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Thursday, October 08, 2009
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Outstanding achievement by members of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty will be recognized during the annual LETTERS Day program set for Friday, Oct. 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m-2 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms I, II and III.

Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship (LETTERS) Day honors outstanding researchers, scholars, innovators and performers among Southern Miss faculty each year. The event showcases faculty scholarship and creative activities campus wide and recognizes recipients of the Innovation Awards and Summer Faculty Research Grants.

“Of all the events that recognize Southern Miss accomplishments, it is unique to have the opportunity to bring together such a large and highly diverse group of scholars,” said Dr. Kyna Shelley, chair of the University Research Council, which is organizing the annual celebration. “It is exciting to have faculty from such a wide range of disciplines across all the Southern Miss campuses, including our research centers, come together to discuss ideas and publicly recognize the achievements of their colleagues.”

The Innovation Awards Presentation Sessions include the following:
• 8:30-9:10 a.m. – Dr. Andy Wiest, College of Arts & Letters, Basic Research Award
• 9:15-9:55 a.m. – Dr. Shiao Wang, College of Science & Technology, Applied Research Award
• 10-10:40 a.m. – Julia Johnson, College of Arts & Letters, Creative Activity Award
• 10:45-11:25 a.m. – Dr. Rick Green, College of Health, Academic Partnerships Award
• 11:30-12:10 p.m. – Dr. William Scarborough, College of Arts & Letters, Lifetime Achievement Award

Following lunch, university wide and summer faculty research grant posters will be displayed from 1:30-2 p.m.

Scarborough taught history at Southern Miss for 45 years before officially retiring this past June. However, he still teaches one course each spring and continues to mentor several doctoral students who are completing their dissertations.

“I am deeply honored and profoundly gratified to receive this award from the University Research Council,” said Scarborough. “It is a much appreciated recognition of the reputation I have earned in the field of Southern history.”

Dr. Denise Brown serves as co-chair of this year’s LETTERS Day program, along with Dr. Sharon Rouse. Brown said the award recipients demonstrate exceptionally high quality research taking place at the university.

“Southern Miss faculty and staff engage in remarkable breadth and depth of scholarly work,” said Brown. “LETTERS Day is one important opportunity to showcase this work to both the campus and Hattiesburg community.”

For information about attending or participating in LETTERS Day contact Brown at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or Rouse at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

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