October 30, 2014  

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Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Buford “Buff” Blount, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who led the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division into Iraq in 2003, will be the featured speaker for the Monday, Sept. 29 McCarthy Lecture Series. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education of the Deaf program, in its College of Health’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has received its second $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. This five-year grant provides full-tuition scholarships to support the training of 40 specialists enrolled in the Master of Science in Education of the Deaf with a concentration in Early Oral Intervention.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 95th season Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this very special opening entitled “From the New World.”

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will present a professional development workshop: “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” Oct. 2-3 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the lack of African American references in early Mississippi cookbooks to kickoff the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project. The lecture will take place on Oct. 9 in Cook Library, Room 123 from 6-8 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The public is invited to get all dolled up in dapper threads for a night on the town at the 2nd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 3. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A commitment to providing high quality educational and career opportunities to those who defend our freedoms has earned The University of Southern Mississippi a prestigious accolade.

                  

Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, has designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.

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)

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.

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.  

Some dreams certainly take longer than others to materialize, but the reality is that the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will move into a spacious, new home in the not-so-distant future.

 

Southern Miss faculty, staff, students and administrators were joined by state dignitaries and University supporters on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the official groundbreaking of Asbury Hall – future home of the College of Nursing.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

A graduate student and one of his mentor professors at The University of Southern Mississippi are featured authors of a new weblog for an academic journal, following a positive response to an article the two wrote for the publication.