May 23, 2015  

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The Kennard Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is designed for students committed to academic excellence, leadership development, and citizenship. The program gives particular attention to students from underrepresented and diverse communities. 

Johnathan Reed, a senior recreation administration major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected as the recipient of the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic Scholarship.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, spent a portion of Friday, May 22 conducting a science demonstration for Anniston Elementary School students at the Port of Gulfport. The students were actively involved in the demonstration with Roberts, a chemistry major from Mount Olive, Miss. Roberts earned her undergraduate degree this spring and has been accepted to the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. She will also compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next month.

Wilton Jackson, a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized with the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader-of-the-Year Endowed Scholarship for exemplifying the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.

Elections were held during the spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus for the 2015 – 2016 Student Government Association (SGA).

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June 13, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi Chief Communication Officer Jim Coll is one of approximately 60 marketing and public relations professionals who lent their social media expertise to the first edition of PR News’ Social Media Guidebook.

Dr. Maarten Buijsman, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Marine Science, was part of an international research team whose work was featured in the article “The formation and fate of  internal waves in the South China Sea” published in the May 7 issue of Nature. The project is the first of its kind to examine and present the life cycle of internal ocean waves reaching 1,600 feet in height.

The Southern Connection Leadership Team at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has been selected for the upcoming 2015 – 2016 academic year. Throughout the year, the team of student leaders will serve as hosts for orientation and registration events, Gold Rush orientation, and as leadership ambassadors for a variety of University events, including Commencement and Welcome Week.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Recreational Sports honors outstanding student staff members and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards night. 

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free housing information session will be held Saturday, June 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson Conference Room of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Dr. Vickie Stuart, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during a special membership banquet held last month in Alexandria, Va.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, took time out of her hectic schedule to donate approximately 1,000 books to the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on Tuesday, May 19 as part of her “Pages of Love” program.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent signing of the Competitive Employment Act will further expand the growing emphasis on employment opportunities for Mississippians with disabilities. The act focuses on promoting policies that explore and develop meaningful jobs for people with disabilities based in the community that have living wages comparable to those earned by people without disabilities.

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a due process lawsuit filed by a former professor at the University.

 

Several University of Southern Mississippi marketing and public relations professionals were honored for their work at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards in April in Tupelo. The awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. In all, Southern Miss picked up six awards in the competition.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is launching a fundraising campaign supporting the new MBA with an Emphasis in Sport Security Management. NCS⁴ has recently partnered with the College of Business to develop the nation’s first graduate degree that focuses on sport security.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-ever Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities course on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing fair will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St., in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently awarded six students officer commissions in a ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus, following their completion of the program.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, announced today the establishment of a Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP) located on the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.

 

The graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the state’s best and also included among the top programs nationwide in a recent assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.