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Dr. Royal P. Walker, Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host a reception Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the art exhibit of the husband-and-wife team of John and Tricia McDonald. The exhibit will be on display at the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach through Feb. 28.

Innovate Mississippi (formerly the Mississippi Technology Alliance) has announced that Startup Weekend Jackson will take place Jan. 18-20 at Millsaps College. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event powered by the Kauffman Foundation that operates worldwide and brings together like-minded entrepreneurs for a weekend of company creation.

Work to restore one of the original structures on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to its former glory is in the final stages.

 

College Hall, built in 1912, will re-open during the fall 2013 semester and serve as home to its new occupant, the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Campus radio station WUSM-FM and The Student Printz student newspaper will also call College Hall home after being housed in Southern Hall for several decades.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, March 30, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will now be able to serve more students in its outclient therapy program thanks to a gift from the Walmart Foundation and the Mississippi Advisory Council through the State Giving Program, totaling $34,000.

Many Mississippians with disabilities once thought owning their own home was just a dream. In the past 15 years, 500 individuals with disabilities and their families have realized their dream of becoming homeowners through The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ Home of Your Own (HOYO) program.

It’s been the sage advice of many, but when Rick Cleveland’s father told him to follow his passion, he took it to heart.

 

Cleveland, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and a longtime sports reporter and columnist, shared that simple message as he gave the commencement address Friday, Dec. 14 at his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi plans to restore its masters of business administration program on the Hattiesburg campus for the fall 2013 semester.

 

The program was shifted from the Hattiesburg campus to the Gulf Coast-only format in fall 2011 as part of budget cuts within the Southern Miss College of Business in 2010.

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond announced on Tuesday, Dec. 11 the hiring of Todd Monken as the school’s 20th football coach. The hiring is pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

 

Monken comes to Southern Miss after serving the last two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State. It was his second stint at OSU, after serving as pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach there from 2002-04.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host spring 2013 orientation and registration Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the Fleming Education Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Orientation for new undergraduate students will be 1 - 3 p.m. Registration and advisement for all new and returning students will be held from 2 – 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and Aqua Green LLC are partnering to produce popular recreational fish such as spotted seatrout, red snapper, and cobia for release into Mississippi waters. The group will release hundreds of red snapper fingerlings onto offshore artificial reefs during the week of Dec. 3-7.

For many, retirement is viewed as the time to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor; to cash in the stock portfolio and pursue a more sedentary life filled with leisurely pursuits.

    Dr. Don George, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Miss from 1957-78, didn’t view it that way.

Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi presented a check for $41,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of its annual fundraising efforts associated with Songfest.

This holiday season, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top jazz performers will take their popular Jingle Bell Jazz concert on the road. And their first stop will be to deck the halls of the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., Dec. 8, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will present “Ex Libris” Booth Exhibition: From Our Library to Yours on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 3 – 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus library.

University of Southern Mississippi Police have arrested two students related to a fight on the Hattiesburg campus on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Those arrested include Anthony Alford and Korey Hathorn. Alford has been charged with aggravated assault, while Hathorn has been charged with felony possession of a weapon on campus by a student. No one was injured in the altercation.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted its annual Social Work Colloquium on Friday, Nov. 16 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s event titled, “New Directions in Trauma Treatment: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice,” featured a number of regionally and nationally-known speakers.

The Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT) at the University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a two-day workshop titled, “Intermodal Transportation Curriculum Development for Secondary Education.”

Dayton Scoggins, left, a chainsaw artist from Columbia, Miss. and his son Kenneth pose with a live oak the two carved into a golden eagle Nov. 17 on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus. The tree, located next to Walker Science Building and across from the R.C. Cook University Union, was to be cut down because of disease but now has new purpose in the form of the university's mascot.  (Photo by Tara McCrink-Burcham)

The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at The University of Southern Mississippi joined forces with several other campus entities on Nov. 15 for the 2nd Annual Food Packaging event as part of Stop Hunger Now.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will partner with the Mississippi Center for Justice to co-sponsor the 2012 Social Change Film Festival and Institute Monday, Dec. 3.

 “Sports Nutrition: Playing a Winning Game” served as the topic of the 3rd Annual Department of Nutrition and Food Systems Seminar held earlier this month at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

More than 80 students, faculty and community members attended the annual seminar which featured elements of nutrition as it relates to various professions and current topics. This year’s seminar featured three sports dietitians -- Jamie Mascari, Rebecca Turner and Tavis Piattoly.