April 19, 2014  

Current weather

Clear sky, 55.4 °F

Articles in "Announcements"

Main Content

Despite a challenging economic climate that forecast the possibility of deep cuts to the 2011-2012 fiscal budget, The University of Southern Mississippi has not just survived but thrived in the face of adversity.

 

That was the message Southern Miss President Martha Saunders delivered to faculty, staff and students Thursday, Sept. 8 at Bennett Auditorium for the fall 2011 convocation, in which she also pointed to a number of achievements the university had tallied in the past year.
 

Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi since 1987, has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

 

Heinhorst came to Southern Miss as a research associate professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. In 2005, she was named the Thomas Waring Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences.

Dr. Thelma Roberson and Dr. Jeff Hinton are serving as interim chairs for the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling and the Department of Child and Family Studies, respectively, for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Distinguished faculty within the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during the first Research Awards Showcase set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Gonzalez Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham has been named chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS). 

 

Graham, a native of Danville, Kentucky, earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), a master of science in marine sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz and a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chairman of the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), has been named interim lab director. He succeeds Dr. Bill Hawkins, who retired from the position at the end of June.

To say University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors and students are developing high-tech materials for today’s fast-paced world would be a profound understatement.

 

Try jet engines. Indeed, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials stands at the forefront of research designed to create advanced composite materials for aircraft engines and systems.

Hubble-Burchell Retires

Dr. Susan Hubble-Burchell, associate professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation and associate dean of the College of Health, recently retired after 32 years of service to The University of Southern Mississippi.

Hubble-Burchell served as a leader in the field of recreation as well as a co-director of the university’s Center on Aging.

Dane Reiter, former manager of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association’s constituent relations, is the Association’s new associate director for internal operations. The Petal native and Southern Miss alum will oversee accounting, database management, human resources and office management functions of the Association.

The Office of University Communications will move from its location in College Hall to the first floor on the east side of Bond Hall Monday-Tuesday, July 11-12. As a result, University Communications staff may be difficult to reach by office or phone for a short time during the move. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Five College of Arts & Letters faculty and staff members were recently honored for their achievements and efforts at The University of Southern Mississippi over the past year.

Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as the Mississippi representative at the national meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Speech Language Pathology Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Association of Office Professionals (AOP) honored two employees Tuesday during its annual Bosses’ Luncheon, held at the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom.

Financial security and career success are worthy personal goals. But the message University of Southern Mississippi spring 2011 commencement speakers delivered to graduates was to go even further by using their education and skills to leave a legacy they can look back on with pride.

 

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who served as governor of Mississippi from 1988-1992, and 10th District Chancery Court Judge Deborah Gambrell gave the keynote addresses at the morning and afternoon graduate ceremonies, respectively, at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus Friday.

Dr. David Butler,director and associate professor of the International Development (IDV) Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant director and associate professor for IDV, will use a $450,000 federal grant to continue their research on Hurricane Katrina by studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Dr. Steven Moser, senior associate dean in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, has been appointed interim dean of the college beginning July 1, while the university conducts a national search to fill the position permanently. He will replace Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who is leaving to become provost at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga.

A memorial service for University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who passed away during the academic year will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the university’s R.C. Cook University Union, room B on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippiis in the process of conducting a nationwide search for a dean to take the helm of its College of Arts and Letters.

 

Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who became dean in July 2008 after having served as interim dean for 18 months, has accepted the position of Provost at Oglethorpe Universityin Atlanta, Ga. Her last day with Southern Miss will be June 30.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Scott Blackwell director of its Department of Residence Life. He assumes the position today, overseeing all aspects of the residential facilities operation as well as initiatives to enhance the student residential experience.

Several University of Southern Mississippifaculty and staff were honored during the Founders’ Day Ceremony Wednesday at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, garnering awards and recognition for exceptional service, research and teaching. The event was held in conjunction with the 101st anniversary of the university’s legislative founding.

Honorees included:

Distinguished Professor Award

The dedication, hard work, loyalty and achievement of students and employees of The University of Southern Mississippiwere celebrated Wednesday as the school held its annual Founders’ Day ceremony at historic Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism has named three new professional staff members to leadership positions in its Student Media Center.

Repairs have been made to the university’s fire alarm activation system enabling the University Police Department’s dispatch center to receive activation notices from buildings on the Hattiesburg campus.

For questions, contact University Police at 601.266.4986.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Ann Parker Blackwell dean of its College of Education and Psychology, the position in which she served on an interim basis since 2009.