’t do the job of protecting our stadiums all by ourselves. That’s why we need the citizenry of our country to join us in a new campaign called ‘See Something; Say Something.’” Napolitano spoke to a packed audience of more than 325 security professionals on the opening day of the three-day (Aug. 2-4) conference, held at the Astor Crowne Plaza and hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. “We’re encouraging citizens everywhere that if you see something out of the ordinary, then say something to law enforcement or stadium attendants. This kind of force multiplier allows a simple mechanism far beyond what law enforcement can normally provide.” Framed by the theme, “Balancing the Fan Experience with Security Safety,” the conference features security experts and vendors from across the United States. Several representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security are also attending. Tuesday’s agenda calls for a special address by Dr. Keith Still, a professor at Bucks New University Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies in Buckinghamshire, England. Still is an internationally renowned security consultant and speaker who has lent his expertise to the Sydney, Beijing and upcoming London Olympics. Panel discussions involving representatives from NCAA Division I institutions and officials from several professional sports organizations will also be part of the conference’s second-day format. Southern Miss President Martha Saunders opened the conference by noting that NCS4 had emerged as a national resource and that the university has “taken a lead role in forming a national consortium to address what sports safety and security should be in the future.” “Through your efforts we can enhance the capability to detect threats to our safety and security,” said Saunders. “If we’re ever deprived of our ability to gather and cheer our sports teams, it would destroy a way of life that is uniquely human and as old as civilization itself.” National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell closed out the opening day’s schedule by recognizing the important task of protecting fans that often goes unnoticed. “You guys assembled here at the ones working behind the scenes who seldom get the credit you deserve,” he said. “This conference offers an opportunity to learn from one another and share best practices and solutions to improve upon what we are charged to do.” Goodell acknowledged that packed sports stadiums, which feature up to 70,000 fans at NFL games and more than 100,000 at some college football games and NASCAR events, represent prime targets for terrorists. “Terrorism is a real risk and I have always assumed that we’re a target,” said Goodell. “We have to remain vigilant and our efforts must be geared toward an aggressive position to keep attacks from happening at our sporting events. Because if it happens in one stadium, then it will affect us all. “We have to make sure that our fans come to games, feel comfortable about being there and know that they will be safe.” The conference concludes Wednesday with more panel discussions and a closing address by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, who coordinated the Hurricane Katrina recovery operation. National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses attendees at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition Monday, Aug. 2 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was a featured speaker on the opening day of the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-08-03T10:48:52+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Gulf Coast Registration, Orientation Set for Aug. 10, 11 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3642&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host fall 2010 orientation for new undergraduate students at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Registration and advisement will follow from 2 – 6 p.m. Registration and advisement for former Southern Miss and new graduate students will be Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center. Fall semester classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 18. The last day to register for full-term fall semester classes is Friday, Aug. 27. For more information, call 228.214.3444; online, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-08-02T10:26:56+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Student Broadcasters Win State Awards http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3641&Itemid=2 University of Southern Mississippi student broadcasters rose to the top once again as they received a total of nine awards from this year’s annual Mississippi Association of Broadcasters competition in Jackson, Miss. Students from the School of Mass Communication and Journalism competed against students from universities and colleges throughout the state. In all, four gold and five silver awards were given to Southern Miss’ WUSM radio and Hub City TV programs. This honor marks the second major state award for Hub City TV, which won first place in the Associated Press awards in the spring. Dr. Mary Sheffer, assistant professor of broadcasting, entered the programs in this year’s competition. “It is truly rewarding to see their growth rewarded in these prestigious awards,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my students and the effort they put into this year’s competition.” Hub City TV is a student run news program, where students are responsible for every aspect of the show from producing content to camera operation. Hub City TV won gold as the Best TV Program for “Hub City TV Show 6.” DJay Johnson, a spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Richland, Miss., served as assistant producer. Others involved with this segment are as follows: Meghan Graham, spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Pass Christian, Miss.; Kameo King, spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Aberdeen, Miss.; Mercer Morrison, spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Pensacola, Fl.; Holly Quiroz, junior broadcast journalism major from Petal, Miss.; and Kecia Easley, spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Mobile, AL. Hub City TV also won gold for the Best News Story “Policing Meth”, by King and Jason Lang, a spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Columbia, Miss. Silver awards went to Johnson for Best Feature in “Trent Lott”; “Behind Extreme Home Makeover” as Program/Entertainment by Lang, Johnson, Morrison, Beth Alexander, a spring 2010 graduate in broadcast journalism from Little Rock, Miss., and Stefanie McDavid, a fall 2009 graduate in broadcast journalism from Columbia, Miss.; and “Beelicious” for Feature by Johnson. “Hub City TV covers the entire Pine Belt,” Sheffer said. “My philosophy is to get them off campus, because when they graduate they won’t be doing on-campus stories.” In radio production, WUSM, FM 88.5 broadcasters also took home awards for its programming that spans the Pine Belt community as well. Tim Finnigan, WUSM’s former sports director, won gold in the student division “Sports Segment.” “These awards truly recognize the talent of our students, staff and faculty. It is an honor to be recognized by our peers and illustrates the quality of our programs,” said Stan Sanders, director of the Student Media Center. Assistant professor Kim LeDuff and WUSM General Manager Jeff Rassier received gold in the faculty division for Public Service program or series for “The Big Read.” WUSM’s series, “As a Matter of Faith,” which is produced by Rassier and Allen Eickelman, received a silver award, as well as the station’s Assistant General Manager Elliot Crawford for a PSA called “60 Second Spot.” About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-08-02T09:02:01+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Li to Serve on Region IV Health Equity Board http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3640&Itemid=2 Dr. Mina Li, coordinator for health services and research at the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the Health Equity Board of Region IV of the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The board works with community organizations and other private sector stakeholders to develop the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. As a board member, Li’s work and expertise, especially in the area of community health, will contribute to action that improve the health, safety and well being of communities in Region IV, which includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Li joined IDS in June, working in the institute’s Jackson office. She coordinates IDS health and wellness programs and manages the statewide Mississippi Integrated Community Systems for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also oversees the Tobacco Control Strategies for Mississippians with Disabilities project funded by the Office of Tobacco Control with the Mississippi State Department of Health and contributes to the Family to Family Health Information Center and Education Center. In addition to program management, Li has responsibility for developing a health research effort at the institute. “We are happy to have Dr. Li join our management team at the institute,” said Dr. Royal Walker, IDS executive director. “She will have a significant impact on building and implementing a health agenda for people with disabilities and their families both in programs and research.” Before joining IDS, Li worked for 16 years with the Mississippi State Department of Health in public health service, program management, and community outreach as division director of the Public Health Laboratory, director of the Cancer Control Division and director of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Trained as a medical doctor, Li holds a doctorate from Jackson State University. She is a certified public manager. Dr. Mina Li About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-08-02T08:53:37+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Homebuyers Workshop Set for August 14 in West Point http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3639&Itemid=2 Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, August 14 for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. upstairs at the West Point City Hall at 204 Commerce Street in West Point. In its 13th year of service to Mississippians with disabilities and their families, HOYO is an award-winning program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. HOYO was created to empower people with disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes. Since 1997, HOYO has assisted more than 370 people with disabilities and their families in 49 Mississippi counties in becoming homeowners. Grant funds of up to $15,000 are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in designated areas through HOYO. More information on these grants will be available at the workshop. HOYO focuses on creating a support system that identifies potential homebuyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity and prepares them for homeownership. Applicants of the HOYO program must attend homebuyer education seminars to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home. For more information or to pre-register for the seminar, call Dorothy Ryland at the West Point City Hall at 662.494.2573 or Heather Steele in the Hattiesburg office of the Institute for Disability Studies toll free at 1.888.671.0051. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-30T13:30:10+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss AOP Honors Administrators at Annual Luncheon http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3638&Itemid=2 text/html 2010-07-30T12:58:48+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms BP CEO Dudley Son of former Southern Miss Physics Professor http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3637&Itemid=2 New British Petroleum (BP) CEO Bob Dudley has roots at The University of Southern Mississippi where his father, Horace C. Dudley, served as chairman and professor with its Department of Physics throughout most of the 1960s until the family moved to text/html 2010-07-30T12:30:40+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms NFL Security Chief to be Key Presenter at National Conference http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3635&Itemid=2 Few people understand safety and security better, or take it more seriously, than former FBI field agent and administrator Milt Ahlerich.Ahlerich, 65, currently serves as vice president of security for the National Football League, a post he has held since 1996. He is responsible for all league-wide security programs, including stadium security; special event security, including the Super Bowl; all investigative matters, including fraud, pre-employment, player misconduct and due diligence. He oversees a staff of 11 security professionals and 70 security consultants.Ahlerich’s security expertise will be on display, along with a bevy of colleagues, during the inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 at the text/html 2010-07-28T14:33:56+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Survey Attempts to Answer The Question: To Eat Gulf Coast Shrimp or Not? http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3633&Itemid=2 The smell of shrimp boiling in the backyard is a sure sign of summer in text/html 2010-07-28T08:10:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Students Serving Internships at LuLu's http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3632&Itemid=2 Two University of Southern Mississippi business students have discovered that paradise includes much more than just a tasty cheeseburger. Seniors Alison Cox and Tiffany Glavan, both tourism management majors, are spending their summer break from the rigors of classroom instruction as interns with LuLu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Ala. The popular Gulf Coast restaurant and tourist spot is owned by Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, sister of renowned singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The partnership with Southern Miss represents the first official internship LuLu’s has offered. Evelyn Green, an instructor in the Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at Southern Miss, arranged the internship with LuLu’s General Manager Johnny Fisher. “We want our students to observe first-hand and embrace business philosophies and practices that would help them become successful managers or entrepreneurs in casino, hospitality and tourism operations,” said Green. “LuLu’s business philosophy of putting the power of hospitality to work, applying it first and foremost to its employees made LuLu’s an ideal employer for our interns.” Cox and Glavan did not know each other before the internship program began. But since joining LuLu’s team in early June they have worked shoulder-to-shoulder as full-time employees at the busy restaurant, which also features a gift shop, expansive online store and live music nightly. Their daily duties include food preparation, helping in the gift shop, greeting and seating customers, assisting in the warehouse and any other tasks required by the management staff. “I absolutely love it down here,” said Cox, a Hattiesburg native who plans to graduate next May. “In fact, Tiffany and I have decided to stay on and work part of August. This is such a cool environment and we’ve really had a unique opportunity to learn every aspect of LuLu’s business. And the really neat thing is that there is so much more to it than a regular restaurant operation.” Glavan is a Gulf Coast native who hails from Ocean Springs. She said the intern opportunity has provided invaluable insight that will be useful as she plots a career in event planning upon graduation in December. “This has been the most rewarding and exciting experience,” said Glavan. “They had us on a regular 40-hour-a-week schedule. And keep in mind that LuLu’s is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week and seats about 3,000 people a day in the restaurant. I could not have asked for a better intern opportunity.” Lucy Buffett said having the interns learn her business represents the consummate win-win situation. “Education, the arts and Southern Miss are very dear to my family,” said Buffett. “The College of Business promotes education and excellence in every facet of business. Developing this partnership cements my commitment and LuLu’s commitment to nurturing the many talents right here along the Gulf Coast. “To me, Southern Miss is not just a building in the business of teaching people. It is a living culture that believes in the greatness of each student and genuinely works to bring that greatness to light. Being a part of that is an amazing honor.” Buffett points out that managers and staff at LuLu’s further benefit by having a fresh set of eyes to evaluate the various processes in place and offer suggestions from an academic point of view. “Their contributions will add to the experience we provide for each our guests,” said Buffett. “At the end of this experience, we want our interns to know that they are as much a part of the LuLu’s family as any other employee.” University of Southern Mississippi senior Alison Cox helps process online orders for LuLu’s “One Love, One Ocean” T-shirts with Shemeika Brock, human resources manager, at LuLu’s. (Submitted photo) Shemeika Brock, human resources manager at LuLu’s, discusses the importance of merchandising with University of Southern Mississippi interns, Alison Cox, left, and Tiffany Glavan. (Submitted photo) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-27T13:53:08+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Oil Threatens Native American Archaeology Research on Gulf Coast http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3631&Itemid=2 As the nation’s worst oil spill continues to unfold, a team of archaeologists from The University of Southern Mississippi worry about the future of their research along the fragile marshes of Grand Bay, east of Pascagoula, Miss. Southern Miss archaeologists received a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to establish a timeline for cultural activities of the prehistoric Grand Bay area that Native American tribes called home. The research site location, only a half-mile from booms picking up residual oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, could sabotage their efforts if oil continues to drift inland. “It (oil) would pretty much shut down the ability to do archaeology in a place like this for a very long time,” said Dr. Ed Jackson, team leader and professor of anthropology at Southern Miss. Researchers are finding large deposits of shells or middens left by natives who fished, hunted and collected shellfish. Many of the sites were severely damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina and will be further endangered by oil. Much like many Gulf Coast residents today, the natives were heavily reliant on the Gulf of Mexico for food and survival, according to Jackson. “(Hurricane) Katrina brought a renewed awareness of how fragile these resources are. The shell middens on Grand Bay are as fragile as the marshes that surround them,” Jackson said. “Oil will contaminate the material in the middens, leaving them unfit for scientific investigation.” Jackson and his team of six anthropology students are especially distraught at the thought of losing the chance to learn about the Grand Bay area Indian culture. His team includes Lynn Funkhouser of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Michelle Hammond of Wiggins, Miss., Barbara Hester of Gulfport, Miss., Sam Huey of Mobile, Ala., Nicole Musselwhite of Ocean Springs, Miss. and John Ladner of Kiln, Miss. They spend at least seven hours a day digging holes in the ground as airboats nearby tend miles of booms to protect the marshes of the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve. “This research gives us another piece of evidence of how people adapt to coastal environments,” Jackson stated. While little to no archeology research exists on this area, Southern Miss researchers hope to completely excavate the site before the oil comes ashore. In the meantime, researchers can only take it day by day, watching the water to see if they will have to vacate the site for good. For more information on Grand Bay research, contact the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 601.266.4306. Lynn Funkhouser and Michelle Hammond, both anthropology graduate students, find shells and other artifacts from one of their excavation sites on Grand Bay. (Submitted photo) Shells left by Native Americans that were removed from the ground by Southern Miss archaeologists (Submitted photo). Barbara Hester, anthropology graduate student, searches through soil to find Native American artifacts (Submitted photo). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-27T10:47:19+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Media Advisory: National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition Media Credentials http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3629&Itemid=2 WHAT: “Balancing Safety, Security and Spectator Experience” national conference and expo conducted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. WHEN: Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 4 WHERE: The Astor Crowne-Plaza739 Canal StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130(504) 962-0500 SPECIFICS: For the first time in the United States, a National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is being held, focusing solely on the sports security and safety industry. This gathering of top professionals in the field will provide an environment dedicated to security/safety technologies, products, services and education all aimed toward safeguarding the assets and spectators they are charged with protecting.Among the expert speakers are United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore’ (Ret) and London Olympics Security Director Keith Still, Ph.D. EDITOR NOTE: Media credentials are required and will be processed no later than the close of business on Friday, July 30, 2010MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Taylor, 601.266.5170 (office) or 601.297.4077 (cell) CONFERENCE CONTACT: Lauren Cranford, NCS4 601-266-5758 Media Guidelines LogisticsAPPLYING FOR CREDENTIALSNational Sports Safety and Security credentials are required for media covering any or all events within the Conference and Exhibition at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 – Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.The credentialing process is open through Friday, July 30, 2010. No credentials will be processed after the close of business on July 30. If you have questions about media access to the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, please contact University Communications, at 601.266.4491.To obtain credentials, a written request on the news or trade media organization’s letterhead must be faxed to the Office of University Communications at 601.266.5347. Freelance journalists requesting credentials must provide a written request on letterhead from the assigning media outlet. All requests should be faxed attn: National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition Credentials.CREDENTIAL PICK-UPCredentials may be picked up – with photo ID – beginning on Monday, Aug. 2. Pick-up times are as follows:Monday, Aug. 2 1 – 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 3 7 – 11 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 4 7 – 10 a.m.MEDIA AREAOnly credentialed media will be allowed onto presentations and panel discussions. A Media Room is available for working journalists on the Level M 2 of the Hotel in the Bourbon Room.The room is equipped with wireless internet access and work areas. This Media Room will be used for a joint interview opportunity with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following the conference opening session on Aug. 2. It will also be used for the interview opportunity following the luncheon speech by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore’ on Aug. 4. ALL MEDIAAn electronic Media Kit is available on-line for your convenience. It consists of: 1) conference agenda, 2) biographical information on key speakers and panel members, 3) information on the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, 4) information on The University of Southern Mississippi, and 5) previously generated news releases on the national conference. The information is located at http://www.ncs4.com/conference.php (http://www.ncs4.com/conference.php).At the request of conference speakers, photographs and video may only be shot during the first 15 minutes of each presentation. No media questions will be accepted in the question and answer session following each presentation. Members of the media with credentials will be allowed to ask questions in the interview opportunities following the speeches of Janet Napolitano, Roger Goodell, and Russel Honore’. Questions with other presenters may be arranged through conference staff. There will be no media representatives allowed in the 4 – 4:45 p.m. presentation (Professional Sports Panel: Crowd Management Case Studies) on Tuesday, Aug. 3, or the 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. presentation (Panel: Is it Possible to Achieve the “Balance”) on Wednesday, Aug. 4.Failure to abide by these requirements will result in the revocation of credentials. text/html 2010-07-27T09:04:51+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms National Sports Safety and Security Conference Sold Out http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3628&Itemid=2 Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, will address a sold-out audience when the inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition gets underway Monday, Aug. 2 in New Orleans. Napolitano is scheduled to speak from 4-5 p.m. on the opening day of the three-day conference (Aug. 2-4) at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. The theme of her speech will be, “Government’s Role in Balancing Safety and Security.” National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is set to follow Napolitano with his address, “Balancing the Fan Experience with Security Safety.” The conference is being hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All security vendor spaces have been reserved for the conference, which will feature exhibits from security companies across the United States. In addition, the attendee list has reached the pre-conference goal of 300. That list includes police departments from universities such as Kentucky, Utah and Auburn; representatives from the City of Detroit Police Department; several major professional sports organizations and the Georgia Dome, to name a few. “We are very fortunate to have Secretary Napolitano speak to our attendees at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director. “The sold-out conference is a reflection of the growing interest in sport safety and security from the sport venue security personnel, first responders, manufacturers and league security officials. We are looking forward to her remarks relative to balancing sport event security and the fan experience.” The conference officially kicks off at 3 p.m. on Aug. 2 with opening remarks by Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. The comprehensive conference will also include a number of panel discussions moderated by collegiate and professional security experts. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, renowned for coordinating Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, will deliver the closing speech at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness, improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training. For more information about the national conference and exhibition call 601.266.6183 or visit www.NCS4.com/conference (http://www.ncs4.com/conference) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-26T11:43:44+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss, Area Hospitals Team Up for Season Ticket Sales Event http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3627&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi is joining forces with the two major hospitals in the text/html 2010-07-23T14:48:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Koch Keeps Promises in New Book on Hurricane Katrina http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3626&Itemid=2 As much as it recounts her exemplary coverage of the worst natural disaster in modern American history, Kathleen Koch’s new book “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” is also a promise kept to those who told her their gripping stories of survival and recovery. As a reporter for the Cable News Network (CNN), Bay St. Louis native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna Koch was on the ground covering Huricane Katrina's impact on the Gulf Coast, including her native Bay St. Louis, the subject of her acclaimed CNN documentary “Saving My Town: The Fight for Bay St. Louis,” followed by the sequel “The Town that Fought Back.”With her new book, Koch believes she’s meeting an obligation to those who begged her to let the world know how Katrina devastated their lives. She couldn’t include all of them in her live reports from the text/html 2010-07-23T13:41:51+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Gifted Studies Summer Programs Offer Students Insight into Academics, Careers http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3624&Itemid=2 Will Gust has channeled his keen interest in forensic science and criminal law into a solid knowledge base by taking courses on those topics offered in the text/html 2010-07-23T09:48:04+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Haque Retires from School of Mass Communication and Journalism http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3623&Itemid=2 After 26 years of service to The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Mazharul Haque is retiring from his post as professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.Haque has served Southern Miss since 1984 teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in media theory, research, law, ethics, international communication and various other areas. A reception will be held in his honor from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 in the R.C. Lounge in the Student Union on the Hattiesburg campus.A brilliant and demanding teacher, Haque is a prolific scholar who has lectured at conferences across the United States and at universities around the world. His legacy has left a lasting mark on the program at Southern Miss, according to Dr. Chris Campbell, chair of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.“He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever known, and that’s an opinion shared by all of his colleagues and students. He’s left a real impact on the program here, and he’s touched the lives of thousands of students,” Campbell said.Haque earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dacca in Bangladesh. Before his academic career, he served for seven years as an information officer for the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh.From 1990 to 1995, he served as director of graduate studies in the Southern Miss School of Communication. He directed the dissertations of more than 30 mass communication doctoral students, and he served as a member on the dissertation committees of many more.“Dr. Haque chaired my dissertation when I was a doctoral student at Southern Miss, so I’m well aware of the high level of expectations that he had for his students,” Campbell said.An accomplished writer, Haque has published dozens of journal articles, book chapters and monographs.He is the author of “What is News in India? A Content Analysis of Elite Dailies” and co-author of “Representations of the Cultural Revolution in the Films of the Fifth Generation Filmmakers of China.”Following his departure from Southern Miss, Haque will take a professorship at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. For more information about the reception, call 601.266.4258.Mazharul HaqueAbout The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu. -30- text/html 2010-07-22T11:32:58+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Camp Leonardo Uses Science, Art to Teach Students about Gulf Coast Environment http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3622&Itemid=2 School may be out for the summer, but students from along the text/html 2010-07-22T09:22:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms New Association of Office Professionals Officers Installed at Southern Miss http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3621&Itemid=2 New officers in the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) at The University of Southern Mississippi were installed on Tuesday, July 20 with Melissa Carpenter assuming the title of president for 2010-2011.Carpenter is a secretary in the Student Activities Office at Southern Miss. Chrissy Gill will serve as vice president with Delores McNair acting as president-elect.Founded in 1974, the AOP’s mission is to elevate the standards of the organization, to advance the general welfare of its members, to provide an organized means of communication among members throughout all Southern Miss campuses, to foster better relationships and understanding among members and to pool ideas, thereby promoting an overall better educational system at Southern Miss.For more information about the AOP, contact Carpenter at 601-266-4403 or visit: www.usm.edu/aopNew officers of the Association of Office Professionals at The University of Southern Mississippi include the following, front row, left to right: Sharon Hughes, treasurer; Melissa Carpenter, president. Second row, left to right: Debra Dedeaux, Gulf Coast director; Chrissy Gill, vice president. Third row, left to right: Tina Griffin, immediate past president; Annette Baca, secretary. Not pictured: Delores McNair, president-elect. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu. -30- text/html 2010-07-21T10:03:07+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Students Benefit from Internships with U.S. Senators http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3620&Itemid=2 Two University of Southern Mississippi students with political aspirations have been granted a unique opportunity to get a first-hand look at how the political machinery operates in text/html 2010-07-16T15:19:32+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Army General Joins Southern Miss Athletics Staff http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3619&Itemid=2 text/html 2010-07-15T13:50:23+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Student to Lead Hattiesburg Community Steel Bands http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3617&Itemid=2 Josanne Francis, a University of Southern Mississippi music major from Trinidad and Tobago, has been named the new director of the Hattiesburg Community Steel Band, as well as the newly formed Junior Steel Band. Since its inception 10 years ago by Dr. John Wooton, director of percussion studies at Southern Miss, the Hattiesburg Community Band continues to bring awareness of the steel pan to the community by getting local people involved in playing the instrument. The Hattiesburg Community Steel Band performs at restaurants, parties, schools and concerts in the area. The Junior Steel Band will be the opening act at concerts for the Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra, among others. “Josanne, with her youthful enthusiasm, is excellent when it comes to working with children and adults, not to mention, she is from the land of the steel pan and brings a wealth of knowledge to the groups,” said Wooton, who currently teaches Francis. The steel drum, also known as the steel pan, is a musical instrument that finds its origins in Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pans are made from 55-gallon oil drums and are the only chromatic acoustic instruments invented in the 20th Century. Francis plays a wide range of instruments from orchestral snare drum, marimba, bells, cymbals and timpani, as well as instruments of Brazilian origin. “When I play the steel pan, I feel as though I have entered a new place in a new world. A world where there is no worry or pain,” said Francis. Her ultimate goal is to attain a doctorate in music and percussion studies then establish a school for the arts in Trinidad and Tobago. The Hattiesburg Community Steel Band will meet Monday nights from 5-6 p.m. The group is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The Junior Steel Band meeting time will be decided at registration. The group is open to anyone between 8 and 17 years of age. “There is no need to feel intimidated at all, just come ready to have fun, learn, jam and meet some really neat people,” said Francis. Registration for the Hattiesburg Community Steel Band and Junior Steel Band will take place on Saturday, July 24 at 1 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus. Both groups are open to the public and no prior experience is required. Costs range from $20-$25 per month. For more information, contact Francis at 601.596.3545 or pan4dsoul@yahoo.com (mailto:pan4dsoul@yahoo.com). For more information about Percussion Studies at Southern Miss, visit http://www.usm.edu/music/index.php/percussion/ (http://www.usm.edu/music/index.php/percussion/). Josanne Francis leads the newly formed Junior Steel Band as well as the Hattiesburg Community Steel Band. (Submitted photo) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-15T13:43:50+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms College of Education and Psychology News Briefs http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3616&Itemid=2 This briefs package highlights newsmakers and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, including publication and presentation of research by its faculty. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491. For more information about the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology’s academic programs and research, online visit www.usm.edu/cep (http://www.usm.edu/cep)• Dolphin Research Subject of Japanese Public Television Show• Book Resource for Educators Helping Families of Autistic Children Professor’s Research on Dolphins to be featured on Japanese Public Television HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A University of Southern Mississippi professor and his research on dolphin behavior will be featured on an episode of “Gatchan,” a production of Japanese public television, later this month. The show exposes Japanese college students to universities and research activities around the world. A film crew producing the episode visited the Southern Miss campus last month to film dolphin research conducted by psychology professor Dr. Stan Kuczaj and his students in the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory. “I’m honored that Gatchan chose to focus one of their shows on our research and Southern Miss,” Kuczaj said. The film crew spent four days in Mississippi, documenting Kuczaj and his students collecting data in the Mississippi Sound and analyzing it in their lab. They also interviewed a variety of undergraduate students on campus about their educational goals and campus life. Book a Resource for Educators Helping Families of Children with AutismHATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of practice at Duke University, have co-edited another mini-series book published by Prufrock Press.“Families of Children With Autism: What Educational Professionals Should Know” provides an overview of the role of education professionals in the lives of families of children with autism. A framework for understanding these families is presented with a discussion of the stressors they face, barriers to building collaborative relationships and ways professionals can help these families cope. The book also offers tips for working with families in each stage of their child’s development.The authors are Dr. Lee M. Marcus and Ann Palmer. Marcus is a consulting psychologist with Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children (TEACCH) and the former clinical director of the Chapel Hill, N.C. TEACCH Center where he oversaw diagnostics, treatment, and consultation services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Ann Palmer is the parent of a 27-year-old son with autism, and serves as director of advocacy and chapter support for the Autism Society of North Carolina. She coordinates more than 45 chapters and support groups across the state.About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-15T13:06:55+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Katrina Research Center to Host Traveling Photo Exhibit on Emmett Till http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3615&Itemid=2 The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host an open house Thursday, July 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. to introduce the photographic exhibit on the life, death and impact of Emmett Till. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 27. Till, a Chicago teen visiting family in Mississippi, was kidnapped and murdered in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman outside of a country store. Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, will present a talk during the open house titled "Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement." The program was financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Delta State University Archives and Museum. A commemorative issue printed by the Southern Quarterly in honor of the young boy’s legacy will be available for purchase at the Katrina Research Center while the exhibit is on display. For more information, contact the Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or e-mail krc@usm.edu (mailto:krc@usm.edu). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-07-14T11:52:52+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Associate Dean Attends Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell AFB http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3614&Itemid=2 Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean and associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently participated in the U.S. Air Force's 2010 Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Wrighton, with faculty, staff and administrators from 24 universities across the U.S., met for a two-day briefing tour consisting of presentations on the Air University and the Air Force's collegiate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The program provides scholarships to qualified students who, upon graduation, become commissioned officers with a 4-year service commitment. In addition to touring a C-130 on the flight line, a briefing on security dog training and an observation of cadet training, Wrighton had lunch with Southern Miss AFROTC Cadet Maribel Seegmiller, a student participating in the cadet summer encampment training at Maxwell AFB. Seegmiller, a top officer candidate in the university’s 432nd AFROTC Detachment, will receive her commission in spring 2011. "It was a pleasure speaking with Cadet Seegmiller," said Wrighton. "She explained that the training is difficult, but this is how our students grow – through the challenging learning experiences that we provide, both in and out of the classroom.” For more information about Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gc (http://www.usm.edu/gc). Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean and associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, sits in the cockpit of a C-130 while participating in the U.S. Air Force's 2010 Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Wrighton, with faculty, staff and administrators from 24 universities around the U.S., met for a two-day briefing tour consisting of presentations on the Air University and the Air Force's collegiate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-07-14T11:26:25+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Doctoral Student, Professor Secure Federal Grant for Research http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3612&Itemid=2 A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student and her faculty mentor are receiving support through a federal grant for their research on the impact of positive parental engagement on children coping with attention and aggression issues. Ferne Pinard, a doctoral student in clinical psychology from Dominica, and associate psychology professor Dr. Tammy Barry will benefit from $50,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families for Pinard’s dissertation project, “Parental Involvement and Consistent Parenting Practices as Protective Factors for Preschoolers at Risk for Externalizing Behaviors.” “We’re looking at risk and resiliency factors for outcomes like behavior and attention problems and aggression, and also why some children still thrive academically and socially despite the presence of these issues,” Pinard said. Working with children, parents and teachers from local preschools and PACE Head Start, Pinard’s study focuses on identifying levels of executive functioning among children at risk for challenges with attention problems and aggression, including how they understand, organize and act on information. The grant covers the costs of cognitive and neuropsychological testing and data collection from parents, teachers and children, and pays for Pinard’s graduate stipend. “We’re very proud of Ferne,” Barry said. “This is a nationally competitive grant, and we believe the research she’s conducting will prove beneficial to children and their parents and teachers as they strive to help these students succeed, as well as enhance existing literature on findings in this area.” As part of the award, Pinard will attend four national conferences, including in Washington, D.C., where she will have the opportunity to interact with other top researchers in the country and potentially form relationships leading to research collaboration. She has accepted a pre-doctoral clinical internship in psychiatry and neuropsychology at The University of Minnesota Medical School. For more information about the Southern Miss Department of Psychology and its programs, including its three American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Ph.D. programs in applied psychology, online visit www.usm.edu/psy (http://www.usm.edu/psy) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-14T09:40:01+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Students Encouraged to Use Free Mental Health Screenings http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3610&Itemid=2 With another hectic fall semester fast approaching, mental health professionals at The University of Southern Mississippi want to help lower the stress level for all new and returning students. To that end Student Counseling Services is offering a free, anonymous online mental health self-assessment that might assist students in indentifying the symptoms of anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues and alcohol-related problems. Additionally, Student Counseling Services has six licensed mental healthcare providers on staff with a wide range of training. The counseling services are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and an after-hours emergency counselor is on call by phone at 601.606.HELP. “Transition to college life can be overwhelming for both traditional and non-traditional students,” said Deena Crawford, director of Student Counseling Services at Southern Miss. “Counseling sessions offer a neutral perspective from a trained professional to learn new coping skills in order to decrease stress. Having almost an hour to talk about your own issues is a luxury in our fast-paced world.” Crawford noted that 1,421 students came through the counseling offices in 2009 seeking psychological services. In addition more than 300 students, parents, faculty and staff requested consultations regarding students who might be a threat to themselves. National statistics show that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students, trailing only automobile accidents. Oftentimes, students may feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate and stressed as the pressure of college life builds. According to the Web site www.suicide.org (http://www.suicide.org/), untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. “We try to encourage dialogue about these issues every semester, focusing mainly on prevention in classrooms and special events but when these ‘issues’ become actual people who are dead, it is heartbreaking to see how many people are hurt, confused or angry by the ripple effect of suicide and drunk-driving,” said Crawford. “It does actually increase the number of people we see at the counseling center because students need help sorting out their feelings and search for understanding.” For more information about Student Counseling Services at Southern Miss, call 601-266-4829. To take the free mental health screening assessment visit: www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/SOUTHERNMISS (http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/SOUTHERNMISS) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-13T10:13:00+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Issues + Answers Lecture Series to Feature Experts Panel on Oil Spill, Ecosystem http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3609&Itemid=2 The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will present the Issues + Answers lecture “Ecosystem at Risk? Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Incident on the Ecology of the North Central Gulf of Mexico” Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The lecture will feature a panel of experts from the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The panel will feature Dr. Bill Hawkins, moderator; Harriet Perry on crustacean and shellfish life cycles; Jim Franks on finfish stocks; Dr. Joe Griffitt on aquatic toxicology; and Dr. Jay Grimes on biomediation. Following the panel discussion, the experts will be available for a question-and-answer session to address questions on how the Deepwater Horizon incident has impacted the biology of the North Central Gulf, how it works and the implications of this event. Issues + Answers lectures are free and open to the public. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center is located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs. For more information on this lecture or the Issues + Answers lecture series, online visit www.usm.edu/gc/lectureseries.html (http://www.usm.edu/gc/lectureseries.html) or call 228.865.4573. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-07-13T09:47:01+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Century Park Near Completion; Parking Garage Construction on Track http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3608&Itemid=2 Two major construction projects at The University of Southern Mississippi are transforming the north side of campus, with the state-of-the-art Century Park residential facility set to open for the fall 2010 semester, and a 1,200 space parking garage slated for completion by spring 2011. Both are located on West Fourth Street. Century Park is a $39 million development, the largest in the history of the university, and will consist of four, four-story buildings in a gated community with 864 beds, with a learning center in the middle of the complex that will include meeting spaces and study lounges. Each double occupancy room in Century Park includes two single bunkable beds; two desks with chairs; two chests of drawers; a bookcase; two closets; mini blinds and a micro fridge; a sink and vanity area along with a private bathroom. Other features include identification card accessibility; covered bike racks; free cable and energy efficient “smart” laundry services that includes text message to alert students when their laundry is ready; a closet on each floor to deposit recyclable material; and internet connection capabilities of up to one GB.The project is a continuation of the university’s housing master plan, with the goal of being a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified residential complex. Landry and Lewis is the lead architect for the project, with the firm Clark-Nexsen assisting as design consultants; Yates Construction is the building contractor.Named in conjunction with the university’s 100th anniversary, Century Park will house primarily freshmen, including those in the Honors College along with Luckyday and Leadership Scholars, among others. Dr. Chris Crenshaw, director of Southern Miss Residence Life, said the project shows the university is using its resources effectively and efficiently to provide the ultimate in educational opportunities for its students. “I’m really excited about the impact it will make,” he said. “When students, alumni and community members travel down West Fourth Street in the area by Century Park and the parking garage, they will know they are on the Southern Miss campus. It really makes a statement.” The five-story, mixed-use open zone parking facility will add 1,200 vehicle spaces to campus and be open to students, faculty and staff driving vehicles registered through parking management. Located on the north side of Bond Hall, it will have security lighting throughout, along with handicapped parking and elevators. It is designed with a brick veneer in keeping with other campus architecture designs. “The garage will help relieve some of the parking congestion on campus and make up for spaces lost as part of the construction at Century Park and here at Bond Hall,” said Southern Miss Director of Procurement and Contract Services Mike Herndon. The parking garage is the product of a public-private partnership known as Eagle Parking LLC that Southern Miss has contracted with for development of the $15.5 million facility. Construction is by Finlo Construction and L and A Contracting of Hattiesburg. Albert and Associates architectural firm of Hattiesburg designed the structure For more information about Century Park, call Residence Life at 601.266.4783 or online visit www.usm.edu/reslife (http://www.usm.edu/reslife). For more information about the parking garage, contact the Department of Parking Management at 601.266.5447. The view looking west at Century Park, the new living-learning residential complex on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The facility, the largest development in university history, includes 864 beds and will house primarily freshmen in time for the start of the fall 2010 semester. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) New furniture is moved into rooms at Century Park, the 864-bed residential facility at The University of Southern Mississippi that is set to open in time for the start of the fall 2010 semester. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) Work continues on a new parking garage at The University of Southern Mississippi that is set to be completed by spring 2011. The 1,200 vehicle space facility is the product of a public-private partnership known as Eagle Parking LLC that Southern Miss has contracted with for the $15.5 million development. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-12T09:59:25+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Drum Corps International Kickoff Event at Southern Miss July 28 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3607&Itemid=2 Eleven of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles will compete at M.M. Roberts Stadium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 as part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southern Series Tour. Hosted by the Southern Miss Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, the event will feature more than 1,000 student musicians and performers from across the country. From its modest beginnings more than three decades ago, DCI has developed into a powerful, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Mohamad Schuman, associate director of bands and director of The Pride of Mississippi at Southern Miss, believes the show will “provide a great recruiting vehicle for University Bands as well as the School of Music” and a potential boost for the local economy. “The entire community is extremely fortunate to have such talented ensembles showcase their abilities right here in Hattiesburg, and local businesses and restaurants should benefit from increased sales as the show is expected to bring in thousands of fans,” Shuman said. Prospective, current students and alumni from the Southern Miss School of Music continually spend their summers participating in DCI. Alumnus Kevin Welborn has worked with the Troopers of Wyoming the past four seasons. “DCI is basically marching bands on steroids,” Welborn joked. “Hundreds of thousands of young musicians and dancers audition for the corps around the country and only a small percentage make it, so what you’re seeing is the best of the best.” With more than 135 events each year, the annual 60-day DCI Summer Tour is held in more than 40 states. The 11 top tier drum corps units performing on July 28 at Southern Miss include the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif.; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mill, S.C.; The Cadets of Allentown, Pa.; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Ill.; Glassmen of Toledo, Ohio; Troopers of Casper, Wyo.; Colts of Dubuque, Iowa; The Academy of Tempe, Ariz.; Mandarins of Sacramento, Calif.; Pacific Crest of Diamond Bar, Calif. and the Teal Sound of Jacksonville, Fla. Welborn continues to participate in DCI mostly because of its audiences. “The payoff is watching the crowd’s reaction to a marching band that’s louder, faster and more captivating than anything they’ve ever seen,” he said. In addition to the competition, there will be a live learning event at noon hosted by the Blue Devils of California, the 2009 World Champions. Students and fans have the unique opportunity to learn all aspects of corps technique—taught by the members and staff that bring drum corps to life on the field. The live learning event is free with a ticket to the evening event. Tickets for the event start at $25. To purchase, call 317.275.1212 or visit www.DCI.org/tickets (http://www.dci.org/tickets). Tickets will also be sold at the stadium box office on the day of the show. Special group rates are available. For more information, contact Allison Crumpton at 601.266.6121. The Blue Devils Marching Band of Concord, Calif. will participate in the Drum Corps International Southern Series Tour at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-09T10:36:12+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Momentum Builds for Sports Safety and Security National Conference http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3605&Itemid=2 Full capacity of security vendors and attendees is close at hand as preparations enter the final stages for the inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.The conference, set for Aug. 2-4 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, is being hosted by The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. The conference is designed around the theme: “Balancing Safety, Security and Spectator Experience.”All security vendor spaces have been reserved for the conference which will feature exhibits from security companies across the United States. The conference attendee list is fast approaching 300 participants.The conference officially gets underway at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2 with a welcome by Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. Also scheduled to speak later that day are invited guest Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.“Dr. Lou Marciani and the dedicated staff at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security are helping transform the way security experts address potential threats to stadiums in this country and beyond,” said Saunders. “This national conference and exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for those involved in sports security operations to share ideas and scrutinize the latest in technology designed to make spectator sports as safe as possible.”Security professionals already registered to attend include collegiate security operations directors and managers from as far away as Villanova, Texas A M, University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California; professional sports league officials; stadium and arena directors/managers; government agencies such as the FBI and FEMA; military security personnel; sports security consultants/manufacturers and emergency response/managers.Gary Gardner, an original member of the NCS4 Advisory Board, is serving as the conference coordinator. Gardner spent 32 years as an FBI agent and also headed up security for NASCAR before assuming his current role as a private security consultant.Gardner said the timing is perfect for NCS4 to host an event of this magnitude. “After being around for five years and having a full year of instructional workshops under its belt, the center has grown into a position where a national conference like this is a natural next step,” he said.“I am genuinely excited about what we have planned for those who attend this conference. We have put together a group of world-class speakers and panelists who bring a wealth of experience in security management and training. I just think it’s going to be a wonderful experience for everyone who attends.”The national conference will also include a number of comprehensive panel discussions moderated by collegiate and professional security experts. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, renowned for coordinating Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, will deliver the closing speech at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4.Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness; improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training. text/html 2010-07-08T13:33:49+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Vice President, Campus Executive Officer Begins First Week at Southern Miss Gulf Coast http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3604&Itemid=2 Dr. Frances Lucas, named Vice President and Campus Executive Officer for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast in April, has begun her first week in office at the university. As the new vice president for Southern Miss Gulf Coast, Lucas has three primary responsibilities, which include leading the development of innovative educational experiences; responding to the needs of the Gulf Coast; and meeting the strategic goals of the university. With the increasing enrollment of students at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, Lucas said she “looks forward to listening to the students and finding ways to make their experience far more valuable and student-friendly.” Lucas’ vision for Southern Miss Gulf Coast also includes restoring and enhancing the Gulf Park campus, supporting world-class research conducted by the university’s outstanding faculty and partnering with business leaders to reignite and grow the coast economy. Following a 10-year presidency at Millsaps College in Jackson, Lucas brings 31 years of executive experience to Southern Miss. In addition to Millsaps, she worked at Emory University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama. Lucas succeeds Dr. Pat Joachim, associate provost, who retired after leading the university’s Gulf Coast operations since 2005. The university conducted a four-month national search for a vice president and campus executive officer for Southern Miss Gulf Coast. For more information about Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gc (http://www.usm.edu/gc). Dr. Frances Lucas About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-07-08T13:21:37+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Eight Southern Miss Students are Contestants in Miss Mississippi Pageant http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3603&Itemid=2 Eight University of Southern Mississippi students are participating as contestants in this week’s Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg, including Kristen Benigno, a junior speech communication major from Laurel who won the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant last fall. The winner of the event will be announced Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m. the Vicksburg Convention Center. Locally, WDAM-TV will deliver a live broadcast of the crowning of the new Miss Mississippi. Other contestants include: • Jill Duckworth, Miss Spirit of the South, a junior speech communication major from Clinton. • Maggie Evans, Miss Riverbend, a graduate biological sciences/education student from Louin. • Lyndsay Pleas, Miss Hattiesburg, a junior healthcare marketing major from D'Lo. • Kellis McSparrin, Miss Clinton, a graduate theater and dance student from Clinton. • Lee Armstrong, Miss Coastal Waters, a senior human performance and recreation major from Columbus. • Chataura Harper, Miss Jones County, a senior mass communication and journalism major from Laurel. • Ann Claire Reynolds, Miss Dixieland, a sophomore psychology major from Petal. The Southern Miss Student Government Association (SGA) sponsors the Miss University of Southern Mississippi pageant. Since 1998, six Southern Miss students have earned the crown as Miss Mississippi, including 2008 winner Christine Kozlowski. “Our students are making a very strong and positive showing at the pageant and are representing our university wonderfully,” said Southern Miss Associate Dean of Students Brooks Moore, who is attending the pageant in support of the participants from the university. Moore also serves as the local director for the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant. “They are excited about the pageantry of the Miss Mississippi experience and have been celebrating each aspect of the weeklong festivities,” he said. For more information on the pageant, including a biographical sketch of the contestants and a complete listing of cable television networks broadcasting the event, online visit http://www.missmississippipageant.com/ (http://www.missmississippipageant.com/)Kristen Benigno About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-07T15:24:57+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Centennial Arts Gala Tickets Go On Sale Today http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3601&Itemid=2 Tickets are now on sale for the spectacle that has become a text/html 2010-07-07T13:12:35+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Campus Compact at Southern Miss Coordinating Help America Vote Act Program http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3600&Itemid=2 The Mississippi Campus Compact (MSCC) is working with partner institutions of higher learning across the state to advance American democracy with service-learning initiatives, including college poll worker training programs, through a Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant. Administered through the Election Assistance Commission, the HAVA grant provides an academic foundation through service-learning to encourage college students to participate in the U.S. electoral process, foster an interest in democracy and government and improve poll worker shortages. Partnerships with political science departments at colleges and universities and local election commissions across the state are in place to aid the development of this program. Jin Joo McClendon, HAVA program coordinator, said the program’s initiatives include recruitment, training and supporting college poll workers to assist local election commissions leading up to the Nov. 2 general election. “We also seek to increase student interest in the electoral process through course work, as well as build the capacity of MSCC and its member campuses, to continue the college poll worker program,” McClendon said. “These initiatives will result in building bridges with community members as well as the infrastructure on campuses.” Southern Miss faculty members serving as advisors for the program include assistant political science professors Dr. Marek Steedman and Dr. Troy Gibson from Hattiesburg and Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. Students from Southern Miss’ American Government and Introduction to Political Science classes can participate in the program to meet course requirements to participate in a civic engagement project in the community, said Dr. Gibson. “It’s a great program,” he said. “The whole idea is to get students involved in their community, and there’s no better way to do that than to vote and help others vote.” Other colleges and universities involved in the program include Tougaloo College; Jackson State University; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Mississippi. Mississippi Campus Compact is a state affiliate chapter of Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, representing some 6 million students, dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education. To learn more about the HAVA program and Mississippi Campus Compact, online visit http://www.usm.edu/ccce/programs.php (http://www.usm.edu/ccce/programs.php)About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-07T08:22:24+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Course Set for Aug. 10-12 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3599&Itemid=2 The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct the Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Certification Course Aug. 10-12 on the Hattiesburg campus. The certification course will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 10-11 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 12. Recertification portion of the course will be held on Aug. 11. The course meets the requirements for the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). The course also provides training for industrial nurses, safety engineers, occupational health and safety officers and other personnel responsible for initiating and overseeing programs to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations applicable to noise and subsequent hearing loss. Topics to be covered include the following:• Introduction to Audiometry• Medical-legal aspects of hearing conservation• Sound/noise measurement• Anatomy and physiology of hearing conservation• Ear protection The certification course fee is $600 and the fee for recertification is $325. Fees include materials and CAOHC certification fees. There is a $25 late fee for registrations received after July 30. For more information or to register, call the Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at 601.266-4186. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach (http://www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-06T13:27:11+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Book Focuses on Communication and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3598&Itemid=2 Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Gifted Education at The University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of practice at Duke University, have co-edited another mini-series book published by Prufrock Press. “Enhancing Communication in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders” presents an overview of impairments in communication among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A variety of techniques for implementing interventions are highlighted, including applied behavior analysis, token economy systems, and social skills groups, among others. The authors are Southern Miss assistant professor of psychology and child clinical psychologist Dr. Tammy Barry and Southern Miss clinical psychology doctoral students Stephanie Bader and Theodore Tomeny. The book also outlines specific interventions for communication for nonverbal children, children with limited verbal communication and high-functioning verbal children with idiosyncratic communication styles. Issues with facilitated communication and other alternative therapies are also addressed. For more information on this book, or about gifted education programming and research conducted through the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, call 601.266.5236; online, visit www.usm.edu/gifted (http://www.usm.edu/gifted) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-06T10:49:26+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms High School Students Complete Southern Miss Journalism Workshop http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3596&Itemid=2 Twelve Mississippi high school students completed a weeklong journalism workshop hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi June 20 - 26. The students produced a newspaper, Web site, television newsmagazine and daily newscasts for WUSM-FM. They met professional journalists and newsmakers and worked under the supervision of Southern Miss journalism students and faculty members. “It was a great week,” said Kim LeDuff, director of the Southern Mississippi Journalism Workshop and the assistant director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “The students got a very good taste of what it’s like to work as a professional journalist, and they got the opportunity to cover important topics like multiculturalism in Mississippi and the oil spill that’s affecting the Gulf Coast.” The students who completed the workshop included:  Miranda Adams, a senior from Bay High School in Waveland Victoria Bonney, a junior from Our Lady Academy in Pass Christian Ruth Brown, a senior from Starkville High School Vanessa Cotton, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson Katherine Frye, a junior from Ocean Springs High School Keiona Green, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson Meagan Holcomb, a senior from Purvis High School Seth Houston of Laurel, who recently completed his high school home education and will attend Jones County Junior College in the fall Ashley Longino, a junior from Forest Hill High in Jackson Naomi Page, a junior from Ocean Springs High School Lauren Taggart, a junior from Ocean Springs High School Alex Washington, a recent graduate of Clinton High School who will attend Southern Miss in the fall.The workshop was funded by grants from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, the Gannett Foundation and the Mississippi Press Association. “The industry funds these workshops because it realizes that journalism camps – especially those that make a point of stressing the need for journalists who understand issues related to cultural diversity – are very important,” said Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “Many journalists cite workshops like this one as the launching points for their careers.” Campbell said the school intends to make the workshop an annual event. The students’ work, including their blogs, can be viewed at the workshop’s Web site: http://www.usm.edu/highschooljournalismworkshop/ (http://www.usm.edu/highschooljournalismworkshop/). For more information, contact Dr. Kim LeDuff at kim.leduff@usm.edu (mailto:kim.leduff@usm.edu) or 601.266.5461, or Dr. Chris Campbell at christopher.campbell@usm.edu (mailto:christopher.campbell@usm.edu) or 601-266-6283. Instructor Rodney McDonald operates the camera as Naomi Page, a junior from Ocean Springs High School, reports about the oil spill from the Gulf Coast Research Lab. (Photo by Meagan Holcomb, Purvis High School)Meagan Holcomb, a senior from Purvis High School, and Katherine Frye, a junior from Ocean Springs High School, collaborate on their newspaper stories. (Photo by Ruth Brown, Starkville High School)Alex Washington, a recent graduate of Clinton High School, works on his radio news story in the studios of WUSM-FM. (Photo by Victoria Bonney, Forrest Hills High School)About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-06T08:28:45+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Homebuyers Workshop Set for July 24 in Greenville http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3595&Itemid=2 Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, July 24 for residents with and without disabilities in Washington and surrounding counties. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at at O’Bannon High School at 1203 South Raceway Road in Greenville, Miss. In its 13th year of service to Mississippians with disabilities and their families, HOYO is an award-winning program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. HOYO was created to empower people with disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes. Since 1997, HOYO has assisted 370 people with disabilities and their families in 50 Mississippi counties in becoming homeowners. Grant funds of up to $15,000 are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in designated areas through HOYO. More information on these grants will be available at the workshop. HOYO focuses on creating a support system that identifies potential homebuyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity and prepares them for homeownership. Applicants of the HOYO program must attend homebuyer education seminars to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home. For more information or to pre-register for the seminar, call the Jackson office of the Institute for Disability Studies at 601-432-6876 or toll free at 1-866-883-4474. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-02T16:21:05+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Cochran Center Mural Donors Honored http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3593&Itemid=2 William Baggett, retired professor of art at The University of Southern Mississippi, poses next to a color sketch of his work, “University’s Bounty” prior to a reception honoring donors who helped fund completion of the mural in the university’s text/html 2010-07-02T10:58:05+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms DuBard Students Learn About African Culture http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3592&Itemid=2 After spending nearly 20 years living and working in various African countries, William and Sandra MacLauchlain came away with a great appreciation for that continent’s culture and a cache of interesting mementos. The Hattiesburg couple shared their experiences and artifacts with students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi during a special visit on Wednesday, June 30. The students were able to examine artifacts such as hand-carved statues that served as tombstones in Angola – some more than 100 years old; masks used in rituals; elephant tusks and other unique items.“Children, and many Americans, live in a very insulate society,” said William MacLauchlain, who retired to Hattiesburg in 1996. “I believe we must integrate international studies into their education to broaden their opportunities and help them better understand our increasingly multi-cultural society.”MacLauchlain spent time in Africa as part of his career with the federal government. He worked for the U.S. Department of State, Agency of International Development participating in a program that helped construct roads and buildings and improve farming and agricultural skills for people in Zaire, Cameroon and Zambia.The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. For more information visit www.usm.edu/dubard/William MacLauchlain shows DuBard School student Mark Holland, 8, of Purvis, Miss., some African artifacts during a recent visit. (Submitted photo)About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu. -30- text/html 2010-07-01T11:57:01+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Kolin Guest Editor for Literary Review Focusing on Tennessee Williams http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3591&Itemid=2 Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi and an internationally recognized Tennessee Williams scholar, served as guest editor for the spring 2010 issue of the literary review Valley Voices, titled “Tennessee Williams (1911-1983): A Pre-Centennial Issue.” Anticipating the centennial of Williams’ birth, the issue focused primarily on the playwright’s early work, much of it set in the Mississippi Delta, his childhood home. The issue contains two new interviews, seven scholarly essays and original poetry commemorating Williams and his work. Opening the special issue is Kolin’s interview with distinguished Tennessee Williams biographer and editor Allean Hale, who has made significant contributions to scholarly research on Williams as an editor and biographer over the last half century. At 96, Hale is still writing and lecturing about Williams and has appeared on PBS and other national media. Many of the early plays Hale has edited are discussed in articles that follow on “Spring Storm,” one of Williams’ first full length works set in the Delta, “Stairs to the Roof,” and a series of shorter plays such as “When Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?” A photo essay by celebrated director Thomas Mitchell captures the power of these works in recent productions. Kolin has also included an essay on Williams’ ghost artists, characters who wander throughout his canon from the early 1940s through later works such as “Clothes for a Summer Hotel” (1980) about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Another essay also tackles an area of Williams’ canon that few have written about—his travel articles written for his St. Louis high school—which foreshadow such later plays as “Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Kolin’s “Pre-Centennial” issue also celebrates the Deep South that is synonymous with Williams’ canon, early and late, in articles on Streetcar in light of theories of stagecraft articulated in the 1940s and with Williams’ influence on British theatre in the 1990s which had a completely different interpretation of his South than did audiences in the 1940s or 1950s. An interview with director Michael Marks, whose award-winning production of “Streetcar” at Hattiesburg High School in the 1991-1992 school year cites many local places referred to in Williams’ play, such as Laurel, Miss. and Camp Shelby. The issue concludes with 10 original poems by such highly respected poets as Linda Pastan, Marjorie Maddox, George Guida, and Sue Walker, the Poet Laureate of Alabama. Kolin’s own poem, “My Name is Candy,” explores how so many of Williams’ heroines—in name and in action—“depended on the geography of seasons.”Kolin is the first Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Southern Miss. He has been a member of the university’s faculty since 1974. Philip KolinAbout The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-01T11:51:11+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Oil Has Made Its Way into the Gulf of Mexico Food Chain http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3590&Itemid=2 Scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University have found oil in the postlarvae of blue crabs entering coastal marshes along the Gulf Coast signaling that oil may be entering estuarine food chains. Harriet Perry, director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), has found droplets of hydrocarbons or oil, in blue crab and fiddler crab larvae. According to Perry, the oil appears to be trapped between the hard, outer shell of the crab and its inner skin. “I’ve been sampling in Mississippi coastal waters for 42 years and I have never seen this,” declared Perry. “My guess is that the crab picked up this oil offshore while in the megalopal (postlarval) stage and brought the oil with it when it came back to the marsh.” Tulane researcher, Dr. Caz Taylor has found orange-colored droplets in megalopae as far east as Pensacola, FL and as far west as Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, but analysis of these droplets has not been completed. Perry sent samples to an independent lab in Florida which confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons. While the oil was tested, it was not specifically analyzed for the markers that would pinpoint it to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. However, Perry believes it is no coincidence that the timing of the oil spill matches finding oil in the crab. The Tulane samples are currently being analyzed at their laboratory and Perry and Taylor both cautioned that additional testing will be required to relate the oil to the recent spill. Blue crabs are more than just a favorite food for humans; they are also a favorite food of a host of fish species that live in the marsh. Speckled trout and red fish feed heavily on the crustaceans. The food chain is now affected because whatever eats the crab will be affected, and so on. Besides finding oil in the body of the crab, Perry’s group has begun seeing small fish with oil clinging to their bodies. “Oil on the fins decreases mobility and makes these fish easy prey for other species. This is yet another example of oil being incorporated into the food chain,” she added. For more information on the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at GCRL visit: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/cv/perry.harriet/cv.perry.harriet.php (http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/cv/perry.harriet/cv.perry.harriet.php). These photos show the zoea, which represents the offshore larval stage. It molts to the megalopal stage offshore and the megalopa then moves from offshore to inshore marshes where it settles and molts to the first crab stage. (Submitted photos) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-07-01T10:20:54+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Children's Center Enters Partnership with School Districts http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3589&Itemid=2 The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will provide training to personnel in four Mississippi school districts as part of a new partnership that targets special-needs children.The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, Rotary Club of Poplarville and Safe Harbor Programs joined with Southern Miss to create the Safe Harbor School District: Training and Modeling Project. Funding for the project totals $145,847.Staff from the Children’s Center will oversee the necessary training regimen for representatives in the Bay/Waveland, Pearl River County, Picayune and Poplarville school districts. The Children’s Center for Communication and Development is a statewide early intervention school for children with disabilities. It serves children from infancy to age 5 and their families.“This grant will give the Children’s Center the opportunity to serve more children with special needs, to share our technology with the school districts and provide them with equipment and opportunities to enhance their programming,” said Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, center director. “We are so grateful to the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, Rotary Club and Safe Harbor Programs for supporting this unique partnership.”The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation contributed $45,000 to the project, with Southern Miss providing $40,847 in in-kind support and the Rotary Club and Safe Harbor Programs donating $30,000 each.With the assistance of the Children’s Center at USM and the partnership created by Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, the school districts and the Rotary Club of Poplarville, we look forward to meeting some very special needs of children and families in South Mississippi,” said Dr. Ted Alexander, chief executive officer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.Since its inception in 1974, the Children’s Center has not only served special-needs children but also as a training lab for future teachers. Between 2006 and 2009, the center provided direct services to 18 students and their families from one of the four Safe Harbor school districts along with referral and resource services to 25 families and outreach training for six teachers. Those teachers, in turn, served 180 children.A $145,847 grant agreement among the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, The University of Southern Mississippi, the Rotary Club of Poplarville and Safe Harbor programs will enhance services for special needs children in Hancock and Pearl River counties. Dr. Ted Alexander, center, executive director of the foundation, presents a check for $45,000 to Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, director of the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss. (Submitted photo)About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/) -30- text/html 2010-07-01T10:03:10+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Research Scientist Tags Whale Sharks with Legendary Oceanographer, Sylvia Earle http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3587&Itemid=2 Dr. Eric Hoffmayer, a University of Southern Mississippi research scientist at the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, has joined forces with world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue to study the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico whale sharks. Hoffmayer and Earle recently spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico where they discovered an extraordinary gathering of more than 100 feeding whale sharks 90 miles south of Grand Isle, La., and approximately 60 miles west of the oil spill. “This may be one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks in the northern Gulf of Mexico observed by science,” explained Earle. Hoffmayer and Earle photo identified scores of whale sharks and tagged four of them. One of the tags was equipped with satellite tracking sensors. Those sensors allow anyone to follow the shark over the Internet via www.GTOPP.org (http://www.gtopp.org/) and Google Ocean. “Whale Sharks are presently considered a ‘vulnerable species,’ which is a mere single notch down from being considered an endangered species,” said Hoffmayer. Earle, who is currently an explorer-in-residence at National Geographic, is a highly respected and influential oceanographer. “I can only hope to do in my career a fraction of what she has done. Hopefully her involvement will help bring resources to the study of these threatened animals,” said Hoffmayer. Whale sharks are filter feeders, meaning they siphon marine organisms at the surface of the water as food. With dispersed oil floating on the water surface, whale sharks will ingest the chemical substance along with their food. “Some have said that these are death row whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, and that could be true,” said Earle. “Because of their feeding habits, skimming right at the surface where the oil accumulates, they’re in harm’s way.” Indeed, since the tagging expedition, Hoffmayer has heard reports of whale sharks swimming in oil near the Deepwater Horizon spill site. “I don’t think there is any question we’re going to lose whale sharks to this oil spill. That’s why we need to tag these sharks so that we can determine how they are impacted by the oil,” said Hoffmayer. “Whale sharks are gentle giants that grow between 40 to 50 feet long and aren’t aware of the oil spill around them,” explained Hoffmayer. “They are very susceptible to the oil because they spend so much time at the surface of the water.” The entire Whale Shark tagging expedition was captured by film director Robert Nixon and an Insurgent Media film crew which is filming Mission Blue, a feature documentary following Earle on her quest to protect the world’s oceans. “Interacting with these death row whale sharks was a transformative experience. We may not be able to save these gentle giants from the oil. We do hope our underwater footage of Dr. Hoffmayer tagging whale sharks will galvanize the public to act to save the oceans, our life support system,” declared Earle. For more information on the research underway by Hoffmayer visit: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/whaleshark/index.php (http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/whaleshark/index.php). For more information on Insurgent Media and Mission Blue, contact director Robert Nixon at RHNixon@me.com (mailto:RHNixon@me.com)Giant whale sharks are the subject of research by Dr. Eric Hoffmayer of The University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Sylvia Earle of National Geographic. (Photo: The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-30T15:22:58+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Gulf Coast Appoints Autism Advisory Board for $1.3M Program http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3586&Itemid=2 text/html 2010-06-30T13:49:41+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Photo: KidsROCK Blues Camp Entertains, Educates Local Children http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3585&Itemid=2 Natalie Kirk Co. plays for local children as part of KidsROCK Blues Camp (KRBC), a blues music and creative arts experience for kids ages 9-15, held June 28-July 2 at The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. Kirk performed her version of "Blues in the Schools," an educational program she and her mother, an arts educator, developed to inspire middle school students. Kirk, a native of Brandon, Miss. is a 2008 alumna of the Southern Miss Entertainment Industry Program. Her signature style is a soulful blend of blues, rock and roll and folk music, which has taken her from Hattiesburg to performances and collaborations in Paris and London. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-29T13:57:28+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Table Top Exercises Help in Disaster Training http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3584&Itemid=2 The scenarios may be concocted, but the threat to public safety is all too real as officials with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi work diligently on disaster preparedness and training.As part of a 2008 Emergency Management for Higher Education grant, NCS4 has conducted two of three required Table Top Exercises (TTX) to test emergency management plans. Jim McGee, program coordinator at NCS4, said the final TTX is scheduled for sometime in August.McGee noted that generally five-to-six departments from within the university community have participated in the exercises along with a handful of outside emergency/law enforcement agencies.“USM’s faculty and staff exhibited a great amount of interest and involvement with each TTX,” said McGee. “This effort was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and places us ahead of the curve in terms of emergency planning and preparation. All of those involved should be commended for their proactive stance when it comes to training to address a critical incident that could impact the university.”McGee points out that the overall objective of each exercise is to increase awareness within the university and local community regarding certain “all-hazard” scenarios and the recognition of vulnerabilities that may exist that could exacerbate each incident should it occur. The initial exercise dealt with a potential pandemic threat, while the second TTX involved a cyber breach. The final exercise will address severe weather/special needs community disasters.The TTX work conducted by McGee and fellow NCS4 staff members has caught the attention of EMT Associates, headquartered in Folsom, text/html 2010-06-29T11:19:33+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss School of Mass Communication Graduate Honored by CASE http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3583&Itemid=2 A University of Southern Mississippi graduate’s dissertation has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with one of its top awards.Dr. Sharee Broussard, an instructor of communication arts at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., received CASE’s annual Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation this year. She earned her doctorate in mass communication with a minor in marketing from Southern Miss in 2009. Her dissertation, titled “Source-Message-Receiver in Integrated Marketing Communication: A Study of U.S. Institutional Advancement,” meets the award’s criteria for excellence in writing about educational advancement, and specifically research exploring advancement trends in communications and marketing in the areas of public relations, government relations, marketing, issues management and institutional image enhancement. Broussard’s advisor, Southern Miss assistant professor of mass communication Dr. Fei Xue, said her dissertation provides much-needed theoretical support for research in educational advancement, and the results of its survey can also help educators and practitioners better understand and evaluate communication strategies utilized in educational advancement. “Dr. Broussard is also a skilled researcher with a creative mind,” Xue said. “She has a deep understanding of both communication and advertising/marketing theories, which enables her to develop innovative research topics. Her dissertation was one of the most comprehensive studies in its area.” Broussard was the recipient of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s Top Graduate Student award in 2007. An accredited public relations practitioner (APR), she completed her studies at Southern Miss while also working full time as an instructor at Spring Hill and engaging in community service. To learn more about the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism and its degree programs, online visit www.usm.edu/mcj (http://www.usm.edu/mcj) Sharee Broussard About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-28T13:32:20+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms DeFatta Named Southern Miss Alumni Association Executive Director http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3580&Itemid=2 Jerry DeFatta, associate director for external affairs for the Southern Miss Alumni Association, has been promoted to the role of executive director. DeFatta, who has been an employee of The University of Southern Mississippi for nearly five years, replaces Bob Pierce on July 1. Pierce, who has served as executive director of the association for 12 years, has been named the university’s vice president for Advancement. The position increases Pierce’s responsibilities to include oversight of the University Foundation as well as the Alumni Association.“Jerry has certainly proven himself during these past five years of service with the Alumni Association,” Pierce said. “He has the support and respect of the volunteers and the staff, and this will be a logical and easy transition for him. I look forward to Jerry moving into the new capacity on July 1 and working with him for the betterment of Southern Miss for years to come.”As executive director, DeFatta will lead the association’s 11-person staff, manage the overall administration of the organization and serve as secretary and treasurer of the association's board of directors.“I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to benefit my Alma Mater in this new role,” said DeFatta, a double graduate of the university who most recently earned his master’s degree in public relations in May 2010. “Under the leadership of an outstanding group of alumni volunteers and Bob Pierce, the Alumni Association has celebrated a lengthy list of accomplishments in recent years, and I look forward to adding to that list in the years to come.”During his tenure as associate director, among other achievements, DeFatta guided the design and implementation of the 20,000 in 2010 Membership Campaign, an effort to increase membership in the organization by approximately 25 percent by the university’s Centennial Celebration in 2010. Through March, the association’s membership for the fiscal year that will end on June 30 stood at 20,459.DeFatta was recommended for hire to university President Martha Saunders by a 17-person selection committee, led by incoming association president Randy Pope and comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community leaders.“The selection committee was very impressed with Jerry,” Pope said. “He has a proven track record of hard work and creativity working for the Alumni Association, and I have no doubt that under his leadership the association will continue the positive momentum we’ve enjoyed during Bob Pierce’s tenure as executive director. I’m really looking forward to working with Jerry in the years to come.” Prior to joining the staff of the Alumni Association, DeFatta was employed with the Cintas Corporation, an Ohio-based uniform and facility service company, where he held various positions serving as a sales representative, service manager and plant manager.He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club. DeFatta and his wife Bethanie currently reside in Petal with their daughters Eva Marie and Ella Katherine.DeFatta’s promotion leaves vacancies in both associate director posts at the Alumni Association. Earlier this month, Brett Cassell, the association’s associate director for internal operations accepted a position at the University of New Orleans, where he will serve as bursar. The university will begin accepting applications for both positions next week, and position announcements will be posted at the university’s Human Resources’ web page. For more information on either position, contact the Alumni Association at 601.266.5013.Jerry DeFatta About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-28T13:24:35+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Oil Spill Research to Benefit from Grant http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3579&Itemid=2 A $10 million grant to be awarded from BP to the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) will support the work of University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff studying the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf Coast. Southern Miss, a member of the NGI, will receive an initial $1 million of the grant that will go toward a variety of projects and activities conducted by university scientists and researchers, including surveys conducted by the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) of marine life and fisheries, said Dr. Steve Lohrenz, chairman of the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science and an NGI Fellow and Principal Investigator. “This funding will also support our continued efforts to conduct environmental sampling of water quality and other chemical and biological properties that will be done in the western Mississippi sound and extending offshore south of Horn Island,” he said. “We’re also looking at the chemical characteristics of the oil, its breakdown by natural bacterial activities and its toxicity for marine life. We’ve also had groups looking at socio-economic and public health impacts since the early stages of this crisis.” On Saturday, Lohrenz took his second flight aboard a Mississippi Air National Guard aircraft to observe the incident site, the barrier islands and the Mississippi Sound and Louisiana marshlands along with other scientists, researchers, public officials and media. He noted from his observations that the oil sheen is now more evident south of the barrier islands. The Mississippi Air National Guard’s Task Force Vigilant Horizon conducts daily flights over the Gulf of Mexico to gather information that is used to support oil spill response efforts. Operating from the Gulfport-Biloxi Air National Guard airbase, the Guard provides flights for scientists, researchers, public officials, and media to see the incident site and affected coast line, from Grand Isle to Dauphin Island. “It’s (Vigilant Horizon) an important resource that the Mississippi Air National Guard is providing,” Lohrenz said. “To see it firsthand from the air gives you a much clearer picture of what’s happening and the magnitude of this event, along with the complexity and amount of oil in its many different forms.” Lohrenz said during the flyover he witnessed a sheen of oil off Horn Island and in between Horn and Ship Islands, and some patches of oil in the Mississippi Sound itself that matched a common description of having a heavy, reddish-brown mousse appearance. “That obviously reinforces what we’ve been hearing, that the oil is now making landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and that we are definitely getting substantial impacts as a result of shifts in wind direction,” he said. “It’s difficult to say at this point exactly what the impact on aquatic life and the health of eco systems will be, but this is serious.” Southern Miss is one of five members of the NGI, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute, which is a partnership of complimentary academic research institutions that includes Mississippi State University, Florida State University, Louisiana State University and the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory. These institutions support long-term, collaborative, regional research, development and transition of results affecting the northern Gulf of Mexico. For more information about the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science, online visit www.usm.edu/marine (http://www.usm.edu/marine). For more information about the NGI, online visit http://www.northerngulfinstitute.org (http://www.northerngulfinstitute.org/) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-28T08:49:25+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss News Briefs http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3578&Itemid=2 This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491. Heritage Vision Center to Donate Proceeds to Children’s Center HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Once again, Heritage Vision Center of Hattiesburg plans to donate a portion of prescription eyeglass sales during the month of July to the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. The annual promotion has led to significant financial contributions to the Children’s Center by Heritage Vision owners Kevin Harrison, a Southern Miss alumnus, and his wife, Wanda Harrison. Heritage Vision Center is located on U.S. 98 West in front of Sam’s Discount Club. The Children’s Center, a clinical division in the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities while providing training for university students. For more information contact Children’s Center Director Margaret Buttross-Brinegar at 601-266-5222 or e-mail at margaret.brinegar@usm.edu (mailto:margaret.brinegar@usm.edu) DuBard School to Assist in Deaf-Blind Awareness Week HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Representatives from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will lend a hand in a special event on Thursday, July 1 at Turtle Creek Mall in Hattiesburg in conjunction with Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 27-July 3). The event, designated as Connecting with Community Partners/Disability Awareness Activity, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. near the mall’s Food Court. Children can learn some sign language and also write their names in Braille as part of the activities. The event is being coordinated through the Mississippi Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Deafblind program. For more information about the event call 228-249-9668. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-25T12:06:18+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Professors Receive Faculty Senate/University President Awards http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3577&Itemid=2 Four members of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty are the 2010 recipients of the annual Faculty Senate/University President Award in recognition of achievements in research, teaching, mentoring and community service. The awards were presented by Southern Miss President Martha Saunders at a June meeting of the faculty senate. Award recipients include:Junior Faculty Research - Dr. text/html 2010-06-25T11:41:16+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss CISE Research Team Wins National Award http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3576&Itemid=2 A research team in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education (CISE) at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently chosen as one of four research development teams to win the Tech in the Works 2010 competition. The text/html 2010-06-25T11:30:22+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Professor Receives National Recognition http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3575&Itemid=2 Dr. Anthony Bell, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) that works in partnership with Oak Ridge National Research Laboratory.Powe Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of junior faculty and result in new funding opportunities. text/html 2010-06-24T09:03:40+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms College of Education and Psychology News Briefs http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3574&Itemid=2 This briefs package highlights newsmakers and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, including publication and presentation of research by its faculty. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491. For more information about the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology’s academic programs and research, online visit www.usm.edu/cep (http://www.usm.edu/cep) • Deaf-Blind Project Co-Hosting Helen Keller Events• Barry Co-Authors Book• Federal Language Arts Grant Coordinated by Karnes Center• Roberson Serving as Evaluator, Assessor• Karnes, Former Student Co-Author Book Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project Co-Presenter for Events set for Helen Keller Week HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education is working with other organizations at the university and across the state to present two events in conjunction with Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week June 27-July 3. The first event will be held Thursday, July 1 at Turtle Creek Mall from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will include exhibits and simulation activities of disabilities, in particular deaf-blindness to increase the public's awareness, sensitivity and understanding of those who live daily with both a vision and hearing impairment. Others collaborators presenting this event include Southern Miss’ Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, Institute of Disability Studies and Office of Disability Accommodations; The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deafblind Services under the Mississippi Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Community Living Program of Ellisville State School; and the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. On Friday, July 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Gulfport at the LightHouse for the Blind/Lions Low Vision Technology Lab, the Southern Miss Deaf-Blind Project will co-host a reception with the staff employed at the LightHouse, the Lions of Mississippi, and the Deaf/Blind Services under the Mississippi Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. The address for the event is 424 34th Avenue, Gulfport, Miss. For more information on these events, call the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project in the Southern Miss Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at 601.266.5247. Barry Co-Authors Book on Child, Adolescent Personality and Behavior HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. Christopher Barry, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, is co-author of the recently published book “Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior.” The book, published by Springer (www.springer.com (http://www.springer.com/)), is a valuable updated resource for graduate students and clinicians across disciplines, including clinical child and adolescent psychology, school psychology and counseling psychology. A licensed psychologist, Barry specializes in child and adolescent psychology. His research interests also include risk and protective factors related to the development of child conduct problems and adolescent delinquency; and self-esteem, narcissism, and psycopathy in children and adolescents. Karnes Center Coordinating Federal Language Arts Grant HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A U.S. Department of Education grant providing support for area school districts to advance elementary school students’ performance in language arts is being administered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. Titled “Continuous Progress Curriculum Model for Elementary Schools in Language Arts,” the project is designed to organize schools around the acceleration of students through their established elementary curricula. It provides training and technical support for elementary educators and administrators to establish an individualized plan for a continuous progress curriculum in language art, considered a critical academic need area in the state. Target areas to be served by the elementary component will be language arts instruction in kindergarten through third grade, said Dr. Frances Karnes, director of the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, who is assisted by Southern Miss graduate students in coordination of the project. She hopes that the project’s format can be followed throughout a school’s curricula. The project will be administered through May 2011. Following an orientation meeting for each superintendent, principal, and selected teacher leaders, each school will be provided initial training by an educational consultant who visits each school at least once a month to provide technical assistance and guidance to establish a curriculum committee charged with creating the individualized plan for implementation. The project’s two-part focus is now underway, which began with the creation of multiple entry points in an instructional setting for students of any age or academic strength in order to advance their progress in the school’s language arts curricula. This is followed by training and continued support for teacher leaders and administrators through periodic monitoring of student progress and data gathering and interpretation. A review of the students’ periodic progress is also facilitated by assisting teachers and administrators on scheduling methods and flexible instructional grouping scenarios.The elementary level project director and educational consultant assess the schools’ progress toward completion of the implementation plan monthly, assisting school personnel as needed. At the end of the school year, a viable plan will be created based on the data that is collected and analyzed. Learn more about the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at www.usm.edu/gifted (http://www.usm.edu/gifted) Roberson Serving as Program Evaluator, Assessor HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr Thelma Roberson, an associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, is serving as an assessor this summer for the national principal licensure exam, SLLA (School Leader’s Licensure Exam) for Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. She also served the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education ((NCATE) evaluating principal preparation programs across the country. She is also in the process of completing an evaluation of 21st Century Grant Programs for Lumberton Schools. As a grant evaluator, she makes site visits, collects and analyzes data and consults with district personnel regarding these federally funded programs. Roberson’s research interests include supervision, curriculum development, program development, leadership, the history and foundations of American education, educational facilities and design and staff development. Karnes, Former Student Produce New Book HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at the University of Southern Mississippi, and one of her former graduate students, Dr. Kristen Stephens, an assistant professor of practice at Duke University have written a book entitled “The Book of Questions” for students, parents, grandparents, and teachers. The book provides young people with a variety of questions on multiple topics. It is also a valuable resource for parents, grandparents and teachers of the gifted and is available through Royal Fireworks Press www.rfwp.com (http://www.rfwp.com/). For more information, contact Southern Miss’ Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 601.266.5236. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-24T08:27:22+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms New Project Targets Healthy Eating in Mississippi Delta http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3573&Itemid=2 Motivated to change nutrition behaviors in rural communities in Mississippi, members of the Nutrition and Food Systems department at The University of Southern Mississippi have undertaken an ambitious research project titled, “Mississippi Communities for Healthy Living.” The four-year project is funded through a $2 million cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service. The Nutrition and Food Systems department at Southern Miss will be offering a nutrition education program for women’s social and civic groups in Leflore, Washington, Grenada, Pike, Copiah and Lincoln counties in Mississippi. “Mississippi has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation and that is particularly true in rural communities,” said Holly Federico, the project manager and instructor in Nutrition and Food Systems at Southern Miss. “One of the primary goals is to help people make dietary changes that can be maintained long-term. This project can definitely teach them the skills necessary to make such life-changing decisions.” In its annual rankings for 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health listed Mississippi first in obesity across the country with 32.5 percent. In addition, 44.4 percent of Mississippi children ages 10-17 are classified as overweight or obese, the study concluded. An intense recruiting campaign has been waged over the past several months in an effort to get women’s social, civic and church groups, as well as other organizations, involved with the project. LaShaundrea Crook, research dietitian at Southern Miss, noted that people involved in these organizations can serve as role models and leaders within their families and peer groups. “If we can get these women on board for a project this extensive and establish a presence in that area, then it will show others that we’re not only committed to this effort but also to turning around the lives of many people in the Delta,” said Crook. Although still in the planning phase, components of the nutrition program will include the following: • Six education sessions including hands-on learning activities, cooking demonstration with tasting opportunities, interactive games, recipe sharing and potlucks• Mailed newsletters and telephone contacts that provide information on healthy eating and encouragement to succeed• Assessment of blood pressure, body mass index and food intake at the beginning, middle and end of the nutrition program. Project director Dr. Carol Connell, associate professor in Nutrition Food Systems at Southern Miss, said the plan calls for between 350-400 women to participate in the program which also features the subtitle, “Healthy Living Southern Style.” Enrollment is scheduled to continue through June of next year. “Projects such as this are extremely important, especially when you consider the fact that this state has traditionally had the poorest health in the nation,” said Connell. “We’ve got to identify and address the poor nutritional habits of people in this region and hopefully guide them toward a better quality of life.” For more information about “Mississippi Communities for Healthy Living,” contact Federico at 601-266-6023 or Connell at 601-266-6341or visit www.usm.edu/nfs/research/delta_niri_overview.html (http://www.usm.edu/nfs/research/delta_niri_overview.html). If you are part of a women’s group or organization and would like to participate in the program, contact Crook at 601-266-4260. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-24T08:14:08+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss' Campus Compact Partners with IHL on College Knowledge Project http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3572&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Campus Compact has partnered with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) to administer the College Knowledge Project. The College Knowledge Project is a college access initiative of the IHL designed to increase early awareness of post secondary education and career pathways for Mississippi students and their families. It is funded by the College Access Challenge Grant. “Through this program, students have received vital information on the state’s colleges and universities, financial aid, ACT testing and the importance of maintaining their grade point average,” said Jin Joo McLendon, coordinator for the College Knowledge Project at Southern Miss. “It also helps them with state testing, building their resume, getting involved in extracurricular activities and community service and exploring various fields of interest.” Project services include: • Early college planning and career awareness services for middle school and high school students, their families and school counselors in the target regions of the Mississippi Delta (22 schools in 11 districts) and Southwest Mississippi (11 schools in 8 districts)• Community outreach to key stakeholders and leaders in targeted regions.• Financial literacy education for middle school students in partnership with Mississippi Council on Economic Education• Sponsorship of multiple statewide parent workshops focused on assisting parents in getting the information needed to get their children in collegeTo date, College Access workshops and presentations have been presented to more than 1,400 students and more than 75 parents, teachers and counselors. For more information about Campus Compact and the College Knowledge Project, contact McLendon at 601.266.5189 or e-mail jin.mcclendon@usm.edu (mailto:jin.mcclendon@usm.edu) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-23T11:46:55+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Photo: Southern Miss Hosting All-South Drum Major and Guard Camp http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3571&Itemid=2 High school band students learn the fundamentals of guard performance and mace work from University of Southern Mississippi drum majors and guard instructors at the All-South Drum Major and Guard Camp. Held June 20-24 on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss, the camp features classes for beginners to advanced students. For more than 25 years, the All-South Drum Major and Guard Camp has featured some of the finest drum major and guard instructors in the Southeast. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-23T11:07:59+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Students, Faculty Benefit from Research Trip to Puerto Rico http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3570&Itemid=2 Five faculty representatives and nine graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently completed a research trip to Puerto Rico that included exploration of workforce re-skilling, entrepreneurship and transportation. The Southern Miss contingent, which was divided into three teams, met with more than 50 organizations during the 10-day trip (May 16-26) to carefully study how the island conducts economic and workforce development. “At one of the freight companies we visited, we got the opportunity to tour a vessel container ship during our visit,” said Jackson, Miss., native Tyler Moore, who is pursuing a master’s degree in economic development. “This was one of the most exciting company visits we experienced while we were there, especially as students. The thing that I gained most was general knowledge of the ports and how port operations work in Puerto Rico.” Puerto Rico is a self-governing, unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the Caribbean. The island’s population (3.6 million) is comparable to Mississippi (2.9 million) but its per-capita income is about one half that of Mississippi. Major industries include tourism and pharmaceuticals, the latter enhanced by substantial economic development incentives. Dr. Chad Miller and Dr. Brian Richard led the Southern Miss logistics, trade and transportation team that investigated how the island freight infrastructure was shaped by economic development concerns. In particular, the team compared the megaport project in Gulfport, the “Port of the Future,” to the megaport project in Ponce, “Port of the Americas.” The team, which also included students Moore, Hana Prudilova and Matt McWhorter, met with importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders as well as port and government officials. The entrepreneurship team, led by Dr. Brent Hales, compared entrepreneurship assistance in Mississippi to Puerto Rico. The group, which included students James Wilcox and John Scott, met with numerous entrepreneurs, small business assistance providers and other scholarly researchers. Their research revealed many of the same problems faced by small businesses in Mississippi – access to capital, lack of integrated government services and cultural bias against risk taking – were prevalent in Puerto Rico. The Southern Miss Human Capital Development doctoral program, under the leadership of Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Dr. Heather Annulis, also organized a team to examine how Puerto Rico is retraining its workforce to meet the demand for global competition. The team, which also included students Dionne Davis, Mamie Griffin, Cheryl Kirby and Ty McClearley, met with official representing the governor’s office and key agencies, trade and industry associations, workforce development organizations and private business and industry leaders. The team discovered that a highly skilled workforce exists in Puerto Rico and that layoffs in the pharmaceutical industry present many opportunity for re-skilling. Miller said the trip enabled graduate students to get a first-hand look and become directly connected to many of the areas covered during their degree pursuit. “This was a great opportunity for students to apply what we learned in the classroom,” said Miller. “For example, port and shipping people tend to use a lot of technical terms such as TEU, which stands for 20-foot equivalent unit, and drayage and our students were familiar with these terms from their coursework.” Southern Miss graduate students, from left to right: Matt McWhorter, Tyler Moore and Hana Prudilova sign in to tour the container ship El Faro during their research trip to Puerto Rico in May. (Submitted photo) Students and faculty from the Department of Economic and Workforce Development were allowed to tour a container ship being loaded in the San Juan harbor as part of a research trip to Puerto Rico in May. (Submitted photo) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-23T08:34:51+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms "The Comedy of Errors" to Bring Hilarious Confusion, Madness to Southern Miss Mainstage http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3569&Itemid=2 One of William Shakespeare’s most free-wheeling and accessible comedies will debut on the stage of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Martha R. Tatum Theatre Thursday, June 24 for the 34th season of Southern Arena Theatre (SAT). “The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Wild confusion results in the town of Syracuse as the twins are mistaken for each other by the townspeople. Shakespeare uses the irresistible device of confusion of identity to create one hilarious scene after another, which may remind modern audiences of contemporary “straight man/comic man” routines. To support the accessibility of the play, the 2010 SAT production sets “The Comedy of Errors” in an exotic 20th century setting, influenced by the style of early Fellini films. “Shakespeare wrote this play as pure entertainment, and it pleases audiences today as much as it must have in Elizabethan times,” said Lou Rackoff, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We chose ‘The Comedy of Errors’ because it promises to offer audiences a madcap escape into a highly theatrical and joyous theatre event.” The plot is simple: Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in Ephesus, where it is forbidden for anyone from Syracuse to enter. Unknown to them, their identical and long lost twin brothers are in Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, near seduction, accusations of infidelity, theft and madness. “We know this will be great summer entertainment and a fitting celebration of the 34 seasons of SAT in our community,” Rackoff said. SAT is a collaborative effort between both students and faculty of the Southern Miss theatre department. Much like a professional theatre company, both cast and crew work during the summer months to produce a wonderful theatrical production for the campus and local community. Corporate donors for the 2010 season are Raising Cane’s and Moore’s Bike Shop. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 24-26, 29-30, July 1-3 and at 2 p.m. June 27 and July 4. Prices are as follows: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty, staff and military and $6 for students. All performances will be at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Department of Theatre and Dance at 601.266.4994. Joseph Lopez, top left, a second year MFA performance student from Los Cruces, N.M.; T.J. Kent, bottom right, a second year MFA directing student from Knoxville, Tenn.; Nelson Rodriguez, bottom left, a second year MFA performance student from Gainesville, Ga.; and Trent Oldham, top right, a senior theatre major from Biloxi, Miss. are cast for The University of Southern Mississippi’s upcoming production of “The Comedy of Errors.” About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-23T08:27:52+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Photo: Southern Miss Preview Gives Future Golden Eagles a Look at Life on Campus http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3568&Itemid=2 Students planning to attend The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall 2010 semester check out the Student Involvement Fair Monday during one of the university’s Preview sessions on the Hattiesburg campus. Preview is an orientation for freshmen and transfer students when they can meet academic advisors, get information about class schedules, financial aid, campus housing, dining services and campus life. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-22T11:34:14+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Gulf Coast to Host Oil Spill Disaster Recovery Summit June 30 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3567&Itemid=2 The Center for Policy and Resilience at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, in collaboration with the South Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (SMVOAD), will host the Mississippi Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster Recovery Summit Wednesday, June 30 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The summit will address the potential long-term impacts on the environment, the economy and the well-being of all Mississippi Gulf Coast citizens. SMVOAD has partnered with the Center for Policy and Resilience to identify the range of possible impacts and begin development of community-wide strategies to respond to and recover from this disaster. Representatives of diverse organizations, such as business, human service, faith-based, government and nongovernmental associations, are invited to collaborate in developing these strategies. Any representatives within fishing, tourism or other industries affected by this disaster are also welcome to attend the summit. The keynote speaker for the summit will be Dr. Steven Picou of the University of South Alabama, who will present “Impacts on Alaskan Community Post Exxon Valdez Spill.” Picou’s presentation will begin at noon. SMVOAD represents local disaster recovery organizations, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations which collaborate, communicate and coordinate to use resources most effectively in response to and recovery from disasters. The Southern Miss Center for Policy and Resilience facilitates research and interdisciplinary exchanges related to policy and resilience studies. The summit is free and open to the public; however, registration is required by Monday, June 28. Registration includes free lunch. The registration form and additional information can be found on the summit Web site at http://smvoad.com/Gulf-Coast-Oil-Spill-Recovery-Summit.html (http://smvoad.com/Gulf-Coast-Oil-Spill-Recovery-Summit.html). For questions and other information about this event, contact John Hosey with South Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at jmhosey@msidtf.org (mailto:jmhosey@msidtf.org). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-06-22T09:41:28+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Children's Camp Features Week of Blues Concerts http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3566&Itemid=2 KidsROCK Blues Camp will present Lunchtime Blues, a five-concert series, from noon -1 p.m. June 28 - July 2 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.Campers ages 9-15 will learn, prepare and perform blues songs on stage with performers. The public is invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the free concerts. Lunchtime Blues is a presentation of KidsROCK Blues camp, a senior capstone project created through the Southern Miss Interdisciplinary Studies Program, with support from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Hattiesburg Civic Arts Council, the U.S. Forest Service and WUSM-FM 88.5.“Playing music for a small group in the community has always been a part of Mississippi's blues tradition,” said Lhay Thriffiley, director of KidsROCK. "Kids will meet the performers early in the day, get to know them and then watch their performances up close." Lunchtime Blues will kick off Monday, June 28 when guitarist Dave Allen, bassist Tate Thriffiley and drummer Jimmy Mordica of The Blues Rangers take the stage. The Blues Rangers, who work for the De Soto National Forest, will share their outreach program that merges Mississippi blues with national environmental concerns. Their lyrics shine a spotlight on issues like loss of green space and being "firewise." The three-piece band has two albums of original blues music that have been distributed nationally. They have also performed at venues all over the nation, including an outdoor stage in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.Local favorites Natalie Kirk Co. will come to the stage Tuesday, June 29. Kirk will be performing her version of "Blues in the Schools," a educational program she and her mother, an arts educator, developed to inspire middle school students. Kirk, a native of Brandon, Miss., is a 2008 alumna of the Southern Miss Entertainment Industry Program. Her signature style is a soulful blend of blues, rock and roll and folk music, which has taken her from Hattiesburg to performances and collaborations in Paris and London. The Thomas Jackson Orchestra will perform Wednesday, June 30. Jackson, a Tupelo, Miss., native, grew up inspired by Elvis songs and comic books, according to his website. Jackson's unique style of writing, recording and performing portrays songs about romance and broken hearts. His three-piece "orchestra" will showcase confessional originals as well as Jackson's electric approach to traditional blues. Suzy Elkins and David Sumrall will chase away the blues with “We’re Gonna Pitch a Wang Dang Doodle,” a collection of upbeat blues songs on Thursday, July 1. Elkins, a prolific writer with folk roots and Sumrall, her long-time musical ally, have been sharing smart acoustic rock and blues with audiences all over the South since the 1990s. Dr. E and the Kings of Voodoo will close out the week Friday, July 2 with a rousing five-piece band performance. A native New Yorker, David Echevarria, or "Dr. E" as he is known by his students, can be found between performances at his day job as a research neuroscientist at Southern Miss. Prior to his Friday performance, Dr. E will give a private presentation to camp attendees on overcoming stage fright or public performance anxiety, another of his research specialties. Known for their feel-good, interactive style, Dr. E and the Kings of Voodoo will perform classic blues standards and originals in the final concert of the weeklong series. Lunchtime Blues will be held at 3601 Pearl Street at The Peck House Asbury Annex, home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Refreshments will be available at the concerts for a small donation, and free public parking will be provided in the adjacent lot on the corner of Montague and 36th Avenue.For more information on the free Lunchtime Blues concert series or registering for KidsROCK Blues camp, e-mail ids@usm.edu (mailto:ids@usm.edu) or call 601.266.5087. Natalie Kirk Co., along with Suzy Elkins and David Sumrall, will perform during Lunchtime Blues, a five-concert series from noon -1 p.m. June 28 – July 2 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-21T12:00:01+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Teen Delivers Anti-Bullying Message to DuBard Students http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3564&Itemid=2 Nobody is pushing Mississippi teenager Kelsey Ann Jackson around these days as she crusades throughout the state on a mission to stamp out bullying among young girls. Jackson, who recently graduated from Brookhaven High School, delivered a powerful message about the dangers of bullying to students at the DuBard School for Languages Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 17. “Kids with disabilities or challenges are often the target of bullies,” said Jackson, a victim of bullying herself years ago. “Bullies do not take time to get to know the student and find out who she really is. That’s why it is so important to teach girls at the DuBard School about recognizing bullies and handling them.” Jackson, 18, is so passionate about her mission to stop bullying that she created a Web site (www.meangirlsnotcool.com (http://www.meangirlsnotcool.com/)) that includes fast facts, tips for parents, ways to get help and additional resource information. Surveys show that as many as one-half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years and at least 10 percent are bullied on a regular basis. Many female bullies are popular, pretty, otherwise exemplary students who are often admired by teacher and others. On her Web site, Jackson notes that if she can help prevent “even one girl from being bullied – or one girl from being a bully – it will make a difference and that is my hope and my mission.” Dr. Maureen Martin, DuBard School director, shares the same conclusion. “Bullying is a problem for students across the country,” said Martin. “Those who have challenges in communicating can be even more vulnerable to this problem. This program will help our students know what bullying is, and is not, and what to do should they encounter it.” Brookhaven, Miss., teenager Kesley Jackson, back row, spoke to students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi about the dangers of bullying on June 17. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-21T11:53:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Welcomes Wiesenburg as New Vice-President of Research http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3563&Itemid=2 Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, a seasoned researcher and oceanographer, assumes his new role at The University of Southern Mississippi as vice president of research at a time when the university is extensively involved in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked on five oil spills during his career, including the Exxon Valdez in 1989. “Denis Wiesenburg is the right person, at the right time, in the right place. I can think of no one better suited to evaluate the oil spill at the macro level,” declared Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. A native of Pascagoula, Wiesenburg most recently served as dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. There he was tasked with overseeing a research enterprise comprising 65 faculty, 80 research and support staff and 135 graduate students spread over 13 locations throughout Alaska. In his last fiscal year there, the school received more than $25 million in new research funding, or 20 percent of the university total. “My intention at Southern Miss is to make sure the vice president’s office works as a catalyst for university research,” explained Wiesenburg. “This is an opportunity to increase our research output and provide support for those who are doing the research.” This is Wiesenburg’s second stint at Southern Miss. From 1994 to 2004 he was chair of the Department of Marine Science where his research in chemical oceanography involved studies of nutrient dynamics on the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. He was also instrumental in securing funding for the Southern Miss Hydrographic Science Research Center which is based at the John C. Stennis Space Center. “I have always loved Mississippi and the position at Southern Miss is an incredible opportunity to give back to this state,” Wiesenburg said. “I’ll spend some of my time mentoring and guiding whoever will be doing work on the present oil spill. I want to help make a difference,” he added. Wiesenburg earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1970. He obtained his master’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1975, followed by his doctorate from Texas A M University in 1980.Dr. Denis WiesenburgAbout The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-18T11:44:40+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Hosting Students from Across Region for Show Choir Camp http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3562&Itemid=2 Junior high and high school students from across the region are experiencing a week of learning from some of the best show choir directors in the country during The Southern Experience: Show Choir and Choral Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. From June 13 - 19, camp participants sing and dance a complete show while learning concert and choir music. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)About The text/html 2010-06-18T11:13:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Miela Ford Gallob Speaks at Tana Hoban Exhibit http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3561&Itemid=2 Miela Ford Gallob, daughter of Tana Hoban, delivered a heart-warming presentation at the opening reception of Hoban's exhibit June 15 in The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art. Gallob spoke on the life and work of Hoban, who was a well-known photographer and publisher of children's literature from the 1940s until her death in 2006. Gallob donated a vast collection of Hoban's children's literature, photography and advertising work to the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at Southern Miss. The Tana Hoban Exhibit: A Retrospective will be on display in the University Museum of Art until Aug. 25. For more information, contact the text/html 2010-06-18T10:30:58+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Gulf Coast to Support United Way Food Drive http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3560&Itemid=2 The text/html 2010-06-17T15:30:41+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Climate Action Plan Outlines Strategy for Achieving Sustainability http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3559&Itemid=2 A roadmap directing The University of Southern Mississippi to its goal of a carbon -free campus by 2050 has been produced through a collaborative effort by faculty, staff and students.The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the framework for the university’s vision of a campus that follows best practices in environmentally sensitive construction, operations and educational initiatives, said Larry Lee, the university’s chief sustainability officer. The plan follows Southern Miss President Martha Saunders’ signing of the text/html 2010-06-16T11:56:39+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms 'Welcome to Bedside Manor' Set for June 25-26 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3558&Itemid=2 The Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience (MMTE) will present the fun-filled musical “Welcome to Bedside Manor” June 25-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi. Set in the wackiest hospital imaginable, “Welcome to Bedside Manor” will leave audiences humming a tune and rolling over with infectious laughter during performances set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day in Woods Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. MMTE day camp participants will play the hysterical staff and patients of Bedside Manor in this full theatrical production complete with music, costumes and sets. The production is suitable for all ages. “Audiences will have a great time watching ‘Welcome to Bedside Manor.’ It’s very funny, silly and surprising-perfect for a summer show,” said Robin Carr, co-producer of MMTE and associate professor of voice and acting at Southern Miss. Emily Brown, an alumnus of the Department of Theatre and Dance, directs the production and Dr. Heidi Lucas, undergraduate coordinator for the School of Music, serves as musical director. Brown received her master’s of fine arts in performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Lucas received her doctorate from the University of Georgia. “All of our staff is highly talented and trained. They know how to easily work with children and have fun putting on a production of high quality,” Carr said. MMTE is a collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music at Southern Miss that aims to bring the musical theater experience to young children. Dr. Jennifer Shank, associate chair for the School of Music, co-produces MMTE each summer along with Carr. Carr holds a Lessac Voice and Movement Certificate, one of 32 in the world, and Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Shank holds a music education doctorate and has served as a board member for the Mississippi Arts for Alliance Education. Now in its sixth season, MMTE has become a staple in the theater community for kids ages 8-14. Campers learn singing, dancing and acting skills culminating in a full theatrical musical production. “Welcome to Bedside Manor” will be held in the Woods Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. Tickets for each show is $5 at the door. For more information, contact Robin Carr at 601.266.6442 or robin.carr@usm.edu (mailto:robin.carr@usm.edu) Liana Barron of Hattiesburg (right), who plays Dr. Jekyll in “Welcome to Bedside Manor,” gets advice from Nurse DeFarge, played by Savannah Steadman of Hattiesburg. The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance and School of Music present the sixth season of the Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience June 14-26. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-16T11:16:28+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Anti-Bullying Speaker to Address DuBard School Students http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3557&Itemid=2 Students at the Dubard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will hear testimony about the dangers of bullying from Brookhaven, Miss., teenager Kelsey Ann Jackson on Thursday, June 17. Jackson, 18, will deliver her presentation titled, “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” to the lower level students at 1 p.m. and to the upper level students at 1:50 p.m. The program’s focus is to increase awareness of bullying among girls and to provide insight as to how, when and why it occurs; identifying bullying behaviors; empowering the victims and getting school officials and parents involved to help prevent the problem. Jackson has a unique perspective on the issue, having been a victim of bullying herself. “The problem of bullying has attracted a great deal of attention recently,” said DuBard School social worker Cherice Nobles. “It is important that our students recognize when they encounter a bully and know how to respond appropriately. Bullying behavior can be harmful in many ways and is not a problem that children should try to solve on their own.” For more information visit www.meangirlsnotcool.com (http://www.meangirlsnotcool.com/) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-16T08:08:49+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Photo: Construction Continues at Southern Miss on Century Park, Parking Garage http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3556&Itemid=2 Construction is moving along swiftly on two big projects on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The 864-bed Century Park residential community is on schedule to open in the fall of 2010. The living-learning community will consist of four, four-story buildings in a gated complex. Meanwhile, the 1,200-space parking garage is taking shape across Fourth Street in what was once the north lot of Bond Hall. (Office of University Communication photos by Steve Rouse). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-15T12:56:52+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss, Domino's Pizza to Host Oil Spill Donation Drive at Gulf Park Campus http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3555&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, in partnership with Domino’s Pizza, is hosting a donation drive to assist with both short-term and long-term oil spill recovery efforts. The donation drive will be held 2–6 p.m. June 14–17 at the Fleming Education Center on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Items will be collected from the community and donated to local response organizations, oil spill volunteers and those who have been adversely impacted by the spill. Donations can include cotton or paper towels, spray bottles, masks, vinyl or nitrile gloves, trash bags, non-perishable food items, water, personal hygiene items, pillowcases, sheets, gauze, Gerber’s baby food, dry dog and cat food and canned cat food. For each person who donates an item, Domino’s Pizza will give a voucher for a free order of Cinna Stix with any Domino’s Pizza purchase. For more information, contact Christy Elias at 228.865.4577. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-06-15T10:00:56+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Survivor Biology Academy Camps Set for July http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3554&Itemid=2 There are no television cameras, no immunity and no million dollar prize given to the last person standing, but Survivor: Biology Academy can be every bit as exciting and memorable for students attending the summer camp at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.The camp is a six-day, five-night adventure. The first session (July 11-16) is for students entering grades 4-7 in the fall of this year. The second session (July 18-23) is for students entering grades 8-12. The deadline to register is July 2.Both sessions employ group collaboration and experiential learning techniques with hands-on adventures in lab settings as well as outdoors. Participants engage in activities that focus on preparing for the Biology Subject Area Test.“We operate under what is called ‘informal biology education,’ which is an informal way of explaining biological concepts,” explained Dr. Aimée Thomas. “Hopefully our student campers will be excited about the natural world – their environment – and as a result of the camp will become good stewards of the environment.”Thomas explained attendees will spend time at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center which is located a few miles west of the campus adjacent to the Longleaf Trace “rails-to trails” path. It provides an experience-based learning environment for students. Additionally, campers will spend time at Challenge Country in nearby Ellisville, Miss. That facility is an experiential learning, ropes course challenge, where the focus is on group collaboration and where leadership skills are recognized and nurtured. “This is not school,” declared Thomas. “This is learning science, learning to be a good scientist and doing things that promote the greater good. This is learning, but it’s also fun with a canoe trip and survival skills, too.”For more information and an application visit: http://www.usm.edu/biology/bslc-camp.htm (http://www.usm.edu/biology/bslc-camp.htm). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-15T09:10:09+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms USM Foundation Sets Oil Spill Response Fund http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3553&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has established the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response Fund as an opportunity for the public to support the efforts of the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response Team in the Gulf of Mexico. “Southern Miss scientists were quick responders to the oil spill disaster and have already provided valuable information to federal agencies responsible for the clean-up. Monetary contributions for their efforts will go a long way toward enabling them to continue their work at this critical time,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. Within five days of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Saunders appointed the Oil Spill Response Team which is coordinating the university efforts in dealing with the present situation in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center is using remote sensing techniques to monitor the spill. Working in conjunction with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it has set up a coastal radar array that will provide maps of ocean surface currents to allow for more accurate forecasting of the spill’s trajectory. Scientists at GCRL are working closely with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to examine the biological and chemical effects of the spill. University scientists are also working with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Northern Gulf Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a multi-pronged effort to examine the oil spill and its impacts. By collaborating with federal, state and private agencies, the response team is working to monitor the spill and help manage and mitigate its impact on the Gulf Coast. Bob Pierce, acting vice president for advancement stated, “The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on making a difference in the lives of its constituents in both good and bad times. The fact that Southern Miss has taken a leadership role in responding to this disaster shouldn’t surprise anyone, and I know that our involvement will make a difference. The Oil Spill Response fund will give everyone who wants to participate financially in our efforts the opportunity to do so for the betterment of South Mississippi and the Gulf South.” To make a gift to the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response fund, visit www.usmfoundation.com/oilspill (http://www.usmfoundation.com/oilspill). For more information about the Oil Spill Response Team, visit www.usm.edu/oilspill (http://www.usm.edu/oilspill). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-15T09:04:05+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Mississippi Coast Takes Economic Hit Despite Oil-Free Beach http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3552&Itemid=2 The explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico will cost Mississippi’s three coastal counties nearly $120 million, according to a study released Monday by The University of Southern Mississippi. Authored by Dr. David Butler and Dr. Edward Sayre, the White Paper projects a 5 percent revenue loss from May-August 2010, when compared to the same period in 2009. However, tourism has taken a large “hit,” with non-casino hotels down 50 percent. These figures include the tourism and service sectors related to hotels, restaurants and food and beverage outlets. It does not include the losses in the seafood sectors such as shrimping. “No oil has washed up on Mississippi beaches, yet the economic impact is very significant to the people of the Gulf Coast,” said Butler. “It’s significant because of the negative images portrayed by the national news coverage.” Hardest hit by this economic downturn are the charter boats and head boats. Revenue is down a whopping 70 percent on average with some down more than 90 percent. Butler and Sayre project that without additional sources of revenue there is a chance that industry will shrink significantly. This strong decline in recreational and commercial fishing has a ripple effect throughout the coastal community with a 65-70 percent decline in the sale of boats and boat trailers, tackle, ice and other related supplies. “The quandary in which tourism related businesses find themselves is that they can’t look forward to 2011 and say things will get better. Until the oil leak is stopped, no one can foresee a beginning date for when a turnaround might begin,” explained Butler. According to the Southern Miss report, seafood restaurants are down at least 30 percent from this time last year. However, at the same time, seafood prices are up an average of 30 percent. This, the authors state, makes it difficult for seafood restaurants to remain profitable, maintain their staffs, and pay their bills. The research shows non-seafood restaurants are down 15 percent over the same period in 2009 due to the drop in tourism. Most notable in the research is the finding that the three coastal counties – Hancock, Harrison and Jackson – never fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 before being hit by the national recession and this oil crisis. “This is part of a rolling disaster for the Coast community,” declared Butler. “The first four months of 2010 showed things were looking up and getting better, then came the oil spill. This is a test of how resilient people and an economy can be after taking a one, two, three punch.” The Southern Miss research was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and sponsored by Southeast Region Research Initiative at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A complete copy of the white paper by Butler and Sayre may be downloaded at: http://www.usm.edu/oilspill/files/white-papers/Oil-Spill-Economic-Impact-Butler-Sayre.pdf (http://www.usm.edu/oilspill/files/white-papers/Oil-Spill-Economic-Impact-Butler-Sayre.pdf). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-14T16:30:12+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Student Killed in Sunday Morning Auto Accident http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3550&Itemid=2 Myles Sterling Henderson, 20, a text/html 2010-06-14T13:12:33+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Security Experts to Address Sports Security Video Management Industry Day http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3549&Itemid=2 An impressive array of speakers has been assembled for the inaugural Sports Security Video Management Industry Day set for Wednesday, June 30 at the Science Applications International Corporation McLean Conference Center in McLean, Va. The event is being sponsored by The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety (NCS4) and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Industry Day event will provide an opportunity for sports security professionals and leading video vendors to convene and exchange perspectives on the evolving needs and capabilities of video management systems and solutions relevant to spectator venue operations. “With the threats that arise in today’s world, we must continually assess and leverage technologies and best practices to protect our constituents,” said Tom Clancy, president of electronic systems integrator Acree Daily and one of the Industry Day speakers. “Regular sharing of ideas and observations like the upcoming Industry Day, and the work of NCS4, help facilitate knowledge transfer throughout the security profession.” The program begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome and introduction by NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. Scheduled speakers include Clancy, Bob Waldhuber, manager, access control and electronic security programs at Penn State University; Larry Barfield, co-founder and CEO of xpt2 and Ed Burke, director of security for the Washington Redskins. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit vendor displays from some of the country’s top security companies as well as learn more about the National Sports Security Laboratory at NCS4. Key areas of interest to be addressed during the Industry Day event include person screening functions, venue access management and perimeter video surveillance that support deterrence, detection and forensic analysis objectives, and video technology for crowd management adjacent to and within a venue. “It really excites me to be involves in this event,” said Burke, who has been with the Redskins organization since 2001. “Although I’m on the agenda as a speaker, my hope is to learn as much as possible from other security experts on hand. There are so many new advancements in security technology, very innovative ideas, and we want to stay abreast of those.” To learn more about the Sports Security Video Management Industry Day, contact Steve Miller at 601-266-6186 or steven.g.miller@usm.edu (mailto:steven.g.miller@usm.edu). To learn more about the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security call 601-266-6183 or visit www.ncs4.com (http://www.ncs4.com/) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-14T08:38:00+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Accelerator Opens Its Doors to Innovators http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3547&Itemid=2 Just three months after opening its doors, the University of Southern Mississippi’s unique business incubator – called The Accelerator – is operating in high gear. Officially labeled The National Materials Science Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, the new venture became the first facility to open in The Garden, the university’s Innovation and Commercialization Park, back in March of this year. At 60,000 square feet, The Accelerator provides state-of-the art space, technology and professional advice for start-up companies. Sunny Corral, executive director of The Accelerator, said the incubator’s fast-paced start represents an encouraging sign to the business climate in South Mississippi. “Despite the current economy, after only three months of operation, The Accelerator’s incubator space is at more than 60 percent capacity,” said Corral. “This clearly indicates that the need to connect early-stage science companies with resources existed in Hattiesburg and in Mississippi.” Corral notes that The Accelerator was designed to enable companies with the ability to create, refine and produce first product sales, all within one building. The Accelerator’s concept foundation is formulation science with the National Formulation Science Lab serving as the prime component. The unique facility also houses the Mississippi Polymer Institute which provides rapid prototyping, valuable analytical and physical testing capabilities, scale-up assistance and polymer processing expertise. Additionally, Noetic Technologies, with experience in taking hundreds of new products to market worldwide across a variety of industries, helps put all the pieces together to form a well-rounded venture-ready plan with tenants. The model for the Accelerator is organized in three stages: • Trained staff begins with a promising technology and runs it through the high-output screening process in the National Formulation Science Lab. Data is then examined for a particular response.• That technology is relayed into laboratories within the facility, refined and tweaked to suit the product’s specifications.• Once the formulation is finalized, it is transferred to the pilot facilities where it is scaled up to commercial production levels, which allows customer sampling and potential first product sales Don Landy, vice-president of Crosslink, USA, readily acknowledges the benefits of being an Accelerator tenant. “The shared facilities, equipment and expertise located at The Accelerator and Southern Miss meets needs that early stage companies cannot afford on their own,” said Landy. “The university has done an excellent job in creating an environment complete with all the necessary elements that tech-based start-up companies need to grow.” Crosslink, Ablitech Inc. and KDL Solutions became The Accelerators first tenants on March 1 of this year. Corral said The Accelerator is strategically positioned to provide fledging companies a blueprint for success in today’s highly competitive marketplace. “If there is an opportunity to enhance a material’s performance, The University of Southern Mississippi is the place to do it, and The Accelerator is the facility that will equip industrial partners and early-stage companies with the tools required to do so,” said Corral. For more information about The Accelerator contact Corral at 601-266-5116 or 601-266-5515. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-11T15:03:20+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Girls State Delegates Provide Keepsake American Flags for Deployed Soldiers http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3546&Itemid=2 After spending a week at The University of Southern Mississippi learning about the finer points of representative democracy, text/html 2010-06-10T17:08:15+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Delegates Elect Officers http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3545&Itemid=2 Delegates to the 63rd session of the text/html 2010-06-09T11:52:50+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Tana Hoban Exhibit Opens: Reception set for June 16 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3544&Itemid=2 From Paris to The University of Southern Mississippi de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the timeless work of the legendary photographer Tana Hoban is on full display in the Museum of Art until August 25. Hoban was a world-renowned artist, photographer, filmmaker and publisher of more than two dozen award-winning children’s books. After her death in 2006, her only child, Miela Gallob Ford, donated materials related to the 27 books she published between 1972 and 1991 to the Southern Miss de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. The Museum of Art showcase contains materials related to Hoban’s children’s literature, biographical materials, correspondence, promotional items and a 1973 educational filmstrip series. An opening reception will take place at 5 p.m. on June 16 in the museum. Miela Gallob Ford will serve as the special guest. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. “She (Miela Gallob Ford) knows everything her mother did,” said Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. “She and her mother wrote two or three books together for children. She will speak on Tana Hoban and her work.” The Philadelphia born artist graduated from Philadelphia’s School of Design for Women, which is now Moore College of Art and Design. After receiving a fellowship to study painting in the Netherlands and England in 1938, Hoban began her career as a photographer in the 1940s with work appearing in “Life,” “Look,” “McCall,” “Seventeen,” “Newsweek” and “Harpers Bazaar.” She also worked as an advertising photographer for popular names such as Kodak, Carter’s and Campbell’s Soup. “It wasn’t until after I received the collection from Miela and saw the 58,000 slides that I realized Tana Hoban’s amount of productivity,” Ruffin said. The creative community praised Hoban as a distinguished and valued artist. In 1953, she was the only woman mentioned in a “Time” magazine portfolio of “Half a Century of U.S. Photography.” In 1959, the Professional Photographers of America named her one of the Top Ten Women Photographers. While she began photography in the 1940s, her first children’s book “Shapes and Things” was not published until the 1970s. Inspired by scenes from everyday life, Hoban carried a camera with her at all times in search of ideas for her books. Hoban’s books helped children learn by introducing concepts such as counting, geometry, animals, machines, colors and textures. Her innovative style taught children ages 5 and under to explore the world through photographs of beautiful objects from everyday life. "A neat row of garbage cans sitting in the bright sun inspired me to do the counting book, 'Count and See,' " Hoban wrote in an autobiographical essay in 1979. Some of her books encouraged readers to turn the page by featuring cutout pages that exposed a portion of the photograph before turning the page for the full image. This approach was revolutionary and refreshing, yet simple because her books usually contained little to no text. "All but half of a dozen of my books come from such perceptions of daily surroundings, organized so as to give the child a sense of verbal relationships, or concepts," she explained. The majority of Hoban’s published work for children is held in the distinguished de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. Hoban started donating her work to the Southern Miss in 1982 before moving to Paris with her husband. Currently, more than 100 items including vintage prints, negatives, slides, films, files, posters, postcards, writings and other Hoban memorabilia are held here. For more information on the Tana Hoban exhibit, contact the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200. For more information on the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection of Hoban’s work, please visit http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/aboutus-welcome.shtml (http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/aboutus-welcome.shtml). Tana Hoban’s work will be on display in The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art through August 25. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-08T15:46:48+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms University Libraries Offers New Online Catalog Search Method http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3543&Itemid=2 A new online search tool employing state-of-the-art technology promises to make it easier and more engaging for patrons to find information in The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. The new web-based search engine, Encore, reveals content such as media and e-books, suggestions of recently added items by area of interest, tags or reviews added by library users, faceted search results for easily modifying queries, and pathways to relevant websites and library databases. Library patrons can access all this from a single, “Google-like” search box. The new catalog search method is available on library workstations and remotely at http://encore.lib.usm.edu/. The new system is similar in look and feel to popular websites and helps make University Libraries a popular destination for the Southern Miss community’s information needs, said Carole Kiehl, dean of University Libraries. “It provides highly sophisticated search results presented in a very simple way,” Kiehl said. “Users can easily move beyond the traditional online library catalog to a richer online discovery experience, without having to be an advanced user of an online library catalog. “We believe it is extremely useful, whether in searching for one specific item or in-depth research materials.” Encore will return items that are clearly listed by relevance and can be effortlessly expanded or refined according to publication date, specific library, language or subject as presented in a Tag Cloud. The Tag Cloud, found on websites like the Flickr photo-sharing service, helps users by presenting a grouping of words related to their searches that they can click on to launch new queries. A more traditional catalog search method is still available at http://catalog.lib.usm.edu.The Encore discovery services platform was developed by Innovative Interfaces, a text/html 2010-06-08T14:59:44+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Author to Give Book Talk at Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3542&Itemid=2 The library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in text/html 2010-06-08T09:06:20+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Buffett Lends A Hand to Southern Miss Research http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3541&Itemid=2 "I've got boats to build" is a familiar lyric on the License to Chill album of Southern Miss alumnus Jimmy Buffett, and building boats was on his mind as he visited the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs Sunday. The singer, songwriter and 1969 graduate consulted with Southern Miss President Martha Saunders and her Oil Spill Response Team of scientists. Discussions focused on possible solutions to rescuing wildlife and marine life following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and the subsequent oil spill disaster. Buffett is interested in strategies for creating a “voice for the Gulf of Mexico.” “It’s always a great day when a distinguished alum comes to visit, but this was especially rewarding,” Saunders said. “Jimmy Buffett is a person who cares about the Gulf and the people who make their living on it. He puts his money where his mouth is.” Buffett has teamed with Dragonfly Boats of Vero Beach, Fla., to create and donate shallow water attention terminal (SWAT) boats for the lab. According to designer Mark Castlow, these 17’ boats are capable of navigating in as little as 8”-10” of water through the estuaries of Mississippi. “We’re not pointing fingers at anybody,” said Castlow of himself, Buffett and fellow boatbuilder Jimbo Meador. “We’re just trying to lend a helping hand and get this tool into the hands of the people who have dedicated their lives to working with marine life.” As with almost every aspect of life in today’s world of technology, the SWAT boats will have an internet link. Loaded with laptop computers and web cams, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to watch – in real-time – the rescue of oiled animals. On April 30th Saunders formed a team of Southern Miss scientists, faculty, staff and students from GCRL, the Stennis Space Center, plus the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses to work with federal, state, and private agencies to monitor the spill and, to the extent possible, manage and mitigate its impacts on the Gulf Coast. Members of the team are working with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a multi-pronged effort to examine the spill and its impacts. Accompanying Buffett to GCRL were representatives from MIHI Advisory Group who conducted impressive demonstrations of oil eating microbes – demonstrating low-cost solutions to oil-covered waters and beaches.Southern Miss President Martha Saunders meets with singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and members of her Oil Spill Response Team at Gulf Coast Research Lab. L-R Dr. Bill Hawkins, Dr. Jay Grimes, Jim Franks, Chris Snyder and Dr. Jeff Lotz, all from GCRL. Front: Saunders, Buffett and Landon McLean.About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-08T08:55:13+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Giuliani Visits National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3540&Itemid=2 The University of Southern Mississippi's 2010 Centennial-themed Commencement took on added significance for staff members at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) when former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stopped by for a visit. Giuliani observed demonstrations from the NCS4 National Sport Security Laboratory and received briefings on related research taking place at the nationally recognized center. Giuliani, who served as New York’s mayor from 1994-2001, was in town to deliver the keynote address for the 2010 Spring Commencement at Southern Miss held on May 15, 2010. Giuliani witnessed first-hand the devastation wrought by the terrorist attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and spearheaded the recovery efforts with decisive, unwavering leadership. He sees the work being done at NCS4 as another vital weapon in the fight to keep Americans safe. “I commend the University of Southern Mississippi for their forward thinking in establishing the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” he said. “I recently toured the university and was impressed by this state-of-the-art facility. Dr. (Lou) Marciani and his staff should be applauded for their efforts in further enhancing and protecting spectator events.” Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness; improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training. The National Center receives funding from the United States Department of Homeland Security which has identified sports stadiums and arenas as potential targets of terrorism. Major sporting venues in the United States host millions of spectators every year, providing a perfect target for mass casualties, global media coverage and catastrophic economic impact. “It was a great opportunity for the faculty and staff to have Mayor Giuliani visit the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security,” said Marciani, NCS4 director. “His experience provided us with great insight into the direction of sport security concerns for the future.” For more information about the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, visit www.ncs4.com (http://www.ncs4.com/) Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani met with the staff at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security during a tour of the facility on May 14, 2010. The following morning Giuliani delivered the commencement address during graduation festivities at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. (Office of University Communication photos by Steve Rouse) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-07T14:37:04+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Girls State Delegates Campaign for Offices, Hear from State Officials http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3539&Itemid=2 Delegates to the 63rd session of the text/html 2010-06-07T08:39:58+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Mississippi Agricultural Lending Company Establishes Endowment at Southern Miss http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3537&Itemid=2 With a gift of $25,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Southern AgCredit Board of Directors has established an endowment to provide scholarships to students in the University’s College of Business. “We have directors, employees and stockholders who are graduates of Southern Miss,” said Joe Hayman, president and CEO of Southern AgCredit. “We feel strongly that by investing in the business education of students, we help to provide the foundation necessary for them to succeed in businesses that support the general economy of the state.” Southern AgCredit , headquartered in Flowood, Miss., is a full-service cooperative lender specializing in financing rural land and agricultural operations in South Mississippi. With a branch located in Hattiesburg, Southern AgCredit has a strong connection to Southern Miss. Its scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Business or an incoming freshman entering the College of Business. “Southern AgCredit has generously invested in the future of financial education in the State of Mississippi and the Gulf South region with its gift to the Southern Miss College of Business,” said Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business. “The dividends of this investment will be seen in the next generation of finance leaders recruited and retained. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity for our most deserving students.” With a long-term commitment to education, Southern AgCredit hopes to continue to fulfill its mission of promoting the success of its stockholders, Hayman said. “Southern Miss is one of the largest educational institutions in the state. It serves a large geographical area and one that we, too, serve. The access to such quality education in our backyard means that the future of Southern AgCredit is bright.” To make a gift to the Southern AgCredit Scholarship Endowment, contact Shannon Woodward, director of development for the College of Business, at 601.596.4811 or Shannon.Woodward@usm.edu (mailto:Shannon.Woodward@usm.edu).Southern AgCredit Board Chairman, Brad Bean, signs the scholarship endowment. Looking on is Jack Winstead, vice chairman. About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu (http://www.usm.edu/). text/html 2010-06-06T15:25:56+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Underway at Southern Miss http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3536&Itemid=2 More than 200 young women from across the state are on The University of Southern Mississippi campus this week for the 63rd session of the text/html 2010-06-04T15:18:31+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Students Study Construction, Tourism Industries in Panama http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3535&Itemid=2 The recent development of academic and cultural ties in text/html 2010-06-04T10:31:37+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Media Options Available to Catch Golden Eagles Baseball in Action at Auburn Regional This Weekend http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3534&Itemid=2 For Golden Eagle fans unable to make the trip to the NCAA Baseball Regional at text/html 2010-06-03T16:42:54+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms College of Arts and Letters Announces Centennial Arts Gala Theme - GOLD http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3533&Itemid=2 South Mississippi art patrons eagerly anticipate what has become a text/html 2010-06-03T14:27:46+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Elected Officials Speak to Boys State Delegates; Officers Chosen http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3532&Itemid=2 American Legion Boys State activities featured a host of elected state officials coming to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus this week, along with elections for the event’s simulated city governments, state legislature and state executive offices. Visiting state leaders who spoke to delegates about their duties as elected public servants included State Treasurer Tate Reeves; Attorney General Jim Hood; State Sen. Billy Hewes; and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, among other presenters. text/html 2010-06-02T11:42:17+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Southern Miss Gulf Coast Conference on Community Resilience and Hurricane Katrina June 4-5 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3531&Itemid=2 Scholars from around the world who have conducted community resilience research following Hurricane Katrina will meet at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach June 4-5 for the conference, “Returning to Katrina: Bringing Hurricane Research Back to the Community.” The research summit, featuring scholars who conducted post-Katrina research, will share their findings with the Gulf Coast communities they once studied. The conference, to be held in the Fleming Education Center, is sponsored by Southern Miss Gulf Coast in partnership with the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) and the Center for Policy and Resilience (CPR). The university, along with CARRI and CPR, have worked together for more than two years to research and advocate resilience planning in the rebuilding process on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The conference is open to the public and there is no charge, but guests are required to pre-register by contacting the Center for Policy and Resilience by phone at 228.214.3250 or e-mail at cpr@usm.edu (mailto:cpr@usm.edu). For more information, visit the Center for Policy and Resilience Web site at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/cpr/summit.php (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/cpr/summit.php). About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) . text/html 2010-06-02T11:37:04+01:00 http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms Photo: Southern Miss Gulf Coast History Students Visit Benedictine Monastery http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3530&Itemid=2 A group of undergraduate and graduate history students from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast participated in a field trip to St. Joseph Abbey, a Benedictine monastery just outside Covington, La. From left to right, (back row) Fr. Aelred Kavanagh, Sarah Curtis, (middle row) Ashley Fried, Samantha Hebert, Denise Carlin, (front row) Aynsley Saucier and Dr. Lee Follett on the steps of the St. Joseph Abbey Church. The students, enrolled in Follett’s medieval monasticism course, were led by Fr. Kavanagh on a guided tour of the church and refectory, where the interior walls are painted with murals from the mid-20th century by artist and Belgian monk Dom Gregory de Wit. The students concluded their visit to the abbey by listening to the monastic community offer the evening Vespers service. (Southern Miss University Communications photo) About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast (http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast) .