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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.

The achievements of The University of Southern Mississippi’s students, faculty and staff were recognized Friday, March 30 during its Founders’ Day celebration, as the institution marked the 102nd anniversary of its establishment by the Mississippi Legislature. The ceremony was held at Bennett Auditorium and followed by a reception at the Student Activities Hub.

 

Top honorees included Honors College student Samuel Miller, a senior geography and anthropology major from Sumrall, Miss. who received the Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl Award for maintaining a perfect grade point average; and Bridgette Pace, a senior nursing major from Clarksdale, Miss., who received the Judge R.J. Bishop Mississippian Award.

The University of Southern Mississippi University Police Department (UPD) received a certificate of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recently during a ceremony held in Mobile, Ala.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of the Provost recently announced members of its faculty as recipients of various prestigious grants and honors. Excellence in instruction, research, leadership, mentorship, librarianship and service to the university were among the key criteria used in selection of the recipients.

University of Southern Mississippi students will join members of the faculty and staff as part of the entrepreneurial venture known as Startup Weekend, set for Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

Russ Willis has announced that he will be transitioning from the position of Vice President for Administrative Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi to a role with the University Foundation, effective Feb. 1. Chad Driskell, Executive Assistant to the President for External Affairs, will replace him on an interim basis, while Willis will join the staff of the USM Foundation as Assistant Director for Fundraising Initiatives and Planned Giving.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has maintained its coveted status as a dually accredited business and accounting school as determined by the Board of Directors of AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

 

This designation places Southern Miss in exclusive company as one of only 643 AACSB accredited schools in the world and just 475 in the United States. More impressively, Southern Miss is one of only 167 schools in the U.S. that are separately accredited in business and accounting.

University of Southern Mississippi Director of Athletics Richard Giannini announced his retirement today, effective in early January and will remain with the program through the coaching search process. 

Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, credits assistant professor Kimberly Goodwin for reinvigorating a dormant real estate degree program.