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Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA Gulf Program) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve to increase cooperation between the two in areas of mutual interest.

 

USM President Rodney D. Bennett and Diane T. Altsman, EPA Gulf Program Chief of Staff signed the MOU at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Southern Miss and the EPA Gulf Program and will provide environmental education opportunities to students at GCRL.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Tuesday, June 23, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Very few families have put down roots – both literally and figuratively – anywhere like the Berry family has at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently several family members celebrated three generations of Berry’s attending the University with a ceremony on the grounds of the Hattiesburg campus.

One of Mississippi’s architectural icons and the centerpiece of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will undergo major repairs later this year.

 

Work to stabilize the foundation and replace approximately 72 pieces of deteriorating terracotta from the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, will begin after Sept. 8. The $2.55 million project also includes brick masonry repointing, replacement and cleaning, and repairs and revisions to the building’s porches and columns to improve access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cracking and joint separation have also become visible in the structure, leading to moisture infiltration.   

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

The Project SEARCH® program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) hosted a job fair last month on the Hattiesburg campus to promote the hiring of youth with disabilities.

 

A team comprised of University of Georgia researchers and colleagues in the ECOGIG -- Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf -- Research Consortium has neared the midway point in a three-and-half-week-long research cruise on board the R/V Endeavor, a vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Rhode Island.

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has received the “Madison Career and Technical Center’s Business Partner of the Year” award for 2014-2015. 

The journey to the top is not a straight and smooth path for most. Success requires talent, yes, but the formula for excellence is more complicated. To be among the best also requires the right mix of hard work, resiliency and more.

 

As his career indicates, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has found the right formula—for him a combination of education, determination and commitment to playing the game of baseball and living his life, as he says, “the right way.”

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Recreational Sports honors outstanding student staff members and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards night. 

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free housing information session will be held Saturday, June 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson Conference Room of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, took time out of her hectic schedule to donate approximately 1,000 books to the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on Tuesday, May 19 as part of her “Pages of Love” program.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent signing of the Competitive Employment Act will further expand the growing emphasis on employment opportunities for Mississippians with disabilities. The act focuses on promoting policies that explore and develop meaningful jobs for people with disabilities based in the community that have living wages comparable to those earned by people without disabilities.

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a due process lawsuit filed by a former professor at the University.

 

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is launching a fundraising campaign supporting the new MBA with an Emphasis in Sport Security Management. NCS⁴ has recently partnered with the College of Business to develop the nation’s first graduate degree that focuses on sport security.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-ever Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities course on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing fair will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St., in downtown Hattiesburg.

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.

 

The graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the state’s best and also included among the top programs nationwide in a recent assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will offer a full schedule of events for the Summer Session. In addition to 40 classes, seminars, field trips and special events during the summer semester, a couple of events are new and unique on the schedule.