September 23, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department has arrested Brandon Hardin, 20, in conjunction with Monday morning’s social media threat.

Mississippi Public Universities have saved $70 million over the past eight years through efforts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, a report made recently to the Board of Trustees revealed. This is the result of a system-wide effort to improve facilities and equipment, track usage and performance, and leverage in-house expertise and partnerships to share best practices.

The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Association (HHNA) recently presented The University of Southern Mississippi's Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic with a gift of $2,000 to support reduced cost mental health services to individuals living in the Hattiesburg area. The gift comes from proceeds raised at the HHNA’s annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. On hand for the presentation of the gift included, from left, Brian Saffle, HHNA; Dr. Michael Madson, Department of Psychology; Andrea Saffle, HHNA; Lauren Osborne and David Gavel, doctoral students in counseling psychology. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University Police are investigating an anonymous post on the social media application, Yik Yak, this morning that threatens members of the University community at Joseph Greene Hall on the Hattiesburg campus on Tuesday.

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Dr. Robert Jensen, a member of the faculty in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas will present “Crises, Ecological and Social” Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in room 103 A-D in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Friday, Oct. 3, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jeremy Noble used the Alumni Association’s “Leave a Legacy” program to create a lasting memory for himself and his new bride.

More than 50 participants recently took part in The University of Southern Mississippi's annual True South Economic Development Course, presented by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the College of Business, Sept. 15-18. The course, hosted by the university's Trent Lott Center, exposes participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life. It can also be applied as credit toward securing certification as an economic developer. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/professional-development-educational-outreach/true-so....

The 2014 McCarthy Lecture Series begins Monday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi with Dan Hallin's lecture “Reporting the Vietnam War.” Hallin is a professor of communications at the University of California, San Diego and his talk is tied to his extensive research and publications on this subject. 

The series is presented by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, located in the university’s Department of History. All talks in the series begin at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building. Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m.  

James Wilcox, director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship and Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, delivered a guest presentation to a gathering of economic and community developers last month in Greenwood, Miss., as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis event “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development.”

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Oct. 4, for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia, Miss. for Sylvia McNabb of Sumrall, Miss., a retired University of Southern Mississippi staff member who died Monday, Sept. 15 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. She was 62.

Kimberly Docter, a junior marketing and international business double major at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, spent two months in Kenya and Uganda earlier this spring working with the organization - Know Think Act.

Blake Dunaway, who is pursuing a double major in finance and pre-med in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Critical Readings, a lecture series featuring leading cultural critics who consider new questions about literature and culture. All of the lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.
 

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Banned Books Week Sept. 21-27 as a part of the nationwide event to celebrate the freedom to read.

Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

 

Why do some balls bounce higher than others; why are some easier to aim and throw, and which balls are better for playing at the beach? 

 

As part of Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaborative, 4-year-olds at the Early Connections Learning Center explored the different attributes of balls, such as size, weight, and composite. 

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will move significantly closer to seeing a longtime dream become a reality with the official groundbreaking of Asbury Hall set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Finding the best health care information can at times be overwhelming for families of children and youth with special health care needs in Mississippi. However, resources and one-on-one assistance are available.

Keishawna Smith, new parent/liaison for the Mississippi Family 2 Family Health Information and Education Center, can assist families of children with special health care needs to be partners in the decisions made concerning the health of their children.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi received a $1,500 check from Kevin Harrison, owner of Heritage Vision Center, on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Personnel from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Forrest County will work with University of Southern Mississippi Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets Thursday, Sept. 11 on the Hattiesburg campus in an annual anti-terrorism training session from 3-5:30 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.