August 21, 2014  

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The first day of the fall semester is underway at The University of Southern Mississippi, bringing with it the promise of a fresh start, the excitement of endless possibilities and inspiration to achieve new goals.

Jenny Tate has been selected as the Campus Communication Officer for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

 

Tate, currently the Chief of Marketing and Development for the Mississippi Museum of Art, replaces Shelia White in the position. As Campus Communication Officer, Tate will be responsible for the campus’ marketing and public relations efforts and will oversee three staff members in the areas of news and media relations, web, and creative services. She will begin working in her new role on Monday, Aug. 25.

 

Dr. Clayton Kuklick, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation, recently accepted a position at West Virginia University (WVU) as a full-time teaching assistant professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, will host “Popsicles in the Park” Monday, Aug. 25, from 3 – 5 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a popsicle and check out the institute’s Eaglet Town Playground, as well as facility tours of the IDS lending library.

Hattiesburg, Miss., has been named one of the 10 Best College Towns, 2014 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small to mid-sized cities.

On July 1, 2014, the Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and on Aug. 15, 2014, during the organization’s annual board of director’s orientation, welcomed six appointed board members, who will serve a three-year term. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

Residence halls at The University of Southern Mississippi were bustling Friday, Aug. 15 as freshman students began moving in for the 2014 Fall Semester. The upcoming semester includes the opening of a new residential complex on the Hattiesburg campus – Century Park South. Two of the complex’s three buildings will be occupied immediately with the third building scheduled to open in January. Classes for the 2013-14 academic year begin on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)

 

Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign at The University of Southern Mississippi, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.

 

The contribution to the USM Foundation in support of the campaign will be used for the creation of an endowment to assist with the maintenance and operations of the new building, which will be called Asbury Hall, and will also result in the naming of the facility’s lecture hall.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, was recently named a U.S. Paralympic Sports Club. This designation, only one of two in the state of Mississippi, allows IDS to train athletes as a way to qualify for various U.S. Paralympics events.

Keynote addresses by renowned experts and interactive breakout sessions will highlight the 18th Annual DuBard Symposium: “Dyslexia and Related Disorders” set for Sept. 17-18 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Educators and scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and Marine Education Center have introduced a new after school camp designed to promote and stimulate the interest of young students in marine biology.

During the fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Learning Commons will host free test preparation workshops for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT). These free workshops are available to both university students and the community.

An ambulance is often viewed as a cocoon of safety, but for premature infants with very low birth weight (VLBW), this may not be the case. When needed, VLBW infants are transported to specialized care facilities. Ambulance use, although necessary, has jarring effects and loud noises that can cause physical stress, potentially leading to compromised health and development.

As enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming Golden Eagle football season rises, the Southern Miss Alumni Association has announced four Eagle Landing Tailgate locations for fans as they travel to road games in 2014.

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized with a prestigious Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company presents the award annually to honor partners who have achieved superior performance.

While many students took a break from academic studies this summer, two rising high school seniors learned about environmental health sciences and career options in the field at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will use a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, D.C.

A research team at The University of Southern Mississippi has spearheaded a shark monitoring program to help maintain the population of the ocean predator that is essential to the Gulf Coast ecosystem.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that a new three-year grant in excess of $1M will allow the university to offer an accelerated program for veterans with training as medics in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, or as U.S. Navy corpsmen to earn their bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces to create high performance head protection materials, by combining the efforts of the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM, will embark on an action packed schedule, when the program opens its 23rd year, on Sept. 15.

 

Fall offerings include: 35 classes, 57 seminars, three field trips, and eight additional seminars offered in the University Series.

In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions.

 

At a press conference held Monday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MGCCC President Mary S. Graham and Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that students may apply for concurrent enrollment in designated academic programs.

Early Connections, a learning center operated as a joint effort between The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies and Lamar County Schools, is taking applications now for fall enrollment.

Early Connections serves children of all abilities between the ages of 24 months and kindergarten. Children are provided a wide variety of learning opportunities that foster the development of cognitive, language, motor and social development. Daily activities are provided to advance literacy, math, science, art, and music. 

As an illustration of its continued support for the nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi, HMP Nursing Services Inc., of Hattiesburg recently made generous gift commitments totaling $125,000 to be used toward the University’s Nursing Building Campaign and to endow an academic scholarship.