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Physical education students, faculty and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi received awards and recognitions at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2014 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 6 -7.

Setting goals is one thing, but relentlessly pursuing and achieving them is another.

Susan Dobson, undergraduate coordinator and instructor in the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, proved hard work pays off in September when she completed her first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work hosted its annual Fall Colloquium Friday, Nov. 14 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s event, “The USM School of Social Work Story,” celebrated the school’s 40-year history.

Two students from The University of Southern Mississippi have been hired by Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a Hattiesburg non-profit, as a result of a service learning course.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Magnolia Business Alliance teamed up to provide an opportunity for budding businesswomen to learn more about how to grow their unique enterprises during a special forum held Dec. 2 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

 

Named in honor of Dolly Loyd, an instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management from 1979 to 2004, the Dolly Loyd Marketing Scholarship Endowment will support a junior or senior majoring in marketing who holds a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrates financial need. The Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty Endowed Scholarship in History, which is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth McCarty, a professor in the Department of History from 1960 to 1999, will support a student pursuing secondary teaching licensure in history/social studies.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will feature the Repertory Dance Company as it performs its annual Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The concert, an event showcasing junior and senior choreography projects, will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building in Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $5.

Dr. Andrew Wiest doesn’t recall who the keynote speaker was at his college graduation. But the popular University of Southern Mississippi history professor, who will give the school’s fall 2014 commencement address, does remember his grandmother traveling from Kansas City, Mo. to see him receive his diploma.

For six years, graduate students and professors at The University of Southern Mississippi have worked hand-in-hand with the staff at DuBard School for Language Disorders to bring music education to students with language disorders.

The University of Southern Mississippi now offers a special course program that will appeal to individuals working for non-profit organizations. The Graduate Nonprofit Studies (NPS) Certificate is an interdisciplinary program appropriate for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are currently employed in or wish to transition to the nonprofit sector and need additional or specialized training.

For the second time in the past three years, The University of Southern Mississippi has won the Donor Challenge sponsored by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA). Chuck Stinson, director of marketing and media relations for MORA, presented a $500 donation and Donor Challenge trophy to Dianne Coleman, assistant to the dean in the College of Health, during a special ceremony held Friday, Nov. 21. College of Health ambassadors guided Southern Miss to the Donor Challenge win. The challenge is a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. During the five-week challenge period, Southern Miss accounted for more donor designation than the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University combined. (Photo by Van Arnold, University Communications)

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently completed two special fundraising initiatives that resulted in gifts totaling more than $2.25 million toward the campaigns.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a fundraising campaign that netted approximately $1.17 million. The Moffitt Health Center Campaign, launched to help provide a new student health services facility on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, raised approximately $1.08 million.

Overall winners of the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge at The University of Southern Mississippi included, from left, Ashley Edwards; Andrew Young; Thomas Kern; Kaitlin Horon; Gabriel Idakwo; and team advisor Dr. Chad Miller.  The students in the College of Business were members of "Team Creative Economy - Growing the Film Industry in Mississippi." The competition was held Nov. 17 at the Ogletree Alumni House. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Economic Council, and the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) developed the Social Business Challenge and invited teams of students from the state’s public universities to compete in devising a creative solution and develop a business plan to address one of Mississippi’s biggest issues. "Team Creative Economy" will represent Southern Miss in the state competition at the State Capitol in Jackson next March. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Michael Mason and Kevin Smathers were honored as the 2014 Boardman Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi during the annual Honors Banquet held on Nov. 20 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design is hosting "Data Porn: Penetrating Information Design," a rich, visual display of the history of informaiton design that will be on display through Nov. 28 in the Learning Commons Gallery of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently enrolling for an after-school program to serve young struggling readers. The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is designed for elementary students with challenges in reading, spelling and written language, who may or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Jennifer Brannock, curator of rare books and Mississippiana in Special Collections of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Nicole Lawrence, Mississippi Digital Library Coordinator in University Libraries, were both honored at the Mississippi Library Association Conference Oct. 14-17 in Vicksburg.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 4.

 

In addition to the Symphony Orchestra, the special evening of music will feature The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Southern Miss Men and Women's Choruses and local choral groups from Forrest County Agricultural, Columbia Academy, Oak Grove High School, Sumrall, Lamar Christian, Laurel High School and Hattiesburg High School.

A research consortia led by The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded $11 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf’s ecosystem and public health.

Dr. Lawrence Hosman, left, professor of communication studies at The Univesity of Southern Mississippi, receives a Certificate of Appreciation honoring his late wife, Dr. Susan Siltanen, from Ted Tibbett, center, and Chuck Singleterry of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3036. The VFW honored Dr. Siltanen for her nearly 30 years of service to the VFW Post 3036 as a judge for its student essay scholarship program.  Siltanen was a professor of communication studies and former dean of the Graduate School at Southern Miss. Members of the Southern Miss Graduate Student Senate will now serve the VFW as judges for the contest as a community service project.(University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host Tony Podesta, the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, who will present, “The ‘King of K Street:’ Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer?” This lecture will be held Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Polymer Science Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Haley’s discerning palate may help decide who wins the Pillsbury Bake-Off's $1 million grand prize.

 

Missy Schraeder, speech language pathologist with the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received an Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society will host Vina A. Lanzona, who will present Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines for the Center’s next War and Society Roundtable. The program is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Dr. Heather Stur.