December 22, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi has joined ranks with approximately 50 universities worldwide that have united to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities recently signed “The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security” – a declaration acknowledging their pledge to make food insecurity a priority.

Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a resource for online learning and college affordability information, has included The University of Southern Mississippi in the top 20 of its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Colleges.

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg for Dr. William Hatcher, former chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Political Science, who died Dec. 12 in Jackson, Miss. He was 92.

Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting special day devoted to family fitness on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

Andy Wiest is excited about what the future may hold as University of Southern Mississippi graduates transition to the next chapter in their lives, taking their new education into a world he believes needs their talents to make it a better place for everyone.

 

“We’ve taught them how to think and dream, and now they need those abilities to take on the problems in our world, because there’s a plethora of them that we haven’t solved yet,” said Wiest, a professor of history who delivered the 2014 Fall Commencement speech on Friday, Dec. 12.

While you are reading this article, two-to three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease - a life-threatening illness that killed more than 83,000 people in 2010 alone.

 

However, with the help of Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Southern Miss Professor Vijay Rangachari is furthering research on the disease to help find better treatments, or a cure, for those affected.

James C. Bishop, a retired professor of mass communication and journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Dec. 3 at his residence in Hattiesburg. He was 92.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for its Saturday Gifted Studies Program, to be held Jan. 17-Feb. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

 

Tracy Englert, reference librarian for science and technology at The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries was selected to participate in the "Implementing the Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum” sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE).  The immersive workshop was held Nov. 14-16 at the Museum of Science in Boston.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) a spot on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

 

The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. 

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and contribute to safe and secure campuses at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Gulf Park campus is now using CARES, the Campus Action Referral and Evaluation System, to report critical incidents at the university.

A new group of students chosen for the Eagle SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Undergraduate Research will get an opportunity to see their research ideas advanced to the next level.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management Club travelled to Tallahassee, Fla. to visit Florida State University’s athletic facilities, Nov. 20-22.  Dr. Allen Brown, instructor of sport management and Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, accompanied the students.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham, professor and chair of the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named to the advisory board of the Gulf Research Program.

With a recent gift of $65,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Ed Williamson and his wife, Gloria, are enhancing the legacy of their daughter’s love for others through the Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students.

More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, along with 336 million spectators attending these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, oftentimes it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.

Sensing her stressed-out students needed some puppy love headed into finals week, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College Dean Ellen Weinauer arranged for a therapeutic meeting Dec. 8 between some four-legged fur babies and the scholars.

With the end of the year approaching, many university and college students are feeling stressed as they prepare for final semester exams. To help curb that anxiety, The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi to provide registered therapy dogs throughout the week of exams at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi fall 2014 Senior Show in Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, which showcases senior works, will remain up and running in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building until Dec. 12. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Compassion can be given in many different ways, but for a child, the warmth and comfort of a new, stuffed, cuddly friend means more than we grown-ups know.

The learning process never really stops, especially for the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. History professor Dr. Susannah J. Ural and history doctoral student E. Allan Branstiter recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop to advance their knowledge of digital methods for studying military history.

When it comes to affordability, The University of Southern Mississippi’s undergraduate accounting degree rates among the nation’s best in the newest rankings announced by Accounting Degree Review.

 

Accounting Degree Review researched the undergraduate education costs of all the schools in the United States accredited in accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accreditation agency in the world for business and accounting programs. There are currently 170 institutions with AACSB accounting accreditation.