May 22, 2015  

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized faculty, staff, and alumni award winners at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented flowers and an eagle plaque by the college’s Dean Dr. David T. Hayhurst at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards banquet.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed BayLee Long as the organization’s new manager of programs.

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently welcomed Jona Burton as coordinator of student life in the University’s Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

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.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have an opportunity to study geography abroad in Costa Rica in 2015.

 

Dr. David Harms Holt, associate professor of geography at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, will lead up to 24 students on a 17-day study abroad trip based at the Instituto Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica May 9 – 25, 2015.  

Applications for faculty awards at The University of Southern Mississippi are due to the Office of the Provost during the month of November, beginning Nov. 3. The awards include the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence; Excellence in University Service; Excellence in University Teaching; and Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor.  

If you've ever wondered if graduate school was for you or wondered what it was all about, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Anthropology and Sociology will host "Thinking about Going to Grad School? Application and Beyond" Oct. 21 from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

 

Presenting research to a room full of professors and researchers can be daunting for students, but recently several students from Mississippi stepped up to the task and represented their state in front of an audience of seasoned biomedical researchers from across the nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Lauren Richards as the organization’s new manager of programs.

 

Richards, a Ridgeland, Miss., native, earned a degree in elementary education from Southern Miss in 2011.

After 20 years of distinguished service as an English professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Ellen Weinauer has been named the next dean of the University’s Honors College. She will assume her new duties on July 1, pending IHL Board approval.

 

“It’s exciting to be chosen to serve the Honors College, such a cherished institution here at Southern Miss, and I welcome the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Weinauer.

After more than 20 years of service to the Institute of Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi – including the past six as executive director – Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., has announced he is retiring, effective May 30.

Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies.