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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.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at Korean Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, located at 310 Ronie St., for Dr. Joon Chang Lee, a University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of Physicswho died at his home in Hattiesburg Sunday, Feb. 13. He was 73.

Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders has appointed Russ Willis Vice President of Administrative Affairs, pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

 

Willis has served as interim vice president since August 2010. Following approval, his appointment will take effect July 1, 2011. His duties include the overall financial management of the university and its physical plant.

University of Southern Mississippi employees Rich Baker and Elayne Lockett have been recognized for their commitment to the university as recipients of the annual Staff Council Service Award.

Baker, who won the fall 2010 honor, is executive assistant in technology support, while Lockett, the spring 2011 honoree, serves as information services supervisor in University Libraries. The winners are selected from nominations made by their peers on campus.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Grove for Dr. Bobby Anderson, former dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, who died Feb. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 78.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today, Wednesday Feb. 9 at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg following Thursday’s service.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders and members of the Executive Cabinet have accepted the recommendations of the Program Elimination Appeals Committee regarding academic programs scheduled for elimination in fiscal year 2012.

The Department of Human Resources is conducting a workshop related to the retirement incentive on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1-3 p.m. in the Hall of Honors in R.C. Cook Union.

For more information, call Human Resources at 601.266.4050.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011 new federal legislation reduces the social security taxes withheld from employees from 6.2% to 4.2% for calendar year 2011.

Also, effective Dec. 31, 2010 The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (stimulus bill) which included “The Making Work Pay” tax credit ended.

Human Resources reminds all participants age 18 and older to complete the HealthQuotient health risk assessment after January 1, 2011 to be eligible for the wellness/preventive benefits. The Web site for the HealthQuotient is https://www.webmdhealth.com/Mississippi.

Those who do not have Internet access can call WebMD at 1.866.789.4594 to request a paper copy. The HQ must be completed each year prior to a wellness/preventive visit for participants to be eligible for these benefits.

The University of Southern Mississippi is growing greener with the naming of Jonathan Williams as its new Chief Sustainability Officer.

Editor Note:The letter given to President Martha Saunders may be accessed in PDF form at: www.usm.edu/budget. One paragraph has been redacted for matters of personnel privacy.

 

A committee of deans and faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi has completed the appeals process for programs slated to be eliminated and presented its report to President Martha Saunders.

Polly Odom, executive secretary to University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders, received the Jessie H. Morrison Award for staff excellence during ceremonies held Tuesday, Dec. 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jennifer Payne, a University of Southern Mississippi speech communication graduate, has accepted the position of associate director for external affairs with the Southern Miss Alumni Association.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders today announced the restructuring of the institution’s Office of Communications, including the hiring of Jim Coll as Chief Communications Officer.

Faculty and graduate students with outstanding records of innovative activity in multiple areas of scholarship were recognized for their efforts Oct. 29 during The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship (LETTERS) Day.

Millions of Americans will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to vote in the 2010 congressional mid-term elections.

And just like many of you, our political experts on campus will be watching the results closely. For media outlets seeking any type of analysis or discussion about national or state races, the Office of University Communications has lined up a group of professors to field such inquiries.