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University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of history Susannah Ural’s latest book captures the challenges and horrors of the Civil War through the voices of the families directly impacted by the conflict that shattered a nation.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Heather Annulis, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development, and her Performance Technology II class visited PamLab in Covington, La., during the fall semester to explore the implementation of various training and performance analyses and interventions designed to improve productivity and competence at the worker, work process or organizational levels. 

When it comes to teaching individuals with language disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, the DuBard School for Language Disorders’ phonetic, multisensory teaching-learning strategy, the DuBard Association Method®, has the credentials to back it up.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a comprehensive Multisensory Math: Using Manipulative Objects to Teach the Common Core course on Feb. 6-7 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed in the Red River Swing Tournament (two tournaments in one weekend) at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. The tournament is 39 years old, and the field of competition included 26 colleges and universities. Eight students represented Southern Miss at the tournament. 

 

Researchers from across the nation have visited The University of Southern Mississippi over the past few months in order to work with one of the largest Maya skeletal series. Their research will reveal much about the physical characteristics, health and culture of the Maya Indians whose remains were excavated at Tipu, an archaeological site in the Maya Mountains near the Belize-Guatemala border in Central America.

Segments of The University of Southern Mississippi's Holiday Choral Spectacular will air on area television stations over the next week. Taped during live performances at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg earlier this month, the program features the outstanding Southern Miss choral programs and symphony orchestra and area high school choirs in a musical evening hosted by Dr. Rodney Bennett.

Dr. Mark Miller, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been selected as the recipient of the Mississippi World Trade Center’s (MSWTC) 2013 “Excellence in International Education Award.” Miller received the award at the MSWTC annual meeting in Jackson, Miss.  

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) will enter a transition phase at the conclusion of this year with the departure of Director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI Operations Leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director.

 

Emily Matthews, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, captured second place for Best Student Leader Award at the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference held last month in Chicago, Ill.

 

Dr. Heather Pearson and Dr. Giselle Marks, both graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi doctoral program, took home significant awards from the New York Cosmetic Technology Transfer Conference held last month in Iselin, N.J.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield January 2-14 (including Saturdays) from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Their sibling rivalry propelled Rebekah Young and her brother Jim Hubert Young III to Friday’s commencement ceremonies at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they joined other graduates receiving diplomas on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 13. More than 1,100 students were candidates for degrees this fall semester as the university held two graduation ceremonies.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from U.S. District Court in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former professor.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies, in collaboration with the city of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 1000 volunteers came to Mississippi from across the nation in 1964 to launch an unprecedented voter registration drive for African Americans.  

 

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, Provost at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Dr. Daniel Norton will join the University as Associate Provost for International Programs, beginning March 1, 2014. He takes over for Dr. Rafael Sánchez-Alonso, who has served in an interim capacity.

Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

Holt was part of a news team the Star-Tribune sent to South Africa to cover the historic event, in which non-whites were allowed for the first time to vote in a presidential election. Mandela, who died Dec. 5, is the icon of the country’s anti-apartheid movement and was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

Eric Duckworth’s love for the New Orleans Saints did not prevent The University of Southern Mississippi business student from serving an internship with the NFL team’s division rival.

 

Duckworth, a senior business management major, spent the first quarter of this year working as an unpaid intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization in Tampa, Fla. He considers the unique experience “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I was very blessed to receive.”

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of popular music, has joined the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism as a distinguished lecturer in the school’s recording industry program.

A University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology graduate student is soliciting participants for her research on the impacts of autism.

Elizabeth Fair, a doctoral student in clinical psychology from Mobile, Ala., is examining processing styles in children and adolescents with autism, including how they process information and how that relates to various behaviors and symptoms of autism.

For students seeking help in navigating the mountainous paperwork associated with healthcare career planning, The University of Southern Mississippi offers an answer.

 

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office, which advises more than 500 Southern Miss students in health care preprofessional fields, is now led by Dr. Jeffrey Evans, a former Southern Miss faculty member. 

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), an outreach initiative by The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its seventh annual program series last month with the high school symposium “Getting Connected.”

With commencement quickly approaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, two students, Tracy and Amanda McKay, have a unique story about their experience together at the university. The two are mother and daughter, respectively, working on a degree in tourism management and will graduate together Dec. 13.