December 22, 2014  

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Dr. Mohamed Elasri, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $439,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to assist in his research of the staphylococcus aureus human pathogen.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice Provost for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon has announced that Chase Kasper will become the director of the Office of Technology Development, effective Feb. 1.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that David Sliman will become the University’s Chief Information Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will take the stage with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra to perform an exciting program of classical and classical-style pieces at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Bill Holcomb will serve as the new director of Athletic Training Education Program in the School of Human Performance and Recreation in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a book talk featuring Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor and director of International Studies at Southern Miss, as he discusses his latest publication, “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam.”

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Dr. Trent Gould will serve as interim director of the School of Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) until a permanent director is named.

Dr. Sandra Bishop, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named associate dean for the college. The College of Nursing was elevated from a school to one of six Southern Miss colleges effective July 1.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte, senior associate dean in the College of Business, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

Jessica Hobart, recreational sports assistant director for aquatics and outdoors at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been reappointed as the chair of the Career Opportunities Center Committee for the 2012-2013 year for the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

Dr. Ray Newman, a longtime health care executive and higher education scholar, has been named chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

With 32 percent of full time University employees making gifts to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss has exceeded its goal.

 

The Campaign, which was an effort to increase the number of Southern Miss faculty and staff that give back to the University through the USM Foundation, began on July 1, 2011, and will end on June 30, 2012.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, will see her title elevated to dean when the school officially returns to college status on July 1.

Dr. Tom Estes has been named interim vice president for finance and administration at The University of Southern Mississippi, Interim President Dr. Aubrey Lucas announced today. Estes previously served as vice president for business and finance from 1976 to 1992.

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast was presented six awards in the senior division at the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) 2012 awards luncheon May 22 in Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health held its annual Faculty and Staff Award Banquet on Thursday, April 26. 

 

This year’s theme, SMASH-Ed, Southern Miss All-Stars of Health Education, featured Broadway trivia and a special dance number performed by the reigning Crowd Favorite from the Southern Miss Dancing with Deans, Dr. Michael Forster, and his partner Mrs. Dianne Coleman. 

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized student, faculty and staff award winners at the annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet held at the Thad Cochran Center.

Dr. Bridget Hayden, associate professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Returning to familiar territory, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas has been selected to serve as the interim president for the University of Southern Mississippi, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced on Tuesday, May 1.

Longtime faculty member and senior associate dean Dr. Steven Moser has been named the new dean of the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. Moser has been serving as interim dean since May of last year.

More than 500 students, parents, and community supporters gathered on March 29th for the College of Health’s annual Awards Night. 

This event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award their outstanding students and to recognize them for their accomplishments.  Awards were given for accomplishments ranging from academic success to extracurricular activity.

Dr. Steven Jackson received the Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award during the annual College of Business Honors Banquet held April 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Jackson is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Dr. Melinda Andrews and Dr. John Lambert were the other finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Honors Banquet also included the induction of new members into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

The following is a list of inductees into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society:

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.