April 19, 2014  

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University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

 

According to U.S. News and World Report, The University of Southern Mississippi has the 134th best English doctoral program in the nation. The rankings are determined by peer assessments, and this milestone represents the national reputation of Southern Miss English faculty and students and their extraordinary productivity.

In the corner of an Alaskan high school classroom hangs a bulletin board adorned with enough University of Southern Mississippi references to make any alumnus black and gold with envy.

 

The school is North Pole High -- and the teacher is Sherri Young, a 1984 Southern Miss graduate and mother of three students currently enrolled at the university. Katie Young, 22, is a senior English licensure major; Emma, 20, is a junior advertising major and Matthew, 19, is an incoming freshman who plans to major in history.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, authored the recently published book, “The Fundamentals of Money and Financial Systems.”

Last year the Mississippi Polymer Institute partnered with NASA to develop a new tool for evaluating cleaning solutions/solvents that are more environmentally friendly than the ones currently used on NASA’s rocket engine parts. 

 

Students who want to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and study to become a teacher can get help meeting that goal through a new program established by the State Legislature.

A memorial service for Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Fletcher, former dean of the College of Nursing and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics, died Monday, July 22 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 73.

Artists of Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art are currently exhibiting art works at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The library will host an artist reception Thursday, July 25, from 4 – 6 p.m.

When Zavation needed expert guidance and production of a new medical device, the company looked no further than the Mississippi Polymer Institute.

 

Julie Hammond-White, an associate professor and director of dance education in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance, has been selected for the 2013 Excellence in Higher Education Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,050 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.

 

Stacy Reischman Fletcher is having a busy summer and it is only going to get busier.  The chair of the Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently featured in a national publication and will be honored at Dance Teacher Magazine’s 2013 Dance Teacher Summit in August. 

 

Recognized for her work in higher education, Reischman Fletcher will attend the three-day event in New York City next month, which will host dance instructors from across the nation to participate in workshops, seminars and an awards ceremony, where Reischman Fletcher will receive the 2013 Award in Higher Education. 

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg Wednesday, July 24 for the 2013 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. Top corps, including the 2012 World Champion Blue Devils, will compete at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

Patricia Munn, an instructor in the School of Accountancy at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Educator by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has received yet another international recognition for professional development programs, this one from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will host the Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Certification Workshop on Aug. 5-7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Topics to be covered will include introduction to audiometry, physics and measurement of sound, anatomy and physiology of hearing conservation, audiometric testing, employee education, otoscopy, interpretation and record-keeping and medical-legal aspects of hearing conservation.

A University of Southern Mississippi geography professor’s research on an underwater Gulf Coast forest that may date back around 80,000 years could yield important clues about the region’s climate and habitat.

Dr. Casey Maugh, assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had her book chapter “Blogging for Peace: Realistic job preview strategies from the 21st century Peace Corps volunteer” published in Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts.

Approximately 40 vendors participated in the Minority Business Expo Tuesday, July 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, part of an initiative of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning known as the Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative.

Three University of Southern Mississippi international business students have been recognized by the French American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter (FACC) for their efforts in producing a critical economic development report and for developing directories and promotional materials for the organization.

A workshop held June 28 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus provided teachers of students with special needs information about the latest technology they can use to advance learning in their classrooms.

Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. It is the largest grant ever received in the university’s College of Arts and Letters.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health hosted the 3rd Annual Mississippi Health Summit on June 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 180 healthcare professionals attended sessions to discuss issues and exchange ideas.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.