April 19, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the “Remembering Hurricane Katrina” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 14-21.

In 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tasked The Center of Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi with documenting the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 on the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Dr. Glenn Boyce, Associate Commissioner of Academic Affairs at the Institutions of Higher Learning, as Commissioner of Higher Education at a press conference held today in Jackson, allowing Dr. Jim Borsig to return to his duties as president of Mississippi University for Women exclusively.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Golden Eagle Memorial Service Wednesday, April 22. The service begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 216 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event honors students, faculty and staff who passed away during the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, contact Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at 601.266.6028 or e-mail wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi recognized exceptional students during its annual awards night Tuesday, April 14 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

National History Day, hosted annually by the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a competition that attracts students from grades 4-12 who submit projects based on historical topics. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy.”

University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians.

The Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster program, managed by The University of Southern Mississippi, will host its second quarterly Small Business Summit on Monday, April 27, on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The summit will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center.

The 2015 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow will be held in Petal at Willie Hinton Park with School Day Thursday, April 16 and the powwow activities April 17-19. The event is a celebration of Native American traditions. Music, social dance, arts and crafts are part of the schedule for the Powwow, which will also include food and novelty vendors.

One of the best ways to learn is through experience. For university students, getting real-life experience alongside classroom education is a win-win combination. That’s exactly what four graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi are getting at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

 

Emily Murray from Mandeville, LA, Olivia Ryals from Columbia, MS, Sheridan McClendon from Greenville, MS and Christi Carrier from Niceville, FL are currently working on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Miss and work part time at the DuBard School as graduate assistants.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A partnership that began a decade ago will continue on Tuesday, April 21, when the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg holds the 11th Annual “A Night in Italy” fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A graduate education training project spearheaded by polymer Professor Derek Patton has placed The University of Southern Mississippi among an elite group of awardees in the inaugural National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

 

Patton, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as the principal investigator on a collaborative proposal titled: “NRT: Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces (INTERFACE).” The award is just above $2.8 million, covering five years.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first philanthropic event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Thursday, April 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Pride Field on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The Southern Miss Student Counseling Services will serve as event co-sponsor, which will also include a “Take Back the Night” rally. 

In celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week, the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a colloquium Wednesday, April 15 at noon in room 110 in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus, showcasing Eagle Scholar research projects that have won external recognition.

As the end of another school year comes to a close and parents search for summer activities for their children, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team have partnered to host the second annual Camp Quidd-Litt, a one of a kind one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus. 

 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor retiring dance professor Shellie Nielsen at the upcoming Repertory Dance Company’s (RDC) Spring Concert. The performance will be held April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $6 for students.

It’s Paul Zelinsky’s hope that the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi was a source of inspiration for all its participants, particularly school teachers and librarians who attended, to keep doing what they do best: motivate young people to read.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Sourthern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced that festivities for Homecoming 2015 will occur on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Golden Eagle football team battles Conference-USA rival University of Texas at San Antonio at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg will partner with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to hold a community volunteer fair on Thursday, April 16 to provide an opportunity for the community of Hattiesburg and Southern Miss students to connect with local non-profit agencies and discover volunteer opportunities.