The Office of Contracts and Grants Accounting and the Office of
Research and Sponsored Programs will soon be working together under
a new name at The University of Southern Mississippi. The new name,
to become effective in May, has yet to be decided. "We are
letting everyone who will be working together in this new department
decide what their name should be," said Connie Wyldmon, who
will serve as director of the department. Employees from the two
departments submitted suggestions for a new department name. The
winner of the contest will receive $200, which will be added to
his or her June paycheck.
two offices will allow faculty and staff to operate easier and more
efficiently on a daily basis. "By combining these offices,
we are bringing like-functions together, allowing for easier access
and better communication for those working in these areas and those
accessing these areas," said Wyldmon.
to have everyone located together in one building, which will create
an ease of access for faculty and staff from the submission of the
grant to closing out the grant." The Office of Contracts and
Grants Accounting is currently located in College Hall, while the
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is located in Bond Hall.
functions currently performed in the Office of Contracts and Grants
Accounting will be moved into the finance area of the university.
"Our finance department will be able to function very effectively
by absorbing these functions and should actually be able to operate
even better with this setup," said Gregg Lassen, chief financial
officer for Southern Miss.
is taking place in coordination with the infusion of PeopleSoft
upgrades, which, when complete, will allow principal investigators--
the main people directing the contracts or grants--to view the status
and progress of their proposals online. Information will be entered
from one location and will ensure accuracy and consistency. "I
am enthusiastic about the merger of (Contracts and Grants) and ORSP,"
said Frank Moore, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences
and principal investigator on several grants, including two from
the National Science Foundation. "Aside from the anticipated
ease with which researchers will be able to track grant activity,
merging the offices most closely tied to grantsmanship will surely
help us increase research activity across campus."
The new department
should be fully functional by July 1, 2004. "We hope our new
name will reflect the spirit of our collaborative and energized
efforts to work with faculty, staff and students from the proposal
submission stage through the award closeout," said Wyldmon.
"We have had some good names so far and look forward to announcing